The “Real” Immortals Workout

By on November 11, 2011

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I can’t tell you all how much of a privilege and honor it was to work with actor and friend Stephen Dorff who plays the character Stavros in the new movie “Immortals” which opens up in theaters today 11-11-11.

This was a quite an experience for Stephen who had never been exposed to the various training methods (internal muscle range training, tabata interval protocols, oscillation and various isometric segmental abdominal training) and training tools we used (ropes, torso burner speed chain).

Stephen Dorff as Starvos in the movie Immortals

It does not take a lot of equipment nor time to get a great workout done that not only builds muscle but also sheds bodyfat.  While shooting a film on location you just don’t have a lot of time between “takes” so I had to be creative. Believe it or not sometimes 20 minutes is all we had to get our training in.

When you see the movie Immortals you will understand I also had to keep Stephen’s training very functional. His action scenes were very athletic so I choose to training him in a very similar manner as to how I train my NHL hockey players. The partner resistance training we did kept Stephen’s nervous system always “turned on” as he constantly had to adjust his center of gravity. This is exactly what happens during sporting competitions, the environment is unpredictable and always changing.

Dazzely says:

Mmmm… That body… So lean and sexy!

Brian says:

First I want to say that I love what you are doing here. I was first introduced to circuit training in the Marines and had great success training my platoon with it, but I knew that I was missing a lot of knowledge especially when it came to assessing my Marines’ movement mechanics and imbalances. So now I’m a first year physical therapy student, and though it is great learning everything they are teaching me about the human body, it is just scratching the surface of what I need to know in order to affect real change in athletes. I watched your postural assessment video and read your article in BFS and was wondering if you could help me find some resources to learn about posture in the detail you are talking about it in. Also I would also like to know about your overall training scheme. So far I’m gathering a 15-20 minute warm up focusing on hip/shoulder girdle and core warm-up and strengthening followed by an interval workout of 15/15 or 30/15 second work to rest with 4 to 5 rounds. Do you work in aerobic training on other days as well?