How Hugh Jackman Got Jacked for Wolverine

Hugh Jackman is ripped and in my opinion he makes the perfect Wolverine. If you have come across his images or have seen the movie, you know that Hugh is ripped from head to toe. I’m going to guess he’s always been in shape but in order to play Wolverine, he had to work a little harder to develop his physique.

photo credit: Cine Fanatico

I researched everything I could find on the web and what I’ve heard in interviews on what it took for him to get into shape.

Age: 40
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 215 lbs. (while bulking), 200 lbs (lean for filming)

What Hugh Jackman Ate to Bulk Up

He literally had to transform his body and add muscle mass for the role. This meant he had to pack on the calories eating a whopping 4,500 calories per day but all from healthy meals consisting of fish, steamed chicken, tofu, and some steak. On the Oprah show, Hugh mentioned that his trainer placed him on a “bodybuilder diet” waking him up at 3am to eat egg whites and toast.

He was constantly eating every 2 – 3 hours, mostly protein based meals.


His Workouts

“Part of you gets really into it, the extreme nature of it,” Jackman said. “I had a picture in my head of the character looking more like Robert De Niro in ‘Cape Fear,’ I wanted him to be all veins and muscle but not pretty like some Abercrombie & Fitch model, nor did I want him to look too big like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I wanted him to look dangerous.” [Source:]

Hugh’s workouts were no joke. It was all about the weights for sure and included a lot of heavy lifting and explosive-impact weight lifting. Exercises included:

  • Bench press variations
  • Barbell lunges
  • Light squats
  • Leg presses

His gym time ran about a hour and a half each day. He changed his workouts up about every 3 weeks which ranged from heavy lifting to lighter weights with slower reps and a mix of explosive lifting.

Needless to say, Hugh worked out hard and it definitely shows. Having that type of physique as well as maintaining it requires a lot of discipline with eating and exercising.

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Author: Eartha Haines

My name is Eartha and I created this blog as a motivational resource for myself to keep up with exercise and eating right. I enjoy reading, learning, and writing about all things fitness related. I hope that as well as motivating myself, others may find motivation to try fitness as well. Learn more.

6 thoughts on “How Hugh Jackman Got Jacked for Wolverine”

  1. I used a protein based diet when I was trying to put on pounds. I was underweight for many years- not the same problem now that I’m over 50 (sadly) – but my doc put me on a protein heavy diet – eating every 3 -4 hours and cardio 3 times a week, weights 3 times a week. It was pretty intense but worked great while I was doing it. Even though I was eating smaller meals, I never really felt hungry.

  2. I think hugh jackman is an okay person for the role of wolverine, i mean he definatly worked for it….but, his height is 6ft 1in, wolverine is 5ft 3in so hugh jackman is way to tall but he is a perfect age!!!

  3. HUGH JACKMAN is extremely hard-working and dedicated!!!!
    he is awesome as an actor and as a person, he interacts with all his fans and friends on facebook!!! He’s a very down to earth person, about his height, even if he’s a bit taller, so what! no big deal… I just love to see him be Wolverine on screen!!!!

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