Thirty-year old American actor Jason Momoa is best known for his roles as lifeguard Jason Ioane (Baywatch: Hawaii) and the dreadlocked Ronon Dex in Stargate: Atlantis. However, he has also completed the biggest challenge of his career: title role in the upcoming “Conan the Barbarian” motion picture restart (now in post-production and scheduled for a 2011 release).
To better prepare for the role that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting career, Momoa spent time researching the original Robert E. Howard “Conan” books, as well as working out his 6’5”, 215 lbs body to handle the physical rigors of filming.
In fact, Jason began serious training in February 2010, under the watchful eye of noted stunt superstar David Leitch (“The Matrix”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, “300”) before shooting began. He enrolled in a six-week martial arts training course, with the goal of gaining ten pounds of muscle and getting into fighting shape worthy of the action-adventure fantasy hero.
Speculating on Momoa’s Choice of Exercises.
We at FreeMuscleBuildingTips.com cannot divulge the exact nature of Jason Momoa’s workout yet, but can confirm that he engaged in up to six hours of sword fighting and combat training per day. Those who have seen the original Conan movies no doubt recall Arnold’s powerful, muscular physique. Jason, by contrast, is a taller, leaner specimen, and given his modest short-term goals would have been wise to forgo a heavy weightlifting, powerlifting, or “strongman” workout regime.
Recall that the original Conan the Barbarian (1982) demanded its lead character possess a Herculean combination of stamina and strength. It should never have been about bulging biceps; Schwarzenegger reportedly had to adjust his usual bodybuilding workouts to better handle the film’s major action scenes. In this sense, Momoa may be better endowed to handle the role, provided he ate properly and focused on:
- Grip strength.
- Muscular torque.
- Upper body strength-endurance.
- Lower-body Flexibility (hamstrings and knees).
- Cardiovascular Endurance.
A Kettlebell and Body Weight-based CrossFit Workout for Jason?
Jason Momoa’s “Conan” goals seem to scream out for a CrossFit-type workout. Long popular with police academies and the military, CrossFit gives people a broad strength and conditioning workout that’s flexible and scalable enough for committed fitness enthusiasts regardless of experience.
Recently, one Crossfit affiliate recently posted a challenging “Conan the Barbarian” workout:
5 Double Kettlebell snatches (#53 for men; #35 for women)
Repeat 10 series with minimal rest; recommended time for completion is about thirty-five minutes. Scale the kettleball weight as required, while maintaining proper form and safety.
Would Jason approve?
Did Jason Momoa achieve his Workout Goals?
From recently released photos, it appears that Jason met his “Conan the Barbarian” (“Conan the Cimmerian”?) goals. No doubt his martial arts training proved invaluable in this respect. The complete details of the Jason Momoa workout are bound to appear in health and fitness magazines soon. Until then, why not consider the CrossFit workout above for yourself, or the Athlean X training program to become a modern-day Conan.
– Chris Cannon
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