Simon Pegg stunned us all when he revealed his lean physique and six pack after months of gruelling training for a new role.
The 49-year-old went from 78kg on the scales to 69kg and dropped to 8% body fat from 12% for his upcoming film Inheritance, and Simon admitted that the response to his transformed torso was ‘so weird’.
And the man that helped Simon achieve his goals found it pretty bizarre too.
Personal trainer Nick Lower worked with Simon for six months to achieve his lean physique with strength training, cardio, core work and trail runs, but was surprised that everybody was so, well, surprised at Pegg’s new body.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Nick said: ‘I took the picture and posted it on my Instagram, and didn’t really know what to expect. It sort of went crazy. For some reason, people still think of Simon as the guy from Run Fatboy Run. But over the last six, seven years, he’s not been anywhere that – certainly since he turned 40. So a lot of people, to see him in that shape, the everyman, it was shocking.’
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👏👏👏 • #SimonPegg 6 month body transformation for #InheritanceMovie • The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look. • Body weight: 78kg ⬇️ 69kg • Body Fat: 12% ⬇️ 8% • A mix of strength, circuits, core & 60km p/w trail runs! • A sound nutrition plan that worked for him and his goals • 6 months of hard work has paid off and I tip my hat to you sir…🙌
Nick, who works with Rebourne Fitness and Nutrition in Hertfordshire, has been working with Simon ever since he finished filming 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and got him into shape for The World’s End.
However, for his role as Morgan in the upcoming thriller Inheritance, Pegg was going for a very different look.
Nick told us: ‘It is drastic. It’s different. The remit was, his character has been trapped in a basement for 30 years, so he’s not going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was kept alive and he did exercise, but the brief was very, very lean. He’s in shape most of the time, but for this movie he had to get down to single figure body fat, which we achieved. We had a set period of time – about six months to knuckle down. The movie actually got delayed, and we’d peaked a bit early, so we just carried on.
‘We kept his calories in check and he trained very hard. Simon had one rest day, then he would do our sessions and extra cardio. We didn’t do anything magical or out of the ordinary – we made sure Simon had the right balance of macro nutrients and we trained a lot – a mixture of strength training and circuit training and some cardio added on to make sure we achieved that calorie deficit.
‘Essentially, it’s got to be a mix of strength training. Strength circuits work really well, where you hit as many muscle groups as you can in one session, keeping it high intensity, then move onto 10-15 minutes of cardio or ropes. But then we trained so much we could spread it out a bit – we would maybe do core and legs on one day, and move onto other sections for two days – but Simon had the luxury of time for training. He did a lot of cardio on top of that as well.’
Nick added: ‘It’s not maintainable and it’s very hard. It’s going to take a lot of training. Simon may have had one day rest, but he worked hard every day and he was strict, and that’s how he got those results. But it’s a short-term thing, you do not want to do that long-term.’
So while we commend Simon for his body transformation, it’s clearly not something we all should be aiming for.
Thankfully, Nick also works with people on much more achievable goals, and has some advice for those of us hoping to start a fitness regime.
He said: ‘It comes down to the individual. If you’re used to not training at all, maybe train once or twice a week and see how you recover. Once you know how you recover, then you can maybe add a day. For the average gym user, at least two days of training hard – but it all depends on the person. Resting is probably the most overlooked part of training, the recovery is one of the most important parts.
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‘I would start with the basics. Before you start looking at what to eat and what reps to do, look at your own habits. If you’re someone that doesn’t eat breakfast or you eat quickly or you’re eating a lot of sugary, high-fat food, I would look at that first and get into the habit of eating better and going to the gym.
‘Without your foundation, it doesn’t matter what program you try – you won’t fix it long-term. If you go for a short-term fix, you’re going to get a short-term fail. Play the long game if you can, make small changes, and that will create the biggest long-term change.’
For more information, visit Rebourne Fitness and Nutrition or Nick’s Instagram.
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