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Michael B. Jordan isn’t an “up-and-coming Hollywood” star anymore. After roles in Creed, Fruitvale Station, Black Panther movie, the Just Mercy film with Jamie Foxx, Jordan is a major player in Hollywood. And he was even named the Sexiest Man Alive by People two years ago.
He’s definitely already got the acting chops and the look down. Now he has to maintain them both. He does that by hitting the gym–hard.
“I go so hard,” he says. “I want to feel it, you know?”
For each new role he takes on, Jordan trains how the character he’s playing would train. This “method training” is something that keeps his mind and body from getting bored and allows him to sharpen his skills and avoid the dreaded workout plateau (when no matter how hard you go, you stop seeing results).
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According to Nike, who has some of Jordan’s workouts now available on their Nike Training Club app here, Jordan’s work ethic wasn’t born in the weight room. He had to grow to love seeing results from the gym.
And you can see the results in the trailer for the new Creed III movie, the latest installment from the Rocky movie frachise spin-off. Michael looks incredible and chisled in every crevice of his body.
The actor says as a kid he was teased a lot because of his name. You know the whole comparison to the basketball legend, but Michael B.’s calling wasn’t basketball.
But that only made him want it more. He had a chip on his shoulder with something to prove.
“It made me work hard for sure,” he says.
He uses his name to motivate himself to train aggressively — calling it “my healthy chip.” Though he initially turned to sports to prove those bullies wrong, that mentality evolved into his daily mantra. “I feel like I’ve got to work twice as hard in life,” says Jordan. “I told myself at a young age that I was going to dedicate my 20s to work. I don’t go out all the time. I don’t party…I try to evolve and grow and work on myself.”