Alan Ritchson Used This ‘Killer’ Arm Workout to Get Jacked for ‘Reacher’

The new Jack Reacher demonstrates how he packed on muscle for the role.

The new Jack Reacher demonstrates how he packed on muscle for the role.

When Alan Ritchson was cast as Jack Reacher, the protagonist of Lee Child’s wildly popular series of novels, in the new TV show Reacher, he was already in great shape. But in order to convincingly play the huge action hero, Ritchon packed on muscle for the role, eventually gaining about 30 pounds. While he described that bulking experience as a “full time job,” he now tends to be more balanced in his approach to fitness.

“I learned a lot in that process about longevity and working out in a way that prevents injury but achieves growth,” he says in a new Train Like video. “I think for most of us, muscle growth has been the goal. My goal is actually volume. It’s not about punishing ourselves in the gym or taking ourselves to the point of literally destroying our bodies, it’s about just consistent, vigorous activity for short, healthy amounts of time.”

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