Celebrity Trainers Talks Josh Hutcherson’s “Catching Fire” Training
In an interview with Men’s Fitness, celebrity trainer Bobby Strom talked about the 12-week training program Josh Hutcherson went through to get in shape to play Peeta for “Catching Fire”.
Those familiar with The Hunger Games lore know that Peeta’s brute strength comes from a lifetime of lifting bags of flour in his family’s bakery. In reality, though, Hutcherson cut his stocky physique with five hour-long workouts a week—which included one league basketball game and four Strom-led, circuit-style gym sessions.
“I call them mash-ups,” says Strom. “We go from one body part to the next to the next, incorporating four or five exercises per circuit.”
Josh was also put on a strict, well-balanced, calorie-controlled diet… but as you can see from this sample menu, this was probably the most pleasant part of his prep work.
• Breakfast: Greek-style Quiche with Orange Slices
• Lunch: Chicken Burger with BBQ Sauce and Grilled Pineapple
• Afternoon Snack: Caprese Salad(Mozzarella Cheese & Tomato) with Balsamic
• Dinner: Filet Mignon with Creamy Butternut Squash & Asparagus
• Desert: Chocolate Cheesecake
Strom also revealed that Josh and Bruno Gunn met for the first time in the gym.
“One of the guys he’s fighting in the movie was also training in the same gym,” says Strom, referring to Bruno Gunn, who is set to play Brutus in Catching Fire. “They had never met, and he walked up and said, ‘Hey Josh, I’m Bruno…and I’m going to be kicking your ass!’”
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