— Nick Mitchell
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, May 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell built his impressive physique for the film’s beach scene in just SEVEN WEEKS, after teaming up with Ultimate Performance.
Glen plays ‘Hangman’ in the long-awaited sequel, starring alongside Hollywood legend Tom Cruise.
Shooting for the film began in 2018, and Glen had just seven weeks to get into incredible shape for a sequence in which he is seen shirtless playing American Football– a homage to the iconic volleyball scene in the original film.
Glen wanted to reduce his body fat, build broad shoulders, a muscular chest and sport a chiselled six-pack for the sequence. To achieve this, he enlisted the expertise of Ultimate Performance (U.P.)
To ensure he was in absolute peak condition, Glen partnered with U.P. founder and Global CEO Nick Mitchell. Nick is widely regarded as the world’s leading personal trainer and founded U.P. in 2009. He has since overseen the expansion of the business, which now has 20 gyms operating in nine countries and four continents.
And Nick, who was born in Yorkshire, stepped out of the boardroom and back into the gym to personally train Glen at U.P.’s Los Angeles facility.
Under Nick’s watchful eye, Glen saw astonishing progress.
Nick said: “The brief was to get Glen to look as good, and as lean, as possible in a very short space of time.
“We analysed what the ‘money shot’ would be. What would make Glen pop on camera. So, we concentrated on his ‘mirror muscles’ – chest, shoulders, traps, abs.
“We couldn’t build massive muscles in just seven weeks. But, what we could do is make Glen look leaner, sharper, crisper, and give him a look of strength and power.
“You will always get people saying: ‘It’s easy for a pampered celebrity to get in shape.’ Don’t be stupid. Glen was part of an ensemble cast in one the biggest Hollywood films in decades, starring alongside Tom Cruise, the biggest movie star in the world. His life wasn’t his own.
“It was down to Glen to get up at 5am and lift weights. He didn’t have a personal chef, so it was down to Glen to prepare and eat the right foods. It was down to Glen to fit his training around a manic schedule of filming late into the night, reshoots, looking at scripts, learning how to fly and so on.
“And so were always rushed. We only had three or four hours a week a week to train. But Glen is a very dopamine-driven guy that loves high energy, hard, all-out exercise. And that speaks to my soul. He went all-in, and he achieved tremendous results.
“It really was genuinely great fun, and a genuine pleasure, to train Glen. It was uplifting to be on the gym floor with. He is the most upbeat, positive person you’d ever wish to meet.”
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