Kick-Ass 2 recently hit theaters. Whether the movie will be good or not, I don’t know and to be honest, I really don’t care – I’m not a film critic. I mean, the first Kick-Ass was funny, and I did get a laugh out of it.
Kick-Ass 2 looks to be the same, but what you’re probably more interested in knowing is what Aaron Taylor Johnson’s workout was.
Check out Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s physique transformation for Kick-Ass 2.
I couldn’t find any shirtless pictures of Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the original Kick-Ass movie, but trust me – The dude went from geek to jacked.
The Hollywood standard for what’s considered to be a bad-ass body has always been Brad Pitt’s Body In Fight Club. Well, I’m making a prediction that Aaron Taylor-Johnson will be the new standard for what’s considered a great Hollywood physique – you read it here first.
He really does give Brad Pitt a run for his money.
Now that we got that out of the way, I’m going to dissect his physique and tell you all about Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass 2 Workout.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Workout:
- Aaron’s most impressive feature is his leanness. Check out the first picture on the left, he’s got veins running through his abs. That’s no easy feat to accomplish.
- In the second pic you’ll notice that Aaron has added a good amount of width to his frame, which means he was likely doing a lot of shoulder and back work. Being wide up top and tapering down to a lean waist is the key to getting the V shaped physique that women love.
- His chest looks kind of small in the first picture, but the lighting is awkward, in the second picture you can tell he’s been hitting his chest hard.
- Last, but not least he’s got some decent arms on him too.
So what do you need to do if you want to look like Aaron Taylor-Johnson?
If I were to sit down with Aaron and ask him what exactly is the Kick-Ass 2 Workout routine he followed, I bet it’d go something like this:
Aaron’s a naturally slim guy. He’s what we call a hard gainer. The main benefit of being naturally slim is that as long as you’re working out intensely you’re likely to remain lean.
One of my best friend’s – Danny, is a hardgainer and the dude eat’s McDonald’s and Pizza regularly and he’s not too far off from what Aaron’s physique look’s like for the Kick-Ass 2 movie.
However, remember that vein I mentioned running through his abs?
Even if you’re a hard gainer, that doesn’t just come standard with your midsection. No doubt Aaron’s trainer had him eating a ton of food every day and very frequently, but still didn’t allow him to pig out on junk food.
I’m willing to bet he was eating in excess of 3,00 calories a day of mostly clean meals – chicken breast, turkey, lean beef, steak, eggs, etc.
If you’re not a naturally skinny dude.
If you’re a naturally big guy, like me, this type of physique is going to call for a different approach.
- You’re going to need to taper the calories way back. I’d suggest a much higher protein intake than usual, low carbs, and low to moderate fat intake.
- There will be infinitely less wiggle room for cheating on your diet.
- Cardio is going to be a must. someone like Aaron Taylor-Johnson or my boy Danny can usually skip out on cardio because their bodies stay naturally lean.
Now, for the the actual training portion:
- For Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s workout, leg’s really aren’t a focus point. I wouldn’t neglect them completely, but building the pretty muscles, i.e, your upper body, is much more important.
- Hit chest twice a week.
- The first chest day I’d follow a standard chest workout – 4-5 chest exercises, 3-4 sets per exercise, and 8-10 reps for each set.
- The second chest workout I would actually work backwards, pre-exhausting the secondary muscles so it is easier to focus on the chest when you get to compound movements. I would also increase the reps a bit more on the 2nd day, aiming for 12 reps and even as high as 15 reps. I’ve been doing this lately and it has been working wonders. I have a bad habit of overpowering my chest with my shoulders and triceps during my chest exercises, and pre-exhausting my muscles has really improved the progress I’m making in my chest.
So, something like this…
Kick-Ass 2 Workout – Chest Day #1:
Flat Barbell Bench Press – 4 sets of 8-10
Incline Barbell Bench Press – 4 sets of 8-10
Cable Crossovers – 3 sets of 10
Dips (Chest Variation) – 3 sets of 10 use additional weight if you can do more than 10 dips with your body weight.
Kick-ass 2 Workout – Chest Day #2:
Lying cable flies – 4 sets of 12-15
Neutral Grip Flat Dumbbell Bench Press – 4 sets of 10-12
Guillotine Press Smith Machine – 4 sets of 10-12
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press – 3 sets of 10
Dips (Chest Variation) – 2 sets of 15
- I’d include a lot of pull-ups in my back exercises. In my opinion nothing adds width to a physique like pull-ups. I’ve always been a fan of pull-ups.
Here’s what I’d do for back…
Kick-Ass 2 Workout – Back Day:
Pull-ups – 6 sets of 8-12. Use the assistance machine if you have to until you build enough strength to do pull-ups on your own. I only use pull-downs as supplementary back training, not as an alternative to pull-ups.
Bent-over barbell rows (Reverse grip) – 4 sets of 12
Seated-row (Close grip/v-bar) – 4 sets of 12
Pull-downs (Reverse grip) – 2 sets of 15-20
Dumbbell Row – 2 sets of 12-15
- I would hit shoulders once a week, but it would be an intense workout consisting of big compound exercises and isolation exercises. I prefer to train traps with shoulders as well.
Kick-Ass 2 Workout – Shoulders/Traps Day:
Barbell Military Press – 4 sets of 8-10
Front dumbbell raises – 3 sets of 12-15
Arnold Presses – 3 sets of 8-10
Dumbbell Lying Rear Lateral Raise – 3 sets of 12-15
Dumbbell Shrugs – 4 sets of 10-12
Upright Rows – 3 sets of 12-15
- I’d hit arms too, but one of the things I do for arms that sparks a lot of growth is use a lot of cables versus using barbells or dumbbells. In my experience the constant tension that cable curls keep on my biceps gives better results than dumbbell curls. Aaron has some decent triceps too, so for triceps I’d hit a lot of isolation work like push-downs, kick-backs, triceps extensions. However, if you want big triceps you need to be doing close-grip bench presses!
- I’d hit abs 3 times a week with basic ab exercises. The good thing about Aaron’s abs are that they are not big and bulky. They’re sleek and lean, so basic ab work will do the trick. Leg raises, crunches, etc. Steer clear of too many weighted ab exercises.
There it is guys, the Aaron-Taylor Johnson workout for his upcoming movie Kick-Ass 2.
… and If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out below: