Michael B. Jordan worked 3 times a day, 7 days a week to get his ‘Creed II’ body

"Creed II" New York Premiere

Here are some photos from last night’s New York premiere of Creed II, the sequel to Creed, which was the successful reboot of the Rocky franchise. Sylvester Stallone actually seems quite pleased with what Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have done with Creed, and of course Sly is back for the sequel, as is Tessa Thompson. I actually didn’t know that Coogler skipped out on directing the sequel, although that makes sense – after the success of Black Panther, obviously Coogler is next-level, and he can hand off this franchise to someone else.

Anyway, there are lots of smaller stories about Michael B. Jordan and Creed 2. Variety had a nice article about how MBJ was the first star to put inclusion riders into his contract, and how more celebrities of his stature need to do the same. MBJ also has a collaboration with Nike – like, an actual Nike sponsorship – IN CHARACTER as Adonis Creed. I wonder how much that’s worth?? And then People Magazine did an interview with Corey Calliet, the trainer who worked with MBJ on Creed 1 & 2.

Michael B. Jordan was already ripped in Creed and Black Panther. But the 31-year-old wanted to go even bigger for Creed II, and his trainer, Corey Calliet, was there to help. Three years after the release of the first Creed film, Jordan and Calliet felt like his character, Adonis Johnson, had grown up — and that his body should reflect that in the Rocky series continuation.

“As he evolved physically for his characters in Creed and Black Panther, that growth became a stepping stone and a building block to getting his body to where it is now,” Calliet tells PEOPLE. “We came off of Black Panther where he was doing more weight training to bulk him up, and looking much bigger,” says Calliet, who has worked with Jordan for about four years. “When we did Creed II, it was much different, and we did more boxing. We implemented everything we’ve ever done: We weight trained, we did plyometric work, and we boxed a lot more. It was much more boxing. His conditioning and his body were on point.”

To get into prime boxing shape, Jordan would work out six or seven times a week for two or three times a day, and each session would be something different. He might start the day with weight training, do cardio in the afternoon, and mix in his boxing workouts and choreography — which he did for about two hours a day — in between.

But the workouts only made up half of how Jordan got in fighting shape. Calliet also put him on a strict nutrition plan to fit each day of training and filming.

“I designed his diet, and I had a chef on set to cook his food,” Calliet says. “His basic diet was protein and carbohydrates for about five or six meals a day. You have your basic proteins — chicken, fish, turkey, steak — and then carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, white potatoes, brown rice and white rice, depending on what I was trying to do. But his diet never stayed the same; it wasn’t like he ate the same exact thing for 12 weeks. His diet always changed depending on what he needed to look like and his energy levels and what the progress was.”

[From People]

I’m in awe of people who can do this. If you told me I had to take a job where I would be required to work out three times a day, seven days a week, all while doing a strict meat & potatoes diet, I would say “go f–k yourself, I’m not doing that.” Granted, I could probably live on meat and potatoes for weeks and months. But I wouldn’t be able to exercise like that AT ALL. The Kaiser Creed Diet: Just Mashed Potatoes, Please.

"Creed II" New York Premiere

"Creed II" New York Premiere

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Girl Monday says:

    Did you mean “worked out” in title?

  2. Lightpurple says:

    I can’t believe I’m looking forward to a boxing movie but I’m looking forward to a boxing movie.

    • Millenial says:

      Yeah, I think I’m going to have to watch this franchise. I didn’t even know about the first one until Black Panther. But the trailer for the second one was intriguing, so I’m going to have to watch both now! Shucks!

    • Lucy says:

      Right? I still remember when my brother and I went to see the first one. Every fight scene felt as if we were watching a real boxing fight. The two of us were at the edges of our seats.

  3. Mel says:

    I approve of his methods and the glorious results! Amen and AMEN!

  4. OriginalLala says:

    He obvs looks amazing but that diet and workout schedule sound awful. I’d last a week then Id be eating Beyond Burgers by the dozen

  5. Spikey says:

    Uhhhh! I *like* Tessa’s dress.
    As a fan of the original Rocky movies and of Creed I I’m so, so happy that they continue the franchise. Although MJB should be in every movie and would be a good fit for any role – that’s a given – he’s exceptional als Adonis. I cannot wait!

  6. Esmom says:

    If there was a vegetarian version, and I had unlimited funds and nothing else going on in my life, I think I could do this. The key is having the trainer and the chef. All you have to do is show up. That is privilege. I also realize it’s his job. I think this part of it sounds fun. And unlike some celebs who do very drastic and sometimes dangerous diets to either gain or lose weight, this seems fairly reasonable.

    • Ange says:

      Yeah if someone else was paying for it and showing up was all I had to do then sign me up! I’d be so pleased to have someone else do all the thinking for me while I got to look amazing.

  7. Vintage says:

    I want to say how adorable he is, but “adorable” isn’t the right word, and he’s way too young. Anyhoo….

    Awesome actor. Loved him since Friday Night Lights.

  8. Chris Christie's Belt says:

    The guy is 150 pound without roids. he got gyno surgery already from them.