Did Hugh Jackman bulk up by using steroids?

Did Hugh Jackman Take Steroids To Bulk Up For The Wolverine? (Video - Photos)

Hugh Jackman famously borrowed The Rock’s training regimen to get massive and ripped for The Wolverine – did he also borrow The Rock’s steroid regimen?

When actors have to put on pounds and pounds of muscle for a role in a short amount of time, it’s very likely that that they turn to steroids to help them. Not all of them, and not always. If they have more than 6 months for their training regime and they have solid trainers, then it’s sometimes doable without the steroids. Henry Cavill, for example, famously avoided steroids while filming Man of Steel, although he did have almost a year to get into shape.

So what about Hugh Jackman? Well, according to him, he called up Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and said, “Buddy, I saw you in The Tooth Fairy…and then I saw you in an action movie and you are massive. How do you do it?’” Let’s just say it takes a lot of time and food to look that big.” Dwayne’s response was, “He said, ‘Okay, you want to put on 25 pounds of lean muscle? You need six months. You need to eat 6,000 calories and here it is.”

Now, everybody loves Hugh Jackman. But he’s played the Wolverine 5 times now, and each time, he’s had less than six months to bulk up. Is it possible he turned to steroids to gain the needed muscle? Dwayne Johnson is already massive, and obviously uses a serious steroid regimen – he has admitted to using steroids in the past and is clearly using them again. Hugh, on the other hand, shot Les Miserables before he shot the Wolverine, which means not only did he have to put on 25 pounds of muscle, he needed to gain enough weight to look like a normal human first.

’d like to believe that Hugh didn’t use steroids and that everything was natural. Everyone knows and loves Hugh Jackman for his work ethic, and he’s incredibly committed to all of his roles. That being said, we’re desperately trying to quiet the little voice in our head that keeps saying that putting on that kind of muscle in such a short amount of time is just not possible without some outside help. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.


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3 Responses to Did Hugh Jackman bulk up by using steroids?

  1. Oy Veigh says:

    I’m virtually certain that he did. Two giveaways. One is the rate of muscle gains. Without steroids, a man that is eating heavy and training hard can put on between 1-2 pounds of muscle per month [1]. But, in order to gain that much, he has to “dirty bulk”, meaning, dramatically overeat and put on a lot of fat. Jackman exceeded the natural speed limit for bulking up.

    Second, his trainer is Mike Ryan. Mike Ryan is a famous celebrity trainer who used to be the manager of Gold’s Gym Venice Beach, which is a mecca of steroid-using bodybuilders. For instance, it was Schwarznegger’s gym. I believe that Mike Ryan is a roids coach. He has worked with other likely celebrity roid users (The Rock, Steve Austin, Edward Norton just before American History X, Mickey Rourke).

    [1] http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/how-much-muscle-can-you-gain/
    [2] http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/mike_ryan_interview.htm

  2. Carlson Gennari says:

    I have worked out for a year quite religiously and I think it is safe to say that building muscle takes time. A key princible is rest, and factoring recovery time over a 6 month period, is not enough to build that kind of muscle, unless supplemented.

    Regardless if you have 1 or 10 hours in the gym every day, once a muscle group has been worked it needs to recover and grow. Also, hypertrophy training seems to take a lot more time to recover from than strength training.

    Also, the rocks routine sucks, i just lokoed at it. he works out the chest once a week for something like 5 sets of 15-20 reps.

    Hello? This guys physique is elite, and 5 sets a week is just not enough for this. And neither is 6 months of training, unasisted.

    Kind regards,

  3. Shane says:

    Dorian Yeats used to do even less sets than that while he was Mr Olympia. Number of sets doesn’t matter. Intensity matters. 5 ball busting sets are way better than 15 mediocre ones. But with regards to Hugh’s physique, as a gear using bodybuilder myself, my opinion is that to get shredded, and bulk up at the same time, all within a few months… Tren is most likely involved!