Here’s the ‘Deadpool 2’ Workout That Got Ryan Reynolds Totally Ripped

Train like Marvel’s baddest superhero.

(Photo: 20th Cent. Fox/The Walt Disney Company)

Deadpool may hide his horribly disfigured, Freddy Kruger-like skin behind a red skintight bodysuit, but his bulging muscles are clear as day. 

If you want the chiseled physique of Marvel’s shit-talking mercenary, get ready to work. Men’s Health interviewed Ryan Reynolds’ longtime personal trainer, Don Saladino, and got the inside scoop on the insane workout regimen the actor used to prepare for the superhero role.

“Most people don’t know [Reynolds is] really performing a lot of his own stunts in Deadpool,” Saladino told the mag. “He wants things to look as real as possible on camera. For him to be able to do that, I need to make sure his body is moving as well as it looks.”

While audiences might fixate on his six-pack abs, core work wasn’t the main focus of Reynolds’ training. 

“We’ve eliminated a lot of abdominal training,” Saladino explained. “In the beginning, he would start every workout with a lot of abs, but he’s come to realize that a lot of his abdominal work comes down to the heavy lifting, pulling and squatting he ends up doing. All those exercises are really focusing on that abdominal wall.”

What really makes the workout is Saldino’s “secret weapon”—the carry. 

“I’ve got 20 to 30 different variations of carries,” he said. “They’re one of the biggest bang for your buck exercises you got. You will not see me design a program without carries at least one time a week,” he said.  

Get shredded like a superhero with the Deadpool 2 workout below: 

Warm Up

Prepare your body for a beating with these simple movements. 

90/90 Elevated Breathing
3 minutes

Foam Rolling
10 passes

Cat Cow
30 seconds


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Thoracic Rotations
10 reps each side

Hip Circle
5 reps clockwise, 5 reps counterclockwise

The Workout 

Perform as a circuit five time with limited rest in between each exercise. 

Kettlebell Swing
5 reps

Front Squat
5 reps – 80 to 85 percent exertion

Bench Press
5 reps – 80 to 85 percent exertion

5 reps

The Carry

One-Arm Suitcase Carry
25 yards, alternating arms

Double Suitcase Carry
25 yards

One-Arm Rack Carry
25 yards

One-Arm Overhead (Waiter) Carry
25 yards

Bottom-Up Carry
25 yards


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Finish up with a 5-10 minute cool down on an exercise or treadmill.

[Men’s Health]