Michael B. Jordan plays zero games about his fitness. The Creed and Black Panther star thought he was in the shape of his life when he played Apollo Creed’s son in the 2015 blockbuster. But to play the villain Erik “Killmonger” Stephens, he needed to pack on 15 more pounds of muscle. That’s where his trainer, Corey Calliet came in.
The pair worked out six days a week with a workout plan that consisted strictly of weightlifting. When the two paired up for Fantastic Four, Jordan admittedly couldn’t lift 25 pounds! Naturally, MBJ got into gear and through six meals a day and some circuit training on top, he was able to get the sculpted body he wanted for the role.
“He told me, ‘I need to look like this,’ and it’s a picture of Killmonger fighting Black Panther,” Calliet told Business Insider. “He was very big, so I knew I had to make Mike look like a free safety or a Marine. If you want to be a villain you have to have that savage type of demeanor. ”
There’s no doubt that the two are going to team up again to do work when Jordan reprises the role of Adonis Creed when Creed 2 lands in theaters.