It's a given that if you're a celeb icon who looks as good as actor and film producer Brad Pitt does (shirtless or not), you're doing many things right. We checked out the healthy habits and fitness secrets Brad Pitt lives by to make 58 look great, so listen up. And next, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says to stay up-to-date on the fitness scoop.
Get ready for another BRADiant treat coming to a theater near you
Nobody earns the title of "most handsome man in Hollywood" or "sexiest man alive" without learning some good, solid habits along life's journey. Brad Pitt is starring in a new action-thriller flick with Sandra Bullock called Bullet Train, debuting in theaters on August 5, where he plays Ladybug, a talented assassin with not the best of luck. He carries out his mission while traveling on the fastest bullet train on Earth in Japan.
Hmm, can we purchase a seat in the bar car? (Asking for a friend!) Pitt still has everything it takes to have all eyes on him, and we're watching (and listening) very closely.
Brad Pitt is a fan of matcha, cranberry juice, and fizzy water
Pitt enjoys indulging in many favorites, just like the rest of us. Matcha green tea, cranberry juice, and fizzy water are some of them. ("I've got the cleanest urinary tract in all of L.A., I guarantee you," he reveals.) And the star offers some pretty wise advice, sharing with GQ, "For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy. Yeah, the avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It's the real missing out on life. It's those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically. That make us better."
He sculpted lean muscle and got "shredded" for Fight Club
The heartthrob brought us so much entertainment on the big screen, including his movies Fight Club, Troy, Fury, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and so much more. How does the actor constantly have what it takes to look so darn great?
Pitt is truly committed to his on-screen characters. When he trained for his role in Flight Club, he had only 6% body fat and about 154 pounds of lean muscle. The look for the part did not happen overnight. As with any workout goal, it took much sweat and dedication! According to Damon Caro, the stunt coordinator for Flight Club, "He's a genetic freak. Brad's got the ability to do whatever he wants to do. He can build up, but for that one he got lean, so while he was working out and lifting he was restricting his calories. I mean he was shredded for that film."
He bulked up his back and stuck to a strict diet for Troy
The "soldier of mythical proportions" Troy actor made many jaws drop in his role as Achilles, and has not stopped turning heads since. His muscles and six-pack were the envy of many. For the role, Pitt worked with celebrity personal trainer and former Navy Seal, Duffy Gaver. "If you really want to build a good physique, my take is you need a good thick back, decent shoulders and decent arms. And then you can worry about leaning out," Gaver reveals to Esquire.
Pitt completed plenty of dumbbell rows, pull-downs, and other moves to help bulk up his back for Achilles on the big screen. Nutrition, of course, played a major role in the star's regimen alongside his exercise. As Gaver puts it, "The big joke was 'Chicken, broccoli, brown rice.' So much so that Brad sat down months later with some people and my name came up. They said 'chicken?' and Brad was like [*slips into perfect Brad Pitt impression*] 'Yeah, broccoli, brown rice.'"
He completed martial arts training, aka "yoga for combat," for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Brad Pitt always seems to have an end goal in mind. When he played Cliff Booth, an ex-military stuntman in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, he didn't use a stunt double for the role. He prepared aggressively for a number of fight scenes, one of them being with legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee. This involved martial arts training with Rob Alonzo, veteran fighter coordinator, pretty much all day long.
Alonzo explains to Men's Journal, "I didn't want him just going through the motions. I knew that if Brad learned the principles of martial arts—like timing, spacial awareness, and range—he would be able to flow in the scenes much more naturally, like a real fighter would."
Martial arts geared Pitt up both physically and mentally. Every day kicked off with a "dynamic warmup flow," referred to by Alonzo as "yoga for combat." It included fundamental martial arts positions, such as front stance, back stance, and horse stance. Alonzo explains, "It's more than a warmup or a stretch. It was a way for him to prepare mentally, and it's also great for conditioning. If you're doing it right, you're sweating by the end."