When Michael B Jordan dropped the trailer for “Creed II” in September of 2018, the thirst of female fans viraled out on the social web with reacts and shares.
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It quickly became apparent that the film would be a girls’ night hit and opening weekend would attract throngs of mothers and daughters. Why? Because Michael B Jordan’s physique plays a crucial role in the film’s enduring appeal.
The only thing fans lauded more than Jordan’s noticeable chest and shoulder work, was the proportional body-fat ratio he achieved for “Creed II.” Jordan’s body-fat percentage is hovering somewhere between 8-10 percent, which helps to surface and showcase the actor’s musculature in a classically Hollywood fashion.
In fact, cutting fat to lower his body-mass index was a huge challenge for Jordan’s “Creed II” training. The actor told US Weekly that he began training for the role immediately after filming had wrapped for “Black Panther” where he played a beefy, bulky villain.
You’ll see in the photo above that Jordan had to transform himself from a muscular super villain into a sleek, lean boxer.
How Big Is Michael B Jordan?
Michael B Jordan is 5 feet and 11 inches tall, weighs around 175 pounds and maintains a low body-fat ratio, according to sources. Though, both his weight and body-fat percentage change dramatically depending on the role he is training for. Some reports claim that Jordan packed on over 20 pounds of muscle for the role, but considering his size during the filming of “Black Panther,” the actor most likely had to strategically cut weight without losing muscle and pay close attention to his diet to achieve the lean look of a boxer.
Key Characteristics of Michael B. Jordan’s Physique
It’s important to remember that movies are fantasies, and not representations of real life. Filmmakers are masters of special effects, cinematography, sound design, wardrobe and lighting. All of these techniques are liberally employed in almost every Hollywood blockbuster to make actors look larger than life. Michael B Jordan’s physique in “Creed II” is no exception.
While Jordan has achieved a physique befitting of a film star, his portrayal of Adonis Creed has been enhanced by the resources of an entire studio, film-production crews, expensive trainers and dieticians.
With that said, Kinobody’s “Creed II” workout is about to get you ready to battle your childhood nemesis and any evil villains who dare challenge you for the title — and you’ll look amazing while doing it!
Adonis Creed’s physique showcases a broad, fully-developed chest and eye-popping shoulders. His low body-fat percentage surfaces the musculature of the biceps, triceps and abdominals, allowing them to be seen from every angle.
One thing most people aren’t acknowledging about the Creed body is Michael B Jordan’s athletic legs. Creed is a boxer, and Jordan’s lower body reflects that.
The Creed body is a textbook example of Kinobody’s Greek God Program. We’ll focus on shoulder presses, incline bench presses and some light leg work to deliver the stunning physique of a boxer — at least, a Hollywood film star portraying a boxer.
The Michael B Jordan “Creed II” Workout Routine
This is not the exact workout Michael B Jordan used to develop the Adonis Creed body. However, Kinobody is a pioneer in building the Hollywood physique, and we’ve helped thousands of everyday people achieve a look that is worthy of film, television and broadcast media. Kinobody’s “Creed II” workout has its roots on our Greek God Program, which delivers incredible strength and statuesque muscle in classical proportions.
A quick note about nutrition: We don’t outline Michael B Jordan’s dietary regimen in this article, but nutrition is such an important component of any body transformation program. That’s why diet is at the forefront of Kinobody’s Greek God Program. Our celebrity workouts show you how to train like a Hollywood actor, but our coursework not only shows you how to fuel like a film star, but we also detail the important lifestyle changes you’ll need to adopt to achieve your dream physique and become the best version of yourself.
The “Creed II” body transformation consists of two workouts. One workout will hit the chest, back and shoulders, while the second workout trains the biceps, triceps and legs. The Creed body workout requires three training sessions each week, alternating between workouts A and B.
You will train each muscle group every 4-5 days, which is an optimal frequency to maximize muscle growth and recovery. It takes about 48 hours for strained muscles to recover. However, a key component of the Kinobody philosophy is rest. The local neurons that fire specific muscle groups take 3-4 days to recharge. So for maximum strength gains, it’s best to wait 3-5 days before training a muscle hard and heavy again.
Example “Creed II” Training Schedule
- Monday: Workout A
- Wednesday: Workout B
- Friday or Saturday: Workout A
- Monday: Workout B
- Wednesday: Workout A
- Friday or Saturday: Workout B
Workout A: Chest, Back and Shoulders
- Incline Barbell Press: 3 sets — 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 (reverse pyramid)
- Standing Barbell Press: 3 sets — 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 (reverse pyramid)
- Flat Bench Press: 3 sets — 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 (reverse pyramid)
- Seated Cable Row: 4 sets — 12, 10, 8, 6 (standard pyramid)
- Lateral Raises: 4 sets — 12, 10, 8, 6 (standard pyramid)
Workout B: Biceps, Triceps and Legs
- Weighted Chinups: 3 sets — 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 (reverse pyramid)
- Barbell Front Squats: 3 sets — 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 (reverse pyramid)
- Tricep Rope Pushdowns: 4 sets — 12, 10, 8, 6 (standard pyramid)
- Hammer Curls: 4 sets — 12, 10, 8, 6 (standard pyramid)
- Pistol Squats: 3 sets of 6-10 reps each leg
The weighted chinups is one of our favorite movements for developing the musculature on the arms and back. It’s most effective when using the Kino Belt.
“Creed II” Workout Notes
Michael B. Jordan’s “Creed II” workout is challenging and rewarding. You will build muscle in the correct proportions with consistent effort.
The fundamentals of Kinobody’s weight-lifting progression schedule are explained in detail in our courses. Check out the Greek God Program to learn more about reverse pyramid training and our philosophy behind muscle growth and recovery.
Essentially, reverse pyramid training begins the three sets with the heaviest weights and the lowest reps. Lower the weight load by 10 percent and increase the reps with both the second and third set.
For standard pyramid training, begin with a weight that you can perform for 12 reps. Rest for 60-90 seconds before concluding the movement with the remaining three sets of 10, 8 and 6 reps. Again, consult the Greek God Program for an in-depth investigation into the Hollywood physique philosophy.
To see results faster, we recommend using Kinobody’s Superhero Stack which includes Kino Octane Pre-Workout, Kinobody Gains and Kino Aminos. Kino Octane is a pre-workout and nitric-oxide booster that delivers a powerful dose of L-citrulline, natural caffeine and other supportive micronutrients. Kinobody Gains provides clinically-proven doses of creatine monohydrate, zinc, choline and a few important amino acids. Kino Aminos is our BCAA product that features the effective ratio of leucine, isoleucine and valine, in addition to other amino acids necessary for muscle growth.
Regardless of where you are on your fitness path, Kinobody can help you become the best version of yourself. Visit some or our other celebrity workouts, peruse our many fitness courses and visit our blog for free tips and, of course, inspiration from our founder, Greg O’Gallagher.