Thursday, September 17, 2009

FilmInFocus.com Teaches Us How to Train Like Tatum

With a self-professed love for anything in the hamburger and beer food groups, Channing Tatum pretty much eats and drinks whatever he wants in between films, but when he's training for a film/photoshoot (i.e. 'Fighting', August 2009 issue of GQ), he's very focused and determined and grilled chicken and broccoli become his best friends.

Earlier this year, I posted an article with an interview from Chan's trainer for 'Fighting' that detailed out his diet and workout regimen before and during filming, and now, thanks to Channing Tatum Fan and CTU reader Jane, we have a new article from FilmInFocus.com letting us know how Chan trained for his new role in 2010's Roman drama 'The Eagle of the Ninth' where he plays young centurion Marcus Aquila.

To learn how to train like Tatum, you can read FilmInFocus' article in it's entirety below...


One of the most anticipated titles of 2010, Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman adventure novel The Eagle of the Ninth, is currently in production, and will be shooting on location over the next few months in Hungary and Scotland.

The film’s lead actor is Channing Tatum, who has starred in three movies already this year, Fighting, Public Enemies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Tatum, who cut his teeth in the very popular movies Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, is known for his fit physique and the physicality he brings to roles, so FilmInFocus asked him to share with us his training schedule for the movie.

Below, you can see how his work-out regime for the week prior to shooting, as he hit peak fitness to play the role of Marcus Aquila, the young centurion on a quest to discover what happened to his father’s legion, which seemingly disappeared in Northern Britain. And if you follow this exercise schedule – regular running, horse riding, chariot racing, sword fighting, and hand-to-hand combat – you too could be ready to face the grueling challenges of being a soldier in the Roman army. Or a physically superior movie star.


  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Fight Club -hand to hand combat
  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Run from production office to hotel (6 kilometres)


  • 08:00 -09.30 - Boot Camp - Fall-in formation and drill work
  • 10.30 - 12:00 - Horse riding training (solo)
  • 18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


  • 08:00 - 09.30 - Fight Club with Jamie Bell - fight choreography
  • 10.30 - 12:00 - Horse riding with Jamie Bell
  • 18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


  • 08:00-09.30 - Boot Camp - Formation Running and Forming Roman Testudo
  • 10:00 - 11.30 - Chariot work
  • 18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


  • 08:00-:09.30 - Fight Club - Sword fighting
  • 10:00 - 11.30 - Stunt practice with team
  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Run from production office to hotel

All I can say is, they had me at "Chariot work"! Knowing what Chan is training for gets me even more excited about this movie that will probably hit theaters sometime next summer or fall. Stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped to get the latest news on the film!

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