How Vin Diesel Gets Fit for Fast & Furious

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How does Vin Diesel stay in shape to play Dominic Toretto, the musclebound mechanic at the center of ee? Diesel, who fills out a tank top pretty well at age 47, combines several techniques to stay fit without looking like he spends all day at the gym. Here’s what you can learn from Vin:

You Don’t Need the Work Ethic of The Rock

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In an interview with ScreenSlam, Diesel revealed he’s not a hardcore gym rat like Furious 7 co-star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“I have to give him a lot of credit… he is REALLY disciplined. But, Dwayne Johnson has an athlete’s sense of discipline. I never made money as an athlete like Dwayne has… so mine isn’t as disciplined,” said Diesel.

He’s Gone From Building Mass to Toning His Body

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Diesel, a former bouncer, told Men’s Fitness he’s changed his workout strategy over the years: “When I was younger I was trying to gain as much weight as possible. Now I focus on each body part to define it.”  

He Does a Bit of Powerlifting + High Rep Sets

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When it’s time for Diesel to work out, he likes to begin with two sets of powerlifting. That means he goes through three exercises – bench press, squats and deadlifts – lifting the heaviest weight possible. Then he switches to lighter weights at higher reps so he can isolate specific muscles and burn more calories.

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For Flexibility, He Turns to Yoga and Pilates

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Diesel, a breakdancer in his youth, probably knows that too much muscle and not enough stretching will leave you waddling around like a big stiff. He’s added yoga and pilates to his workout regimen, which gives him greater flexibility – even if he has to sacrifice a little muscle mass.

To Make Those Fight Scenes Convincing, He Does MMA


Diesel trained with Muay Thai expert and martial arts star Tony Jaa – the star of Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior – to get in fighting shape for Furious 7. He also picked up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after learning that the late Paul Walker practiced BJJ for years.

PHOTOS: Vin, Michelle & The Rock @ Furious 7 Premiere

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