Christian Bale workout and interview

DOB: January 30, 1974
Birth Location: Haverfordwest, South Wales

Christian Bale is a Welsh actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in independent and art house films. He is currently staring in Terminator Salvation (2009) as John Connor and upcomming movies Public Enemies (2009) as Melvin Purvis .

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Bale Interview

Hollywood.com: You’ve said that you’re not the biggest fan of the physical conditioning that you’ve had to put yourself through. How do you make peace with that and get the job done?

Christian Bale: You just accept it. You don’t rest unless you’re in the middle of actually doing it. So you just make it a part of your routine. You just force that on yourself, and there is really no other way of doing it. You just do it, that’s it. You’ve got to get on with it and convince yourself that you like it and enjoy it. It’s funny because it’s the power of the mind and you’ll start enjoying it after a while even though when it’s done you can just switch it off and go, “F*ck that. I didn’t enjoy it for a second.” During it you can actually find yourself saying, “Ah, I really want to do whatever it is.”

Hollywood.com: Is it tough when you get the Batman body or the soldier’s body and then you’re done with the film and you don’t want keep up that level of fitness regimen, but you like where your physique is and you know that you have to keep up the hard work to maintain it?

Christian Bale: No, it’s not tough. It’s very easy to lose it and I don’t mind it at all, but it’s also a part of what I think is an addiction of mine: I like extreme circumstances, and so for me boredom is the consistency. I like that I’ve got one month and I have to go insane with training to be ready on time. If it’s just my life, I probably wouldn’t even do it. I can’t stand the tedium of repetition. So it’s got to be that it’s something new and that I have to do it in a hardcore fashion by dealing with a deadline, because if you have no deadline in sight – for me it has to feel like you’re sprinting for the finish line and then I take it seriously.

Christian Bale Workout
Workout Routine From Bodybuilding.com
Day 1:

Chin-ups superset with cable rows: 4 sets, 12 reps each exercise

High Pulls: 4 x 10, 8, 6 reps

Power Clean: 4 x 10, 8, 6 reps
Day 2:

Sprints: 5 sets of 30m sprints and 5 sets of 40m sprints (60 second breaks between sets and 120 seconds between distances)

Squat Jumps: 4 x 10, 8, 6 reps

Lunges: 4 x 10 reps
Day 3:

Dumbbell Flyes: 3 sets, 12 reps followed by Smith Machine bench press: 3 sets, 12 reps

Explosive Bench: 4 x 10, 8, 6 reps

Ricochets: Side to side jumps with feet together – 2 minutes on, 30 seconds off
Day 4:

Active rest
Day 5, 6, and 7:

Repeat days 1, 2, and 3