Examining The Entire Daniel Craig Workout Routine To Build A James Bond Body
I don’t think I need to tell you, but Daniel Craig is an awesome example of having a good amount of size & definition. It seems like Craig really made a name for himself and his physique with his appearance as 007 in Casino Royale. Since that movie came out in 2006, and now with the release of Skyfall, everyone wants to know what Daniel Craig’s workout looked like and how he built his James Bond body.
Not surprisingly, Craig’s workout is pretty well put together and obviously effective.
“I gave up smoking and exercised 5 times a week. At weekends I ate and drank what I liked. The work out lasted only 45 minutes but we didn’t stop. Circuits, lifting, working weights and lots of pull ups … I told my personal trainer, Simon Waterson, I’ve got to look like I could kill someone when I take my shirt off” – Said Craig.
Usually, when examining a celebrity’s workout this is the part where I would advise you not to follow James Bond’s workout routine and I’d tell you that there are much better ways of working out, but this one is actually pretty darn good.
Craig’s workout began every week with a full body circuit routine routine. Circuits seem to come and go as far as popularity, but if done correctly they can be an awesome way to not just build muscle and shed fat but to also actually get in shape.
After hitting the circuit routine on Monday, the rest of the week was focused on building solid muscle until Friday where he repeated the circuit.
Then he took the weekend to do light cardio and recover from the week’s grueling workouts.
Monday & Friday – Full Body Circuit
Since this is a circuit, doing all of the exercises consecutively is considered 1 set. Do 15 reps for each exercise with as little rest between exercises as you can do.
After you’ve done 1 set rest for 3-4 minutes and repeat. Do a total of 3 sets.
- Clean and Press
- Weighted Knee Raise
- Weighted Step-ups
- Incline Pushup
- Triceps Dips
Tuesday – Chest & Back
- Incline Bench Press – 4sets of 10 reps
- Pullups – 4sets of 10 reps
- Incline Pushup – 4sets of 10 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Flys – 4sets of 10 reps
Wednesday – Legs
- Squat – 4sets of 10 reps
- Straight-Leg Deadlifts – 4sets of 10 reps
- Hamstring Curl – 4sets of 10 reps
- Weighted Lunge – 4sets of 10 reps
Thursday – Shoulders & Arms
- Incline Biceps Curls – 4sets of 10 reps
- Triceps Dips – 4sets of 10 reps
- Lateral Raises – 4sets of 10 reps
- Shoulder Press – 4sets of 10 reps
Saturday & Sunday – Rest / Light Cardio
Why Daniel Craig’s Workout Worked
Daniel Craig was able to quickly pack on some solid muscle mass for his role in Casino Royale and then take it to the next level in Skyfall mainly because he had an awesome trainer, solid diet and he was already in good shape before he even started working out for the role.
If you search Google images for pictures of Craig you’ll mainly get him as James Bond, but if you’ve seen him in some of his past films you know that Craig has sported some solid muscle tone. Picture below is of Craig in Tomb Raider
Similar to how Brad Pitt prepared for his roles in both Fight Club and in Troy, Craig added muscle to an already lean body — a (now mainstream) method of looking sharp during the “bulking” process.
The idea behind this is that your skin is used to a lean and smaller version of you. When you build muscle (whether using the this workout or not) your skin is tight because you’ve been smaller for a long time.
So if you are small or even downright skinny, your main priority should be to pack on dense muscle mass.
If you have a bit of fat to lose don’t worry about looking too small if you diet down.
Once you are at a lower body fat percentage you will actually look a bit bigger. Having an increased amount of muscle definition works wonders and this is the perfect platform to build muscle on.
The diet that almost all of my fitness colleges and I use to shed fat is Eat Stop Eat. But the main goal is to simply find a diet that you can follow and still live a normal life without counting every calorie or needing to prepare 6 meals a day in advance.
A good approach adding muscle can be found in the Visual Impact Muscle Building workout routine. If you’re already lean then I recommend you just staying on phase 1 and/or 2 until you’ve built all the muscle mass you want.
If you need to shed a few pounds of fat, do what I did and skip straight to phase 3 to get lean and toned and then move to phase 1 where you can build more muscle.
The author, Rusty Moore, goes into greater detail and some advanced methods on his website. To learn more about this workout program you can visit the official website here, or you can heckout my before and after photos to see what kind of results I was able to get from it.
One More Quote From Bond
Vesper Lynd: If the only thing left of you was your smile and your little finger, you’d still be more of a man than anyone I’ve ever known.
James Bond: That’s because you know what I can do with my little finger… 😀