The Un-Official Ryan Gosling Workout Routine For The Crazy Stupid Love Movie

Before we get started let me just say that the real Ryan Gosling workout routine for Crazy, Stupid, Love has not been released. If you have read some other websites claiming to have the “secret workout” Ryan Gosling did … it ain’t real.

Gosling did not officially release nor did he announce the exact workout routine that he followed for the movie. There are some other good workouts online (here) that outline different strategies to building muscle like Gosling, but I still felt inspired to put in my two cents.

Ryan Gosling Workout

There is one major factor to Ryan looking so good for this movie. No, it’s not the gym he worked out in or even the workout his trainer had him follow. It is how he looked before he even started building muscle for Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Like many of the Hollywood stars who have built awesome physiques for their roles in front of the camera, Ryan Gosling had a good foundation to work with.

“But he was skinny before he even started working out!” you might think. Yes, this is true, but that is why he looked so good after building so much muscle.

Many times you will see an actor looking quite good in one movie only to look much worse in another. I may be referring to the regression of Vin Diesel in the Fast Five movie, and I may not. Can you believe how big, bloated and almost fat looking he got? Anyway…

Ryan went from looking average to looking great. He was able to pull this off because he did not gain a bunch of fat in the process. He gained lean muscle and kept his fat percentage low.

A Ryan Gosling Workout For The Majority

In order to create a look like Ryan Gosling sported in Crazy, Stupid, Love the majority will need to work on dropping fat while building lean muscle. If you are already lean or even skinny then you can skip this workout and move straight into this conservative bulking up workout.

Hannah: “Take of your shirt!”
Jacob: “Why?”
Hannah: “Will you take off your shirt? … Seriously!? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!”

Ryan Gosling Abs

To get “Photoshopped abs” you cannot have extra body fat. I’m sure that Gosling was around 10-12% body fat for this movie.

It’s hard to tell exactly how low his body fat was since we all hold fat differently, but for most, decent ab definition comes from being around 10% body fat.

Another key component to Gosling’s look is the size and type of his muscle. As you can see he is not overly done. He’s by no means huge or unnatural looking and personally I think that is exactly what most should aim to reach.

Along with his ab definition, he has well developed pecs (notice his upper chest is as developed as his lower chest — this creates that line in between your pecs) good sized shoulders and arms.

Here is what the Ryan Gosling workout could have looked like.

Day 1 – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps + HIIT Cardio
Incline dumbbell press – 5 sets of 5 reps
Flat bench press – 5 sets of 5 reps

Standing barbell military press – 5 sets of 5 reps
Seated dumbbell press – 5 sets of 5 reps

Close grip bench press – 5 sets of 5 reps
Standing cable extensions – 5 sets of 5 reps

Day 2 – Back, Biceps & Abs + HIIT Cardio
Pull ups – 5 sets of 5 reps
Bent over dumbbell rows – 5 sets of 5 reps

Standing barbell curls – 5 sets of 5 reps
Seated dumbbell curls – 5 sets of 5 reps

Straight planks – 3 sets for 1 minute
Side planks – 1 set (each side) for 1 minute

Day 3 – Rest

For the rest of the week you can simply repeat the workouts. So on day 4 you would start over with the workouts.

Depending upon how you feel you can rest on days 6 & 7 or you can start the workouts again or do cardio only on day 7.

Here is the HIIT cardio routine that I suggest you follow up each and every workout with. If you are feeling extremely worn down or tired you can skip it once or twice but you probably will be fine since the weight lifting portion is brief.

Why Workout Like This To Look Like Ryan Gosling?

There are a few reasons that I suggest a 5×5 workout like this. This set and rep scheme, as I explain further in this article about the 5×5 workout, achieves a great compromise of muscle definition and muscle size.

If you are truly skinny or truly big then there are better workouts to follow. For most this routine will work great. If you are looking for a workout to create muscle size and definition then Visual Impact is a good one to follow since it focuses on creating the “Hollywood” look.

By following up every workout with a brief HIIT cardio session you are going to burn optimal amounts of fat. Having low body fat is crucial to looking good.

Whether or not Ryan Gosling’s workout looked like this or not, I do believe that this is a great approach to building the same kind of physique.