How Did Jonathan Majors Get in Shape for “Creed III”?

Jonathan Majors The New York Red Carpet Special Screening of
Jonathan Majors The New York Red Carpet Special Screening of "White Boy Rick" in 2018. Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix/Shutterstock (9880754v)

Michael B. Johnson may be the main star of Creed III, but all eyes are on Jonathan Majors in the third part of the boxing trilogy. The Top Gun: Maverick actor plays Creed’s friend-turned-foe, Damian “Dame” Anderson, and he certainly bulked up for the role!

“We needed somebody physically formidable, you know, on top of his stuff,” Majors explained.

Part of the 33-year-old actor’s workout routine was sparring with professional boxers, which makes sense considering Creed III is part of the Rocky universe. Majors took part in two training sessions each day, starting at 4 a.m. 

“Right now I’m probably four [percent] body fat but also five or six pounds heavier than [when I was on set],” he revealed. 

So, what exactly did the actor, who also stars in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, do to get in shape?

His routine starts with three sets of straight arm lat pulldowns, each of which includes 10 reps. That is followed by three sets of close grip pull-ups and leg raises at 10–12 and 8–10 reps each, and by three sets of oblique knee raises at eight reps apiece. 

Majors also focused on dumbbell exercises and followed a diet of rice and lean proteins, such as chicken, turkey, and bison.