How Matt Damon Got Into Jason Bourne Shape—For The Fourth Time
It takes an ass kicking to kick ass.
BY SARAH RENSE | Jul 26, 2016 | Fitness & Health
Matt Damon is no longer a young man. At 45 years old, his body is starting to slow down, as any man's body at 45 years of age slows down. Damon was 30 when he was first cast as Jason Bourne. Fifteen years have passed. But he still took on a fourth turn as Bourne, a character best know for taking—and administering—brutal beatings in a majority of his time on screen.
Damon's workout regimen to get into Jason Bourne shape had to be equally brutal. It has been 10 years since we last saw Bourne, after all, and those 10 years were hard living. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Damon said, "You have to look like you've suffered. And the only way to do that is to suffer."
So he did. A lot. According to The Guardian, Damon trained each day with two high intensity gym sessions, 90 minutes each, for 10 weeks prior to shooting. For comparison's sake, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends scattering high intensity training sessions throughout the week, paired with plenty of recovery time. It also suggests easing into a schedule, but as Damon's prior film was The Martian, he likely had the required base level of fitness to jump into the routine without seriously injuring himself. Damon also followed a restrictive diet consisting of vegetables and protein, and nothing more. Cutting carbs cuts out body fat, giving him the leaner muscle tone Bourne boasts.
Thus, with that body, Damon kicks ass, despite the 10-year hiatus from amnesia-fuelled ass-kicking. And what a punch he can throw.
From: Esquire US.