Brad Pitt’s strong arms, big chest and ripped abs we ogled over in Fight Club and Troy, did not come easily. In order to bulk up for these roles, Pitt followed an intensive workout routine which involved focusing on one muscle group each day. His inclusion of 60-minute cardio sessions and a diet of four high-protein, low-carb meals, helped him shed those extra pounds even faster, ultimately giving him that chiseled look. A father of six, Pitt can often be seen playing with his kids on the playground and with his recent role in The Tree of Life, he seems to be effortlessly juggling both work and family.
Patrick Dempsey’s fit physique is maintained by lots of cardio, including cycling and running. Dempsey says that he wants to stay healthy for his kids, since he had them in his 40s, so he eats healthy and practices a full exercise regimen. Dempsey says his three kids have made his relationship with his wife, Jillian Fink, stronger.
An iconic athlete known worldwide, David Beckham has wooed sports fans with his quick feet and leadership on the soccer field. In order to keep up his lean body and those six-pack abs we all know him for, this former Manchester United and Real Madrid player focuses on total body routines rather than isolation exercises, which keep his muscle mass in check. While soccer practice obviously increases his endurance, speed and agility, by eating complex carbohydrates and lean meats, Beckham also maintains his energy. Although his training schedule and three kids keep him busy, this 36-year-old star and his wife, Victoria, are expecting their fourth child this summer.
He’s always been known for his charming, boyish good looks, but as audiences witnessed in his recent film, The Town, Affleck is hiding a much more toned physique. In order to better fit his role as the brawny bank robber, this 38-year-old and father of two, spends countless hours in the gym doing weighted pull-ups, lunges and hanging leg raises. By combining free weights with an intensive speed-walking routine on a steep treadmill, Affleck keeps those heads turning.
We swooned over him in The Wedding Planner and laughed at his corky jokes in Dazed and Confused, but for years, Matthew McConaughey has remained one of the sexiest men in Hollywood. But instead of spending countless hours in the gym, this father of two can often be seen outside – shirtless - running, cycling, surfing and swimming. When he does choose to lift weights, McConaughey typically uses supersets to get the best results possible, and quickly.
Hugh Jackman’s body first emerged into the spotlight when he appeared as Wolverine in the X-Men films, and has stayed consistent through all the films. To prepare for Wolverine, he ate six meals a day and followed a strict exercise regimen. He says he benched 315 pounds and leg-pressed 1,000 prepping for X-Men: The Last Stand. Now, 6-foot, 3-inches tall, Jackman continues to exercise on a regular basis, and likes to incorporate his time with his two children, Oscar and Ava, into maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Usher prefers to use his own body weight to maintain those legendary abs, while being a daddy to Usher V and Naviyd. His passion for dancing is reflected in his “40 minutes of funk” routine, which includes stretching, skipping, jumping jacks, treadmill time and 1,000 crunches. He always looks fit when out with his kids, who he says are what made him a real man.
We all know him as James Bond, but this father of five has consistently topped the “Most Beautiful People” lists. Alternating between yoga, tennis, swimming, hiking, running and cycling, Brosnan has managed to stay fit and healthy, even at age 57.
Despite having four daughters, Matt Damon has not only managed to stay on top of his acting career, but he has also remained in tip-top shape. As we all witnessed in Invictus and the Bourne trilogy, Damon has managed to pack on a lot of muscle onto his 5-foot, 10-inch frame. In order to prepare for his previous role as Jason Bourne, Damon spent countless hours in the gym boxing and doing martial arts.
Mark Wahlberg may have just turned 40, but he’s in no way slowing down. When he’s not taking care of his four children, he’s working on his rock-hard body. To prepare for his role in last year’s The Fighter, Wahlberg installed a boxing gym in his home four years prior to shooting the film, so that he could train intensely and be ready to play real-life fighter Mickey Ward. And his healthy regimen has paid off—he’s always seen around L.A. toting his kids—Ella, Michael, Brendan and Grace.
We all wish we could be stranded on a paradise island with this Hollywood hunk. Known for his leading role in the hit series, “Lost,” Holloway has captured audiences through his winsome portrayals and rock-hard physique. Living in tropical Hawaii, this young actor enjoys exercising outdoors, often kayaking with his wife, Yessica, playing soccer or hiking. He also incorporates basic weight lifting training – bench press, bicep curls, dumbbell flies – and intensive kickboxing sessions to maintain his ripped body.
Looking at these studly celebrity fathers and their families is certainly a call for celebration this Father’s Day. Click through to find out how they juggle a family and a Hollywood career while still looking oh so fine