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For Their New Movie 'Saltburn,' Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan Got Ripped Together

Jul 29, 2023

By Tom Ward

Promising a class clash between Jacob Elordi’s wealthy aristocrat and Barry Keoghan’s young scouser in the early 2000s university town of Saltburn, director Emerald Fennell’s follow-up to Promising Young Woman looks set to be a banger.

Very little is known about it at present, other than that Elordi (Euphoria, Priscilla) and Keoghan (The Batman, Banshees of Inisherin) are looking absolutely shredded in this behind the scenes training shot with the Dogpound’s Kirk Myers.

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A legend of Hollywood workouts, Myers has spent over 20 years in the fitness industry, having overcome his own struggles with obesity and heart failure. “Jacob has been a friend and client of mine for the last several years, and he brought Barry to join in a handful of times,” Myers says. “Barry already has an amazing trainer, and I was lucky enough to be able to train him a few times.”

As any fan of Keoghan knows (and surely that’s everyone on the planet at this point?) the Irish actor is a big boxing fan, and likes to keep in shape. With Elordi having previously put the work in for Euphoria, Myers knew he was working form a solid foundation in his quest to get them both “lean and athletic.”

Here’s how he did it.

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“I have more experience with Jacob Elordi and his routine as he's been coming in for years in both New York and Los Angeles,” Myers says. “Barry likes to drop in from time to time. Both guys are already very strong, so it was about keeping and maintaining the strength training while also layering in cardio to keep lean,” he explains.

Myers set them up on a rigorous workout regimen made up of cardio activation, including light jogging and jumping jacks, dynamic stretching and mobility exercises, strength training including compound movements like squats, deadlifts and overhead presses, using progressively heavier weights, plyometrics like box jumps and medicine ball throws, agility drills including shuttle runs, cardio conditioning including HIIT and sprints, core work, and, finally a cool down, followed by stretching, light cardio, and foam rolling. Yikes.

Barring warming up and cooling down, Myers says the main section of a workout could last from 60-75 minutes—a serious commitment. “The main workout can vary day to day especially because of scheduling, feeling tired, etc.” he explains. “Also, at Dogpound we like to incorporate different training modalities to address different aspects of athleticism. This is why we also create a team of trainers for each client rather than keeping to one.”

Myers says both actors were “extremely funny and kind” and that they pushed each other throughout their workouts, which feels suitable for two guys soon to be squaring off on screen. “They seem to have a positive rapport,” Myers says. “We enjoy working with them and having them work out here!”

With a team in place to guide both actors through their all encompassing workout, it was vital they were getting the other aspects of their training on point, too. Myers wasn’t involved in their diets, but notes that “consistency is key in maintaining that lean and athletic build.”

For anyone looking to build a similar physique he recommends:

Variety“It's important to incorporate a variety of protein sources to ensure you're getting a complete range of amino acids. For example, salmon, eggs, tofu, Greek yogurt, chickpeas, lentils, and nuts.”

Portion Control “Adjust portion sizes based on an individual caloric needs and fitness goals. If aiming for weight loss, portions and sizes should correlate to a calorie deficit.”

Nutrient Balance“A variety of vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruits are important to have balanced nutrition throughout the day.”

Supplements“If you’re concerned about meeting the daily protein intake, consider incorporating plant-based protein supplements like pea protein, hemp protein, or brown rice protein. I also love hydration supplements when working out such as our Dogpound Thirst Trap.”

He also notes that adequate water intake before, during, and after the workout is vital, as is sufficient sleep and rest to allow muscle repair. Don’t go all out 24/7, “Rest days are important and critical to avoiding injury.” Myers favours low-impact activities like walking or swimming to promote circulation and prevent muscle stiffness.

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Likewise, he says that “regular flexibility and mobility sessions maintain joint health and prevent imbalances, while occasional massages or foam rolling releases muscle tension and improves blood flow.”

Elordi and Keoghan’s routine may be difficult to fit in with your schedule. And, unless you are training to show off your bod in a film, it’s probably also unnecessary. However, for a little taster you can add to your usual gym sessions, Myers recommends the below. Aim for three sets of 15 reps of each unless otherwise stated, up to five times per week:PlankGet down on the mat with your forearms and toes your only point of contact. Keeping a flat spine, you’ll feel the (salt)burn as you maintain the hold for 60 seconds. If your lower back hurts more than your abs, adjust your position to ensure a flat back.Battle ropeWith a slight bend in the knee, grab both ends of the battle rope and let it rip. For 60 seconds you’re going to alternate lifting the rope, so when your right hand goes up, the left is moving downwards, and so on. Again, keep your back straight, eyes forward.

21sGet ready for a bicep blaster. Holding a pair of dumbbells in hand, you’re going to curl the weights up to just below your elbow joint, for seven reps. Without breaking, complete a further seven, but this time only working in the elbow to shoulders range. Finally, complete seven full bicep curls, moving from outstretched arms to the weights coming up to your shoulders. A killer, but worth it.

Cable CrossoversAdjust the cable machine so there’s a decent but liftable weight on each side, the handles about head height. Facing away from the machine, take a handle in each hand and, with a slight bend in the knees, pull the cables into the centre, and across your body so your hands meet in the middle. Slowly release to the start. Your chest, shoulders and upper back will thank you.

Ball SlamsFind a medicine ball, lifting through your legs (not your back) heft it overhead then power it down to the mat, imagining your enemies laid beneath you.

This story originally ran on British GQ with the headline “For Saltburn, Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan got ripped together.”

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