‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Leaves Fans Drooling As He Shows Off His ‘Perfect Shape’
Outlander star Sam Heughan admits that his character Jamie Fraser takes his clothes off “quite a lot.” And that means the actor is committed to staying fit. During his recent vacation to Mexico, Heughan showed off his “perfect shape” while working out on the beach — and the image left fans drooling.
The ‘Outlander’ star says Jamie Fraser’s lifestyle gives him his body
When Heughan first landed the role of Jamie back in 2014, he wasn’t nearly as buff as he is now. According to Men’s Journal, he ran races and triathlons, trained martial arts and Muay Thai in Thailand, and did mostly body-weight workouts. The Scot took this approach to his fitness because “Jamie Fraser doesn’t have access to a gym.”
“It’s his lifestyle that gives him his body. He’s an outdoorsman, a fighter, and I wanted to build that sort of body,” Heughan explained.
Sam Heughan started lifting weights to add muscle
Heughan just started lifting weights seriously in recent years. With the help of his trainer, John Valbonesi, the 41-year-old added Olympic lifts into a custom-designed “CrossFit-like” program. The goal was to add muscle and definition on Heughan’s body, while avoiding injury.
When Heughan prepares for his non-Jamie roles — like Sebastian in 2017’s The Spy Who Dumped Me — the actor changes up his training. He’ll do a lot of fight training and stunt work. He also walks and jogs for 30 to 45 minutes every morning and evening, while throwing in sprints and mobility work.
“It was an interesting part of training,” Heughan recalled. “It’s not always about smashing your body, but it is about consistency and getting your heart rate up.”
The ‘Outlander’ star leaves fans drooling with his latest Instagram post
No matter what kind of training Heughan is doing, it’s clear he’s putting in some serious ab work and eating extremely clean. The actor recently posted a pic from his vacation that featured him doing pull-ups on the beach at the “Tulum Jungle Gym.” His chiseled, washboard abs had fans drooling.
“Ummmm someone is in perfect shape dang,” one fan wrote. Another added, “Jeez Louise. I have some dirty clothes. May I borrow that washboard for just a second?”
The compliments continued, with one fan sharing, “You are going to receive the bill from my cardiologist.” A fourth wrote, “And did you have to have your shorts hanging so low? Lord help me.”
Sam Heughan was promoting My Peak Challenge
In the caption of his post Heughan wrote, “It’s a jungle out there! 🌴” and tagged the Instagram page of My Peak Challenge. Heughan founded the nonprofit My Peak Challenge in 2015, which is a mix of fitness and philanthropy.
The program allows members — known as Peakers — to set different physical challenges for themselves to raise cash for charity. Participants will commit to a goal — that’s usually physical — that they will work toward for a year. Common goals are things like running a race or climbing a mountain.
‘Outlander’ fans can easily join Sam Heughan and become a Peaker
All Outlander fans have to do to become a “Peaker” is visit the My Peak Challenge website and click join. The annual membership fee is $129, half of which goes to different charities.
The members get daily workout videos and meal plans. They can also participate in meet-ups, which sometimes include Heughan himself. Thousands of people participate from all over the world, and that’s something Heughan is very proud of.
“My Peak Challenge is a global movement that invites people to challenge themselves while helping others,” Heughan said. “MPC is a community that is dedicated to inspiring its members to live healthier, happier, and more balanced lives while raising funds to change lives.”
Outlander season 6 will premiere in early 2022 on Starz.