Scanning the pages of Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness, and really any other magazine, the glossy pages are littered with unreal-looking, sculpted men. Look, we’ve all read about the Photoshop controversies on either side of the spectrum, but for the most part these men worked their asses off for their killer bods. Countless celebrities inspire us on the daily via their Instagram, Twitter, and blog posts. Despite the difference in their lives — being photographed and judged by random civilians every single day may be the motivator behind their six-packs — hard work doesn’t lie.
No matter how much money you have, getting in shape takes determination and will-power to lead a clean, balanced life. We’ve rounded up the seven fittest celebrities and athletes for workout inspiration the next time you hit the gym.
1. Chris Pratt
Everyone’s favorite funny guy, Chris Pratt went from the chubby hilarious dude to the absolutely ripped funny dude. His dweeby character, Andy, took a dramatic turn once Pratt scored his role in Guardians Of The Galaxy and was forced to trim down. He lost a total of 60 pounds in six months and looks as fit as ever. Plus, Pratt is just the best.
2. Hugh Jackman
In order to play one of the most iconic roles, there is no question you need to be fit. Jackman recently quit his career-defining role as Wolverine in X-Men, but his gym routine hasn’t stopped. If you’re super inspired by his strong physique, you can cop his workout from his very own personal trainer for your next session at the gym.
Usher’s recent hit single “I Don’t Mind” is proof that this multi-grammy winning singer still has the fire in him. He has been around for longer than many artists and continues to kill the music game. Usher also happens to have one of the most enviable bodies in the celebrity world. Head to the gym, and steal his physique.
4. Ben Affleck
Over the past few months, Ben Affleck has slowly ben morphing into a hulk-like version of himself after being cast as Batman in his most exciting film yet. Affleck has always been in incredible shape, but nothing quite like he is now. You can peak at his workout and also morph into a total superhero.
5. Joe Manganiello
Manganiello is fairly new to the Hollywood’s celebrity world. He just married Sofia Vergara which undoubtedly snagged him a spot closer to the A-list, not to mention being one of the most desirable actors in Hollywood. His claim to fame began on HBO’s True Blood series, where the world slowly began recognizing how absolutely incredible his body was and is. In fact, he wrote a book titled Evolution about his diet regimen and how to achieve the perfect body and improve your quality of life. There are more men’s fitness-related articles on Manganiello than arguably any actor out there. I think you’ve just found your No. 1 gym inspiration.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Men’s Health deemed this famous soccer player “The Fittest Man Alive” in its September 2014 issue. Ronaldo, a Portuguese soccer player if you don’t already know, runs over six miles per game and can kick the ball over 80 miles per hour. It’s no doubt he’s worked extremely hard for his statue-like physique, and being a professional athlete, it’s difficult for him to get out of shape. Ronaldo is someone you should take a few tips from if you want to improve your game or simply get yourself in shape.
7. Mark Wahlberg
Marky Mark is every guy’s closet celebrity crush. Not only does he have his own line of protein but he’s also a pretty badass dude who loves getting shit done. That is why Mark Wahlberg should be both your mental motivator, as well as physical.