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Christian Bale's Workout Routine & Diet

What is Christian Bale’s workout routine?

Christian Bale is a British actor who first caught the public eye at 13 years of age when he was cast in the Steven Spielberg film ‘Empire of the Sun’. 

He is known for changing his physique depending on what role he is playing at the given time. Bale went to great lengths and lost 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in ‘The Machinist’. Today he is known as the face of Batman and his physique has become equally famous.

Within this article, we’ll discuss Christian Bale’s workout routine, diet, and supplements: 


Current Stats 

Height: 183 cm – 6’0”

Weight: 80 kg – 176 pounds

Age: 46 years old 

Birthday: 30th of January, 1974

Accolades: MTV Movie Award for Best Hero, Winner, 2006 


Workout Principles

The actor trains muscular hypertrophy which helps muscles to grow in size, and muscular strength which helps the muscle fibers to become stronger.

This is a good combination if you want to have a great physique and strength at the same time. Bale also likes to do a 30-minute stretch session each week.


Christian Bale’s Workout Routine

Christian Bale performs his workout more than 5 days a week. Bale likes to mix his workout with weights, bodyweight moves, and compound moves.

His routine also consists of composite exercises with power moves to allow him the quick speed and flexibility to cope up with his acting.

Here is Christian Bale’s workout routine: 


Monday: Back

On Monday, he hits a back workout by doing 5 exercises.

Here is Christian Bale’s back routine: 

1. Wide Grip Lateral Pull Downs (3 sets, 10 reps)

2. Barbell Rows (3 sets, 10 reps)

3. Shrugs (4 sets, 25 reps)

4. Wide Grip Pull-Ups (3 sets, 10 reps)

5. Deadlifts (6 sets, 10, 8, 5, 5, 3, Max) 


Tuesday: Arms 

On Tuesday, Bale performs an arm routine by doing 6 exercises with a total of 3 sets and 10 reps each.

Here is Christian Bale’s arm routine: 

1. Dumbbell Curls (3 sets, 10 reps)

2. Skull Crushers (3 sets, 10 reps)

3. Hammer Curls (3 sets, 10 reps)

4. Tricep Overhead Extensions (3 sets, 10 reps) 

5. Seated Concentration Curls (3 sets, 10 reps)

6. Tricep Cable (Rope) Extensions (3 sets, 10 reps) 


Wednesday: Shoulders

On Wednesday, he performs a shoulders routine with 5 exercises.

Here is Christian Bale’s shoulder routine: 

1. Dumbbell Front Raises (3 sets, 10 reps)

2. Pull-Ups (3 sets, 10 reps) 

3. Dumbbell Lateral Raises (3 sets, 10 reps) 

4. Dumbbell Shrugs (3 sets, 25 reps)

5. Presses (6 sets, 10, 8, 5, 5, 3, Max)


Thursday: Legs

On Thursday, he hits a leg routine by doing 6 different exercises.

Here is Christian Bale’s leg routine: 

1. Calf Raises (3 sets, 25 reps) 

2. Seated Leg Curls (3 sets, 10 reps) 

3. Weighted Lunges (3 sets, 20 reps)

4. Weighted Step Ups (3 sets, 20 reps) 

5. Front Squats (3 sets, 10 reps) 

6. Squats (6 sets, 10, 8, 5, 5, 3, Max)


Friday: Chest

On Friday, Bale performs a chest routine by doing 6 exercises.

Here is Christian Bale’s chest routine:

1. Dumbbell Chest Press (Light) (3 sets, 10 reps) 

2. Cable Fly’s (3 sets, 10 reps)

3. Decline Cable Fly’s (3 sets, 10 reps) 

4. Incline Bench Press (3 sets, 10 reps) 

5 Weighted Push-Ups (3 sets, 25 reps)

6. Barbell Bench Press (6 sets, 10, 8, 5, 5, 3, Max) 


Saturday: Overhead Press, Calisthenics, Weights, and Cardio

On Saturday, he hits an overhead press, calisthenic and cardio routine by doing 9 different exercises. 

Here is Christian Bale’s overhead press, calisthenics, and cardio routine: 

1. Snatch Grip High Pull (3 sets, 10 reps)

2. Single Arm DB Snatches (3 sets, 10 reps)

3. Clap Push-Ups (3 sets, 10 reps)

4. Arnold Press (seated) (3 sets, 10 reps)

5. Upright Rows w/ Bar (3 sets, 10 reps)

6. Shrugs w/ Bar (3 sets, 10 reps)

7. Shoulder Front Raises (3 sets, 10 reps)

8. Shoulder Lat Raises (3 sets, 10 reps)

9. Shrugs (3 sets, 25 reps)


Sunday: Rest or Extra Cardio

On Sunday, Bale recovers or performs some extra cardio by doing a complete 30-45 minute of cardio that can include a high incline walk or treadmill. 


Christian Bale’s Diet 

His diet changes depending on which movie role he is preparing for.

When he was 7 years old he became vegetarian but returned to eating meat in his 20’s.

To lose weight for ‘The Machinist’ he ate a starvation diet for less than 500 calories a day for 4 months.

After the film, he had 6 months to bulk up for his Batman role. For the Batman movie, Bale ate every 2-3 hours and counted macros. These two movies are the reason why Bale is such a respected actor; he dedicated himself entirely to both roles, which were completely opposite from one another.

Here is Christian Bale’s diet: 


1. Breakfast

Oatmeal, eggs, fruit


2. Lunch 

Tuna steak, sweet potatoes 


3. Dinner

Lean meats, cheeseburgers 



Christian Bale uses the following supplements to help fuel his gains. 



Christian Bale’s physique is amazing and he has influenced millions from his workout routines and acting. His big breakthrough came with the movie ‘American Psycho’.

He lost 60 pounds to bring authenticity and realism to his character. However, he gained more than what he’d lost for the most successful and iconic movies of his career in the ‘Batman’ franchise. 

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What do you think about Christian Bale’s workout routine and diet? Leave a comment below. 

Emmy Wallin is a writer for Jacked Gorilla. She is a young Swedish girl from Uppsala, who is currently traveling around the world. Emmy has a big passion for helping others and motivating people. Emmy has been studying celebrities careers, lifestyles, and workout routines for over 3 years. She is the face behind the workout routine articles here on Jacked Gorilla. Follow Jacked Gorilla on Instagram: @jackedgorillanews

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