Top Gun: Maverick star took shape with Manchester’s famed fitness boss

Hollywood and Manchester meet again – this time in the form of a local CEO and a big screen actor who star in the blockbuster reboot Top Gun: Maverick. American actor Glen Powell appears in the film as Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, who previously starred in the comedy-horror series Scream Queens, and the films Hidden Figures and Set It Up.

Shooting for Top Gun: Maverick started in 2018 and Glen, 33, had just seven weeks to get into incredible shape for a series where he is seen with his shirt off playing American football – paying tribute to the iconic volleyball scene in the original Tom Cruise blockbuster.

So Glen teamed up with Ultimate Performance, which trains Greater Manchester soap stars including Gemma Atkinson, Cath Tyldesley, Shayne Ward, Brooke Vincent and Katie McGlynn. Despite retiring from personal training, the company’s CEO, Nick Mitchell, returned to a hands-on role for the movie star.

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Wanting to reduce his body fat, build broad shoulders, sport a muscular chest and a chiseled six-pack for the series, the actor turned to Nick. Nick founded UP in 2009 and expanded to the point where it has 20 gyms operating in nine countries on four continents.

“The brief was to make Glen look as good and as lean as possible in a very short time,” said Nick. “We analyzed what the ‘money shot’ would be. Which would make Glen jump on the camera. So we focused on his ‘mirror muscles’ – chest, shoulders, traps, abs.



Glen hard at work in the gym

“We couldn’t build massive muscle in just seven weeks. But what we could do is make Glen look slimmer, sharper and sharper and give him a look of strength and power. We haven’t done any physique.. Leg workouts in style.Instead, we focused on strongman-type exercises like pushing a sled, pushing a Prowler and Farmer’s Walk to boost his metabolism and burn calories.

“You’ll always hear people say, ‘It’s easy for a spoiled celebrity to get in shape.’ “Don’t be stupid. Glen was part of an ensemble cast in one of the biggest Hollywood movies in decades, starring Tom Cruise, the biggest movie star in the world. His life wasn’t his.”

He added: “It was up to Glen to get up at 5am and lift weights. He didn’t have a personal chef, so it was up to Glen to prepare and eat the right food It was up to Glen to fit his training into a manic schedule of shooting late into the night, shooting new footage, watching scripts, learning to fly, and so on.



Glen at the Top Gun: Maverick premieres in London earlier this month

“And so we were always in a rush. We only had three or four hours a week a week to train. But Glen is a very dopamine driven guy who likes a lot of energy, hard, total exercise. And that speaks to my soul. He went all in and got great results It was really fun and a real pleasure to train Glen It was uplifting to be in the gym He is the most cheerful positive person you would ever have ever want to meet.”

When asked if he saw the original Top Gun movie, released in 1986, Nick replied, “I’ve seen it. Look, I’m 49. So the movie came out when I was 13 or 14 years old. have seen Top Gun six or seven times probably as a teenager. So yes. Was it a buzz to prepare someone for such an iconic film with an iconic cast? Yes, of course it was.”



Nick retired to help Glen

And his last client wasn’t messing around. †[He was] Incredibly motivated. Here’s a young man on the cusp of the biggest movie break of his career, and he’s heading into one of the most iconic, if not the most iconic, boy movies of all time. Starring the greatest male movie star ever. And he has a very specific role.

“His role of being the cocky, brash, handsome, ambitious physique, the guy who takes off his top and ‘bam’. I mean, his motivation was sky-high.”

Nick has previously spoken to the Manchester Evening News about how his own journey began thanks to a very specific influence. Born in Yorkshire, the boy embarked on his fitness journey while still in high school.

“When I was 11 years old, my father brought me a magazine from America and the cover featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan The Destroyer, holding a sword with arms folded,” he recalls. “I looked at it and I thought ‘that’s what a man should look like.'”

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