Train Like a Dinosaur Trainer – Part 1

TAME, TRAIN, RUN – REPEAT

In the first half of this blog series, we have explored the method behind dinosaur training, in anticipation for the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This film first premiered in L.A. June 13th and has already broken box office records with $151.1 million dollars in ticket sales internationally. And that’s just in the first weekend! The film entered general theaters June 22nd, already pulling in over $700 million globally.

In the Prehistoric Powerup post, the concept of dinosaur training was explored as a traditional method for weight training. Here we addressed the use of twitch fibers in relation to strength development.

In the post, The Park Is Gone, we get a look at how the film ties into this blog’s theme, and the connection to the rest of the franchise. The amount of running, hiding, jumping, and general stunts is comparable to parkour (free running). If all this free running is in a jungle filled island full of escaped dinosaurs; could you survive this park?

Having to run through the jungle from ancient reptilian clones sounds and looks exhausting on screen, but how fit do these actors really have to be for these roles? Actor Chris Pratt, who stars as dino trainer Owen Grady, in many articles and interviews has explained the intensity of his workouts to get in shape for this film. In an article titled Chris Pratt Jurassic World Workouthis trainer Duffy Gaver, a former Navy SEAL, had this to say about Pratt’s workout routine:

“HE’D LIFT WEIGHTS FOUR OR FIVE TIMES A WEEK FOR AN HOUR AT A TIME. FOR THE FIRST FEW MONTHS IT WAS MAINLY TRADITIONAL BODYBUILDING SESSIONS TO ADD SIZE, TARGETING SPECIFIC MUSCLE GROUPS ON SEPARATE DAYS.”

Pratt trained for his role for six months prior to filming. By first building up his strength, Pratt was able to get better results throughout the rest of his time training. Originally, he would be in the gym up to four hours a day. Now, he maintains his routine with just one hour a day.

In the final installment of this blog series, we will be doing an overall wrap up of what we discussed and include some workouts to try yourself. Until then, Jurassic fans!

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