Saturday, 2 Jul 2022

How Dan Reynolds From Imagine Dragons Got Ripped

Dan Reynolds fronts one of the most successful rock bands in recent years, Imagine Dragons—but according to his personal trainer, the musician had a different role in mind when he began a dramatic fitness journey.

“Dan wanted to look like a superhero,” says Brad Feinberg, the strength coach who helped Reynolds undergo a truly remarkable transformation from 2017 to 2018.

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Back at it. Getting a little heavy this training session 💪💪💪 #gym #fit #fitness #workout #exercise #weightlifting #strength #strengthtraining #cardio #athlete #health #antiinflammatory #nutrition #bradassfitness #recovery #training #onlineprogramming #win #danrenyolds #imaginedragons #howtotrainthedragons #deadlift #lasvegas #lifetimefitness #alpha

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Reynolds may not go around saving people and fighting villains, but he has displayed what could be viewed as superhuman strength to overcome daunting obstacles to start 2019 in the best shape of his life. Reynolds has battled an autoimmune disease, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a chronic disease, ulcerative colitis, and depression and come out the other side of 2018 healthier than ever.

While Feinberg says Reynolds’ diet played a huge part in his transformation, the bulk of their work was done in the gym. To achieve that superhero physique the trainer tasked the musician with more than just a standard strength and conditioning routine. Reynolds performed high volume reps to promote all that muscle growth, training every day at his own request.

Three days of the training split were dedicated to what Feinberg calls “essential movements:” Squat, hinge, lunge, vertical and horizontal push and pull in the upper body, and static and dynamic movements for the core. The other days were for power and strength exercises like the clean and jerk, the snatch, kettlebell swings, and the Turkish get up.

Feinberg didn’t skimp on the cardio either, making Reynolds perform a mixture of high, medium, and low intensity to decrease inflammation, enhance fat metabolism and increase his endurance for his high-energy live performances.

Dan Reynolds’ Weeklong Workout Plan

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Think you can handle a week of Reynolds’ routine? Give it a try by following the plan below from Feinberg. Just remember, the high-volume training is a challenge, so don’t be afraid to adjust the workout to fit your own capacity. The trainer adds that recovery activities were always included at the end of each workout, like mobility drills and deep breathing to help handle stress.

Monday

Warm up for 10 minutes

Strength

Front Squat

4 sets of 10 reps

Bent Over Row

4 sets of 10 reps

Plank Holds

5 rounds of 30 second holds

High Intensity Cardio

6 to 10 rounds of 1 minute on and 1 minute off structure, typically on the treadmill.

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Just a little high volume step ups. 💪💪💪 #gym #fit #fitness #workout #exercise #health #bradassfitness #imaginedragons #howtotrainthedragons #athlete #lasvegas #training #chest #hypertrophy #highvolume #lifetimefitness #lifetime #danreynolds #dumbbell #swole @danreynolds

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Tuesday

Warm up for 10 minutes.

Power and Strength

Clean and Jerk

6 sets of 1 rep

Kettlebell Swings

5 sets of 10 reps

Turkish Get Ups

5 sets of 1 rep per arm

Broad Jumps

5 sets of 3 reps

Low Intensity Cardio

20-plus minute run at steady pace on treadmill

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Just working on high volume chest!!! This was suppersetted with incline dumbbell flys. Dan did x15, 15, 12, 12, 10 with the superset. It was vicious. #gym #fit #fitness #workout #exercise #health #bradassfitness #imaginedragons #howtotrainthedragons #athlete #lasvegas #training #chest #hypertrophy #highvolume #lifetimefitness #lifetime #danreynolds #dumbbell #incline #superset #swole @danreynolds

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Wednesday

Warm up for 10 minutes.

Strength

Hinge Movement (usually Deadlift)

4 sets of 10 reps

Overhead Strict Press

4 sets of 10 reps

Flat Bench Press

4 sets of 10 reps

Weighted Crunch or Sit Up

4 sets of 10 reps

Low Intensity Cardio

20-plus minute run at a steady pace on treadmill

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Cranking out a last minute workout before the show tonight 💪💪💪 #gym #fit #fitness #workout #exercise #weightlifting #strength #strengthtraining #cardio #athlete #health #antiinflammatory #nutrition #bradassfitness #recovery #training #onlineprogramming #win #deadlift #strictpress #howtotrainthedragons #tourlife #imaginedragons #danreynolds #lasvegas #lifetimefitness @danreynolds @lifetimevegas

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Thursday

Warm up for 10 minutes

Power and Strength

Snatch

6 sets of 1 rep

Double Kettlebell Snatch

5 sets of 10 reps

Turkish Get Ups

3 sets of 3 reps per arm

Vertical Jumps

4 sets of 4 reps

Low Intensity Cardio

20-plus minute run at steady pace on treadmill

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Weighted Pull ups. Love them! #imaginedragons #howtotrainthedragons #danreynolds #pullups #strength #strong #fit #lifetime #weightedpullups #gym #weighttraining @danreynolds

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Friday

Warm up for 10 minutes

Strength

Weighted Lunge

4 sets of 10 reps

Pull Ups

4 sets of maximum reps

Cable Twists or Weighted Russian Twist

4 sets of 10 reps per side

Medium Intensity Cardio

3 to 4 rounds of 3 to 5 minute on and 1 minute off structure. Usually on treadmill.

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Starting a new program this week. Time to get crazy strong!!!!! #imaginedragons #danreynolds #howtotrainthedragons #strength #deadlift #frontsquat #strong #fit #weighttraining #weights #lifetime #summerlin #vegas @danreynolds @imaginedragons

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Saturday

Warm up for 10 minutes

Power and Strength

Clean

6 sets of 1 rep

Single-Arm Kettlebell Swings

5 sets of 10 reps per arm

Turkish Get Ups

2 sets of 5 reps per arm

Box Jumps

3 sets of 5 reps

Low Intensity Cardio

20-plus minute run at steady pace on the treadmill.

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Today working on auxiliary movements, sprints and finished with hollow holds. 30 second holds working on keeping everything tight and sucking in the core. Here you can see Dan maintaining the hollow hold and me shouting out some cues. #fit #strength #imaginedragons #howtotrainthedragons #fitness #abs #tourlife #ailife #ripped #sunsoutgunsout @danreynolds @imaginedragons

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Sunday

Recovery run and mobility work.

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