For a guy who has always been well built, like many actors, Bradley Cooper has seen his physique fluctuate considerably over the years… and it’s always been deliberately. From his roles in A- Team where he exhibits a muscular and shredded look…
…through to his most recent physique in Oscar nominated American Sniper. Cooper plays the lead role as highly decorated American sniper Chris Kyle.
The late Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL who was credited with 160 confirmed kills, the most in U.S. military history. Tragically he was killed, ironically not in action, but by an ex-marine he was trying to help. Upon leaving the military after 10 years and several tours of Iraq, Kyle wanted to help fellow serviceman who may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PST). Sadly the ex-marine murdered Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas. Kyle was dubbed the ‘Devil of Ramadi’ by the Iraqi insurgents he fought against, and affectionately hailed as the ‘Legend’ by his fellow military men.
Chris Kyle aka ‘The Bear’…
Chris Kyle was a big man, he had broad shoulders, a thick back, considerable breadth to his chest, and maintained this throughout his whole career as a sniper. The decision to get Bradley Cooper on board was genius, he is similar height but weighs slightly less, meaning Cooper had to pack on the mass… and quick! Cooper stands at 6’1’’ and usually weighs around 83kg, whilst Kyle is 6’2’’ and approx. 110kg! This massive frame resulted in Kyle being dubbed the ‘Bear’! So Cooper had his work cut out to match Kyle's bear like stature…
How did he do it?
He ate, and trained, and ate, and trained again, and then ate AGAIN… to the point where he began to get tired of the process. However, Cooper explains how he was conscious to keep the cardio training to a minimum so as to not hinder his bulk, and to minimise tone. Kyle wasn’t toned, he was big, strong and muscular, meaning Cooper had to up his calories to a massive 6000 calories. His trainer explains:
“Without that kind of caloric intake and the ability to recover, he probably wouldn’t have made it,” Cooper’s trainer said. “You could see him becoming Chris Kyle. His beard grew, and he just got burly. He looked forward to coming in every day and seeing what he could do.”
(Spot Me Bro, 2015)
Cooper reportedly adopted a Paleo style of eating, as well as hitting the gym on a regular basis in order to reach his target weight of 225lbs (approx. 110kg). Spot Me Bro have listed Cooper’s training routine as the following (Credit to T-Nation):