In The Rhythm Section, Jude Law plays retired-yet-still-deadly British Secret Service agent Ian Boyd, who mentors Blake Lively’s Stephanie Patrick on her journey to becoming a vigilante assassin. For the role, Law had to look convincing as former military muscle, which meant bulking up in all the right places, which he did with long-time trainer Johnny Silmon.
“Jude always puts a good shift in,” says Silmon. In addition to their five sessions a week, Law does an additional two or three on his own. “For the project it wasn’t about hitting a number, it was about making him feel comfortable as an enforcer.”
The program that Silmon designed for Law included eight weeks of bulking and 12 weeks of more quick-moving, functional exercises utilizing kettlebells or hammers. This is a sample day from the bulking phase, where they integrated