How Armie Hammer Got in Fighting Shape for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
“He loves training, especially doing fighting and jujitsu,” his trainer Jordan Feramisco tells PEOPLE. “He likes to do the same kind of strength-training workout that all my fighters do.” (Feramisco is a boxing and fighting coach whose client list includes world-class athletes as well as actors like Mickey Rourke.)
Feramisco meets with Hammer, 28, five days a week for sessions that include high-intensity, explosive movements with little rest in between reps.
“We work on strength,” Feramisco says. “We use his abs in a lot of the exercises to help slow down movements. We do medicine ball slams, and we use medium weights so he can move the weights fast and explosively to keep his muscles toned.”
And every last move has helped Hammer perfect his latest role as a KGB operative in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., in which he engages in hand-to-hand combat.
“Since he’s done all the fight training, it looks so much smoother on camera when he’s doing the scenes,” says Feramisco. “When he’s throwing a punch, he knows how to throw a punch, or doing a kick or any jujitsu or jabs or throws – he really knows what he’s doing. So it just translates.”
Hammer stays disciplined about his workouts, even when he’s not prepping for a specific film role.
“He’s pretty active,” says Feramisco. “Every day he shows up ready to work, excited and full of energy. He just loves it and is ready to rock every day.”
—Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya