Watch as an exercise scientist critiques Kevin Hart’s training.
Who is this exercise scientist? Dr Mike Israetel, PhD in Sport Physiology and co-founder of Renaissance Periodization, is a well-respected professor in the bodybuilding community. He doesn’t only talk about workouts and fitness tips, he often dives deep into health and nutrition.
This is actually the 5th time we are covering Israetel and his evaluation of celebrities workouts. The first 4 were:
This time, he is going to look at Kevin Hart’s training and critique it while watching it.
Kevin Hart is a multi-talented American comedian, actor, and producer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he gained widespread recognition for his stand-up comedy performances and has since become one of the most successful and popular comedians in the entertainment industry.
Hart’s career expanded beyond stand-up comedy to include acting in various films and television shows. Some of his notable movies include “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man,” “Central Intelligence,” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
Known for his energetic stage presence, humor, and charisma, Kevin Hart has built a significant fan base and achieved success in both comedy and acting.
You can see a little snippet of his before and after photos in the video below. Just to have an idea.
So, clearly, Kevin Hart has managed to turn his image around (literally) with hard work, training and proper diet. At least that is what it looks like. Let’s see a proper training from him and how Mike Israetel judges the famous comedian.
Exercise Scientist Critiques Kevin Hart’s Training
We start off with Kevin Hart doing man makers. This is a mix of a plank, with dumbbells on the ground, a push-up, rows and a thruster. Israetel suggests this exercise not to be great for muscle building on your upper body, as you could simply do the rows in a standing position.
Simply do the push-ups, take a short break and then do the rows. “You don’t have to combine a bunch of exercises into one.”
When Hart’s trainer tells him to do front squats with dumbbells, Israetel says that is a good exercise for the legs, not the back as explained by the trainer, and it should be put on top of the shoulders, instead of simply curling the dumbbells in front of you.
When it comes to doing 21s and isometric hold on the dumbbell curl, Israetel says it is better to simply curl up and down, without holding the dumbbell – he sees it as a waste of energy. “Quick on the ascend, slow and controlled in the descend. Full range of motion every time and repeat.”
Then Kevin Hart performed most push-ups in one minute. His form was good, according to Israetel, with okay range of motion, but the trainer was great in addressing the issues of Hart.
Hart also gets some love from Israetel after showing off some weighted push-ups with a chain, and having his legs straight up, which adds a layer of extra difficulty to the exercise. Some abs exercises are also impressive, such as the roll-out with a weight plate.
Israetel also mentions some positive of Kevin Hart’s leg mindset after injuring himself and getting back to fitness, taking things slow. However, there were some ups and downs, such as the hay farmer’s carry that is not ideal for Hollywood fitness look.
In the end, Israetel gave a 7 out of 10, almost 8, for the workouts performed. Watch the full video below.
How Many Times a Week Should You Work Out?
So, how many times a week should you work out? As expected the answer is not simply a straight-up number. That is because people are looking for different outcomes when working out and that, alone, can already differ the answer for one person and the other.
The more you train, the more your muscle grows. That is true, to a certain extent. However, there is something called junk volume training in which once you hit a certain point, the more you lift the worse it gets for hypertrophy.
So, in the end, it is all about training volume. If you have time to train 5, 6, or even 7 days a week, you can split your workout into specific muscle groups – chest and back one day, leg another day, and shoulder, arm and abs the next day, take a day off, and repeat. If you can only train three times a week, with a day of rest in between each of them, then train your entire body during every session.
However, if you can only train once a week, you will still get some results, but they will be far inferior compared to people who train three times per week according to different studies.
In one particular study, participants performed the exact same amount of training. One group did the entire thing in one giant session, while the other group performed the movements divided into three days – the latter group saw an increase in lean body mass by 8% while the 1x a week group gained 1% of lean body mass.
If you go to the gym three times a week, but each day you train only one different specific muscle group, you are actually training each muscle group only once a week, which is less than optimal for muscle growth.
Working out more often, between 4 and 7 times a week, can provide additional benefits in terms of recovery if structured correctly. You can go to the gym every day, as long as you leave 48-72 hours of rest to recover from your last workout. This is where the bro split mentality comes from, where you can focus a training session entirely on one muscle and hit the gym the next day because you are training a different part of your body that is well-rested.
You can also try out different ways to divide your workout. It can be an upper-lower body training routine, bro split, or full-body workout. It depends on how much time you have available, just make sure you are hitting the same muscle group more than once a week to get results faster.
So, how many times a week should you work out? At least 3, if you want to see faster results. Depends on how much time you have and, from there, you can choose what kind of workout routine best works for you.