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The Fighter In The Picture

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Now that I’m back into the swing of things, I thought I would give you an update on how I’m doing, both with the physical transformation and with moving the movie TUFF ahead.

After the flu I had dropped ten pounds. That was largely weight that consisted of water and fat. However, in three days I have been able to add back about six pounds, using the growth phase strategies from Naturally Massive. Also, as I mentioned in an earlier post, my metabolism got cranked during my bout with a fever, so I got a side benefit of added fat loss from running hot for a few days.

On the diet side of things I have been eating a lot more  again and washing it all down with lots of water. These first few weeks are fantastic for getting a muscle growth benefit from the added calories, since my body is still adapting to my new training regime. Very little, if anything, is getting stored as fat.

So building the look of the character Tuff is on track again, but what about the abilities of the character. I mean he has to move like a man of action. In answer to that problem I got talking to my good friend and stunt coordinator, Max White.

Max has done some really cool stuff. He did a lot of the stunts in Hellboy II, Bullet Proof Monk and the movie 300. He and some of the guys he works with did some really awesom samples for me, based on the TUFF script. Max looked at the character in the script and talked to his stunt team guys. The next thing I know Max sends me the below video clip, that two guys he works with put together. The idea they had was to show me some of the fighting styles they see us possibly using for the character of Tuff in scenes tat require fights.

The combinations look pretty  fantastic and both Max and his stunt pals were good enough to let me share the sequences with you. Max and his team have done a ton of big project stuff and so I am really excited about anything they are talking about in terms of the action for Tuff. In my case, it looks like I am going to need a little practice to move like these guys do. Here it is:

I Thought I Felt Funny

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A variation of the poster for TUFF

Last week I mentioned the pain I was feeling from those first few workouts. That was no real surprise, since I’ve been through it many times after a long lay off. However, some of the aches seemed a little deeper than usual and by Friday night I found out why. I had four days of the flu coming to me.

Now you folks might be way more useful than I am when I’m down with a flu, but I tend to pretty much become an unshaven, blanket covered, lump that periodically transitions from a bed to a couch and makes strange groaning noises when poked with a stick. These are the glamorous moments when I realize just how much my wife and kids love me, because it’s sure not for my charm or my looks.

As for the process of moving ahead with the physical transformation for TUFF, the flu isn’t all bad. Not that I encourage it as a training strategy, but the flu does rev up a metabolism and do a job burning off some body fat. It may not be as pretty as a morning jog, but there’s still a silver lining in there if I dig deep enough, at least till I’m back in the gym tomorrow.

Now from my above remarks, I may have you thinking I wasn’t able to do anything about moving TUFF ahead. Well I did have a couple of lucid moments. Early on Saturday I had a brief script review meeting and now have a ton of positive reaction and a number of reasonably minor revisions that have to be set into the script.

So despite the flu, progress has been made and tomorrow will be another Naturally Massive training day.

- Sebastian

PS

Blog member ‘Bohdi’ offered up an accronym for everyone training along with me here, as Tuff is turned into a real on screen character for the eventual production of the movie TUFF. The accronym is TUFF (‘Training Unanymously For Freedom’). So feel free to “Get TUFF” everyone and thank for the contribution Bohdi.

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Sebastian MacLean is a Canadian based actor/producer. In addition to acting in a variety of diverse film roles, he has produced an internationally televised documentary film Facing Goliath and a health related TV series Body Quest. He is currently working on developing action drama projects for both TV and film.

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