And he’s taken that even further this year if the new trailer for space flick First Man is anything to go by. The age defying actor portrays space hero Neil Armstrong, aka the first man on the moon, and the space-traveling scenes look intense to say the least.

Coming off another physically-intensive movie, Blade Runner 2049, Gosling has maintained the fitness and strength required to apparently withstand space travel (or at least maintain the appearance of it).

Although Gosling has yet to divulge exactly how he prepared for his role as Armstrong, it’s safe to assume there was at least some fighting involved.

According to Men’s Health US, Gosling started working with Kui Puk, an LA-based MMA and Muay Thai instructor, for his role in Nicholas Winding Refn’s ultra-violent thriller Only God Forgives in 2012. You can actually see some of Gosling’s training in this behind-the-scenes featurette from that film. And It’s a pretty safe bet that Gosling hit up Puk or another MMA/ Muay Thai trainer to get into astronaut shape.

Gosling is known for committing whole-heartedly to his roles, almost method acting in order for create a performance, and knowing the physical demands faced by NASA greats it’s safe to say Gosling went hard in the lead up to this shoot.

According to NASA, spending a significant amount of time in a gravity-free environment like space can lead to muscle weakening, bone density loss, and decreased aerobic conditioning. Gravity naturally provides the body with resistance to provide some training, even in every day life, so without it… we’re basically screwed! Researchers recently studied exercises that would keep astronauts in shape while on space missions, and it seems that weightlifting, combined with HIIT, is key for astronauts like Armstrong – and faux-astronauts like Gosling – to stay in shape.

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Take this Fitbit prescribed workout for a spin if you’re looking to carve an out-of-this-world body like Ryan:

Warm up for 3 minutes with some easy running or by jogging in place.
Then complete 3 rounds of this HIIT circuit, which includes bodyweight moves.

  • Push-ups: 45 seconds
  • Rest: 15 seconds
  • Squats: 45 seconds
  • Rest: 15 seconds
  • Jumping Jacks: 45 seconds
  • Rest: 15 seconds
  • Pull-ups: 45 seconds (No pull-up bar? Grab a dumbbell and do bent over rows instead.)
  • Rest: 15 seconds
  • Lunges: 45 seconds
  • Rest: 15 seconds

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