Alexander Ludwig's Workout Routine. Diet Plan & Supplements

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: January 8, 2024
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While he was fit and toned as a 19-year-old, Alexander got seriously bulked for the TV show Vikings.

Many of our younger clients and followers have asked us to come up with a weightlifting routine that would bulk them up into a shape suitable for Vikings, so we had to take a closer look.

The good news is that we were able to get enough information from interviews and social media about his workout routines to give you a full Vikings workout plan.

His Stats

  • Born: May 7, 1992
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 195 lbs

Check out some images on Pinterest and compare his appearance as he got increasingly more ripped for Lone Survivor and then to play Bjorn Ironside, the Viking with superhero status.


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We noted the first big change in his appearance for his Navy Seal role in Lone Survivor, but it was Vikings that really brought on a big change.

A lot of the work he had to do for that character involved not just lifting heavy weights but also extensive fight training with ancient weapons like swords and axes.

It certainly paid off, so let’s see how he did it.

Alexander Ludwig's Workout Routine

Here’s what you’ll need to do to get the most out of every training session.

Monday: Chest and Arms

shirtless man using a barbell in a bench

You’ll want to aim for something a bit heavier as the last two reps should be a real struggle.

  • Bench press (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Skull crushers (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Incline dumbbell press (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Triceps extensions (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Chest Flys (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Weighted dips (3 sets of 10 reps)

Tuesday: Cardio and Abs

shirtless man doing ab exercises in a gym

He approaches these like a HIIT training circuit doing one set of each and completing at least three circuits.

  • 30 minutes running, cycling, or rowing
  • Dumbbell burpees (3 sets to failure)
  • Bicycle crunch (3 sets to failure)
  • V-ups (3 sets to failure)
  • Reverse crunch (3 sets to failure)

Wednesday: Back and Arms

man using a lat machine inside a gym

Make sure you keep the movement to a slower pace, as the longer you keep your muscles under tension, the better the bulking effect will be.

  • Weighted chin-ups (3 sets of 15 reps)
  • Preacher curls (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Lat pulldown (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Deadlift (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Dumbbell rows (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Hammer curls (3 sets of 10 reps)

Thursday: Cardio and Abs

asian man jogging at a park

Here’s another one of those days that will cause some pain for your abs, but the results of the workout will be worth it.

  • 30 minutes running, cycling, or rowing
  • Regular abs crunch (3 sets to failure)
  • Side crunch (3 sets to failure)
  • Leg raises (3 sets to failure)

Friday: Shoulders and Legs

shirtless buff man using dumbbells

This final day is all about shoulder and leg exercises.

  • Military press (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Squats (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Leg Press (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Lateral Raises (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Hamstring curls (3 sets of 10 reps)
  • Dumbbell shrugs (3 sets of 10 reps)

Saturday/Sunday: Rest

While these are rest days, try to go for a few walks to keep your muscles loose and encourage faster recovery.

“I am always working out, whether I am on vacation or at home. When in La Jolla, I like to surf, play tennis, and golf - but surfing is definitely my favorite.”

- Alexander Ludwig


Alexander Ludwig’s Diet Plan

plate filled with omelet, lettuce, tomatoes, and more vegetables

Along with a strict workout routine, Alexander pays close attention to his diet. Not surprisingly, this means focusing on his macros and calorie intake. But that doesn’t mean that he starves himself like an extra in The Hunger Games.

Sample Meal Plan:

Here’s what a typical day would look like.

  • Breakfast - 5 egg omelet
  • Snack - Fresh berries with Greek yogurt, Cup of unsalted nuts
  • Lunch - Fish or skinless chicken breast, Large portion of green vegetables
  • Snack - Post-workout recovery shake
  • Dinner - Lean meat, Brown rice or sweet potato, Bowl of salad
  • Snack - Protein shake or bar

Role-Specific Training Variations

Alexander Ludwig's training regimen adapts uniquely to each role, reflecting the diverse physical demands of his characters.

For "Vikings," his routine emphasized building a muscular, warrior-like physique, focusing on intense strength training and a protein-rich diet.

In contrast, preparing for "Hunger Games" required a leaner look, combining cardio with strategic weightlifting and a calorie-controlled diet.

This role-specific approach highlights the importance of tailoring fitness and nutrition plans to meet the distinct challenges and aesthetics of different characters.

What Supplements Does He Take?

person pouring powder in a jug, two bowls filled with supplement pills

The Hollywood actor aims to get as much nutritional value from his diet, but there are a few supplements that he relies on for a more effective workout routine.

1. Whey Protein

We’ve estimated that with the above routine, Alexander will probably take at least two whey protein shakes a day. Whey is ideal for all athletes as it contains the right amino acid profile to give your muscle tissue the boost for more effective protein synthesis, according to research from the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University [1].

2. Creatine

This is another supplement that many actors with an aggressive bulking routine rely on. Creatine may help with both improved muscle energy during training but also with a faster recovery process [2]. My personal experience with taking creatine is extremely positive, and I rely on it during all my bulking phases.


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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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