Rehan Jalali, former Ironman body building champion turned celebrity and professional athlete fitness and nutrition guru, is also the man behind the mask. The Batman mask, that is. No, we’re not talking about acting or stunt doubles, and anyone who even remotely keeps up with Hollywood blockbusters knows Ben Affleck is starring in the newest release Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Rehan is the one responsible for whipping him into shape and getting him that killer Batman physique. Ben himself called upon Rehan to prepare him for the Batman role because of the excellent job he did training him for The Town, back in 2010. This would be enough to cause some major intrigue while sitting down with him in sunny California to hear his philosophy on training, nutrition, and (of course) getting Ben movie ready, but we were also lucky enough to find out how impressive and extensive his own career experience has been to get him to this point.
Rehan has appeared on Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Ironman Magazine, Oxygen and US Weekly. He has trained movie and T.V. stars, musicians and Olympic and professional athletes. But Rehan isn’t all about building muscle and gaining mass. He also develops nutrition plans for his celebrity clientele, has written multiple books, published over 250 articles on nutrition and supplementation, and has developed over 100 cutting edge products for the diet and supplements industry; most recently his own natural fat burning supplement, Pretty Lean.
What is your food philosophy?
My food philosophy is based off of my book The Six-Pack Diet Plan. I want to improve health as well-who cares if you look skinny, but you feel terrible and you have problems inside- we want you to look good inside and out. I am not a fan of many fad diets out there or a low carb diet fan, because I don’t believe in cutting major nutrients. The balanced approach consists of about 45% of the calories from good protein, 40% of the good carbohydrates and about 15% from your healthy fats, if your goal is to get lean.
What type of training and diet program do you have your A-list celebrities on? How long does it take them to get ready for the role?
Generally, it takes superheroes or action heroes at least 3-6 months. It is preferred to give everyone the full long term benefits of my program. A lot of planning goes into a custom designed program because I use body scans, hydration testing, genetic testing and blood work. The tests and monitoring help with creating what I like to call the “You Diet”; it’s based on you, nobody else. I have Ben Affleck and everyone I train on my book The Six- Pack Diet Plan, and then from there I make modifications to customize it. To get Ben Affleck ready for Batman he trained 5-6 days a week, and 4-5 days a week of cardio. He had about 5-6 clean meals a day, supplements were involved, protein shakes are definitely a part of it because of convenience. Sleep is critical. Twenty-five percent of fitness is sleep. Through my 20 years of experience I learned that rest and recovery play a major role in the overall fitness program. I can create the best program out there, but if you lack the factors of rest and recovery then it won’t work as well as it should.
Do you have an advice for our Daily Crisp readers?
I want readers to know that customization is key. There is not one diet that is good for everybody. I have preached that for the past 20 years; customization, customization, customization. I want to reiterate that the “You” diet is the best diet out there. Whether you are a super star, whether you are an average person or a mom that is trying to get back in shape, customization is the key. You have to find out what works for you. If you don’t create a plan that you can handle and that you enjoy so it can become a lifestyle then your plan won’t last very long. Putting in nutrient dense meals that you prefer and a workout routine that gets you looking forward to your next sweat session are all important factors in creating a successful lifestyle. If you don’t prefer asparagus, but you like broccoli, then ditch the asparagus and go for the broccoli. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not something you want to gain over night, you want to go for the long haul.
The best part about getting to know Rehan? Getting to know that someone who’s achieved what he has not only truly believes in what he does, but is a genuinely nice guy. He stays up to date with his knowledge, gives 110% in all that he does, and believes in giving so much he even has a portion of his website dedicated to charity. Being involved in such a competitive industry for over 20 years and managing to stay committed to spreading knowledge to last a lifetime showed he wholeheartedly lives by his motto, “love for your brother what you love for yourself”.