Train Like Tatum

In an exclusive from the set of The Eagle, FilmInFocus publishes the training schedule of the movie's star, Channing Tatum.

One of the most anticipated titles of 2010, Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman adventure novel The Eagle, is currently in production, and will be shooting on location over the next few months in Hungary and Scotland.

The film’s lead actor is Channing Tatum, who has starred in three movies already this year, Fighting, Public Enemies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Tatum, who cut his teeth in the very popular movies Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, is known for his fit physique and the physicality he brings to roles, so FilmInFocus asked him to share with us his training schedule for the movie.

Below, you can see how his work-out regime for the week prior to shooting, as he hit peak fitness to play the role of Marcus Aquila, the young centurion on a quest to discover what happened to his father’s legion, which seemingly disappeared in Northern Britain. And if you follow this exercise schedule – regular running, horse riding, chariot racing, sword fighting, and hand-to-hand combat – you too could be ready to face the grueling challenges of being a soldier in the Roman army. Or a physically superior movie star.


16:00 - 17:00 - Fight Club -hand to hand combat

18:00 - 19:00 - Run from production office to hotel (6 kilometres)


08:00 -09.30 - Boot Camp - Fall-in formation and drill work

10.30 - 12:00 - Horse riding training (solo)

18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


08:00 - 09.30 -  Fight Club with Jamie Bell - fight choreography

10.30 - 12:00 - Horse riding with Jamie Bell

18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


08:00-09.30 - Boot Camp - Formation Running and Forming Roman Testudo

10:00 - 11.30 - Chariot work

18:00-19:00 - Run from production office to hotel


08:00-:09.30 - Fight Club -  Sword fighting

10:00 - 11.30 - Stunt practice with team

18:00 - 19:00 - Run from production office to hotel