Your hands are stuck and your arms are wet with sweat, knives through the air. Your shirt is out. Shuffle your feet. Their shoulders are butts that pump their jabs, hooks and uppercuts through the empty space in front of you. Jumping around you Jump ropes and heavy sacks bounce and patter noise.
The humidity in the boxing hall is unbearable. You are now deep in the mental game. To push yourself forward, think of your favorite boxers and your favorite boxing films, and your thoughts wander to Rocky II.
In your mind you may be the master of catastrophe and the king of Sting himself, Apollo Creed. Maybe you have more retired men than social security. And maybe one day, you'll have the body of an NFL linebacker, and you'll be at a distance with your own Rocky Balboa.
Corey Calliet lived and trained for eight years: as a boxer. But like many former fighters, he preferred to build bodies and not just beat them. He trained and trained as a bodybuilder and gained a new reputation as a trainer, who had a unique talent in turning his own body ̵
But even as a bodybuilder, Calliet maintained the focus and minimalist mindset of a boxer. So he trained one of his clients, an aspiring actor, in a studio studio in an apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This customer could barely lift a weight when they started working together. With the minimum of equipment – some dumbbells, a universal machine, a few kettlebells – he began to make the body of this actor.
No high-tech treadmills or spinning wheels. Only the iron and the iron will to turn another man into the best physical version of himself.
Then that actor got a call. He had played a lifelong role.
The customer was Michael B. Jordan. The role was Adonis Creed. Corey Calliet would train the son of Apollo Creed from the screen so that Rocky Balboa can train him.
Suddenly everything came together. Calliet had the perfect background, with the perfect client playing a legendary character. To deliver time.
Construction of the Warrior
Where should I build the son? Look at the father. In this case, that would be Carl Weathers, who played Apollo Creed. Weathers built his physical foundation as a college and professional footballer in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and when he played in "Rocky", "Rocky II" and "Predator", he had slimmed down. Steel body that looked imposing, even when paired with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"I started studying Apollo's body when we had the first 'Creed'." Calliet tells me. "We were working on" Fantastic Four "and Michael told me that we were going to do the film, my goal was to get him as close as possible to Apollo Creed, he had good shoulders, good abs, and he had it in Apollo's back There's a lot of detail in it because they shoot the fights so much from the back. "
Here, in the drawing phase of bodybuilding, Calliet's experience as a bodybuilder paid off. He was not content to make Jordan look like a boxer. He wanted his physical presence to slip off the screen and impress the audience.
"I think bodybuilders have the most perfect body shapes when it comes to aesthetics," he said. "It's a movie, so you can not see the conditioning we use in advance, but you can see the conditioning through Michael's body, every day we thought about it, we knew what the finished product should look like."  Five minutes after "Creed" and it was obvious to viewers nationwide that Calliet and Jordan were successful.
In one of the first scenes of the film, Adonis, Jordan's character, watches his father's film fighting against Rocky while shadow boxing before the video. The resemblance to Apollo was uncanny from style to body contours to movement. If you did not know better, you might think that Jordan was actually Carl Weathers & # 39; s son.
Raising the Bar
For Creed II, the plan Calliet had for Jordan's body was simple.
"We wanted to beat every other movie we ever did," said Calliet. "Michael got big for" Black Panther "and we wanted to add more bulk for" Creed II. "I knew I could bring a bigger body, and he's actually bigger in this movie with round muscles."
They had four months to exercise from January to June. During the game planning phase, Calliet says, he does not design a chart with numbers that he and his client need to follow during training. He goes after looks and feeling.
"Numbers mean nothing to me," he said. "I'm not worried about anyone getting 6 percent body fat or anything, I'm going after what the mirror tells me, we wanted Michael to have full muscle while he looks defined."
In the beginning, with Jordan out of the ring lately, they stuck to straight boxing exercises to bring his conditioning to where it needed to be. Then they switched to plyometrics and strength training.
The training sessions at the beginning of the shoot included many supersets and compound movements. They went from benching into a barbell curl and squatting in body weight, increasing the weight and intensity along the way.
A quick glance at Calliet's Instagram timeline gives a good glimpse of what the training looked like, against the Jordan grimacing the iron while Calliet presses him to get tougher.
There was no time to rest.
The bar was set too high.
When the Goal for the First "Creed" Was To Achieve Apollo's physique, the goal for the sequel was somewhat more ambitious: somewhere between Apollo and how Sylvester Stallone looked in Rocky III.
"I liked how Rocky looked best in the third movie, so I thought if we could put Michael in this movie, somewhere in the middle of Rocky and Apollo, it would work," says Calliet. "As a trainer, as an artist, I want to have the best-looking body on the screen, you've never seen a body that Michael saw in this movie, so if you sit at 190 pounds, you look that way."
While Calliet has to wait for the movie to hit the cinemas to find out if the audience agrees with the finished product, he has already received the highest level of praise he has ever received  "I play a corner keeper in the movie, so I was on set and on the first day Sly was on set, he came to me and said," Hey Corey, Michael looks great, "says Calliet," I was like … Did Rocky just say my name? "
The two became friendly while training the film and trained, but Sly saved his highest praise for the last day of shooting.
" On the last day of the shoot, Sly came to me and said, "Corey, you are an artist Just like Michelangelo shaped David, you sculpted Michael B. Jordan. "
This is a comment that makes both a boxer and the bodybuilders in Calliet feel like champions.
"Creed II" hits theats November 21, 2018.