Jake Gyllenhaal: Natty or Not (ROAD HOUSE)

With the release of the new movie “Road House”, Men’s Health highlighted the workouts and training that Jake Gyllenhaal underwent to achieve the physique he has in the leading role. The question I always get asked when it comes to an actor’s physical transformation is: “did they take anything to achieve that physique?” And when it comes to my review of Jake Gyllenhaal’s transformation and training for Road House, I know this question is being asked.

What is the answer? Well, in my opinion, it doesn’t seem like he had taken anything along the lines of PEDs to achieve the body he has in the movie. While some might disagree with me, I have some reasons as to why I think Jake stayed natural throughout his training for the movie.

The first reason I think that Jake Gyllenhaal stayed natural during his Road House transformation is because Jake didn’t make some sort of insane transformation nearly overnight. As a matter of fact, if you look at the timeline over the years that it took him to achieve his current physique, it is certainly achievable over that period of time.

Secondly, Jake didn’t actually gain a significant amount of size or muscle. On the contrary, he went on a cut to remove excess body fat while building muscle, dropping around 20 pounds in the process. As we know, stripping away body fat and getting leaner leads to the appearance of overall more muscularity. Being able to see definition in the muscle will make the body appear larger and more muscular when in actuality, the person just has low body fat that doesn’t cover muscle definition or striations.

Another reason that I think Jake Gyllenhaal had a natural transformation is because of how long he and his trainer spent together preparing for his role in Road House. The body that they worked for was not achieved in a matter of weeks or months, but rather over the course of about a year. Looking at where Jake started and where he ended and understanding the time frame of the training journey, what he achieved appears to be very natural and possible. Again, he didn’t add significant size while staying lean in a relatively short period of time.

When factoring all these aspects together, it doesn’t appear to me that Jake Gyllenhaal was taking PEDs or steroids in order to achieve his physique for the movie Road House. It looks to me like he did this naturally with proper training, good nutrition, and a realistic timeframe.

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Jeff Cavaliere MSPT, CSCS served as both the head physical therapist and assistant strength coach for the New York Mets. Jeff earned his Masters of Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s of Physioneurobiology from the College of Health Sciences University of Connecticut Storrs. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).