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Taylor Lautner Workout: Your Version

How the actor got buff, and how you can, too.

Don't Overdo It

A Lautner-style fitness plan does not mean hours in the gym.

Yuam says that at the end of a workout, Lautner would ask him, "You mean we are done?" and say, "I'm not breaking a sweat."

"The resistance program should be no longer than 50 minutes with [an additional] 15 minutes of abdominal exercises and 10 minutes of stretching," Yuam says.

For obese teens, Yuam throws in 20 minutes of cardio -- 10 on the treadmill, 10 on the elliptical -- but no more.

Be honest with yourself. It's not really about looking like Lautner. It's about becoming a fitter, healthier version of you.

"You also want to keep in mind -- this is very, very important -- that you may want to look like a certain person. But if that person is Shaq or Tim Duncan, and you are 5 feet, 8 inches, how are you going to look like him? You have to be your own version of whomever," Yuam says.

That’s not to say you should give up if you don’t see the effects that you want. Stick with it. It may take you longer to see results than your friend. Everyone is different.

Remember, there are no shortcuts, and eating a healthy diet is a must. And, of course, never use anabolic steroids to bulk up.

Allow for Recovery

Forget about lifting every day. That's not in Yuam's plan -- and it's not what your body needs.

Yuam recommends resistance training three days per week -- on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for example.

"Taxing the body by doing too much sabotages one's goals," Yuam says, while leading to burn out both mentally and physically.

Faigenbaum agrees: "It is during the recovery that the gains take place."

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Reviewed on January 26, 2012

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