Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Fitness Training

Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Fitness Training

Ewan McGregor has got a lot of people talking with the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, in which the Scottish actor reclaims his role as the Jedi from the prequel Star Wars trilogy.

Now 51, the actor underwent a strenuous training regime to get into shape for the role, working with celebrity fitness trainer Tim Horton.

McGregor has talked about his dislike for lifting heavy weights in the past, so the programme featured lighter loads and bodyweight work.

A recent video posted by Horton gave an insight into the kind of exercises involved, showing McGregor working out at a private gym.

The workout focused on shoulders, biceps and triceps, starting with a warm-up of dynamic arm circles, before moving on to pike push-ups and regular push-ups using slow movement patterns for more time under tension.

According to Horton, consistency is the key to his programme for any athlete or celebrity he works with, making sure his clients push through the bad days as well as the good days.

Consistency is an attribute McGregor takes through to other areas of his life too. Having smoked and drank to excess in his youth, the Trainspotting star has been sober for over two decades.

He even used a hypnotherapist to help get him off of alcohol and has stayed teetotal ever since.

"What matters most with any regimen, whether it's to lose weight or stop drinking or smoking, is your willingness to seek help and your desire to say 'no more,'" the actor says. "The voice in your head that says 'I choose not to' is what ultimately makes the difference between not changing and making changes that last."

"I wasn't someone who could smoke or drink in moderation, and I recognized that those things would kill me," he says. "I started visualizing the doctor telling me I had cancer from smoking or that I was extremely ill because of how much I'd been drinking. What kind of regret would I have if I had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of behaviour I could have done something about? I didn't want to be that kind of man.”