Of all the characters on Stargate SG1, none was quite as fit as Teal’c. In fact, he was probably the most imposing character on the show and he for sure, could teach anyone how to get rid of love handles. And of course that served a purpose to the plot, him being the “muscle” that could go against the other alien bastards in hand to hand combat (if it ever came to that. And he did. In how many episodes did he give a beat down to all the scum that ever tried to take stuff from innocent populations on distant planets.
How did he do it?
The big question everybody wants to know is how did Christopher Judge (i.e. the actor who played Teal’c) stay so fit for the show. Well, he obviously had a physical trainer to keep him accountable and make sure he worked out enough to maintain his image. But beyond that, he had to be pretty disciplined.
He probably exercised. A lot. And given the sheer size of his arms, I’d be willing to bet that he spent many hours in the gym. Pumping iron, as they say. Also, I bet he did lots of repetitions at a relatively low weight, as bodybuilders do to breakdown the muscle so that it rebuilds bigger than before.
Oh and he also ate a lot of food. The thing about building a lot of muscle to play in Stargate is that Teal’c had to eat a lot of food, protein especially. The reason is that muscle needs to intake a lot of protein and other nutrients so that it can build up what was broken down during training. Also, I bet he ate a lot of veggies because he wouldn’t be as lean otherwise. It’s like Popeye with the spinach. Veggies are good for making you strong and anybody looking to be as built as Teal’c need to eat lots of them.