Award-winning actor, writer, filmmaker and TV presenter Peter Bundic is known to millions for his recurring role as Carl Tapper on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but he's been making waves since he was seven. w at the age of 23, the Hollywood star likes to change up her workout routine to keep things fresh and is currently maintaining her figure with a weight training split that involves working her entire body on a weekly basis. M&F sat down with Bundic, who plays Fibs in Tubi's new horror thriller Trap House, to find out how and why Bundic loves to work up a sweat.
"I grew up with all kinds of sports," says Bundic. "I've been playing soccer since I was five years old. When I got into high school, I played American football, track, basketball, and wrestling. I played American Football for Team BC and Team Canada which was super fun and got to play in the States a couple of times. I played in Miami on July 4th one year, which was really cool. Since I've been playing soccer, I've also been the kicker on the soccer team, but I've played a lot in defense and a little bit as a running back and also as a receiver."
Peter Bundic's training program is based on maintenance
Peter Bundic is a huge bodybuilding fan and cites Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of his biggest influences, but the actor isn't training for the Olympic stage. Instead, he understands that in order to play a wide range of roles, he needs a maintenance-based training program. "I'm very similar to a mesomorph," he explains. "I can gain weight and lose weight pretty quickly." Undoubtedly, the "Be Ready to Stay Ready" mantra is something Bundic has kept in mind since he was asked at short notice to appear shirtless in a scene on "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." . It's an experience that has stayed with him ever since. "I was 17 ... I found out less than a week before filming, so I was like, 'Okay, I need to get ready!'" Bundic hit the sauna, put in some solid workouts, and got ready as best he could given ahead of time. "Then one of the other seasons I got really skinny because there was another shirtless scene," he says. "I was really low on body fat, abs and all, and then something changed that day and I had to wear a sweater!"
With a Young Entertainer award for Best Newcomer for the short film Pirates, Bundic's love of film, both in front of and behind the camera, knows no bounds. Here's how Bundic, a self-confessed energy ball, lets his creativity run free when he's not on set. The following training is based on the actors' soccer training and implements some additional movements. "I train to maintain strength and build slowly," he explains.
Peter Bundic's "Film Care" workout
Following the principle of maintenance training, Peter Bundic usually performs the following exercises with three sets of six to eight repetitions each. Depending on his desired form for an upcoming role, Bundic can add more bulk by increasing the weight. He currently trains 70-80% of his 1-rep max, but can increase it to 80-100% when trying to build size. "I want a weight that I can control but still lift intensely," he says.
Monday: Push Day
- bench press
- Incline Press
- shoulder press
- tricep dips
- French press
- Tricep Pushdowns
- Push-ups (as many repetitions as possible to finish)
Tuesday: Pull Day
- Bentover barbell rows
- lat pulldowns
- Rear Delt Flye
- hammer curl
- Preacher Curl
- Farmer's Carry
- Reverse treadmill run: 5-10 min warm-up
- hamstring curls
- Quad Extensions
- calf raises
- 3 sets of planks
Peter Bundic repeats this rotation for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sundays he likes to rest and unwind, although he can always be tempted to play a game of soccer as he plays on an Actors Union team in Vancouver. For the plank, the star says he likes to parade every single song for the duration of a song on his fitness playlist and shares that he loves electronic dance music. You'll also find that Bundic likes to do his warm-up run backwards on the treadmill. "I got that from Ben Patrick, the 'Knees Over Toes Guy,'" he says. "It has great benefits for knee health and athletic performance!"
Hollywood is full of ups and downs and the fear of rejection is a reality for any working actor honing their craft, but thankfully, Bundic's love of sports and lifting weights has given Bundic both the physical and mental skills necessary for are required for success. While the star boasts boyish looks, his performances in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Trap House have allowed him to play complex and contradictory characters. Still, he tells M&F that he wouldn't say no to seriously mustering masses to play a Marvel or DC superhero in the future. Despite the pressures of an on-screen career, Bundic seems to have it all figured out. "Take the losses on the chin," he says. "Because you're not going to win every battle, but as long as you do everything you can, that's what you have to do. Put yourself in the best position to win, then let the cards fall as they will.