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Liam Hemsworth's tough navy workouts

Liam Hemsworth needs 20 minutes to recover after an intense one-hour workout.

In the franchise, the 24-year-old actor portrays handsome Gale Hawthorne, who finds himself locked in a love triangle with Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson's Peeta Mellark.

He had to be in tip-top condition to make for a believable hunter and his workout plan proved intense.

"I had a food coach and two trainers," he revealed to the German edition of Shape magazine. "An ex-navy seal pushed me to my limits for an hour every day. After every workout I was completely wiped out for about 20 minutes."

Liam has always been a Hollywood heartthrob, but anything he did in the gym before didn't compare to his Hunger Games regime. And now that older brother Chris, 31, has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, Liam has even more to live up to.

"It wasn't just the fast pace [of the ex-navy seal] - the exercises themselves were pretty brutal," he admitted. "Throwing car tyres, rope-climbing, one-armed press-ups - all timed, without breaks, for a whole hour."

And the star couldn't even treat himself to a tasty meal after. Instead, he had to stick to a strict diet plan.

"I missed scrambled eggs with bacon, chicken wings and sweet potato," he sighed. "But I did learn a lot of new things, such as making a highlight out of every meal by adding certain herbs and spices."

And shaping up seems to have paid off for Liam - he's rumoured to be dating his pretty co-star Jennifer.

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