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Push Past Your Limits: A Childhood Bock Injury Fought Hugh Jackman Everything He Would Ever Need to Know about What It Takes to Succeed

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Push Past Your Limits: A Childhood Bock Injury Fought Hugh Jackman Everything He Would Ever Need to Know about What It Takes to Succeed

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When Hugh Jackman hit adolescence, his body rebelled. He grew 12 inches in one year, and as he told me, "I was this 14-year-old beanpole." In a cricket match that year, the beanpole reached up for the ball, twisted, caught it ... and passed out cold.

"I'd completely ripped out all the muscles at the base of my spine," he says. "They'd been stretched to the tearing point because the bones had just gone crazy growing. They simply grew too fast for the muscles to keep up."

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It took two years of hard work and rehab for Jackman, now 6 foot 3 inches, to feel strong again. He's been dedicated to core conditioning ever since, especially given the physical roles he's taken on for film and Broadway. The experience also brought something to life in Jackman: a pursuit of challenge.

"Testing yourself is the only way you find out what you can really do," he says. …

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