The Hemsworth brothers are no slouches when it comes to their physiques, and now we know why: apparently a healthy dose of sibling rivalry keeps Chris and Liam motivated while they're working out together. In a video they both shared on Instagram over the weekend, a mutual friend comments on how great Liam looks, prompting Chris to get competitive in his workout.
In a sponsored post for Sipp, the vegan subscription box brand, an unseen visitor makes a delivery, first offering the box to Chris, before turning to a shirtless (and incredibly ripped) Liam and offering it to him instead, saying: "Look at the body on that!" That's enough to irk Chris, and set him off working his weights with renewed vigor. It was all in fun, obviously, but still, there's nothing wrong with a little bit of healthy competition.
That said, if you find yourself getting jealous that your workout buddy seems to be making better progress than you, it's perfectly natural. "Everyone’s body responds differently to the stimulus that you’re putting it through," says Mike Clancy, C.S.C.S, a personal trainer in New York City. "If two people do the same exercise for the same number of reps, same volume, you’ll get two different responses... Everybody’s always wishing they had a little bit of what somebody else has."
And if you're looking for a new gym partner, you might actually benefit from seeking out somebody who is stronger than you. Research from the University of Kansas says that if you are working out with a swolemate who is 40 per cent stronger than you, you'll end up pushing yourself 90 per cent harder.
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