In case you've been wondering what it takes to get the body of a comic book god-turned-superhero, the answer's simple: Years of art school classes, so you can sketch Thor's bulging biceps to Marvel standards. Or, if you want something every bit as intensive, you could try Chris Hemsworth's workout routine, which he recently posted to Instagram:
Step 1, it seems, is removing your shirt. That part we can all handle. It's everything that comes after that where things get a little complicated. There's weight lifting, spinning, tossing a medicine ball, the kind of ropes work that'd make CrossFitters and Double Dutch champions jealous, even some kind of walking on all fours wearing a harness strapped with high-resistance bungee cords:
In short: He doesn't mess around. Hemsworth credits trainer and "flat-out legend" Luke Zocchi for his physique. During a recent interview, Zocchi said he works with the actor five to six times a week, and the key for the star has been bulking up, big time. "We just lift a lot of weights, eat a lot of food and train really hard," Zocchi told Australia's Seven News.
More specifically, though, he's had Hemsworth work in a set of reps at heavier weights, making each movement much slower, so the star's muscles really have to work to control the motion - no momentum picking up the slack. If he's doing three sets of 12 lifts, for example, he'd do each lift for 3 seconds. Then he'd do a fourth set that's much slower, say 8 seconds, Men's Health reported.
He follows that heavier weight, slower reps process as he does shoulder presses, bench presses, standing bar curls, and skull crushers. Hemsworth also gets in that most detested of middle school gym class exercises - pull-ups - varying his hand positions (underhand, overhand, wide apart, narrow, and so on) to target every muscle.
As far as his diet goes, it's exactly what you'd expect from someone who hits the gym on the regular: daily protein smoothies, chicken, fish, and vegetables.
Guess he'll have to save the shawarma binge until after he saves the planet.
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