Chris Hemsworth, the yummy demi-god from the Land Down Under who has caused many a knee to tremble and many a man to develop an inferiority complex. When he’s not out enchanting men and women with his starry gaze around the world, he’s in the gym or his Malibu home working up a sweat and sculpting that superhero physique we know and absolutely adore.
From his rock-hard pecks, to those tree-trunk legs and the overall look of health, agility, and raw physical power, Chris Hemsworth is the epitome of health and fitness. Here is how you too can sculpt a superhero physique that looks and plays the part.Maximize your gym time
First things first, Chris Hemsworth doesn’t dilly-dally in the gym, and neither should you. In fact, Thor’s schedule is so hectic that he needs to maximize his time in and out of the gym as much as possible in order to be able to perform at his best in front of the cameras, all the while fuelling his body with the right nutrients.
This is not an easy habit to uphold, though, as most of us get carried away with social media and texting to remember that our break between sets was over five minutes ago. Over time, this could cost you some lean muscle mass and a whole lot of physical strength and endurance, so make sure you get a workout plan and stick to it. If it helps, put your phone on airplane mode, put some headphones on, and get to work.A hero looks and plays the part
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Chris might look like he’s all form and no function, but his body is actually able to perform all kinds of enviable feats, and so should yours. Building lean muscle mass is crucial for achieving a true superhero physique; however, you shouldn’t forgo endurance and explosive power. Yes, should have a sound workout plan tailored to help you put some mass on your frame, but cardio will be crucial here as well.
Start by dividing your week into muscle-building and endurance-building days. On muscle-building days, you’re going to hit your entire body with weights and exercises intended to stimulate muscle breakdown and repair. On endurance-focused days, you’re going to do jumping, sprinting, climbing, swimming, boxing and fighting, battle ropes, and everything in between – if you don’t, you’re going to become sluggish in no time.Hydrate like you never drank water before
Proper hydration is one of the most important parts of a successful fitness career, and Chris knows it all too well. If you’re serious about getting jacked, ripped, and sculpting a body that can perform every task on demand, then you will need to fuel it with plenty of fresh aqua each day in order to support cellular repair, CNS recovery, and whole-body strength.
To that end, make sure you always have reusable drink bottles on hand during your workouts, but also before and after your training session. Drinking water prior to exercising will help you re-energize your body, and post-workout hydration will be essential in helping you push through the rest of the day. Along with proper hydration, nutrition will play a vital role in your fitness journey.Eat like a superhero
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Anyone who has ever tried to build muscle will tell you that’s one of the most difficult challenges for your body. Simply put, your body will fight your every attempt to disrupt the homeostasis within, and it will take a lot of hard work to make it grow. That said, you can forget about sculpting a superhero physique without a solid eating regimen.
Nutrition is an inextricable part of fitness, and if you think that Chris got his superhero arms just by pumping iron in the gym, you are sorely mistaken. If you want to put size on your frame, you need to eat like a superhero, and that means getting enough calories in every single day. Start by calculating your daily caloric needs, then allocate them into proteins, fats, and carbs. Then, focus on eating healthy foods that will get you the desired results without putting unwanted fat on your belly.Throw a punch, take a punch
Last but not least, do you know just how much of a badass our favourite Aussie superhero actually is? Yep, he’s pretty badass, able to throw a punch as fierce as you would only expect from a Viking god, and able to withstand a beating from Hulk himself. Martial arts training is an essential part of Chris’s fitness routine, and if you want to be a certified badass yourself, you shouldn’t just focus on building muscle.
Rather, make sure you do some good old punching and kicking at least twice a week in order to work on your mobility, flexibility, durability, and dexterity. What’s more, martial arts training will teach you how to take a punch without breaking down, which is always a good thing to know in this day and age.
You might think that Chris Hemsworth built his physique by throwing money at celebrity fitness trainers, but in reality, it was his work ethic and relentless dedication in and out of the gym that got him his superhero status. Follow in his footsteps, and you too will look like a Norse god in no time.
Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.