How To Look Like A Super Hero
Most of you may recognize Chris Hemsworth as Thor, from the recent Marvel movie. He reprises this role in “The Avengers” movie. But how does one come to look like a super hero?
Thor wields a giant hammer, which can’t be easy to pick up if you don’t have a lot of muscles. To fill such mighty shoes, Hemsworth had a strict, healthy diet and a dedicated workout routine.
The Thor Diet
Because Hemsworth needed to bulk up for his role as the mighty Thor he needed to eat a lot. Not all of you are going to want to bulk up, but the foods that Hemsworth chose to eat in order to achieve his goal are foods you’ll want to eat too, just less of them.
Protein was what he wanted, and needed most, and he got his protein from protein shakes, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables and other good food options. Instead of falling towards meat, like most people do when they think of protein, he went for a daily protein shake. He also filled up on fruits for their fiber content and avoided simple sugars from white sugar, white pasta and other processed foods.
Instead of unhealthy pastas and plain old rice, Hemsworth opted for protein rich quinoa. Most people will want to lessen the amount of protein they take in, after all the human body really doesn’t need a ton of it. But when you are getting your protein mainly from plant based foods you are already on the role to a healthier you, inside and out.
The Thor Workout
The main focus for Hemsworth’s workout was building defined muscles. He had to change up his exercise often and focus on specific muscles. While bulking up for Thor Hemsworth’s visited the gym daily. Apparently, you only need to work out 5 days a week to look like a super hero. Use the other two days for rest and relaxation. Resting helps the body just as much as the workout does, giving the muscles time to relax and prepare for the next few days at the gym.
Exercises you will want to alternate on your workout days, which Hemsworth used to get his Thor body, are pushups; squats; reverse and regular lunges; pullups; and a few crunches here and there. Switch up one day a week for a great cardio workout, either taking a run or using a treadmill. Integrate weights/dumbbells into your workouts whenever you can to add resistance which will help build strong, lean muscle.
Try using dumbbells when doing squats. Stand with your feet shoulder length apart and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Start with the dumbbells held down to your side, arms straight. When you squat bend your arms up towards your chest. This will give you a more full body workout. As the workout gets easier, add more reps and heavier dumbbells.
One thing that Hemsworth also made sure he got plenty of was sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep so your body can heal itself and regain expended energy, then all of the exercise and dieting you’ve done is pretty much a waste. Also, stay hydrated. You’re expending water while working out that needs to be replaced. Our body’s are made up mostly of water and it is important to keep them quenched!
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