Heroes and super heroes are at the centre of cinema at the moment, and with both Hercules: The Thracian Wars and Guardian’s of the Galaxy out this summer, we thought we would give you a few tips on how to gain that hero physique that seems to be all over the screen this summer.
For Hercules, Johnson trained twice a day, six days a week, for 2 years; in-between he continued to wrestle for WWE and has trained and filmed for Fast and Furious and GI Joe so he wasn’t starting from scratch with his super body.
“I do 30 – 35min of cardio every morning. I wake up, have some coffee then jump on the elliptical trainer. I’ll slam about 1L of water before breakfast” – Dwayne Johnson, Hercules
Unlike Johnson, Chris Pratt (star of Guardian’s of the Galaxy) did start from scratch as he went from the goofy, overweight character of Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation to the strong (still goofy) Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy in just six months!
“I’ve been doing hot yoga. I love it. It’s the hardest thing for my body to do. That’s why I’ve been doing it, I want to do the things that I suck at most and get better.” – Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy
If you feel inspired by the movies and aim to have the body of a superhero, then we have some exercises that could help you on your fitness journey, and they all include the medicine ball. Exercises with the medicine ball are designed to increase power and strength. As well as working your upper body muscles, working with a medicine ball will help to build a strong and stable core.
Try the Alternate Press-Up, this exercise works the pectorals, deltoids and triceps; try and aim for 3 sets of 8 – 15 reps.