Henry Cavill on His Superman Workouts and Sculpting a Heroic Physique

Henry Cavill’s letting us in on a secret.

“There is no one Superman workout,” Men’s Journal August 2018 cover star says in his behind-the-scenes video. “There are lots of different kinds of workouts required for the Superman physique. It’s become a body-sculpting thing. You’re balancing the diet as much as you can, trying to keep the body proportionate.”

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For Cavill, that meant going through an intense workout program including front squats, power cleans, heavy rope training, back squats, and even some Jiu-Jitsu.

Since Cavill’s played Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League—and potentially more in the future—he’s pretty much perpetually in shape, which was ideal for his role in Mission: Impossible—Fallout.

He plays a CIA operative who butts heads with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. Cavill had some very physical scenes in the film, including a brutal, knock-down-drag-out fight in a bathroom that’s as intense as anything that’s hit theaters this year.

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Read Cavill’s full profile and more about his favorite workouts and how he trained for Mission: Impossible in the August 2018 issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now.

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