Chris Hemsworth, Thor
Name: Thor, Norse god of thunder
Movies: Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok
The Hero: Hemsworth plays the mighty Thor in the MCU and since the hero is basically a god, the 6’3″ actor had to do his best to look the part in the series of films. Hemsworth also starred in Snow White and The Huntsman, in which he is ordered by an evil queen (Charlize Theron) to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the dark forest to be killed so the Queen can eat her heart, but winds up becoming her protector and mentor. Notice a theme here in Hemsworthy roles?
How He Did It: To put on muscle fast for Thor—and later in Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok—Hemsworth, who says he’d never lifted before becoming an actor, adopted a weight-training routine based on the principle of muscle confusion. The actor constantly varied the amount of weight, number of reps and the speed of his lifting so his muscles never adjusted to workouts. Hemsworth reportedly worked with many of Thor’s tools—think sledgehammers and kettlebells—to become the massive guy he is now, and the intensity of his workouts required a near-constant intake of calories including protein from lean meats and complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables high in fiber, which promotes cardiovascular health, and antioxidants that aid in muscle recovery. And oh yeah, he did some work with pullups too.
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