Henry Cavill says he does cardio every morning before anything else, even before eating. “Every morning fasted cardio and then a weighted training regime,” the actor says, which is very similar to what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did for his preparation as Black Adam.
The exercises Henry Cavill and his strength coach show below are not exactly his Witcher workout, but rather a selection of moves “which we put into workouts depending on which muscle group, or muscle groups, we are working for that particular day,” the actor says.
You don’t have to be a superhero like Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill—or even a super spy, like the dashing agent he plays in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—to look like you could save the world.
In fact, about all you need in the way of workouts is this ultra-tough Olympic weightlifting-based routine, which Cavill used to create his own out-of-this-world physique for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Of course, a smart diet is also key. Now go save the day.)
For most actors who take on a superhero role, just looking the part is enough. Henry Cavill—who adds a secret agent to his repertoire in his new film The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—set out to embody it. His regimen, created by strength coach Michael Blevins (gritandteeth.com), focused on performance to make Cavill faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive—you get the gist.
As a result, Cavill attained a chiseled superheroic physique almost as a by-product. What appears here: a sample routine illustrating the kind of work Cavill put in. Give it a try and forge your own body into something out of this world.
HOW IT WORKS:
Cavill’s program for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comprised four phases: preparation, bulking, leaning out, and maintenance. The bulking phase, demonstrated here, centers on Olympic weightlifting movements—complex but hugely effective lifts that build muscle, strength, and speed simultaneously. When done in circuit fashion, they’re also very demanding on the heart, which then boosts endurance.
“There’s a misconception that cardio will negatively impact muscle,” says Blevins. “A larger work capacity can allow you to train harder and longer. Building muscle without conditioning is akin to having an impressive engine without a gas tank—it’s worthless. This conditioning helped later when trimming fat,” and made Cavill look as heroic as the part (and the citizens of Metropolis) required.