Calendar season means only one thing – lots of hunks stripped down to their pants, of course. We get up close and personal with Red Hot star Rob Smith.
With Marvel Studios’ latest superhero film Thor: Ragnarok hitting the big screen this month, I turned to personal trainer Ben Mudge – who’s basically mini-Thor – to ask how to get the bod of a god. And when I say “mini-Thor”, I mean… actual Thor.
Ben isn’t far off Chris Hemsworth in muscle mass and looks, but he’s also fighting a superhero battle with cystic fibrosis. I’ve been following Ben on social media for a while and I got the chance to talk to the him about how to get a god bod. Thor!
You must get people doing a double take when they pass you in the street? Yeah! I’ve actually had that more often than I would’ve thought! Two of the most memorable occasions happened in Florida and in a Tesco. I was in a shoe shop in a mall in Florida and the shop greeter said, “Damn man it’s Thor!”
And the Tesco encounter was a child with his mum who looked at me and said, “Mum look, it’s Thor!” What is it about Thor that made you want to take on the mantle as the God of Thunder? A lot of men, gay and straight, really love the character... I’ve always liked the powerhouses of both Marvel and DC, but the more I learned about Thor, the more I liked the character. He’s flawed unlike Superman, and yet he’s an absolute juggernaut of a hero. I think the fact that people said I looked like him also gave me that attachment to him as well. Did you research some of the ways Chris Hemsworth bulked up for the role of Thor? I’ve read a bit about it. I think the amount of muscle tissue he put on is achievable in that space of time to an untrained individual who’s getting paid to do such. Everyone is very quick to say it’s steroids when they see something like that. However, they don’t realise that that was his JOB to get that muscle on. He had a trainer every day sometimes twice a day, personal chefs, and a fat pay check to keep him motivated. I can only admire his drive and hard work.
OK, so how does one get the god body? I want the god body… I’ve been training now for ten-plus years – not all of them as consistent or as good in terms of optimal muscle growth – I have stuck at it though as I saw the benefits it was having to my cystic fibrosis and my confidence. As I have learned more and more about the body and training, I’ve found that there are much easier ways of going about it than I initially thought. My big focus on me and my clients is QUALITY! However, in the last few months to a year, I’ve stripped everything back to the basics in terms of my sessions and even the exercises I choose.
I’m a huge fan of full body