1 henry cavill
Surprised? Don’t be. Others might have the edge on bulk or physicality, but it’s the new Superman’s combination of both that bagged him the top spot. It also assisted his performance – which is sort of the point, after all.
‘By doing physically difficult things, by changing his body of his own will, Henry changed his attitude and his bearing,’ says Mark Twight, who trained Cavill for the part. ‘He looked huge. He walked huge. His attitude broadcast his physical capability.’ Next up: making Batman look small in 2016, ahead of DC’s oncoming blitz of superhero movies. If anyone can…
Superman gets his powers from the sun – Cavill trained six days a week, sometimes twice a day, to get his. One staple workout-starter was the below, designed to pre-fatigue his shoulder muscles ahead of pressing or deadlifts – and ensuring a heroic V-shape for our hero.
FRONT RAISE REPS 10
Holding a pair of dumbbells, bring them up in front of you – no swinging your hips, it’s not heroic. Pause at the top, and lower under control.
LATERAL RAISE REPS 10
Still holding your dumbbells, raise them to the sides, keeping your thumbs pointed slightly downward to emphasise your delts. Nearly done…
REVERSE FLYE REPS TO FAILURE
Now lean forward and, with a slight bend in your elbows, bring the weights upwards. Rest for 90sec, then start again. Do three rounds in total.