Henry Cavill Workout: Superman
Actor Henry Cavill took over the lead role as Superman in the franchise’s big screen rendition “Man of Steel”.
His training routine was an intense one! And like any other superhero role (such as Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth), this workout routine requires packing on both strength and size. So what did Henry Cavill do to prepare his body for this role?
For starters, he’s eating a lot. He told reporters that he’s consuming about 5000 calories a day, with a priority on protein. So before we introduce our own Man of Steel workout, let’s make sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet.
These high quality whey products are the ones I have in my cupboards and will really help your muscles get the protein they need to grow in size and strength so skip the cheap stuff you see in most supermarkets which are filled with artificial sugars that give you intestinal discomfort and go for these…
- Optimum 100% Natural Whey for maintaining lean muscle mass.
- The tasty Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion – Try the delicious vanilla or chocolate milk flavours!
- Promax Protein Bars for snacking and fighting cravings.
Now for the Superman workout to get your muscles pumped…
Henry Cavill Workout
On top of his high-protein diet, Henry Cavill is hitting the gym hard and lifting heavy. Warm up with some cardio, and then hit the weights. Aim for 4 sets of 8-10 reps, or until you max out (except abs and core – work these areas till exhaustion).
Supersets – For all the workouts listed here, superset every 2 exercises. This means 2 different exercises back to back, followed by a 1-2 minute rest period and you’re going to go heavy so aim for 6-8 reps maximum. For example, one set of 6 bench presses, one set of 6 barbell rows, rest and repeat. Exercises are combined so that opposite muscle groups are worked on the same day, allowing you to really focus your efforts.
Henry Cavill Workout Day 1: Chest & Back
- Barbell Bench Press (view exercise) & Bent Over Barbell Row (view exercise)
- Barbell Incline Bench Press (view exercise) & Lat Pulldown (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Chest Press (view exercise) & One Armed Row (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Pec Flyes (view exercise) & Bent Over Rear Deltoid Raise (view exercise)
Henry Cavill Workout Day 2: Legs & Core
- Barbell Squats (view exercise) & Hanging Leg Raises (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Lunges (view exercise) & Ab Twists (view exercise)
- Machine Leg Curls (view exercise) & Oblique Side Bends (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Calf Raises (view exercise) & Ab Rollout with Stability Ball (view exercise)
- Back Extensions on Roman Chair (view exercise)
- 20 minutes on treadmill or elliptical
Henry Cavill Workout Day 3: Arms & Shoulders
- Standing Bicep Curls (view exercise) & Overhead Tricep Extension (view exercise)
- Seated bent over deltoid raises (view exercise) & Shrugs (view exercise)
- Hammer Curl (view exercise) & Tricep Kickbacks
- Cable Hammer Curl w/Rope (view exercise) & Cable Tricep Extension w/Rope (view exercise)
- Concentration Curls (view exercise) & One Arm Cable Extension (view exercise)
- Shoulder Press (view exercise) & Lateral Raises (view exercise)
Rest for 24-48 hours after this cycle, and repeat, getting in at least 4 workouts a week. Supersetting your exercises will help keep your heart rate up and your metabolism in override, so you’ll burn lots of calories at the same time.
This Superman workout plan is intense and will get you in top shape but make sure you are focusing on lots of fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats and protein!
Have any questions or feedback about the Henry Cavill Workout for Superman? Please leave a comment below…
Does superman really need to work out? What’s he gonna lift to “challenge” his muscles? a tank? a mountain? His strength comes from a yellow sun! The real superman was a skinny dude and if you didnt like that… he’d zap you with his laser eyes or blow you away like a bug with his super breath. And another thing, STOP calling him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Santa only shows up 1 time a year. Go talk to batman. Superman needs his time out too.. he’s an introvert.
haha! Good one!
Do you think you could post a specific diet plan to coincide with this workout?
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Thank you for this!
I was wondering what kind of diet (ingredients) Henry Cavill ate doing to prepare his body for this role?
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Hey man, I got a question here. Since all the exercises are actually supersets, how many sets should we make for 1 exercise? You mentioned cardio first, after that we come to the weighs. Are we supposed to make 1 exercise, say Barbell bench press(6-8 reps) and immediately go for the Bent Over Barbell Row(again 6-8 reps) after that rest for 1-2 min. Or should we rest between those 2 exercises? If not, how much sets should we make of 1 superset(consisting of 2 exercises). How many times should we repeat 1 superset? Thank you.
3 sets per exercise is ideal. Yes immediately go to next exercise in a superset, and do it 3 times.
Could I do this workout every other day. For exemple Monday-Wednesday-Friday? Even if its only 3 workouts a week
You bet, try and add in some cardio on the off days to make sure you keep up your metabolism.
hi sam, love this workout, but will it get me ripped and keep me lean without the cardio? i notice there is only a warm up using cardio. Also i have bought gaspari myofusion, how many scoops per serving do you suggest in order to build muscle like this?
Awesome, thanks for the great feedback. You have it right since this workout was aimed at building muscle mass so the emphasis was not on cardio, but I have added some in for the core day. Watch how your body responds and vary accordingly based on your goals.
With respect to myofusion one scoop is optimal since your body can only absorb so much protein at a time, but you can break out servings every few hours if you want to up your protein intake.
Was wondering if I could have legs & core be my day one, chest & back be my day two, and arms and shoulders be day three.
Hi John, you bet, the order can definitely be switched up. Let me know how it goes!
For this workout, should I perform 3 sets of one superset and then move on? Or should I go through the whole workout 3 times doing one set per superset at a time?
That’s right 3 sets of one superset and then the next group.
I don’t disagree with your coach on some of the elements but the key to any long term workout plan is to add variety and just because an exercise is isometric doesn’t mean it can’t be done without strain or without giving great results. So just keep it fresh and try different exercises every 6 weeks and you will win!
if im doin 5 days should i do the shoulders once a week?
You bet that is definitely good enough as shoulders are pretty small muscles that need time to recover.
I’ve a question there’s tons of different claims to be his actual workout is this only a certain phase of what he did over all cause in mend fitness it had totally different workouts
This is only a workout from my personal experience as a trainer in the past 20 years that will provide results such as those that Henry has built. There definitely will be different phases however and of course many variables such as your diet, age and genetics play a big role.
Higher reps are if you want to tone more and lower reps and sets are more for strength and muscle size.
Had this page saved for a year and finally started taking action with it – Awesome! I have other friends joining me now in other states. Just what I needed to have a pointed, easy to follow routine that is INTENSE!
I’m seeing results 2 weeks in. Question – advice on busting the belly fat? I’m sure “in time” it will burn off with diet & exercise…any supplements you can suggest? For what its worth, I’m 35 and have about 25 recently acquired extra lbs that I need to shed. 17% body fat.
Hey Brad, that is awesome, greatly appreciated to hear the feedback. I’d definitely recommend Muscle Pharm Shred Matrix for helping with burning fat. A lot of epople also rave about 7-Keto gels. I’d love to get a testimonial for you so look out for an email from me!