Man Of Steel Henry Cavill Teaches Us The Right Way To Put On Size

By GQ
19 June 2019
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The actor proves you don't need to act like Superman in the gym to get results

Henry Cavill seemed to appear from nowhere to land one of the biggest roles in Hollywood. Depending on your sources and where you seem to accrue your daily dose of celebrity goss, the narrative pins Cavill as either the luckiest man in Hollywood or the most cursed, reportedly having just missed out on a number of roles in some of the biggest franchises including Harry Potter and even James Bond.

Cavill has denied most of these claims, and so we will continue to gaze upon him with the adoring eyes of those who can only see him as “hashtag blessed.”

From the moment images were leaked to the press of Cavill on set, it was immediately clear that Cavill had exhausted every free minute working out for the part. He appeared more muscled and sculpted than any Superman before him, making even some of the more buff Marvel heroes appear positively slim next to him.

Known to share a number of workout and fitness-related posts to his 7.4 million followers on Instagram, Cavill’s latest image didn’t seem too out of the ordinary – that is, until you read the message.

There are the usual trappings one would expect of a man who is diligent about his workout routine: big arms, muscular stature, along with the beat up Kansas City Chiefs hat he’s been known to wear in most of his gym posts. But where most expected to find clasped in his hands two staggering weights, instead there were some rather low-profile dumbbells.

It’s the kind of thing most would find somewhat underwhelming, or rather not share to the ‘gram themselves. But as the actor points out to his fans, smaller weights can still yield bigger results.

Cavill shared the post with a message addressing the fact that it doesn’t take huge weights to achieve results and put on size. “I was doing everything I could in a busy busy schedule to try and get something in, whenever I could. During this period I learned that it’s not the weight that matters, it’s the workout,” explained Cavill.

He went on to encourage fans, “If you’re shy about going to the gym because there is always someone next to you using mahoosive weights, don’t be. You do your weights, just make every workout count. You might end up looking better than the fella or lady next to you that’s using those heavy weights.”

It’s long been acknowledged that form over weight is the priority, and Cavill demonstrates that clearly in his message to fans. Completing a bicep curl with smaller weights but strict form will allow to activate the bicep directly, whereas a sloppy curl with heavier weights won’t benefit your arms – not to mention cause greater stress on your shoulders and other joints.

Let’s leave the heroic gym feats to the movie screen, lighter weights and strict form is where it’s at.


Via GQ Australia