The Training That Got Henry Cavill Into Supernatural Shape For The Witcher

20 November 2019
Culture, Film, Henry Cavill, The Witcher, Netflix, Entertainment
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Because monster hunting is no easy feat

There's no doubt at all that Henry Cavill's latest project, Netflix's fantasy video game adaptation The Witcher, is something of a departure for the chisel-jawed Englishman. We're used to seeing him in decidedly clean-cut roles, however the horror-infused fantasy adventure is an entirely new challenge for the actor.

One thing that Cavill has never swayed from, however, is that he almost invariably chooses roles that allow him to show off every inch of rippling muscle that he has. There's Superman. There's Mission: Impossible. If a role allows Cavill to get the guns out, he'll find a way of doing so. And so he should. Man is jacked.

As we've seen in the trailers leading up to Netflix's series, The Witcher probably won't be much exception. Even if he will spend most of the show clad in armour and chainmail, there's at least one shot in there proving that Cavill hasn't lost any of his mass to prepare for the role. In fact, to look stronger than ever, he worked with Dave Rienzi, who also happens to be The Rock's Strength and Conditioning coach.

According to a wide-ranging interview he gave with Men's Health USA, Cavill is a fan of combining heavy strength work with fasted cardio, often combining the latter in the morning with resistance training in the afternoon when he could work it around shooting. "The most important thing to remember is that you are you," he said. "Everyone has a different genetic makeup, everyone is at a different stage of fitness or training or even has a different amount of calories going in. So you do you, and just make sure that every workout is as hard as you can do it."

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The journey continues. Thank you to Mr Dave Rienzi for being such a wonderful guide. My physical journey over the years has been an interesting one, with plenty of pit falls and plenty of moments of reward. I've been reflecting on them a lot recently and I've been very fortunate to work with some fantastic minds. I'm thankful to them all. Recently I've been exploring some of the big players in bodybuilding, both from the past and the present. It's absolutely fascinating to see what they put themselves through, the drive and mental strength required to get to such a place physically. Phil Heath in particular has caught my eye not only for his achievements but also for his genuinely humble and informative approach to his messaging. All this while being a 7x Mr Olympia. If you haven't checked out his page it's worth a peek. @DaveRienzi @PhilHeath #GymStuff

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Here's how you can bring Cavill's approach gym yourself with just a set of resistance bands, per Men's Health. Unfortunately, getting Cavill's jawline won't be as easy.

Henry Cavill's Witcher Workout

Incorporate these exercises into wider workouts targeting similar muscle groups. Refer to the Men's Health link above for instructions:

Via GQ Australia