Even if you’re not the hugest Marvel or Thor fan, you can’t deny that Chris Hemsworth has built an incredible physique.
What’s more impressive is that Chris wasn’t particularly muscular before playing the role of Thor. But he managed to transform himself into the God of Thunder we’ve been watching on the big screen for almost a decade now.
Let’s take a sneak peek into the workout responsible for his incredible transformation.
Chris Hemsworth’s Work Ethic and Workout
Unlike many actors, Chris Hemsworth stays in good shape year-round. Even if he’s not stepping on the Marvel filming set any time soon, he keeps the momentum of training which allows him to make necessary changes to his physique in record time.
When he’s away from his most notable role, Chris eats less, has more rounded workouts, and slims down. The actor has stated that he puts on about 20 pounds of muscle before playing his role as Thor.
To do that, he needs high volume training, lots of isolation exercises, plenty of repetitions, and less focus on anything else. Here’s the workout that makes it possible:
DAY 1 – Back
Pull-ups: 5 sets x 20, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
Pushups: 5 sets x 20 reps
Hammer strength machine rows: 4 sets x 12 reps
Dumbbell rows: 4 sets x 12 reps
Swiss ball hyperextensions: 4 sets x 25, 20, 15, 15 reps
Day 2 – Chest
Barbell bench press: 8 sets x 12, 10, 10, 8, 8, 6, 4, 4, 4 reps
Incline dumbbell bench press: 4 sets x 12 reps
Hammer strength chest press: 4 sets x 15 reps
Weighted dip: 4 sets x 10 reps
Cable flyes: 4 sets x 12 reps
Day 3 – Legs
Back squat: 7 sets x 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 3 reps
Leg press: 1 x drop set to failure
Walking lunges: 4 sets x 20 reps
Leg extension: 3 sets x 20 reps
Single-leg curl: 3 sets x 20 reps
Standing calf raise: 3 sets x 20 reps
Day 4 – Shoulders
Military press: 7 sets x 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 3 reps
Arnold press: 4 sets x 12 reps
Barbell shrugs: 4 sets x 12 reps
Dumbbell lateral raise: 3 sets x 15 reps
Dumbbell front raise: 3 sets x 15 reps
Dumbbell rear delt flyes: 3 sets x 15 reps
Day 5 – Arms
Barbell biceps curl: 3 sets x 10 reps
Skull crusher: 3 sets x 10 reps
Ez-bar preacher curl: 3 sets x 10 reps
Dumbbell lying triceps extension: 3 sets x 10 reps
Dumbbell hammer curl: 3 sets x 12 reps
Rope press down: 3 sets x 12 reps
Barbell wrist curl: 3 sets x 20 reps
Barbell reverse wrist curl: 3 sets x 20 reps
Chris doesn’t mess around. There is plenty of volume for every muscle group with an emphasis on his upper body. The actor has repeatedly stated that he never works out much longer than an hour but that he goes hard during that time frame.
Having played Thor for about a decade now, Chris has raised the bar quite a bit, and the expectations are sky high. This gives him a lot of motivation to keep striving to be as close to comic book Thor as he can.
But It’s Not Just The Workout That Matters
Undoubtedly, consistent and hard training is the foundation of great results. But the 23 hours outside the gym matter, too. Chris has stated that his nutrition plays a huge role in gaining 20 pounds of muscle to play Thor.
The actor says that during the months leading up to shooting for Thor, he basically overfeeds himself on protein in the form of chicken, eggs, steak, tuna, and cottage cheese, as well as plenty of veggies, brown rice, and avocado.
Aside from that, plenty of rest, good sleep, and, of course, the right supplements make a huge difference.
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