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    How To Train To Look Like A Superhero

    How To Train To Look Like A Superhero

    Build muscle, get ripped, and feel unstoppable with this 12-week superhero workout plan.

    Superheroes are the total fitness package. They are immensely strong, phenomenally powerful, incredibly fast, and have fantastic endurance too. And yes, some of them can fly too, but thatís not really something you can train for!

    Unless you have recently been bitten by a radioactive spider, you are going to have to get your superpowers the old-fashioned way Ė by earning them in the gym.

    This workout is designed to increase your all-round fitness and performance, and get you ripped. After all, there is no point in being a superhero if you donít look good too. Before we explain the program, letís take a look at the fitness components youíll be working on over the coming 12 weeks.

    Strength is your ability to exert maximum force. In other words, itís your ability to lift heavyweights Ė such as hoisting a car off a fallen superhero comrade. Strength is developed by lifting heavy weights for low reps and focusing primarily on compound exercises such as squats, bench presses, and deadlifts.

    As an added benefit, stronger muscles are also bigger muscles, so training for strength will improve your performance AND your appearance at the same time.

    Power is strength expressed at speed. Activities that involve power include punching, kicking, throwing, sprinting, and jumping Ė all pretty standard activities for the average superhero. To train for power, you need to lift weights quickly.

    Good power exercises include box and hurdle jumps, medicine ball throws, and specialist exercises like power cleans, snatches, and plyometrics.

    Endurance is your ability to resist fatigue and continue working despite being tired. For example, in a superhero battle, it means you can keep fighting all day against wave after wave of evil enemies.

    To develop endurance, you need to get used to pushing your body longer and harder than usual. One way to do this is by moving quickly from one exercise to the next in your workout. Cardio and interval training will also help develop your endurance.

    Getting ripped
    The lower your body fat levels are, the more defined your muscles will become. Low levels of body fat can also improve your performance as fat is just ďdead weightĒ that can slow you down or tire you out.

    Imagine climbing a tall building while carrying 20 pounds of extra weight. Itíll be much easier if you are leaner and lighter. As an added bonus, youíll look better in your spandex superhero costume too!

    Getting ripped requires a combination of training and good nutrition. The following workout takes care of the training part, but youíll need to do your part by eating clean and filling up on healthy foods.

    Lean protein, starchy carbs, and healthy fats are your friends, while takeouts, sugar, and junk food are your foes. Adjust your diet to reflect your superhero training goals.

    The superhero program
    This workout is designed to build muscle, power, and strength, boost endurance, and strip fat all at the same time. To achieve this, you are going to engage in something called Metabolic Resistance Training, or MRT for short. Studies suggest that this is one of the best ways to achieve all these goals at the same time (1).

    Itís also a great way to improve your cardiovascular health and has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels, increase good cholesterol, and reduce blood pressure more than low-intensity cardio (2).

    Metabolic resistance training offers a range of benefits over traditional set-and-rep resistance training, including:
    • Shorter workouts
    • Burn more calories per workout
    • Increased post-exercise metabolic rate for faster fat loss
    • Indirect cardio effect
    • Rapid results

    Metabolic Resistance Training is very similar to circuit training but, with MRT, weights, and reps are more in line with strength and bodybuilding-style training. In contrast, circuit training usually uses lighter weights, higher reps, and more bodyweight exercises.

    At the end of each superhero workout, you are also going to do a finisher. Finishers develop cardiovascular fitness, burn even more calories and fat, and also help develop mental and physical toughness, something all superheroes need in abundance. The finisher will take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete but should leave you feeling exhausted.

    To develop your superhero fitness, there are also two short interval training workouts per week. The good news is that you donít have to go to the gym to do these workouts. All youíll need is some space to run or a jump rope, and 20-30 minutes of spare time.

    Hereís your weekly workout plan:
    • Monday: Superhero workout 1
    • Tuesday: Intervals 1
    • Wednesday: Superhero workout 2
    • Thursday: Rest
    • Friday: Superhero workout 3
    • Saturday: Intervals 2
    • Sunday; Rest

    Follow this program for 12 weeks, working hard to increase your weights little by little as you progress. Thatís how you build muscle and increase strength.

    Note: MRT is hard work. Youíll feel it in your muscles, and your heart and lungs are going to feel it too. If you are a beginner, use light weights and donít rush between exercises. Take your time and speed up as you get fitter. Doing too much too soon will leave you tired and sore and could cause injury.

    The workouts
    Always warm-up before you work out. A few minutes of light cardio, followed by some mobility and dynamic stretching exercises, will do the job. Finish your warm-up with 1-2 light sets of the first three exercises in your program to prepare your major muscles and joints for what you are about to do.

    Intervals 1
    Jog or jump rope slowly for 3-5 minutes to warm up.

    Sprint or jump rope as fast as you can for 45 seconds.
    Rest for 45 seconds.
    Repeat 10 times to total 15 minutes

    Intervals 2
    Jog or jump rope slowly for 3-5 minutes to warm up.

    Sprint or jump rope as fast as you can for 60 seconds.
    Rest for 60 seconds.
    Repeat 8 times to total 16 minutes

    Just because you donít have superpowers doesnít mean you canít be a superhero. Train hard, eat right, and you can transform your body in a matter of weeks.

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