The Super Hero Workout – The Weightlifting Exercises (Part 2)

October 21, 2009 by  
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Welcome to part 2 of the Super Hero Workout. As I stated yesterday, I will be posting weightlifting exercises that when performed correctly to their full potential, will make you look like your favorite super hero. Today’s super hero is,

The Incredible Hulk – Chest and shoulders

No matter what body part that we cover on Mr Bruce Banner, it will be a beastly sized muscle. But in terms of his size, it is his chest and shoulders that stand out the most, and this is how you can build a set just like his.

Gymnastics Flyes

The last time I talked about using gymnastic rings was when I covered the muscle up exercise in unique bodyweight exercises. That is a monster 9/10 difficulty exercise for sure. But it’s time to talk about the gymnastic rings again. To build a set of The Hulk’s chest and shoulders, you need to be doing some gymnastic flyes. Here’s how.

  • Set up a barbell high in a power rack and loop the straps around it
  • Let them hang slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Grab them, keeping your body tense in a straight line
  • Lower your torso down by widening your arms as far until you feel comfortable with the width
  • Reverse the motion until your arms are out in front of you

Perform two sets of as many reps as possible as the last chest exercise in your workout, resting two minutes between sets.

Hang Clean and Press (Shoulders)

This compound exercise scared me when I first saw it being performed. I saw a guy in the gym doing it once and he was quite ripped, so he must of been doing something right. Anyhow, once I did learn how to perform this exercise properly, I started to feel and see the effects of it. Here’s how to do it.

  • Grab a barbell overhand at shoulder width.
  • Keep your back flat and lower it to knee level
  • Straighten, shrug up, and come up on the balls of your feet
  • Then, flip your wrists over and press the weight straight overhead
  • Reverse the motion to return to the starting position.

Perform one set of six to eight reps, rest 90-120 seconds, and then use a lighter load for a second set of 10-20 reps.

Both of these exercises have proved to work wonders for me and they never do seem to ease up on the difficulty factor. If you want to look like even 1% of what The Hulk looks like, then be sure to include these into your weightlifting workout routine.

See you in the comments.

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The Super Hero Workout – The Weightlifting Exercises

October 20, 2009 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Now I know how much you all like to build your individual body parts, and I know that everyone has there struggles with building certain muscle groups. We can always find solutions for effectively building those muscles and I’ll always do my best to provide that.

But over the next few days you may possibly find the answer to that as I attempt to make you look like your favorite super hero by focusing on their strongest body parts.

We all have our own favorite fictional super hero’s (sadly they don’t exist in real life) whether from a film, cartoon or computer game and my personal favorites are…

Wolverine – X-men (cartoon/ film/ comic)
Kratos – God of War (Computer game)
Venom – Spiderman (Cartoon)
Lord Lion-o – Thundercats (cartoon)
Goku – Dragon ballz

And others

But over the next couple of days I’m going to focus on some well known animated super heroes from our good friends marvel comics and help you build their strongest muscle group with unique weightlifting exercises.

Wolverine – The forearms

Out of all of the X-men, wolverine has to be my favorite, quite simple because he represents raw power, and I have always been a true muscle head at heart for as long as I can remember.

In regards to his muscular frame, some may say his biceps or shoulders stand out from his stocky frame. But I’d say it’s his forearms that stand out and here is how you can build a pair just like his in your weightlifting workouts at the gym.

The Plate-pinch Curl

This exercise is actually harder then it looks, but add this exercise to your weightlifting routine to start building your forearms like Mr Logan’s.

  • Grab two wide-rimmed plates and put them together with the smooth sides facing outwards
  • Place your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other
  • Then Lift!
  • Lower your arms back down to your sides
  • Try using 45lb weights

If that is too much for you just start off light and progress to heavy weights. In general you should try to aim for 8-12 reps with 4 sets. The key to success with this exercise is by lifting till failure. Painful but gainful.

Reverse Thick-Bar Curl

An old friend who was a security guard introduced me to this exercise; I can tell you now… his forearms were HUGE. This exercise is a favourite for sure. Just be prepared to feel the burn.

  • Grab the bar with both hands at shoulder-width, overhand grip
  • Lift and curl
  • Lower it to complete one rep
  • Perform four sets of 8-12 reps, resting as little as possible between sets.

Hammer Curl with Twist

These are quite similar to the reverse thick-bar curl exercise, however, these promote a better Range Of Motion for the movement of your arms.

  • Grab the dumbbells and curl them with your palms facing your sides.
  • When your forearms are parallel to the floor, rotate your wrists inward so that your palms face the floor
  • Rotate them back outward until they face the ceiling
  • And finally rotate them back so that they face inward again, and lower your arms back to your sides.

As someone who has naturally small wrists, I have made it a passion of mine to know the best ways to build up your forearms and I perform 2 out of 3 of these exercises every other session.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s super hero where I’ll describe how you can build chest and shoulder muscle like The Incredible Hulk.

See you in the comments.

Read part 2 here:

The Super Hero Workout – The Weightlifting Exercises (Part 2)

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