Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is famous for having a ripped, muscle-bound physique. Nowhere does he perhaps push his physical conditioning and strength more than for his famous role as Marvel’s version of the mythological Norse god, Thor.
On July 6, 2022, Hemsworth used his Instagram profile to share a peek at a workout that helped build his massive chest for the new film Thor: Love and Thunder. The film will be officially released in the United States on July 8, 2022.
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Hemsworth is most famous for his part as Thor, but he has starred in several action films throughout his career. Some of them — including a remake of Red Dawn and Netflix’s recent Extraction — have necessitated that the actor maintains his strength and fitness as he moves from project to project.
This specific chest workout is part Hemsworth showing what it takes to look shredded on the silver screen and part promotion for his fitness application, Centr. In between his acting work, the 38-year-old Hemsworth started the app as a way to share advice on how other people can take care of their fitness in the gym and the kitchen. He also says he uses the app to help him streamline his workout process for his roles.
Hemsworth doesn’t waste any time diving into the session at full steam ahead. It’s apparent that this routine will feature a lot of intensity.
“We’re about to roll into a heavy chest workout, lots of yelling, lots of screaming,” Hemsworth says. “I don’t care where you are. Whether you’re at home, on a bus, on a train, or on a plane, I want to hear you yelling! So move it, get involved!”
Hemsworth’s Chest Workout
Hemsworth performed four movements one after the other for four total rounds. This large grouping of exercise is known as a giant set, and it’s a known way to pack a lot of volume (16 sets in this case) into a short amount of time.
The primary and only advice Hemsworth provides for this routine, aside from short clips of demonstrations, is to take a one-minute rest between each round for recovery. It seems Hemsworth may have taken his words to heart as the actor operates at a fast, energetic pace in the footage.
- Incline Chest Press: 4 x 12
- Seated Chest Press: 4 x 12
- Cable Flyes: 4 x 12
- Wide-Arm Push-up: 4 x 10
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The gym isn’t the only place Hemsworth went hard for his latest portrayal of Thor. According to Men’s Health, Hemsworth’s trainer Luke Zocchi said the actor ate up to 10 meals a day during filming in 2021 to build enough muscle mass for the role. Given the sample size of Hemsworth’s past work, it’s likely that dedication and diligence paid off.
Hemsworth will reveal his chest and the latest iteration of his stacked build in Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, 2022.
Featured image: @chrishemsworth on Instagram