With the new Wonder Woman and Thor films out soon (and the actors’ body transformations making them look toned, sculpted and more gorgeous than ever!), it got us thinking ‘Why let the actors have all the fun?!’ so we’ve enlisted the help of A-List personal trainer David Kingsbury to show us how it’s done. With clients including Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain and even Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, he’s definitely the man in the know.
‘Stretching and foam rolling may not feel that superhero but lack of movement and injuries are even less heroic. Performing the ‘same old’ stretches day in day out can get boring but it’s so important. These stretches are brilliant for shaking things up a bit and will also ensure that your flexibility and agility continues to improve, helping to maximise your movement potential, whilst preventing you from picking up an injury on the way’ says David.
Here are David’s top stretches to keep you fit, flexible and with superhero agility to get you out of those scrapes in a breeze… Batman who?!
1. Foam Rolling
Stretches: Roll quads, glutes, lats, back, hamstrings and calves
Benefits: Test your superhero pain threshold whilst boosting performance mobility and muscle function.
2. Kneeling Hip Flexor & Hamstring Stretch
Benefits: Help to reduce lower back pain, improve postural balance and maintain healthy hips.
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
Kneeling Hamstring Stretch
3. Pigeon Stretch & Spider Stretch
Benefits: Open the hips and improve mobility whilst relieving tension carried in the glutes and lower back.
Benefits: Stepping one foot through your hands while your hips are lifted into the air allows for a greater external rotation of the hips.
Benefits: The Spider Stretch is also a great warm up move for lower body training sessions.
4. Swiss Ball Chest & Lat Stretch
Benefits: Improve posture and shoulder health. Often the shoulders are internally rotated so get that superhero stance with this super pair.
Kneeling Lat Stretch
Kneeling Chest Stretch
5. Deep Squat
Benefits: Deep squat flexibility is a terrific simple tool for boosting hip mobility and lower body flexibility.