Not everyone is born a superhero. Not everyone experiences a catastrophic accident that transforms them into a superhero. Most people have to work their arse off to be a superhero and, if you are reading this for fitness advice, I presume you are the latter. That said, Batman did it so why not you?!
What kind of superhero would you most like to be?
1) One that can fly?
2) One than can explode into a ball of fire?
3) One that can see through clothes?
My insurance won’t cover me for the first two and, morally, I can’t help with number 3. However, I can help with all other physical attributes and have split these into 4 sections, which I will be covering over the next few weeks: strength, endurance, cardio and flexibility. This first article looks at strength.
A superhero needs to be strong. I doubt anyone would argue with that. Here are 7 great exercises for boosting strength - everything from struggling with dumbbells to wielding Thor’s mighty hammer! Let's do this!
1. Trap Bar Deadlift
We really are starting as we mean to go on with a big lift that will make you seriously strong!
2. Single Leg Squats
These are a great good lower body strength move and are very accessible. When starting out, it is likely you won’t need added resistance but, when you do, it is very simple to load.
3. Muscle Ups
These are an under-rated and under-used movement - probably because they are really hard! Once you can hit these for reps, Peter Parker will be calling to talk mutant spider bites!
4 & 5. Weighted Pull Ups & Dips
Most superheroes have pipes; it’s a law of nature. The hulk gets them when he gets angry and you will get them too when you get smart and superset these brutes.
Parallel Bar Dips
Pull Ups (aka Chin Ups)
6. Ab Wheel Roll Outs
A strong core equals a mighty superhero. Take these on and see your overall strength boosted impressively.
7. Dragon Flags
The exercise of real life superheroes Rocky and Bruce Lee. Need I say anymore?