As superheroes go, Batman is one of the most popular superheroes ever. Why? Because of his cool tech, his wealth or perhaps the long history of the character that brings nostalgia to all age groups.
However we have a different theory; maybe Batman is one of the most popular superheroes ever because like us he doesn't have any superpowers. Through sheer determination and hard work alone, he inspires us by showing what a human being is truly capable of. I mean you probably wouldn't be interested in a Batman workout and be here if he didn't inspire you to become more.
Out of all the actors who have held the honor of portraying Batman, in 2016 Ben Affleck brought to the screen the most comic accurate physique of the Dark Knight we have ever seen. In addition to physically honoring the character, we also got to witness a workout scene in Batman vs Superman that likely motivated you to workout, even if you've never thought about working out.
For Ben Affleck to look like a comic accurate Bruce Wayne, he put in a lot of hard work to transform into that physique. He wasn't born looking like that and in fact he's been known to be on the heavier side in his personal life. So obviously, we wanted to share the workout plan based on what Ben Affleck did to prepare for the role.
One thing you may or may not know about us, is at SUPERX, quality is everything. From our apparel to our information, we are obsessed with providing only factual information. Everywhere we looked for his specific workout routine, led us to some random person making up something that was NOT his actual workout routine, so instead of repeating this unreliable theme we decided to go straight to the source.
Ben Afflecks personal trainers Walter Norton Jr. and Magnus Lygdback break down the workouts he used to get Ben into superhero shape, during this time he went from 198lbs to 225lbs at 7.7% Bodyfat.
Trainer Walton Norton Jr. says "We wanted him to look like a thick MMA Heavyweight Puncher, this is Bruce Wayne who has been lifting for 20 years, hitting that heavyweight bag and working out everyday in the manor."
Below are the workouts that Ben Affleck actually did and while you can perform these workouts in any order, we created this recommended workout schedule.
Monday: Workout #1
Tuesday: Workout #2
Thursday: Workout #3
Friday: Workout #4
Workout #1: Legs, Abs and Lower Back by Magnus Lygdback
Exercise 1: Dumbbell Front Squat: 4 sets of 12 reps
Exercise 2: Barbell Deadlift: 4 sets of 8 reps
Exercise 3: Bodyweight Drop Sits: 4 sets of 12 reps each leg
Exercise 4: Bodyweight Squat to Kick: 4 sets of 10 reps each side
Exercise 5: Lateral Rock Hollow: 3 sets of 60 seconds
Workout #2 - Chest and Shoulders by Magnus Lygdback
Warm Up: Assault Bike: 6 sets of 20/20 (perform 20 seconds as fast as you can then rest for 20 seconds and repeat for 6 total sets)
Exercise 8: Pec Dec Machine Fly: 4 sets of 12 reps
*Below is the Mens Health video with one of his trainers' Magnus Lygdback
Now that you know a few of the exact workouts that Ben Affleck actually did, you have everything you need to start working towards becoming the Dark Knight. Remember, this workout plan was designed for Ben Affleck to get results very quickly under professional supervision. We highly recommend that you start out with only a few exercises from each workout and perform those safely until you you build the experience to move into long complicated workouts mentioned above. While Ben only had about a year to get into superhero shape, you and Batman are blessed with more time to achieve your goals. The process of transforming your body can take many years, so stay patient, work hard, work smart and grow your experience over time.
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