Comic book and superhero fans will dress as their favorite characters when Wizard World Chicago Comic Con begins Thursday in Rosemont. But it takes more than a costume to build the powerful muscles of Wolverine, or Lara Croft’s lean, curvy look, or the stamina of, say, a ghostbuster.
So who you gonna call?
RedEye rang up Total Nonstop Action Wrestling star Lisa Marie “Tara” Varon, as well as trainers Joey Thurman and Marcus Warren of Morph Personal Training, to get some tips for getting into superhero shape:
“Wolverine is a strong, stocky, powerful character meant to be intimidating at first sight,” Thurman says.
Nutrition: Diet comprised of high amounts of quality calories consisting of protein from lean meats and equal to higher amounts of quality carbohydrates, such as quinoa, oats (preferably steel cut oats), whole grains and spelt bread. You will need to eat your greens to get and maintain that six-pack, so eat a lot of veggies.
Training: To get the amount of muscle that Wolverine has you must train the way he looks—heavy and hard. Lift weights 4 to 5 days a week focusing on compound heavy movements such as squats and presses. Do 6 to 12 reps per exercise. Your cardio should consist of running sprints, jumping rope or boxing a couple days a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Intensity is the key.
“The tall dark and handsome superhero demands respect at first sight” Warren says, “from his lean muscular build to his good looks and charm.” Or in the case of Batman, broodiness.
Nutrition: Diet is very clean and healthy, consisting of high quantities of quality protein (lean meats and fish), limited amounts of carbs, and lots and lots of vegetables (with some fruit added in for a treat).