Captain America has always been one of my favorite Marvel superheroes, and you wanna know why? Because it has no superhuman powers. Although as a result of the Super-Soldier Serum and "Vita-Ray" treatment, he is transformed from a frail young man into a "perfect" specimen of human development and conditioning.
Captain America's strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing are at the highest limits of natural human potential.
Yes, Captain America is the embodiment of TheIronYou, there’s no doubt about that. Plus, he has a bad ass nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional vibranium that protects him from bullets and other weapons.
His costume is also pretty rad even if it’s nothing to extreme.
The fact that Captain America isn’t immortal, can’t fly or can’t make enemies bursts into flames makes him more relatable to “us” (aka normal people).
Real science has not yet been able to create the Super-Soldier Serum (too bad, uh...) so the only way to become Captain America is to train and hit the gym hard.
Exactly like actor Chris Evans had to do in order to portray Steve Rogers (Captain America alter ego) in the upcoming summer blockbuster. Let’s discover more how did he “transformed” himself into the superhero.
Through his movie career, Chris Evans has maintained a lean, defined look. He has done this despite a challenging work schedule and a limited focus on dieting.
Also Chris Evans is not new to the superhero: he played the Human Torch in the "Fantastic Four" series.
In an interview released back in 2006 he said that “the key is dedication” and even though he professed to be unscientific about exercise and dieting, he has been pushing iron with regularity since high school. He hates the treadmill and prefers instead playing basketball, tennis, and even football whenever possible.
Even if he wasn’t following meticulously a working out plan, he has been doing cardio and weights almost everyday since he was a teenager. This is already enough to be in good shape!
Taking a look at his physical body, Chris Evans has always maintained a lean muscular look, one which he had to improve on for this film.
Chris Evans’ workout was mainly based on bodyweight exercises. This was because being always on the road bodyweight exercises were the only thing he could stay consistent with and claims that they helped him achieve the “Hollywood look“.
The bodyweight exercises allowed Chris to move quick and maintain his balance so that he doesn’t get hurt during the filming of the movie.
However, he did suffer for minor injuries "I don't think my body is supposed to be as big as it got for Captain America. There was a strain on some joints. After a month and a half of training I found my right shoulder would click and my left pec would hurt. There are certain things that hurt more than others. But that seems to be pretty universal. Every guy I know has some sort of freak injury in their body.”
The standard bodyweight exercise are so pull-ups, push-ups and sit-ups and those made up a majority of his workout.
But you cant’ become Captain America just with bodyweight exercises, and in fact Chris’ workout consisted also of plyometrics and also strength training.
Let’s also remember that Chris’ goal was to look as much as possible as Captain America, that is to say he was working the muscles that will actually show-up on camera.
Chris must have therefore done a lot of: deadlifts, bench presses, shoulders presses and squats. These movements build the most muscle but also increase your metabolism so you burn more fat.
Captain America in the comics had wide shoulders and muscular abs so Chris’ trainer also made him do compound exercises where the core is activated in any movement, helping therefore defining the abs.
“It was an ever-evolving workout, in which we always found ways to work around the parts of me that were sore” the American actor explained in an interview.
Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Captain America Diet
Chris Evans diet for the movie was, according to him the hardest part: “The workout was one thing but the eating was the tuff part. You go to the gym and it’s exhausting but then you go home and I since I had to gain mass and I had to gain size, this is only gonna happen if you eat proteins. So it was just a matter of going home and just constantly eat those bland pieces of chicken”
Chris diet was probable based on the so-called carb cycling, which is very popular among celebrity diets. An example of it goes as follows:
1. Protein and carbs up until workout for the day
2. Post-workout and until bed time, keep carbs low and focus on protein.
3. Off days should be kept quite balanced, possibly lower in carbohydrate, but not too strict
4. Binge once in a while, but don’t exaggerate and completely throw the diet out the window.
Protein shakes should have also made part of its eating regimen, this because of the limited amount of time given to him to bulk up, let’s say three (maybe four) months maximum. In such case you have to resort at least to whey and glutamine to achieve results!
One of the most important things we can take from Chris Evans and his workout and diet and, in general to his approach to health is to be consistent and patient.
This is the point that I would like to emphasize as far as celebrity workout and diets are concerned.
Finally, just remember that actors/models weren’t given any more special talent than you or Super-Soldier Serum and "Vita-Ray" treatment when it comes to health.
If they achieve a body that you appreciate, it’s because they put in the hard work every day. If you have the same passion and want for the body you’re trying to achieve, you can have it.