It takes a tear-inducing amount of effort to become a superhero, as made painfully clear by recent Marvel initiate Kumail Nanjiani. Yet somehow, Aussie icon Chris Hemsworth makes his extremely disciplined workout and diet plan look routine.
I suppose when you’re charged with portraying a Norse god who’s apparently “the strongest Avenger” on IMAX screens across the globe for the Thor + Avengers quadrilogies, you’d certainly want to look the part. Though it would be remiss to continue without mentioning how genetics has gifted Hemmsy with a naturally muscular frame (some might even say he was born for the role).
While you can easily train like Chris Hemsworth – and even eat like Chris Hemsworth – via the resources provided by his ever-popular Centr app, we thought it’d be fascinating to lay out his personal process in as much detail as possible. You know… just to get that motivation to carve a rig for summer going.
The Chris Hemsworth Workout & Diet Plan
Chris Hemsworth Diet Plan
It’s often noted that exercise isn’t where the general population fails – it’s the diet. Abs/biceps/whatevers, after all, are made in the kitchen. And the Chris Hemsworth diet plan just goes to prove that clean living is a major key to success. But you can relax. This won’t be a joyless affair comprised solely of fish and a rice cake.
While the diet will obviously be adjusted depending on the forthcoming role – i.e. slimming down to play James Hunt in Rush, slimming down even harder to play Owen Chase in In the Heart of the Sea – let’s proceed under the assumption that we’re all gunning for the coveted Thor physique.
“It’s obviously very high in protein, and I eat six times a day,” says Hemsworth.
“With the months leading up to the shoot and during filming, I’m basically overfeeding myself on protein and endless amounts of chicken breast, eggs, steak, fish, vegetables, tuna, avocado, cottage cheese, and brown rice.”
“That said, we’ve tried to cut down a bit on animal protein and introduce more legumes and certain grains, as a result of being more mindful about the environment. But to be honest, it’s still mostly animal proteins.”
According to Sergio Perera – a chef who has actually worked with Chris Hemsworth and features on the actor’s Centr app – here’s what the big fella himself eats daily to maintain mass and send legions of admirers from all walks of life into sheer hysteria.
8 AM: Green power shake with protein
10 AM: Bowl of yoghurt with mixed fresh berries, chia seeds, almonds, and honey
12 PM: [Workout]
1 PM: Post-workout shake consisting of vegetable protein, ice water, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and 1g of Vitamin C
2:30 PM: 8oz grilled chicken with crispy sweet potatoes and a rocket salad with seeds, nuts, salted apple (lemon & olive oil dressing on the side)
5:30 PM: 2 rice crackers with Vegemite, tuna, and cherry tomatoes
7 PM: 8oz white fish with grilled mushrooms and raw broccoli salad
9 PM: Half a small pawpaw/papaya with yoghurt and berries; magnesium/zinc supplement
8 AM: Green power shake with protein
10 AM: 3 fried eggs on a slice of wholegrain toast with Vegemite and avocado
1 PM: Post-workout shake consisting of vegetable protein, ice water, BCAAs and 1g of Vitamin C
2:30 PM: 8oz eye fillet (fillet mignon), grilled pumpkin salad with spinach, herbs, cucumber, and ½ cup of steamed rice
5:30 PM: Chicken and vegetable soup with barley
7 PM: 8oz white fish, leafy green salad with radicchio and balsamic dressing, side of roasted mixed cruciferous vegetables
9 PM: BCAAs with Magnesium/zinc supplement
7 AM: Green power shake with protein
9 AM: 3 scrambled eggs on a spelt wrap with tomato salsa
11 AM: [Workout]
12 PM: Fresh tuna sashimi salad with bitter and leafy greens, avocado, walnuts, and ½ cup of sushi rice
3 PM: Homemade frozen green bar (blended mix of spinach, cooked and frozen cauliflower, chia seeds, dates, spirulina, bee pollen, banana, almond flour, pumpkin seeds, and cucumber)
6:30 PM: Grilled lamb chops, cauliflower mash, grilled zucchini, and roasted carrots
9 PM: Yoghurt with some honey and BCAAs with magnesium/zinc
8 AM: Almond banana shake with flax oil, bee pollen, a pinch of sea salt, and vegetable protein
10 AM: 2 fried eggs on a slice of spelt bread with warm spinach
12 PM: [Workout]
1 PM: Post-workout protein BCAAs shake
2 PM: 6oz grilled ribeye steak, grilled romaine and vegetable salad, with ½ cup of wild rice pilaf
4 PM: Beef jerky snack with nuts and dried fruit
7 PM: Steamed snapper fish with tomato, onion, roasted brussels sprouts, and small baked potato with Greek yoghurt
9 PM: BCAAs and magnesium/zinc supplement
8 AM: Raw cacao & frozen berry shake with coconut oil, chia seeds, dates, and vegetable protein
10 AM: Savory porridge with olive oil, parmesan, and two poached eggs
12 PM: [Workout]
1 PM: Post-workout shake
2 PM: Sesame chicken salad with leafy greens, sprouts, pickles, and ½ cup of steamed rice
5 PM: Homemade frozen green bar
7 PM: 8oz grilled mahi-mahi, grilled asparagus, roasted tomato, and a non-dairy Caesar salad
9 PM: BCAAs with magnesium/zinc supplement
Chris Hemsworth Workout Plan
When it comes to the Chris Hemsworth workout plan – AKA the Thor workout routine – there’s good news and bad news. The good news: as per Hemsworth’s personal trainer Luke Zocchi, he doesn’t exercise for more than an hour at a time. The bad news: the intensity dial for said hour is cranked beyond 11. So don’t be surprised if you start wishing your existence wasn’t physically tangible midway through. Or throw up. We’ve all been there.
Luke Zocchi also notes that Chris Hemsworth’s workouts revolve around extremely functional training and traditional bodybuilding methods. Despite how jacked the man looks, he stays quite agile; a necessary quality for someone who actively chooses to take on most of his own stunts.
“It’s very easy to go for the showy muscle but for Thor, I don’t want cosmetic muscle,” says Hemsworth.
“You can really tell when someone has functionality – they move differently, and for me, I found it so much better with injuries and general well-being when I upped my functional and core workouts.”
“I now have a far greater range of motion and stronger core. I do a lot more pull-ups and things like that, more high-intensity stuff and extra bodyweight moves.”
In addition to his general weightlifting, Hemsworth has also been known to do:
- “a lot of timed battle ropes”
- “throws with medicine balls”
- “hanging raises”
- “high-resistance bungee stuff”
- “timed bear crawls”
Here’s what else we know about the Chris Hemsworth workout plan:
- Dumbbell Rows – 4 sets x 15 reps
- Dumbbell Bench Press – 4 sets x 15 reps
- Dumbbell Bicep Curl – 4 sets x 15 reps
- Dumbbell Bent-Over Rear Flys – 4 sets x 15 reps
- Barbell Shrug – 4 sets x 12 reps
- Barbell Wrist Curl – 3 sets x 20 reps
- Barbell Wrist Curl (reverse) – 3 sets x 20 reps
- Pull-up – 3 sets x 15 reps
- Sit-up – 3 sets x 20 reps
- Push-up – 3 sets x 15 reps
- Burpees – 5 sets x 10 reps
- Tricep Dip – 4 sets x 10 reps
- Walking Lunge – 4 sets x 20 reps
- Standing Calf Raise – 3 sets x 20 reps
- Bodyweight Squat – 3 sets x 15 reps
- Front Box Jump – 3 sets x 10 reps
- Hollow Outs – 5 sets x 10 reps
- Sit-Through (timed)
- Plank w/ Leg Lift (timed)
Iron Circuit (Heavy)
- Barbell Squat – 3 sets x 15 reps
- Barbell Bench Press – 3 sets x 5 reps
- Standing Military Press – 3 sets x 8 reps
- Barbell Deadlift – 3 sets x 5 reps
- Hammer Strength Chest Press – 4 sets x 15 reps
- Hammer Curl – 3 sets x 5 reps
No one sincerely enjoys cardio, but it’s a necessary evil to achieve a low body-fat percentage and buy a one-way ticket to ShredTown. Unsurprisingly, Chris Hemsworth has a healthy respect for this component of his workout plan.
“I work in a cardio element into my weight training,” Hemsworth tells Men’s Health.
“I’ll work in a bunch of sprints on the bike or the treadmill and get amongst it. That, I find, gives you a more consistent increase in heart rate and fat-burning capacity.”
“I love the assault bike. Those things are savage. Especially on a Tabata time set-up, I find that’s great and I prefer that to running.”
Similar to Joe Rogan, Hemsworth understands the value of martial arts and combat sports – boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling have periodically found a place in his fitness regimen.