“Shazam!” swarmed theaters in April 2019. The film’s rising star, Zachary Levi, is the perfect anecdote to illustrate how an ordinary guy can build extraordinary muscle.
Zachary Levi, known to most as a computer geek in the comedy TV show “Chuck,” is nothing to laugh at in the action-packed epic “Shazam!” Well, ok, he is pretty funny, but his physique is breathtaking. When it comes to a 14-year-old boy transforming into an adult superhero, showing a little muscle is a must.
Levi’s Shazam! physique reveals broad shoulders and bulging biceps that explode through any outfit. These key physical traits are important elements that makes Shazam’s combat prowess so believable.
In fact, there were rumors going around on Twitter that Levi had fake muscles. Levi assured his critics that this is certainly not the case.
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 23, 2018
When you attract rumors about having fake muscles, you know you are doing something right.
How Big Is Zachary Levi in “Shazam!”?
Zachary Levi stands at a towering 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs an astonishing 220 pounds. Levi claims to normally sit around 200 pounds. He packed on a whopping 20 pounds for this role. According to sources, Levi states that his diet consisted mainly of broccoli and chicken. Even for some breakfasts. Yuck!
In a recent episode of “Inside You With Michael Rosenabum,” Levi claimed to hover around 3,700 calories per day. Also, the actor said he worked out 5-6 days per week for an hour-and-fifteen minutes per workout.
Key Characteristics of Zachary Levi’s Physique
Celebrities usually have to change their shape and size within a blink of an eye to prepare for a new film or television series. Therefore, they do not get on the most sustainable training regimen. This results in a rigid diet and workout program.
Levi’s massive shoulders and insane biceps have garnered a lot of attention from fans, and the actor’s Shazam physique is the Oxford definition of Kinobody’s Superhero Bulking Program. This course allows you to put on an enormous amount of muscle in the key areas, while still staying taut to build the ultimate superhero physique.
The standing barbell press coupled with hammer curls will erupt the shoulders and biceps to another level.
The Zachary Levi “Shazam!” Workout Routine
This is not the exact workout routine that Zachary Levi followed to build his superhero physique, but Kinobody has been helping everyday people transform their bodies for over a decade with our proven nutrition and fitness programs.
These key lifts will undoubtedly transform your body into a superhero who can handle any task thrown your way. The key to building Shazam’s physique lies in getting stronger on the key lifts and implementing superhero specialization phases.
This is an art the Superhero Bulking Program emphasizes. Superhero specialization is specifying a specific muscle group that will forgo accelerated growth. This focuses on sarcoplasmic muscle hypertrophy which adds that extra 5-10 pounds of muscle. This will create the superhero body you are looking for.
Nutrition is a vital element to any body-transformation program. While Kinobody’s Shazam! workout doesn’t delve into the diet necessary to achieve a Hollywood body, the Superhero Bulking Program will teach you how to diet while still incorporating your favorite foods. You will learn how to stay lean and build muscle with a breeze through intermittent fasting and strategic surplus and deficit days.
This is advanced training; rest and recovery are paramount for success. Therefore, you only target each muscle once per week. For consistent muscle and strength gains, you will be implementing reverse pyramid training and rest-pause training.
Since you will be doing added volume with the Superhero Bulking Program, it is important to not hit the muscle groups as often as you would in the Greek God Program.
What’s so great about this training philosophy is that it allows your body plenty of time to regenerate. This is by far the most effective approach to putting on size and strength while avoiding overtraining. Muscles generally need at least 48 hours to recover between workouts. However, local neurons that fire a specific muscle group take 3-4 days to recharge. That’s what makes our training approach genius.
Kinobody’s “Shazam!” Training Schedule
Monday: Workout A
Wednesday: Workout B
Friday: Workout C
Conventional workout programs advocate for more reps, sets and training days. They’re wrong. The secret to the Hollywood body is three strenuous, low-rep weightlifting sessions each week, and targeting each muscle group only once per week. For adequate recovery, reduced chance of injury, and constant strength gains — your body will need the time to recover.
Workout A: Shoulder and Back Emphasis
Weighted Pull Ups*: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Standing Barbell Press: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Machine Rows: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Incline Dumbbell Flyes: 1 set x 12-15 reps + 4 sets x 3-5 reps (rest-pause training)
Workout B: Lower Body and Abs
Squats or Bulgarian Split Squats: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Romanian Deadlifts: 3 sets x 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Leg Extensions: 3 sets x 8-10, 10-12, 12-15 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Calf Raises: 3 sets x 10-15 reps (straight sets)
Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets x 10-15 reps (straight sets)
Ab Wheel Rollouts: 3 sets x 10-15 reps (straight sets)
Workout C: Heavy Chest Training
Incline Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Flat Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Cable Rows: 1 set x 12-15 reps + 4 sets x 3-5 reps (rest-pause training)
Incline Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets x 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 reps (reverse pyramid training)
Hammer Curls: 3 sets x 6-8, 8-10, 10-12 reps (reverse pyramid training)
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Learn More About Reverse-Pyramid and Rest-Pause Training
Shazam Workout Notes
Zachary Levi’s Shazam workout is no walk in the park. However, if you accept the challenge, you will save the day and attain a superhero physique.
To get the most out of your workouts, try Kinobody’s Superhero Stack. Kino Octane is great for clean energy without crashing and supports blood flow, which will give you the perfect pump. Kino Gains is essential for muscle growth and muscle recovery, as it’s packed with creatine monohydrate and vital micronutrients. Kino Aminos include vital, branched-chain amino acids to support muscle growth.
Support your Shazam! workout with Kinobody’s essential diet and fasting plans and learn more about superhero specialization phases: reverse pyramid training, Kino rep training and rest-pause training in the Superhero Bulking Program. These are an essential foundation to building your Hollywood body.
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Remember, do not abuse your newly found superpowers. With great power comes great responsibility.