"I started training just before I finished Tudors and then the movie (Immortals) got pushed back again and I thought, "Well, I'm training at this stage so I'll keep on going.'" (source)

[on MoS training/diet] "I'm on 5000 calories a day… You've got to eat protein first, then a little bit of carbs… you've got to keep your hunger levels going. … I'm training two and a half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle mass and just making myself look like Superman." (source)

"Getting into shape was a different experience to anything I've ever done. Very martial arts-based training; a chap called Roger Yuan trained me." (source)

[on preparing for Immortals' fights] "Like anything, it's not the actual fight that's the hard work, it's the prep that goes into it. Part of the training was flexibility ... You have to do the stretching beforehand otherwise you would pull stuff and do damage to muscles." (source)

[on MoS look] "This (points to his chest) takes hours. It's been two hours a day for the last eight months." (source)

[on training for Immortals] "I was getting up at 4 in the morning, working for two hours on basic martial arts, and then going to work (The Tudors' 4th season)" (source)

[on MoS training] "The amount of back squats, the amount of time I spend hobbling around a set because my trainers beasted me with leg work is just uncountable. I may be a crippled Superman, but at least I'll have great-looking legs." (source)

"I think (extra training) helps an awful lot because the type of training which I was doing, the training which Roger Yuan, the guy who was training me, had me doing was initially circuit training type stuff, physical aesthetic type training. Then he had me learning the basics of martial arts and doing boxing training and doing knife fighting and stuff, anything sort of cardiovascular, but fun and martial-based. So, that I could apply to learning all my sword choreography when it came to the time to actually start learning it when we were there a month beforehand, before we started shooting. It really helped, it helped an enormous amount." (source)

[on Luke Evans & Kellan Lutz's help] "It was an act of camaraderie. Training to that level is difficult enough but when you're also 'leaning' (taking on calories to create bulk) for 10 months, it's insane. You start to flag and lose your will, so it was great to have everyone else there to make jokes and keep things going." (source)

"Being in that kind of shape is something everyone should do at least once. It's a great feeling — and I don't mean that in an arrogant way. You go to the gym, train hard and learn how far you can push yourself. That becomes rewarding in itself." (source)

"I work out two, two and a half hours a day. For Immortals, it was body-weight stuff: crunches, pullups, and martial arts–based cardio. Prepping to play Superman, I've gained 15 to 20 pounds of muscle." (source)

[on training for Immortals] "It was a martial arts base training and tabata training (high repetition circuit training) which tends to be hard repetitions of body weight exercises with 25 repetitions of say press ups, followed by eight deep breaths, followed by 25 ab exercises, followed by something else and was one round. And then you have to do four rounds of that. Your recovery is eight breaths. It was (going for) a very lean as opposed to a bulky ripped, physique. Very low on carbs. A lot of meat and fish but no starchy carbs." (source)

[on training for Immortals] "I was up at four in the morning, doing a couple of hours there and then a day's work. But as soon as I got off  The Tudors, then we could do the full training. It went up to about eight hours a day by the time it was February." (source)

[on intense training] "When you're knackered and you're drained and you just don't want to go on any more, you're still doing it. On Immortals, it was very much a body weight sort of training regime, and now on Superman, it's more than body weight, as in lifting weights." (source)

[on training for Immortals] "Yeah six months of work. Due to the nature of the training which was done by Roger. Part of the training was about flexibility as well because due to the nature of martial arts you're going to need flexibility. With all the fight sequences it was also essential to do all the stretching before hand. Therefore during shooting if I did sustain any minor injury they healed quickly." (source)

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