It isn’t easy being such a powerful anti-hero who leads an entire kingdom underwater. And it certainly isn’t easy to look the part either.
Tenoch Huerta, who plays the role of Namor the Sub-Mariner, the popular antagonist in the upcoming Black Panther sequel, had to go through an extremely strenuous workout routine for his superhero character and it looks like a bunch of deadly exercises only the king of Talocan would do.
The actor’s personal trainer revealed the intense workout routine that he had to go through to get all ripped and in shape for his role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and it definitely seems like he was training for war. Technically though, he is.
Tenoch Huerta had an intense workout routine for Namor
Tenoch Huerta recently revealed the secret behind his buffed body, and spoiler alert, it’s a lot of weights and deadlifts.
The Mexican actor revealed how different roles required different body types, and for Wakanda Forever‘s Namor, he needed to look more like a fit swimmer than a jacked-up superhero. And so, he had to train for the part as well.
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In the video for Men’s Fitness, Huerta’s personal trainer, Jeronimo, explained how a major part of the actor’s routine included a full-body workout session, from back squats to inclined bench presses. The Narcos: Mexico star also joked about “hating” it. “He may hate the entire routine, but sorry I’m not sorry,” his trainer laughed.
Namor’s workout routine from start to finish
Core strength and mobility happen to be two of the most vital aspects with regard to Huerta’s workout. In the film, he had to wear extremely tight chain shorts for which he required a lot of quad strength. Jeronimo also pointed out how they had to focus on the actor’s glute development through Romanian deadlifts.
But don’t worry, they’re not heartless. Huerta’s trainer also mentioned that they made it a point to do such exercises separately because they were “very taxing physically and also for the nervous system.”
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After the back squats and Romanian deadlifts, The Forever Purge actor was to engage in a sled push and pull. “During his preparation for Namor,” Jeronimo stated, “He’s using a lot of wires. He’s doing a lot of physical activity during the sets.” It is also important to remember that all this while, their purpose wasn’t simply to make Huerta fit, but also to give his body the strength it needed to swim, given the 41-year-old had to swim for as long as 8 hours. After all, Namor runs an underwater kingdom.
For his next exercise, Huerta did inclined bench presses over the normal ones, mainly due to having sustained certain shoulder injuries. So, the former granted him a more painless way to work out. After that, some dumbbell Z presses, and pike position leg extensions, the Dark Forces star was finally free to take a breath of relief.
Namor might be the villain in the movie, but Huerta definitely is the hero in real life.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is ready to hit theatres on November 11, 2022.
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