We Trained Like Superheroes For 30 Days

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Jan 11, 2017


We Trained Like Superheroes For 30 Days
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  • (upbeat music)
  • - So for the next month, I'm going to be training
  • like the actors we see in super hero movies do.
  • - I always wanted to train like Chris Evans.
  • Something about his shoulders makes him so unique,
  • that dorito shape shoulder to waist ratio.
  • - My favorite super hero on the screen is
  • definitely Black Widow.
  • Great butt, toned abs, most of it is the legs.
  • - When I look at these characters in the movie like
  • Captain America, Thor, Superman, Batman.
  • Rarely you get to see Asian characters
  • that are powerful, reliable.
  • I feel like there is not enough representation
  • of Asian super hero figures.
  • - So we're going to be training with
  • a professional personal trainer.
  • He has trained a lot of celebrities.
  • He gave Chris Evans the super hero body.
  • And now he plays Captain America
  • and looks absolutely incredible.
  • - Me, as Korean, really want to see if I have what it takes
  • to achieve the super hero look.
  • - I think I'm ready to look super buff.
  • - Hi, I'm Steve Zim,
  • and I'm the owner of A Tighter U fitness studio
  • in Culver City, California.
  • I've written three best-selling fitness books,
  • and I'm going to train Kelsey and Evan
  • like their favorite super heroes.
  • - You personally trained Chris Evans.
  • You showed me a before and after picture,
  • and his shoulders just got like 10 inches wider.
  • I want that dorito ratio.
  • (laughter)
  • That's what they call it!
  • - We're going to do a five day a week plan.
  • You're going to work out with me minimum one hour
  • with weights, and then depending on our body fat
  • situation, how much cardio.
  • With Kelsey, Kelsey is starting at a really good spot.
  • But we're talking super hero.
  • Her shoulders are rolled way forward.
  • You have to have everything standing up straight,
  • looking great.
  • And then the other part is we have to make sure she is even.
  • I don't want one arm bigger than the other arm.
  • We need to make everything symmetrical.
  • The back of her leg, we want to separate
  • the hamstring from the glute.
  • Really important for a woman to have that.
  • It almost looks like a bow from a bow and arrow
  • the back to the leg.
  • Evan looks a lot like Chris when he started.
  • Slender, good shape,
  • and if you look at him, he looks fantastic.
  • We're going to take him from looking great
  • to looking unreal.
  • I've created a program for him to round out his shoulders,
  • so we can really separate his shoulders out from his arms.
  • That's going to give us
  • what he calls the dorito look.
  • - It was very interesting to see all these numbers
  • that represent my body.
  • Like the size of my sweater, and the size of my pants,
  • that's literally all I know about my body size.
  • - I found out Evan only had to do 20 minutes of cardio,
  • and I had to do essentially double
  • or triple the cardio he had to do.
  • Women carry more body fat than men.
  • That's just how we function on our bodies.
  • - We use two products.
  • We take these before our workout,
  • and then after our workout.
  • Their basically protein.
  • It helps enhance muscle fiber,
  • and melatonin helps you go to sleep.
  • The deeper we sleep, the more growth hormone naturally
  • is created in our system, which helps us keeping us lean,
  • getting us stronger.
  • This is what we do.
  • I look at what we start with, I break it down.
  • And then I create the exercise program
  • that's going to make them pop on film.
  • - First week was just awful.
  • I was waking up before the sun was up.
  • - I never wake up at six a.m.
  • in the morning for anything.
  • It was uhhh, it was just uh God.
  • - A lot of his exercises are very different
  • from what I've been doing.
  • There's a lot of twisting, squeezing, and holding.
  • Like the first day of training,
  • he gave me a five pound dumbbell.
  • He instructed me to do this one exercise
  • where I bring my arm back and twist.
  • I've never felt that weak in my life.
  • - It's not about the weight.
  • I don't care how much you're lifting.
  • The weight is so secondary.
  • It's technique, it's isolation,
  • and it's about not swinging the weights.
  • It's about bringing the weights.
  • - I was really surprised how many butt exercises there are.
  • I had never really done anything for my butt.
  • - The first week just had so much pain involved.
  • - And I was sore every single day.
  • (laughter)
  • And it was a different body part on rotations.
  • - My abs were screaming for help.
  • I couldn't take off my shirt because my shoulders
  • were hurting so bad.
  • - I couldn't walk up the stairs to get to my desk.
  • - The first week is always a big shock
  • because your body doesn't know what's going to happen.
  • - Yep, this is going to be harder than I thought.
  • - When's my cheat day?
  • - When you're telling me we have four or five weeks
  • to get you in shape, we don't have time for a cheat day.
  • - I had to change my diet too,
  • and I think that was the thing I struggled with the most.
  • - The nutrition program I've put these guys on
  • feeds the muscle, starves the fat.
  • The idea is you have to get enough calories
  • to feed the muscle from the work we're doing.
  • Make sure that we're not eating sugar
  • and a lot of carbs that will feed the fat
  • because we don't have the time to do that.
  • We want to just shred these guys up.
  • - My friends wanted to go out for pizza,
  • or wanted to go out for pasta,
  • and those are all things I can't have.
  • And I hate being the person that's picky.
  • - I ate approximately 7,000 Greek yogurts
  • and 3,000 chicken breasts and salmon.
  • - Now that I'm used to this diet,
  • every time I eat something I can taste how much sugar
  • or how much sodium something has.
  • - We asked him if we could eat In and Out,
  • and he said we could essentially
  • just eat a patty and lettuce.
  • - Which is fine by me because that's what I eat anyways.
  • - It was not fine by me, so I bailed and ate cheese.
  • Like my body, I can feel the dairy.
  • That was really eye-opening for me.
  • All of the sudden I had to think about every ingredient
  • that was put into anything I ate.
  • And I realized that I had never before
  • seriously thought about what I consumed ever.
  • - It's eight a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, sigh.
  • At least there's no traffic.
  • Throughout the weeks, I was seeing changes in my body.
  • My biceps were showing a little bit,
  • my abs were showing.
  • - I remember the first time I had my friend
  • take a photo of me, and I noticed all these muscles
  • in my back that had never been there before.
  • It was really cool to be like, having these random muscles.
  • - And I never realized abs were so hard to get,
  • like one mistake or one off-track, your abs are gone.
  • - Good.
  • (laughter)
  • Boom.
  • - It's getting easier to wake up in the mornings,
  • managing the food is getting easier.
  • The trick might be just to like, just to keep going
  • until it becomes habit.
  • It's a little bit addicting, working out.
  • I see how that is a thing now.
  • (techno music)
  • The day of the last weigh-in, I honestly
  • really wasn't looking forward to being weighed again.
  • I didn't want to judge myself and think,
  • oh, I could have done better.
  • But I think that how Steve did it was really great,
  • in that it was more about the progress,
  • and being proud of the work that we did.
  • - I was actually really excited to find out
  • how much I changed.
  • Kelsey and Steve were making all of these faces
  • after they saw the measurements.
  • I was like is that a good thing or a bad thing?
  • - We'll start with Kelsey.
  • We built your shoulders up.
  • By having that, you might gain a little width,
  • but what that allows us to do is have a nice taper down.
  • The chest, I kind of figured this.
  • You were a 34, you're still a 34.
  • - Yeah, boobs still boobs.
  • - And the thighs, they were uneven.
  • Now you are completely symmetrical in your legs.
  • Symmetry, we hit it.
  • Weight, 123.
  • Nine pounds down.
  • But that's not the important one, it's the body fat.
  • And that's what gives the difference in the appearance.
  • 20.3, 6.2 percent down.
  • That is insane.
  • - [Kelsey] My result was much better than I expected.
  • I was so excited, and it was a lot of change.
  • It was really cool to know that
  • all this hard work really did stuff.
  • - Okay, Evan.
  • Number one part of the dorito, your around.
  • You went to 48.5.
  • 4.5 inches wider up top.
  • - Wow.
  • - Chest ended up at 39.25.
  • Now here's an interesting thing.
  • His waist started at 30.
  • I didn't think he had anywhere to go down.
  • He went down an inch and a half.
  • - He's a dorito!
  • - He created the V.
  • We thought there was maybe not that much body fat to lose,
  • but apparently we did.
  • So the legs are symmetrical, but here come the biceps.
  • Now he's at 13.75.
  • The body fat ended up at 6.6.
  • - [Kelsey] Yeah.
  • - So you're telling me I lost weight,
  • but gained a lot of muscles
  • here and there.
  • - Yeah.
  • - You lost all the fat, and then gained all the muscle.
  • - That's so interesting.
  • - This was only a one month thing.
  • I still don't have raging abs or like giant biceps,
  • but I think I'm off to a really good start
  • to transform further and better,
  • and that's the whole point.
  • - It really makes you feel alive to feel your body
  • and get to know your body.
  • I still think I'm going to use a lot of this
  • in my day-to-day life in a less intense aspect.
  • - I have a lot , a lot of respect.
  • All the Hollywood stars, all the personal trainers.
  • Their clients who are working really hard
  • towards their dream body.
  • - Going through, even just a small fraction
  • of what they go through is absolutely insane.
  • And all the pressure because you are going to be seen
  • by people looking this way at that date no matter what.
  • Just hat's off to those people that have that drive.
  • - They don't wake up like that.
  • They put in so much effort, time, and energy.
  • There's no way of cheating in your life.
  • - Forget those infomercials, go out and work out hard.
  • Do it the right way.
  • - Hey Evan!
  • Wait, it's really close.
  • - I'm going to eat it.
  • - Okay.
  • (crunching)
  • I'm proud of you.
  • (laughter)

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