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Off My Mind: How Often do Superheroes Need to Work Out?

Heroes need to be in top shape but when do they find the time to hit the gym?

If there's one thing pretty much every single superhero has in common, it's an incredible physique. Being fit could be the crucial factor in winning the battle between good and evil. Some heroes may have gained their abilities through an accident or a genetic mutation but that doesn't mean they're automatically set for their superhero life.

Working out and training is something we all try do in our normal lives. For the average person, it might be a little easier having a regular nine to five job. For the superhero, life is a little more unpredictable. Based on the nature of their power, there might not be a huge need for them to work out on a regular basis. Working out can keep a person in shape and even make them better. When can superheroes find the time to work out?

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There are many heroes that do not have superpowers. Heroes such as Batman, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and Batwoman all need to maintain their physical prowess. They did not get bit by a radioactive critter, suffer from a freak accident or arrive from another planet. Their abilities have been developed and must be maintained.

If you look at the top athletes in sports, once they hit top form, they can't just sit back and enjoy their months or years of training. There is always room of improvement and also the need to maintain their top form. We have seen heroes working out and training. It's crucial to allowing them to stay in the superhero game. Becoming an expert in crimefighting isn't something you achieve and then forget about. Like with athletes, it's something you have to continue to work on.

If the hero doesn't possess any actual superpowers, it's essential that they keep their bodies and skills at their absolute best. This means they have to establish a firm workout regimen. It's not something they can slack on. Going soft just a little bit could cost them their lives or the lives of others.

The problem with a superhero career is you can't keep normal hours. A hero is pretty much on call all the time. Many sacrifice their personal lives in order to be available to save the day when needed. Other heroes have the luxury of residing in a place that has a built in gym or training room to keep them in shape. A firm schedule is important but obviously heroes might have to skip out on workout sessions if their called upon to fight an evil presence.

What about the heroes with powers?

Does Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk and Wonder Woman have to work out?

Superman gains his powers and abilities from Earth's yellow sun. Did he have to work on building up his incredible physique or did the sun's energy transform his body into the perfect specimen over the years? Once he learned to fly or use his heat vision, does he have to keep working on them to be able to use those abilities to their fullest potential?

Hulk is all about rage and gamma radiation. Is there any need for him to work out? Does Hulk have to watch what he eats? If Hulk starts eating a diet high in fat, would he eventually get out of shape or does the gamma radiation eat away at any bad substance he puts into his body? Why did the gamma radiation make him so ripped in the first place?

Spider-Man might not necessarily work on making sure his spider-sense are as sensitive as possible or that he can easily stick to any surface but he has been known to stay in shape.

Recently he even started training with Shang-Chi in order to master the art of Kung Fu. As with normal people, Spider-Man will have to keep practicing and training if he doesn't want his Kung Fu abilities to get rusty.

Not all heroes need to work out on a strict schedule but it would be in their best interest to do so. It might be difficult to fit a set schedule into their every day lives since they are called to duty whenever they are needed. Even heroes that have natural abilities or have gained an incredible power, it's crucial that they maintain their skills.

There is always room for improvement and they shouldn't simply settle for the level of superheroing they're currently at. A hero needs to find the time to keep training and perhaps they can continue to get that extra edge that will keep allowing them to win the fight against evil and save the lives of the innocent.

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Posted by InnerVenom123

That last pic is disturbing to me. Some things should not be overly detailed.

Edited by bunkerbuster05

This is pretty interesting to think about, actually. Not sure if the big guys have to work out. Does Thor work out? I would imagine even if you have indestructible skin like Luke Cage you still need to maintain a diet of some kind. Spider-Man definitely works out, I think.

Posted by EternalBiker

how can the last one be disturbing ??? that as real as the charactor can be !
Posted by ALdragon17

Well, the Hulks don't need to work out, but Batman has to work every part of his body. Plus, he has to keep in mind about his equipment in fights and how to use them. I think the last pic should've been this one

Posted by Paracelsus

Maybe Thor or the Hulk doesn't need to work out, but others such as Daredevil, the X-Men,Captain America and others are all seen pumping iron or otherwise trying to keep their fighting edge in their titles from time to time( Wolverine may not need to worry about such things due to his fast healing ability-remember that sequence where he gives Kitty Pryde his cigar and she gets sick?-but others do).

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Posted by Vance Astro

You would think that they don't work out that much..especially ones with powers but it seems like "working out" just gives certain characters something to do from issue to issue. Like in Daredevil's case I think they just get tired of beginning comics at the Law Office so some issues it would begin where he was practicing his acrobatic maneuvers, lifting weights, or hitting the bag.

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Posted by InnerVenom123

@EternalBiker said:

how can the last one be disturbing ??? that as real as the charactor can be !

I dunno. Not a fan of that type of art, most of the time. It just creeps me out. I couldn't really give a specific reason why.

Posted by kimeraevet

The X-Men don't have to work out. Apparently the X-gene gives them a higher metabolism than an ordinary human. Hence why all of them, regardless of training, look very Apollonian and Herculean. It is in the genes.

Posted by TheCrowbar

@G-Man said:

Oh my god they ripped that man's skin off of him!

Posted by Girth

Heavy hitters like Hulk, She-Hulk, and Thing don't have to. They just do it to keep their physique.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

luke cage doesn't need to workout hist powers are super strength and durability neither does deadpool. cap, iron man, mocking bird, auqaman robin have to

Edited by RainEffect

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.
 
Edit: I've been advised that disgusting is a pretty extreme word. What I actually mean by it is highly unattractive.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@RainEffect said:

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.

FINALLY, someone agrees!

Posted by termiteone4ever

Alright i have to admit this art work is pretty good excellent details on the colors and muscles

Edited by RainEffect
@InnerVenom123 said:

@RainEffect said:

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.

FINALLY, someone agrees!

Hah. There is a reason why men were respected for their physical labour and women for their angelic beauty back in the ancient days. Women are NOT meant to be as ripped as that. It's a perversion.
 
Edit: I've debated with a number of CV members who took offense to my statement, and it should be noted that what I meant was that, I, personally, don't believe it is natural for a woman to have muscles that size; hence the word perversion (5th definition of perversion is 'a change to what is abnormal or unnatural'), it is not my intention to offend anyone.
Posted by DXmagma

Well, they're constantly out fighting crime. Not a traditional workout but it plays a part.

Posted by cmaprice

@kimeraevet said:

The X-Men don't have to work out. Apparently the X-gene gives them a higher metabolism than an ordinary human. Hence why all of them, regardless of training, look very Apollonian and Herculean. It is in the genes.

True. Just look at the Blob. Heh.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@InnerVenom123 said:

@RainEffect said:

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.

FINALLY, someone agrees!

yea it creeps me out
Posted by Eyz

..out of subject: I miss the time when Selina and Bruce knew each other's id... :(

Posted by BritishMonkey

it bugs me more that on the last picture she-hulk is holding that with no thumb...

well she has a thumb, you can see it behind, but the thumb should be infront at least

Posted by feebadger

@InnerVenom123: I agree with that last pic comment. Not only for the overt detail, but also because of the moronic hard bodies the heroes are portrayed as in it! She Hulk giving the come hither looks whilst being ogled by what appears ot be a steroid pumping Captain America? Ugh. It's like Police Academy meets the Avengers. Hey, wait a minute, Avengers Academy! Makes sense.

The other thing this article tells me is that it must be sloooow news week in the Comic Vine office ;)

Posted by Pbott

of course a picture in a comic book will be disgusting in real life, however as a male who is in great shape and works hard to stay in shape, i find that women who are defined very attractive.

Posted by Planewalker

I saw somewhere about Bruce daily routine of workout exercises I guess it was in that book about everything Batman G-Man and Babs review awhile back, he must do it in during day time...

Posted by notquitevarsity

@DXmagma said:

Well, they're constantly out fighting crime. Not a traditional workout but it plays a part.

glad someone pointed this out. crime fighting is the best workout it hero could do. it hones all of the muscles that they would use the most

Edited by CATPANEXE

@Vance Astro said:

You would think that they don't work out that much..especially ones with powers but it seems like "working out" just gives certain characters something to do from issue to issue. Like in Daredevil's case I think they just get tired of beginning comics at the Law Office so some issues it would begin where he was practicing his acrobatic maneuvers, lifting weights, or hitting the bag.

This has always been my exact line of thinking. If anything I would think the thing they need after a day of working out already, and very in the extremes with the action most put themselves through in a day, as compared to any normal regimen, is rest and relaxation, and much of it. Most characters antics are already close to and above as if their daily routine was Olympic level competition, and in most cases in all fields. Exercise past the fact seems a little redundant.

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On side note (inspired in memory by the nifty picture of Spider-man Mousercising G-Man posted)

Posted by RedOwl_1

@Planewalker said:

I saw somewhere about Bruce daily routine of workout exercises I guess it was in that book about everything Batman G-Man and Babs review awhile back, he must do it in during day time...

I saw it too but in a forum, if he wasn't a superhero and if we saw he be careful with the things he eat I would believe he has bigorexia

@spiderbat87 said:

@InnerVenom123 said:

@RainEffect said:

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.

FINALLY, someone agrees!

yea it creeps me out

Is too much for a girl, that's why humans have limits, to not end like she :S

@Eyz said:

..out of subject: I miss the time when Selina and Bruce knew each other's id... :(

Oooh That was so sweet, good times

Posted by Joe Venom

ok, now shes is just showing off! you would think the in theses avengers books they would have all the women doing pilates together or at least jogging, cause they have to be in their late 30's hitting 40 and starting to get very hip(py)...

Posted by Mayo88m

I'm sure they work out, but you also have to take into account that the very nature of what they do keeps them in shape. I mean take Spider-Man for instance. You think pulling yourself up a wall, or swinging from web to web isn't taxing? Just doing this everyday would keep you in shape.

Posted by azza04

You would think they need to be in the same kind of physical condition as mixed martial artists, and alot of them work out 6 hours a day. Usually 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Of course they takes some days off to rest and let their bodies heal up though.

Posted by DragoKnight

Their crime fighting IS working out

Posted by Nerx

Normals humans have to so they can stand a better chance to combat their superhuman counterparts.

Posted by The_Tree

If I were a Green Lantern, I'd be a fat superhero.

Posted by ltbrd

How much do non-powered heroes really have to work out though? I mean, Batman is out every night on patrol, running around Gotham, jumping across rooftops, fighting bad guys..............the dude's burning a hell of a lot of calories. He's got cardio, gymnastics, and boxing pretty much down on a regular basis. So it makes sense a bit that the only panels we get of him working out is when he's weight lifting or doing some push-ups cause everything else is going to keep him in really good shape.

Even some of what I would call the mid-powered heroes (like Spider-Man) don't really need to exercise given their daily lives. I mean, think of all the good gymnastics, stretching, and upper arm strength Spider-Man gets just from swinging around the city.

I wouldn't put things like martial arts or detective skills under this article though. That's training vice working out. There's a difference. Take, for example, Spider-Man learning Kung Fu. He doesn't need kung fu in order to be in-shape, he's already got that covered. He's learning kung fu to acquire a new skill. Studying martial arts myself I agree that if you don't practice your skills will decline, and while 2-3 hours in the dojo is far more taxing than running a few miles or putting in a weight room routine, I can do other workouts to keep my body in-shape if my martial arts practice schedule gets thrown out of whack.

Posted by HellionVulcan

Really depends as hulk Juggernaut & co don't really have to work out but captain America Punisher batman & so forth have to be at the top of their game 24/7 .

Posted by TheMess1428

Surprised there wasn't any mention of the Blob or Bouncing Boy. I also figured there would be an image of Christian Bale doing a push up in BATMAN BEGINS.

Posted by Teerack

Most heroes at least in marvel keep in shape just because of their powers, and those that don't usually have training every day or itll be just from doing missions and stuff.

Posted by Outside_85

Well Ravager noted that Superboy (preboot) didn't need to work out, same, I think, is true of the Wonder Woman and Girls since they are 'blessed' with their powers (though they still exercise).

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Posted by pspin

Wouldn't years of crime fighting get them in shape (mostly)

Posted by wowylied

We have example of people working out in DC or marvel (batman or the rhino) but moment of life which appear more often like when they eat or even go in the WC are rare. Less interesting and useless but we must remeber that they are human, even the inhuman are eating with the sentry in the civil war.

Posted by DarkShadows

The last picture is kind of... disturbing. I think the artist overdid it.

Posted by The Impersonator

"You're free to do what you want from here."

We know what Selina has in mind. Right? :P

Posted by Fantasgasmic

I would say that at FIRST heroes would have to work out a lot, but after a while all the villain fighting and patrolling probably burn the same calories as a workout if not more.

Posted by Kairan1979

On pages of Invincible Omni-Man (superpowered alien) made it clear that their race needs intense training to push their superstrength and superspeed to the limits.
Olympia (Doc Noble's superstrong wife) is working out too.

Posted by thanosrules

I think we need another "Power" added to the list.

Something like:

  • Physical Prowess
  • Unattended Physique
  • Peak Physical Shape

I guess everyone cannot be as lucky as the Skrulls, Impossible Man and Mr. Mxyzptlk and just mold their body to whatever is considered fit and trim. :)

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

As anyone who watched The Incredibles may remember, Mr. Incredible had a lot of working out to do to get back in fighting form. Now, I think if he kept a schedule at the gym he would of fit his uniform a little better.

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

@DarkShadows said:

The last picture is kind of... disturbing. I think the artist overdid it.

I think that was a particularly hot picture of She-Hulk, personally.

Posted by thanosrules

@PhoenixoftheTides said:

@DarkShadows said:

The last picture is kind of... disturbing. I think the artist overdid it.

I think that was a particularly hot picture of She-Hulk, personally.

I agree. I remember when that image was released - oh the memories.

Posted by crazymanandy_deleteme

@RainEffect said:

@InnerVenom123 said:

@RainEffect said:

That She-Hulk picture is disgusting.

FINALLY, someone agrees!

Hah. There is a reason why men were respected for their physical labour and women for their angelic beauty back in the ancient days. Women are NOT meant to be as ripped as that. It's a perversion.

I am happy to be a pervert. :D

Posted by fables87

Well if there going to be fighting bad guys 24/7, they need to stay active 24/7. Who wants a lazy superhero?

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

I would imagine that at first, when they first started out, they had to work out a lot. But after a while I am sure their work outs came from actually fighting crime and bad guys. I have heard performers like Janet Jackson and Beyonce get their work outs from their performing all the time. They do a work out on stage every night I guess. And I think that's probably the case with superheroes. They probably get just as much of a work out fighting bad guys as they would working out.

I don't have time to read this right now, I'll have to read it later. But I have thought about this too.

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