We’re here to tell you that despite playing a magically-powered version of Superman, Zachary Levi didn’t get his buffed up body through any other means than working out hard to become Shazam!
It might look like that because of how fast the former Chuck star transformed into an all-muscle superhero in the blink of an eye. Some even speculate that his red and gold suit has some kind of padding inside to make him look bigger, especially his arms. Sorry to disappoint all the skeptics, but there is no muscle suit under the spandex. Zero. That’s all Zac Levi under there.
So, if you plan on building up muscle to make your biceps pop out of your shirt, here are the most effective ways to develop big strong arms like Shazam!
Bent-over Dumbbell Rows
Let Zachary Levi himself show you how it’s done. Get one of your hands and one of your knees on a bench like you’re doing half of an all-fours, so just-twos. Have your other arm lift the dumbbell straight toward your back like you’re trying to get a speedboat started. Make sure the other parts of your body don’t move and let your arm’s do all the pulling and lifting. After, do it on the other side.
Cable Rope Overhead Tricep Extensions
Grasping the rope at the bottom of the pulley with both hands, extend your arms with your hands directly above your head with your palms facing each other. Your elbows should be in close to your head and the arms should be perpendicular to the floor with the knuckles aimed at the ceiling. Slowly lower the rope behind your head while you keep the upper arms immobile. Pause when your triceps are fully stretched, then return to the starting position by flexing your triceps.
Sit on a bench, and bring a dumbbell between your legs. You can rest the back of your arm on your leg. Slowly, pull up the dumbbell while pointing your palms and wrists to the sky. Concentrate on the muscle and feel every inch of the flex. For maximum stretch on your biceps, twist your wrist a little so that your pinky’s knuckle is pointing toward the sky. Do the same on the other arm.
Palms Down Wrist Curls
It may not look like much at first, but wrist curls both work your biceps and triceps. Get on your knees on the side of a bench and place the barbell on the other side. Your forearm should be at rest on the bench while your wrists are dangling on the opposite edge. Now pull up the barbell and bring it down without moving anything but your wrists. Remember to use a weight that you’re most comfortable with.
Close Grip Bench Press
Lie flat on a bench and hold onto the barbell. You have to make sure that your grip is not too narrow nor too wide. Maybe move it an inch or two inside your shoulder width. Lift the barbell off the bar and bring it down to just above your chest. Instead of your elbows pointing out like it usually does during bench presses, keep it close and tight to your body so you maximize the weight of the barbell on your arms. Push back up and repeat until recommended.