Chris Hemsworth is someone who is well known for his statuesque figure. The man has muscles on top of muscles.
That’s actually part of his job requirement. The actor is routinely showing off his rather muscular arms for one reason or another. Whether he’s playing the God of Thunder or a simple soldier for hire with big arms, he needs to have those muscles with him.
However, it turns out that one particular workout he used to engage in is a part of the past. That particular workout is one that he made popular. Now, he’s decided he’s no longer going to do it, mainly because it was actually quite unpleasant.
Chris Hemsworth Changing Course
Back in September, Hemsworth posted a video on Instagram using a technique called blood flow restriction training to increase the muscle mass in his arms to play Thor.
The technique, which was also used by athletes in the Tokyo Olympics most recently, involves wrapping rubber bands around the arms before a weight-lifting session. That session then typically involves doing something like dumbbell curls.
While the rubber bands caused the veins in his arms to noticeably protrude. That’s because the process is well-known among trainers as a tactic to trap blood in the arm. The trapping of the blood in the vessel then caused a lactic acid buildup. And that, in turn, triggered the release of a natural human growth hormone.
In the video, Chris Hemsworth explained why he was doing what he was doing.
“By restricting blood flow and oxygen the muscles are forced to work harder in a shorter period of time and a bunch of other ‘sports sciency’ stuff happens,” he wrote in the caption. “Basically it’s one of the most uncomfortable training methods I’ve experienced but part of the puzzle in growing Thor’s arms to look like the legs of a racehorse.”
Stopping That Treatment
Chris Hemsworth’s trainer, Luke Zocchi, recently said that the actor has stopped this technique in recent months. He’s preparing for his new role and is using a different kind of training.
“He hasn’t been using the blood flow training for a little while now,” Zocchi told Insider.
At the same time, the trainer claims he’s not quitting the process because it’s dangerous. He simply doesn’t need to do it anymore and it’s very, very unpleasant.
“The only side effect that I know of is that they can be quite painful at the time of having them done.”
However, there are some side effects that can cause problems with certain people.
Among medical experts, there is a host of reasons that this approach shouldn’t be used, beyond discomfort.
In particular, the technique shouldn’t be used by people with high blood pressure, varicose veins, or deep-vein thrombosis.
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