Having already taken on Zac Efron’s Baywatch-era workout, which included an “astronomical” number of reps, and The Rock’s 50-set back and biceps routine, fitness vlogger Lucy Davis’ latest challenge video sees her trying out Chris Hemsworth’s high-volume Thor workout.
The first portion of the workout focuses on bodyweight exercises, starting with 3 sets of 15 pullups. “I might end up dropping down, but I’m going to give it my best go,” says Davis. “I can do 4 sets of 8, but 15 is another level.”
She completes the first set with good form, and says she could cry with happiness at achieving that. On the second set, she manages 10 pullup reps and then finishes off with 5 chinups, and can only complete the third set by doing assisted reps.
The second exercise is situps, performed for 3 sets of 20, which Davis completes with relative ease, followed by 3 sets of 15 pushups. After making it through the three staple bodyweight exercises, she tests her explosiveness with 3 sets of 10 box jumps, and finally, 3 sets of 15 air squats. This whole chunk of the workout takes more than 40 minutes: for context, Davis usually only trains for an hour at a time.
“It’s really high volume bodyweight stuff, we’ve not even started the weighted stuff yet,” she says. “It’s a whole other session, it’s like this is his warmup or something crazy.”
The second half of the challenge, the “iron circuit training,” begins with 3 sets of 15 barbell squats. “I can’t remember the last time I did 15 barbell squats,” she says. “I don’t do 15, I do 15… I don’t really know what weight to go. My knee is not 100 percent, so I’m not pushing it too far, just because the volume is so high.”
Pushing through her mounting fatigue, Davis moves on to 3 sets of 5 on the bench press. “I’m having a hard time today guys,” she says. “Don’t try this at home, I’m giving you a warning. I keep nearly crying!”
She rounds out the workout with 3 sets of 8 standing military press, 3 sets of 5 deadlift, and 3 sets of 5 hammer curls, which give her arms a solid pump. And after 85 minutes, she is done. “The session is good,” she says, “but the two whole separate things, it’s new to me.”
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