Even a quick glance at some popular celebrity workouts will show you that, when it comes to bulking up for a role (or just maintaining a camera-ready physique), there’s more than one right way to do it. For James McAvoy, that meant following Swedish trainer Magnus Lygdback’s “Magnus Method.” Matthew McConaughey prefers to stay fit by running or paddleboarding around Lake Austin in Texas. If you’re The Rock, even your cheat meals are something of a workout. But Men’s Journal May cover star Chris Evans prefers to keep things simple: lifting weight, and plenty of it.
Playing Captain America in Marvel’s blockbuster Avengers series is a big task—and as we found out while hanging with Evans at his home in Massachusetts, a role that he initially turned down. The offer came at a time when Evans was questioning whether or not he wanted to continue acting at all. Fortunately for Marvel fans, friends convinced him to accept the role. Then came the tough part: Training. At our cover shoot, Evans was coy about what exactly that training entailed.
“I went to the gym and I lifted heavy stuff,” he said.
We’re sure his gym sessions were a lot tougher than he makes them sound—Evans did some serious bulking up and definitely earned that shield (no mysterious strength serum here). Get his take on working out in the video above, and don’t miss our full profile on the Marvel star in the May issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now.