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The Avengers Workouts

3 trainers to the stars reveal what it takes to get in superhero shape.

Make It Challenging and Be Consistent

All three trainers say that intensity makes the workout. When it starts to get easy, ramp it up.

"Most people fall short in the intensity department," says Bose, who allows only 40-60 seconds of rest between sets. "We push past the fatigue and the instinct for the body to quit, and you find that very soon the body starts liking the intensity. You perform better and the workout seems shorter because you're not wasting a lot of time resting."

Strom recalls Johansson complaining to him one day that, three months into training, her workouts were not getting easier.

"'Do I suck at this?' she asked me," Strom says. "She didn't realize that I'd been progressively building the intensity."

Strom says showing up at the gym five to six days a week will do you no good if you're not pushing yourself. "I'd rather see you for 40 minutes and kick the crap out of you," he says.

But the intensity is not up to your trainer, Zim reminds his clients. It's up to you to bring it each time you work out.

"The ones who do well are the ones who push themselves, the ones who give me full sets," Zim says.

Not only do you have to work out hard, you have to work out regularly and frequently to see real changes. Once in a while just won't cut it.

"Along with intensity, the other big word is consistency," Bose says. "You need to motivate yourself to do good, consistent workouts. Take pride in consistency more than in the amount of weight you lift."

Reviewed on May 03, 2012

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