I won’t lie, Mike Colter makes a pretty convincing Luke Cage.
Well done Netflix. Well done.
I usually find myself reforming my original idea of the superhero into the newly found actor that they’re screened as. In this case, of course I’ll still do that, but it doesn’t take much!
You can probably think back to when we saw workouts from Jason Mamoa (Aquaman/Khal Drogo/Conan), Manu Bennett (Deathstroke), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). The three of these superheroes love to incorporate an active lifestyle into their fitness regime. We’re going to be seeing the same thing with our new Luke Cage.
Colter tells Foods4BetterHealth that he likes including swimming, intense cardio training, and basketball in his routine. He speaks of switching up the way he thinks about training due to an injury and his different approach to strength training:
He felt that he needed to shock his body into getting fit the right way. Colter’s first workout plan caused him to over lift and hurt his shoulder, and sustaining that injury caused him to rethink his workout plan for the role.
Colter is not a fan of the traditional gym workouts that other actors do. He doesn’t want to just spend his time in a weight room strength training; he prefers to mix it up with other exercises, including swimming, cardio training, and playing basketball.
Hey, I’m all for these types of routine.
I’ll take any chance I can get at creating workouts that allow for hiking, active sports, and a different form of circuit training.
It’s a bit different than his fellow Marvel Netflix Original stud Charlie Cox, but if you’re trying to look like Daredevil I guess you can head over there!
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Of course Mike Colter can bulk up, we’ve seen him in Million Dollar Baby, and we also see his physique as Luke Cage, but he’s also been quoted by TheGeekTwins saying:
I remember going to some auditions – I am a 6’3, African American, baldheaded guy, I mean automatically, if I am a certain size people are going to look at me a certain way. I understood that there are lot of people who can do this kind of thing. So my little interpretation of this that if I really try to navigate my career in a different, perhaps I can find unique success. I knew that was an issue, so I decided to stay away from the weight room. I like to work out but I knew that if I look 225 lbs., well you know visually it would put me in a certain category.
So taking his shoulder injury and career into consideration, it shows us why Mike Colter finds other ways to keep his superhero physique. Judging by his size, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he might use some free weights occasionally. But, don’t quote me on that. I also found that for his Luke Cage role he decided to put on the mass first and then add in severe cardio, so this may also be a factor.
For those of you who need to bulk first, considering this will have a different training split to it, you can check out the Workout Database for bulking workouts, or Skip Go and head straight to Tom Hardy’s Bane routine.
Mike Colter’s Diet and Nutrition
Just like we already know is true with our own physiques, Colter attributes 75% of his to that of his diet and nutrition. Colter avoids bad foods (in which from his description we see are mainly starchy carbs and sugar), and eats a diet high in protein. He says the high protein diet is able to keep his muscle growth, while the lack in carbs support his lean physique.
Sounds familiar, eh?
While Colter tells us the main outline of his diet, he doesn’t tell us that he is exactly as strict as Efron, which leaves me reason to believe he might also incorporate some “cheats”. For this reason I would suggest utilizing cyclical ketosis and carb reloading if you’re looking to do the same.
That should help feed into those cravings 😛
The Luke Cage Workout Routine – Mike Colter Style
Like I’ve mentioned, Colter already had bulked up for a strong physique in the past and utilized that to incorporate cardio and athletic activity to then become lean. If you’re going to need to bulk, you’ll probably want to check out the Workout Database for a full bulking routine (or even one that utilizes weight training as a source for getting lean).
Actually, better yet, I’ll force you to do so by incorporating said routine into this one…
That’s right, three days of this will be activity from the routine of your choice. That will depend on whether or not you’re looking to use a routine for leaning out or bulking up. The rest of the days will be based around fun activities.
Check it out:
Day One: Insert Chosen Routine
Day Two: Insert Chosen Activity (Hiking, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Football… you get it)
Day Three: Insert Chosen Routine
Day Four: Insert Chosen Activity
Day Five: Insert Chosen Routine
So, being that Colter chooses to keep his physique by use of clean eating and a healthy lifestyle, we’ll follow suit in our own way. I’d love to tell you all that you can do the same and look just like Colter, but I’d probably be lying…Sorry. We’re going to need to give you a boost in there, and that’s easy for us being that we have a full Workout Database at our disposal.
Hey, by the way, has anyone finished the season yet?
Let me know…
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