Last updated on December 4th, 2019 at 10:46 am
Nightwing is one of the most requested characters at SHJ.
Really most of the Bat family, but mainly Nightwing.
Although we do have Batman, Nightwing, Nightrunner, Robin, Batwoman, Red Hood, Batgirl, Catwoman, and a pretty decent list of celebrities who have starred as these characters; we actually even have a Workout Path and a Mega Path built around Nightwing’s characters inside The Academy.
Yes, that’s how much our members love him.
If you don’t already know, this is our new category that I announced I’ll be starting due to the high demand in cosplayers we have hitting the site, but it’s also an opportunity for me to give you secondary options to the main character workouts that will be slightly more generic and beginner-intermediate oriented; whereas the character workouts get pretty high volume when we begin talking about our overpowered characters!
That being said, I’m going to be shooting to achieve Nightwing’s physique with a beginner routine for this one.
You can obviously use our Nightwing Mega Path inside The Academy, or even the character workout (although I do suggest upgrading it if so), but this one will be focusing in on the physique and how we can get there without getting too advanced.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Real Name: Richard “Dick” Grayson
Nightwing is actually technically shorter than the average height among men celebs.
But just by 3 inches or so.
Vegeta were tied Wolverine for the shortest spot among comic characters we’ve seen at 5’3, prior to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming in at 5’2, (and Gimli even shorter) – but Damian Wayne (Robin) is only 5’4. Goku isn’t that tall either, though, standing only 5’7, with Miles Moralesonly an inch above him.
We’ve had Superman and Eddie Brock’s Venom at 6’3, and Captain America, Scorpion and Batman at 6’2, and Carnage at 6’1. Thor and Cyborg are towering over them at 6’6, Thanos and King right there with them at 6’7, Bane at 6’8, and Deathstroke right below at 6’5, and Black Manta at 6’4.
But, don’t worry if you’re not the same height or weight range.
We write these routines to be utilized by anyone and everyone.
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Nightwing Diet and Nutrition
This is normally where (in the character workouts at least) I’d throw you guys a nice copy paster to give you some links to awesome dietary guidelines.
The celebrity workouts get their own custom planning based around what that celebrity does, but the characters are very contingent on specific goals/starting points.
The same is going to be done here, but I’m going to be making some changes to help you out a little bit more. So I’m going to start by suggesting what I think is the best Superhero Program for this cosplay if you choose to step it up a notch. Of course, you can really step it up a notch and join our Academy to get access to everything we have to offer, but if not, you might want to check out The Program Shop for other options or even take The Program Selection Quiz to help you out.
Which brings us to our information from the character workouts if you’re looking to go the free-route (which is totally fine):
You can’t out train your diet, so I want to still give some pillars for nutrition.
You can start by checking out The Nutrition Pillars on the site, but I’ll break down some more information for you guys as well.
Guys like Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart incorporate 80/20 dieting with big weekly cheat meals, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hopper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Terry Crews utilize intermittent fasting (something I use daily as well), Ariana Grande, Mustafa Shakir and Madelaine Petsch are vegans, Brandon Routh and Frank Grillo opt for paleo, and tons of others utilize their own variations as well.
It’s all about sustainability.
AND, there are a thousand different ways to reach your goals, so finding the most sustainable way is what’s important.
Which is why our Academy utilizes multiple different Nutrition Classes (Greek Gods, Vikings, Spartans, Hunter Gatherers, Monks, Samurais, Minimalists, SuperHumans) to allow people to choose what is right for YOU!
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Nightwing Cosplay Information (and Options)
Here’s a section you guys have never seen before.
In the last couple articles in this category I tried molding together the cosplay and workout routine research section, but I’ve decided it’s better for you guys if I separate them so we can talk a little bit more about variations and look at some more information and options for you.
As you can tell from the picture above you can get away with different variations of quality when it comes to becoming Nightwing.
Although I’m sure most of you want top notch when you’re looking to become this stud.
So I have a few options for you below that I think you’re going to like enough to want to pair them up with our workout.
The Good Stuff:
**These are not the budget options. These are from our friends over at EZCosplay and are NOT simply “Halloween Costumes” but cosplay outfits that are made to transform you into these characters.**
Amazon Budget Route:
**These are budget options that are from Amazon and may be simply Halloween Costume items, but are also the top options we suggest from the platform.**
And there you have it.
Along with this killer workout I’m going to build for you to turn you into Nightwing, these are our favorite options for his outfit.
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Nightwing Workout Routine Information (and Research)
So we have some more fun in this section.
Here I’ll be giving you a bit of a bio and also utilizing what we’ve discussed in the section above (and some more) to break down what we’ll be looking to achieve with this workout routine I’ll be building for you.
So let’s start at DC for a bit of a biography for Nightwing:
When his circus acrobat family was brutally murdered, Dick Grayson was taken in by billionaire and bat-friendly super hero Bruce Wayne. Bruce shared his secret life as Batman with the young boy and eventually molded him into Robin—the Dark Knight’s partner in Gotham. But as Dick grew older, playing second fiddle to the sternest hero in the Justice League began to wear on him, and eventually he struck out on his own, staying true to what he learned as Robin while coming into his own as a respected member of the super hero pantheon. His code, like his mentor’s, is simple—if you’re breaking the law on his turf, watch out. Anyone who doesn’t can expect a short and most assuredly painful trip to Arkham.
Yet, while he may share methods and motivation with Batman, Dick knows what being Batman can do. He doesn’t want to become as dark, controlling and lonely as Bruce. But for all the good he’s accomplished while avoiding it, one question is unavoidable—without going as far as Batman, can Nightwing be as effective as he ultimately wants to be?
You know, just so you know who you’re dealing with.
Although, I want it to be clear that we’re building this one based around achieving the Nightwing physique and not his powers and abilities (that would be the character workout).
That means we’re still looking to put on mass while being lean and shredded, but we can do it in a more conventional way.
For the sake of the cosplay that I suggest I will focus in on a couple things:
- Tone Up and Shred
- Get Lean and Vascular
That should get you guys right into the character’s physique.
But, considering this IS still about Nightwing, we might have to do this “beginner” workout in a acrobatic fashion.
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Nightwing [Cosplay] Workout
5 days per week
For this one I want to give our Nightwing fans a chance to chase this physique with a very scaled down beginner program. We’ll be sticking to the calisthenics because it’s Nightwing, but it’s going to be VERY simple and very easy to follow. Be sure to pair this with a good diet plan and you’ll be all set for your future cosplay endeavors.
When we do our celebrity and character workouts we base the difficulty level off of their routines/their powers. For this one it’s just a judgement call on how I believe we can best get you looking like each character. For that reason I’m providing a level for each.
Nightwing Cosplay Workout Routine: Workout Schedule
Monday: Short Cardio and Calisthenics
Tuesday: Long Cardio Session
Wednesday: Short Cardio and Calisthenics
Thursday: Long Cardio Session
Friday: Off Day or Activity
Saturday: Off Day
Nightwing Cosplay Workout Routine: Short Cardio and Calisthenics
**You can do your cardio before or after your calisthenics. I generally prefer before.*
20-30 minutes of varied cardio
General options: Slow incline walk and/or Elliptical steady pace
Nightwing Cosplay Workout Routine: Long Cardio Session
For this session you’ll be doing varied cardio but I’d like you to step it up a bit.
Complete a total of 60 minutes altogether.
Varied Cardio Options:
- Treadmill Run/Walk On and Off (Consider HIIT Training)
- Elliptical Level 5+ Steady High Paced Speed
- StairMaster Moderate Difficulty
- Row Machine
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