Man of Steel indeed

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 17:36 19/06/2013

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The latest actor to squeeze into the Lycra threads of a superhero has given fans a glimpse of the gruelling fitness regime that helped him get into shape.  

British actor Henry Cavill bulked up to play Superman by following a strict fitness regime with his trainer while sticking to a 5000 calorie (over 21,000 kilojoules) a day intake.

And we've got our hands on a video of the soon-to-be superstar showing us how he achieved his extraordinarily muscly body.

Cavill has revealed his trainer Mark Twight, the man also tasked with getting the US National Guard in peak condition, pushed him to aim higher, and lift more, in the gym.

Despite the impressive athleticism Cavill displays in the video, we're not fooling ourselves into believing that that is actually the reason anyone is watching it.

Cavill does us a favour by stripping off his shirt prior to lifting heavy weights and kettlebells, and let's be honest - no-one is jumping to find the pause button.

Be it a publicity stunt to promote Man of Steel or an attempt to broadcast his transformation from 'Fat Cavill,' the video release is an undoubted win for the man behind Superman.

And yes, you did just read that, the Greek god-esque actor has been quoted saying he was a fat, unattractive teen who was self-conscious about his body.

"I was fat... I was Fat Cavill," he told Details magazine about his supposed school nickname.

Hard to believe - pictures please.

Whatever the case, all those intense sessions at the gym have definitely paid off, and 'man of steel' is right on the money.

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