Well, yes

Well, yeah, if you want to have a body like a god, you have to eat a lot.

And you also have to work out a lot. I was in the 82nd Airborne Division for five years (already a unit that tends to work out a whole lot), serving most of that time under a commander who was a fitness nut.

In the military, that makes you a de facto fitness nut too. I never had a body like Chris Hemsworth, but at my peak I weighed around 170 pounds at 5’8″ with about 8% body fat. That was with working out ~4 hours a day most days, and eating around 4,000 calories a day. That is a lot of working out, but it wasn’t all high-intensity — it was intelligently done and very effective.

At my peak, I could bench 250 pounds, run two miles in 11 minutes, run 12 miles without even being at all tired, and do 130+ push-ups in less than two minutes (without stopping). I was fast, flexible, not muscle-bound and had tons of explosive power and I didn’t get tired at all really. (I once during that time helped a friend move and literally ran the boxes to and from the moving truck up and down the stairs both ways. I moved something like 40 boxes in the time it took him to do four. I wasn’t tired at all even after all that.)

But unlike this article states, you don’t have to eat expensive food. Humans are omnivores; any calories with the right nutrients will work. Most days, I ate at the chow hall. But I definitely did need to all those 4,000 calories¬† as if I didn’t, I lost energy.

I never want to work out that much again, but it was actually kind of fun being that physically capable. However if someone wants to pay me as much as Chris Hemsworth gets paid to do that again, bring it the fuck on.

Otherwise, I’ll definitely pass.