Building a Better Quicksilver

The follow up to Marvel’s big ensemble finally hits theaters Friday. One of the newer Avengers, Pietro Maximoff, sat down with us for this world-exclusive interview. We were looking forward to hearing what it’s like having to share a bathroom with the Hulk or listen to Iron Man steal the limelight every single time. But imagine our surprise when Quicksilver needed some help…

 

AOA: Dude, so glad we could catch up.

Quicksilver: Let’s just be clear. If anyone catches up to me, it’s because I let them.

AOA: … Right. Anyway, we’re pretty amped to see you again. It’s been what? A year since Days of Future Past?

Quicksilver: That.. wasn’t me.

AOA: What are you talking about? You were the best part of the whole movie!

Quicksilver: I’ll say it just once more: that wasn’t me. Listen, I know we’re supposed to be doing an interview, but I’m actually looking for a new workout routine.

AOA: You don’t say. Well, we’re going to assume your main form of exercise is cardio.

Quicksilver: I’m always on the run.

AOA: That’s what she said– to child support enforcement! But seriously, no form of strength training at all?

Quicksilver: Well, I always thought running was enough. It always felt like I was burning enough calories. 

AOA: Something happen recently that made you feel it’s not enough?

Quicksilver: I don’t know, man. I mean, I feel like I’ve got to be burning a ton of fat. I’m hungry all the time.

AOA: Would we not like you when you’re hungry?

Quicksilver: I’m not sure I follow. Aside from that, it’s just frustrating because I’m not seeing a lot of muscle growth. I’m busting my butt, but not seeing the payoff. On top of that, I just feel beat up. I’m supposed to be the speed guy, but I really feel like I’m losing my footing here.

AOA: Okay, so you’re not getting the results you want. But why even try so hard in the first place? Who are you trying to impress?

Quicksilver: I have to prove myself.

AOA: To who? Is it Scarlet Witch?

Quicksilver: Dude, that’s my sister.

AOA: That didn’t stop you before!

 Quicksilver: …

Quicksilver’s Strengths

+ Footwork

+ Speed to make Usain Bolt jealous

+ Sexy, Silvery Shimmers

Quicksilver’s Weaknesses

– Always Hungry

– No Muscular Improvement

– Gnarly Shin Splints

Chase’s Assessment

Well brother, I see you’re fast, but I believe we can help get you faster and with a greater chance to maintain an injury free body.

The biggest thing I can convey to you is to start simply. As in, do not start out on a full board strength program and leave your running alone.

Something as simple as 2 core lifts and 2 assistance lifts, 2 to 3 times a week, will be enough for you to notice a carryover to your running.

I believe you would do good to choose two bilateral core moves for your lower body and choose 1 upper body push core lift and one upper body pull lift.

Example of a lower body would be:

  • Barbell Back Squat – 4 sets of 5 repetition
  • Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift – 3 sets of 8 repetition
  • Lateral Box Step up- 3 sets of  4 repetition ( w/ box at knee height)
  • Reverse Crunches – 3 sets of 8 (Done the Cressey Way)

 

Example of an upper body would look like:

  • Incline Bench Press- 4 sets of 8 repetition
  • Weight/bodyweight neutral grip pull ups- 4 sets of 5
  • 45 degree Floor Press- 3 sets of 10 repetition
  • Dumbbell pull over- 3 sets of 10 repetition

Jon’s Assessment

Pietro, I’m really curious as to who this special someone is. I have my suspicions, but it might be too inhumane to say it out loud.

Chase mentioned making you injury free, and that’s what I want to focus on too. But instead of giving alternative workouts, let’s tackle your lifestyle outside of the gym.

I’m getting a work-hard vibe from you, and that’s not a bad thing. But it’s also a mindset that’s probably causing you to push through injury instead of taking time off to rest and recover. And if you’re feeling hungry all the time, that means you’re not eating enough of something.

People think that you have to be starving when you’re on a diet, and that’s just not true. Sure, you’ll get cravings, but you’ve got to make adjustments to keep it manageable.

You’ve hit a wall that proves what you’re doing isn’t manageable.

Don’t be afraid to take some time off. Rest right. Recovery right. And when you want to get back into the swing of things, Chase’s routine will be solid enough.

And remember: you don’t have to impress anybody. And you certainly don’t have to put your body through hell for it.

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