Zachary Levi on His Favorite Exercise for a Total-Body Workout

Zachary Levi trained his way to a superhero physique for Shazam!, sometimes spending six days a week in the gym to get into the shape he wanted.

During the months of work Levi did for the film, the actor trained with in Los Angeles at Granite Gym with trainer Grant Roberts, and at other times with Don Saladino, who whipped Ryan Reynolds into shape for Deadpool 2. Through all of that, Levi relied on one foundational move that helped him get so strong: the deadlift.

“I quite like the deadlift. It works out your entire body in a very good way,” Levi says. “It makes you a whole lot stronger, and the motion of it, my mind-body connection is pretty good with it.”

Those “deadlift days” helped Levi get into heroic shape for the film, powering it to strong reviews and an even stronger box office haul. Now, a Shazam! sequel is underway and Levi is feeling like he’s in the “best shape” of his life.

Read more about Levi, his Shazam! training and his path to Hollywood stardom in his Men’s Journal cover story here.

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