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Avengers Interview: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson’s Personal Trainer

Avengers Interview: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson’s Personal Trainer

Superheroes need a super trainer. Chris Hemsworth and Scar Jo called on Duffy Gaver, no-nonsense bad@ss and former Navy SEAL. He turned them into Thor and the Black Widow.

Duffy Gaver has built some bad@ss celebrity bodies, including those of Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum. Only you'd never hear it from him. Despite being one of Hollywood's elite trainers, Duffy attacks his job with a humble, down-to-earth, hard-as-nails, move-your-butts attitude.

He doesn't drop names; he makes you drop and give him 20. Followed by 20 more. And 20 more after that. And… you get the picture. In Duffy's eyes, "All fitness is good fitness."

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth just graduated from the School of Duffy with degrees in crushing faces, pulverizing villains, and avenging the planet. The ex-Navy SEAL spent time with Bodybuilding.com to show us how he helped Hemsworth put on 25 pounds of Thor-muscle and turned Johansson into a lean, mean, bad-guy-busting machine.

Character Builder: Duffy Gaver "The Avengers" Interview

Watch The Video - 09:44




Having worked in the film industry for a long time, Duffy Gaver knows what it takes to get actors looking good in a short amount of time.

He keeps it simple. He keeps it old-school. He doesn't use calipers or scales. Duffy's fitness philosophy would make Arnold proud. He believes in effort, discipline and intensity. Is there a secret to fitness? The secret is that there is no secret. It just takes hard f#cking work.

The Quotable Duffy

If you're interested in getting a movie-ready body, Duffy's recipe for fitness isn't complicated: train amazing, eat amazing and sleep amazing. "It's a three-legged stool," he says. "You need to do all three to get the results you want."

"You are fitness," Duffy says. "If you want to change your body, you need to go DO something."

"There's no mystery here," Duffy notes. "Fitness isn't out there for you to go buy... I don't need to go to someone to know that a Krispy Kreme donut sucks. Your intensity, how you attack the workout is everything."

Star Powering

To build massive muscle, Duffy had Chris lift big and eat bigger. Hemsworth downed huge amounts of chicken and red meat. For thickness, Duffy had Chris rock a variety of heavy rows - bent-over barbell, dumbbell, machine -- plus lat pull-downs, extra arm work, and shoulder moves.

To create Scarlett's lithe athleticism, Duffy made her do lots of timed reps. She pushed through combinations of air squats, running, push-ups, wall-balls, and pull-ups to build stamina and strength for her epic fight sequences.

The Black Widow Workout

Complete the following exercises in a circuit, without rest, for 5 to 10 rounds.

Complete each round for time, with proper form. Try to beat your previous times!

Black Widow Circuit

Want more than the sample Black Widow workout?
Get educated with these two routines, straight from the School of Duffy.

Workout 1: General Fitness
Workout 2: Back


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olokop

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olokop

"...just get your fat *** of the couch..." - I don't know if there's a sentence that makes more sense. Great guy, it would be an honor to train with him :)

May 3, 2012 6:29am | report
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  • ht: 17'11"
  • wt: 215.6 lbs
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chiefgreybeard

Duffy is right on. It's about diet, exercise until you crawl and then adequate recovery to do it all over again. You need to want it and then get it through desire, consistency, and self control. It does not come in a can. It's character and no one can give you that.

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martinholik88

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martinholik88

Saying it as it is like a sir! Reality check mofo!

May 4, 2012 8:52am | report
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  • ht: 16'2"
  • wt: 194.23 lbs
  • bf: 15.0%
liftbig500

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liftbig500

It"s not rocket math. Hard work, clean food, and awesome sleep.

May 5, 2012 6:54am | report
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brutalfullme

Not impressed by Johansson's look, I think all her workout was about fitting the super-hero costume, not more =)

May 6, 2012 6:26am | report
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warriorbree

Agree.

Jan 25, 2014 9:23pm | report
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danlavery

This guy is my new hero. He's the Tyler Durden of exercise. No ********, no sales pitch, just results.

May 6, 2012 8:23pm | report
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jwethall

This could be one of the most mediocre training routines I've ever seen. And "Scar Jo" looked soft and unimpressive.

May 7, 2012 9:31am | report
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Girlygirlgg

Excellent...no non sense and common sense...really enjoyed listening and I feel inspired and encouraged.

May 15, 2012 12:59am | report
marcele

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marcele

I've used BodyBuilding.com for years.
Thank you for posting the Avengers workouts, etc. I thought Thor was AMAZING, just as I thought Scarlett Johansen was AMAZING,

May 15, 2012 1:13pm | report
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powertitan

this workouts great its showen extream results

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Hoorayforpoopoo

This guy is my new hero. Finally someone who just gets back to the basics.

Jun 21, 2012 12:28pm | report
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Vynx

Wow....despite his extreme simplicity that was very enlightening. I wish he would have said more precisely how many calories Chris ate tho.

Jul 15, 2012 6:24am | report
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xdonniedarkox

I know Duffy from another passion of mine... knew what he did, but never sweated him about it because Im a fitness professional too, and I dont like to talk shop. Our common interest is motos not spraying about clients or circuits. Knew he was gnarly just by his work and clients but this was cool, he is a no bs guy. Right on Duffy

Jul 18, 2012 10:55pm | report
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kaykerbs93

I like this guy, and respect his "no nonsense" ideology.

Oct 28, 2012 1:44am | report
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andthechen

Did he train the hulk also ?

Jan 24, 2013 9:43pm | report
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Fecardona

This is the best interview and tips I'VE read on the internet and with personal trainers. He goes w/o bs-ing regarding the cacophony of data and ways to approach fitness that are out there. Not trying to sell you fitness, his commentary is the among the most honest for people. In today's dayand age, when healthy and fit individuals are growing scarce, the industry resortsto trading a scarce resource for business growth (not that they shouldn't). That keeps the biz flowing. Duffy instead sells you the basics,without mediocrity, and to your mind rather than your wallet. More average joes can relate to this interview and improve, which does more for the affected society.

Jan 26, 2013 7:55am | report
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greenswim

I am so doing this workout! Its about time that I found a workout plan!

Sep 29, 2013 2:15pm | report
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occylupo

that was one of the best videos on fitness I've seen here

Nov 10, 2013 12:36pm | report
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