Get in Superhero Shape

Dick Grayson couldn’t stay a kid forever. In the mid-‘80s, after 44 years as Robin, Bruce Wayne’s youthful ward traded his green underpants and became Nightwing. The character has been a mainstay in DC Comics since, but hasn’t shared any screen time with the Dark Knight.

So 2012 UNLV grad Danny Shepherd decided he’d make his own web series, pending a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000.  Now 500-some-odd backers and a month later, the fundraising goal has been reached, but there’s just one hitch: Superheroes got to be swolt.

So to get himself in crime-fighting shape, Shepherd, a self-defined ectomorph, has been hammering two-a-day, seven-day-a-week workouts to bulk up. He took a look at what other actors with similar frames, like Brad Pitt and Gerard Butler have done to prepare for their bulked-out roles in Fight Club and 300.

“A normal chest day, I’ll try to do chest and triceps or chest and shoulders in one day,” he says. “My chest usually I start with incline dumbbell press, I’ll do that, and I usually superset that with bench pressing incline one day, and the following week I’ll do decline, and flat the
following week. I do four exercises with four sets per exercise and do 10-12 reps per set.”

The other side of the coin is nutrition – Shepherd says he’s aiming for 300 grams of protein and 3,000 calories a day, which means protein shake after protein shake. What he doesn’t have is the benefit of a professional to provide pinpoint focus on an eating program. But he has a plan for that once the Kickstarter campaign ends in February and he and partner Jeremy Le have the funds released to them.

“One thing we’re actually doing with our $20,000, we actually factored in $3,000, $4,000 just for a nutritionist and personal trainer,” Shepherd says.

He aims to be where he needs to be by the end of February and local filming on the three-part web series is expected to begin in early March.

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