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Henry Cavill’s “Man of Steel” Workout Revealed

Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The workout plan that turned Henry Cavill into the “Man of Steel” was a super tough regimen, but it’s not just about exercise.  It’s also about eating a lot, according to his celebrity trainer, Mark Twight.

Twight also trained Russell Crowe, who Twight says dropped 40 pounds for his part as Superman’s father, Jor-El.

“What is the secret?” ABC News’ Abbie Boudreau asked Twight.

“The secret is a well-kept secret called commitment and self-discipline,” Twight laughed.

Twight said Cavill’s transformation started by packing on 20 pounds, sticking to a strict 5,000 calorie intake.

“What was he eating?” Boudreau asked.

“We didn’t care,” Twight responded.  “If he decided, ‘Look, I can get an extra thousand calories by eating pizza, I’ll do it.’”

Then the hard part came for the 30-year-old British actor. Cavill endured intense, two-hour workouts, five or six days a week, for a grueling 11 months.

“What we are trying to do is use physical means to basically prepare a person or change them in a psycho physical way so they can actually play a role in this context,” said Twight.  “So you need a guy to look like Superman?  It will be better if he feels super in order to transmit that message."

“I would have to say that Henry turned into a man on this show.  And not only in terms of physically -- he made enormous changes -- but in the way that he carried himself in relating and adapting to other people,” Twight added.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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