Superhero Mentality focuses on the positive mental health routines of different comic characters and a dedication to fitness is an important part of Hercules’ routine. Marvel’s Lion Of Olympus has spent centuries defending the world from the forces of evil with his superhuman strength and godly skillset. But even a god can’t afford to be complacent.
That’s why Hercules’ mental health routine is based on promoting strength in the mind as well as strength in the body. This is achieved through training with the right technique and adopting an attitude that values mental fortitude.
Hercules would begin his regime with a session of olympic lifting, using heavy weights to perform a combination of different moves, such as squat snatches, power snatches and muscle snatches. This would also include wide grip deadlifts and bent over rows to ensure his whole body was getting a good workout.
From there, Hercules would really start putting his superhuman strength to the test by using tree trunks or buildings and lifting them above his head to achieve the same movements as olympic lifting. The man did hold up the sky once, so lifting these objects wouldn’t be an issue for the Prince of Power.
The Labours Of Atlas
Hercules is famous for completing twelve impossible labours and during the eleventh task he was instructed to bring King Eurystheus golden apples from the garden of the Hesperides nymphs.
Hercules completed the labour by promising the Titan Atlas that he would hold up the heavens and literally carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. Atlas fetched the golden apples and Hercules tricked the Titan into lifting up the world again.
To test himself again, the Lion of Olympus would happily be involved in a programme as intense as The Labours Of Atlas, devised by The Olympus Projects in Manchester in the UK.
The class is a mixture of strength and conditioning that makes use of compound movement exercises and promotes a workout for the mind as well.
Hercules would also be eager to test his mettle with a session that was named after himself and The Olympus Projects has created a regime called The Herculean Trials. It’s an advanced circuit workout that involves explosive body movements and technique to truly test the mind and the body.
Exercises within the session range from kettlebell swings and rope climbing to battling rope pulling and ball slams. Hercules would take every movement in his stride, possibly even adding in his own exercises to test himself further.
The final part of Hercules’ fitness routine would involve pankration, the Ancient Greek style of martial arts that he’s meant to have invented. Pankration features a mixture of boxing and wrestling techniques that aren’t for the faint of heart. Many parts of the body can be used for a weapon, including the knees, feet, arms, head and elbows.
Given the violent nature of pankration, Hercules would spar with opponents who can give him a challenge like Thor or the Incredible Hulk.
After an intensive workout, Hercules’ favourite method of winding down is to head to a bar and drink with friends and teammates. If he’d finished training with someone like Thor then it’s likely Hercules would challenge the God of Thunder to a drinking contest to truly see who was the mightiest Avenger of them all!
The Prince of Power isn’t the only god to develop a unique mental health routine. Find out more about Thor’s routine and see what his version of superhero mentality is all about.