Charlie Cox is better known for playing the lead role in Daredevil, Marvel's first Netflix show. He had to work really hard to get the required form for his role.
Cox had to do a lot of fighting in the show, so he needed to be very flexible and look awesome in the superhero suit. For a guy who wasn't a gym rat to start with, staying fit was a lot of work for him. It was also difficult for him to gain weight and muscle, as he's a naturally skinny person.
Nevertheless, he succeeded in building a great body for the role. Read on to know how.
Charlie Cox's Diet for Daredevil
Charlie Cox is naturally very skinny, so it was very difficult for him to put on weight or muscle.
The actor confessed that he had to eat 6-7 times a day and include a lot of carbohydrates in his diet to put on some fat to turn into muscle. So, it was not uncommon for him to put sweet potato in his protein shake. In his own words, he ate a lot of 'chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, rice, and pasta'.
Here's the exact meal plan Charlie Cox followed for his role in Daredevil:
Meal 1: 1 banana, 1 whole egg, 6 egg whites, and 1/2 cup oats
Meal 2: 1 cup of brown rice and 8 ounces of chicken breast
Meal 3: One protein shake and one cup of oats
Meal 4: 1 cup Brown rice, 1 cup Broccoli, and 8 oz. Chicken breast
Meal 5: One protein shake and one small avocado
Meal 6: 8 egg whites.
It was the diet Cox followed for season 1, when he was trying to gain weight. For season 2, it was all about maintaining that level of fitness, so he included a good amount of protein in his diet.
Charlie Cox's Workout Routine for Daredevil
Charlie Cox works out anywhere between 3-6 times a week, depending on the production schedule of Daredevil. He never works out all seven days a week, as he knows that he's supposed to rest in between his grueling workouts.
Generally, he works out five days a week, but he increases that to 6 times just before the show so that he's in perfect form and doesn't have to worry about his physique during shooting. During the show, he works out 3-4 times a week.
Check out Charlie Cox's workout routine for Daredevil:
Full Body Training
Barbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps each
Chin-Up: 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps each
Front Box Jump with Weight: 3 sets of 10 reps each
Barbell squat jump with weights: 3 sets of 10–12 reps each
Shoulder Press with Dumbbells: 3 sets of 10–12 reps each
Dumbbell Rear lunge: 3 sets of 15 reps per leg each
Power slam with a medicine ball: 3 sets of 20 reps each
Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions each
One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 10 reps each.
Jump Rope: 3 minutes
Shadow boxing: 2 rounds of 2 minutes each
Heavy bag punch combination: 3 rounds of 3 minutes each
Heavy bag power kick: 20 reps with each leg
Thai pads: 3 rounds of 3 minutes each
Focus mitts: 3 rounds of 3 minutes each
Jiu-jitsu: 1 hour
Charlie Cox usually likes to include running and other related workouts for cardio.