The Flash star Robbie Amell talks staying in superhero shape while on the road
When you’re a superhero, there are certain things that come with the job: saving the world, responsibility, and being ready to take your shirt off a moment’s notice.
That last one is something The Flash star Robbie Amell is well acquainted with, the 32-year old famous for playing Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm on the hit CW series.
With A-listers like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt getting famously shredded for their comic book roles, taking your shirt off is just part of the job.
“More than anything else, it’s just fear of being out of shape when you have to be shirtless in an episode of TV or a movie that millions of people are going to watch,” Amells laughs, while talking about his fitness regime.
“I know what my wheelhouse is: based on my track record, I’m usually shirtless in the things that I do.
“So I need to keep myself in good enough shape that at a booking days or weeks away, I’m going to feel comfortable taking my shirt off on screen.”
Between a hectic filming schedule with television and film roles, plus touring the world on the pop culture convention circuit with shows like Supanova, he says consistency is key no matter what time zone you’re in.
“Most of the time, you don’t need any equipment,” says The DUFF star, who also recommends push ups as a secret workout weapon.
“I have a bunch of different resistance bands, with anywhere from five up to 50 pounds resistance: you can do shoulders, biceps, triceps, you can do a tonne of stuff
“The only thing that I find I need a gym for really is legs: leg day you just need a little bit of extra weight around.
“For the most part, the hotels you’re staying at are going to have a gym so I tend to make the most of that.”
Even without the facilities, The X-Files actor leans hard on technology when it comes to staying in shape and tracking your progress.
“There are great apps that can give you works outs, like this one called Six Pack Promise,” Amell says.
“There’s a guy called Jeff Cavaliere who runs an Instagram page called Athlean-X and his whole thing is about training like an athlete.
“I have a similar injury to him in my right shoulder, I have a small tear, and he tore his rotator cuff so he does a lot of exercises for working out with an injury.”
Amell also has the added advantage of his cousin, Stephen Amell, passing on some wisdom when it comes to surviving as a superhero.
He has played DC Comics character Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow on the television series Arrow for the past eight years, with his workout montages on the show becoming viral meme fodder thanks to exercises like the ‘salmon ladder’.
“That one is more of a gimmick than anything else, it just looks cool,” Amell chuckles.
“With my cousin, the nice thing about him doing Arrow before was I was able to pick his brains and figure out what it was like.
“One of the biggest things was he was just like ‘the hours: you have to be ready for it’.
“It’s five days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day, early mornings, late nights, and Friday nights always run into Saturday mornings.”
That schedule doesn’t appear to be slowing him down anytime soon, with Amell next set to star in Netflix original movie Desperados and then in rom-com The Hating Game, based on the best-selling novel of the same name.