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Henry Cavill: Why I love lifting weights

Henry Cavill has spoken about how he gets in shape to play Superman.

The 32-year-old showed off an impressive physique when he debuted as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel. He'll be back as the flying hero in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and says getting in shape is not a chore for him.

"The mass build is the fun part. You get to eat a lot, and you're lifting heavy weights. You feel really good because you've got big numbers going on the plates," he smiled to Men's Fitness.

"But you’re always aware that you’ll have to eat less and start breathing more in order to show the muscles and the striations. It creeps up on you. That’s the less-fun part.”

While looking that buff made him an instant sex symbol, Henry struggled with certain aspects of his new body shape.

When filming Man of Steel the actor was at his optimum minimum of body fat, which made enduring long shoots on a freezing helipad in Vancouver for green-screen work a challenge.

"I don't mind the hardship; I consider myself reasonably tough, But every day? It's hard," he confessed.

His latest film is Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., where he takes on the role of sleuth Solo.

He jokes that you can "get away with a lot under a suit", but his training for Dawn of Justice was already in full swing when they shot the movie.

When a role calls for it, Henry has mastered how to get in shape. However when he doesn't need to be fit, Henry will let his routine slide.

“When I need to do it, I’ll do it. But otherwise I’m going to enjoy my life," he revealed.

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