Stephen Amell

Stephen Amell’s strength in numbers

Photo: patrik giardino

The Arrow star is a pro when it comes to performing physical feats on screen. Want his superhero physique? Amell breaks down what it takes to convincingly play a masked crusader


When Amell landed the lead in Arrow, he cut most dairy products from his diet. But sometimes he’ll indulge: “After I went for a hike during the Christmas break,” he says, “I thought, I feel like having an ice cream.”

Besides cutting calories, eliminating dairy can reduce sluggishness and improve digestion, but include other calcium-rich sources in your diet, like leafy greens and lentils.

I don't know when this photo was taken. I don't

I don't know when this photo was taken. I don't know what's happening. It's definitely not Photoshopped. I think it might've been when I was training for the arrow pilot... But who the hell posted it? What the hell is going on?? WHY AM I HOLDING A SWORD?!?!?!?!

4 - Height in metres of the wall he scales

Parkour frequently features on Arrow, and Amell is, he notes, a natural. “I just go for it and I’m not afraid of falling,” he says, “which is the basic tenet of successfully learning how to do parkour.” To tackle a 4m-high warped wall, Amell says it’s all about overcoming mental obstacles. “You have to imagine that your feet are flat on the ground.”

25 - Minutes he runs on the treadmill

While shooting in Vancouver, Amell works 14-hour days, five days a week, which doesn’t leave a lot of time to exercise. Instead, he focuses on concentrated workouts. “I believe you can do everything you need in just 25 minutes,” he says. His routine: run 6km, getting faster with each kilometre – a technique he picked up training for marathons. “It also helps pass the time because treadmills are boring.”

Vital Statistics

Discipline: Actor

Age: 35

Height: 1.86m

Weight: 90.7kg

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Amell says that there are tricks you can apply while doing chin-ups, such as adding extra weight to your body. “I play a superhero who doesn’t have any superpowers, so I don’t want to look as if a stiff breeze will blow me over,” he says. “As simple as it sounds, push-ups, chin-ups and sit-ups work for me. It’s all about manipulating your own body weight.”

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