Every superhero has his (or her) origin story, whether it’s getting bit by a radioactive spider, accidentally being subjected to gamma rays, or getting struck by a bolt of lightning. But while the transformation from average joe to greek god happens drastically in the comics, actors who take on these roles for their live-action adaptations require a lot more work. Fortunately for them, there is a real-life wizard that can give them the secret formula, if they prove to be worthy.
Mark Twight was one of the original madmen behind Gym Jones, who has been training the likes of Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and the Man of Steel Himself, to name only a few. He was a former professional mountain climber who now teaches climbing and develops cold-weather systems for the US Military, in between pushing Hollywood actors to their limits in preparation for their roles. He is also the award-winning author of Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High and Kiss or Kill—Confessions of a Serial Climber.
Twight’s philosophy is simple, but definitely not easy. He believes that in order to train the body, one must first train the mind. Instead of just getting bulging muscles, he puts emphasis on performance and movement which is why those he trains not only look good but can genuinely move and act the part.
His partnership with Zack Snyder has opened the door for him to train some of the most famous and well-known actors. In return, he has opened their eyes to a world of possibilities they never knew existed, and literally transformed them into heroes.