Monday, March 16, 2015

Heroic Proportions!

I lack what comic-book illustrators call “heroic proportions.” I wasn’t blessed with bulging biceps or washboard abs; rather, I’m cursed with scrawny arms and a bit of a spare tire. Four years ago, in order to compensate for the lack of sinew beneath the spandex, I built myself a muscle suit. The construction is simple. I carved twenty-six individual muscle shapes out of ½ inch high-density foam, then sandwiched the muscles between two layers of spandex, carefully sewing around each muscle. I was pretty proud of my achievement—instant bulk without a single day in the gym! A transformation worthy of any infomercial.


After a while, however, I decided that muscle padding alone wasn’t enough. I needed to make some lifestyle changes. So, I started dieting and exercising. I stick to a strict 2,000 calorie-a-day diet and do a twenty-minute box-fit workout every morning. I quickly lost twenty-five pounds and, more importantly, I’ve managed to keep that weight off for three years. More recently, I’ve set my mind to building muscle. Living in the country, we don’t have easy access to (or room in our budget for) a gym membership. Instead, I utilize dumbbells for a variety of exercises. Three days a week, my workout consists of the following:

Since I started lifting, I not only look better, but feel stronger and have more energy. Although I still wear my muscle suit for bigger characters like Superman, Batman and Captain America, I’m slowly building muscle and no longer feel the need for padding with slimmer characters like Spidey, Cyclops, or Mr. Fantastic. I think every costumer ought to consider a consistent diet and exercise plan—you’ll look better and be healthier.

But as important as physical fitness is, some things are even more important. The Bible says, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT). Just as physical fitness transforms our bodies, spiritual fitness transforms our souls. As a cosplayer, I want my body to look like Superman. As a Christian, I want my spirit to look like Jesus. A steady diet of Scripture combined with the exercise of lifting prayers and praise to God and a healthy dose of the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:21) will give your faith “heroic proportions.”

So, what does your spiritual exercise routine look like?


  1. That's amazing, I was looking for an exercise routine. I'll try that one, and maybe then I'll finally be able to cosplay a superhero, not another anime teenager :P

  2. Thank you. I am making muscle suiits for a Halloween show and this will help alot!!!!

  3. Scott, Do you create top (only) muscle suits for individuals? If so, I'd like to purchase one from you. How is $50? LMK. Thank you!

    1. ^ $50 LOLOL, that might get you a suit without the muscles.....

  4. I did cyclical keto a few times in the past with some success but always had a off day over weekends. This was due to me thinking that I would not be able to stay in ketosis and have a few drinks. Much to my surprise I stayed in the first time I tried it and have been in ketosis for 11 weeks now. My aim in the beginning was to lose fat and I've lost 15kg (33lbs). What I wasn't expecting was the deep sense of wellness I started experiencing after about 4 weeks. I would like to ask you opinion about a few of these. I used to suffer from insomnia, it completely disappeared in about 5 weeks. I now sleep about 3 hours a night less and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. I also stopped snoring, probably due to weight loss. My work productivity also received a significant boost. No more afternoon sluggishness and mood-swings are a thing of the past. Last night I noticed something amazing though. I am have significantly less grey hair than what I used to. Only noticed it because I let my beard grow for about a week. I had a ring of whiskers around my chin that was in the process of going completely white. Well there is not one grey to be seen. I do however have a few negatives. I have a skin rash on my arms that seems to fluctuate from being just visible to being a little itchy. My lymphatic nodes are swollen all over my body but especially in my arms an neck and I have constantly stiff neck muscles ( this is new ). I also have a vague feeling of my kidneys " being there " for lack of a better description. No pain but not normal either. For more info please visit to: bosspeptides

  5. Could I Hire You To Make A Full Body Suit?

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  8. Scott, do you have a muscle template available that is sized for children, or do I just reduce the size when I print the adult sized template?

  9. Scott, never mind. I figured out how to reduce the pattern to 65% for my 4-year-old grandson whom I'm making a Batman costume for. I think it will work perfectly. Thank you for the awesome video and the free muscle template!