Super Shotguns and chainsaws are all well and good, but few demon killin’ instruments are as fine-tuned and effective as the DOOM Slayer himself. While we (thankfully) have no need to rip apart demons by hand, we can still break down the science of the Slayer’s impressive physique and see what we can apply to our own. This is Ripped & Tear!
The Slayer’s updated Praetor Armor for DOOM Eternal features one major improvement for followers of the ‘suns out, guns out’ philosophy: bare biceps! While we weren’t expecting the Slayer to show off a little skin in DOOM Eternal, we weren’t surprised for a second to learn his upper arms were no less bulked up than when they had armor on top of them.
Rocking a sleeveless look that might make fans of the classic DOOM games a little nostalgic, the Slayer’s bulked-up biceps show how much fiercer, faster and stronger he’s gotten since the events of DOOM (2016). But what practical purposes do big guns like the Slayer’s serve?
As it turns out, biceps alone don’t a powerful upper arm make – you also need strong triceps to ensure your arms operate at full capacity. “Triceps and biceps are opposite functioning muscles,” says our trusted fitness consultant, Phil Durity. “They are a great example of agonist and antagonist muscles. This means that if one flexes, the other relaxes.”
The primary function of the bicep and tricep is bending the arms at the elbow – essential movements for lifting, say, a BFG 9000 or a scrappy Imp by the throat – while also aiding in forearm rotation. As one can assume, the Slayer does a lot of heavy lifting in his work, so we assume his triceps are also highly trained and that those recently exposed biceps of his aren’t merely cosmetic – an issue that can arise from not equally training both muscle groups.
What can one do to develop some Big Effin’ Guns of their own? Check in next time on Ripped & Tear as we continue our research and exercise routines around the Slayer’s demon-bashing biceps (and triceps!)
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