Henry Cavill Talks His Fitness Routine and Why Jiu-Jitsu Helps Him Focus

After playing the Man of Steel and a CIA operative in back-to-back movies, Henry Cavill knows what it takes to be at his fitness peak.

The actor and Men’s Journal August 2018 cover star does more than just go into the gym and lift weights for a workout—although he’s pretty good at that, based on his Instagram page.

“I do enjoy running—to a degree,” Cavill told Men’s Journal. “I definitely don’t run marathons. I’m not built for those, and it’s not really my cup of tea.”

But that’s not the only cardio he does. A fan of martial arts, Cavill also trains in Jiu-Jitsu with one of the most accomplished teachers in the world.

“I’ve done a little bit of boxing, but for me the martial art I do the most is Jiu-Jitsu,” Cavill says. “I’m very fortunate to [work with] the world-famous Roger Gracie. When you’re doing Jiu-Jitsu, you can’t think of anything but Jiu-Jitsu. You have to focus fully on it—or someone chokes you out.”

That training came in handy for his role in Mission: Impossible—Fallout. In the summer blockbuster, Cavill plays CIA agent August Walker, who butts heads with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) when he’s forced to join Hunt’s IMF team to help stop a global catastrophe.

Read Cavill’s full profile and more about his favorite workouts and how he trained for Mission: Impossible in the August 2018 issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now.