Josh Brolin’s Hilarious Instagram Reminds Us All Not to Take the Gym Too Seriously

Josh Brolin attends the premiere of 'Only the Brave.'
Josh Brolin attends the premiere of 'Only the Brave.' Jason LaVeris / Getty Images

At 49 years old, Josh Brolin still does serious work in the gym to look otherworldly jacked on screen. The guy appears as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Matt Graver in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Cable in Deadpool 2—a role that required a physique to one-up Ryan Reynolds‘, sans the CGI movie magic that transformed Brolin into Thanos.

In preparation to play the mutant soldier in Deadpool 2, Brolin kicked it into overdrive and hit the gym for at least three hours a day with trainer Justin Lovato. His routine is no joke, and his dedication to hitting the gym shows in his intimidating build.

But hey: Just because you’re serious about working out doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you do it. And Brolin isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself (or other gym rats) during his workouts. Want proof? Look no further than his Instagram account:

Say what you please about Brolin, but he can do light reps and primally grunt like no other. That, and philosophize: “The act of making noise as if you’re in the jungle, like you’re a lion mating, let’s call it, and making sure everyone in the gym hears you. That the most important thing,” Brolin advises in a post, as he grinds through some kind of 5-lb pressdowns. “Scream your manliness.”

But when it comes down to it, he clearly takes training and recovery seriously, implementing intense techniques even when he’s not repping it out in the gym:

Of course, even while cupping—or getting “attacked by a solaroctabubbleblaster,” as he calls it—Brolin manages to make fun of the lengths he goes to in the pursuit of a fitter physique. Take notes, gents.

Catch Brolin’s ripped arms in Avengers: Infinity War on April 27, Deadpool 2 on May 18, and Sicario: Day of the Soldado on June 29.