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:
One rep, max weight, 257kg plates. It’s really about this kind of lifting that pulls the man out, and stuffs the lighter tendencies. 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. Scream your manliness. So remember: to be a proper Pirate, you need to be able to to fuck your own ego like the tiger want to be. #idontfeelwell #ihurtmyshoulder #mywifeisonvacation @justindlovato @goldsgym @taitfletcher #hemorrhoidsmeansyouredoingsomethingright
Training is about grace. It’s about listening and trusting to the expertise of your trainer and understanding that rhythm (think James Brown) and a (namaste) water flow aesthetic is what will shock (and sometimes embarrass) the muscle into growing and handsomizing. In short: it’s not so much about weight as it is about style and years of experience expressed in an inspired moment. Good luck and great health. #cableswole @iambult @justindlovato @goldsgym #excellence #egodoesntbelonginthegym #makesuretovideothisforothersbenefit #itsallintheface #igotthevenicebeachfuckits
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:
I just want to let everyone know I’m okay. I was attacked by a solaroctabubbleblaster @awakennow sometime during the night. The left photo is when my wife found me unable to move, face down, laughing uncontrollably (because of some type of vapor these type of urchins release into your bloodstream). And the right photo is after she bravely removed all the suction tentacles from my still barely giggly body. For those with significant others: other than love, this is first and foremost the reason we need an extra set of eyes close to us at all times. You never know when one of these will be lurking under the bed. @kathrynbrolin #goodluck #googleit #youcallinmealiar? #bipartisanattack @_.jasmine.markinson._
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.