Here’s How Josh Brolin Got Bigger Than Ryan Reynolds for ‘Deadpool 2’

NY Special Screening of "Deadpool 2", New York, USA - 14 May 2018 Actor Josh Brolin attends a special screening of "Deadpool 2" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square, in New York 14 May 2018

Josh Brolin has always been a cut dude onscreen, especially in recent films like Everest and Sicario. But the 49-year-old’s latest role has steeper demands: Playing Cable, the jacked, mutant super soldier antagonist in Deadpool 2.

Becoming Cable is no cake walk. Deadpool‘s star, Ryan Reynolds, has been the ripped guy in movies for at least a decade. So to dwarf him meant packing on some serious muscle. Fortunately, Brolin’s trainer, whose resume includes human muscle-factory Mickey Rourke, was up to the task.


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“Josh sent me a few photos of Cable that he liked,” says Justin Lovato, who runs Built Nutrition and Training with his nutritionist wife Stephanie. “I mean, the character is all arms and has a huge upper body. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I also knew how to help him get it done. Josh came ready to put in the work. For six weeks straight we were getting into the gym for at least three hours a day.” The dedication paid off: While Cable is depicted as having quite the arsenal in the comic books, Brolin is bringing two guns of his own. He even got a little praise from Guardians Of The Galaxy hard man Dave Bautista, according to his Instagram.

If you’re looking to build biceps like Brolin, here’s your game plan.

Functional Warm-Up

  • Treadmill (15 incline; 2.5 mph): 10 minutes
  • Rope Climb Machine: 2 minutes (5 sets, 2 minutes of rest between)
  • Rack Pulls: 10 reps (10 sets, 1 minute rest between)

Warm-Up Circuit

Complete 5 sets with minimal to no rest between movements or rounds.


Complete all movements with heavy weight. Rest 1 minute between sets.

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