Will Smith's fitness routine to get 8-pack abs in Suicide Squad
I am Legend and Suicide Squad actor Will Smith has always been in the best shape, the 52-year-old actor is always challenging himself physically, be it in real life or for his roles in his reel life. Most recently the Ali actor took to his social media feed and posted a shirtless picture of himself where his torso isn't looking as chiseled as usual and shared that he was in the "the worst shape of my life."
In the photo shared on Sunday, Will can be seen wearing a zipper hoodie and short shorts but no shirt deeply engrossed in conversation with someone who can't be pictured, he captioned, "I'm gonna be real wit yall - I'm in the worst shape of my life."
His message led to a litany of supportive responses, including one from his former The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Nia Long, who wrote, "You still got it baby!!!" Questlove commented, "This is the most amazing post in the history of social media." Meanwhile, Jenni "JWoww" Farley wrote, "Same [crying while laughing and praise hands] live your best life."
Additionally, director Ava DuVernay posted, "I see no 'worst' here." And Steve Aoki wrote, "Hahahhahahaha that face it fits the caption so well."
As an A-list action star, Will is clearly used to having a very top-tier physique. During an interview about his 2016 film 'Suicide Squad', he said that his workout regimen was so intense that he tore a leg muscle during the early stages of shooting.
Will shared "I knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a big movie for me." He said it was really scary to suffer the injury but explained it somehow wasn't enough to keep him from continuing to work on his physique.
As per E! News, the 'Aladdin' star added at the time "When you're 47 years old, no injury is a mild injury anymore. I was stepping back to throw a blow, and my calf popped. Everyone heard it. The doctor there told me that I was going to be down for six weeks, but I couldn't allow that."
The 52-year-old actor also got into incredibly muscular shape to play the title character in 2001's biopic Ali and in an interview with Best Fit Magazine had shared that it was the most difficult role to bulk up for, for him. He had said, "Without a doubt, that was when I was bulking up for Ali. It was a case of piling on muscle and mass, whilst trying to stay in shape. It was intense, and involved a lot of running and treadmill work to ensure I was burning any excess fuel that didn’t add size. I’ve never minded running, it’s okay, but the schedule was early mornings, straight up, straight out. For once it was a relief when I got into the gym."
According to multiple media reports, this is an example of a five-day workout routine that Will followed while preparing for his role in Suicide Squad to get those 8-pack abs. Check it out:
Push-ups: 3 sets of 20 reps
Barbell bench press: 5 sets of 5 reps
Incline barbell bench press: 5 sets of 5 reps
Incline dumbbell bench press: 5 sets of 5 reps
Upright cable flyes: 3 sets of 10 reps (high to low)
Lying dumbbell punch: 2 sets to failure
Dumbbell shoulder press (standing): 2 sets of 20 reps
Barbell shoulder press (barbell): 4 sets of 6 reps
Dumbbell shoulder press (seated): 4 sets of 6 reps
Behind-the-neck barbell press (standing): 4 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell lateral raises: 4 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell front raises (or plate front raises): 3 sets of 10-12 reps
Dumbbell air punch: 4 sets to failure
Chin-ups (front, wide grip): 50 reps
Dumbbell bent over row (one arm): 4 sets of 6 reps
Barbell bent over row: 2 sets of 6 reps
Barbell bent over row (reverse grip): 2 sets of 6 reps
Pulldowns (front, wide grip): 4 sets of 6-8 reps
Chin-ups (front, wide grip): 3 sets of 10 reps
Cable pushdowns (heavy): 4 sets of 8 reps
Barbell arm curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
Barbell triceps extensions: 4 sets of 8 reps
Incline bench skull crusher: 4 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell arm curls (incline, alternating): 4 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell triceps kickbacks: 4 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell hammer curls: 4 sets of 8 reps
Hip abductions (machine, seated): 20 reps
Front squats: 5 sets of 5 reps
Full squats: 5 sets of 5 reps
Dumbbell lunges: 3 sets of 8 reps
Leg press (single leg): 4 sets of 8 reps
Box jump: 4 sets of 30secs