Will Smith is a 52-year-old American actor, rapper, and film producer. The accomplished multi-talent has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won a total of four Grammy Awards.
He recently took to social media to show his 53.7 million Instagram followers all of the weight he gained during the pandemic and the steps he took to get back to his sexier self as part of a new YouTube series.
The “Independence Day” actor poked fun at himself by taking a photo revealing his “dad bod” and protruding stomach while declaring that he was “in the worst shape of his life.”
However, he continued to say that he’s on the verge of getting back in shape, which will be documented in an upcoming YouTube series.
“This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days grazing thru the pantry,” he wrote. “I love this body, but I wanna FEEL better. No more midnight muffins…this is it! Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!!”
Exercise…with No Weights?!
Although exercising with proper form is essential to reduce the risk of injury, it’s also unlikely to become a viral sensation.
In a tongue-in-cheek video, the “Men in Black” star can be seen squatting a barbell bar with no weights in order to teach proper form.
“So what that means is he’ll just give me the bar with no weights on it to bench press. And I’m like, we’re not shooting that. Nobody’s going to have a video of me bench pressing with just a bar with no weight on it. No,” he says, even though he does a weightless barbell squat anyway.
Form > Injury
Although squatting without weights may not look as cool, Men’s Health’s fitness director Ebenezer Samuel explained that it’s important for men over 50 to begin with mobility training before piling on the weights.
“If Smith instantly starts with heavy barbell squats or bench presses, sure, he might be able to move the weight, but his tissues might not be permitting those movements to happen properly,” Samuel explained.
Exercising with improper form can lead to injury, which might set you even further back from your fitness goals.
A Great Role Model
Although celebrities might be nervous about having embarrassing weight gain make it to the front page, it’s great to see the “Hitch” actor is able to have a sense of humor about it…and help show men over 50 that it’s never too late to get fit!
Speaking of men nearing 50, keep scrolling to check out the diet and fitness routine “Justice League” star Ben Affleck uses to keep in shape at 48!