Superman Henry Cavill has recently turned Super-villian in his latest blockbuster, Mission Impossible: Fallout, but one thing remains the same; the dude is jacked. And he’d need to be to take on Tom Cruise.
In a break from his regular training, Cavill has been hitting the pavement hard during his Mission Impossible press tour, heading out for daily runs in some of the world’s most beautiful cities. Clearly used to more varied workouts, he even shared his disdain for running, but acknowledge how important it is in maintaining his fitness and sanity, especially while on the road.
“Pre-breakfast cardio done! Don’t feel like doing it? Neither did I, but now it feels goood. Just get a coffee down ya!” Cavill, of shaved mustache fame, wrote in a Thursday Instagram post. “It doesn’t have to be fast (unless you’re training for that) just go out and jog gently for 20 mins or so and build up over time. You will not regret it, I promise.”
Well now that the press tour for Mission Impossible has seemingly come to an end, Cavill is back in a regular routine… and back on the jiu-jitsu mats.
“Jiu-Jitsu has a way of kicking your arse and making you love it for the lessons you learned,” said Cavill upon his return to the sport.
Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese close-contact form of martial arts, with Brazilian adaptations, that closely mimics wrestling, a method used traditionally in close combat. A typical jiu-jitsu class begins up with 10 to 15 minutes of warmups, which consists of footwork, arm pummeling and sprawls. The next 30 to 40 minutes is spent learning new techniques and mastering drills. Much of jiu-jitsu is centered on escaping and achieving submission, Bodhi Falstrault explained to Men’s Health, which requires a lot of core and back strength.
The class ends with 15 to 20 minutes of randori, or fighting and rolling, where all the drills and techniques are put together against another person. This is where the physical and mental strength come together.
This is not the first time Cavill has made his love of jiu-jitsu public, taking to Instagram earlier this year post-class to share his experiences. Close-combat action has formed a large part of Cavill’s recent roles as Superman and August Walker (his MI character), and the results are out of this world (Superman pun for the win). Ashton Kutcher, Tom Hardy, and Usher are all reportedly fellow jiu-jitsu devotees, and if their levels of strength and fitness are anything to go by, it could be time to hit the mats.