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Idris Elba’s 9 most kickass Instagram workout moments

Idris Elba’s 9 most kickass Instagram workout moments

Idris Elba is a Renaissance man—a ripped, shredded Renaissance man.

He’s an actor, DJ, musician, rally-car enthusiast, fashion designer, and—oh yeah—a kickboxer too.

Elba’s played some fantastically badass characters over the years—Stringer Bell in The Wire, John Luther on Luther, and Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim—but his most badass role might be the one he plays every day: himself. In 2016 the actor started filming Idris Elba: Fighter, a documentary series that followed Elba as he trained and became a professional kickboxer. (The show aired on Discovery Channel earlier in 2017.)

The sport has been part of Elba’s training routine for years, but as he once told Men’s Fitness, most film producers think kickboxing is “too dangerous” for him to do while on a job. So instead, he made it one of his actual jobs—and the results were pretty great.

Elba won his first pro fight and got in some strong shots on his opponent:

 

Idris Elba Smashes it at York Hall!

A video posted by Madonna (@madonna) on Oct 28, 2016 at 5:58pm PDT

 

But while he’s undoubtedly a kickboxing fan, Elba keeps himself in shape using a wide range of exercises: swimming, jogging in the morning, and bodyweight exercises like pushups and situps—100 each at a time, naturally.

Elba usually does three-minute rounds of kickboxing training, working on high kicks and low kicks before doing combo work, light sparring, and leg raises, which he swears by: “That’s ab work like you’ve never had it,” Elba said. “It’s rough.”

And much like other badass actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Dolph Lundgrenplus these 20 other jacked celebrity dudes—Elba enjoys showing off his workouts on social media.

Here are Elba’s 9 most kickass moments from Instagram:

9. Elba shows off his chiseled upper body while fighting in the ring:

 

8. Elba gets his hands wrapped before a fight:

 

7. Elba didn’t mess around in his training—his biceps and pecs got huge:

 

In times like these, when SURVIVAL is the game, let’s play on.

A photo posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:20pm PDT

 

6. Elba worked in some major muscle definition on his chest:

 

Ghana/Sierra leone..Black star meets the Lion.

A photo posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Apr 6, 2012 at 5:31am PDT

 

5. Elba gets his kickboxing work in during a training session:

 

Two weeks left. For my Chuuus.

A video posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Aug 9, 2016 at 1:11am PDT

 

4. Stringer Bell has a pretty quick uppercut-right punch combo:

 

Again.

A video posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Jul 29, 2016 at 8:22am PDT

 

3. Did we mention that Elba is pretty jacked?

 

Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.

A photo posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Aug 22, 2016 at 1:22am PDT

 

2. Elba didn’t mess around while training for his kickboxing series:

 

Back to work. Training is my cleanse

A video posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Jul 21, 2016 at 5:08pm PDT

 

1. While training for Bastille Day, Elba blasts his core with a barbell ab rollout:

 

Training for my next Film. Bastille Day. Grinding.

A video posted by 7dub (@7dub) on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:56am PDT

 

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