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Whether you know him from his roles in box-office hits like the Transformers movies, or for his past off-screen romance with singer Fergie, Josh Duhamel is no rookie to the Hollywood spotlight. But now, you’ll know him as one of the latest actors to play a superhero in Jupiter’s Legacy.
In the new series premiering on Netflix, Duhamel takes on the role of The Utopian, the patriarch of the super-powered family the show is centered around. But to play a superhero, Duhamel also had to get in superhero shape. While he certainly is no newbie to the gym, his workout routine has evolved from simple weightlifting. The 48-year-old actor sat down with us to share everything he keeps in his gym bag—from cool sneakers to his favorite fitness gear, as well as his wellness secrets for muscle recovery.
“I probably work out 4-5 times a week,” says Duhamel of his new fitness journey. “It’s changed over the years. It used to be about lifting weights and trying to get bulky and buff, but I found that wasn’t working for me. My body just doesn’t want to do that. My goal right now is to stay flexible, stay injury free, and stay pain free.”
Duhamel is now a huge fan of using rowing machines, his Peloton bike, and hot yoga. For post-workout recovery, he has a vigorous hot tub/ice bath rotation system that keeps him feeling great.
When Duhamel opens his go-to gym bag, the first item is one of our favorite gym gear essentials: a good old fashion jump rope. “A jump rope is great for me because it keeps my legs alive,” Duhamel explains. “It helps with running, quickness, and agility.” Superheroes, after all, must stay quick on their toes to react in a flash.
Next, with a subtle smirk, he busts out a jockstrap. “You know, I need support, so I have my jockstrap—I actually have two of these in case one of them gets sweaty,” Duhamel explains. Just like a real superhero, he’s prepared with supportive armor at all times—we get it.
The next gym essential in Duhamel’s bag is equally exciting: a cool pair of nunchucks. He whips them out, showing off impressive Kung Fu skills that make us never want to get on his bad side. And to keep the sweat off his brow in combat, he holds up a classic black bandana, Axl-Rose style.
“I am an aspiring triathlete,” he says as he unzips a pair of flashy googles that double as sunglasses. “I haven’t done a triathlon yet, but I plan to someday.” Until then, he’s prepared to jump into a body of water, any day, mid-run in these goggles.
The next item out of his gym bag speaks our love language: Air Jordans in university blue. “I’m kind of a sneakerhead,” says Duhamel. “I love Jordans. I love old school Adidas—these are probably not the ideal shoes to wear for working out, but I do really like these sneakers and I wanted to show them off for ya.” While we agree the Jupiter’s Legacy star could opt for better gym shoes, we also look for any opportunity to flex a cool pair of sneakers.
Duhamel’s number one item that helps him stay fit on the road are his DON-A-MATRIX bands. “This is a must have, especially when I’m traveling,” he says. They came in handy over his last few months on the move.
For the last item in his gym bag, what was supposed to be a joke turned into a double dog dare. “You never know when you need a protein boost,” he says, adding that it’s not hard boiled. “I eat that sh** raw.” After a little contemplation, he cracks it open, and takes it like a champ…sort of. If Duhamel’s secret sauce to being superhero-fit includes shooting down a raw egg from time to time, you can count us in for the challenge, too.
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