Hugh Jackman shares the exercise he used to build his biceps for Deadpool 3

Here's how you get superhero arms

Hugh Jackman holding his arms out speaking to people
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It may have been almost a decade since Hugh Jackman played the Wolverine, but the Australian-actor has been training hard for his upcoming debut in Deadpool and the Wolverine, which will be released later this year. For the past year and a half, the 55-year-old has been documenting his workouts via his Instagram with the hashtag #becomingwolverineagain, determined to get back into superhero shape for his next sequel. 

As well as a massive chest, the Wolverine has always donned big arms and, in his most recent Instagram post, throwing back to one of his training sessions last year, the actor shared a glimpse of the exercise that helped him build those massive biceps – EZ bicep curl.

We all know curls are one of the most popular exercises when it comes to beefing up our biceps (although if you’re not a fan check out these bicep curl alternatives). However, using an EZ bar, rather than a regular Olympic barbell can provide a far more comfortable grip and reduce the amount of pressure placed on the wrists, forearms, and shoulders. 

However, Jackman also performs these curls at a slight angle, as opposed to standing up straight, which also possesses an advantage. "The main benefit of the lean-forward biceps curl is that it gives your biceps a different stimulus," says Sean Murphy Chief Personal Training Officer at Ultimate Performance. "During a classic biceps curl, the hardest part of the move is during the mid-range of the movement, when your forearm is parallel to the floor and your elbow is at a 90-degree angle. But by leaning forward, it changes the point at which your biceps are under maximum tension to the top of the movement." 

It's a subtle change in the movement, but Sean says it's an effective way to shock and stimulate the biceps into actually growing. Give them a try on your next pull day. 

Bryony Firth-Bernard
Staff Writer, Active

Bryony’s T3’s official ‘gym-bunny’ and Active Staff Writer, covering all things fitness. In her spare time, you will find her in her natural habitat - the gym - where her style of training is a hybrid of bodybuilding and powerlifting. Bryony loves writing about accessible workouts, nutrition and testing innovative fitness products that help you reach your fitness goals and take your training to the next level.