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On Monday, Orlando Bloom shared his upper body workout routine with his six million Instagram followers. The actor’s workout routine is impressive – in the videos he works his biceps, abs and back with a trainer, and his grimaces are enough to show that the workout is tough. His caption further proved just how remarkable this workout really is: the Pirates of the Caribbean star reflected on how far he’s come physically, writing, “I broke my back when I was 19 and they said I will never walk again.”
This isn’t the first time Bloom has opened up about the life-changing, near-fatal injury that happened more than 20 years ago. Last August, he posted an image of himself cycling while wearing a back brace, captioning the upload: “This is me in my back brace circa 1998 about 3 months after falling 3 stories and crushed my spine, narrowly escaping death and paralysis… grateful everyday for my limbs that allow me to push my limits and live my life on edge (safer now).”
Bloom’s latest post includes three separate video clips. In the first, he completes bicep curls with a weighted EZ curl bar, and his form is solid: the father-of-two brought the bar up over his chest and towards his hips, focusing on his breathing and keeping his arms rooted while curling. the weight to the level of his shoulders.
In the second clip, Bloom, who is engaged to longtime partner Katy Perry, takes the floor to strengthen her core with an ab wheel, which works the abdomen, back and arms all at once. The workout is great for overall stability, and as evidenced by the intense focus on Bloom’s face, while it sounds doable, it’s anything but easy.
The third carousel clip showed Bloom how to use a lat pull machine to strengthen and tone his back muscles, while also showing off a scar he suffered from his injury. As he finishes his rehearsals, you can hear a second voice – possibly his personal trainer – nudging him to keep going. Commentators did too: Chelsea Handler commented, “Oh, well, sorry! Someone’s walking.”
Resilience is a skill we can all benefit from. After all, that’s why we often turn to quotes like “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again” and “fall down seven, get up eight”. For Bloom, these are more than mundane sayings — he lives it, as evidenced by his intense gym routine.
Check out Bloom’s moves above.