Jason Momoa is an actor famous for his physique, playing physically imposing characters like Khal Drogo for Game of Thrones, following in the footsteps of Arnold himself for the reboot of Conan the Barbarian, and, of course, serving as the DC Universe’s hulking Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman. But Momoa notably doesn’t prep his body the same way that other Hollywood superhero types do, with hours lifting weights and following highly regimented programs.
He’s more interested in doing outdoor activities and workouts some people might classify as functional fitness to get into shape. “I found it better for myself to train for things that I love,” he said in a Men’s Health interview last year. “For instance, rock climbing has always helped me and inspired me.”
That’s not always the easiest hobby for such a large human. “It’s extremely hard to climb as a big guy,” he said. “But I’ve had this passion my whole life. I love climbing, I love the way it makes me feel—and yeah, I’ve pulled a lot of tendons and it sucks because I’m a very heavy guy and it would be a lot easier if I was smaller.”
Momoa recently took to his YouTube channel to share what an outing at a climbing gym looks like for him at the HUB gym in Toronto. “This is the only time I get a climb in before I head over for Aquaman 2,” he says, inexplicably shirtless as he opens the gym’s doors to his camera crew. “Let’s see how bad I suck.”
The actor is clearly over the moon to have the opportunity to have his time in the gym. “I have a special place in my heart for climbing gyms just because I grew up in Iowa and I have to travel very far,” he says.
From there, Momoa gets hooked up to the harness to take some runs up the wall. After making it up one path, he’s breathing heavy. “I’ve been doing legs and I can feel it,” he says. “I’m not in climbing shape.”
Later, he’s joined by his cousin, who he says has taught him to surf. In return, he’s introducing her to climbing. “It’s so cool to teach your family,” Momoa says.
He takes one stab at a particularly difficult route up the wall, with tiny two-finger grips and widely spaced out hand and footholds. After he bails, he comes down off the wall covered in sweat and breathing heavy. “That’s why you climb, because it takes everything, full body,” he says.
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