Viola Davis is fully committed to getting into fighting shape for her next project. The 55-year-old actress recently shared a few photos from her training for Woman King, her upcoming movie with Lupita Nyong’o , in which she plays Nanisca, a general of the Amazons, a female military unit. The role requires Davis to train hard, and she’s recruited the help of Gabriela Mclain to reach her goals.
Davis and Mclain have been working together for over two years now. Mclain told POPSUGAR she trains Davis three times a week, focusing mostly on full body exercises. “Mondays, we usually do a cardio kickboxing style workout. Focusing on her punches and kicks,” Mclain said. “Wednesdays, we work on strength, heavy weights, medicine balls, lots of legs, upper body and always core.” On Fridays, the duo uses resistance bands, ankle weights, and more kicks to “build strong and fast legs.” In between sessions, Davis does cardio on her Peloton bike.
“Let me tell you something, she brings all this to the game,” Mclain wrote on Instagram, captioning photos taken by Shamar Benoit. “She doesn’t complain, she always pushes to the limits, she’s extremely humble and disciplined. It’s always such a treat to train Viola. She is a perfect example of how hard work pays off.” Mclain eloborated further with POPSUGAR, and said Viola’s “training ethics are amazing” calling her a “true warrior.”
In the pictures, you can see Davis dedicate her time and effort to kickboxing and strength training — that medicine ball hold makes my abs hurt just looking at it! Davis is used to persevering through a hard workout, and started incorporating weight training into her routine three times a week. Her fitness focus continue years later, and it’s certainly paying off.