Watch Tom Ellis Nail a Set of Kneeling Landmine Presses

Watch Tom Ellis Nail a Set of Kneeling Landmine Presses

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As the star of the hugely popular supernatural detective show Lucifer, Tom Ellis had to look devilishly good. Literally. When the future of the series looked uncertain, Ellis made a bet with his trainer Paolo Mascitti that if Lucifer got picked up after being dropped by FOX following its third season, he would commit to an intense new exercise regimen. The show went on to have three more seasons with Netflix, meaning Ellis had three more years of working hard to sculpt a physique worthy of the original fallen angel, training six days a week and focusing on hevy compound lifts.

And while the show may have now ended, Ellis isn’t finished with his hellish workouts. The 43-year-old actor has just shared a look at one of his most recent chest and shoulder sessions with Mascitti, performing a set of 10 reps of a kneeling landmine press.

The landmine press is a shoulder-safe training method favored by strength coaches, including celebrity trainer Ben Bruno. “The landmine press is a great way to work your shoulders and chest in a way that much easier on the joints than traditional barbell exercises,” he wrote in 2019. “It’s a lot like all those overhead pressing variations you’ve done, except with one key difference; it requires less shoulder flexion.”

Ellis is doing a kneeling, bilateral version of the landmine press here, a variation which also engages the core. And it looks like his trainer is lending some additional resistance with the use of a band. Ellis’ summation of that setup—”the toddler in a supermarket workout”—is a pretty accurate one.

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