Kumail Nanjiani is best known for his roles in “Silicon Valley” and “The Big Sick”—roles that required a more scrawny physique than the one he’s got now after a year of preparing for Marvel’s upcoming movie, “Eternals.” Nanjiani is absolutely jacked. He’s also absolutely honest about how he got there.
“I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way to hard for way to long so here we are,” says Nanjiani on Instagram. The post shares two photos of the shirtless actor who now sports a defined six pack, defined pecs, and bulging biceps. Nanjiani goes on to say, “I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked.” Mission accomplished. That new look comes at a price, though. “I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world,” explains Nanjiani.
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I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!)
Nanjiani worked with celebrity trainer Grant Roberts to make the transformation. “Kumail was a pretty blank slate when I met him,” says Roberts. “He was about 150 pounds and doughy, to be polite.” Roberts had Nanjiani working out five times per week, with each workout lasting a little over an hour. They focused on a typical weightlifting split of working one or two body parts at a time. Nanjiani also ate a high-protein, moderate-fat diet while also keeping his carbs low. The workouts and nutrition got Nanjiani up to 175 pounds while dropping his body fat percentage from 20 percent to 10 percent. “”That was a huge lean mass gain for Kumail,” says Roberts.
“I’m glad I look like this,” says Nanjiani, “but I understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time.” Nanjiani was also careful to tank his wife for putting up with all his complaining about the diet and the workouts.
Not many details have been shared about “Eternals,” but it will be based on the comic book by the same name. Other celebrities joining the cast include Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Lauren Ridloff, and Salma Hayek.