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Viola Davis Shares Her Workout Ahead of ‘The Woman King’ Premiere

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Viola Davis is fit and engaged. She made history in 2016 as the first black actress to win the ‘Triple Crown of Acting’, having won an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe, but the 56-year-old hasn’t quite slow motion. In her latest role, Davis stars in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s historic action drama “The Woman King” alongside co-stars John Boyega and Sheila Atim.

Davis plays a general of the all-female Kingdom of Dahomey’s regiment of West African warriors known as the Agoji or Amazons of Dahomey. The role is an action-packed change for Davis, who most recently played attorney and former first lady Michelle Obama on Showtime’s anthology series “The First Lady.” To prepare for her physically demanding role in “The Woman King,” Davis’ training was already well underway in 2020.

Today on Instagram, Davis gave us a sneak peek into her weight training session as she worked her arms, back and core with free weights and pulleys. The actress paid tribute to her trainer Gabriela Mclain in the caption, writing, “Thank you to my amazing trainer @gabrielamclain for preparing my body for #TheWomanKing! Can’t wait to see you in theaters September 16th !🗣 Agojie… 👸🏿💪🏿👊🏿🙏🏿❤.”

Fans and celebrities flocked to the comments to show their support for Davis. Actor Taraji P. Henson wrote, “You will be so inspired by our #WomanKing,” while comedian Chelsea Handler co-signed Henson, writing, “You ARE OUR Woman King.”

Davis’ trainer previously told POPSUGAR that the pair train together three times a week. “On Mondays we usually do kickboxing-style cardio training. We focus on his punches and kicks,” Mclain said. “On Wednesdays we work on strength, heavy weights, medicine balls, lots of legs, upper body and always core.” On Fridays, Mclain emphasizes resistance bands and weighted exercises to “build strong, fast legs.”

You can see all of Davis’ hard work pay off in “The Woman King,” which hits theaters September 16.