Will Smith works up a sweat at the gym as he works through his pandemic weight gain

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He shared an impudent look at his gut, stating that he was in ‘the worst shape of my life’ after arriving during the pandemic.

But Will Smith was ready to slim down on Thursday when he shared a clip of his dramatic weight loss routine on Instagram.

The 52-year-old actor was hard at work lifting weights in the short video, which he captioned ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, after his 2006 film of the same name.

Getting in shape: Will Smith, 52, showed off his intense workout regimen in a new video posted on Instagram on Thursday.  He said he was in 'the worst shape of my life' in an earlier post

Getting in shape: Will Smith, 52, showed off his intense workout regimen in a new video posted on Instagram on Thursday. He said he was in ‘the worst shape of my life’ in an earlier post

The video started with Will standing on a revolving pedestal wearing nothing but black boxer shorts.

He wasn’t afraid to stick his stomach out to emphasize the ‘benefit’ part of his physical transformation.

“That’s so gross,” he shouted, interrupting the shot.

The clip then turned into quick shots of him lifting weights, all with a soundtrack of explosive electronic beats.

Before and After: The video opened with Will standing on a revolving pedestal wearing nothing but black boxer shorts to show off her softer 'front' physique

Before and After: The video opened with Will standing on a revolving pedestal wearing nothing but black boxer shorts to show off her softer ‘front’ physique

Time for a change: 'That's so gross,' he shouted, pausing recording before switching to training footage

Time for a change: ‘That’s so gross,’ he shouted, pausing recording before switching to training footage

Montage: The footage appeared to have been filmed during various training sessions, as Will had on a variety of athletic outfits, from gray sweatshirts to plain T-shirts

Montage: The footage appeared to have been filmed during various training sessions, as Will had on a variety of athletic outfits, from gray sweatshirts to plain T-shirts

The footage turned out to have been filmed during different training sessions, as Will had done in different athletic outfits.

He was shown in quick cuts, lifting barbells and doing squats, along with pull-downs.

The Gemini Man star seemed to grind more on his arms and torso than his lower body.

Despite all his hard work, Will fooled his fans by ending up with another photo of himself semi-nude and pre-workout.

The new footage appears to be a preview of a longer video he will be sharing on YouTube after previously announcing it.

Upper Body: The Gemini Man star seemed to grind more on his arms and torso than on his lower body

Upper Body: The Gemini Man star seemed to grind more on his arms and torso than on his lower body

Coming soon: the new footage appears to preview a longer video he will share on YouTube after previously announcing it

Coming soon: The new footage appears to preview a longer video he will share on YouTube after previously announcing it

Laughing: Despite all his hard work, Will fooled his fans by ending up with another picture of himself, semi-nude and pre-workout

Laughing: Despite all his hard work, Will fooled his fans by ending up with another picture of himself, semi-nude and pre-workout

Earlier in May, Will revealed that he had gained some weight while stuck at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

‘I’m really going to be with you – I’m in the worst shape of my life,’ he captioned it.

A follow-up photo showed him in the same black box as his most recent video.

Release: Earlier in May, Will revealed in a shirtless outdoor photo that he gained some weight while trapped at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Release: Earlier in May, Will revealed in a shirtless outdoor photo that he gained some weight while trapped at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

“This is the body that carried me through the pantry through an entire pandemic and grazing countless days,” he wrote.

‘I love this body, but I want to FEEL better. No more midnight muffins … this is it! I am coming in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE !!!!! ‘

He added, ‘Hope it works!’ after saying he would be recording his fitness journey for YouTube.

The upcoming series is tentatively titled Best Shape Of My Life

'No More Midnight Muffins': Will announced that he loved his body, but wanted to 'FEEL' better because he intended in the 'BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE !!!!!'  to come.

‘No More Midnight Muffins’: Will announced that he loved his body, but wanted to ‘FEEL’ better because he intended in the ‘BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE !!!!!’ to come.

The YouTube series producers said viewers would see Will “ rebuild his body into the best shape of his life and get his groove back over time ” in a statement to CNN earlier this month

The six-part series will be produced by the actor’s own Westbrook Media production company and is expected to feature multiple guests, including medical experts and athletes.

No release date has been announced so far

His first YouTube show, Will Smith: The Jump, was a hit with millions of views within the first 48 hours of its release.

Making Changes: Will's YouTube series documenting his training journey will include an interview with medical professionals and athletes;  seen in top form in 2001's Ali

Making Changes: Will’s YouTube series documenting his training journey will include an interview with medical professionals and athletes; seen in top form in 2001’s Ali

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