Cricket legend Steve Smith has branded Chris Hemsworth‘s personal trainer Luke Zocchi a ‘beauty’ after he helped him get in the best shape of his life this year.

The 31-year-old trained with the renowned celebrity PT for a gruelling week-long session in Byron Bay in July, after his wife Dani, 28, contacted Luke for tips on how he could train during lockdown.

Following the sweat-inducing sessions, Steve gushed about the PT to The Daily Telegraph on Saturday, saying: ‘I was really fit. I was running loads and lifting weights regularly during COVID. Zocch is a beauty.’

Fitter than ever! Cricket legend Steve Smith has branded Chris Hemsworth's personal trainer Luke Zocchi (right) a 'beauty' after he helped him get in the best shape of his life this year

Fitter than ever! Cricket legend Steve Smith has branded Chris Hemsworth's personal trainer Luke Zocchi (right) a 'beauty' after he helped him get in the best shape of his life this year

Fitter than ever! Cricket legend Steve Smith has branded Chris Hemsworth’s personal trainer Luke Zocchi (right) a ‘beauty’ after he helped him get in the best shape of his life this year

Luke had only agreed to train Steve under one condition – that he play a game of backyard cricket with ‘me and my pals’.

The pals in question turned out to be Chris Hemsworth and Today Show’s Lauren Phillips, who claimed she ‘got Steve out’ during the match in the Thor actor’s $20million mansion’s driveway. 

Luke had shared pictures of the training sessions on his Instagram page, where he explained some of the gruelling activities they got up to.

Pals: Luke has been training Chris Hemsworth to help maintain his superhero physique for years - and is not only his personal trainer, but also a really close friend

Pals: Luke has been training Chris Hemsworth to help maintain his superhero physique for years - and is not only his personal trainer, but also a really close friend

Pals: Luke has been training Chris Hemsworth to help maintain his superhero physique for years – and is not only his personal trainer, but also a really close friend

Ripped: Chris Hemsworth's jaw-dropping physique has become renowned worldwide

Ripped: Chris Hemsworth's jaw-dropping physique has become renowned worldwide

Ripped: Chris Hemsworth’s jaw-dropping physique has become renowned worldwide 

Happy: After the sweat-inducing sessions, Steve praised the PT to The Daily Telegraph, saying: 'I was really fit. I was running loads and lifting weights regularly during COVID. Zocch is a beauty'

Happy: After the sweat-inducing sessions, Steve praised the PT to The Daily Telegraph, saying: 'I was really fit. I was running loads and lifting weights regularly during COVID. Zocch is a beauty'

Happy: After the sweat-inducing sessions, Steve praised the PT to The Daily Telegraph, saying: ‘I was really fit. I was running loads and lifting weights regularly during COVID. Zocch is a beauty’

‘What a week it has been training with the man they call Smudgey @steve_smith49,’ he began. 

‘From heavy barbell sessions, horrific cardio circuits, ice baths, sleds, winning the meat tray at the pub and a epic backyard cricket match.

‘I can honestly say the biggest surprise was seeing him play a cricket shot in between sets of bench press!’

He added: ‘This bloke earned my respect on how hard he trained and is a true savage when it comes to putting in work! Good times mate safe travels!’

Hard work: Luke had shared pictures of the training sessions on his Instagram page, where he explained some of the gruelling activities they got u

Hard work: Luke had shared pictures of the training sessions on his Instagram page, where he explained some of the gruelling activities they got u

Hard work: Luke had shared pictures of the training sessions on Instagram, where he explained some of the gruelling activities they got up to

Rock hard abs! Chris regularly records his workouts and posts them on his Instagram page

Rock hard abs! Chris regularly records his workouts and posts them on his Instagram page

Rock hard abs! Chris regularly records his workouts and posts them on his Instagram page 

Meanwhile, Luke has been training Chris for years – and is not only his personal trainer, but also a really close friend.

Recently, Luke joked that he had been offered the chance to appear on The Bachelor – and Chris’ reaction was priceless.

Appearing on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, Luke said: ‘I actually said it as a joke and Chris said, “If you go on The Bachelor I will fire you!”

Ouch! Luke said training included 'heavy barbell sessions, horrific cardio circuits, ice baths, sleds, winning the meat tray at the pub and a epic backyard cricket match'

Ouch! Luke said training included 'heavy barbell sessions, horrific cardio circuits, ice baths, sleds, winning the meat tray at the pub and a epic backyard cricket match'

Ouch! Luke said training included ‘heavy barbell sessions, horrific cardio circuits, ice baths, sleds, winning the meat tray at the pub and a epic backyard cricket match’

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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