Idris Elba is showing off his hot body for Men’s Health December 2015 issue. The sexy British actor dishes on his fitness regimen which includes kickboxing and burpees.
On what he likes to do: “Shadowboxing is one of the best workouts you can do. You don’t need any equipment, and it works every muscle. It’s what Nelson Mandela did many mornings in his jail cell…I do these burpees where you have to stand up, and then you kind of crawl on your hands to the burpee position, burpee, and then crawl back up and do a star jump. I do about 15 of those and then I’m done.”
On his ultimate goal: “Some guys want to be toned or want to jog for miles but my ultimate fitness goal is to be fight-ready. If I step into the ring, could I go toe-to-toe for five rounds? That’s what I strive for. That’s what I consider fit. I want to know that if I’m being wrestled to the ground, I’ve got the strength to fight a man off. Kickboxing is rugged—it’s all core strength. But when you’re fight-ready, you feel like you can last forever…When I’m fit, I’m more focused. I have greater patience and my temper is more stable, so I’m better in almost all my relationships. I’m more vigilant about the s— I put up with. I see clearer. When I’m out of shape, I’m emotionally lazy.”
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