Idris Elba: His Body’s Secret Weapon


    Actor Idris Elba has played every role: from a tough guy (Russell “Stringer” Bell on The Wire), to a corporate suit (on The Office), to a bank robber (in the movie Takers). What’s consistent in all of these roles is his commitment to health. Recently, the actor had pictures that were taken while on set that looked as though his had a bigger–um–“package.” But Idris tweeted that it was just his mic attached to the inside of his pants. Either way, the ladies love the British-born actor. See how fits in workouts whenever he can, to keep his body “up”:

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    • 45 minutes of jogging in the morning
    • Pushups (100 reps)
    • Sit ups (100 reps)
    • Swimming

    Idris has also been into kickboxing for six years. When he can, he hits the dojo two or three times a week.

    “I’m not really allowed to do it while I’m working because it’s considered too dangerous,” he says. “Film producers get very nervous.”


    Idris focuses on drills broken down into three-minute rounds, where he works through high and low kicks, combos, and light sparring. After that, he does leg raises for his core.

    “That’s ab work like you’ve never had it,” he says. “It’s rough.”

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