Idris Elba: Journey To Becoming A Man’s Man


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.

But there’s another secret: the stars real name. The 44-year-old admitted in a revealing interview, “My name was Idrissa,” Elba admitted. “I was not getting away with that. There was a kid who used to laugh every time my name was called out at registration. That’s why I changed it.”

No wonder.

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He doesn’t get laughed at anymore, especially when it comes to his body. Idris fits in workouts whenever he can, to keep his body up, but it doesn’t take him long. His “everyday” workout consists of:

  • 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. But when I’m out of shape, I’m emotionally lazy.”


The Beasts of No Nation star prefers kickboxing to marathon running, declaring that his ultimate fitness goal is to be “fight-ready”. “I want to know that if I’m being wrestled to the ground, I’ve got the strength to fight a man off,” he explains. “Kickboxing is rugged—it’s all core strength. But when you’re fight-ready, you feel like you can last forever.”

The handsome actor reveals that his spontaneity fuels his masculinity. “If I want to do something, I’ll do it—breakdancing at the end of a movie trailer, adding a verse on a rap song, racing rally cars. Why not?” he asks. “If that’s a man’s man, cool.”

Idris focuses on drills broken down into three-minute rounds, where he works through high and…

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