Idris Elba has trained in kickboxing for a decade, and it shows.
In an interview with Men’s Health the British actor explains how he uses mixed martial arts to keeps in shape.
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. 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.