• “I fell into a weird depression” – John Cena On Losing 20 Pounds While Training For A Movie
You might have noticed that WWE Legend John Cena has dropped some size since becoming a Hollywood Superstar.
During an interview with GQ, Cena revealed that he lost 20 pounds while training with Jackie Chan for their movie ‘Snafu’, which is set to release this year.
Below is what the 16-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion said about training differently for this movie:
“I say yoga because that’s the closest, but it’s like a stretch routine. I did a movie with Jackie Chan about 3 to 4 years ago and they couldn’t care less about how strong I was. They just wanted me to kick over my head, which was impossible.
I went over there to train with him for about 3 months and they stretched me like taffy. I immediately lost 20 pounds, which was very difficult for me. I even fell into a weird depression because it was like I’m losing everything that I worked on for 30 years!
But I begin to walk taller, begin to have less pain, I was more flexible, and that experience changed my life in many ways, and it taught me the value of making sure your body moves okay.
In yoga, the concept is that you need to be present because we’re going to stretch you farther than you think you can go. If you’re afraid, then you’re tense. You need to be relaxed and present. Just those two things: relax a little bit and be present. That’s why I relate it to yoga: It’s helped me balance a lot of what life throws at you.
If anything, [pro-wrestling] allows you to be healthier because you have to be there for the shows, but you have so much time during the day. You’re on the road all the time but I have such a network across the world of gyms to go to and healthy places to eat that the road actually becomes your home.
But my training has switched a lot because I’m old. I’m going to be 45 this year. I started lifting weights in a dedicated fashion when I was 12 years old. If you do the math, I’m coming up on 35 years of that. That’s a long time.
The biggest shift when I was in the WWE is, every day, I tried to be the strongest version I can be that day. Now, I’m trying to be able to lift weights when I’m 80, so I need to take a little bit more care of myself for the long term.
I have a 40,000-foot perspective. It’s a lot more work on flexibility and a lot more warming up. The stuff that I hated to do? I’ve learned to like just because it gets me feeling good for the stuff that I like.”
Cena recently noted that he might not return for WrestleMania 38.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (February 7, 1989) – AWA St. Paul Event *Larry Zbyszko Wins The Title*
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on February 7, 1989, Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association held an event at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The card can be found here:
1. Ricky Rice & Derrick Dukes vs. Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom (The Beverly Brothers)
2. AWA World Tag Team Titles Match: Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond (c) vs. Tom Zenk & Ken Patera
3. Manny Fernández & Larry Zbyszko vs. Tom Zenk & Wahoo McDaniel
4. Battle Royal For The Vacant AWA World Heavyweight Title