- Terry Crews is a strong and fit man, but that wasn’t always the case.
- After retiring from the NFL, he gained 30 pounds and got out of shape.
- Crews explained to Business Insider how she made her fitness easy.
Terry Crews is as well known for his social media jumps and dance moves as his acting and presenting work.
However, the former American football player was not always happy in body and mind.
Crews, 55, told Business Insider that when he retired from the NFL in 1997, he found himself struggling with depression and his weight. He gained 30 kilograms.
As an athlete, Crews was incredibly strong and fit, but lost without a rigorous training schedule.
Crews got back into fitness and, aside from that brief hiatus, says he’s been working out almost every day for more than 40 years.
Crews said the trick is to just do something, however small, and make it a routine.
It was very difficult to regain his strength and health
When Crews stopped playing competitive soccer, he felt lost.
“I was no longer a footballer and that was before I made my transition acting“, Crews said. “So I stopped training and got really, really depressed.”
It was when Crews’ wife squeezed some oil into his back — albeit kindly and lovingly — that the actor realized he wasn’t feeling himself anymore.
“It hit me. I said, ‘I have to change because this depression is stopping me,'” Crews said. “I knew fitness had always been a part of my life, but I knew I had to get back in shape.”
Having lost the previous level of strength and fitness, trying to regain it seemed like a mammoth task. Crews was worried that he would hurt himself if he tried to do the exercises he had done before.
So he relieved himself.
He said crews start by going to the gym and sitting on a recumbent bike for 10 to 20 minutes, pedaling while reading a magazine.
That, he said, was the start of a new habit that saw Crews exercise almost every day for the rest of his life.
Crews also keep themselves accountable by writing an X in their diary on training days Like 10 minutesand he said he aims to combine the Xs.
“I never stopped,” Crews said. “One thing I’ve learned is that the habit of exercising is more important than the exercise itself.”
Start small and be patient as you adjust
Crews advises anyone looking to work on fitness to start small. Getting enough sleep also played a big role for the actor, who is an ambassador for Natrol melatonin.
If Crews shares fitness content social media is flooded with comments from people wanting her body shape. But Crews notes that he’s been working up to his level in the decades since he started riding this recumbent bike.
January is when many people resolve to get fitter and feel defeated when the going gets tough.
“People just walk into the gym and walk in and realize, ‘Oh my God, this is too heavy, I’m too tired, I can’t do it all.’ The thing is, no, you shouldn’t,” he said.
You should start smaller, he said.
“Don’t try to do everything,” Crews said. “Start with 10 minutes of push-ups and sit-ups next to your bed every morning, but do it every day.”
Crews said his workouts are sometimes long, hard and intense, and sometimes short, light and gentle – the bottom line is that he’s always doing something.
“I just don’t get bored and consistency is more important. So that’s the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to do this,” he said. “Don’t rush. Take your time and you’ll get there.”