Want to know how the British heart throb stays in shape? He fights.

“Some guys want to be toned or want to jog for miles,” he told Men’s Health, “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.”

The Wire star added: “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.”


Elba’s toned physique will be on display this December when he resumes the role of DCI John Luther, the heady detective who sometimes crosses the line to get the perp, in the award-winning BBC series Luther; and in 2016 when he makes his Star Wars debut.

To stay in shape, the 43-year-old actor relies on kickboxing to keep his mind and body in alignment.

“Shadowboxing is one of the best workouts you can do,” told Men’s Health. “You don’t need any equipment, and it works every muscle. It’s what Nelson Mandela did many mornings in his jail cell.”

Learn more of Elba’s fitness tips (or see more pics!) in the December issue of Men’s Health when it hits newsstands

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