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In a new video on the WWE’s YouTube channel, pro wrestler and self-described “Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns explains his intentions to once again defeat his old rival Brock Lesnar during the upcoming WrestlingManiatold how he is preparing physically and mentally for the rematch.
“At WrestleMania, that god mode that no one else can get to is going to be easy,” he says with the usual level of humility. “This will be my sixth WrestleMania main event, this will be the event where I beat Brock Lesnar and solidify my run as the greatest WWE champion of all time.”
“I love the gym,” he continues. “The gym is the only place that doesn’t recognize me, it doesn’t matter who I am. The weights, they don’t lie. If you can’t pick them up, you can’t pick them up. They’ll push you every time and that’s what I keep doing it. For some athletes, what you do in the weight room doesn’t translate to the field. Everything I do in the weight room translates to the ring: my blast, my power, my power, my conditioning.”
Given the showmanship element of professional wrestling, Reigns’ training is influenced by physical issues, and he takes some of his cues from legendary bodybuilders Neil Hill and Flex Lewis. “I still believe in the old school, the nitty gritty, barbells, barbells,” he says, demonstrating a series of tried-and-true compound moves, including the deadlift, as well as power cleans and bent over rows. “They’re classic elevators,” he says.
The video shows that Reigns likes to add chains to his dips, a similar old-school bodybuilder tactic favored by his cousin The Rock that can help you load up on a bodyweight move. He can also be seen performing a series of sled thrusts on a prowler, a simple yet highly effective exercise when it comes to burning fat while also challenging your muscles.
Most importantly, though, the training video serves as another opportunity for Reigns – who has held the title of Universal Champion for the longest time by a wrestler in WWE history – to pick himself up and talk some more about his opponent prior to the fight. big fight.
“I learned every wrong step I ever took in that ring with Brock,” Reigns says. “I’m re-analyzing every little detail you can think of, and the ones you haven’t even thought of, because you’re not as smart or experienced as I am… he goes to Brock Lesnar when the record books are all written… He will be in the record books, but he is just a support player for the number one man.”
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom who covers pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.