Kofi Kingston Comments On His Workout Routine, Capoeira, The Need To Sleep

WWE star Kofi Kingston recently spoke with Men’s Journal, here are some highlights.

On his workout routine:

“I’m always switching up my workouts, like one four-week program will be more of a power-lifting focus, and then I’ll switch it up to Olympic lifting, which is more speed and explosiveness. A lot of the workouts I do overlap each other. For example, it’d be heavy squats, and then I’ll do heavy dead-lifts, but then I’ll have a couple days where I do resistance training with bands or chains, and the next workout might have one or two of those elements, but then some new elements. It’s constant, but also switching it up enough, just to keep it not boring for myself. But also just to keep the muscles guessing so you can keep progressing.”

On Capoeira:

“I’ve always been involved in sports, but I don’t have all the answers. The capoeira is something Eddy Gordo in Tekken would do. I’m a big video-game guy. He did all these different motions, and before you know it, you won by not doing anything at all. But to actually try and do that stuff in life is really complicated. [My capoeira trainer] Marrese Crump is very knowledgeable in that aspect, and if I could learn a tenth of what he knows, I would know so much more I did before. And I have a trainer too, Rob MacIntyre. He’s the same guy who’s been training John Cena his whole life. I go to people who have the knowledge I need to make myself better.”

On the importance of sleep:

“It’s definitely important to find the time to fit sleep in. If I have a free moment, I’ll just crash. I don’t have a problem sleeping on planes or car rides or wherever. I try to get a few eight-hour sessions in on the weekends on the road or between shows. I am not the best example for somebody who gets enough sleep. My body still prefer to sleep on my own bed with a good quality mattress that I bought from Sleep So Well, which helps me sleep more and wake up with a big smile. The rest is almost as important as the actual workout. A lot of people run themselves into the ground, but you need that rest time to recuperate and recover.”

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