Finn Balor revealed in a new piece by GQ.com that he is currently not doing an cardio to maintain his abs.
When asked if abs are made in the gym or in the kitchen, Balor responded, “Think it’s a little bit of both. Obviously, they go hand in hand. But I would lean more towards made in the kitchen. I can tell you right now that I do absolutely zero cardio.”
“If I go into a regular gym, I will sit on the bike for six minutes simply to transition my brain from being in civilization to the gym,” Balor continued.
“Not for any sort of calorie burn or warmup or anything like that. Don’t ask me why it’s six minutes, that’s just a weird OCD thing that I have. And I won’t train for more than an hour. There will be a long period beforehand with some active stretching, and then I’ll do a little bit of accessory work first. I won’t do anything that’s going to jeopardize what I do in the ring, so I’m not going to do any heavy squats, any heavy deadlifts. I’m more worried about the accessory work and making sure all the joints are in place with rotation, especially with my shoulder injuries in the past. I want to do all that accessory work first when I’m fresh, I’m concentrating, I’m focused, and then I’ll hit a little bit hypertrophy bodybuilding towards the end, but we’re talking maybe three drop sets of rows, or something like that.
Balor, who is scheduled to face Bray Wyatt at Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view in Toronto, Ontario Canada, has battled some significant injuries during his professional wrestling career. In 2016 he was forced to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship due to a torn labrum he suffered in the match to win the title against Seth Rollins. In the GQ article, Balor was asked if the injury forced him to alter his diet or training.
“A little known fact: I’ve been dogged by a left rotator cuff injury since I was 19. I’ve been coping with that my whole career,” Balor revealed. “And then, of course, I completely destroyed the right shoulder. So pretty ironic that the shoulder that’s been bugging me my whole career has now become the stronger shoulder. But I got to do my rehab with Kevin Wilk in Birmingham, Alabama, and he taught me a lot about stabilization and different methods of fatiguing the joint without having to lift overhead. So I won’t ever do any overhead presses anymore. Everything will be nice and narrow. Really, it taught me how to train a lot smarter. I think, honestly, it’s improved my physique in the last three years as a result of the accessory work and paying more attention to the details, as opposed to just going to that one-rep max bench press or big overhead press. Sometimes bringing it back to basics and working on the baby stuff is what’s important.”