Big Show’s newly attained physique is indeniably impressive. Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Athlete,” Big Show has always been a giant of a man, listed at roughly 7 feet tall and upwards of 500 pounds in the past. But in a recent series of social media posts, Show has unveiled a chiseled—for him, anyway—physique, showing off “giant abs” and far less body fat than before.
We’re asking: How did he do it?
In an interview with WWE.com, Big Show talks about how he lost over 70 pounds over a period of six to seven months. He credits his transformation to his trainer, Dodd Romero.
When asked why he decided to lose so much weight, Show recalls a fateful conversation with fellow Superstar (and Muscle & Fitness cover star) John Cena: “We were talking about getting in shape and I said, ‘Ah, what the hell is a giant gonna do with abs?'” he said in an interview with WWE.com.”John looked at me with a straight face and said, ‘Yeah. A giant with abs. That wouldn’t be marketable at all.’ And he walked off. It was kind of a shot, but [later] John reached out and congratulated me on the work I’ve done. That meant a lot.”
As for his current workout routine, Show is focused on high rep counts: “Everything from 50 reps, 35 reps, 21 reps,” he said. “I’m not trying to build muscle right now, I’m trying to keep my metabolism up, keep my tendons strong, keep my joints good and cut a lot of fat.”
— “The Big Show” Paul Wight (@WWETheBigShow) February 15, 2017
Of course, he’s also had to make some sacrifices. The Superstar admits that losing weight takes dedication and time, and that he’s had to say goodbye to some of his favorite foods like pizza and meatball subs.
At the end of the day, Show hopes that his transformation will inspire others: “There is nothing more powerful in the world than the human spirit and the human will,” he said. “It’s taken us to the moon, for God’s sake. So there is nothing that anyone can stop you from doing if you really want. I hope this interview helps some people. That’s all you can do, right?”
While Show admits that his much-hyped match with Shaq may not happen, he’s still looking forward to showing off his new bod at Wrestlemania 33 next month.