Brock ‘The Beast’ Lesnar was born in South Dakota. He played football and wrestled in high school, and then went to college on a wrestling scholarship at the University of Minnesota. He won the NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship in his senior year, and was a 2-time NCAA All-American, 2-time NJCAA All-American and 1998 NJCAA heavyweight champion, as well as a 2-time Big Ten Conference champ. In 2000, Lesnar went pro and signed on with the Ohio Valley Wrestling branch of the WWF. In 2002, just 5 months after his debut, he became the league’s youngest champion at age 25. In 2006, Lesnar branched out into mixed martial arts, won his first match, and signed on with the UFC where he became a champ in 2007. Medical problems forced him to retire for a time, but he returned to the WWE in 2012 at WrestleMania XXX and has won the title of world champion 8 times so far. He is the only person in history to hold both a UFC champion and WWE world championship. Lesnar retired from the UFC in 2017. He is married to Rena Greek, aka Sable, and they have 2 children together, along with 2 more from previous relationships. He has millions of followers on social media. Lesnar is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 285 lbs.
Brock Lesnar’s Diet
- Medium Carbs 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
Fighters are used to working through pain, and taking prescription pain killers to deal with it. One of the prime side effects of pain killers is constipation, which could have caused or exacerbated Lesnar’s diverticulitis.
While the exact cause of diverticulosis is unclear, fiber helps regulate bowel movements, which prevents food from backing up into the large intestine. Lesnar makes sure to eat a health diet of fresh veggies and fruit that contain plenty of fiber.
Cut the Crap
Lesnar avoids processed foods, refined sugar, and added salt. Instead, he eats complex carbs, healthy fats and still consumes a sufficient amount of protein.
About 60% of people over the age 60 have weak spots in their intestines, aka diverticulosis. When these spots become inflamed, it is known as diverticulitis, and causes symptoms like fever, intense pain and bleeding, not the kind of things you want to ignore. Risk factors include a low-fiber diet, sedentary lifestyle and smoking. Some 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for diverticulitis.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Lesnar of The Pain of His Illness
‘I have a high threshold for pain, higher than most guys, and I couldn’t deal with it.’
Lesnar on His Diverticulitis Symptoms
‘It felt like a shotgun blast to the stomach, and then someone poured in some salt and Tabasco and stirred it all up with a nasty pitchfork.’
Lesnar on his Diverticulitis
‘What got me here was a total protein diet, not enough fiber, and that’s where I was.’
Lesnar on his new Diet
‘I totally changed my diet, got on some natural healing medicine, and was just doing a lot of praying.’
Brock Lesnar’s Fitness Routine
Work With What You Got
Lesnar grew up in rural South Dakota, and consequently didn’t have access to fancy equipment. He made due with everyday objects he found around the farm.
Have Log, Will Run
One of Lesnar’s training objects on the farm was a 180-lb. tree trunk he’d toss over his shoulder and sprint with.
Lesnar’s typical training routine is one day on/one day off. He’ll work out twice a day, four days a week. He spends an average of 60-90 minutes per session.
Never Get Complacent
Lesnar says the game is mental as much as it is physical. He works to stay focused on his goals, and he is always working on strengthening his weak spots.
Pound & Ground
Lesnar’s morning workout is usually geared toward fighting. He’ll practice wrestling and grappling, striking and do circuits that include punching, tire pushing, hand switching and wind sprints.
Lesnar’s evening session usually includes cardio and strength training. He might run outdoors or on a treadmill, or use an Airdyne bike along with standard weightlifting routines and more wrestling-specific ones such as sledgehammer work.
Lighten the Load
Leading up to a fight, Lesnar will do more reps with lighter weights, and focus on his overall condition.
A Brock Lesnar Circuit Training Routine
Round 1 (pushing): Spiderman push-ups, plyo box push-ups, punching from mount, tire push, hand switch.
Round 2 (pulling): Reclining pull-ups wide-grip pull-ups, tire push & pull, jump-style pull-ups and heavy bar twirl over shoulders.
Round 3 (cardio): Airdyne bike @ 70 rpm, upper body UBE machine work, treadmill (steep incline), and standing wind sprints on bike.
Round 4 (strength training): Explosive hammer strength jammer machine, single-arm sledgehammer, medicine ball sprawls, bear crawls.
Round 5 (intensity): Airdyne bike @ 70 rpm, upper body UBE machine, treadmill (steep incline), standing wind sprints on bike.
Lesnar on his Fighting Strategy
‘My strength is my wrestling, but I don’t focus on it as much. I try to focus on a lot of different things like knees, elbows, submissions, and submission defense.’
Lesnar on The Many Facets of Training
‘I’m always staying motivated because, as training camp goes on, practice becomes more intense, harder, and shorter. It’s a mental thing too, not only physical. You have to stay mentally sharp and stay focused on the task in front of you.’
Lesnar’s Advice on Training
‘Stay open-minded; stay focused. Train hard and train smart.’
Lesnar on Never Quitting
‘I’ve never turned down a fight in the UFC. Even when I was a champ, I never turned down a fight.’
Brock Lesnar’s Supplements
Lesnar takes creatine before working out because it increases endurance and muscle mass.
Lesnar is keeping any other supplements behind his belt, but as his bouts with diverticulitis prove, fiber is an important part of any healthy diet, and a greens supplement is a must if you aren’t crazy about veggies like Lesnar. Probiotics are also important to create a healthy gut biome.
Following a training session, Lesnar will have 30g of whey protein along with quality carbs to replenish glycogen stores.
Some herbs that help with digestive woes include slippery elm for constipation, licorice root can help repair the lining of the intestines and flaxseed which helps to reduce inflammation in the bowel and throughout the body.Marshmallow root is another natural remedy that helps protect the intestinal wall while turmeric is a traditional remedy for abdominal pain and it also encourages the secretion of digestive enzymes.
Brock Lesnar’s Lifestyle
Eat Sleep Conquer Repeat
Being in the WWE is an exercise in endurance and many wrestlers perform some 200 days a year. Lesnar has learned the importance of taking recovery time and prioritizes it.
Lesnar’s roommate in his senior year of college was Shelton Benjamin, a future WWE colleague.
Lesnar joined the Army National Guard at age 17, but was assigned a desk job after it was discovered he was colorblind, dashing his hopes of working with explosives.
Lesnar wanted to pursue a career in the NFL, but he had a bike accident that led to his being cut in the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason.
Brush With Death
Lesnar suffered a second bout of diverticulitis in 2011 that led to having a foot of his colon removed.
Lesnar on Wrestling
‘At the end of the day, it’s all about me wanting to have fun. It weighed heavily in my heart that I was born to be an entertainer and I have fun doing it.’
Lesnar on Success
‘For me, the older I get, the smarter I have to train, also because the recovery time is longer. Work on everything. Become a well-rounded fighter. Don’t just be good at one thing; be good at everything.’
Lesnar on Defeat
‘In my mind and in my heart, I never lost to a foe. I never lost to an opponent. I lost to diverticulitis. That was the opponent that beat me.’
Lesnar on returning to the Ring
‘I’m here to fight, baby!’