Born in Philadelphia, Kevin Hart was raised by a single mom. His father was a drug addict who spent a lot of time in jail and Hart used humor to cope. Hart briefly attended community college before moving to New York City, and then Massachusetts. He first tried stand-up in Philadelphia but he wasn’t a natural. His big break came in 2001 when Judd Apatow cast him in Undeclared. This led to other roles including Scary Movie 3 and Little Fockers. Jumanji: The Next Level grossed over $60 million. He still tours doing stand-up, and he created an audiobook memoir called I Can’t Make This Up. He also hosts award ceremonies. Due to a scandal, he had to step down from hosting the 2020 Oscars, but he is scheduled to host in 2021. He has also done some modeling for Macy’s and he released a few singles and a soundtrack to his stand-up film Kevin Hart: What Now?. Hart has won several awards for his acting, and he has a production company called Hartbeat Studios. In 2019, Hart was a passenger in a serious car accident that broke his spine in 3 places. Following his accident, he developed a vitamin line called VitaHustle. He married Eniko Parrish in 2016. He has 3 children, 2 from his first marriage to Torrei Hart. Hart has over 88 million followers on Instagram alone. He is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 140 lbs.
Kevin Hart’s Diet
Hart says he always ate a healthy diet, but in 2019, he decided to ‘kick it up a notch’ by going vegan for a time. This was not due to his car accident (the diet came before the accident), but rather a personal choice to clean up his eating. These days, he follows more of a vegetarian diet because he will eat things like egg whites and sheep’s cheese. He has given up red meat, but admits to occasionally indulging in a chicken wing here and there. Water is another key component of Hart’s health regimen, and he will drink a gallon a day.
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium-High Carb 55% 55%
Hart decided to go hardcore pure plant-base diet in 2019. He has since backed off and now eats some animal products, including eggs.
A self-confessed non-cook, Hart has a person chef who whips up healthy meals like egg white scrambles and avocado toast. For lunch and dinner, Hart will often have a meatless patty. Sometimes, he has a very light dinner consisting of just a salad.
Hart is all about drinking water. He says it’s key to feeling good and being healthy.
Hart still eats the occasional chicken wing, but he says people need to realize you don’t need to eat as much meat as they think. His other cheat is Doritos.
What to Eat
Whole, natural foods
Organic Almond Milk
Vegan Meat-replacement Proteins
Everything in Moderation
What to Avoid
Hart on His Diet
I always eat good, but I now I’m going to get on this plant-based food kick.’
Hart on his Diet, Post-accident
‘I had no appetite. I couldn’t eat.’
Hart on Hydration
‘A gallon a day keeps the doctor away.’
Hart on his Cooking Skills
‘I can cook a mean bowl of cereal.’
Hart on Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet
‘Don’t think you gotta do it all in one day. You gotta make it work for you.’
Hart on fad Diets
‘You can eat the way you want to eat, just cut your portions down. It doesn’t have to be drastic.’
Kevin Hart’s Fitness Routine
The Power of 3
Hart says his exercise routines always include the magic three: cardio, weights and core work.
Rehab Is A Gift
Hart considers his car crash to be ‘amazing’ because it allowed him to start over, see his progress, and figure out what really matters.
Hart lost 17 lbs. in the hospital and had to rebuild it through exercise and a healthy diet.
Hart is a man on the go, and because exercise is so important to him, he makes a point of setting up gym access before he travels.
Hart hired a trainer following his accident. His routine might include the Aerodyne bicycle for cardio or a run on the treadmill, then they would do high-intensity circuits including weights. In between sets, Hart might hit the heavy bag or use the stability ball for his core.
Hart says curls are one of his favorite exercises, and that he’ll often just go hang out in the garage gym to do them.
Hart says people have a negative view of the word ‘intensity’ and that it seems to imply suffering, but all it should mean is that you are trying to improve.
A Kevin Hart Routine
1. Cardio: treadmill, bike, etc.
2. Weights: free weights, resistance bands, machines, bodyweight, etc.
3. Core: heavy bag, stability ball, planks, etc.
Do whatever speaks to you. Push yourself but it should not feel like a chore. Exercise regularly. Work out early in the day so life doesn’t get in the way. Don’t make excuses.
Hart on his Favorite Exercise
‘Curls. Some days I just come in [my gym] and curl.’
Hart on his Physique
‘I’m a well-proportioned man, outside of my height, which is frowned upon, except in China. In China, I’m a big man.’
Hart on Intense Workouts
‘I think the word ‘intense’ throws people off. They think they have to do the most and make the most. It’s more about pushing yourself to your limits.’
Hart on Making Time to Work out When Traveling
‘The first thing priority is finding a gym, and setting it up so we can be there at 5:30-6 am.’
Hart on his Exercise Routine
I can’t start a day without it…I’m investing in me first.’
Kevin Hart’s Supplements
Hart takes his own line of vitamins, including a multivitamin for men that is plant-based and contains herbs including saw palmetto and fenugreek that support men’s hormonal balance. He also makes a multivitamin for women.
Hart’s VitaHustle line also includes whey protein with probiotics and digestive enzymes. Whey protein offers all the essential amino acids, and is a blend of isolate, concentrate and hydrolyzed protein which are digested at different rates, offering extended energy to aid recovery.
Kevin Hart’s Lifestyle
Hart wanted to go hard at his rehab: twice a day, 7 days a week. His trainer and doctors convinced him that rest was an essential component of the recovery process, and to take a day off in between each exercise session.
Hart says he doesn’t remember anything about the crash. Investigators determined the driver was not drunk, but that neither he nor Hart had been wearing their seatbelts. Hart says he his grateful have a chance to become the new, improved Kevin Hart.
Take Out the Bullets
Hart disarms critics by owning up to his flaws. He stepped down as host for the 2020 Oscars following the exposition of a 10-year-old anti-gay tweet, but faced the charges head-on and even included them in his stand-up routines.
Doctors told Hart that if his spine had broken 1/4 centimeter to the side, he would have been permanently paralyzed.
Hart says during rehab, he wasn’t supposed to be bending his back, and so he would hide in his closet to work on putting on his socks.
Hart on His Car Accident
‘It’s a resurrection. That’s the best way for me to put it. I feel like the other version of myself died in that moment and this new version was born to understand and to do better.’
Hart on his Greatest Post-accident Accomplishment
‘Putting on my socks was a bigger deal. I felt so hopeless, not being able to do something that was once so easy.’
Hart on Passion
‘You don’t wanna do nothing that you’re not passionate about. That’s stupid.’
Hart on Problems
‘Problems are made to be solved. Maybe if people see how I’ve gone through some of my hardships, they’ll find some motivation or inspiration.’
Hart on Himself
‘There’s a rumor —I didn’t start it — but in 2020, Kevin Hart is supposed to be the sexiest man alive.’