Ric Flair has been a mainstay of professional wrestling for decades and has a legacy spanning generations. Although he no longer competes regularly, his impact is palpable to this day. In a recent Men’s Health video, Flair revealed the diet, training, and supplements he takes to stay jacked in his 70s.
Ric Flair is widely considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Having started his pro career in 1972, Flair enjoyed a highly decorated tenure of over 50 years. He made his debut under the AWA (American Wrestling Association), where he got to compete with fellow legends like Dusty Rhodes, Andre the Giant, and Chris Taylor. He won his first championship in a tag team match after joining Jim Crockett Promotions in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1974.
In 1981, Flair’s celebrity status skyrocketed largely due to his brash persona and heel character. He attacked many of the promotion’s fan favorites with his infamous team called The Four Horsemen. He spent about a decade performing at shows in All Japan Pro Wrestling during his stint in the organization as well.
Flair made his way to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1991. He secured the WWF Championship by coming out on top of the 1992 Royal Rumble. After two years under the banner, Flair made a comeback to the WCW. He later claimed the World Heavyweight and International World Heavyweight Championships.
Following his return to the WWF/WWE in 2001, Flair delivered some action-packed performances against the likes of The Undertaker, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Eddie Guerrero, Triple H, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He experienced a late-career resurgence in 2012 and has since performed sporadically in the wrestling ring with his final outing happening in July 2022.
In June 2017, Ric Flair made headlines for a horrific hand injury as a result of a brawl with a Dub-Nation member following the Cleveland Cavs’ loss in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Flair picked up a string of injuries from his days of performing in the ring. He needed to undergo surgery after getting admitted to the intensive care unit in Aug. 2017. Given his contributions to the sport, messages of support poured in from members of the community.
‘The Nature Boy’ got rushed to the hospital after a major health scare in May 2019. His son-in-law later revealed the situation wasn’t as concerning as it had first been reported. Flair issued an optimistic statement to his fans a week later.
Ric Flair reveals his diet & supplements to stay jacked at 74-yo
In a recent YouTube video, Ric Flair revealed the diet and supplements he utilizes to stay jacked at the age of 74.
He started off by showing the items in his fridge and then laid out his daily food intake.
“Lean beef, chicken, a lot of fresh fruit, salads, prepared salads, all very healthy. I do drink a lot of water.
“Mushroom food is the hottest thing in the world.”
- Breakfast: Egg whites, turkey bacon, two cups of coffee
- Lunch: Chicken, sometimes Ramen , double order of chicken lentil bean soup with some chicken in it or a pre-wrapped chicken.
- Dinner: About as healthy as he can possible be whether it be shrimp, beef, chicken, all pretty generic.
Favorite meat: Salmon
He laid out how his eating habits have changed over the years and how he stays on track while traveling.
“When I was wrestling everyday I could eat anything I wanted because I was wrestling up to an hour every night,” said Flair. “I used to live by the rule for every pound of body weight you want to have a gram of protein. That’s hard to do. You’d have to eat 20 chicken breasts, two dozen raw eggs a day in the blender. I ate a lot more carbs than I do now. I don’t eat much bread unless it’s wheat bread. I love pasta but I eat very little pasta and the result of my surgeries I gotta go watch what I eat spicy food will kill me.”
“It’s hard [traveling] especially with airline food but most hotels are there will have chicken stuff like that. A lot of sauce on my food to this point it can be generically healthy but I have to have a sauce on it. My go to sauce is barbecue. My go to comfort food is marinara sauce, tons of meatballs, and angel hair pasta.”
“[I hate] pastry. I don’t eat desserts, never have.”
Ric Flair shared the supplements he takes along with testosterone, presumably TRT (testosterone replacement therapy).
“Vitamin B12, I take tri aminos, and 1 cc of test a week. 400 is normal for a guy my age I keep it at a thousand.”
Flair shares his training regimen
Ric Flair gave fans a look into his training protocol and health goals.
“I train three to four days a week and if I’m training hard I do 500 free squats, try to do 200 push-ups, sets of 100 crunches, and the airdyne bike which I think is one of the most difficult pieces of cardio equipment, 5,000 meters in 10 minutes.
“Just stay in the best shape I can possibly be and to stay motivated. My goal right now is I want to do 10,000 meters on [the airdyne bike] and I want to bench press 225 by Feb. 25th, 24. I want to make sure that as each year goes by that I can do what I did when I was 23.”
“My last match live I got in kind of shape, in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life 500 free squats, running, pushing the sled, pulling, working on strengthening my neck, insane cardio stuff.”
“For me it was a religion. If I didn’t workout I didn’t feel good. I did 500 free squats everyday, 250 push-ups every day. I would do sets between everything I did when I was doing benches, inclines, pulldowns.
“I don’t lift heavy weights anymore because I grow out of my clothes and I’m taking supplements that people might take normally. If I lift weights heavy I grow. I try to keep my weight at 220 or under.
“I hate running. I’d rather beat my brains out for 20 minutes than play around for 30.” “As you get older, you have to get your second win no matter how much you warm up until you get your second wind you got to see your way through it.”
Ric Flair left the fans stunned with a workout update showing off his impressive physique in June 2022. He crushed an intense training session in preparation for his planned final outing in the ring.
Flair opened up on his experience of surviving a deadly plane crash two months ago. The accident resulted in his back being broken in three places and the death of a passenger onboard. Despite being told he’d never wrestle again, he persevered and continued to follow his passion.
His latest offering provides insight into how a wrestling legend keeps fit in his later years and will certainly inspire fans to lead a healthy lifestyle.