Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Gives 3 Tips for a Rock-Hard Bod -- at Age 56
Guitarist Phil Collen quit alcohol 27 years ago and has since become music’s poster boy for fitness. He claims he can bench-press 380 pounds -- talk about heavy metal!
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen offers his three tips for staying ripped well into his 50s:
1. Work Out — Twice: “On the last tour, I did kickboxing with Jean Carrillo, a European Muay Thai champion. Now I do weights in the morning and cardio in the afternoon -- spin or jump rope. On tour, I bring a heavy bag for boxing as well as a bench and dumbbells.”
2. Skip Meat: “I’ve been vegetarian for 32 years and vegan for four. It’s the most important thing if you want to get in shape. Lately I’ve gone raw food. I recently had a raw pizza with avocados, veggies and bread with dehydrated onion -- an amazing taste sensation.”
3. Go Clean: “Back in the day we partied hard. I started blacking out regularly, so I quit. Once I stopped having hangovers, I found I had all these extra hours in the day. So I started jogging. I’m not a fan of jogging, but you notice changes. You feel alert. I feel better today than I did when I was 30.”
This story orginally appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of Billboard.