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Q&A With R&B Star Tank

How an eight-time Grammy-nominated artist stays fit on the road.
Christian Lantry

Celebrities and the fitness industry go hand in hand. Most celebs have made it a part of their careers to stay healthy and look good. One guy who's got it down—Tank. A mainstay in modern R&B, this singer, songwriter, and producer has already got four albums and eight Grammy nominations under his belt. Set to release his first album in three years with his Atlantic Records debut, Tank is putting out his best stuff yet. His latest single, "You're My Star," dropped this month and has been climbing to the top of the charts. With such an elaborate music career, how does this R&B star manage to stay so fit? We sat down with him to find out.

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Men’s Fitness: What’s your diet like?

Tank: I’m a pescatarian, so just pretty much all fish. I cut out chicken and turkey about two years ago.  As far as my daily meals go, I wake up in the morning and I’ll have sweet potato pancakes from Whole Foods, or spinach pancakes and vegetable bacon. I do drink a lot of water—I aim for a gallon a day. When I really want to get into good shape I’ll go straight raw and vegan when I’m in-season training. I got introduced to raw food in 2006.

Do you work with any kind of nutritionist or dietitian?

Nope, I just kind of come up with all of this stuff on my own. I read a lot and pay attention to my body and how it responds to certain things and just go from there.

What’s your fitness routine like?

I like to work out on an empty stomach so I get straight to the gym right before breakfast. I do mostly cardio and also some core work. I like to switch it up a lot, though, and confuse the muscles. I don’t want my muscles to get used to any one workout. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of suspended training trying to strengthen those weird muscles that we rarely ever use. I’m also getting back into UFC-style training with pads, jump rope, and lots of running. Sometimes I’ll run the canyons, too.

What are your latest music endeavors?

Currently I’m working on three things. I’m still working with the group—TGT [a.k.a. Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank]—we’re going back out on tour soon overseas; our first stop is London. I also just finished a verse with Jamie Foxx, and we did a tour as well. Finally, I’m starting my own tour with the record that we have out now called “You’re My Star.”

How do you manage to stay fit on the road?

I just kind of make do with whatever the hotel has available. Sometimes if they don’t have anything I just do old-fashioned pushups, situps, leg lifts, and table dips—you just turn everything in your room into something to work out on or work out with. You’ve got to get a little creative, and just do something. I’ll run a lot, too.

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What’s your fitness mantra?

I’m a work hard, play hard kind of guy. That’s always been my mantra. I also have a secret mantra which nobody knows about, which is “What would Mayweather do?” His training is some of the craziest training I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t stop and it’s all self-motivated. Nobody is calling him to get him to go train. He’s calling everybody else. Anytime I feel like I don’t want to do one more set or anytime I feel like one last rep is going to kill me I say, “What would Mayweather do?” and keep going. He doesn’t stop and he understands the value in making sure he’s more than prepared.

Final words?

My new single is designed to make people feel good. The same way going to the gym and doing something great for your body feels. This song is one of those things that can even help inspire you when you’re in there getting your cardio on or getting your cycling on. This type of song can help build that energy for you. 

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