Here’s How Rapper Kevin Gates Keeps His Mind And Body Fighting Fit - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Here’s How Rapper Kevin Gates Keeps His Mind And Body Fighting Fit

The rapper works out twice a day, using a wide range of techniques to keep his body in top shape.

If rapper Kevin Gates isn’t on stage performing or in the studio recording music (his latest album, Khaza, just dropped), you can assume that he’s probably busy keeping his body in top shape with some type of fitness endeavor.

“I work out twice a day,” he told the MH crew when he stopped by our NYC HQ shortly after his album release. “I’m about to go out on tour and working out is my therapy.” Gates, age 36, walked us through one of his standard gym sessions, but he’s not the type of guy who only gets his movement fix using weights and machines. He loves to get outside, citing hiking as one of his favourite ways to stay active and healthy.

“I use hiking as recovery because when you’re hiking over a mountain, you touch the stabilizer muscles—the muscles you usually don’t touch doing a gym workout. And there’s nothing like being in a natural environment.”

Kevin Gates

He doesn’t just walk among the hills, either—Gates loves to pick up the pace to run, too. “I like to jog because it’s like when I’m jogging, I’m just free,” he says, likening the act to an exercise in mindfulness. “I’m not running from anything, I’m running into my blessing, I’m running into whatever I’ve manifested. I just focus on what it is I want.”

Gates stresses that his biggest focus is listening to his body. He dedicates a good amount of attention to movement that will help him to feel good, with focused warmup time for his core muscles and lots of yoga-based stretches. Since starting with his yoga practice, Gates says that he’s not had any injuries. “My body feels amazing, and when I don’t stretch and don’t do yoga, I feel like a grouch,” he says.

Check out this gym session Gates uses when he’s out on tour. He’s usually active, and when he trains, he has a go-to artist to soundtrack his efforts: “He’s like my favorite artist, his name’s Kevin Gates,” he says with a grin. “You know in the beginning I was a little iffy, then when I got into I was like yeah, I like this guy.”

Kevin Gates’ Gym Workout


  • Jump Rope

4 rounds of 30 seconds

  • Ab Wheel Rollouts

4 sets of 10 to 15 reps

Upper Body Tri-Set

  • Incline Dumbbell Squeeze Press

3 sets of 10 reps

  • Close-Grip Pushups

3 sets of 10 reps

  • Bench Dips

3 sets of 10 reps

This article was first published on Men’s Health US.

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