Big E had a great 2021 and there’s no denying that. He shined as a singles competitor, won the 2021 Men’s Money In The Bank (MITB) and successfully cashed it in against Bobby Lashley to become the WWE Champion.

The former WWE Champion recently talked about his fitness regiment, how he managed to develop the strength he has today, as well as his background in powerlifting and amateur wrestling.

“I feel like squatting is just, squatting is the best athletic lift, I think,” he told WWE German-language commentator Sebastian Hackl during an interview. He continued, “I think it transfers pretty much anything you do in sports. You know, I played football, amateur wrestling, pretty much anything I’ve done, squatting is a great base.”

“Everything, everything. I’ve always taken a lot of pride in my squat and doing it the right, hitting parallel and you know, I’m proud of the fact that, you know, squatting 750 pounds, don’t ask me if I can do that right, because I cannot. Squatting 750 is something that I’m really proud of. Doing that raw, doing it in a drug-tested federation as well, so I’ll go squat.”

The former Intercontinental Champion also revealed his personal best when it comes to deadlift. “I did it at a meet like 799 and some change, they’re very specific about these things because everything’s in kilos. But 806 was my best deadlift in the gym,” he recalled.

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription. What’s your take on this story? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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