When he’s not spitting hot fiyah on Shade 45, Eminem is staying clean five years after he dropped his life-threatening addiction. The executive producer of the Southpaw soundtrack recently revealed how he fully recovered from his battle with prescription drugs, which spawned the inspiration for his 2010 release Recovery. Find out Eminem’s post-rehab workout routine plus what he does now to stay in shape after the jump!

Eminem sat down with Men’s Journal to talk about his workout routine following his last time in rehab for his addiction to prescription drugs, like Vicodin and Valium. After his overdose in 2007, the damage from consuming an immense amount of pills over several years left holes in his stomach, leading him to eat a lot of unhealthy food.

“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober. Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect.”

Eminem’s goal was to run seventeen miles a day on a treadmill and burn at least 2,000 calories. He would run every morning before hitting up the studio. Eventually, Em shed the greasy pounds from a chunky 230 down to a slim 149. Now he stays in shape by doing the Body Beast workout with free weights and a bench at home. However, he admits there’s one exercise he still hates.

“I still hate pullups. They’re a motherfucker, but I do them. I even fill out the log afterward. I guess I’m pretty compulsive working out. I feel like if I step away from it for too long, if I have a crazy week and take a five-day break, it’ll be like starting over. I’m afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation. Once you’re at a place where you’ve made progress and you’ve got some time invested in it, you don’t wanna quit and give up what you started.”

Read the full interview here.

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