Top 20 Fittest African American Male Celebrities


In the words of Samir Becic, “You have more control over your body than you think- you can control, manage, or completely avoid 60-70% of known chronic conditions with physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and mental balance.” Every racial or ethnic group has their own health concerns to be aware of. This list of Fittest African American Male Celebrities are no different, and they cope by exercising, eating right, and staying active.

The celebrities on this list not only lead healthy lifestyles, but also promote healthy living to their fans. The celebrity’s fitness level, nutritional habits, age, and medical issues and how they coped with them were all taken into consideration.

Here is Samir Becic and Health Fitness Revolution‘s List of the Top 20 Fittest African American Male Celebrities in alphabetical order:

President Barack Obama


“There’s always a trade-off between sleep and working out. Usually I get in about 45 minutes, six days a week. I’ll lift one day, do cardio the next.”

  • Curls
  • Shoulder Presses
  • Lunges with 10 lbs dumbbells
  • Elliptical Machine
  • Works out 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week
  • Runs on a treadmill
  • Resistance Training
  • Alternate between strength and cardio exercises

Big Sean


“I try to work out as much as possible, although sometimes it is difficult with my hectic schedule. But whenever I do, I function better, which makes life better.”

  • Favorite exercise is boxing and he does it with his trainer
  • Eats only organic food
  • Had an early start with healthy lifestyle because mom taught him a lot about nutrition
  • Knows a lot about supplements and carries a special case on the road

Denzel Washington


“I made a commitment to myself that I would completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together.”

  • Boxes
  • Exercises with personal trainer
  • Focuses on using handheld weights
  • Diet focuses on portion control with no food restrictions

Jamie Foxx


“I wouldn’t have this type of energy otherwise, I feel refreshed, I feel young.”

  • Works out with personal trainer
  • Does 45 minutes of weight training
  • Basketball drills

Jason DeRulo


“In the afternoon, I’d go to the gym and do calisthenics with 1 minute or less rest in between. And at night I’d lift heavy”


  • Used to be overweight as a child, but started eating more organic foods and lean protein such as egg white omelets, chicken sausages, and wheat toast at breakfast
  • Dancing is his main cardio workout
  • Monitored by his trainer Kevin Henderson during 2-hour workout sessions
  • Favorite workouts include upside down push-ups, roundhouse push-ups,ab rollouts, shoulder press, and bicep curls
  • Performs static exercises when on tour



“On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a plant-based breakfast every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…”

  • Works out with Marco Borges
  • Total body workout
  • Always something different
  • 3 sets of each, resting for no more than one minute between sets
  • Went on a vegan diet for 22 days
  • Focus on cardio, interval training, abs and healthy diet
  • Power Moves
  • Workouts moves include squats and press, reverse lunges, cobra planks,push-ups into side plank, and heel touch crunches

Jesse Williams


“ I also drink fresh juice, try to get a run and/or workout in everyday, and try to get some sleep. If I don’t run a few miles every couple days at minimum, I feel lethargic.”

  • Yoga
  • Workouts and runs everyday
  • Drinks a lot of water and fresh juices
  • Uses “MyFitnessPal” app

John Legend


“I try to stay low on sugar and breads and things like that. So relatively low carbs. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and a lot of proteins as far as meat and what not. Not a lot of red meat.”

  • Runs
  • Boxes
  • Lift weights
  • Jump Ropes

Kevin Hart


“If I have to do it early in the morning or late at night or take stuff with me to work and do it between sets, I do it.”

  • Gets in a workout 5 or 6 days for a week
  • Does core exercises and some weights
  • Just tries to keep naturally fit
  • Loves chicken
  • Big on burning off whatever he eats

Lenny Kravitz


“To Stay fit, I always carry a jump rope with me. And I run. I like to be outdoors doing things that you can do with your body-pull-ups,sit-ups,push-ups,squats. Gyms are cool, but I find them boring. I prefer to run outside in nature-it’s far more inspiring”

  • Organic diet
  • All about balance lifestyle
  • Jump Ropes
  • Runs
  • Pull-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Squats
  • Likes to exercise outside

Marlon Wayans


“I work out five to six days a week in order to keep my energy up. I don’t always feel like going, but it keeps my body and mind sharp.”

  • Believes in infusing his workouts with enough excitement and fun to help keep him focused and less bored.
  • Works out five to six days a week
  • Circuit trains
  • Crossfit
  • Yoga
  • Uses BeachBody, Insanity, and P90X

Michael Ealy


“ The weight lifting was easy. The Diet- no sugar, no salt, no carbs, way too much breast of the chicken with no seasoning- that was the hardest,”

  • Lost 25 pounds in 3 months of working out
  • Committed to a heavy dose of olympic power lifting and strict diet

Morris Chestnut

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“It was really challenging for me physically to have to be in great shape”

  • 44 Years old
  • Lost 33 pounds
  • Works out with personal trainer
  • Kneeling cable crunches
  • Planks
  • Leg Lifts
  • Knee raises

Rick Ross

“I just, I just wanted to, you know, get in some better shape, you know what I’m saying, put myself in a better position. So I just, I still eat the way I want…I just go to the gym.. I do this thing called, uh, Crossfit. I call it Ross Fit”

  • Lost 100 pounds
  • CrossFit (calls it RossFit)
  • Didn’t change diet much, but now eats more fruit
  • Had 2 seizures in 2011 and decided to change his lifestyle which prompted him to get more fit and to become active

Shemar Moore


“What I love about Criminal Minds is that Morgan is an ex-marine,ex-SWAT. To do those things you have to be a pretty bad-ass dude. It’s a great incentive to stay in shape.”

  • Personal gym on set
  • Weight lifting
  • Cardio
  • Trains with personal trainer
  • Enjoys cycling-does 70 miles every sunday

Taye Diggs


“ I’m addicted to the gym, and I love to stay active.”

  • At the gym a lot
  • Plays basketball a lot
  • Keeps moving

Terrance Jenkins

“I’m super excited to get in shape for the summer,” Terrence says. “This will be the first time that I’ve worked our every day for six weeks and I can’t wait to see the results!”

  • Did a Road to Shirtless-an E! segment that documented his workouts
  • Key to success was eating healthy
  • Ate lean meals
  • Total Body circuit:
  • Jog on spot with high knees for 30 seconds
  • Spring on spot for 30 seconds
  • Push-up with side planks between each- 20 to 30 reps
  • Jump Squats-25 Reps
  • Side shuffle-10 reps in each direction
  • Mountain climbers- 30 reps
  • Bicycle crunches- 25 to 50 reps
  • Triceps Push-ups 15 to 25 reps
  • Burpees-10 to 15 reps
  • Stationary Lunges- 10 to 15 reps
  • Pull-ups 6 to 15 reps
  • Repeat sequence 3 times

Tyler Perry

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“I walk into a room with a lot more confidence. All my life I’ve tried to hide my height, I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. But with what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up with I walk into a room.”

  • Lost 30 pounds
  • Krav Maga
  • 1 Hour long circuits including:
  • Cardio
  • Body weight movements
  • Free weights
  • Cable Training

Tyrese Gibson


“When you step on the treadmill,make a commitment. Do, say, 3 miles a day. And don’t get off until you finish. It doesn’t matter what speed you’re going. Just don’t get off. You don’t have to keep up with all the people around, running all fast and doing their thing. Just do your thing. You’ll work up to them, as long as you do your own thing first.”

  • Walks or runs 5 miles a day
  • A decline workout routine which his starts heavy and lower weights each sets

Will Smith


“I will not be outworked. Period,” Smith says. ” You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things. You got it on me in the nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple.”

  • 5 miles runs 6 days a week
  • Lift weights on two body parts 5 days a week
  • Incorporate boxing training 2x a week
  • Aims to eat 6 to 8 protein meals a day
  • Try to limit his carbohydrate intake
  • Has a cheat day once a week

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