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Body goals (or boyfriend goals) icon Idris Elba talked to Men’s Health about what he does to stay in shape.

The 6’2″, 195 lb. actor provided details about his favorite health routines in his cover feature. “Shadowboxing is one of the best workouts you can do. You don’t need any equipment, and it works every muscle. It’s what Nelson Mandela did many mornings in his jail cell,” Idris revealed.

As a devout method actor, we’re not surprised Idris took his Long Walk To Freedom role seriously as he prepared to play Nelson Mandela–but his love of fitness goes beyond acting.

“My ultimate fitness goal is to be fight-ready. If I step into the ring, could I go toe-to-toe for five rounds? That’s what I strive for. That’s what I consider fit. I want to know that if I’m being wrestled to the ground, I’ve got the strength to fight a man off. Kickboxing is rugged—it’s all core strength. But when you’re fight-ready, you feel like you can last forever,” he said.

We sure wouldn’t mind him protecting us.

Check out a sneak peek from the cover shoot here. You can get the whole issue on Apple’s ITunes newsstand now.

SOURCE: Men’s Health | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram

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