FROM the glamour of the silverscreen to the gritty combat of The Octagon?
IF given the chance, actor Geoff Eigenmann would like to tackle mixed martial arts.
The 28-year old GMA Kapuso star talked about his passion for MMA during a joint press conference for the Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines on Tuesday in Quezon City.
“Hopefully. I’ve always been a fight fan ever since before. Boxing pa lang (and) UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) matagal ko ng gusto,” said Eigenmann who is the cover guy for the January 2014 issue of Men’s Health magazine.
Men’s Health featured the now buff-looking Eigenmann after he lost an impressive 40 pounds in just three months by adopting the same training MMA fighters undergo at the Ultimate Fitness gym.
In fact, the 28-year old actor said he still isn’t done losing weight and is planning to lose 15 more pounds from his current weight of 170 pounds since he is interested to compete in the MMA lightweight division.
“Nasa bucket list ko actually to compete, whether amateur or whatever, hopefully one day,” he told Spin.ph.
The weight loss was spurred after Eigenmann ballooned to more than 200 pounds. He candidly admitted he was suspended by the network for three months in order for him to shape up for the leading man roles he was to be assigned.
“I started doing Fight Form when I returned to the gym. It’s a workout that incorporates positions and movements of different martial arts - a combination of wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai boxing,” he said.
The co-leading man of the Adarna teleserye said he burns up to 400-800 calories in 30 minutes per session. He would go to around five classes each day and would follow it up with a sensible and healthy meal.
Unknown to many, Eigenmann was an active Ultimate Frisbee player during his college days at De La Salle and would play regularly at the Manila Polo Club. His passion for the sport enabled him to reduce his weight from 230 to 160 pounds. He was also good enough to represent the country as part of the very first Philippine team which competed in Singapore and Thailand.
Later, Eigenmann took up boxing and appeared in his first Men’s Health cover in June 2009.
Asked to compare the three different sports, he described them as “different."
“All three are cardio workouts which is good kasi maganda talaga kapag included ang cardio training mo with your actual sport. Cardio basically is your No.1 companion when you’re working out. Kapag malakas ang cardio mo you can do anything. The three disciplines are all cardio-related so good since lumalakas yung resistensya mo, so sabay-sabay siya," he explained.
When asked why their latest cover is a perfect example for his magazine, Men’s Health Philippines editor-in-chief Peejo Pilar said “the man perseveres and gets things done.”
“Despite facing criticism regarding his weight, Eigenmann focused on his goals and lost 40 pounds to bounce back into fighting form and return to a happy and healthy lifestyle," Pilar added.
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