Eminem reveals ‘Recovery’ is as much about weight loss as drugs

The rapper reached 230lbs before distance running got him back in shape

Eminem has made some health revelations that could change perspectives on his 2010 album ‘Recovery’, revealing that themes that seemed to deal only with drug issues were also about exercise.

In an interview with Men’s Journal, the Detroit rapper explained that previous drug problems had probably played a role in him to reaching a weight of 230lbs, before boxing trainer Emanuel Steward (who’s worked with world champion Wladimir Klitschko) helped get him back into shape.

“In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” Eminem explained. “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”

He goes on to explain that he took up running to help with sleep when he sobered up, because “unless I was blitzed, I couldn’t sleep, and running helped me sleep. It’s easy to understand how people get addicted to exercise. It’s one addiction for another, but one that’s good for you.”


“I became a fucking hamster”, he adds. “Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured.”

These days, Eminem’s work out routine revolves around a workout called the Body Beast routine. The rapper hasn’t released a record since 2013’s ‘The Marshall Mather’s LP 2’, and last played live in Washington D.C in November 2014. He has no tour dates planned at present.