Comedian, actor, influencer, wellness entrepreneur, and VitaHustle owner Kevin Hart is featured in the current issue of Men’s Health magazine
The latest issue of Men’s Health magazine features a cover story on comedian/actor/entrepreneur Kevin Hart. In the story, the A-list celebrity, and master of the unending slash-line descriptors that mark his incredible career success, candidly describes his physical and mental journey back from the devastation of a nearly deadly car accident he suffered last year.
This isn’t the first time that Hart has graced the cover of the industry-leading newsstand magazine, which has featured the likes of President Barack Obama, WWE and big-screen sensation Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and NFL superstar Tom Brady. This interview is different, though. Hart seems to hold nothing back as he describes the enormous impact the crash had on his health, confidence, and family. Deep and introspective, the entertainer describes why he doesn't like the experience to be called “a comeback’ since that implies a return to form.
“It’s a resurrection,” Hart tells the writer. “That’s the best way for me to put it. I feel like the other version of myself died in that moment and this new version was born to understand and to do better.”
One look at the wreckage of Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is enough to convince anyone that he’s not engaging in self-aggrandizement. The vintage muscle car looks like a giant juiced it like an orange. It’s astounding that he survived the ordeal, much less that he’s doing a grueling HIIT workout in his home gym just four months later.
Hart’s speedy recovery is partly due to a turbo-charged work ethic, something that has defined his professional career as well. In every aspect of his life, Hart is all about the hustle. At one point, Hart is getting a post-workout massage and body work done by Pat Khaziran, a doctor of orthopedics and chiropractor who has worked on the NFL’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones. It’s clear that even among the world-class athletes Dr. Khaziran has worked with, Hart’s drive is second to none.
“When we first started, I told Kev we should go three or four days a week, but he said he wanted to go seven and then go twice a day. I had to convince him that rest is part of the rehab.”
The majority of the interview was conducted in Hart’s home gym, with sweat pouring and endorphins flowing. Any trainer will tell you that this is an environment when surprising truths flow from their client’s mouths. Hart is no different. When he speaks about the crash, his recovery, and the physical and mental fallout, his reflections feel genuine and unvarnished, free of the careful crafting and artifice that is the product of celebrity PR machines.
“It all boiled down to four walls. And in the space of those four walls was my wife and my brother, my kids and my friends, all on rotation. And I got a chance to think about what matters, and it’s not fame. It’s not money. It’s not jewelry, cars, or watches. What matters are relationships. You know, the people that were helping me get up and out of the bed.
The biggest realization came from something somebody told me: You can’t be married to your career and date your family.”
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