Shaquille O’Neal: “My Goal is at 50, To Take My Shirt Off One Time and Show the Ladies How Fine I Am and Then Put it Back On”

Published 12/18/2021, 6:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Professional basketball player and NBA sports analyst, Shaquille O’Neal ESPN Gala: ’30 For 30: This Magic Moment’ Screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)


Shaquille O’Neal was known for his big frame in the NBA as he always dominated through his physical appearance. The audience has loved his basketball career for as long as he has played. Aside from that, he is now an investor, a businessman, an analyst, and still contributes to basketball in many ways.

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March will mark Shaq’s 50th birthday. Shaq spoke with Men’s Health about his plans for his birthday and how he is working out and staying healthy to reach his target.

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Shaquille O’Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

His experience with the health journey was impacted by the advent of COVID, as he shared with the people.

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Prior to his 50th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal plans to be in his best shape.

Over the years, Shaq has gained a lot of weight and experienced serious injuries. In the interview with Men’s Health, Shaq reveals his fitness routine, what he eats in a day, his time while he was a professional basketball player, and how he dealt with the ending of his career in the game of basketball.

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Former professional basketball player/author Shaquille O’Neal speaks on stage during LIVE from the NYPL: Shaquille O’Neal held at the New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on October 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)

During the interview, he was also asked what advice he would give to the young kids, as he mentioned:

“I would tell them to eat as healthy as possible because if not it can cost you in the long run you know you don’t want to be looked at as one of those athletes who used to be great. So my goal is to at 50 take my shirt off one time show the ladies how fine I am and then put it back.”

Having set a weight loss goal of 350 pounds, Shaq is determined to lose weight. At the time of the pandemic, he weighed 415 pounds. Since then, he has lost almost 50 pounds. As a result of his dedication, the goal is very close to being reached. Only 15 pounds need to be lost to reach the goal.

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His journey to health was difficult after he lost his sister during the global pandemic.

We would like to hear your thoughts on Shaq’s commitment to come back like the Shaq we used to see on the court.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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