Kevin Hart claims his post-crash workouts are not part of a comeback attempt and that his goal is to get in better shape than he was before the near-fatal accident that rocked his world last September.
Five months after the car crash that left him with major spine injuries, Kevin is still undergoing physical therapy and has returned to a workout routine. The latter part has been modified to accommodate his recovery process, however.
Kevin Hart at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 28, 2016 in California | Photo: Getty Images
Kevin is covering the March issue of Men's Health, and in a revealing feature, the writer explained how the actor was hard at work for over an hour with "dumbbell squats and standing curls and all-out bursts" on his air bike.
Further investigation of the crash by the California Highway Patrol, however, determined the cause to be reckless driving.
According to the "Jumanji" star, however, he is not trying to get back to the pre-crash Kevin with the workouts. "I'm not trying to get back to where I was before—I want to be better than before," he claimed.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
About an hour after working out in the gym, Kevin has to undergo physical therapy with his chiropractor, another required activity on his road to recovery. His chiropractor has reportedly worked with other stars like Sean "Diddy" Combs and Odell Beckham Jr.
Kevin has come a long way from the days when he could not wipe his behind or put on socks as a result of the severe spinal fractures he sustained. A surgeon even told him he would've been paralyzed if the injuries had been a quarter centimeter in one direction.
THE HARDEST PART
Still, Kevin confessed how hard it is to take things slow and see the recovery through:
"The hardest part is slowing down and being patient. I'm telling Dr. Pat and Boss that I want to do two-a-days at the gym. And they're like, 'Sit your stupid [expletive] down and be patient. You gotta heal.' I get that now."
AN UNEXPECTED REBIRTH
During the interview, Kevin also admitted his near-death experience was a wake-up call that helped him realize what really matters in life. "The other version of myself died in that moment, and this new version was born to understand and to do better," he said.
The "Night School" star continued: "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 DARK DAYS
In the early hours of September 1, Kevin, his friend Jared Black (who was driving the actor's car), and Jared's fiancée Rebecca Broxterman were all involved in the scary car crash that left the actor and Jared with significant injuries.
Kevin had to undergo immediate surgery and was released from the hospital ten days later. The comedian was then taken to a rehabilitation facility for physical therapy, with sources projecting he could spend a week or more.
TMZ initially reported that Kevin's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda lacked critical safety features. Further investigation of the crash by the California Highway Patrol, however, determined the cause to be reckless driving.
In a statement sent to CNN at the time via his attorney, Andrew Brettler, Kevin made it clear that he had "nothing but love for Jared and wish him and Rebecca a speedy recovery."
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