Headline-grabbing Sopp a physical specimen

- September 10th, 2010

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Monty Sopp is making headlines these days for all the wrong reasons.

It was a whole lot different five years ago when I spoke to the legendary rassler about his fitness regimen …

Sunday, August 21, 2005

GUNN’S LOADED
GRABS FITNESS BULL BY THE HORNS

BY CARY CASTAGNA

BillyGunnMonty Sopp’s career choices have taken a torturous toll on his body.

But the former bull rider and semi-retired pro wrestler — best known in his WWF/WWE superstar heyday as Billy Gunn and Mr. Ass — hasn’t let neck surgery and several shoulder operations keep him from getting to the gym on a regular basis.

“I work around it. If I do shoulder press, I’ll lean back and do them in the front. I’ve never done them behind my head because it’s the worst thing for your shoulder ever,” says the 41-year-old Florida native who won the World Tag-Team Championship belts 10 times with three different partners.

“I’ll go a little bit heavy in the front and then everything else is just real light for 20 and 25 reps.”

Sopp, who wrestled at the University of Manitoba’s Investors Group Athletic Centre this past March as part of Action Wrestling Entertainment (AWE) and is slated to return to Winnipeg this November for another AWE show, has seriously injured his shoulder several times in the squared circle.

“The first time was just absolutely brutal,” he recalls. “Tore everything, all four heads of my shoulder in half and my rotator cuff tendon in half — just gone. They (surgeons) have gone back in three times and tightened up the wires because I have wires that hold my rotator cuff together in my shoulder.”

36When Sopp is in Winnipeg, he trains at Shapes on Pembina Highway.

And the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder doesn’t mess around.

‘SIX DAYS IN A ROW’

“Most of my training on the road is done in maybe an hour. If I’m at home, no longer than an hour, hour and a half,” he says, adding he works out whenever he can. “It can be like six days in a row if I can do it.”

Sopp usually doesn’t do any cardio until he gets back home.

“I have two boys who play basketball,” he says. “So I play basketball with them every day.”

Sopp, who retired from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in his mid-20s before becoming a big-name pro rassler, eats a reasonably healthy diet.

“I love tuna fishbillygunn1. I’m a huge tuna-fish eater,” he says, adding he also relies on plenty of protein shakes when he’s travelling, along with supplements and a daily multi-vitamin.

But Sopp, who is known to family and friends by his middle name “Kip,” admits his genetics and fast metabolism have saved him from really ever having to go on a strict diet.

“It’s always been real easy to stay lean, even when I ate like crap,” he admits, adding his metabolism remains naturally revved up — even in his 40s.

“I know there’s going to come a point where all of a sudden it’s going to grab me and I’m going to have to watch what I eat.”

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