The 10 Most Jacked Rappers in the Music Industry

Here is the list of the 10 most jacked, ripped, cut, shredded, muscular rappers in the music business (in no particular order) with the best set of abs on stage..

LL Cool J

LL Cool J is known for his music and acting ability but he may be equally known for his ripped and muscular physique and his workout routine. LL Cool J offered his exercise secrets in his book called LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout. LL Cool J offers four different workouts for men and one for women along with meal plans and motivational advice. The workouts follow a linear pattern allowing you to build strength and muscle over several weeks. The workout programs are divided into 4 phases, the Bronze Body (for beginners) and the Silver Body, Gold Body and Platinum Body (for more experienced levels). LL Cool J has experienced all of those workouts throughout his life; he mainly focuses on the “Platinum Body” approach. LL Cool J’s 45-minute workout starts with his personal trainer of over 5 years, Scott Honig. The workout plan was born during LL’s concert tours. The pair would hop out of the tour bus and use whatever they could to workout with. For example, the two went on a football field and did wind sprints followed by pull-ups off a goalpost. Cool J has a simple approach: the harder you work in a shorter amount of time, the more calories you burn. LL Cool J continually switches up his routine, usually mixing in cardiovascular training with weight training.

50 Cent

50 Cent, one of the world’s most famous and successful rappers, surely has the body to show. The guy is straight jacked. Being featured in an exclusive on Muscle & Fitness, 50 Cent goes in-depth about his workout routine. His training routine is designed to build his athleticism during periods of downtime and maintain it for his physically demanding world concert schedule. His training philosophy focuses on building endurance and mobility through a series of athletic movements. He performs treadmill sprints and weighted plyometrics on his lower-body days.

Here’s 50 Cent’s workout routine:

Monday: Chest, shoulders, triceps
Tuesday: Back, biceps
Wednesday: Lower body, HIT cardio
Thursday: Chest, shoulders, triceps
Friday: Back, biceps
Saturday: Lower body, HIT cardio
Sunday: Off


Nelly is a fitness guru who carefully balances his time between training in the gym and training on the stage. You rarely see Nelly perform without seeing his six-pack abs, a token of his hard work. Nelly’s workouts are carefully planned and arranged around his performances to ensure that he maintains enough energy for musical activities. According to an interview with, Nelly goes to the gym about 5 days a week, but it ultimately depends on his schedule. Regardless of if he is able to go to the gym or not, Nelly consistently does around 1,000-1,500 sit-ups and push-ups a day since he can do them anywhere. He also enjoys playing basketball in his free time as a terrific cardio exercise. Nelly prefers machines for a varied workout. He likes military presses for his upper body, weighted crunches for his abdominals and calf raises and squats for his lower body. Nelly prefers to do fewer reps, specifically in the range of six to eat reps, at a higher resistance because he wants to gain muscle mass and not necessarily get lean. Nelly tries to keep healthy but doesn’t really follow a specific diet; he just tries to burn off all those extraneous calories in the gym.

Here’s Nelly’s workout routine:

Monday: Triceps
Tuesday: Back and Shoulders
Wednesday: Biceps and Legs
Thursday: Chest using bench press machine
Friday: Start over with triceps

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson is known for his chiseled abs both in music videos and on the big screen. Tyrese focuses on a workout routine with drop sets. For example, he would take 100 pound weights and exercise for 3 reps then drop down to 90 pounds then 80 then 70 all the way to failure. Tyrese always gives 100 percent and never quits on a workout. According to an interview with Women’s Health Magazine, Tyrese said, “When you step on the treadmill, make a commitment. Do, say, 3 miles a day. And don’t get off until you finish. It doesn’t matter what speed you’re going. Just don’t get off. You don’t have to keep up with all the people around, running all fast and doing their thing. Just do your thing. You’ll work up to them, as long as you do your own thing first.”

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon started out from being the sweet face of the kid’s network Nickelodeon to one of the most ripped rappers in the industry. Cannon likes to experiment in the gym and consistently change up his workout routine. One of his top exercises is the bicycle crunch for the abdominals.


Usher has been working on his ripped physique even before he was a star. According to Flex Magazine, he’s been working on his six-pack since he was 16. He doesn’t lift weights but trains his abs with over 1,000 crunches every day. Usher also regularly does what he calls “40 minutes of funk”, in which he stretches, jump ropes, does jumping jacks, pushups, leg raises and triceps dips.

The Game

No information available on The Game’s workout routine, but as you can see he definitely hits the gym. Good definition in his shoulders and he’s got veins coming through his arms. Usually you have to be at under 13% body fat to be able to see veins in your upper biceps.

Ja Rule

No information available on Ja Rule’s workout routine, but as you can see he is definitely ripped up enough to make this list.

Busta Rhymes

No information available on Busta Rhyme’s workout routine, but Busta’s known for hitting the gym.


No information available on DMX’s workout routine, but DMX has always been hitting the weights hard in preparation of action movies or getting on stage with his shirt off as seen here.


Eminem gained a lot of weight when he was on a hiatus from his music career but now looks pretty ripped in front of the camera. When he got back into the music scene, Eminem got heavily involved in running on a treadmill almost to the point of making it a healthy obsession. He ran up to 17 miles a day but eventually forced himself to do less so that he wouldn’t overtrain. “I’ve been running a lot, taking care of myself. A lot of cardio. I’m actually at the point where I think I’ve been a little obsessive compulsive about running on a treadmill. Yeah, it got up to four miles a day, then it got up to six, then I got up to 10, then I got up to 15, then I got up to 17, and I had to take a break.” Eminem has also changed around his diet, mainly focusing on healthy foods such as chicken breast, one of his foods of choice.

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