Bear Grylls has admitted that he is not “ naturally fit, ” revealing that he was beaten by a school bully at the age of eight, which inspired his athletic journey.
The TV survivor and former SAS tropper, 46, confessed to struggling to find the motivation to stay fit and healthy, while praising Prime Minister Boris Johnson for candidly admitting his weight issues.
Speak against The sun on Saturday he said, “There was a bully at school, a really big kid, who was going to target us.
‘I stopped banging’: Bear Grylls has admitted he is not ‘naturally fit’ as he revealed he was beaten by a school bully at the age of eight, which inspired his athletic journey
‘In the end I thought,’ I’m going to get smart ‘. I started karate and decided to keep attending classes for as long as I needed before I stopped getting mixed up.
“I became the second youngest black belt in the country.”
Bear – who conquered Everest when he was just 23 – said he was grateful for the bully who inspired him to learn physical discipline, stating, “ I’m not one of these people who is naturally fit, super positive by nature. ‘
Instead, the TV adventurer consciously chooses to focus on the good times in life, despite having days when he feels like he ‘can’t be bothered’ to get up.
Long ago: Bear in the picture when he was eight
He thought about the challenges he’s faced and admitted that life can be difficult, but said it’s okay to feel that way.
Bear is now on a mission to get the rest of the UK fit, with a 40-day Be Military Fit challenge, while praising Boris, 56, for labeling himself ‘too fat’ and launching the Better Health campaign to crack down on obesity.
The TV star said ‘good for him’ while saying there is still ‘room for improvement’ when it comes to improving the health of the country.
His thirst for fitness and mental challenges would inspire him to join the Territorial Army in 1994, following in the footsteps of his father, Sir Michael Grylls, who served as the Royal Marine and Brigadier in The King’s Royal Hussars.
Fair: Bear – who conquered Everest when he was just 23 – said he was grateful for the bully who inspired him to learn a physical discipline, stating, ‘I’m not one of these people who are naturally fit is, by nature super positive ‘(photo in 2014)
His father died of a heart attack in 2001, but Bear revealed his father’s position as a commando and made him realize that he would be “happy” to join the military, which he said was the “best” thing he ever did.
Earlier in March, Bear revealed to the publication that the scariest moment of his life yet was when a snake tried to strangle him underwater in East Africa.
He said, ‘I’ve never been so scared in my life … I look back on the many times in my life when I should have died. I feel incredibly lucky to have survived. ‘
The adventurer’s final dance with death came when he was filming in a ravine with a terrifying and unpredictable boa constrictor snake.
Support: Bear is now on a mission to get the rest of the UK fit, praising Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 56, for calling himself ‘too fat’ and launching the campaign for better health to tackle obesity.
Bear explained, ‘Once they pack up [around you], you can’t breathe or move and if it gets you down, you have big problems. ‘
“I got in, couldn’t touch the bottom, and suddenly I felt that thing grab me and start pulling me down.”
The experts gave the serviceman their thumbs-down rescue signal several times during the risky procedure, but he did not allow them to intervene to help.
Bear undertook the dare-devil chase while filming for the Netflix interactive movie Animals On the Loose.
Like father, like son: his thirst for fitness and mental challenges would inspire him to join the terrotiral army in 1994, following in the footsteps of his father, Sir Michael Grylls, who served as the Royal Marine
He remembered the terrifying moment when the snake took hold of his neck and was more powerful and faster than he could have ever foreseen.
Not an easy opponent, large boa constrictors can weigh up to 27 kg, with female snakes generally being larger.
Bear also revealed that he had gone against the advice of his security crew, who were uncomfortable attempting the stunt from the start.
However, his fearless antics and wild adventures have faded into the background in recent months after he spent the lockdown at his home in Wiltshire with wife Shara and sons Jesse, 17, Marmaduke, 14, and Huckleberry, 12.
Family: However, his wild adventures have faded into the background in recent months after spending the lockdown at his home in Wiltshire with wife Shara (pictured in 2019) and sons Jesse, 17, Marmaduke, 14, and Huckleberry, 12