Video footage of DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen working out with his longtime friend and fitness trainer, international Muay Thai Kick Boxing champion and world coach Jean Carrillo, backstage at a recent Southern California stop on the band’s wildly successful “Mirror Ball” tour can be seen below (courtesy of AOL‘s Noisecreep).
As a rock and roll guitarist in an internationally successful rock band, Collen, 53, didn’t start out as a health and fitness enthusiast. After years of playing hard, partying hard, and leading a self-described “very unhealthy lifestyle,” Phil decided to make a change. In his early thirties, Collen decided to quit drinking and partying. His live-saving conversion came just before his DEF LEPPARD bandmate and “terror twin” of the party scene, Steve Clark, died of a prescription drug and alcohol overdose in early 1991. Inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle, the sober Collen no longer needed to “recover” each day from the previous night’s debauchery, and instead found himself with numerous free hours in his day. Collen began exercising, running to start, and later taking up the martial art of Muay Thai kick boxing.
Collen stated that the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise are “Like feeling about 20 years younger than you really are. What’s better than that?”