Thursday 13 December 2018

U2's Clayton finds what he's looking for - in the gym

Adam Clayton performs at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Picture: Getty
Adam Clayton performs at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Picture: Getty
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Legendary U2 bassist Adam Clayton finds himself in an unlikely place in the mornings - at the gym.

Despite being part of one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world, his preferred form of hedonism is getting a kick from the natural endorphins he gets from working out at least five days a week.

Speaking to fitness guru Karl Henry this week on 'The Real Health Podcast' on Independent.ie, the 58-year-old bassist revealed that mental and physical health and fitness play a huge part in his life.

"My mornings are important. I like to get to the gym in the morning. I try to do at least five days a week, partly because it is nice for my head to actually get out and do something and have those endorphins," he said in the podcast that debuts today.

On the day of a gig, he imposes a strict ban on phones and other distractions.

"No meetings and phone calls. I need to try to keep myself free so that my flow of energy is there for the show," he said.

But he admits more than 40 years of touring with one of the biggest bands in the world can take its toll on him physically.

"It's a bit of a surprise how something that you never even used to think about, you now have to manage," he said. "Now I feel it. Holding an instrument for those two-and-a-half hours, I know that my shoulder and back and neck all need work. They get a bit seized up and that's just an occupational hazard to be managed."

Irish Independent

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