(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
“Kiai!” That’s Japanese for something like “hell, yeah!” My son’s karate sensei once explained
to me, “Kiai gives you power.” And now that I see what martial arts have done for Tim
McGraw, it’s obvious that kiai gave him power. According to the latest issue of People magazine, McGraw trains
with the martial arts A-lister Roger Yuan. For five weeks before a tour, they do 90-minute sessions three times a day. No,
that is not a typo. So that’s almost five hours a day, which means that working out is almost a full-time job for McGraw.
Doing all that — and quitting sugar and wheat — helped McGraw lose 40 pounds. And the workouts that McGraw does once the
tour begins include two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon and have helped him “relearn how to do a show without
alcohol.” Until his Two Lanes of Freedom tour kicks off in May, though, he’s not all work and no play. He told the magazine
he loves watching Downton Abbey with his wife Faith Hill and their
three daughters on Sunday nights.