Shaquille O'Neal jokes that he used Charles Barkley's physique as motivation to lose weight

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‘I had that Charles Barkley retirement body’: Shaquille O’Neal jokes that he used his Inside the NBA colleague’s physique as motivation to drop from 401 pounds to 365… and now the Lakers legend, 50, has six-pack abs

Shaquille O’Neal is choosing sexiness over Charles Barkley’s ‘retirement body.’

The retired Los Angeles Lakers legend recently posted photographs of his shirtless self on Instagram, revealing the formation of six-pack abs on O’Neal’s massive torso.

O’Neal, who has famously battled weight issues both before and after his 2011 retirement, was asked about his motivation on Logan Paul’s podcast.

‘I like to create crazy motivation,’ Shaq said. ‘I was looking at myself and I had that Charles Barkley retirement body.

‘I didn’t want my stomach to be over the belt anymore,’ he continued. ‘So I was just like, ‘Let me go ahead and get slim.’ After that [picture] went viral, now I’ve got to live up to it.

‘I was 401 pounds. Now I’m 365. I’m trying to take it back to 345. I want to have muscles everywhere, and I want to do an underwear ad with my sons [for] Fruit of the Loom, baby.’

Shaq concluded his answer by saying he ‘wants to become a sex symbol.’

Shaquille O'Neal joked that Charles Barkley was his motivation to lose weight, going from 401 pounds to 365, and developing six-pack abs along the way

Shaquille O’Neal joked that Charles Barkley was his motivation to lose weight, going from 401 pounds to 365, and developing six-pack abs along the way

Charles Barkley at the NCR Pro-Am prior to the PGA TOUR Champions Regions

Charles Barkley walks on the second green during the pro-am prior to the LIV Golf Invitational

O’Neal, who has famously battled weight issues both before and after his 2011 retirement, was asked about his motivation on Logan Paul’s podcast. ‘I like to create crazy motivation,’ Shaq said. ‘I was looking at myself and I had that Charles Barkley (left, right) retirement body. ‘I didn’t want my stomach to be over the belt anymore,’ he continued. ‘So I was just like, ‘Let me go ahead and get slim.’ After that [picture] went viral, now I’ve got to live up to it’

Winner of the Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award, Charley Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal poses for a portrait during the Class of 2020 Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala as part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on May 14, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut

Winner of the Curt Gowdy Transformative Media Award, Charley Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal poses for a portrait during the Class of 2020 Tip-Off Celebration and Awards Gala as part of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on May 14, 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut

The workouts haven’t been overly complicated, the 50-year-old co-host of TNT’s Inside the NBA told GQ in March.

‘Just cardio — 30-40 minutes — then chest, arms, biceps, triceps,’ O’Neal said. ‘A simple old man workout. I can’t do all that CrossFit stuff.’

O’Neal has focused more on his health since turning 50, saying that his doctor gave him a scare by diagnosing him with sleep apnea.

O’Neal also complained he was forced to take too many painkillers, although he insists he wasn’t addicted.

‘Certain days when I couldn’t move, I just popped one or two, just to get me going,’ he said. ‘But I’m off that now,’ O’Neal said. ‘I had to really get checked out. When they hit you with that three-letter word that starts with D and ends with E, it changes stuff up.’

University of Auburn's Center Charles Barkley #34 shakes hands with a reporter following a circa 1980s game

Shaquille O'Neal #33, center for the Louisiana State University Fighting Tigers during the NCAA Southeastern Conference college basketball game against the University of Louisville Cardinals on 21st December 1991 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center arena in Baton Rouge

Barkley (left) and O’Neal (right) were both thinner during their SEC days at Auburn and LSU

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