Monday, May 14, 2012

Shaq uses disturbing 'Flashdance' in training routine

While training for his "Shirt Off" competition with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal turned back the clock to 1983 and incorporated a famous scene from the movie "Flashdance" into his training routine.

The TNT basketball analyst released a video of himself being squirted down with a hose in a driveway while he sings the "Maniac" song from the movie.

Shaq tearing off his wife-beater and running in place is a little— no make that a lot— less appealing than the water soaked dance that Jennifer Beals made famous in the movie about a female welder who spends her nights dancing on stage in a steel mill city club.


Shaq and his co-host Barkley will unveil their bodies during Tuesday night's broadcast of "Inside the NBA" to show who is in better shape.  From the looks of this "Flashdance" parody and other videos of Shaq, the former NBA center looks pretty hard— at least compared to Barkley.

O'Neal's trainer Nikki Alexander has been working her student through a variety of workouts and was shown doing backflips off his stomach last week before turning on the hose and bringing back memories of torn sweatshirts over t-shirts, big hair and leg-warmers.

I'll never be able to listen to the song "What a Feeling" the same way ever again.

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