Tarek El Moussa Shows Off Improved Physique and Bigger Biceps: “It All Comes Down to Motivation and Perseverance”

Tarek El Moussa is showing his fans what ‘motivation and perseverance’ can do for the human body. The 41-year-old took to his Instagram account on July 20 to share a ‘Transformation Thursday’ post that featured a look at his growing biceps and improved physique alongside a photo of him from 2 years ago.

The ‘before’ photo was taken by a member of the paparazzi as he and his wife, Heather Rae El Moussa, were leaving a hot yoga session. While he thought he was doing the right thing back then, he credits his recent transformation and growth to a redirection in mindset and a massive change in his daily lifestyle. 

“In that photo I was doing some hot yoga, wasn’t really on any kind of schedule, wasn’t tracking my protein intake, and didn’t really have any guidance,” Tarek explains. Since he wasn’t seeing the type of results he was hoping for, he decided to reach out for help – which he received from Sean Torbati

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Tarek El Moussa revealed that he’s now ‘up early every AM to workout, I have a solid routine (thanks to Torbati), I’m taking the right supplements, I’m eating the right food & Hot yoga 1-2 times a week which is so good for my mental & physical state’ – adding that ‘it all comes down to motivation and perseverance.’ 

As for what motivated him, it was his realization that he wanted to feel good and be healthy – not just for himself, but for his wife and children. Once he realized how badly he wanted that for his family, he knew he had to buckle up and commit to the journey – something he’s now encouraging others to consider. 

In the comments section of the Instagram post, Tarek’s wife, Heather Rae, shared her love and support as he continues to work towards his goals. She called her husband (who she refers to as ‘daddy bear’) the ‘hardest working man’ and reminded him that their family loves him – they’ll always have his back!

Tarek El Moussa started dating Heather Rae Young in 2019 – roughly one year after his divorce from Christina Haack. Tarek and Heather Rae got married in October 2021 and gave birth to a son in January 2023. Tarek also has two other children with Christina – a daughter (b. 2010) and a son (b. 2015). 

Tarek El Moussa Has Struggled With His Health in the Past

It’s good to see Tarek El Moussa taking control of his physical health, especially considering some of the health scares he has experienced in the past. For example, he revealed in 2013 that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and testicular cancer within a few weeks of each other – which was scary for him. 

“Getting the thyroid cancer is hard enough, and then a few weeks later finding out I had testicular cancer, I literally thought I was going to die,” he said in an interview in 2017. Four years later (in 2021), he was diagnosed with celiac disease – an autoimmune disease that caused him to make changes to his diet. 

He previously opened up about cleaning up his life (from top to bottom) – adding that he was suffering from high blood pressure, high heart rate, high cholesterol, and a ‘whole bunch of problems’ before he started dating Heather Rae. While he started with hot yoga, there’s a lot more to his transformation. 

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“It just shows you that you can come back from anything. A couple years ago, I was 60 pounds overweight, fighting two cancers, and you know, today I’m healthy,” he said in an interview with TODAY in 2021. Over the past few years, he has been adamant about encouraging others to transform themselves.

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