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L.L. Cool J Brings His “A” Game to New Passion Project

Written on October 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm , by

The Hip-Hop Station on Pandora is L.L.’s go-to when it comes to workouts beats. So is it strange when one of his own songs come on mid-sweatfest? “Only when I hear things I should have done better.” (Photo courtesy of Marion Curtis/StarPix)

Dedication. That’s the name of the game for Grammy-winning rapper, entrepreneur and actor L.L. Cool J. Whether he’s memorizing lines for his Navy SEAL turned NCIS operative character (Sam Hanna) on NCIS: Los Angeles or hitting the gym, L.L. is committed to giving it his all—and then some.

Finding the time for a healthy balance is his secret. “You just have to be willing to get [to the gym] when you can fit it,” says Cool J. With long-time trainer Dave “Scooter” Honig, one of Hollywood’s fittest musician sticks to a rigorous routine bursting with burpees, sprints, pushups, hanging abs, running mans and more. Hello, tank top-ready guns! And according to the multi-talented artist, there’s no excuse for skipping a sweat sesh. “It could be late at night when I get home around midnight, or early in the morning, like 3 or 4 a.m. I just try to figure it out,” he explains, adding that he couldn’t live without protein shakes, oatmeal, tuna and chicken breasts when it comes to refueling.

It certainly helps that fitness is a family affair. “Everyone loves getting to the gym and understands the importance of it, without a doubt,” the father of four shares. “[My kids] grew up seeing me work out like a maniac!” But many children aren’t nearly as lucky to have such a fit and fabulous role model, which is why Cool J teamed up with After-School All-Stars (ASAS).

The organization, which provides youth the tools they need for success through skill development programs coupled with athletic and academic competitions, struck a chord. “It’s great because when I think about how I grew up and where I come from, you know, after-school programs are super duper important,” he explains, hinting at his personal childhood struggles. “ACE Brand Sports Medicine Products just launched the ‘A’ Game Challenge. They’re paying it forward.”

In celebration of youth athletics, the trio created this video entry contest to inspire youngsters to showcase their outstanding athletic skills for a $10,000 scholarship. Learn more about the initiative with ASAS here and if you know any interested participants, be sure to submit their all-star moment by November 15.

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Ashlan Gorse Uncovers the Hidden Side of Hollywood

Written on April 13, 2012 at 10:04 am , by

Ashlan looks like a model, but acts like the girl next door. (Photo courtesy of Pivotal PR)

Last time we caught up with E! News anchor Ashlan Gorse, she revealed her diet and exercise secrets. Next month, Gorse will candidly spill about what it takes to look like a celebrity on her new website Hollywood Smoke and Mirrors.

“When I was growing up, I looked up to women like Molly Sims and Cindy Crawford. I wish I knew at the time that stars like them and the Victoria’s Secret angels have mostly fake hair! I’ll admit it, I have extensions in right now,” Gorse says.

Since many celebrities are coy about what it really takes to appear red carpet-ready (“all I did to lose the baby weight was breast feed,” Gorse says, giggling while mocking the average new Hollywood mom), she will offer insider tips on healthy ways to get the looks you see on TV. The first post will show Gorse walking in to the E! studios before 6 a.m. sans-makeup, in contrast to her TV-time face.

“So often, outfits are taped, pinned or clamped on—things you can’t tell from the front! Through my site, with the help of my hair and makeup team, you’ll learn positive ways to do it yourself. And I can’t wait to share how my stylists and I deal with chubby days,” Gorse says. (Hint: Seek out empire waists and belts and play up your legs!)

Hollywood Smoke and Mirrors is a welcome change for Gorse, who told us during a visit to the FITNESS offices yesterday that she occasionally tires of the topics in celebrity news. “It drives me crazy when the industry talks about how fabulous these women look in their bikinis when you just want to feed them a sandwich,” Gorse says. “Luckily, I think ‘skinny’ is celebrated less than ‘healthy’ now that women like Sofia Vergara and Christina Hendricks are on the scene.”

How Stacy Keibler Gets Red Carpet-Ready

Written on January 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm , by

Stacy Kiebler shows off a high kick while playing Your Shape Fitness Evolved. (Photo courtesy of Cohn & Wolfe PR)

Awards season is in full swing and we can’t help but wonder how these celebs manage to look so good. And what’s a girl without access to expensive Hollywood trainers and stylists to do? We caught up with actress, model and former wrestler Stacy Keibler (who looked stunning on the arm of boyfriend George Clooney at last week’s Golden Globes!) to learn about the new game she uses at home to keep her svelte figure looking fabulous for the red carpet.

First of all, you look great! How often do you workout each week?

I always try to fit in some type of activity every day, but just like everyone else’s schedules, some days are busier than others. I’m a big believer in being active no matter what, so even if I only have a few minutes to squeeze some moves in, it’s better than nothing.

What are your go-to moves for those busy days?

I love lunges, especially because you don’t need any equipment to do them. So no matter where you are, you have those to fall back on.

What about when you have some time, but just can’t get to the gym?

Home workouts are just as effective as ones done in the gym. It’s all about how much effort you put into it. That’s why I love Ubisoft’s new game, Your Shape Fitness Evolved. I can design the workout exactly the way I want to, but it still guides me to make sure I’m getting a really great workout.

How exactly does it guide you?

Once you turn it on, a hologram of yourself appears on the TV and it matches all of your movements. As you work out, you can watch that hologram with a trainer next to you, and if your moves aren’t being done correctly, the trainer will tell you how to fix it.

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