We have all made New Year’s resolutions to slim down, tone up and get in shape, but more often than not, we lose motivation within a few short weeks. This year, Thelonious “T.J.” Johnson, personal fitness expert and trainer to the stars, has five easy tips that can help anyone reach their personal fitness goals, despite busy schedules and the stresses of a new year.
· MAKE A REALISTIC RESOLUTION
Decide on a few realistic fitness goals for yourself – challenge yourself to strengthen your upper body, tone your abdomen, improve your running time or lose 10 lbs by this summer. Write them on a piece of paper and carry them with you. This little reminder will help you stay on track and keep you from reaching for an unhealthy snack.
· SWEAT BEFORE YOU SLEEP
Whether you are supplementing your workout routine or need to jumpstart a new one, adding 20 minutes of cardio activity to the end of each day will give your metabolism an extra boost to keep working while you sleep, helping you burn off the day’s extra calories. Jog around your neighborhood; take a spinning or boot camp class at the gym or even jump rope at home. Added bonus: exercising in the evening will also help clear your mind, relieve stress and keep you away from tempting desserts.
Thelonious Johnson, better known as T.J., is a triple threat as an actor, model and fitness expert. Named one of 2008’s Most Eligible Bachelors by Extra, T.J. has established himself in many arenas, proving to be a sought-after actor while helping motivate and train individuals, such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper, to reach peak levels of fitness.
As a model, T.J. has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue Italia, Details, and on the cover of Maximum Fitness. His acting highlights include the Capcom viral video for popular video game, Bionic Commando, roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, All My Children, Nova: Mind Over Money and the off Broadway production of Bell Flower Sessions. He was also featured in nationally syndicated commercials for Old Spice Hair & Body Wash and Gillette. Most recently, T.J. appeared as himself on Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels in 2012.
T.J.’s affinity for fine arts stems from his childhood— his father, a jazz musician, and mother, an artist, emphasized the importance of art throughout T.J.’s upbringing, even naming their son after famed American jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. Upon college graduation, T.J. focused his efforts on acting, while maintaining a level of physical activity that dovetailed his life-long fitness interests.
Have you ever wondered how pop stars stay in shape? Don’t worry it’s not as hard as it may seem, because, guess what -- they’re just like us!
Multi-platinum-selling UK girl group, The Saturdays, (who are recording their fourth album in the US), have less than traditional methods when it comes to staying in shape. When you have 11 top ten singles and three top ten albums, you must be doing something right!
For starters, the girls are all dog-crazy. With 10 dogs in total between the five girls, you can imagine how many times a day they’re taking their beloved pooches for a brisk stroll down Hollywood Blvd or a quick jog down the boardwalk. As Frankie would say, 'pugs not drugs!'
The Saturdays Vanessa, Una, Rochelle, Mollie And Frankie
The girls sneak as much cardio into their daily lives as possible. While planning Rochelle’s wedding, the girls were spotted running all around London for the big day. From cake tastings (just one bite of course) to dress fittings, the girls were on the go go go! Thank god they had worked up the stamina to keep up with their pals, One Direction on the dance floor at the reception. "My wedding was the best day of my life. It was lovely all my friends and family there. Harry and Niall spent the night going crazy on the dance floor".
Una is the only one of The Saturdays who has a baby. You can imagine what it takes juggling being a first time mom and a working professional. Want to know why all the girls have great arms? They pass baby Aoife Belle around in between photo shoots and she is always in someone’s arms. “Aoife has been loving life in LA so far, she's already a Beverley Hills fashionista" -Una
With Mollie being the world’s #1 Britney Spears fan, the girls are constantly dancing through fittings and in between recording sessions. "I've been to see all of Britney's tours and it's always been my dream to meet her. She's been amazing on the X Factor USA – I've been watching every week while we've been over here in America" -Mollie
Over the weekend the girls were spotted getting their Zen on as they were captured attempting warrior pose. Escaping for an hour to the Westside, the girls were able to finally slow down from their busy lives and just breathe!
So see?! Even if your day is as jam packed as The Saturdays, there is always a way to squeeze in a little exercise while spending quality time with your loved ones and breaking it down to Britney Spears.
Photos Courtesy Of:Coleman Rayner/Entertainment Fusion Group
“Lady Gaga is gorgeous, innovative and beautiful in every way,” said Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn, both certified personal trainers and nutrition coaches of ToneItUp.com, a multi-platform health and fitness website. “She 100% rocks her curves and we love how she encourages her fans to embrace their individuality.” However if Lady Gaga feels unhealthy or run down while she’s on tour, Katrina and Karena offer the pop superstar the following tips to help her feel great:
• Ignore the haters! Lady Gaga’s message of loving who you are runs deep within her huge community of fans. We say, “Work what you've got! Ignore the negativity--whether you rock a shredded or curvy body--and focus on what makes you awesome.”
• Party responsibly! Remember that alcohol causes weight gain, messes with your hormones, and leads to late night binging. “If we were on tour with Lady Gaga (how fun would that be!), we'd suggest an occasional glass of champagne, wine or an organic beer,” said the Tone It Up duo.
• Mix things up! “Lady Gaga's stage routine is vigorous, but her body has already adapted to these movements,” said Katrina and Karena. “In order to mix things up, we recommend a 20 minute high-intensity interval training routine. It’s quick, challenging, and effective. These work outs will keep her energy up for the next show!”
Kym Johnson of “Dancing with the Stars” fame will host a new celebrity fitness tabloid-style show “StarFit” premiering August 10 on the BeFit channel. Johnson will feature a variety of celebrity guest stars teaching viewers about their personal workouts.
The premiere episode will feature guest star Brian Orosco, the famous free runner from “American Ninja Warriors” who will use his renowned agility and flexibility to teach viewers an exhilarating parkour workout.