Nathan Sykes is following in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake and Nick Jonas. They both evolved from massively successful boy bands to heartthrob solo artists. Making that transition is not an easy one. Many have tried and failed but Nathan will not fall into that category.
Born with an incredible musical talent, he started signing when he was six years old. By the age of ten, he was winning local competitions. He joined the British boy band The Wanted when he was 16. I had the pleasure of working with the band for a few years. We shared a lot of fun memories (including adventures in London, NYC, LA, San Diego and Las Vegas) and big success. Their first single, “Glad You Came” went all the way to #1 here in the US. I watched as they went from being unknown to heartthrobs.
Nathan is now launching his first solo project and has a powerhouse team behind him (Global Entertainment). He is incredibly talented and really fun to hang out with so I am thrilled I get to also work with him on his new project. The first single is a fun uptempo song called, Kiss Me Quick. Recently, while he was doing a bunch of press for the new song, we grabbed a few minutes to find out his healthy secrets and all about his new music.
You can watch the Rockstar Health & Fitness video interview here:
There are so many perks to living in Los Angeles. We literally have a year round urban gym and the weather is almost always beautiful. We can go from hiking in the mountains to bike riding at the beach to exploring the desert to power shopping downtown all within a quick drive. Last week we […]
I will never forget the first conversation I had with Jared Leto. We originally met in 2008 when I was working with his former management company, The Firm. We were in NYC and I took him to do a radio interview at Z100. He had just finished filming the movie “Chapter 27” where he played Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon. He had to gain 60 lbs for the role and it was the details of how how he did it that hauntingly stayed with me. He told me he he would set his alarm in the middle of the night to wake up so he could eat cereal, ice cream and pizza. He would eat so much that he would have to sleep propped up with pillows or in a recliner so the food wouldn’t give him excruciating heartburn. He got so sick from the weight gain he could barely walk, and would use a wheelchair to get around the set. He developed gout and said his body was continually in pain. He felt toxic, lethargic and depressed. It was a quick dose of reality to see how miserable life can be if you don’t take care of yourself. Which we know is a conscious choice.
It is important that Jared operate at the top of his game so we can all enjoy his multi-talented abilities. Jared is one of the biggest rock stars in the world as the lead singer/guitarist for the band, Thirty Seconds to Mars (who recently I had the pleasure of working with again). In addition, he is such an incredible actor that in March 2014 he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Jared recently released a documentary called “Artifact” that is a must see! It is a true story of how his record label tried to sue his band for 30 million dollars, and they document the entire process. Having grown up in the music business, this movie was especially fascinating to me and I knew everyone that was interviewed. It’s a modern day David and Goliath story. It also inspired their latest album Love, Lust, Fatih + Dreams, which had 3 big radio hit singles (including my favorite “Do or Die”). You can find the movie on Netflix, iTunes or Amazon, and I highly recommend it.
After our initial conversation about the horrors of his weight gain, I couldn’t WAIT to now learn his healthy secrets. The first secret he shared with me was that he loves to workout in nature. That is something we have in common, which explains why we frequently run into each other hiking in the Hollywood Hills. There is something incredibly powerful about exercising outdoors. You can easily reconnect with your center by taking in the beauty all around you… which is also a form of mindful meditation. His favorite outdoor activities are hiking, and snowboarding. He gets the majority of his workout running around on stage while Thirty Seconds to Mars is performing. He is known for his high energy performance that includes climbing up poles and practically hanging from ceilings. Meditation is also something he practices regularly. This allows him to maximize his creative genius and continue to evolve as an artist. Which is something else we have in common, meditation is one of the most game changing aspects of life you can practice. It will take you to a whole other level you didn’t know was possible. Some of the most successful people I have met have a strong meditation practice. Jared is a big fan of using the app for meditation called Headspace.
When it comes to his diet, Jared is a vegan, or as close as he can get. I found another common thread in our healthy lifestyle secrets. “It’s all about moderation” he told me. Clearly it’s working for him, in 2014 he was named PETA’s World Sexiest Vegetarian. I found it ironic, when the band was recently on tour with Linkin Park and it was called the “Carnivore Tour” which thankfully included a vegan chef backstage. HIs favorite foods are popcorn, vegetables, and he loves hot chocolate with almond milk.
We met on a wild adventure in India. The irony is we live a mile apart in LA, but destiny had our paths crossing nearly 10,000 miles away from home. As we shared our life-changing journey exploring the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, and Delhi, I discovered she was a top fashion designer. I was already well aware of the famous dresses from her line, Black Halo. One of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets, her clothes are designed to make you look five pounds thinner and two inches taller with her expert cuts and high-end material. They are the perfect “day-to-dinner” or “boardroom-to-bar” dresses because they are elegant, yet powerful and sexy.
Needless to say, my closet is now packed full of her designs, and I receive more compliments on her clothes than any of the other designers I wear. I heard the best compliment last week when I was in NYC wearing her cobalt blue, Jackie O dress. A gentleman approached me and said, “That dress is stunning and just screams, ‘You’d better have serious game to even approach me’.” I laughed and immediately texted Laurel to tell her it should be the tagline for Black Halo’s newly launched line of evening dresses, Black Halo Eve by Laurel Berman.
Since traveling through India together, Laurel has become one of my best friends—so I know firsthand how committed she is to a healthy lifestyle. Her favorite workout out is yoga, which she practices four to five times a week; she also rollerblades for four hours every other Saturday. When she travels, she visits her favorite yoga spots in each city, and sometimes sends her rollerblades on ahead to her hotel so she can cruise through Central Park or Golden Gate Park and enjoy the outdoors.
Her Favorite Yoga poses
Humble Warrior: Because she loves forward folds—and this one is more active. She drops her head to release the tension in her neck and shoulders anytime stress begins to build; when needed, she even deepens the release by adding eagle arms to the forward fold. She told me the stretch is amazing. I just tried it and she’s right!
Tumbling Tree: I love the name of this pose, which is basically moving from Warrior 3 to standing splits without falling. She loves the balancing aspect of the pose, and says that when the body is in balance, it colors every aspect of your life, creating balance throughout.
Laurel loves the transitions in her practice, the poses between the poses. She focuses on the breath to keep them smooth and purposeful without falling out of the pose during exit and entry. This represents another skill that helps her in her daily life…flowing smoothly through life’s transitions is easier once you master it on the mat. The main reason why she loves the practice of yoga is how it benefits the mind; having more control over her thoughts and emotions—not letting them run wild helps in her fast-paced professional and personal life. She moves through life with grace and style thanks to her yoga practice, healthy lifestyle…and great wardrobe!
One of the best parts about the holidays (& life in general) is spending time with people you love. That is true soul food. It’s so great to catch up with family and dear friends or maybe stopping by to visit a neighbor. It’s fun to share thoughtful gifts and create new memories. In my family, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and laughing. Luckily, we are an active bunch so there is always some sort of exercise and outdoor playing around.
My favorite way to workout is listening to great music when I am exercising. When I was teaching KIIS-FM yoga on the pier series, I was well known for my incredible playlists. Which is why iHeart Radio asked me to create a workout playlist for my Rockstar Health & Fitness radio station. It is so fun to combine my favorite things: exercise and music.
My playlist has so much good music that I guarantee you will hear songs you love regardless of your format preference. You will hear current hit songs like Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”, Hozier “Take Me to Church”, Lindsey Stirling “Shatter Me”, Fall Out Boy “Centuries” to great hip hop from Tupac or Big Sean to Classic Rock from Ozzy Ozbourne or Van Halen to some incredible surprise songs that will definitely put a smile on your face. More importantly it will motivate you to move your body and add a fun element to your workout. Inspiring you to burn those extra calories we always consume around the holidays. Remember, “it’s not a choice, it’s a lifestyle”
CLICK HEREto check out my updated workout playlist.
We had a great time filming the latest Rockstar Health & Fitness episode with, The Charlies!! They are adorable, talented and it was fun spending time with them. It was also interesting learning about their Iceland homeland, where they are superstars. The healthy popcorn they prepared was delicious. In fact, I’ve made it at home several times. I was really happy that they choose one of my favorite core exercises: plank pose. We use plank a lot in yoga because it is such a powerful posture. The main benefits are that it tones the abdomen and strengthens the arms, wrists, legs and spine. Learn more benefits about plank, a healthy popcorn recipe and fun facts about Iceland in the new episode of Rockstar Health & Fitness.
Music is a powerful force!! The songs and bands you enjoyed while you were growing up seem to stay with you forever. Music has a powerful connection to link us to past memories and future dreams. It seems like only yesterday, I was in high school with feathered hair sitting in the front row of a Bon Joviconcert.
Today, I help oversee the band’s US radio promotion and marketing campaign. Having worked with the band for years, I have also had a front row view to their healthy habits. They recently launched another world tour in support of their just released #1 album, “What About Now.” Last week I was on the road with the band, taking radio programmers to the show and introducing them to Jon Bon Jovi. When we were in Las Vegas, I worked out at the hotel gym with JBJ, so I know how important a healthy lifestyle is to him.
His favorite exercise is running and he runs 6 days a week for about an hour. Don’t be surprised to see him throw on a hat and sunglasses and hit the streets for some cardio and fresh air when he is on tour. He also lifts weights and works on balancing/stability exercises that helps him keep the same moves on stage he had when I was in high school. The band also travels with a multi talented professional who is a trainer, chiropractor and nutritionist, all in one.
Jon’s favorite healthy foods are grilled fish and low fat Greek yogurt. He likes to snack on almonds, fruit and protein bars. Clearly, Bon Jovi is doing something right because the band has been at the top of their game for 30 years and continues to deliver #1 albums, hit singles and sell out stadiums, around the world.
There are a lot of factors that determine a song going all the way to #1!! This has happened TWICE to one of my favorite bands that I work with, Neon Trees. Both of their multi platinum hit singles, “Animal” and “Everybody Talks,” have gone straight to the top of the charts! I am very grateful to have been a part of both successes,and it’s been fun watching them catapult into rock star status!! We had so much fun filming their episode of Rockstar Health & Fitness. Tyler showed us his favorite vegan recipe and Chris taught us about how he loves to run to his Zombie app. He even got chased by zombies into the pool at the end! We also learn a great kettle bell exercise from Tyler.
Check it out…..
Hanging out on the set of Rockstar Health & Fitness w/ Neon Trees:
Learning a new workout with weights from Tyler Glenn/Neon Trees:
Be sure and watch the video to find out how Chris ended up in the pool!
Our latest guest on Rockstar Health & Fitness is the lead singer of a band that has 4 multi platinum albums, 12 consecutive #1 videos and is one of the biggest touring bands in Canada. The band, Hedley, continues to sell out in arenas and stadiums. Their lead singer, Jake Hoggard, is one of the funniest people I know. I spent last summer traveling with them, promoting their latest #1 single Kiss You Inside Out. Needless to say, we had a blast,not only working our tails off, but with non stop laughter and adventure. I also had an up close and personal look into their world of health & fitness. Everywhere we went Jake did push ups and handstands for a quick burst of energy, plus he usually finds time to run. He was a hysterical guest on Season 1, and his first episode has a classic surprise ending. There’s never a dull moment with Jake and no question that he is truly an incredible talent! Be sure to catch this weeks’ RHF episode….and get an inside look into his favorite smoothie recipe, and how we take his push ups to the next level.