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Rockstar Health & Fitness With Wyclef Jean  0

wyclef Lori

My favorite memories of working with Wyclef Jean involve numerous occasions of him stopping by my office for a visit that began as a business meeting and then became a dance party. At the time, he had just released his solo album, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.  It included some of my favorite songs: “Perfect Gentleman,” “The Red Light District,” and “911” (with Mary J Blige).  In those days, I shared a large office with my good friend Andrea Kline at the Sony Music headquarters at 550 Madison Avenue in NYC. Wyclef Jean would stop by looking for updates on how his songs were doing on the radio, and before you knew it, he would be putting on a private concert for us. If you have ever seen Clef perform, you would understand why he would immediately have us on our feet dancing and singing.

When he was a teenager, his family moved from Haiti to Newark, New Jersey, where he went to high school.  It was there that he teamed up with his cousin Pras and friend Lauryn Hill, and created the iconic music group, The Fugees. Their biggest singles were “Ready or Not” and their remake of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” The band went on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide and their notoriety launched successful solo careers for all three artists.

Wyclef is also a featured performer in several hit songs including: Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” and Santana’s “Maria Maria”. He just released an incredible song with Avicii called “Divine Sorrow;” definitely put it on your workout playlist. His new album, Clefication, will be released in the upcoming Fall of 2015.

In addition to being a legendary rapper, musician, and producer, he is also politically active. In 2010, Wyclef ran for the President of Haiti, but shortly after his campaign began, he was disqualified since he had not lived in Haiti the previous five years.  Nonetheless, he remains active to this day in a number of charitable causes supporting his country.

I always love spending time with Wyclef. On his most recent visit to LA, he took me through his workout. I admit it: he kicked my butt! What makes his workouts fun is he feels that the best place to exercise is anywhere you find yourself.  Since we were at my friend’s house, we moved the furniture out of the room for a workout that included everything from acro yoga, gymnastics, push ups, tricep dips off the couch, relay races across the living room, and sit ups to Wyclef lifting me up onto his shoulders while doing squats! He even taught me how to walk on my hands, which is something he always did when we traveled together. I like to tell people that working out should be enjoyable. Find something you like doing and get your body moving rather than making it a dreaded chore on your to do list. Get out and have fun! And, as Wyclef taught me, you can exercise anywhere!

As far as food, Wyclef continues the habits he learned from his mother while growing up in Haiti — eat from the earth and choose organic. This includes staying away from processed and manufactured foods. To stay healthy on the road, he travels with his own juicer, and I had the pleasure of learning his technique. As I was rushing to chop the fruit, he taught me to slow down and enjoy the process. Even the washing and chipping of the fruit is part of the experience, so slow down and enjoy. He turned our juicing session into a dance party, just as he did with our business meetings.  He danced, moved his hips, and even sang “Hips Don’t Life.”  I took his advice and enjoyed the experience. Oh, and the juice (pineapple, mango, apple, and orange): It was delicious.

Check out our video interview to learn his workout details plus he shows me his favorite exercises and how he makes his healthy juice:

 

Nathan Sykes With Rockstar Health & Fitness  0

Nathan SykesNathan 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:

Rockstar Health & Fitness With Jared Leto  0

Lori Rischer and Jared Leto

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.

 

 

Rockstar Health & Fitness With Lindsey Stirling  0

Some people are blessed with a talent that seems to come from another world. Since I have been fortunate to work in the music business, I get the opportunity to meet people with this type of talent. Recently, I’ve been working with the incredibly talented musician, Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey is a violin player, the type of artist you want at your party… and to hang out with on weekends.

A few things to know about Lindsey….she has more YouTube subscribers than Katy Perry or Justin Timberlake, with over 730 million views. She had the #1 debut album on it’s release week….plus, she sells out tours around the world, and has the ability to make the violin sing directly into your soul.

We are currently promoting her new single “Shatter Me” (featuring Lzzy Hale from Halestorm on vocals) at radio. Having spent a lot of time with Lindsey, I have identified a couple of reasons why she is connecting to the public on such a massive scale: First, her unbelievable talent and second, the interviews she gives inspire me. The combo of talent and inspiration is certainly working!

After she was publicly humiliated on national TV a few years ago, she never gave up, and came back to prove her critics wrong. Lindsey is living proof that the power of believing in yourself, despite the critics, will take you to a life beyond your wildest dreams!! She also is incredibly healthy and lives a clean, toxic-free lifestyle. Find out what she told me about her healthy secrets, here…on another Rockstar Health & Fitness Extra:

Rockstar Health & Fitness with LP  0

They say there is no such thing as a coincidence. I believe it. I have been a big fan of LP for years, as I have watched her explode on the LA music scene. Her ability to command a room through her powerful performance and incredibly beautiful voice will leave you speechless. I have always wanted to interview her, especially when I found out she is a big fan of yoga. With her new album, Forever For Now, coming out June 3 on Warner Brothers Records, now felt like the perfect time. I spoke with her manager, who is a close friend, to see if there was anyway I could spend a few minutes with her, or maybe share a yoga class. Since we both have crazy schedules, I figured it would be next to impossible to set something up…and then two days later a “coincidence” happened. As I was about to begin my morning yoga class with one of my favorite teachers, Joan Hyman, I turned around and guess who was literally right next to me in class? You guessed it, LP!! We quickly laughed about the crazy twist of fate that had us side-by-side on our mats that morning. You learn a lot about someone through their yoga practice. What I learned about LP that day was that she is incredibly strong with a powerful, yet peaceful, presence. I was definitely impressed and inspired by her practice, just as I am by her music. With her powerful and unique voice, she has been described as a cross between Jeff Buckley, Florence & the Machine, and Janis Joplin with a style and sound all her own. She is equally gifted as a songwriter and has written songs for artists like: Christina Aguilera and Rihanna (including the song “Cheers”, which I worked at Island Def Jam Music Group. It was a big hit!).

When it comes to her health and fitness routine, we have a lot in common. Our favorite exercise activities are yoga and hiking. Depending on her schedule, LP tries to practice yoga three to six days a week and hike at least twice. When she is traveling, she takes her yoga mat on the road and streams the class from her favorite teachers…or hits local studios. The yoga pose she enjoys the most is triangle (same as me) because it doesn’t take a lot of effort and you feel the benefits throughout your body. It’s also good for working tight hamstrings. In addition, we have similar eating habits which are basically vegan with occasional fish, eggs, and cheese (as I like to call it a “veg-aquarium”). Her daily dietary supplement is Green Vibrance which she calls her “back up nutrition,” ensuring she gets all the greens and probiotics she needs. According to LP, “If you are on this earth you have to take care of yourself; you want your life to be the best it can possibly be.” We all benefit when someone with this much talent operates at the top of her game. Be sure to pick up her latest single, “Night Like This”, my favorite LP song, “Into the Wild” (which you will recognize from the Citibank commercial) and her new album, Forever For Now, ASAP! You will see what I mean about her mind-blowing talent. Visit her online at iamlp.com

Her favorite vegan recipe:

Lentil Dahl

  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 heaping teaspoons turmeric
  • 2-3 teaspoons ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 whole green chili, grated, or cayenne pepper to taste
  • teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups lentils

optional:

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach

  1. Soak in the lentils in spring water for at least 30 minutes (soaking decreases cooking time).
  2. Cook onion and garlic in a splash of coconut oil over med heat until soft.
  3. Turn down heat and spices and cook for five minutes.
  4. Add lentils with enough water to cover them, and heat to a boil, then simmer until soft.
  5. Add spinach and fresh cilantro if desired.
  6. Stir every ten minutes until done. Usually takes about 30 minutes to cook.
  7. Top with fresh coriander if desired.