Survival Of The Fittest
(The following is an excerpt from a feature published in the "Health & Fitness Issue" of GRAMMY magazine. Read the complete feature here.)
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine practices yoga to improve his "Moves Like Jagger." Pop diva Pink maintains her radiant glow with a fat-melting mix of aerobics and weight lifting, while Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis follows a seafood-inclusive vegetarian diet that helps sculpt his physique.
Determined to pace their careers for the long haul, a growing number of artists are trading the zero-sum mantra of "sex, drugs and rock and roll" for the more balanced equation of spirituality, personal trainers and private chefs. GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Rowland sums up her attitude behind the new health consciousness: "I always wanted to not be overworked, yet still have passion for what I do," she says.
With a hectic schedule filled with 6 a.m. wake-up calls, 12-hour music video shoots and red-eye flights, during which one day morphs into the next, Rowland has learned the steps to take to avoid burnout. She takes catnaps on planes, cars and limos. ("You sneak sleep in," she says.) To mentally prepare for her day, Rowland practices spiritual exercises.
"My meditation is breathing and prayer in the morning," she adds. "I do believe in a higher power, and I let his will be done above anything. As long as I get that time in and take my vitamins, I'm pretty much OK."
To help maintain her energy and lithesome figure, Rowland enlists the aid of Jeanette Jenkins, the self-styled "Hollywood Trainer" who encourages a diet rich in nutrient-dense plant foods, as well as iron, calcium and vitamin C supplements. "I balance it out," Rowland says of her diet. "I call it the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time I eat clean, and 20 percent of the time I can have some banana pudding and sea salt caramel gelato. I can have fruit, salads and fish, but I also love a steak every now and then, too."
It appears that Rowland's sensible approach to health has paid off handsomely as she's expecting to release a follow-up to her 2011 workout DVD, Sexy Abs With Kelly Rowland, which features Jenkins.
"It's really great to get other people engaged in fitness and working out," says Rowland. "It's not about being skinny or a specific size, but about maintaining what you should for your body."
Like Rowland, many artists appear to be spending nearly as much time in the gym as they do onstage. …
Read the complete "Survival Of The Fittest" feature in the summer issue of GRAMMY magazine.
(Bruce Britt is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Billboard, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.)