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Bodybuilding in Hollywood: Exercise and Personal Trainers Help Stars Stay in Shape

Magazine article Ebony

Bodybuilding in Hollywood: Exercise and Personal Trainers Help Stars Stay in Shape

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HOLLYWOOD is sometimes called the land where beautiful people live. In this ultimate land of fantasy and illusion, the primary requirement for success is a body to die for, and few who stray from this oldest of unspoken decrees have enduring success

Ever mindful of this, many of the celebrities who make it in the entertainment capital discipline themselves with vigorous, sometimes grueling workout routines.

One of the biggest growth industries in this world of beautiful faces and bodies is the occupation of personal trainer. Some personal trainers wake celebrities up in the morning and coax them through rigorous workout routines. Others devise weekly schedules and monitor weight and diets for their clients.

Erika Alexander, one of the stars of the FOX Television sitcom, Living Single, says that working out with her personal trainer, Gina W'erdi, is such an integral part of her weekly fitness regimen that she does it without even thinking about it. "It's just something I do," she says.

What she does is to get up three times a week and jag with W'erdi at a scenic Hollywood park. Alexander also lifts weights at a health club and goes through a variety of cardiovascular exercises.

"I want people to remember that diet is as important as exercising" she says. "I remember it like this: 'Eat like a prince in the morning and like a pauper in the evening.' If you eat junk you have to work it off. I eat a lot of protein. I eat carbohydrates in the morning and drink tons and tons of water."

As the mother of a new baby boy, Victoria Rowell calls her workout routine "a fitness routine for after the baby." The baby, which was born to Rowell and her longtime companion Wynton Marsalis seven months ago, hasn't slowed down Rowell, who is one of the few actors to perform on daytime television (The Young and the Restless) and on prime-time television (Diagnosis Murder). …

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