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Drake's Personal Trainer on the Rapper's Evolution and the Best Hangover Workout

If you’re a die-hard Drake fan (or someone who simply follows him on Instagram) you most likely remember the exact moment you realized the rapper’s body had gone from soft to swole—in what would seem over night.

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But as we all know, good things don’t come that easy. The body in those Instagram photos didn’t come to be courtesy of Flat Tummy Tea and a few sit ups. No, Drake teamed up with Jonny Roxx, a certified personal trainer who had a rather insane body transformation of his own, and worked for years to get that bod.

At the launch of GapFit Sculpt, I sat down with Roxx (and Drake’s choreographer Tanisha Scott) to talk abs, arms, and how to workout with a hangover.

Drake has had this amazing transformation, which a lot of people look at and think happened in like a week. But tell me about how long it really took.

JR: We have goals, you know? It’ll take sometimes six months for us to get to a goal, sometimes we’re working at it and it takes us a year. But for him to get to where he is, we’ve just been literally working at his fitness for maybe three or four years consistently. I give him the time to have breaks, some time off, because [he’s] working on his album, traveling, touring. But we’ve been working consistently for three years to get to where he is. We’re just focused on getting him healthy. We’re not really focused on three months, a six pack, or this and that. If he has something that he has to do, whether it’s a magazine cover or a movie role or something like that, we’ll get ready for that, but for the most part I’m just trying to keep the wheels turning on him.

That’s wild. Speaking of touring—what sort of workouts would you suggest if you’re tired or if you’re hungover?

JR: I would suggest anything that’s gonna force you to move, you know? Whether you come take a class here at Rumble, whether you get up and do some push ups and burpees, or run around the block or around your house. Just get moving, get out there, do something. Because you’ll feel better afterwards, I promise you that. Even if you go for a run or bike ride, do something.

Tanisha Schott, Jonny Roxx, and Rumble co-founder Noah Neiman

Right. Don’t just marathon Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Let’s talk about abs. How do I get abs like Drake?

JR: It starts with food. If you’re intaking the right amount of food, burning the right calories, you’re gonna be able to show your muscle tone. You’ve heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen.” I agree with that, but it’s also a combination of the right core movements and core strength that you have to implement. Whether you’re doing crunches or planks, these are the kind of things that are gonna increase your core strength. But you also have to couple that with cardio and the right eating so you can show these muscles.

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Cardio. Like dancing, right Tanisha?

Tanisha Scott: Definitely dancing is cardio. From my perspective, it’s just whatever moves that you do, you have to do these challenging moves that just switch it up. I think Jonny will attest to this too. Not doing the same thing over and over again, but you’re your body. So in one part of the routine maybe there’s jumping, [and then] you get on the ground, and then you spin here. Using all different parts of your body. You’ll be like, ‘Oh, I’m actually working out,’ and you don’t even realize it. It’s kind of a mind trick.

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