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7 Latina Celebrities Reveal Their Fitness Secrets

Celebrities have many secrets for staying in shape. While most celebs like to keep mum about their routines, a few of them have spilled the workouts that keep them fit.

Shakira

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Shakira is an international music superstar. She became a Latin success by 1996, and went on to gain success in the United States in 2001. Since then, she’s released numerous other albums and went on U.S. and international tours. In 2012, she joined NBC’s “The Voice” as a coach.  Currently, she is on tour for El Dorado, her latest album, which has her on a strict regimen.

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Shakira amps up her workout during her 5-month tour schedule. Her trainer, Anna Kaiser, creates workouts that improve her stamina so that she can get through each performance. She creates HIIT style of workouts with interval training. Shakira does some toning and rhythmic dance workouts because they are low-impact.

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She makes her fitness regime work around her busy life. Typically, she works out around two to three times a week. She likes working out in groups and interacting with people or taking evening walks with her sons. She has said that listening to her body is key. If she feels like she’s up for a long hike or swimming laps, she’s all for that.

Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba is well known for her role as Max Guevara on the sci-fi show “Dark Angel” that ran from 2000 to 2002. She’s been in many movies, including “Machete” and the sequel, “Machete Kills.”  In 2012, she launched The Honest Company, which sells natural, household and body care items. In 2015, she continued with a skincare line, Honest Beauty.

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Alba wakes up early to take YogaSculpt classes. She prefers that as her workout because they combine traditional yoga stretches with a vigorous workout.  She varies her workouts and sometimes adds more variety with spin class or a kickboxing. She enjoys exercising first thing because she says it gets her brain power going.

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She makes her fitness regime work around her busy life. Typically, she works out around two to three times a week. She likes working out in groups and interacting with people or taking evening walks with her daughters. She listens to her body. If she feels like she’s up for a long hike or swimming laps, she’s all for that.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez has been an icon since she landed the lead role of the 1997 movie Selena.  She started singing in 1999, and starred in several romantic comedies in the early 2000s. In recent years, she has served as a judge for both American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.  She was the executive producer of The Fosters from 2013 to 2018. She also produced and starred in Shades of Blue, as an undercover cop.

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Lopez believes in making fitness part of her daily routine. She wants to stay healthy for her family. Therefore, she she’s always drinking water to stay hydrated during her work-outs. She tries to mix up her routines.  Lopez has two different trainers: Tracy Anderson, who uses free-style weights in routines, and David Kirsch, who teaches intense core work-outs.

Lopez uses many of Kirsch’s moves to sculpt her body, including a platypus walk.  This movement fires up your glutes and thighs as you step forward in a deep plié and then walk backwards. She also uses a stability ball to do Spiderman push-ups and strengthen her arms. When she can, she does a full body workout, including exercises, such as reverse lunges, side planks, and medicine ball sit-ups.

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato was originally a Disney Channel actress on Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. Since then, she has become a popular pop rock singer, releasing popular hits, such as “Skyscraper,” and “Give Your Heart a Break.” She has won many achievements, including 13 Teen Choice Awards and a Latin American Music Award. Lovato is involved in numerous charities. In 2017, she teamed up with Fabletics to create a limited activewear line, where the proceeds help marginalized teen girls.

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Lovato changed her fitness routine when her body was feeling rundown constantly. She now works with a trainer and exercises at least six hours a week.  She rests on Sundays and does a mixture of cardio and strength training the other days. If she’s touring, her workout consists of moves like burpees, crunches, and a lunge-kick.

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When she’s working out at the gym, she prefers mixed martial arts and jiu jitsu.  She likes learning moves that teach her how to defend herself. She found she got to meditate and exercise simultaneously.

Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez is well-known known for her role as Alex Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place, which ran from 2007 until 2012. Gomez made her solo musical debut in 2012, and by 2017, she’d sold over 7 million albums.  She’s also starred in many movies, including Monte Carlo.  Her current projects include serving as executive producer for 13 Reasons Why and voicing the character of Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 3.

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Gomez loves doing Pilates. Her trainer, Amy Rosoff Davis, has been working with her for years. They both do Pilates exercises together often.  Since Gomez likes to keep her booty lifted, she also takes HotPilates, where the studio is kept at 95 degrees. Celebrity trainer Shannon Nadj teaches moves like the side kick series to help clients sweat even more.

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Amy Roscoff Davis likes to mix it up for Gomez. Sometimes, they do yoga together. Sometimes, they blast some cardio moves and sometimes they take it easy with some simple stretches. It depends on Gomez’s body.

Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria is well-known for portraying Gabrielle Solis on the ABC TV show Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004 to 2012. Longoria also starred as Ana Sofia Calderon on the one season wonder Telenova on NBC.  She currently keeps busy with her modeling contracts for L’Oreal, and New York & Co, plus many others.

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Longoria says she doesn’t actually enjoy working out but likes the way her body feels after a session. Therefore, she tries to vary her workouts.  She does yoga. She does Pilates. She recently started lifting weights again to build muscle mass.

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Longoria enjoys running while she’s traveling. She finds it the perfect way to stay in shape and see the sights.

Gina Rodriguez

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Gina Rodriguez is best known for playing the lead role of Jane Villanueva in the CW dramedy Jane the Virgin. She’s also begun to star in movies such as the animated movies Ferdinand and Smallfoot , and the science fiction thriller, Annihilation.

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Rodriguez was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes muscle pain.. Rodriguez started doing Muay Thai, a form of mixed martial arts to help her work through her muscle pain. It’s a form of kick-boxing that improves balance and coordination through combat exercises.

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She now works out to stay healthy and gain energy. Her inner strength drives her to attempt new workouts. She is even able to do pull-ups now after extensive training.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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