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The Workout Routines of These 11 Latina Celebrities

Have you ever wondered what your favorite celebrities do to maintain their gorgeous bodies? Although some people are genetically blessed with smooth skin, amazing curves, and a built-in 6-pack, for most people maintaining a Hollywood body takes work, and lots of it. Today, we’re going to explore the workout routines of some of our favorite Latina celebs, and bring you all their tips and tricks to help shake up your everyday workout routine.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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Bombshell J-Lo is the definition of a triple threat- she can sing, dance, and act (hello, have you seen The Wedding Planner?) Plus, with her smoking hot boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at her side, there’s no stopping her now.

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To keep looking so amazing at 46, J-Lo maintains a great fitness regime- starting with her healthy eating habits. She almost never drinks alcohol or coffee, and doesn’t smoke. She works out every day using the Tracy Anderson method, and makes sure to wash her face so the sweat doesn’t clog her pores. Even if she’s not performing that day, she makes sure to keep active through a dance cardio program like Zumba.   

2. Demi Lovato

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Texas-born Demi Lovato is primarily a singer now, but she first got her start in TV shows on the Disney Channel. Even though she’s had trouble with illicit substances in the past, now that she’s out of rehab, it’s likely she’ll be back to her regular workout routine in no time.  

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Demi gets her amazing buns, sculpted shoulders, and defined triceps through a specialized martial arts workout. She had it designed for her so that she could do it on the road, and even though the moves are all pretty simple, it’s exhausting to do. All of the moves work the entire body, so it’s super effective in a short amount of time.

3. Sofia Vergara

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Curvy bombshell Sofia Vergara definitely has some abuelas to thank when it comes to her amazing figure- curves like that cannot be faked. The Modern Family star works out with two separate trainers- Gunnar Peterson (whose past clients include Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie), and Justin Gelband.

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Sofia’s trainers makes sure that their workouts are effective for celebrity clients, who are often short on time and need to get their sweat on in 40 minutes or less. Sofia also avoids carbs, sugar and alcohol later in the day. If she overindulges, she’ll often do a food cleanse for a month or so to get back on track.

4. Jessica Alba

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Actor and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba’s Latina genetics definitely play a role in her gorgeous physique. However, she’s not afraid to admit that she does a lot of work to maintain her beautiful bod. On days that she doesn’t work out, she makes exercise part of her family time by going on walks with her daughters.

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On her workout days, she’ll wake up early (think 5:15 AM) to fit in a hot yoga or Spin class. Her favorite classes are YogaSculpt, a hot yoga full-body workout. She loves to work out with friends to keep herself accountable, and so the classes are more enjoyable.

5. America Ferrera

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American-Honduran actress America Ferrera is one of the most outspoken activists within the Latina community. She’s worked for amazing organizations like Voto Latino and the Time’s Up legal defense fund, and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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America recently spoke out about how being active and pushing her body to its limits has been incredibly empowering for her. She ran her first triathlon in 2017 and since then has trained for at least one more. She stopped weighing herself, and instead focuses on how she feels.

6. Salma Hayek

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Actress Salma Hayek loves to show off her body- especially her gorgeous cleavage – in dresses that fit and flatter her shape in incredible ways. 52-year-old Hayek was born in Mexico, and moved to the United States in 1991. She gave birth to her daughter Valentina in 2007, and since then has said that she doesn’t have time to work out.

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Instead of working out, Hayek claims that by holding her body in a specific way that helps tone muscles, she can maintain her enviable physique without regular exercise. She does enjoy yoga occasionally, and generally eats whatever she likes.

7. Penelope Cruz

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Although she first got her start as a model, Penelope Cruz has had a successful career as an actress since her first role in Hollywood in 1992. Married to actor and fellow Spaniard Javier Bardem, she gave birth to their two children Leo and Luna in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

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After giving birth to her children, Cruz got back into pre-baby shape by following the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes lean proteins, veggies, and healthy fats like olive oil. She loves to take Bikram yoga classes, which she says give her energy, and she does lots of dance workouts at home.

8. Eva Mendes

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As an actress and mom of two young girls, Eva Mendes doesn’t have much time to spend on herself. When she gets time alone, she usually heads to the gym, or does a workout at home, between three and five times a week.

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Mendes admits that her indulgences are all pretty normal- she loves candy, especially Cadbury Crème Eggs, and her mom’s Cuban black beans. To ensure her skin is glowing, she takes fish oil supplements, and uses coconut oil as a facial moisturizer.

9. Cameron Diaz

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Although Cameron Diaz has always been gorgeous, lately her sculpted arms are giving us some real fitness envy. Even though she says that she’s retired from acting- her last role was in the 2014 film Annie- she’s still been seen out and about in Hollywood.

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To get her incredible arms, Diaz works out with trainer Teddy Bass, who got her to switch from lighter weights and more reps to a system that uses heavier weights and fewer reps. He also makes sure to include confidence-boosting exercises, which help pull the shoulders back and improve the posture.

10. Christina Milian

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Singer/songwriter, actress, and mom of one Christina Milian is rocking a ridiculously hot body- and isn’t afraid to show it off. When she’s not hanging out with her 6-year-old daughter Violet, recording, or filming, she tries to get in as much exercise as possible.

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She doesn’t like high-intensity workouts, so she tends to stick to more sedate activities like hiking. She does love cardio and strength training, and will often pop on one of her own albums to help pump her up.

11. Eva Longoria

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Since her divorce from basketball star Tony Parker seven years ago, Eva Longoria has vowed to always maintain her health through exercise and eating healthy, protein-rich foods. She loves to mix up her routine, but running is definitely her favorite activity. She does it wherever she is in the world.

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Every day, she tries to work out before she eats breakfast. Sometimes it’s a run, or yoga, and then she’ll tuck into plate of egg whites with spinach and turkey bacon, or fruit and yogurt. She eats a healthy lunch, but will often indulge her cravings for dinner. When she’s not running or doing yoga, she’ll take a SoulCycle class, or go to pilates.

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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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