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How Spike TV’s New Co-Judge, Obi Obadike, Is Finding the Next Fitness Phenomenon On Sweat Inc.

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What can you say about a man who has literally succeeded at everything he put his mind to?

Obi Obadike has been taking the fitness industry by storm over the last few years. From magazine covers to the big screen and everything in between, nothing has slowed this man down. Obi has touched more lives in his career in the fitness industry than most people could imagine in a lifetime. His work ethic is unlike anything I’ve seen. While most people would sit back and look at their accomplishments, Obi is constantly looking for the next big thing to get his hands on and change lives. He is truly one of the best at what he does and earning his spot on Spike TV’s newest show, Sweat Inc., is truly fitting. Find out all about Sweat Inc., and why it’s one of the hottest new shows on TV.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the show?

Sweat Inc. is about finding America’s biggest fitness phenomenon and our job as judges is to evaluate and critique 27 fitness entrepreneurs on their workout concept and decide who will be the next big thing. Each entrepreneur is put to certain competition challenges and they have to try to win that challenge every round. Each week an someone is eliminated based on how well they do in each competitive challenge.

How did this opportunity come about for you?

I received an email back in March from one of the production coordinators from 3 Ball Productions, who felt I would be a great judge on the TV show, and within two days I came in for an interview. Within a month and a half after the interview, I found out I got the gig.

How long was the process in the works before a date was set to premiere the show on October 20th?

We started shooting the show near the end of June, and in August, I was told of the premiere date of the new show.

Flip the page to get Obi’s take on teaming up with Jillian Michaels and TRX creator Randy Hetrick!

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Matt Weik is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist. He has a degree in Kinesiology and Business. Matt currently works for MET-Rx where he manages the Team Sports division. He works with collegiate and professional teams/athletes across the United States to ensure they get the proper nutrients needed to perform at the highest level. Find out more at www.MattWeik.com

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How Will “WillDaBeast” Adams Beasted His Way to Becoming One Of Dance’s Biggest Influencers

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He’s elevated dance. His style is highly sought-after. You’ve probably seen a viral video already showcasing his ridiculous choreography. Will “WilldaBeast” Adams is our Fall 2017 cover and we are excited to share the story of such a dope guy with you all! He’s leaving a mark on the industry that will make it tough for others to make any better.

Growing up as a military brat was difficult for Adams. Moving around often, and not feeling a sense of belonging left him questioning his purpose, as he knew he was meant for more. Once he found his love for dance, he took a leap of faith, trusted his talent, and moved to Los Angeles, to become a professional dancer to artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, working with TV series such as GLEE, X-Factor and more. He’d later go on to build his dance empire immaBEAST that has global impact. His annual conference BuildaBeast Experience 2017 going on now, is hosting over 1000 participants daily, representing countries all over the world.

The energy Adams’ choreography brings is so infectious, you may find yourself watching his YouTube channel for hours, or deciding to try some of his choreography yourself – be careful though – we’re not responsible for any pulled muscles or sore joints that may come from trying to move like that! The fitness level he showcases is one to be admired!

Dance as a career, or outlet, certainly has its long-term benefits. But even dance as a form of cardiovascular exercise, or stress-reliever, can improve our overall physical and mental health. Scientific studies show that dancing helps improve our core, overall coordination, fight symptoms of depression, and can even keep our brains from aging!

Adams’ chatted with us about how he stays in great shape, what sets him apart, and what empowers him to be a beast!

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What was life like for you growing up?

Life was confusing for me growing up. I moved around a lot of places, because I was a military brat. I lived in Virginia, Florida and Indiana for 12 years. I learned to love all people, try new things and was super involved with sports, as well as arts. But I always felt out of place and that I was destined for something more.

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Laura Govan – Finding New Strength and Power Through Fitness

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She’s fierce, fly and fit! Not to mention down-to-earth and open to sharing her journey.  Mother, author, entrepreneur and actress Laura Govan is no stranger to the camera and having her life scrutinized for the world to see. But fitness has become a passion, an escape and a way of rebuilding for Govan, who has transformed her figure after giving birth to four children in a span of five-and-half years.

Unhealthy eating habits led her doctor to inform her she was at risk for developing diabetes. She decided enough was enough and she wanted to get her weight, her health, but her mindset back to where it needed to be.

Laura keeps her workouts fresh and unique, from training in the gym, to Yoga, to basketball skills and drills — she makes sure to keep from plateauing.

Hit the flip for all things Laura Govan and fitness + an interview you don’t want to miss!

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Elise Neal is Fit, Fly and Fifty

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Elise Neal, Black Fitness TodayCaptivating is just one word to describe Elise Neal.

She commands attention when she walks in the room with a warm personality that draws you in. Even in a studio full of people and cameras, she controls the vibe.

This is what took place on a warm December day in Los Angeles, where we spent a day with Elise for a fun fitness shoot and time of conversation. What we learned about her – – she’s about her business, adaptable to change, confident in her skin, and she is passionate about fitness and helping others find their unique pathway to better health.

As a dancer since the age of six, the Memphis, Tennessee native enjoyed a fruitful career on Broadway before becoming the talented actress we know and love today. She’s always working hard and if you don’t keep up, you might miss out on something. She is defying age, defying the norm, and setting a new standard for beauty and strength!

Now, Elise is gearing up for the final installment in the Wolverine series — Logan — hitting theaters in March. Check out our exclusive behind the scenes video and interview to view a side of Elise you’ve never seen before. Plus, find out more about her upcoming projects and the kickoff of the Elise Body Boot Camp!



Flip the page for exclusive photos from our photoshoot with Elise Neal!

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