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BB: Well I just finished four new rooftop projects. This was the first time we did it in LA — we did it on the rooftop and we did a Tae Bo Live program, which is right there on the spot no choreography, just right there on the spot because I’d always tell people if I do choreography is for me it’s not for everyday people. I believe that you have to go into a room and you have to see with the atmosphere is like and then you have to start teaching from there. So out of these next four programs two of them are Tae Bo Live and one of them is Boot Camp Live and I’m really looking forward to them coming out because people that have been doing Tae Bo for a long time, it’s a new look at how to do it because you know…when I first started doing videos I was in my 40s like 41, 38…around 39 or 40 and now I’m 58 so I’ve grown with the art, I’ve grown with exercise.
I’ve been in 102 different countries so far and had a chance to be around different cultures and personalities and I ask a lot of questions about fitness to people such as “what do you want in an exercise program?” “what do you want to do?” because it helps me educate myself and when I put things together I’m going to put it together where it’s just not for me but it’s for everybody. So when I’m teaching the Tae Bo Live program I’m in a room with a bunch of people; it’s live, it’s right in the moment, some people might not have worked out before and some have so I have to be able to get my point across to give everybody a chance to get what they need to get out of their workout. That’s with the new Tae Bo Live is about.
And I’m on the way to opening up my own studio again. I kind of got away from not teaching in my own studio and going around places and teaching but I need to be in my own studio and experimenting and learning how to create more programs to help people. My thing is I want to be able to kick this obesity thing and be able to help kids learn how to get in shape. I’m getting ready to do something with former President Clinton; we’re working on how to teach kids to beat obesity. I was telling the former president I think the easiest way to get a program across to kids is to make it like an iPhone; make it a communication tool. If you’re trying to tell a kid they need to lose weight, it’s not going to happen.
I always say if you teach kids that physical fitness is a communication tool between the mind and the body to help them in other areas like better football players, better basketball players, better listeners, better person in school then it gives them a chance to understand why they need to use physical fitness as an activator to become better at what they do in life. It’s not just losing weight, weight is a byproduct. I’ll actually be leaving soon to spend time with former President Clinton out in Palm Springs we’re doing a program where all the school teachers come in and I’m going to teach them how to get their point across in class as a five-minute physical fitness program while kids are in the classroom and they can push their seats to the side and get them to do stuff – when a child is active in physical fitness they listen better. So I am going to teach them how to do that.
It’s not just losing weight, weight is a byproduct.
BFT: You spoke about the childhood obesity epidemic and that ties into personal fitness and nutrition – what are some of the foods that you eat most to maintain your health and physique?
BB: Well one thing is I like to eat a lot of greens especially now that I’ve gotten to the age that I am now, I did that when I was a kid too but now I know antioxidants and greens are really good for everything that we need, so make sure I eat my vegetables. I like to eat a salad in the morning, salad and fruit and that’s how I start my mornings with a big salad and some fruit on top of salad; and then chicken and fish. I’ve kind of gotten away from meat but I do eat meat probably twice a month; not like I used to and I don’t eat fried food like I used to.
I grew up in a family where we ate fried chicken and all that stuff because that’s what we needed to eat, so that’s what we grew up eating but my mom, dad and my older brother had sugar diabetes and I know that I have it in my genes so I know that if I don’t eat properly then all that stuff will be passed down to me so my goal is to make sure I’m exercising and make sure I’m eating the proper foods. Do I cheat, yes but I don’t really [call it a] cheat, I just eat what I want to eat whenever I want to eat it [in moderation] because I’m working out and always tell people get a good physical fitness workout program that makes you feel good about yourself and sooner later you won’t put that junk in your body anymore.
BFT: So when you have the opportunity to “cheat”, because a lot of people would like to know – what do you eat when you decide you’re going to enjoy yourself a little bit?
BB: Well once a month I always go get a hamburger. [laughs] I’ll go to Carl’s Jr.® and get hamburger but I don’t eat that junk on there I just get the burger, lettuce and onions with no sauce and I eat it plain.
I think my biggest downfall is I like to drink Pepsi™. I don’t drink alcohol; I like Pepsi though. [laughs] That’s my biggest downfall but when I need to cut it out, I’ll cut it out. If I’m getting ready for video and I want to lean out a little more I’ll just cut the Pepsi out for a while.
And I like Oh Henry! bars [laughs] yeah black people know Oh Henry!, but when I need to shut it off I shut it off and is something that I have control of. I always tell people and that’s why it don’t call it a “cheat day” I call it a day when I eat what I want to eat [laughs], because when you call it a “cheat day” it kind of messes with everything else that you do, I don’t need to cheat to eat what I want to eat, I just want to eat it because I work out.
BFT: [laughs] That’s a good point! I think we’re going to start switching to that instead of a cheat meal!
BB: Right-right! Because you teach yourself how to feel guilty from “cheating,” that’s why don’t have a cheat day I just have a day when I eat what I want to eat. I think you have to have it because I remember one time I was getting ready for the NBC superstars – I don’t know if you guys remember the NBC superstars competition y’all might not be as old as me [laughs]. So I was getting ready for the NBC superstars competition and I went out and I hired this guy who was a nutritionist and he says “okay, Billy you can’t drink Pepsi,” and you can’t do this you can’t do that you can’t eat this chicken, you can’t eat that so I said “okay whatever you want me to do”. So I did his diet and I mean I was lean! I looked good but performance wise I couldn’t do crap I mean my body fat was about 2% but when it came time for me to run I didn’t want to run I didn’t have any energy to run I couldn’t do anything; I took fourth place in the competition but I could’ve done better though if I would have just went ahead and ate the way that I usually ate but I starved myself and always tell people there’s three different ways to eat; I can eat to perform – performance foods, I can eat to look good or I can eat because I want to be ripped or I can just starve myself one of the three and it’s [the way I was eating] not a good way to eat.
I think people do programs and they get on these crash diets they make them get ripped and then you see them on TV and say “look this exercise program made me look like this,” and it’s not exercise program it’s what they eat that’s making them look like that because they’re starving themselves; most of those people like that get on it 900 or 800 calorie diet but for performance, you can’t perform to that kind of diet and for me I just think people need to eat [properly].
I believe that a person should be eating at least 2,500 calories a day because you can eat to perform, you can look good and you can get it all; when you start to starve yourself I don’t think its good — for me I couldn’t do that, I can’t teach my clients to starve themselves because that’s not everyday thinking.