R&B singer Olivia is passionate about more than making great music—the New York native has taken her health seriously for many years and regularly incorporates fitness into her busy life. When she’s not recording music or on-set for reality TV shows or movies, Olivia is in the gym or finding a way to get a workout in. Read more about what Olivia shared with Black Fitness Today on her fitness regimen, how she’s able to enjoy her favorite foods, some new exciting career moves, and more!
Q. BFT: As a singer and reality star it would seem that you don’t have a lot of extra time on your hands, so how do you find time to maintain your physique while juggling your career and personal life?
Olivia: [I’m willing to] work out anywhere. I have an older brother who does like every type of karate style that you can think of, so I used to work out with him all the time. Right now, if I’m on set somewhere or if I’m in the studio, we’ll do the whole back of the chairs thing, doing dips and we’ll do push-ups. I’m very much of a gym junkie and I’ll make equipment out of anything to work out.
BFT: Awesome! That’s good to know — well whatever it is that you’re doing, it’s working for you.
Olivia: [laughs] Thank you!
Q. BFT: So to follow up with that what is your favorite type of workout?
Olivia: Well it would definitely have to be anything that has to do with abs, because I feel like that’s the hardest for us as women to achieve. I also love to do pull-ups with my brother; he is so amazed because most women don’t have that much upper-body strength so I do those with him a lot just to get better.
BFT: Nice! How many pull-ups can you do?
BFT: That’s impressive!
Olivia: [laughs] I put it up on my Instagram one time but I only could do five then. Duane, my road manager, was with me and we worked out hard, but I was like, we still have to put it up even though I could only do the five! I also do Bikram yoga and it helps shed the pounds and tone the core. I recommend everyone try it once.
Q. BFT: Do you actually have a trainer that you work out with or do you just work out with your brother and/or Duane?
Olivia: Usually my brother or Duane. I had a trainer about seven years ago—but after you figure out what you’re doing, you don’t always need a trainer to push you, especially if you’re focused, like myself.
Q. BFT: It seems like you’re where you want to be physically, so right now it’s all about maintenance, is that correct?
Olivia: Yeah exactly.
Q. BFT: We heard that you love to cook! So when it comes to nutrition, what is a typical day like for you, from when you wake up to when you’re in the studio; how do you get your meals in?
Olivia: Well, the first thing I have to do when I get up is make a smoothie. I love all my frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s because I feel like they have the best frozen fruits and obviously I have to make it with mango because everybody knows I’m a Jamaican [laughs] but they’re so good! I’ll also eat a a muffin or something light. I eat really heavy in the afternoon. I love pasta.