With the summer (my favorite season) coming to an end I made sure I got the best out of the last bright summer rays in my system! I couldn’t let go of the summer without taking a dip at my house pool accompanied by some delicious and healthy snacks thanks to my friends over at Outshine.

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I am that guy that loves swimming in the pool and eating ice cream or anything cold on hot summer days. I am happy that the last summer hurrah allowed me to do exactly the above. I was on my own last weekend since my fiancée was traveling so I made it a point to have a solo date and taste all of the deliciousness in the Coconut-flavored Outshine fruit bars.

What made my day perfect was being able to enjoy the weather in my favorite swim trunks and as I took a break from the laps in the pool I snacked on one – okay maybe two (Lol) of these Outshine fruit bars. YUMMY!

Why I do love these snacks? Aside from being delicious I am all in for Outshine’s mindset. They believe that when you care about what’s on the inside, it shows on the outside. Outshine also believes that the brightest, most colorful lives are the ones lived with passion and purpose as they should. In essence this is a very similar state of mind as to why my blog AVivirLA was created.

While I was out enjoying my solo date I asked myself how this could be fun? And I knew it was because having relaxation moments like these are luxury. It was thanks to this experience that I allowed myself to live brighter.

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Being able to live this down time on a Sunday prepared me for a real great week of exciting news and one where I felt relaxed to take on whatever was thrown my way because I had done what my body wanted to do — relax. Outshine thanks for motivating me to take a step back from my busy life and enjoy the moment with a couple fruit bars in hand. To me that is the definition of living life brighter.

Outshine uses only fresh, healthy ingredients in its frozen fruit or yogurt bars — because they don’t just want you to snack, they also want you to shine. In addition they contain NO GMO ingredients.

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The best part about Outshine’s Fruit Bars is that you can find them in most grocery stores. So don’t be afraid that you won’t find them and check out the link here.

Make sure you check out Outshine on Instagram for more fantastic photos and ways to enjoy these treats. When you start uploading your own Outshine Fruit Bar on social media tag them with: #SnackBrighter

Although the Outshine Fruit Bars come in a variety of different flavors (lime, grape, mango, strawberry and pineapple) this time around I opted for the Coconut and it made me feel as if I was in the Caribbean although I was in my backyard.

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Have you tried these delicious fruit bars? How do you make sure your days #ShineBrighter in your life?

On October 8-9, the Port of Los Angeles will once again host Red Bull Global Rallycross’ signature double-header event. For the first time in series history, Los Angeles will also be home to the series’ season finale. “Our annual doubleheader at the Port of Los Angeles has proven one of our most popular events since its introduction three years ago,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “This year we are excited to end the 2016 season on the waterfront for the very first time, and look forward to crowning this year’s champions in our home market. We expect an incredible turnout!”

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The Port of Los Angeles hosted Red Bull Global Rallycross for the first time in 2014, with Scott Speed and Rhys Millen splitting the inaugural doubleheader. In last year’s event, Speed became the first Supercar driver to sweep a doubleheader in Red Bull GRC history, propelling him to his first series championship just two months later. In 2016, this spectacular waterfront location will host one of the series most technical tracks with a crossover jump and bridge and an all new track design that will provide the ultimate test for the cars and drivers as they battle for the championship.

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Tickets for Red Bull GRC Los Angeles at the Port of Los Angeles are on sale now. Adult single-day GA tickets are available at the early bird price of $25 through September 3, while kids ages 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets.

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For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

There are some things, products or even brands that have the capability of transporting you to some very special places in life and LALA Yogurt Smoothies is one of them in my books. It always will be!

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Every time I see a LALA product I am reminded of my beautiful childhood years in Mexico. LALA is such an important brand within any Mexican household and mine was not the exception. Growing up in Mexico I was drinking LALA products since I was almost a newborn so to partner with my friends from LALA was the natural thing to do. I could not be happier.

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Now that I live such an active lifestyle convenience is very important to me for the things that I want to achieve because I am always on the go and it sure does help that LALA Yogurt Smoothies are nutritious and convenient. You do not need to trade convenience for taste. You get “dos por uno con LALA”. To have them available in the United States has been a magnificent idea and to possibly soon have them nationwide is an even better thought because we will no longer need to miss out the deliciousness of LALA when traveling.

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In addition, LALA Yogurt Smoothies help you get the most out of your busy days. When I am in a rush, which usually happens in the morning as I prepare myself to go into the office I sometimes jeopardize my breakfast, but to have these nutritious smoothies available is life-saving. When I run from one meeting to another at work LALA Yogurt Smoothies have also helped me get my nutrition intake. For instance this morning this was my breakfast below as I rushed out the door with my office essentials.

Take a look at the LALA commercial video below for some fun ideas on how it’s a product that really fills and replenishes you while on the go.

Since our days are almost always jam-packed with a non-ending to-do list we often feed our bodies food that may not always be as nutritious, but you would be happy to find out that LALA Yogurt Smoothies come in a wide variety of delicious flavors, great taste and have the best ingredients such as real fruit and no artificial flavors or colors.

As a man I am always looking for protein to fuel my body so that I can lift more on my next workout and knowing that these LALA Yogurt Smoothies provide 5 grams of protein and Vitamins A & D is a major plus.

My favorite #Yogurting flavors are the Mango and Strawberry because those are the ones that I have tried thus far, but I know that all are delicious because they come from LALA! Anything by them is amazing. #LalaForLife

If you would like to find out more detailed information about LALA Yogurt Smoothies click here. You can also check out LALA on Facebook for more ideas and lots of nutritional information.

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Go to LALAFoods.com to find LALA Yogurt Smoothies near you.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LALA Yogurt Smooothies. The opinions and text are all mine.

On September 7, 2016, Apple® and Nike introduced Apple Watch® Nike+, the latest result of a long-standing partnership.

Apple Watch Nike+ is the ultimate tool for anyone who runs, pairing exclusive Nike Sport Bands with Apple Watch Series 2, which features GPS, a two-times-brighter display, water resistance 50 meters,* a powerful dual-core processor and watchOS® 3.

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Apple Watch Nike+ also includes exclusive Siri® commands and iconic Nike watch faces along with deep integration with the new Nike+ Run Club app for unrivaled motivation to go for a run, coaching plans that adapt to your unique schedule and progress, and guidance from the world’s best coaches and athletes. Apple Watch Nike+ is the ultimate companion for those with a passion for running, whether they’re emerging runners or marathon veterans.

“Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life and we wanted to push it further to create the best smartwatch in the world for runners and athletes,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Nike+ takes performance tracking to a whole new level and we can’t wait to bring it to the world’s largest community of runners.”

“We know runners – and we know many are looking for a device that gives them an easy, fun way to start running,” said Trevor Edwards, president of the Nike Brand. “The market is full of complex, hard-to-read devices that focus on your data. This focuses on your life. It’s a powerful device with a simple solution – your perfect running partner.”

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Features
Apple Watch Nike+, like all Apple Watch Series 2 models, features built-in GPS to track pace, distance and route, so users can run without an iPhone®. With the brightest display Apple has ever made, metrics are easy to read, no matter the sun’s glare, and if users decide to take a post-run dip in the pool, Apple Watch Nike+ is water resistant 50 meters, for swimming.

The Nike Sport band is crafted from the same strong, flexible fluoroelastomer as the original Apple Watch Sport™ Band, but now it’s perforated for even better ventilation and sweat management. The lightweight band is available in four vibrant, two-tone color combinations that are unique to the collection. Apple Watch Nike+ features two exclusive watch faces inspired by Nike’s iconic style that can be easily personalized with useful apps like Activity Rings, Heart Rate, Stopwatch and Weather, helping runners stay informed at a glance.

Nike+ Run Club
Apple Watch Nike+ takes advantage of the unique capabilities of Apple Watch Series 2 and the Nike+ Run Club app to be the perfect running partner on your wrist. The app experience is seamlessly built into Apple Watch Nike+ and easily accessed right from the watch face, so users can get going with a quick tap. The Nike+ Run Club app offers daily motivation through smart run reminders, challenges from friends and even alerts informing when the weather is right to get outside.  Training data, including pace, distance and heart rate are available at a glance, and through shared run summaries, the app promotes friendly competition, even allowing users to send fist bumps to each other right from the wrist.

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Pricing & Availability 
• Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in two different aluminum case sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm and pairs with four exclusive Nike Sport Band color combinations including Black/Volt, Black/Cool Gray, Flat Silver/White and Flat Silver/Volt.

  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available in 38 mm at $369 (US) and in 42mm at $399 (US) from Apple.comNike.com, Apple Stores, select Nike retail stores, select Apple Authorized Resellers and select specialty stores and department stores.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on Apple.combeginning Friday, September 9, with availability in late October, in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong,Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK and the US.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on Apple.combeginning Friday, September 23, with availability in late October, Apple Watch Nike+ will be available to order on Apple.com beginning Friday, September 23, with availability in late October, in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia.
  • Apple Watch Nike+ will also be available in late October in Costa Rica, Greece, India, Israel, Macau, Mexico, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
  • Nike Sport Bands are available exclusively with Apple Watch Nike+ models and not sold separately.
  •  Apple Watch Series 2 requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 or later. watchOS 3 and iOS 10 will be available beginning Tuesday, September 13 as a free software update. Some features are not available in all regions or all languages.
  • Every customer who buys Apple Watch Nike+ from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online,** to help set up and personalize their new Apple Watch with calendars, notifications, apps and more.
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about Apple Watch Nike+ or watchOS 3 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store®.

*Apple Watch Series 2 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 2 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant.

**In most countries.

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Text and Photo Credit: Nike News 

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Honey Bunches of Oats and WeAllGrow Latina.

When I first saw this campaign with Honey Bunches of Oats it was more than natural that I was a part of it and here I am raving about this product because I have been doing so for the past 10 years. I am serious. Honey Bunches is my all-time favorite cereal brand and I have been eating these since I was in high school.

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The people that know me very well know that I am “confleis” guy! Yes, I love cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although my healthy habits will not let me have it so many times a day I do still try to squeeze at least one meal of these a day. Not too shabby if you ask me.

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I recall when I was in college in particular how I would survive exams, projects and finals week with boxes of these. They were my go-to favorite meal and snack. You may think I am joking, but the reality is that I am being serious. As a broke college student this sometimes would be all I would eat. If I was lucky I would be able to get some protein in my system.

But why do I love Honey Bunches of Oats so much? It really has EVERYTHING you could ask for, from the crispy flakes to the crunchy oat clusters and the slight touch of honey – “no solo es una cosa sino es todo”.

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And since the cereal company likes to get with the program quick and easy and to show fans that they mean EVERYTHING to the brand, Honey Bunches is launching a new microsite to give people the opportunity to star in their own “THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.TM” video.

How can you do this? Very easy!

Visit HoneyBunchesthisisEverything.com and personalize the new ad spot with photos of yourself and your family.

I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by and I even participated so what are you waiting for to do yours because you could win some cash. You can make a video each day, for a chance to win $10,000.

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You can check out my video here.

It’s easy to create one of your own, all you have to do is upload three of your favorite photos; a selfie, a family/friends photo and a favorite superhero shot. After you upload your photos, the site has fun stickers you can add to your photos. That’s it – click submit for a chance to WIN! They will email your video to you and give you the option to share it on your favorite social media outlets.

The sweepstakes launches August 29, 2016 and ends October 31, 2016.

Visit HoneyBunchesthisisEverything.com and personalize the new ad spot with photos of yourself and your family.

And make sure to visit Honey Bunches of Oats on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more fun.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Honey Bunches of Oats and WeAllGrow Latina. The opinions and text are all mine.

Although I am on a fitness journey to accomplish a better version of myself I still love to splurge every once in a while with all of my delicious and finger-licking Mexican food that I grew up eating.

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There are things that I cannot live without and so is the case with the simple tostadas that my mom would make for us. They are super simple yet so good. She would simply re-fry beans, spread them on a tostada and sprinkle some fresh cheese on them w/ any kind of sauce or salsa to bring in the spiciness. We all know that us Latinos cannot live without our spicy flavor.

This time as an adult HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans made it even easier for me to re-create my mom’s traditional recipe of “Tostada de Frijoles”. These tostadas are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner and even as a midday snack they work perfectly fine.

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For these tostadas I cooked the Jalapeño flavor, but HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans come in 3 additional flavors, which are the traditional, queso and chorizo. I cannot wait to taste the chorizo because I am sure they are to die for.

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To this day my mom still cooks these tostadas from scratch when I visit her and it transports me to my modest, but fun young years when we would not have fanciest of meals to eat. But these “Tostadas de Frijoles” hold so much sentimental value that I love eating them today. Cooking them made me, not only miss mom, but also be grateful for such a loving upbringing. When I share with her how effortless and time-saving these HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans are she will be happy too.

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The Jalapeno flavor HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans hold such a strong flavor that you would not know that they are not homemade. They are rich in the spicy flavor that you wouldn’t be able to tell that they came from a package. So next time you are rushing or have little time grab some of these packs at your nearest local grocery store.

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I will give you the rundown on how easy it is to cook these HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans:

  1. Boil 1.5 cups of water.
  2. Toss in the package of HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans and let them simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Ready to serve.

You can find HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans in the bean aisle at your local grocery to experience the easy and deliciousness of this meal.  Or they can purchase the beans directly online.

Don’t forget to visit the following link to learn about other recipes from HERDEZ® Instant Refried Beans.

#LaLeyendadelChupacabras is a family-fun film that will make its theater debut on October 14, 2016.

Will you be watching?

More on the Movie: The story follows the character of Leo and his friends as they embark on a new adventure in an encounter with the well-known mythical creature of #ElChupacabras. This film by Anima Studios is one of many animated series that focus on popular Latino legends and/or folktales including Las Momias de Guanajuato and La Leyenda de la Llorrona.

 Synopsis: After his adventures with the mummies of Guanajuato and of being in the middle of the independence war, Leo San Juan is taken prisoner when he gets mistaken for an insurgent rebel by the royalist army soldiers while on his way back to Puebla. While locked in an old abandoned convent among other rebels, a frightening winged monster appears next to them: El Chupacabras, who attacks prisoners and guards alike. Abandoned to their fate, Leo and the rebels must fight the monster and escape before the royalists blow up the convent. As he struggles to survive he will discover the secret behind El Chupacabras and will have to make the most difficult decision of his life.Stay tuned for this film, a collaboration between Lionsgate and Pantelion Films’.

Esta nota es parte de una colaboración patrocinada por California Milk y #WeAllGrow Latina Network. Todas las opiniones son propias. #ElChavoYLeche #LatinaBloggers

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Como olvidar aquellos días cuando era pequeño y cada sábado por la mañana veía al programa del Chavo del Ocho por la televisión con mis padres y hermanos. Era una rutina casi necesaria antes de comenzar a jugar afuera con los amigos.

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Este pasado 20 de agosto me trajo lindos recuerdos de mi infancia cuando visite un Supermercado Vallarta donde volví a vivir esta linda experiencia con algunos amigos y mi pareja. Tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar el vecindario (simulacro) del  Chavo del Ocho. Todos platicamos de como el programa y las ocurrencias del Chavo del Ocho unió a muchas familias para verlo a la misma hora. Eran unos muy lindos tiempos donde las familias se congregaban para reír juntos y pasarla muy agradable.

Ese mismo 20 de agosto muchas familias y amigos se reunieron para comer las famosas “tortas de jamón” con leche que El Chavo del Ocho hizo famosas.

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Las “tortas de jamón” con un vaso de leche son la combinación que todos deben probar y además todo estuvo medido con control para uno que sigue un estilo de vida saludable fue perfecto. Fue la mejor parte.

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Lo bueno del Chavo del Ocho es que no importa la edad, o cultura hispana porque fue popular en muchos hogares y fue lo que hizo que el evento fuera una diversión. El ver a pequeños y adultos disfrutar fue una experiencia inolvidable.

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Sabías que tú también puedes degustar de la “torta de jamón” con leche en los Supermercados Vallarta y hasta ganar premios si compartes tu foto en las redes sociales.

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Para ser exactos empezando el 15 de agosto hasta el 11 de septiembre, toma leche y El Chavo te dan la oportunidad de ganar una mochila llena de sorpresas – ¡más una tarjeta de regalo de $200!

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Para participar solo necesitas visitar tu supermercado cercano (encuentra una tienda participante aquí: tomaleche.com), tomate una foto dentro del barril de El Chavo del Ocho probando su famosa “torta de jamón” con leche y sube tu foto usando #ElChavoYLeche.

No te pierdas este concurso y encuentra más detalles aquí o entra a este link: www.univision.com/elchavoyleche

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of California Milk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Puede ser un paseo de lujo y libre de estrés al estadio donde su equipo está jugando, un lugar de estacionamiento conveniente está a la espera y servicio de valet que lo recibe en la puerta. Puede ser una transición cómoda desde el Asiento de Posición Perfecta en su nuevo vehículo Lincoln a la hospitalidad de clase mundial de los Founders Club en el Estadio AT&T en Arlington, Texas, donde las vistas del campo de juego son incomparables y es que The Lincoln Motor Company se ha convertido en el vehículo oficial de lujo de los Dallas Cowboys.

El patrocinio del “equipo de América” ​​tiene sentido, dice Kumar Galhotra, presidente de The Lincoln Motor Company.

“El fútbol americano se trata de recuerdos, sobre el saboreo del placer del día y el juego”, él dijo. “Y Lincoln se trata de la creación de experiencias cálidas, elaboradas personalmente para sus clientes”.

By: Jamie Miller (Men’s Health) via Allied Hispanic Collaboration

With beach-season right around the corner, thousands of men are getting in shape with our Beach Body Club. Our ten-week programme took three of our staffers from zero to hero, and now we’re rolling it out for readers to have a go. Interested in building sustainable muscle for summer? All you need is the code from this month’s mag – on shelves now.

“I’m not sure the Rock did what I did in the past: train, then go down the boozer and smash it up with pizzas. I never saw him at the In-N-Out Burger when I was getting mine.”

But with summer on its way, we thought we’d share some words-of-wisdom on looking after your new body from our most popular cover star ever.

When he first hit our screens, incredibly some eighteen years ago now, it was with the least starry name conceivable. Sylvester Stallone kickstarted his career as the heroic rough diamond, Italian Stallion Rocky Balboa. Harrison Ford found fame as the cool, blaster-slinging, intergalactic Sundance Kid, Han Solo. By contrast, in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jason Statham 
was introduced to us simply as Bacon, a hotdogging street hawker with a briefcase full of moody goods.

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It would hardly be churlish to say
 that, of the Brit ensemble behind that gamechanging movie, Statham was not the prime candidate for international stardom. Vinnie Jones was its most high-profile turn, the nut-grabbing hardman turned sawn-off psycho. In Nick Moran we were given a new front man,
 all cheekbones, good hair and fast talk. Meanwhile, director Guy Ritchie was being hyped as the English Tarantino. Yet fast forward a couple of decades and it is Statham who has invited unparalleled success on both sides of the Atlantic.

With 40 films to his name, including highly successful, high-octane franchises such as The Expendables, Transporter, Crank and Fast & Furious, he is, at 47 years old, one of the most bankable action heroes in the world. Men’s Healthreaders revere him. His workouts are among
 the most searched on our website, his photographs among the most liked. He has appeared on our cover three times before now and on each occasion the response has been overwhelming. It’s
 not difficult to guess why. He represents aspiration with groundedness; he attracts publicity without courting it; he looks pretty damn good without, you suspect, spending too much time in front of the mirror. In short, he’s a man’s man.

But it’s for these reasons that Jason Statham is not always easy to pin down. We have been trying in earnest to get him on the pages of this magazine again for a few years now, without success. He’s been busy working hard, being active, enjoying life. And besides, the whole business of talking about yourself isn’t really what men’s men want to do. Then, earlier this year, an unexpected email was received from photographer Dan Smith, who happened to be in Thailand with Statham at the time. He had been taking pictures of his friend training – would we like to take a look? What we saw – and what you now see here – instantly showed us that our man was working towards the best shape of his life. With a connection re-established, we finally managed to sit down with Statham to discuss muscle-ups, pizza and hanging with The Rock. We hope you’ll agree, it was worth the wait.

You’ve been training recently for Mechanic: Resurrection. Did you get 
a brief from the director of a certain kind of shape you had to be in?

Not really. You just try and get yourself in a position where you’re injury-free. These days, that’s my main concern. For a lot of these films you try and get in shape anyway, lose the lard, chisel a bit of crap off. But this time I had a smarter approach. Usually I’d just get in the gym and it was task completion: how many reps can you do, how much weight you can lift, stick more weight on. The stronger and more powerful you got was the mark of how you were doing. This time I was more measured. It’s experience. I’ve been doing this a long time.

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So your approach has changed since you last spoke to us?

Totally. I used to train with a guy called Logan Hood. He was a machine. He was a SEAL and my ego would push me to better him. It’s no fault of his but technique and skill go out the window when you’re trying to lift heavy weights and single-rep max. But he went back to the military and that was a big thing for me. I had to figure out where I was going wrong. I educated myself. I started doing mobility work, figuring out how the shoulders work, how the hips work. I’m getting older now, but I feel good.

You don’t look too shabby, either. So are you getting the foam roller out?

Well, I’ve been reading a lot of stuff by Kelly Starrett and he’s one of the smartest guys that I’ve ever listened to. I got on the phone with him and started talking about a few injuries. He was just superb in his knowledge. I began implementing a lot
 of stuff that he was talking about and all of a sudden I started moving a lot better. He’s got this book which is just brilliant…

Becoming A Supple Leopard?

Yeah. And he says you don’t need someone to help you fix these injuries. You can fix them yourself. You just need the know-how.

You’ve basically become a mechanic on your own body, then.

That’s right! I’ve built a gym in my garage and I’ve been training on my own, training smart. I’ve been separating the different kinds of training I’m into. I do a lot of mobility work, then I do fight training – martial arts, boxing – then I do strength and conditioning. Basically, how I feel when I get up is how I train. It’s all about being a good listener of your own body. Because I used to just get down the gym and smash it regardless of how I felt. Swig about four espresso shots and get in the fucking gym. You can do it that way but you’re not ironing out the creases that hinder the extra 10-15% you need.

So do you have a typical workout?

It’s all about not being bored. It’s about not doing the same thing over and over. Because your body is clever and it adapts to those things quickly. I never do the same workout twice. But I do a lot of Olympic lifting. I think the techniques you need for those moves are essential: cleans, deadlifts, overhead squats. That’s one of the best exercises ever.

But if you haven’t got the mobility then that’s not going to happen.

Completely. It requires a certain skill and technique. It’s a superb move. Front squats, back squats. A lot of leg work is overlooked because it requires smart thinking and understanding of how it should be done correctly. Get it wrong and you get injured. I remember ages ago I got injured just doing a 1-rep max on a front squat. That put me out for months.

If you’re your own trainer, aren’t you ever just tempted to take it easy? How do you keep pushing yourself?

Once you start getting fit, it’s one of the best motivators in the world because you start feeling the results. The weight starts to fall, you get a bit lighter, you start moving around. There’s nothing better than that feeling. Necessity motivates me. I’ve been hired to do a job and I’ve gotta take my shirt off. So I’m fine on my own. My gym in the garage is a great little place.

So what kind of kit do you have in there? We’re assuming it’s not power plates.

Ha! No, I hate all that shit. I do a lot of gymnastics-type things. The Olympic rings are priceless. Parallel bars are good if you can get a small set of those. A big squat rack, pull-up bar, kettlebells. A Concept 2 rowing machine that has to get dusted off every now and again.

So how do you put it all together, routine-wise?

I always try and do legs in a session. If my legs are feeling good then I’ll work them until I don’t feel good. It’s pretty much gauged on that: hit that area until it starts to feel like it’s had some smashing. Then let that recover, find something else. Always some form of an Olympic lift within the session. Heavy cleans – they’re tough. If you do them heavy and fast you can really tax yourself with that stuff.

It’s quite cardio as well.

It is. Going on a running machine is the most uninteresting thing I could ever think about. Just so you can say, “Oh, I did my cardio.” It’s a joke. What’s your cardio? My cardio is my fucking workout. If you’re working out correctly, you’ll hit the cardio. You don’t need an elliptical machine. I see loads of people and I think, ‘You’ve just wasted an hour on this mindless movement.’

Probably while reading the paper.

I mean, it’s pathetic. You have to have your mind completely engaged. I don’t spend hours, but I go at it. Some people need pushing and other people can find that inspiration in themselves.

What about the pictures we have of you training in Thailand? The set-up looked pretty basic: a pull-up bar,
 a barbell made out of a car axle.

You’ve got to improvise with what’s around you. People have too many excuses. I do something every day. I don’t take days off. I do something seven days a week, although on the seventh day I might do mobility work. I’m always listening to my body.

You seem to like old-school techniques, and calisthenics moves are becoming very trendy. Can you do muscle-ups?

Yeah. They require good technique. We’re designed to pull ourselves up and over a bar. So I think you should always work towards that rather than just doing chin-to-bar. It’s just mindless. “I did 12 reps today.” Yeah, but did you get closer to being able to do a muscle-up? You’ve got to work towards some goals. My motivation is in isolating weak spots and working on those.

So all this mobility stuff and stretching, does that mean you’re into the LA mindset of yoga and green smoothies?

Nah, I’m not going to yoga. It’s a little too slow for me. I’m cutting my nose off here because I know the benefits. I’m inspired by the MMA guys and there’s a guy called Rickson Gracie, one of the greatest MMA fighters in the world. He did a lot of yoga.

How about the diet? Are you like a fighter, boom-and-bust, or do you keep on a pretty even keel?

Well, I used to have more of a Ricky Hatton approach. You’d get so isolated doing these films that you’d think, ‘Fuck, I’m not eating another piece of chicken breast and broccoli.’ You come out and you go 10 pints of lager and do the things that you’re familiar with. Especially coming from the UK. That’s where you run to, the old habits. I did that for years and years and your body’s good at buffering that kind of abuse. But the older you get, the smarter you get. I don’t do that now. I’m much, much fitter than I’ve ever been. I eat cleanly, because it’s just smart to do that.

Did your Furious 7 co-stars do the same?

Well, I take my hat off to Dwayne Johnson. He’s a great inspiration. He’s a beast! He really does take his health and fitness seriously. His training is part of his life. I’m not sure he did what I did in the past: train, then go down the boozer and smash it up with pizzas. I never saw him at the In-N-Out Burger when I was getting mine.

You’re 48 now. How much longer can you keep going?

I started training again properly on Thursday 21 August last year. I’ve been pretty consistent right up to today, and after I speak to you, I’m going to get in the gym. So this is the longest run I’ve had ever since I started my career. I’m feeling better now in terms of the way I move around. I feel like I could go another 20, 30 years. I’m feeling good.

What I’d like to do is a fully-fledged fight movie. I’ve never done one. I met Tony Jaa when I was out in Thailand and to me he’s an inspirational athlete: one of the greatest real-life stunt guys in the business. We talked about doing a proper fight film where we’re on the same team, and we’ve got a script we’re trying to put together. I’ve never been in a place to do that in the past. I’ve always blamed injuries. But now I know how to fix things. I want to elevate the action in a way that’s never been done before.

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