Today I’m talking to legendary rapper, songwriter, and actor Ice-T. Since his origins in the underground rap scene of the 1980s to his long-term stint on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ice-T has been a cultural force in America for as long as many of us have been alive. But one thing a lot of people might not know is his passion for fitness. In his youth, Ice-T was a competitive gymnast and fan of physical culture, and now in his 60s, he’s exercising often twice per day.
Before we dive into that, I do want to give a shoutout to Cheerios — one of Ice-T’s sponsors — for helping facilitate this podcast in recognition of National Heart Health Month. Ice-T has even narrated a series of 4-minute workouts streaming on Pandora, which you can still catch at the tail end of February.
In this episode of the BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Ice-T about:
- Ice-T’s fitness background; “At 40, some of my friends started to drop” (2:00)
- Meeting “brutally strong” gymnasts (4:00)
- The importance of fitness for performing endurance (5:10)
- When fitness becomes part of a performer’s job description (7:40)
- Making the most of your time in the gym (10:00)
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