Get Fit With LL Cool J’s Platinum Body Workout

LL Cool J smiling and wearing a black suit and hat( — Approaching his 39th birthday, James Todd Smith, of course more famously known as LL Cool J, has every right to slow down, rest on his laurels, count his money and perhaps even call it quits. After all, contrary to the fact that many hip-hop artists have fairly short careers, LL has spent over two decades in the limelight, including two Grammy Awards, 11 platinum CDs, a hit TV show and more than 20 feature films.

But instead of winding down, he just cut a new CD’s worth of tracks with 50 Cent as producer and he’s developing a CBS pilot with the creator of CSI. Also, reinforcing his status as one of Hollywood’s very fittest, he’s just come out with the book LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout, collaborating with Scooter Honig, his personal trainer of nearly 5 years.

“Working out is a huge investment in yourself, and it builds equity in your body,” says LL. “It helps in all your decisions. It helps you negotiate. It clears your mind. It gives you strength to overcome obstacles. It’s a deep thing, you know?”

His workout plan was born of necessity during concert tours. LL and Honig would hop off the bus in the middle of a desert for miles of roadwork, or scramble over the fence of a high-school football field to do wind sprints followed by pullups on a goalpost. Their superefficient, use-what-you-have approach, where not one single second is wasted, comes in handy during a time crunch, either LL’s or yours.

One of the reasons LL Cool J looks the way he does is that his trainer, Scooter Honig, combines old-school exercises like bench presses and curls with “cardio blasts” designed to produce maximum results in minimum time. LL’s book blends this unique “combination-platter” approach with free-weight bodybuilding, plyometrics, fighters’ moves, calisthenics and endurance training, all designed to build muscles while burning fat. The beauty is that the added muscle and staggered cardio can make you a fat-burning machine, even while sleeping. The net result? One day you might wake up looking like an LL Cool J version of yourself!