Rap star Rick Ross lost 100 pounds and regained his health with CrossFit workouts and a diet overhaul.
“I’ve been doing this CrossFit thing," Ross told 93.9 WKYS FM. "I call it ‘RossFit. We had started doing it last year. The most I used to do for exercise was stand up to count the money, you know what I’m saying?”
Rick, a former couch potato, said he actually enjoys his high-intensity CrossFit training. "It’s a different type of workout,” he said. “I feel good.”
Ross, 38, also modified his diet, and began eating less junk and more fruit. He said he stills eats the way he used to, but in smaller portions. And he makes exercise a top priority. "I eat pears now and s–t like that," he said. "I still eat the way I want to eat. I just go to the gym."
Rick decided to take control of his health after suffering two seizures in one day back in 2011. The seizures, which occurred on two separate airplane flights, left him unconscious, and CPR was necessary to revive him.
Ross doesn't have a specific weight-loss goal, but is proud of his progress. “It was just time for me to tighten up a little bit,” he said. “I have no destination, no specific weight [goal].”
Tim McGraw Lost 40 Pounds With CrossFit and Paleo
Rick isn't the only celebrity who has lost a dramatic amount of weight with CrossFit. Country superstar Tim McGraw credited the combination of CrossFit and the Paleo diet for his jaw-dropping 40-pound weight loss.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Holistic health expert Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, said Paleo isn't a fad diet because it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
McGraw is in the best shape of his life, and has rippling 8-packs for the first time — at age 47. Even he is stunned by his transformation. "I was looking at some old concert shots the other day. Man, my gut!" Tim told Men's Health.
Tim's CrossFit routine incorporate kettlebell swings, hammer strikes, tire flips, sled pulling, and strength-training with martial-arts expert Roger Yuan. "I have trained a lot of people, and many are hard workers, but Tim is another animal," said Yuan. "There is no quitting in him."
CrossFit's popularity has soared during the past few years, as proponents swear by the regimen's capacity to improve strength and overall fitness. A study from Ohio State University confirms what CrossFit fans have been saying all along — that the high-intensity power training workouts can dramatically improve aerobic fitness and body-fat composition.
According to the 10-week OSU study, male and female participants who did CrossFit achieved significant improvements in both aerobic capacity and body fat.
The study tracked 54 participants who did weight-lifting moves such as the squat, dead lift and overhead press performed at high intensity with extremely short rest intervals in between sets. The research showed that all of the participants improved their aerobic fitness, decreased body fat and gained lean muscle.
These findings are no surprise to T.J. Murphy, who discussed the CrossFit revolution that’s transforming bodies and lives in his book, Inside the Box.
Bob Harper Loves CrossFit and Uses It on 'Biggest Loser'
CrossFit has recently come under fire for its link to overuse injuries, but "The Biggest Loser" star Bob Harper (who's a huge CrossFit fan), said proper technique curbs the incidence of injuries.
"It was love at first burpee, and I've been hooked ever since," said Harper, author of Skinny Meals. "And now I incorporate this workout as my primary way to work out my contestants on 'The Biggest Loser.' I believe in it that much."
Four-time CrossFit Games champ Rich Froning, considered the "fittest man on Earth," revealed his diet and workout secrets and his incredible journey from firefighter to CrossFit King in his memoir, First: What It Takes to Win.