INTERVIEW : FIVE MINUTES WITH NICOLE WINHOFFER

As Madonna’s primary personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer always has five backup plans ready – just in case her original idea doesn’t fly with the famously fit Madge.

“Of course there are days when (Madonna) says, ‘What is this? I hate it!’” said Winhoffer, who has worked with Madonna for four years. “But she makes me better.”

Winhoffer, a personal trainer, dancer, choreographer and artist stars in the “Addicted to Sweat” 4-DVD video series, which is designed to bring Madonna’s dance-centric workouts to the general public. Though I like challenging workouts, the videos were way out of my league. Professional dancers might have better luck.

Winhoffer recently chatted with me about how she keeps Madonna happy in the gym.

Q: How did you and Madonna meet?
A: I was (a dancer) on the “Sticky & Sweet” tour. After that I trained using my own philosophy of fitness, conditioning myself on the road. After the tour she asked if I would be the primary trainer. Having the same background of dance was crucial.

Q: Do you actually work out with Madonna or just tell her what to do?

A: We work out together so I know exactly how it feels on her body and so she can also follow. We do a new program every week. She just got back from Los Angeles and today we did a program on surfboards, using an unstable surface to challenge stabilizing muscles. We try to change the program every week so her body is shocked and her mind is focused on a new workout and a new thing the body has to do.

Q: Who comes up with the workouts?
A: It’s a collaborative effort. I journal all the workouts I do with her; every Sunday I decide what new prop to use and what body part to target. I train all the muscles all the time with a focus on certain muscle groups. It depends if she has a photo shoot or concert and what she’s wearing. A shoot affects her body so our workouts are very hands-on with open communication. We see how her body responds to it. If I intend to sculpt the hamstrings and (the effect) ends up in the quad, I change it up. I always try to find new solutions to create a feminine silhouette. It’s all about change and keeping her inspired.

Q: How can you tell when she’s slacking?
A: That doesn’t ever happen. It really doesn’t. She’s proven consistency is the most important key to success. She has never missed a workout. She really pays attention to how her body is every day; she’s honest with it. She won’t step over the boundary of killing herself and I feed off her energy. It’s very collaborative but definitely a roller coaster.

Q: What’s an essential element of every workout?
A: Music. I create a new play list every week. It’s fun to find remixes of her songs that she has never heard. When her album came out last year, I mixed into my playlist. Music defines how we move. Because we’re both dancers, it’s fun to explore the body and challenge it with music.

Q: How long do you work out?

A: Ninety minutes to two hours a day, including stretching. I massage her; we go into a full body warmup, stretching with movement and getting the blood moving. We do 40 reps of each movement; they target areas in her program. For full body, we do seven to 10 interconnected movements, challenging the body in areas we target, then abs, then dance cardio, jump rope, trampoline and then a five minute cool down.

Q: Does Madonna ever get mad at you?

Q: (Laughs.) Yeah. I know her really well. This is why my job is so hard. There are five possible responses I can get. My goal is to have a free-flowing workout so she can’t complain or talk. The mat is in the right place, there are no questions and no possible way to stop.

Q: Do you train other people?

A: I wake up at 5:30 a.m. every day because I have a client at 7 a.m. Madonna and I work out in the afternoon. Once I’m finished with Madonna, I’m usually done for the day. It’s very important to train with others because that’s how I learn. If I’m constantly with the same client, I can never grow or think outside the box. I purposely (train others) so I can try new things with her. I go to public gyms, private studios, I do Bikram yoga. I take dance class, collaborate with others. It’s important to keep my brain fresh so I can be fresh for her. It’s important for me to keep reinventing.

Q: Who inspires you?
A: People who want to change. It’s not just up to me. I can change someone’s body but it’s very difficult if they don’t want to. I prefer to work with people who are athletes and performers, who have danced on Broadway and other artists because there is that passion.

Q: You’ve been called one of the “most stylish” New Yorkers. How important is fashion for a workout?

A: It’s very important; how you feel and what you see in the mirror dictates what your actions are going to be. It’s very important to wear clothing you feel comfortable in. Colors also have a strong affect on energy and what sort of energy you put out. I believe in colors, feng shui and higher levels of consciousness, not only for energy but for sensuality and being female. It’s important for women to show off their body and curves and to be proud of who they are and not to wear baggy clothing.

Source : ChicagoTribune

RICK PERRY TAKES ON MADONNA OVER SCOUTS’ GAY BAN

Texas Governor Rick Perry is upset with Madonna for her recent protest against the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members and leaders, calling her comments a “gratuitous shot” at the organization, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

In an appearance on the Glenn Beck Program on Tuesday, Perry chastised Madonna for her behavior at a March 16 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) event, in which the pop star wore a Cub Scout uniform and blasted the Boy Scouts’ “stupid” ban on gay members.

“It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to,” Perry told Beck.

Perry — an outspoken supporter of the Boy Scouts and an Eagle Scout — said in February that he strongly believes the organization should uphold its anti-gay policy as a matter of principle.

“Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization,” Perry said.

The Scouts’ National Council is expected to announce whether it will reverse the organization’s current policy in May.

During his appearance on Beck’s radio program, Perry also said that he views Eagle Scouts favorably when reviewing the resumes of prospective employees.

“You know, I get to see a lot of resumes, Glenn… and when I see Eagle Scout, I pull that out and I set it aside because I know something about this individual without ever meeting them,” Perry explained. “That’s the type of individuals I want to be working with and I’m counting on to take the great State of Texas forward.”

In January, the Boy Scouts denied a gay California teen Eagle Scout status because he reportedly failed to meet “membership standards,” even though a volunteer Eagle Scout Board of Review approved the teen’s application.

During her appearance at the GLAAD event, Madonna advocated for a more compassionate dialogue in the gay rights debate, likening the LGBT bullying epidemic to abuses inflicted against African Americans before the civil rights movement.

“What did Jesus teach? It’s in all the holy books: Love thy neighbor as thy self,” Madonna told the GLAAD crowd. “We cannot use the name of God or religion to justify acts of violence, to hurt, to hate, to discriminate.”

Source : HuffingtonPost

A “GIRLIE SHOW” NIGHT FOR BENEFIT IN LONDON

Madonna Celebrate Presents
20th Anniversary of The Girlie Show
A Charity benefit night for St. Stephens AIDS trust

Doors 5pm

Curfew 12pm

(All Ticket holders receive an exclusive gift)

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Madonna’s hit worldwide tour ‘The Girlie Show’

Madonna’s Girlie Show is twenty years old this year and to commemorate this occasion, Madonna Celebrate is throwing a charity benefit in aid of St. Stephens AIDS trust in one of London’s friendliest venues, The Retro Bar. The event is jam packed with unforgettable Madonna perfor…mances, legendary ‘M’ videos, amazing DJs, a Material Girl Quiz, an ‘M’ Tombola with marvelous Madge memorabilia all to raise vital funds and awareness for our chosen charity. To conclude this very memorable night, a dance and sing-a-long screening of the entire Girlie Show concert on the big screen.

Hosted by David Robson (G.A.Y./Heaven) Neil Prince (Songs of Praise, Guilty Pleasures), Craig (Eurosolution) and Kurt Hoffman (Madonna Celebrate).

‘The Girlie Show’ is an interesting area of Madonna’s long and varied career. She fell out of favour with some critics which thought she had gone ‘too far’ and her career was over. Others felt it as her best work yet and applauded her sexual confessions. Once again redefining the rock concert as a form of theatricality and showing that Madonna is a creative force to be reckoned with. The mother of re-invention is still the undisputed Queen of pop!

Time Out ‘Bet the Lady herself won’t be having this much fun’

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NEWS: MADONNA WEARS BOY SCOUT OUTFIT, SLAMS ORGANIZATION

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Madonna, who was at the GLAAD Media Awards to present an award to Anderson Cooper, also addressed the bullying epidemic in a powerful speech.

Madonna wanted to be a Boy Scout but they wouldn’t let her join.

That’s what the superstar said in her speech on Saturday as she addressed the crowd at the annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards in New York City.

“I think that’s f**ked up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees,” she continued, all while wearing a Boy Scout outfit.

“Listen, I want to do good for the community. Most important, I know how to scout for boys! So I think that I should be allowed to be a Boy Scout and I think they should change their stupid rules.”

Madonna, 54, was referring to the controversial ban the Boy Scouts of America organization has had on gay scouts and scout leaders.

The legendary performer’s speech was also an introduction to Anderson Cooper, who was presented with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award, which recognizes openly gay media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality.

Madonna’s speech, which ran for some 12 minutes, also addressed bullying and teen suicides.

“When I think about young kids today in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged . . . outcasts and misunderstood, I want to cry a river of tears,” she said.

The singer then said that the bullying epidemic is “no different than a member of the Taliban shooting a young girl in the head for writing a blog about the importance of female education . . . I don’t know about you, but I can’t take this sh*t anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me?”

by Peggy Truong
celebuzz.com

NEWS: MADONNA DRESSES AS BOY SCOUT, SLAMS ORGANIZATION’S GAY BAN AND HONORS ANDERSON COOPER

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Madonna lived up to her reputation for courting controversy and fighting for gay rights when she appeared on March 16 in New York City at the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards, the first of three events to be held this year to honor the best representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the media.

Dressed in a Boy Scout uniform, the pop star told the audience, “I wanted to be a Boy Scout but they wouldn’t let me join… I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent… Listen, I want to do good for the community. Most importantly, I know how to scout for boys!”

Then, addressing the organization’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, Madonna stated, “I think I should be allowed to be allowed to be a Boy Scout. And I think they should change their stupid rules.”

The suggestion came at the beginning of an over 10-minute speech that served as both an inspirational call to arms to see gay rights won and strengthened in the United States and around the world and as an introduction for Anderson Cooper, who was awarded GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award.

“Most people are not comfortable with things or people that they perceive as different from themselves,” Madonna said. “And I would wager that if we just took the time to get to know one another, did our own investigations, looked beneath the surface of things, we would find that we are not so different after all.”

Referencing various recent incidents of unrest, from the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis to the imprisonment of activist music act Pussy Riot by the Russian government, Madonna argued for more understanding between disparate groups and for religion to no longer be used as a weapon for hate or discrimination.

“What did Jesus teach? It’s in all the holy books: Love thy neighbor as thy self,” she said. “We cannot use the name of God or religion to justify acts of violence, to hurt, to hate, to discriminate. Anyone out there sitting on a fence still — a sharp fence, I hope — I hope you’re listening.”

The singer also addressed the deeply disturbing bullying epidemic in the United States, which has grown more visible in recent years and has been tied to a number of teen suicides.

“When I think about young kids today in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, [like] outcasts and misunderstood, I want to cry a river of tears,” she said.

Drawing a personal connection to bullying, she added, “I have teenagers of my own now and the idea of them or any young person experiencing that kind of pain is unfathomable to me. It’s an atrocity to me. I don’t accept it.”

In what was one of the most powerful moments of an entirely riveting speech, Madonna challenged:

“[The bullying epidemic] is no different from a white supremacist hanging a black man from a tree before the Civil Rights movement. It’s no different than a member of the Taliban shooting a young girl in the head for writing a blog about the importance of female education. It’s no crazier than an Iranian gay man being hanged for falling in love with a man. I don’t know about you, but I can’t take this sh*t anymore. That is why I want to start a revolution. Are you with me? It’s 2013, people. We live in America — land of the free, home of the brave — that’s a question, not a statement.”

The singer then transitioned to her introduction of Anderson Cooper, saying, “I am here to give an award to someone that I admire, to someone who is brave, to someone who has made a difference in the world by promoting equality and giving a voice to the LGBT community.” She also gushed about the CNN news anchor’s blue eyes, called him a “bad ass m****rf****r” and told him to get up on stage so she could “grab [his] ass.”

source: huffingtonpost.com