My name is Ace Hood. I am a platinum recording artist. I am also a health and wellness guru. I’m a creator, and I’m also a father. In another life, I might have been like a doctor or something like that, you know what I mean?

Because I always think of like these holistic ways or just- or just come up with ideas, just basically live a better- a healthier life. I think just studying, mainly. Just always remaining a student even when it comes to fitness. You know, fitness is something that I’ve always been a part of, always loved.

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I got into fitness seriously, maybe about five years ago.

Five years ago is when I started to really take it seriously. I had a trainer for about two years. So, it- it’s, kind of, like my transition into independence, in a sense. That’s when my whole fitness journey, like, I think, like really eclipsed everything. Forever, I was always outside.

Football was always my thing. Being from Florida, like, it’s, kind of, like expected, for the most part, you know. So, yeah, I was always an outside baby. I started to play Pop Warner, so I maybe was about 13, 14 years old, when I first started to play football, maybe even a little younger than that. But that was like my first experience with, ah, pad football, you know, and tackle football.

The moment- I got on the field, I fell in love with it.

You know, prior to the game of football, like and me actually playing it, like I always was just a huge fan of it, of people like Deon Sanders and Emmitt Smith and, like, you know, legendary people who play before us. So, for us, I feel like in my community growing up in Deerfield, was always like one or the other, you know, you either like trying to do what the- what the dope boys, or you either trying to play ball. You trying to further yourself in college. You know, for us, football meant everything because, you know, if we were great enough at it, we were able to go to, ah, colleges for full scholarships and stuff like that.

So that was always the goal in order for us to make it out outside of our community and do something better for our family. So, you know, it was very family-oriented. Football was, like, much bigger for us too. My diet is very important. I exercise a pescatarian at this particular time.

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I do think at some point I wanna transition to being, like, a vegetarian, or something, and vegan. Ah, so, we’ll see. We’ll see. It’s definitely a journey, but like I always felt like food harried energy. You know, like, whether you would have, ’cause growing up my mom would always, you know, she made soul food and anything like that, she would, every time we would eat, you know, we would feel like sluggish.

As much as I love the food, as much as I’m- I’m from the culture and the collard greens and [inaudible] and all that good stuff, at the same time, I understood what it was doing to my body. It was making me more tired, you know what I mean, eating big meals like that. So as I got older, I started to portion my food and started to understand that your body doesn’t need much to actually run. I’m teaching my children about a healthy lifestyle, just about if they want a longer life if they wanna happier life. For my kids, man, it’s just, it’s easing ’em in, you understand?

And, it’s just like holding ’em accountable too in the same token, which is important to me.

So, like, ‘Okay. Cool, you all want to do this, you all want to do that, I’m gonna need you when I put these greens on here, I’m gonna need you all to take care of it. You gotta go ahead and clean that up, right? Did we get that?

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” My girl and my [inaudible 00:02:49], just so you all know, and then, you know, it’s all good.

“Dad, I ate all my greens.” I’m like, “Yeah, that’s gonna get you strong like daddy, you dig?” So, you know, and I know what the condition like between one and five, to try to get them on something consistent so they can carry that throughout life, you know ’cause I want them to be healthy. I want them to be active, always wanted to be mobile with my kids, and running around and do flips and do everything that they doing, you know.

So, that’s one of the reasons too, largely that, ah, I’m honest with my eating like that.

Being a performer and my lifestyle now, this is like so funny, man, because I used to think that they were different, right? So, I think that they are one and the same. My fitness goals and the things that I wanna do, it’s like, because people know Ace Hood in the past for, I’ve always dropped hustling music and music to get you up and going and music to motivate you. And, you know, that’s- that- like that’s what also stems from the fitness because, in my mind, it’s like, “What if I could give you the keys to fitness and living a healthier lifestyle and I could also attest a soundtrack to how to do that,” you know what I mean?

Teach you how to trust the process and teach you how to be undefeated.

You know what I’m saying, like, meaning mentally, you know, mind, body and spirit, the things that we control, like, nobody else got that control, so that’s what I mean by being undefeated. So, it’s like, also know that you know, and it’s not a perfect lifestyle that I live. Just so you know, like, I’m still in the club with nine chains on me, like, you know, like solid up, like dip it down, and everything blessed. We wanna pull up in big [inaudible] and bless.

But, it’s just knowing how to balance that, you know what I’m saying. And, it’s just like knowing where my safe place is.

It’s like, yeah, it ain’t really much changed. It’s just I’m batting more like, yeah, like just that animal more so for me, more control. So, that’s how I learned to like balance a lifestyle.

It’s not faking, you know what I mean. Embrace it, like, I’m thankful for who I am as an artist and a celebrity and all that it’s brought me. But I’m also grateful for my consciousness and like being able to be centered in a world where I know, it’s like, so many terrible things happening and people need guidance and just love.

Do you understand? So, it’s like, for me, that’s just how I stay true.

It’s just like, we waver back and forth. I ain’t trying to be perfect, you know what I mean. Like, I’m gonna leave here and go, you know what I mean, smoke one. We gonna, you know what I mean, it’s like, it’s no difference. But, I am who I am and I’m gonna be true to that.





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