It’s that time of year again — swimsuits and shorts are de rigeur, the weather is giving you no excuses to avoid the gym and magazines are publishing their “Bodies” issues to inspire you to pick up your workout routine again. Essence nabbed the cast of this summer’s Think Like a Man Too for their July cover, and while we certainly aren’t going to complain about the male cast’s physique (helloooo, Michael Ealy), it’s the ladies who have the most memorable bikini, minidress and swimwear moments — both in the movie’s trailer and in their Essence photoshoot.
The Think Like a Man Too ladies (from left on the cover: Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, LaLa Anthony and Regina Hall) opened up to Essence about their workout routines — and surprising nobody, they all work hard and stay consistent. (What, you thought those bodies came easy?) Says bride-to-be Union of making her health routine a top priority, “In the past, I’d work out for movies, but it wasn’t a lifestyle. During my divorce, I started working out and really committing to health and wellness — mind, body and soul. It became a saving grace and it has stayed with me since.”
Henson likes to mix it up to keep it interesting, saying “I try to train three to four days a week, at least. I do a cardio bar class mixed with SoulCycle, then I’ll mix it up and work with a trainer. Sometimes I’ll take a pole-dancing class just to switch it up and keep my body guessing.” Hall takes a holistic approach (“I’m very aware of when my habits are good or bad. I like to eat. I do enjoy it. But for me, my body is happier if I stay active”) while Anthony admits to a more intense gym routine pre-summer: “I like the way my stomach is coming along. I’m seeing little things peeking out, little rips. I don’t have a six-pack yet, but I feel positive with the way I’m going.”
For more from the cast’s fun pool party, check out Essence.com, and pick up the magazine’s Body Issue on stands. (And yes, there’s an all-guys cover too, if you’re in the market for eye candy instead of workout tips — though Union teases, “The guys were freak shows about the gym. They were obsessive.”) What’s your workout mantra? Are you feeling the summer crunch (so to speak)?