The multi-hyphenate, 51, has invested in LIT Method — which specializes in low impact, high-intensity training using their Strength Machine — through his venture capitalist firm Marcy Venture Partners

By Katie Campione
April 27, 2021 09:21 PM
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JAY-Z is adding fitness mogul to his job title!

The multi-hyphenate, 51, has invested in Los Angeles-based fitness company LIT Method through his venture capitalist firm Marcy Venture Partners.

LIT Method, founded by Justin and Taylor Norris, specializes in low impact, high-intensity training using their Strength Machine.

The machine is an all-in-one water rower, Pilates reformer, and resistance band training system that offers more than 500 low-impact exercises including rowing, barre, strength training, physical therapy, and Pilates, according to the company.

The financial terms of MVP's investment in LIT Method were not disclosed.

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JAY-Z co-founded MVP with recording artist Jay Brown and Larry Marcus, a seasoned venture capitalist.

In a statement Tuesday, Marcus said that the firm's investment in LIT Method falls in line with its record of funding accessibility within the health and wellness sector.

"Justin and Taylor are tenacious and adaptive entrepreneurs with so much drive and passion," the statement reads. "Their engaging content, motivating style, and innovative equipment are a winning combination."

In addition to MVP,  the company announced Tuesday that former Los Angeles Dodger and five-time MLB All-Star Adrian Gonzalez also invested in LIT Method.

After over two decades of playing professional baseball, Gonzalez said that LIT's strength machine was a versatile way to prevent injuries during training.

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"Baseball, at times, has taken a tremendous toll on my body. We know that low-impact training prevents injuries – and we know that prehab is a necessity for pro athletes," he said, adding: "For me, it's a natural fit to invest in something that is genuinely helping me and that I believe is the future of fitness.

There may be some fitness rivalry coming to the Carter household, seeing as Beyoncé teamed up with Peloton last Fall.

The at-home fitness company signed a multi-year deal with the 39-year-old singer to craft a "series of themed workout experiences" for Peloton for their treadmill and exercise bike-based workouts as well as yoga, and meditation classes, according to a press release.

The LIT Method investment marks of one numerous moves JAY-Z has made to expand his empire as of late.

In February, the rapper and entrepreneur sold 50 percent ownership of the Armand de Brignac champagne he has owned since 2014 to luxury brand Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

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The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to the New York Times.

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Jay-Z acquired a 50 percent stake in Armand de Brignac in 2006, debuting the bubbly in his "Show Me What You Got" music video before it launched that year.

The rapper bought the remaining half of Armand de Brignac in 2014.

The brand, which is known by the nickname "Ace of Spades," sold more than 500,000 bottles in 2019.