January, 2015

26 January
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My Meet Up with Meghan Trainor & Mark Ronson

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Chart topping, Grammy Award nominated,All About That Bass singer, Meghan Trainor thinks that my face is symmetrical. How do I know? Because she told me so when we met at the Mondrian London for a chat this week. I was interviewing her for a TV show on ITV2 called The Hot Desk and Trainor revealed all about what it’s like to be a global superstar, her favourite song and working with Harry Styles. She was genuinely lovely, and also completely bonkers (which I love) as she names the “good and bad” sides of her face. (FYI, her good side is called Jessica and her bad is Cassandra). I don’t know what she’s harping on about though, both sides of her face look good to me. Tune into ITV2 this Sunday at 11:20am to find out everything else we chatted about and of course, that Bass.

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I joined Dizzie Rascal, Tom Odell, Eliza Doodlittle and Annie Mac at the BBC Studios in London this week, to attend a party hosted by Mark Ronson. It was to celebrate the launch of his brand new album, Uptown Special and I certainly got my Uptown Funk on. The event was sponsored by Skincare genius’s Kiehl’s who gave me a pre-party pamper kit so I arrived feeling fresh as! Thank blooming goodness I was fresh as things got sweaty in there when Ronson did his thang on the decks playing funk, soul, grime and hip-hop music mixed with his own smash hits. It just so happened that I’d learnt a dance routine toUptown Funk with SOS Fitness Dance the week before http://blog-static.hellomagazine.com/ajodudu/2015/01/19/fun-fitness/ so naturally it took all of strength to refrain from bursting into my routine when he played that track. Pat on the back to me for keeping it cool.

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If you’re feeling the January blues or you’ve not quite made it to the gym but feeling like you should, then pop over to my YouTube channel where I show you how to work up a sweat in your living room with great workouts for lean legs, flat abs, meal ideas and fun fitness challenges to keep all motivated as we creep towards the end of January. If you do fancy venturing out though, try this for size. I pitched up at London Brunch Club, a running crew that meet weekly to traverse London Town and end it with a good Sunday brunch. We took in the sites and racked up an impressive 12 miles at the same time. I’m definitely up for doing that again as it combines exercise, food and a good old natter. Three of my favourite things.

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As always tune into my Hoxton Radio show from 2pm today where you can listen to more on the above, great tunes and my dulcet tones for 2 hours. See you there!

AJ Odudu

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19 January
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Fun fitness

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When H&M invited me to do a dance class with them and SOS (Seen On Screen) I jumped at the chance. I’ve read all about SOS who create and teach dance routines inspired by the the biggest pop stars (some of which they have actually worked with) to help you get fit whilst having bags of fun. It was to celebrate the launch of H&M’s new fitness range which includes matching co-ords, funky sports bras and a range of trendy outdoor gear for hiking. The prices are pretty snazzy too.
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With SOS you can learn how to dance like pop stars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kylie, Britney Spears or in in my case, Bruno Mars, which is genius! I worked up a sweat by sticking out my bottom, flicking my hair in the wind machines, strutting and twerking for an hour straight. Not to mention all the smiling and laughing I did which, if you ask me, is a workout in itself. It was so much fun and I can still remember the dance routine…(well, at least half if it). After gyrating to Uptown Funk with a load of sassy ladies I stepped behind the wheels of steel for a quick spin myself. Britney medley anyone?!
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Cold weather can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. All too often I have wanted to hide under my warm, cosy duvet and dodge the outdoors like the plague so how I was convinced to workout in -5C I’ll never know. Yes, you read correctly, I took to the Ice Bar London to exercise  in -5C first thing in the morning, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to exercise in a freezer, you’re about to find out.No prizes for guessing that it was pretty chilly to begin with but with Fitness First winter workout experts on hand throughout, I successfully avoided frost bite and hyperthermia. I didn’t however avoid fatigue as I star jumped, squatted and lunged my way to warmth within seconds. 40 minutes in extremely cold conditions made for a very challenging workout like no other but the theme of frosty fitness is certainly going to continue into next month as I take part in Cancer Research’s Winter Run. There’s going to be snow zones, ice caves and even Polar bear hugs at the finish line so if anyone in London wants to conquer the cold with me in aid of Cancer Research, get yourself signed up.
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As always be sure to check out my YouTube channel for the latest in fitness fashion, short workouts and diet tips and and tune into London’s Hoxton Radio today, which you can listen to live online from 2-4pm. I’ll be playing my pop favorites and revealing who I’ve been stalking on Instagram. Naturally.Until next week, Tarah!AJ
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12 January
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Into the Woods and Into the Fitness

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I joined Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and our very own James Cordan in Mayfair London this week for the UK Gala screening of Into The Woods. The musical film cleverly weaves in and out of my favourite fairytale stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, who all end up in the woods together. If only a bunch of A-Listers really were belting out tunes in my local woods. I’d be straight in there!
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Isn’t it annoying when you wake up on a Monday morning to find that you’ve eaten your entire stash of chocolate in one sitting and scoffed nothing but pizza all weekend? Whoops! It happens to the best of us but say R.I.P to your Terry’s Chocolate Orange filled tummy and head over to my YouTube channel because there, you can find out how to beat that binge and get slim, toned, and active every day this month. I am sharing daily fit tips in a series called Fitness Takeover where there’s nothing but positive vibes. This week I shared motivational tips, gave easy weight loss advice, flaunted my fitness wardrobe, revealed my gym bag essentials and of course, exercised. So whether you’re a fitness freak or a complete workout novice, there’s something for everyone.
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And finally, after a two month hiatus I will be blasting my dulcet times done a mic at Hoxton Radio today for my debut, weekly Monday radio show. Every week, I’ll be presenting all the best UK chart music, sharing my weekend anecdotes and featuring special guests. Today I will be revealing my musings on the world of the internet including who I’ve unashamedly been stalking on Instagram, playing my Old Skool Anthem of the day whilst spinning a whole host of great tunes to kick off the week. So join me today and every Monday from 2pm-4 only on Hoxton Radio.
Until next week, tarrah.
AJ Odudu
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05 January
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Hello 2015!

Hello 2015!

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What a super fun year 2015 was. Through my work as a TV Presenter and as a DJ at various shows and events, I got to meet some of my celebrity faves! I won’t forget the moment I met Queen Kardashian or the time I joked around and took selfies with Emma Thompson. I enjoyed dining with Kim Cattrall and who’d have thought that I’d have met 12 Years A Slave star, Chiwetel Ejiofor in Barbie world? It’s a funny old life but hello 2015.

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Oh yes, it’s that time of year when Christmas is a fading memory and all you’ve got left to show for it is an empty wallet, a bigger belly and the remnants of a stinking hangover. It’s back to the office and time for that annual detox and time again, to reinvent yourself…or is that just me?

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As you may have gathered from previous blog posts, in my spare time fitness plays a huge role in my life, so much so that I’ve recently become a qualified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. I mean hey, why not? (Also on my list of things to become are a cheerleader, astronaut, BFFs with Beyonce Knowles and a dog whisper). Dream big!

This year I’m kicking off 2015 by trying something a little different. The aim is to keep myself motivated and fit but more importantly, to inspire others to do the same.  So for the month of January I’m showing daily videos on all things fitness over on my YouTube channel.

This will include, diet and workout tips, weight loss advice and ideas on what to wear when getting sweaty. Whether you’re taking your first steps to lead a healthier lifestyle or if you’re a well seasoned gymaholic, there’ll be something for everyone. And while I’m at it, if you’re looking for some funky gymwear to get you in the active mood whilst treating yourself at the same time, then check out my video below.

Here we go!

AJ Odudu

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