General Okoye is still out here gracing covers effortlessly!
Danai Gurira is Cover Girl for this month’s Women Health Magazine and she is taking time to dishing on all her intense work out secrets. Of course we knew General Okoye was a gym-rat, she is ‘the’ Dora Milaje after all and something had to give.
Inside her feature, the ebony beauty rocks her signature low-cut, this time styled with a long path running across the side of her head, from ski-suits to bikini’s to surfboards, see all of her hot shots and read all my favorite excerpts from her interview with Brittni Danielle as you scroll.
“Creating ritualized time and space to nurture myself is something I’m constantly trying to figure out and develop,” she says.
It’s not always easy to accomplish, she admits, but it feeds her soul. “There’s nothing more fun, more replenishing, than a Sunday of walking in nature, enjoying friends’ company, or having a great meal.”
For the past three years, she’s been sweating it out up to four times a week with trainer AJ Fisher, whom she met through one of her Walking Dead castmates. Their sessions, she says, are extremely challenging: “Sometimes it’s so intense I can’t remember what we did.” Fisher specializes in a method she coined called “Corectology,” which aims to even out muscle imbalances while improving strength, mobility, and cardiovascular function.
A typical workout for Danai includes lots of circuit training and Pilates-inspired moves, in which she alternates high-intensity intervals and active rest (that’s when she’ll do the Pilates 100, a classic core move from the method). Fisher has Danai wear a heart rate monitor and use resistance bands, which the actress travels with so she can do her workouts no matter where she is in the world. Fisher’s workouts also focus on paired muscle training—obliques and inner thighs, for example—“so you’re training your body to work together as a unit.” Every session, however, includes glutes work. “It’s the biggest muscle in the body and key for posture and balance,” says Fisher. (Important for Danai as she films fight scenes!)
Whether she’s exercising for work or for pleasure, she thrives on knowing that pushing herself pays off. She admits she isn’t always motivated (“I don’t think anyone loves working out all the time”) but says that feeling her body engage during a sweat session can be really exhilarating and rewarding.
And when she’s sore from a workout, Danai chooses to focus on the positive. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m in so much pain from that,’” she explains. “It’s like, ‘Oh, I feel the strength in my core, I feel the strength in my back.’”
Danai’s workouts prepare her for her rigorous on-camera roles, yes, but there’s a real-life empowerment element to them too. “As women, we’re not always encouraged to find the fullest extent of our physical power,” she says. “There’s something so exciting about tapping into that part of ourselves.”
She encourages other women to find joy by exploring different activities—“it might be lifting weights, it might be boxing, it might be something a little less [intense]”—even if it means taking baby steps or putting a class on your calendar to help with motivation. “There’s no need to break records tomorrow. It’s just about slowly finding what feels good and what feels rewarding.”
Danai, who has won numerous awards as a playwright and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2016, firmly believes in the power of storytelling—especially narratives that highlight the experiences of African women. The fact that she didn’t hear or see those stories while she was growing up is what inspired her to start writing. The global success of Black Panther has fulfilled her in many ways. “It kind of affirms that little African girl’s instinct that these stories would resonate if they were told with passion, integrity, and excellence.”
As for her next big project, she is knee-deep in adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel Americanah into a TV miniseries.
Read the whole interview right HERE from the Source.
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