EXCLUSIVE: The Women of 'Think Like a Man Too' on Staying Fit

Ben Watts

Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Regina Hall, Megan Good and La La Anthony dish on when they decided to get serious about fitness.

Dominique Hobdy Jun, 24, 2014

Think Like a Man Too came out on top on its opening weekend, earning $30 million at the box office.

What might be even hotter than the movie’s box office numbers is the cast. The women of Think Like a Man Too recently sat down with ESSENCE to talk health and fitness for our Body Issue – on stands now. Since it’s summer and time to take off a few layers, we were all ears. Here’s what they had to say about what motivated them to get in shape:

Gabrielle Union: “Around the time I got married and certainly around the time I got divorced, I was very unhappy and I wasn’t as focused on working out. 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.”

Taraji P. Henson: “Being cast as Yvette in Baby Boy. That was the first time I trained professionally. Now I try to get in three or 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.”

Regina Hall: “I was in college in New York, when I started running. But I have periods when I don’t. I’m not going to lie. It might be six months when I’m sedentary.”

Megan Good: “Since I turned 30, I’ve become more health-conscious.”

La La Anthony: “Being a mom, I want to lead by example. I don’t want to be reckless while I’m talking to my son about eating fruits and vegetables. I definitely want to live a long, healthy life to be here for him.”

Think Like a Man Too is in theaters now.

The contents of this article first appeared in the July issue of ESSENCE, on stands now.