As I’m writing this, it’s too early in the morning and a decade too late for me to be listening to 50 Cent’s “In da Club,” but duty calls. 50 Cent (AKA Curtis Jackson, Fifty, Fitty, Fiddy, et al) rose to fame with his commercial debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” in 2003; seasons changed, and most of us forgot his existence.
And then, yesterday, Fifty appeared on the TODAY Show to promote his new book, Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life, which he co-wrote with Jeff O’Connell, editor-in-chief of Bodybuilding.com. Suddenly, he was on my radar again.
I should say from the outset here that I haven’t read Formula 50. I thought about buying it for a few minutes because I appreciate the idea of a mainstream rap artist from the early 2000s remaining healthy and making smart business decisions. But then I watched his interview on the TODAY Show. And although he seems like a friendly enough dude with good intentions, I realized there was nothing, um, earth-shattering about the fitness “laws” Fifty outlines in his book.
Here’s the CliffsNotes version—in his own words—of Fifty Cent’s Fitness Laws, taken from the TODAY Show interview:
Law#1: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way. Fifty’s thoughts: “If you actually want to make a difference in your physical health, you can actually do it.”
Law #2: Just Because There’s a Way Doesn’t Mean It’s the Best One. Fifty’s thoughts: “Starving yourself is not an actual answer or an option because you can’t sustain it.”
Law #3: Your Most Important Muscle Is Your Heart, So Train It Accordingly. Fifty’s Thoughts: “Your heart rate… In the cardio… Even if you’re not going to the gym, trying to turn into an actual superhero, you just want good health.”
Law #4: Learn to Embrace Chaos in the Gym, Turn It to Your Advantage. Fifty’s Thoughts: “The other law… When I say… What’s the last part?” Literally. This literally happened.
So what did we learn? Fifty Cent likes to use any variation of the word “actual,” and these are rules that you could grasp from your grandmother. To be fair, I doubt Formula 50 is any better or worse than every other celebrity workout or diet plan (I’m too nice, right?), but this interview? Priceless.
If you’re so inclined, you can buy the book on Amazon here—or, if you’re like me, you can spend that $20 on a week’s worth of Smoothie King. And check out the clip below: