Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has launched Body Shred, the first fitness challenge aimed at musicians and music fans who want to get in better physical and mental shape and make a positive change in their lives.
Prizes include a signed Ibanez JIVA10 guitar, Marshall CODE50 amp, Powerblock dumbbell set, food from Trifecta Nutrition and more.
Challenge participants will get Nita's new e-book, "Body Shred: Your Guide To Feeling And Looking Like A Rock Star", before it's released to the general public. The book contains many of Nita's personal tips and tricks for working out, mindset and good habits. It also has example workouts to get you started and an extensive bonus chapter of Nita's favorite healthy recipes and snacks.
Participants will also get weekly e-mails from Nita with recipes and workout ideas, as well as access to a private Facebook group and discounts from the challenge sponsors.
To sign up, go to www.nitastrauss.com/bodyshred. Choose your challenge package at the bottom of the page. Follow the instructions in the confirmation e-mail to send your starting pictures.
Signups are open until May 20.
Strauss reportedly lost 50 pounds and got sober while on tour back in 2015. Asked by Muscle & Fitness magazine if her weight loss was on purpose or if it was just a side effect of getting fitter, she said: "It was a little bit of both. I think a big part of it was coming off alcohol. Until you cut it out, you don't realize there are so many people on tour who are sober and don't feel the need to have that crutch every day.
"I was not a super social kid and I didn't have the easiest time making friends," she continued. "But when I started playing in bands, everyone would just have a couple beers at rehearsal, at the shows, or whatever, and alcohol is a great equalizer. It's a great way to make friends and interact with people.
"When I cut alcohol out, I think my body was just like, 'Oh, thank you.' We were on tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE at the time so everyone warned me, 'Oh, those guys are crazy. They party so much.' But it was actually Nikki Sixx that when I first got sober, I came to him, like, 'Hey, do you have any tips for me? Do you have anything?' He gave me some great reading materials and all this different stuff that was really, really helpful.
"The important thing to remember is you control you," Nita added. "Nothing else can control you. No substance, no liquid, nothing can control you but yourself. Once you make that change and you see all the positive effects that go on in your life, you won’t go back."