Monday, July 15, 2013 | 3:08 p.m.
While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun, and along the Amalfi Coast, as well, this year in Italy, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with stars of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood: Coco Austin, Cheaza, Josh Strickland and Zoeth Cardenales. The adult spectacular opened in April 2009 and ends Sept. 1.
When Robin asked me to share a little about my time here in Las Vegas, there were so many things I wanted to talk about. It was difficult for me to really define it. So, I decided to share about how starring in “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood has really made a difference in my view of my body health.
I have always embraced my body curves and changes. I love who I am and encourage other women to love who they are. My weight has gone up and down over time, but I have always been proud of who I am. I believe women are sexy with shape and should be confident in their own skin.
Dancing every night onstage made me realize how important it is to not only love my curves and body but to make my body the healthiest that it can be. This doesn’t necessarily mean losing weight; it means being in shape and being healthy. Dancing every night surrounded by the amazing athletic cast of dancers at “Peepshow,” I began to think that I wanted to be more athletic, like them. Watching their routines made me realize that I needed to make some changes.
Ice and I have always enjoyed working out together, and I really thought that my workouts were making a strong impact. Don’t get me wrong; they were, but now I have learned that they were not as effective as they could have been.
A friend invited me to try a different fitness routine at Shine Alternative Fitness. Pole fitness was my first class there. This was something I had never thought of as a workout until I came to Las Vegas. It always looked like fun, but I didn’t believe it was a workout for endurance. I quickly learned otherwise.
Ladies: Don’t get pole fitness mixed up with pole dancing for your man. They are completely different. I have learned to use muscles that I didn’t even know existed. You use your muscles to lift your own body weight. You will definitely see some amazing physical changes and flexibility.
Now I am taking kickboxing and yoga classes. I’m also really getting into my aerial silk classes, contemporary dance and Zumba. I am so excited about my workouts there that I can’t imagine not including these classes in my new fitness routine. I’m totally addicted!
Twice a week, though, I still train with my fitness competitor friend Trish Davidson. I have learned to do at least 20 minutes of cardio after our workouts. This is something I really never did before I was 30. Not only have I lost weight because of her workouts, but I also am at only 13 percent body fat now.
And, ladies, we can’t forget our booties! My friend Djuan Woods is working me hard with his Bionic Booty classes over at City Gym. The key is tricking your body by changing up your routine so that you get the maximum out of your workout. I have never felt so strong or fit in my life.
I have learned that people of all shapes, sizes and athletic abilities have the chance to try to improve their health and confidence. I am experiencing what my natural gifts and abilities really are and feel that I have improved as a dancer, a performer and an athlete in my regular workouts at the gym with Ice. The more I work out, I find it that I can pretty much eat all that I want, but I try to keep it high protein.
I do, however, make sure I get in one protein shake in the middle of the day. I feel healthier and more confident than ever thanks to “Peepshow” and my amazing new friends in Las Vegas! I think I will live a healthier and fitter lifestyle when I return to New Jersey.
You can follow my fitness tips at onthecocoblog.com, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @cocosworld, on Facebook/coco, on Instagram at cocosworld and on my official website at cocosworld.com.
Check out our other guest columns today from Coco’s “Peepshow” castmates, Josh Strickland, Cheaza and Zoeth Cardenales, and on Tuesday from chef Mary Sue Milliken, “First Lady of Magic” Melinda Saxe and producer Andy Walmsley.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.