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Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Jonathan Bennett: I would have to say people. Yeah, my big thing is people. I just love people in my life. That’s my big thing.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

JB: I used to teach spin class, and that really helped with cardio, but Dancing with the Stars has really got me in shape. They’ve got me in the best shape of my life. Now I am going to maintain that by spinning. I really like Barry’s Boot Camp, which is a class in Los Angeles. There’s a teacher there, Astrid McGuire; she is the person that keeps me in shape.

RP: How do you start the training before the show?

JB: We go in about four weeks before the first episode, when no one even knows we are on the show yet, and we start rehearsing. Because of the way your body is, you only rehearse about four hours a day the first couple of weeks. After four hours, [with] your body doing something that it’s not used to doing, you get extremely sore, and you are just in a lot of pain. The more and more that you dance, the easier it gets, and the more you can push yourself and do more rehearsals.

A big thing that I swore by when I was in-depth with the rehearsal is this place called Cryohealthcare. What that is is liquid nitrogen, and they freeze your body for two minutes, and that helps take away all the inflammation and the soreness in your joints. I would go and freeze, and I know Alfonso Ribeiro would go every day after rehearsal and freeze, to help our body be able to keep going.

RP: How do you stay balanced?

JB: They feed us a lot of really good food on the show. They would prepackage our meals for us from a place called Freshology, giving you just really clean food with no preservatives and just a lot of vitamins and protein and really good carbs. Like really, really lean food. Eating that as well as working out and then dancing, you have, like, kept yourself pretty balanced.

RP: What was one of the hardest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your life?

JB: The loss of my parents this past year was definitely the hardest thing I’ve had to endure. I just felt really dead inside for a long time. The good thing about going on Dancing with the Stars was, they made me feel alive again, healthy, and they made me feel like life is worth living.

Jonathan Bennett is an actor and producer. He competed in Dancing with the Stars in 2014. His film credits include Mean Girls, Authors Anonymous, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2.


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