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About two years ago I was doing a back tuck during rehearsal when I slipped and fell, breaking my neck. Had I not been in good shape at the time, I don’t know if I would have survived that accident. When I did finally recover, was so appreciative of being able to work out again that I just went full throttle, and it became my biggest hobby.
I try to do full-body calisthenics every day. Before my shows I do the [Shaun T] Insanity workouts, followed by 30 minutes of abs; after a performance, I’ll do at least 300 pushups. I also head to the gym a couple of times a week to lift weights.
I eat a lot of protein— more fish than chicken because it keeps me leaner. I also have tons of vegetables. Lately I’ve added green juices to my diet—spinach, kale, lemon, and ginger. It’s not the best-tasting thing in the world, but it goes down and you’re not craving the bag of chips that your friend is having.
So You Think You Can Dance is about finding those stars who can really hold an audience on their own. Dancing has been a huge passion of mine since I was 4 years old. For years I did tap, ballet, jazz, and, obviously, hip-hop. I feel like I have so much to offer in terms of knowledge to all these dancers on the show. But I think a lot of guys may be afraid to dance because they don’t know the fundamentals, but they want to learn the basic groove factor.
I like to listen to up-tempo music. I just put it on shuffle and skip the slow, soft songs. My favorites are “Turn Down for What” [by DJ Snake & Lil Jon], “Imma Be” [by Black Eyed Peas], and “Clique” [by Kanye West, Jay Z, and Big Sean].
My new album has an old-school vibe. I love the throwback right now to the ’80s. I’m usually inspired by Michael Jackson and Prince. It represents the change and how I’ve grown up in the past year.
I don’t know if I have a type, because I find so many different kinds of women beautiful. Obviously you want to be super attracted to the person you’re with, and you want that feeling to continue. But I also want somebody I can have a conversation with and be challenged by while also having fun. I love to let it all out and reveal my deepest, darkest secrets. I don’t think I will know who the perfect girl is until she’s actually in my life.