Rap pioneer REV RUN is close to losing 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) after hiring a conditioning coach to get him fit.
The 49-year-old former Run-D.M.C. star felt the need to get healthier when his first grandchild was born in February (14), and his serious slim-down is really paying off.
The rapper and TV personality, real name Joseph Simmons, tells the Los Angeles Times, "I have a gym in my house, and I’ve been doing a lot with a lady named Angelica who comes and trains with me, so I’ve been lifting weights and push-ups and all types of exercises that she comes up with.
"My wife and I have been walking lots together, which is something I’m proud of. It’s nice to get out in nature and just walk. This is a change for me, but it makes me happy. I’m a grandfather now, and I want to be able to keep up with my granddaughter when she starts running around.
"I have someone who weighs me every week. It creates responsibility for me. I’ve lost (over) 20 pounds, but I feel like I need to pick up speed with my weight loss. I want to be able to say I’ve lost 30 pounds soon."