Ciara On How She Stays Fit For Her Music Videos: &#zero39;You Definitely Have to Get Your Cardio Game Strong&#zero39;

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The singer stars in Equinox’s new brief movie LIFE, shot by style photographer Nick Knight.

Ciara’s “Level Up” isn’t only a hit tune and a viral dance problem — it’s its personal life-style mantra, one which’s impressed each the singer and her followers to set targets and encourage one another to attain them. 

“Leveling up implies that you’re making selections to do higher in life,” the singer, who stars in Equinox’s new LIFE brief movie — directed by style photographer Nick Knight — tells Billboard. “It can imply a number of issues. It could be one thing so simple as taking step one it’s essential to take to advance [in your career]. Or if it’s in a relationship, ensuring that you just’re loving your self and in addition giving 100 p.c.”

The message additionally applies to health — no shock for Ciara, who’s been producing intense, dance-heavy music movies for nearly 15 years. “Have a plan that works for you, and don't fear about what anyone else is doing,” she advises. “Commit to that plan so that you could be your greatest self. There’s no higher feeling than the day you don’t need to work out and don’t really feel like doing it, however you go and do it and push your self. You really feel 100 p.c higher. For me, I really feel like I can conquer the world after I push myself at these moments.”

The music video for “Level Up” — which made Billboard’s checklist of the perfect music movies of 2018 — options a few of Ciara’s most heart-pumping choreography thus far. “You positively must get your cardio recreation robust,” she says. “For me, after I’m making ready for lots of dancing, cardio is a focus for my exercise routines. It’s the factor that helps me maintain the entire intense choreo that we do. But greater than something, you need to have enjoyable. When you’re having a superb time, the routines that we do don’t really feel as heavy. When you’re having enjoyable with all of it, it feels lighter.”

With a physique of labor that features her gravity-defying strikes in 2006's “Promise” and her mesmerizing “Ride” routine from 2010, Ciara admits she generally feels the stress to high her final venture. “I'm all the time desirous about how I hope to do one thing that's going to really feel more energizing than the final video I gave my followers,” she says. “It makes me push myself more durable every time. When your followers do present you like, you're like, “Oh my gosh, I actually hope they like this subsequent visible.” I positively have these ideas in my thoughts. I simply all the time need my followers to be glad, and I hope they like after I put out one thing new.”

Good information for them: More new music and dance routines are coming in 2019. The singer not too long ago advised Billboard about her plans for subsequent 12 months. “I’m wanting ahead to giving my followers extra music and persevering with to take them on my journey in life and music,” she mentioned. “I’ve been having fun with the connection I’ve been having with my followers. So I’m enthusiastic about that, and naturally touring. I’m wanting ahead to hitting the highway and sharing my tour with followers as nicely."