Madonna leads class at Toronto’s Hard Candy Fitness

By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, Published on Wed Feb 12 2014

She’s come a long way, baby.

On Tuesday night, Madonna was greeted by hundreds of screaming fans who braved the sub-zero weather on Yonge and Gerrard Sts. to greet the Material Girl as she swept into the Toronto branch of her international Hard Candy Fitness chain, to shake her butt for the press, lead 30 hand-picked gym members in a class and declare the facility officially open.

“But what am I doing here anyway?” she asked the Star during an interview following her red carpet walk. “Didn’t they try to arrest me here?”
She was referring to the infamous moment on her Blond Ambition tour, immortalized in the 1991 documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare, when she’s told the Toronto police are going to stop the show and take her into custody if she simulates sex acts while singing “Like a Virgin.”
But on those nights in May 1990, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone called authority’s bluff and her show went on without any interruption.
“I’m not going to be masturbating during my workout tonight,” she grinned slyly, “or simulating masturbation, so I guess it’s cool. Yeah.
“I think Toronto’s finally learned to accept me.”

The 55-year-old superstar looked glam, if a bit weary around the edges, in a slinky black blazer-skirt ensemble from the Canadian design team of Dean and Dan Caten, known more prominently as DSquared2.

A trademark black bustier kept her cleavage front and centre while a reasonably discreet crucifix nestled underneath. Her left ankle was taped due to an injury variously attributed to a mishap during dance and/or exercise, although to Madonna they’re often one and the same, with her patented dance workout called “Addicted to Sweat.”

“If dancing wasn’t a part of Hard Candy Fitness, I wouldn’t be here,” she said, speaking of the chain whose Toronto opening joins the roster of locations in Berlin, Mexico City, Moscow, Rome, Santiago, St. Petersburg and Sydney.
“That’s what makes my gym different from everybody else’s.”

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Full press release = ‘MDNA SKIN’ LAUNCHES IN JAPAN ON FEB 12th POP UP STORE OPENS AT BA-TSU ART GALLERY FEB 13th – FEB 23rd

Skincare Line Produced by Madonna In Collaboration with MTG, Japan’s Leading Beauty Company

Michelle Peck, Skin Care Artist and Madonna’s Personal and Professional Skin Care Advisor and Brand Ambassador Introduces MDNA SKIN on February l2th.

https://www.mdnaskin.jp/

‘MDNA SKIN’ the new innovative and revolutionary skin care brand created by Madonna in collaboration with MTG, Japan’s leading beauty company is scheduled to open in Omotesando for a limited time beginning Thursday, February l3th thru Sunday, February 23rd between 11:00 and 20:00. This will be the exclusive location to buy ‘MDNA SKIN’ in the world.

The brand’s goal is to challenge women and their awareness about the art of beauty and skin care.

The state-of-the-art treatment system consists of three components:

The clay oil therapy inspired CHROME CLAY MASK, made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, which performs multiple functions that enrich the skin.

The SKIN REJUVINATOR – the specialized Magnetic Force and Deep Derma induction system devised to remove impurities and revitalizes the skin.

THE SERUM is based on an original formula that was created exclusively for Madonna. It creates a glowing effect when used alone and is further enhanced when used with the CHROME CLAY MASK and SKIN REJUVENATOR.

Using these products routinely as part of daily skin care regime creates firm, resilient and radiant skin overflowing with energy after every use.
MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE consists of a sleek black 1st floor which will give customers the opportunity to see, feel and experience the products and enjoy the multiple screen projected visuals. The 2nd floor will be the VIP area and the location for special events. The exterior walls will be decorated with Madonna’s image as well as expressing the world of MDNA SKIN.

MDNA SKIN will be available at selected department stores in Japan on February 26th.

More detailed Product description as previously written:
The SKIN REJUVENATOR is a beauty device concentrated with the world’s most sophisticated beauty technologies obtained through collaborative research with leading scientists in a sleek, streamlined body. Magnetic Force draws out and instantly removes impurities in the skin to revitalize it, while exclusive Deep Derma Induction combines different pulses to effectively permeate beauty nutrients. The Dual Energy System created by dual heads having separate functions leaves the skin fully revitalized and radiant.

The CHROME CLAY MASK is made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, one of the world’s most prominent health, wellness and beauty centers, formulated with meticulously selected botanicals and nourishing ingredients including artichoke, white willow, EGF derivative and vitamins B and C, which create even textured, flawless and glowing skin.

In our unique technique, the mask thoroughly lifts off impurities from the skin while leaving beauty ingredients behind in the skin. The mask thus simultaneously removes impurities while providing beauty ingredients to leave the skin instantly nourished and radiant.

THE SERUM is the only serum which captures MADONNA’s essence by the perfect merge between the heightened sensibility and cutting-edge technology. The dual function serum protects the radiance and moisture in the skin for hours, and it enhances the skin from deep within by blending meticulously-selected beauty ingredients derived from botanicals including PhytoCell Tec Malus Domestica, and vitamins A, B and C and three different hyaluronic acids in a never-before-utilized mathematical proportion. This exclusive formula maximizes the potential of each ingredient for flawless skin.

Price List:
MDNA SKIN REJUVENATOR SET: 58,000 yen
(SKIN REJUVENATOR and CHROME CLAY MASK 50ml)

MDNA SKIN CHROME CLAY MASK 50ml: 12,000 yen
MDNA SKIN CHROME CLAY MASK 100ml: 21,000 yen

MDNA SKIN THE SERUM 50ml: 24,000 yen

MTG Description:
Company Name: MTG Co., Ltd.
Established: January 1996
President: Tsuyoshi Matsushita
HEAD OFFICE / RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER:
MTG No.2 Hikari Bldg. 4-13,Honjindori,Nakamura-ku,Nagoya,453-0041,Japan
URL: https://www.mtg.gr.jp

MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE

DATE: 2/13 (Thu) ~ 2/23(Sun)
OPEN TIME: 11:00 ~ 20:00
VENUE: BA-TSU ART GALLERY
5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5 minute walk from Omotesando Station, Exit A1
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line

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Source: MTG / images: VOGUE

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Madonna at Hard Candy Fitness launch in Toronto – slideshow

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 11: Madonna arrives at the Hard Candy Fitness Toronto Grand Opening celebration on February 11th, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) 2014 George Pimentel

TORONTO, CANADA – Tuesday February 11, 2014. Madonna arrives at the opening of her gym, Hard Candy Fitness in Toronto. Sean O’Neill / Pacific Coast News Photo

 

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MDNA SKIN Launches in Japan On February 12 #MDNASKIN

Michelle Peck, Skin Care Artist and Madonna’s Skin Care Advisor and Brand Ambassador Introduces MDNA SKIN on February l2th.

‘MDNA SKIN’ – the new innovative and revolutionary skin care brand created by Madonna in collaboration with MTG, Japan’s leading beauty company, is scheduled to open in Omotesando for a limited time beginning Thursday, February 13th thru Sunday, February 23rd between 11:00 and 20:00. This will be the exclusive location to buy ‘MDNA SKIN’ in the world. The brand’s goal is to challenge women and their awareness about the art of beauty and skin care.

The state-of-the-art treatment system consists of three components:

The clay oil therapy inspired CHROME CLAY MASK, made with a base of clay from Montecatini Terme in Italy, which performs multiple functions that enrich the skin.

The SKIN REJUVINATOR – the specialized Magnetic Force and Deep Derma induction system devised to remove impurities and revitalizes the skin.

THE SERUM – based on an original formula that was created exclusively for Madonna, it creates a glowing effect when used alone and is further enhanced when used with the CHROME CLAY MASK and SKIN REJUVENATOR.

Using these products routinely as part of daily skin care regime creates firm, resilient and radiant skin overflowing with energy after every use.

The MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE will give customers the opportunity to see, feel and experience the products and enjoy the multiple screen projected visuals. The store will also host a VIP area and the location for special events.

MDNA SKIN will be available at selected department stores in Japan on February 26th.

https://www.mdnaskin.jp/

MDNA SKIN POP UP STORE

DATE: 2/13 – 2/23
OPEN TIME: 11:00 – 20:00
VENUE: BA-TSU ART GALLERY
5-11-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5 minute walk from Omotesando Station, Exit A1
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon

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Metal Insider Top 5: Monte Pittman’s 5 favorite Prong, Madonna songs to play

We recently caught up with Monte Pittman to talk about his first solo album for Metal Blade (and his third overall), The Power of Three. And while he’s certainly a renowned enough artist in his own right, he’s also been Madonna’s guitar player for the last 13 years and logged time with Prong, among other endeavors. We asked him to rank his five favorite songs to play from both Prong and Madonna. Here’s what he told us

5) “Secret”
This a great song to play on the acoustic. There are some great chord changes and something to always keep your fingers occupied. On “The Drowned World Tour” in 2001 we did this song. I tuned my guitar down and Madonna played using a capo on her guitar. That was inspired by Joni Mitchell at the time. This way we were both playing the same chords but in two different places on the guitar neck, or inversions, to work together as one part.

4) “Burning Up”
Usually we will take one of Madonna’s songs and make a “rock” version of it somewhere in the set. It’s incredible how so many of her songs can be played in different styles. On the “Reinvention Tour” in 2004, we played this one that way. People sometimes ask me “do you ever do any guitar solos with her?” and I don’t believe in adding a guitar solo just for the sake of showing off. This is a song where a guitar solo made sense and was a lot of fun to play.

3) “Hung Up/A New Level”
I’ll never forget the night I heard the demo for “Hung Up” for the first time. I had just finished giving her a guitar lesson and she had just gotten a CD from Stuart Price of some songs he had been working on to start the “Confessions Of A Dance Floor” album. She put in the CD, and as soon as that song kicked in, you couldn’t sit down! On the “Sticky And Sweet Tour” we ended this song by going into the Main/chorus riff to Pantera’s “A New Level.” The set and one of the themes to the “Sticky And Sweet Tour” built like it was a game. Playing “A New Level” had several meanings to it. It was almost at the finale of the game, paying tribute to Dime, enjoying such an amazing piece of music, and possibly turning new people on to something they might not normally know. Also, when else would you get to jam on some Pantera in front of a sold out stadium of 80,000 people?

2) ”Don’t Tell Me”
This is the song that started it all for me with Madonna. Our first performance together was when she asked me to play on David Letterman with her and this is the song we did. My experience playing in a band like Prong helped me execute the main guitar part live and approach it like I’m playing the individual samples that make up this riff.

1) “Papa Don’t Preach”
This song is pure genius and one of the best constructed pop songs of all time if not THE most. Every part of this song can stand on it’s own. In the multi tracks to this, there are 3 different guitar parts which I assume are 3 different guitar players having their take on the song. It all works together beautifully. I can’t think of another song that has so many parts that could arguably be the part you remember most.

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Madonna’s Trainer Talks Working With the Icon: “She Is the Most Incredible Woman in the World”

Celebrity personal trainer Nicole Winhoffer has worked with a bevy of stars, including Stella McCartney, Rachel Weisz and Abbie Cornish, but she’s most known for working with the one and only Madonna.
In fact, Nicole and Madonna are opening their 8th Hard Candy Fitness club today in Toronto. But busy as Nicole is, she caught up with E! News to talk about her relationship with Madonna and all things fitness.
Nicole and Madonna met up in 2009 when she was working as a trainer on the Sticky & Sweet tour, but their real partnership came with the concept of Hard Candy, which opened up its first gym in Mexico City in 2010.

“Madonna stands as an icon. Her body, work ethic, and persistence is an inspiration to the people,” says Nicole. “The gym is a place where people can experience the ‘Addicted to Sweat’ workout that is inspired by the workouts I have been doing with Madonna for five years. I update the program every three months, so the gym always has fresh new content.”

And of course it comes as no surprise that Nicole had nothing but high praise for the music legend. “She is the most incredible woman in the world. Her dedication, persistence, intelligence and work ethic are bar none,” gushes Nicole. “I couldn’t ask for a better workout partner.”

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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