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Before starring in CSI: Miami and HBO’s Treme, actress Khandi Alexander began her career as a dancer on Broadway. She also appeared in the original Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Dreamgirls. What are her fitness secrets?

In between doing Broadway shows, Khandi forged a four-year-long creative collaboration with the multi-platinum songstress Whitney Houston. Their association culminated in Khandi choreographing Houston’s successful “I’m Your Baby Tonight” international concert tour. Khandi Alexander also served as choreographer for the 1992 American Music Awards.

Khandi’s no-nonsense flair, coupled with her fantastic build, helps make her a force to be reckoned with onscreen. She attributes her slim frame to always being in dancer shape.

Although it may not come easy, follow these three steps to be dancer-ready:

Do Cardio 4-5 Times A Week

You need to be a healthy body weight. If you aren’t already there, regular cardio can help. Doing cardio develops long, lean muscles. Even if you are at a healthy bodyweight, cardio is great for your heart.

Eat Right

The other component is making sure that your diet is healthy. Make sure that the majority of your diet consists of fresh foods and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, as well as empty calories and excess sodium.

Strength Train 

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