ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Want to know Michael Strahan’s secret weapon for getting into ripped, chiseled, rock solid Magic Mike-worthy shape? Meet his personal trainer, celebrity fitness guru, Latreal “La” Mitchell.

As a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, Strahan was already pretty physically fit. But Mitchell has helped transform his body into tip-top shape, skyrocketing his confidence and muscle tone to conquer the silver screen — shirtless.

But that trim transformation doesn’t come overnight, even if you’re a celebrity.

“The best weight-loss tip I can give is being patient,” Mitchell told ABC News. “If someone gains weight over the last 10 years, they want to lose it. All of a sudden they want to lose it now. So be patient and start eliminating things slowly, and the weight will definitely come off.”

Now Mitchell is giving our ABC’s Good Morning America viewers a free personal training session live on the ABC News website, helping to continue the new workout while you watch the series called All-Access Celebrity Workout. It’s another 30-minute livestream workout that you can do right along with us from the comfort of your own home.

Take a look at Mitchell’s extra workout tips to keep you in A-list shape:

  1. It’s not important how you got to be this way, it’s important that you are taking care of yourself now.
  2. Break the scale obsession and its emotional and eating roller-coaster — instead look at how your clothes fit and how you feel.
  3. Be kind to yourself — congratulate yourself on accomplishments and forgive your failures.
  4. Renew your commitment to taking good care of yourself every day.
  5. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”

As with any exercise routine, if you have any concerns about starting a workout regime, check with your health care professional to see whether it’s right you.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Want to know Michael Strahan’s secret weapon for getting into ripped, chiseled, rock solid Magic Mike-worthy shape? Meet his personal trainer, celebrity fitness guru, Latreal “La” Mitchell.

As a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, Strahan was already pretty physically fit. But Mitchell has helped transform his body into tip-top shape, skyrocketing his confidence and muscle tone to conquer the silver screen — shirtless.

But that trim transformation doesn’t come overnight, even if you’re a celebrity.

“The best weight-loss tip I can give is being patient,” Mitchell told ABC News. “If someone gains weight over the last 10 years, they want to lose it. All of a sudden they want to lose it now. So be patient and start eliminating things slowly, and the weight will definitely come off.”

Now Mitchell is giving our ABC’s Good Morning America viewers a free personal training session live on the ABC News website, helping to continue the new workout while you watch the series called All-Access Celebrity Workout. It’s another 30-minute livestream workout that you can do right along with us from the comfort of your own home.

Take a look at Mitchell’s extra workout tips to keep you in A-list shape:

  1. It’s not important how you got to be this way, it’s important that you are taking care of yourself now.
  2. Break the scale obsession and its emotional and eating roller-coaster — instead look at how your clothes fit and how you feel.
  3. Be kind to yourself — congratulate yourself on accomplishments and forgive your failures.
  4. Renew your commitment to taking good care of yourself every day.
  5. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”

As with any exercise routine, if you have any concerns about starting a workout regime, check with your health care professional to see whether it’s right you.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Actor Jonathan Bennett and his professional partner, Allison Holker, were eliminated on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday.

“That’s OK,” said Bennett, after learning the news.

“Here’s the thing,” Bennett explained. “I came here to do this show to have fun and just have a really great experience and to bring life back into my life, and that’s what I did. I can’t thank Allison enough. I had the best time.”

Holker agreed, telling co-host Tom Bergeron, “I’m so proud of him.”

It was “Muy Caliente Monday” on the show as guest judge Pitbull filled in for the absent Len Goodman during this Latin-themed sixth week of the competition. The singer opened the show with his hit song, “Fireball.”

Former contestant and actress Leah Remini also helped host in Erin Andrews’ absence while she’s in Kansas City covering the World Series.

Returning to compete next week are actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and fellow actress Janel Parrish, NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, reality TV star Sadie Robertson, YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota and comedian Tommy Chong.

The stars compete each week for scores from the judges as well as votes from viewers. The star with the lowest combined total is eliminated each week.

Here’s a rundown of Monday night’s routines:

Jonathan Bennett: The actor and pro partner Allison Holker danced a Men in Black-inspired jazz routine to Pitbull’s “Back in Time.” “We need to see improvement and see a range, and that was exactly what that was,” said judge Julianne Hough, who immediately gave Bennett a big hug across the judges’ table. “The best part about you is your resilience,” added judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “I think this was your best dance so far.” Guest judge Pitbull joked, “You look just like Will Smith.” The actor earned 8s across the board for a total of 32 points.

Janel Parrish: Parrish and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy spiced things up on the dance floor with a samba to a song by the legendary Celia Cruz. “You’re such a phenomenal performer because you perform from your entire body,” Inaba told Parrish. “But tonight I felt like you were a bit off balance.” Pitbull couldn’t help but feel the passion was missing from their performance. “I don’t know [anything] about ballroom dancing, but I know a lot about passion,” he explained. “And I didn’t feel the passion.” Hough was very complimentary of the performance, however. “The choreography and the content was almost like a competition routine,” she said. “So I want to commend you. Well done, I thought it was great.” The judges awarded Parrish a total of 33 points.

Tommy Chong:
The comedian did a foxy foxtrot to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd. “I just want to say that I think you could be in this competition for a long time. That was so awesome,” said Hough. Inaba agreed, noting she was “so happy to see” that Chong was “back in great form.” Pitbull, who called Chong “The most interesting man in the world,” really enjoyed their routine on the dance floor saying, “It wasn’t perfect, but it was fun.” In a pre-taped segment, Chong and Murgatroyd spent time in the sweat lodge, and it appears to have helped recharge them. The comedian received 7s across the board for a total of 28 points.

Antonio Sabato Jr.:
The actor and his professional partner Cheryl Burke steamed things up with a salsa dance to Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando.” Despite it being a tough week for Burke as she was also dealing with her father’s recent medical problems, the partners pulled through, earning decent remarks from the judges. “You really took me back to the streets of old Havana,” explained judge Bruno Tonioli. “You did a fantastic job of creating the perfect atmosphere, but you’ve got to learn to transfer the weight so you get the hips going.” Inaba agreed that Sabato Jr. was a bit stiff on the dance floor, but noted that his “trajectory of growth is consistent” which means he’s slowly and surely improving. But, she added, “You’ve got to let the music move you.” The judges awarded the actor all 7s, for a total of 28 points.

Sadie Robertson: The reality star danced a rumba to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” with pro partner Mark Ballas. The partners attempted to keep the traditionally passionate dance style as conservative as possible, out of respect to Robertson’s Christian values. “It felt really good, but I’m glad to get the rumba over with,” Robertson said after her performance. “I wanted to find the perfect balance of being appropriate while still doing the perfect dance,” added Ballas. The judges felt they did an excellent job of maintaining that balance. Inaba called it “exceptionally gorgeous and age appropriate.” Tonioli told Robertson, “You really are a sparkling little jewel of a dancer,” adding however, “The rumba needs a continuous motion and at times it was a bit jagged, but mostly well done.” Pitbull said, “It was simple, but it was powerful.” The routine earned Robertson a whopping 35 out of 40 points.

Lea Thompson: The actress and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev spiced up the dance floor with their salsa to Pitbull’s “Sexy People.” Pitbull joked with the shirtless Chigvintsev saying, “I didn’t know Jean-Claude Van Damme could dance that good, man. It was sexy and that’s what I’m talking about.” Inaba, on the other hand, felt disappointed with their performance saying, “I think you should stay to your strengths. You play your game and stay on track.” Hough agreed that Thompson seemed to lack confidence, instead worrying too much about her fellow competitor, Alfonso Ribeiro. “I have always thought from day one you are the girl to beat,” said Hough. “Tonight though, I felt like you needed to trust your partner and trust yourself. At the end of the day, that’s all you can control.” The judges awarded Thompson a total of 32 out of 40 points.

Michael Waltrip:
The NASCAR driver and partner Emma Slater danced a sensual Argentine tango to Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and the judges loved it, calling the choreography “beautiful.” Inaba told Waltrip “This is what a champion is made out of,” adding, “You were composed, you were elegant and you actually tried to really dance.” Pitbull said he was feeling badly for Waltrip at first, but then told him, “You did a great job and I see that you got so much into the moment you tried to sneak a kiss at the end.” Without missing a beat, Waltrip quipped back, “I felt like that was a Mr. Worldwide move.” Tonioli felt this performance was a “great improvement.” Waltrip earned two 8s and two 7s from the judges for a total of 30 out of 40 points, his highest score this season.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube star danced a sensational tango to “Jealous” by Chromeo with professional partner Derek Hough. The judges raved that the performance was “pure tango.” Hough explained, “There was no fluff. It was a pure, honest, good tango. It was everything a tango should be.” Tonioli couldn’t agree more, adding, “No messing around. [It was] straight down the line pure ballroom.” And Inaba said she was “blown away,” telling Mota, “that was ridiculous.” The judges awarded Mota 9s across the board, for a total of 36 out of 40 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro:
The actor, despite a painful groin injury, managed to pull through with a vivacious salsa performance to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s “Booty” alongside his professional partner, Witney Carson. Ribeiro’s wiggling hips and gyrating derriere had the judges all excited, especially Tonioli, who told the competitors, “The rhythm’s got me. I could have danced all night.” Inaba even called Ribeiro over to the judges’ table just so she could spank him 10 times, displaying her enthusiasm. “That’s how you give that spice,” said Pitbull, as he recreated some of the couple’s moves. “That’s what I’m talking about.” The actor earned three 10s and one 9 for a total of 39 points.

The competition continues next Monday night on ABC.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post poll favor expanded public transportation options over road building in government efforts to reduce traffic congestion. But where they live makes a difference.

Overall, 54 percent prefer focusing on public transit, such as trains and buses, while four in 10 say the government should focus on expanding and building roads instead. Preference for public transit, though, ranges from 61 percent of urban residents to 52 percent of suburbanites and 49 percent of people in rural areas.

[See PDF with full results here.]

The results come as Vice President Joe Biden and six mayors from major U.S. cities are scheduled to attend a Washington Post forum Tuesday on relieving traffic congestion.

There are other differences among groups. Preference for a focus on public transit peaks at two in three liberals and six in 10 college graduates, as well as among nonwhites, people under age 40, those in the top income category, $100,000-plus, and political independents.

Other groups have a slight preference for road building: strong conservatives, evangelical white Protestants and white men without a college degree.

METHODOLOGY –
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 4-7, 2014, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including landline and cell phone-only respondents. Results have a 3.5 point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.st

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post poll favor expanded public transportation options over road building in government efforts to reduce traffic congestion. But where they live makes a difference.

Overall, 54 percent prefer focusing on public transit, such as trains and buses, while four in 10 say the government should focus on expanding and building roads instead. Preference for public transit, though, ranges from 61 percent of urban residents to 52 percent of suburbanites and 49 percent of people in rural areas.

[See PDF with full results here.]

The results come as Vice President Joe Biden and six mayors from major U.S. cities are scheduled to attend a Washington Post forum Tuesday on relieving traffic congestion.

There are other differences among groups. Preference for a focus on public transit peaks at two in three liberals and six in 10 college graduates, as well as among nonwhites, people under age 40, those in the top income category, $100,000-plus, and political independents.

Other groups have a slight preference for road building: strong conservatives, evangelical white Protestants and white men without a college degree.

METHODOLOGY –
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 4-7, 2014, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including landline and cell phone-only respondents. Results have a 3.5 point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.st

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Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced Tuesday.

Before announcing her decision, Masipa acknowledged that sentencing is “not a perfect exercise.”

“A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. But a long sentence would also not be appropriate, because it would lack mercy,” she said.

Pistorius was convicted last month of culpable homicide — comparable to manslaughter — in Steenkamp’s death. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with no minimum prescribed sentence.

He was found not guilty of a more serious premeditated murder charge.

Prosecutors had requested 10 years in prison for Pistorius, 27, who’s known as Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs. The South African athlete’s defense team suggested a sentence of house arrest.

The trial began in March and was marked by the athlete’s emotional outbursts — often sobbing and wailing in court as details of the shooting were discussed.

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Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Judge Thokozile Masipa announced Tuesday.

Before announcing her decision, Masipa acknowledged that sentencing is “not a perfect exercise.”

“A non-custodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community. But a long sentence would also not be appropriate, because it would lack mercy,” she said.

Pistorius was convicted last month of culpable homicide — comparable to manslaughter — in Steenkamp’s death. The conviction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with no minimum prescribed sentence.

He was found not guilty of a more serious premeditated murder charge.

Prosecutors had requested 10 years in prison for Pistorius, 27, who’s known as Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs. The South African athlete’s defense team suggested a sentence of house arrest.

The trial began in March and was marked by the athlete’s emotional outbursts — often sobbing and wailing in court as details of the shooting were discussed.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Citing health reasons, Archie Manning has stepped down Monday from the College Football Playoff Committee that was designed to select the four teams in the 2014 NCAA Playoff, the first in collegiate football.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead,” Manning said. “My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible.”

The 65-year-old underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and has begun to experience some discomfort while walking. Manning is scheduled to have another procedure done in the next month and will be unable to attend the committee’s meetings.

Now a 12-member group, the committee will release its first rankings on Oct. 28. Should a 6-6 deadlock vote occur for the top two teams in the playoff, the group will continue to discuss and re-vote until a member changes their mind. There is currently no option where the committee’s chair can break a tie.

With the departure of Manning, the committee has placed Mike Tranghese to work with the Mountain West Conference while Steve Weiberg will assist with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Citing health reasons, Archie Manning has stepped down Monday from the College Football Playoff Committee that was designed to select the four teams in the 2014 NCAA Playoff, the first in collegiate football.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead,” Manning said. “My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible.”

The 65-year-old underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and has begun to experience some discomfort while walking. Manning is scheduled to have another procedure done in the next month and will be unable to attend the committee’s meetings.

Now a 12-member group, the committee will release its first rankings on Oct. 28. Should a 6-6 deadlock vote occur for the top two teams in the playoff, the group will continue to discuss and re-vote until a member changes their mind. There is currently no option where the committee’s chair can break a tie.

With the departure of Manning, the committee has placed Mike Tranghese to work with the Mountain West Conference while Steve Weiberg will assist with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Citing health reasons, Archie Manning has stepped down Monday from the College Football Playoff Committee that was designed to select the four teams in the 2014 NCAA Playoff, the first in collegiate football.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead,” Manning said. “My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible.”

The 65-year-old underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and has begun to experience some discomfort while walking. Manning is scheduled to have another procedure done in the next month and will be unable to attend the committee’s meetings.

Now a 12-member group, the committee will release its first rankings on Oct. 28. Should a 6-6 deadlock vote occur for the top two teams in the playoff, the group will continue to discuss and re-vote until a member changes their mind. There is currently no option where the committee’s chair can break a tie.

With the departure of Manning, the committee has placed Mike Tranghese to work with the Mountain West Conference while Steve Weiberg will assist with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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