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Heavy D. hadn’t given up on his health before his death — TMZ has learned, the rapper was serious about battling his weight up to the very end … running nearly everyday, and frequenting several L.A. gyms.

One of his most recent trainers — a guy named Tony, who helped Heavy D lose 150 pounds in 2008 — tells TMZ, D stopped in to Ultra Body Fitness in West Hollywood 3 months before his death … and began to re-strategize his training program.

Tony tells us, the rapper looked like he hadn’t worked out in a while and wanted to get active again.

At that point, sources close to Heavy D tell us, the rapper embarked on a daily running regimen and frequented several other nearby gyms to diversify his exercise experience — incorporating everything from hiking to boxing.

At his peak, Tony tells us, Heavy worked out 6-7 days a week.

When he died, we’re told everyone at Ultra Body Fitness was shocked — and the members even erected a small memorial in Heavy’s honor (below).

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