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Dog With Abs

A dog's best friends

A dog’s best friends

Are you looking at the dog or the abs???

Rincon, a stray dog from Puerto Rico, was rescued by model Julian Schratter when he was visiting the island. Schratter brought the animal home to Brooklyn, New York, where he and his roommates, also models, decided to have a little fun with their new furry friend.

They created an Instagram account for Rincon under the handle, rincon_da_bully. The page, which features shots of the handsome pup along with his hunky friends, quickly gained popularity, and after just four months, boasts almost 19,000 followers.

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Stephen Colbert’s Real Man Workout

This is pure silliness in the midst of an ongoing feud between Sean Hannity and Stephen Colbert. Sean has lost 30 pounds and explains how he did it with a program of street martial arts, including “blade and firearms training.” Stephen makes tremendous fun of it, including an image showing how using your trigger finger can give you a six pack! Go right to 1:49 to see the mockery begin.

six pack from trigger finger workouts

six pack from trigger finger workouts

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World’s Strongest Kids?

Two brothers, now ages 10 and 8, work out two hours a day under their father’s supervision. The video above is three years old. The one below is more recent. Check out Giuliano’s abs!

Here is the Wikipedia story on the elder brother.

Giuliano Stroe (born July 18, 2004) is a Romanian gymnast who has been lifting weights and learning gymnastics since he was two years old in Florence, Italy where his family lived. They now live in Romania again. In 2009, he was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records after setting the record for the fastest ever ten metre (33 feet) hand-walk with a weight ball between his legs. Stroe performed the stunt in front of a cheering live audience on an Italian TV show, and has become an internet sensation as hundreds of thousands of people have watched the clip of him performing the stunt on YouTube.

On February 24, 2010 he broke the world record for the number of 90 degree push-ups, which is an exercise where push-ups are performed without letting your feet touch the ground. Stroe managed 20 90 degree push-ups beating his previous record of 12, live on Romanian TV.

Giuliano’s father, Iulian, said he has been taking Giuliano with him to the gym ever since he was born, but he is careful not to push Giuliano too hard. Stroe insists his son’s workout schedule is not excessive. “He is never allowed to practice on his own, he is only a child and if he gets tired we go and play,” Iulian said.

Giuliano says his newfound celebrity has not gone to his head. He adds that he still does normal nine-year-old activities like watching cartoons and painting.

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Abs Should Be There When Midriffs Are Bare

abs are in now for high fashion crowd

abs are in now for high fashion crowd

bare midriffs send women to the gym

bare midriffs send women to the gym

new crop top style requires abs or at least flat stomach

new crop top style requires abs or at least flat stomach

Who would have predicted that midriffs exposed by the latest crop top fashion styles would be sending women to gyms in droves. Sweat and pain is the passport to wearing these fancy clothes, and here is an article describing some of the goings on. Obviously I am partial to nicely defined abs, and I think it’s about time everyday women were after some definition as well. After all, misery loves company, and when I think of all the pain men go through to look attractive to women, why shouldn’t the females have to put in a little extra effort to look good for the men…only kidding, only kidding. I know how hard the female gender works to look sensational…

“Midriffs are suddenly in America’s face,” writes Shivani Vora in her piece titled The Time of the Tummy. “The stomach is the new erogenous zone, but not in a vulgar sort of a way,” one fashion commentator said. “Yes, you can show your whole midsection in a bra top, but most of the styles only give you a peek. Regardless, it is making women frenzied about shaping up their abs.”

The 5-foot, 115-pound Jewlie Williams, another fashionista, for example, spends more than two hours most days of the week exercising in stomach-centric classes like Ab Attack (Crunch offers three others as well), running and dancing. Her day begins and ends with 100 crunches, she said, and she has drastically cut down on her sugar intake.

“I bought six crop tops, but I felt like I needed tighter and flatter abs to feel good wearing them,” she said, “so I’ve been working really, really hard to get them better-looking.”

Sandra Ciconte, an already-slender 5-foot-6, has embarked upon a six-day-a-week routine that includes two private sessions with at Core and a 20-minute floor routine by herself on other days.

Dr. Michele Olson, an exercise physiologist at Auburn University, stressed that cardio intervals such as alternating sprinting with walking are the first step to a six-pack. “You need to have less fat over all to have firm abs,” she said, “not do hundreds of crunches or situps.”

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Post-Pregnancy Photos Stir Controversy

this photo and title upset many women who felt bullied

this photo and title upset many women who felt bullied

It’s lonely at the top. Ask these two moms who posted post-pregnancy photos of themselves that created firestorms. Both are passionate about health and fitness, one has a fitness non-profit and the other is a fitness blogger. I am guessing they were challenging their viewers and followers to get or stay in better shape, and not use pregnancy as an excuse to go soft forever. But their efforts really backfired. It’s a shame that successful people in all fields are often envied, create jealousy and are scorned for their achievements. But that is show biz and human nature.

First Californian and fitness enthusiast Maria Kang generated hate mail from women who thought she was a bully rather than an inspiration, when she posted the photo to the right. Later she wrote, “(One letter) said I should be ashamed of myself and that I should take down my Facebook profile picture. It said I’m a shame to women. It was deep and hurtful.”

In what she called her “First and Final Apology,” Kang posted on Facebook September 25 that she was “sorry” her haters “took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way.”

“I won’t go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive,” she wrote. You can read more on her blog.

she delivered a baby just three days earlier

she delivered a baby just three days earlier

Then Caroline Berg Eriksen, who is the wife of soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen and has the biggest fitness blog in Norway, posted a photo showing off her chiseled body and washboard abs just three days after delivering her baby.

“During the pregnancy, people kept telling me that my body will never be the same and I wanted to show everybody that’s not entirely true,” Berg Eriksen, 26, said.

Berg Eriksen says she was amazed at how fast her body bounced back after gaining 22 pounds. Though she hasn’t worked out since giving birth, she says the purpose of the picture wasn’t to be cruel.

“I think all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor,” she explained.

Next the first mom above, Maria Kang, posted a picture of herself after SHE delivered a baby:

here is a more conventional post baby stomach

here is a more conventional post baby stomach

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Usher Has Abs

a beautiful photo and a perfect six pack

a beautiful photo and a perfect six pack

I hesitate to tell you that I did not know about Usher and don’t know any of his songs. It’s painful some times to know so much…and know so little. But at least I am still learning…

Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Usually known by his first name only, Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, “Nice & Slow”.

The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone. To date, he has sold over 65 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. Usher has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Usher was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed Usher at number six on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained eighteen Hot 100 top-ten hits.

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Nice Abs On Miami Beach

is she famous?

is she famous?

She looks familiar and might be famous. But my friend Rudy sent me her picture in a slideshow about the rise and fall and rise again of Miami Beach, Florida, where we both grew up.

Although I usually look at abs first…especially on women, believe it or not…I also noticed her fur coat in the sun. I remember as a kid seeing old women tourists in the 80+ degree heat wearing mink coats, sitting on the curb, while waiting for a bus. People sure are funny!

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Rare Couple Both Sport Abs

Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

Here is a well-heeled and well-abbed couple. Don’t see too many of these around. Congratulations! Maybe they work out together…

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Chris Pratt Gains/Loses Weight And Abs All The Time

Chris Pratt gained 60 lbs over six months for a movie role

Chris Pratt gained 60 lbs over six months for a movie role

Here is another actor who has the ability to gain or lose dozens of pounds and create abs each time he is lighter. Chris Pratt was in Zero Dark Thirty and wanted to look good when he was hanging out with Navy Seals. Right after that, he gains 60 pounds for a role in Starbucks. Then six months later he is Mr. Six Pack again to play a super hero in Guardians of the Galaxy.

How do these people do this, when it is almost impossible for most people to lose even 10 pounds? Makes you wonder about will power and the motivational influence of being on screen and earning money. Maybe the solution to the obesity epidemic is to film everyone who is overweight and post their bodies in bathing suits on public billboards!

Chris BEFORE he gained 60 lbs

Chris BEFORE he gained 60 lbs

Here is Chris before he gained the weight.

The “Parks and Recreation” funny man showed off his massive six-pack during an appearance on “Conan.” Pratt displayed his toned abs by flaunting an iPhone photo of himself standing in front of a mirror flexing while wearing only boxer-briefs.

Pratt said his six-pack is the result of getting in shape for his role as a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Osama bin Laden takedown film, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Chris AFTER gaining the weight

Chris AFTER gaining the weight


are those abs still under there?

are those abs still under there?

To play a lawyer in the comedy flick Starbuck, the 33-year-old actor was asked to put on a significant amount of weight.

“I gained 60 pounds in about four and a half months. I just did it the old fashioned way: eating and drinking my face off,” Pratt shared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Dec. 10. “I’ve lost a little bit of it, but it was hard. It was probably just as hard as losing weight. You wouldn’t believe it, but it is. It’s these same principle: It’s all about pain.”

showing off his abs again 60 pounds lighter

showing off his abs again 60 pounds lighter

After gaining all that weight, the 34-year-old actor underwent a physical transformation for his part in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. Pratt, who stars in the sci-fi movie, showed off his ripped body this week, taking to Instagram to post a shirtless photo of himself.Pratt attributed the transformation to six months without beer, hashtagging “GOTG” to confirm that the makeover is for the superhero film.

This isn’t the first time Chris, who stars in the sitcom, “Parks and Recreation,” has drastically transformed his physique. In 2011, Chris lost 30 pounds for the drama “Moneyball” and then, shortly afterward, gained 50-60 pounds for the comedy “Ten Year.”

“I went from 220 pounds that I cut down for ‘Moneyball’ to almost 270-280 pounds for ‘Ten Year,’ ” he said. “I gained like 50 pounds to play this fat, alcoholic character. I would drink dark beer every night.

“I would have a double order of pancakes every morning. Burgers for lunch. Fries, snacks, candy. I ballooned my weight up. It was probably very unhealthy, but it was so fun.”

Pretty impressive that he has so much control of his weight. Lots of discipline showing here!

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Jada Smith Promotes Push Ups

Will Smith's wife Jada has some abs

Will Smith’s wife Jada has some abs

I love how the media exaggerates. Can you picture the “jaws dropping?” But she is one of the few women who really has abs…and a great figure as well for a 41-year-old with two kids. Jada Pinkett Smith also has a blog that encourages daily exercise. So we are in total agreement about that.

Jada Pinkett Smith showed off her amazing bikini body while in Hawaii over the weekend, causing jaws to drop far beyond the Aloha State.

Smith flaunted her toned physique and washboard abs in a white bikini with rainbow piping while taking surfing lessons Friday. She was photographed smiling while walking on the beach and wading on her board in the water.

The 41-year-old was also seen paddleboarding with her husband, Will. The two are currently on vacation with their children Willow and Jaden for some downtime following promotions for Will and Jaden’s flick, “After Earth.”

The super fit mama has said her favorite arm exercise is a simple pushup. She advised Facebook fans to try out different variations of the exercise—like with hands in a triangle or arms wide with the hands turned out—and incorporate the workout into daily activities.

“Do some kind of physical activity every day or every other day. Do what you love with a lot of determination to reach your personal physical goals,” she wrote on her page in April. “Remember, beauty is all about how you feel about YOU, no matter color, shape or size.”

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Abs Ad Used To Sell Salad Dressing

abs for salad dressing ad

abs for salad dressing ad

Here is a salad dressing ad that is using beefcake, rather than cheesecake, to sell product. Pretty low end way for me to show a guys abs being exploited. The article says that a women’s group finds it offensive, but other readers are happy to see men being treated as sex objects to sell goods the same way women’s bodies have been used for generations. What do you think?

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Abs At Abercrombie’s

Abercrombie and Fitch models

Abercrombie and Fitch models

Here is a picture created by retailer Abercrombie & Fitch to sell clothes. I noticed the abs, before I paid attention to the jackets. Shows you where my values lie. But much more interesting is the whole A&F “scandal.” The company targets thin, beautiful customers who want to be cool. Some activist groups insist that the company should manufacture and sell clothes to all shapes and looks of people and have criticized the company’s strategy as being discriminatory. The CEO made some dumb statements reinforcing his position, and an internet debate is off and running. Seems to me the company can sell to any slice of the market they prefer. You can’t ask Ferrari to make cars for middle-income people. But the world loves controversy.

You can read more about it here .

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Women Celebs Rarely Make Abs

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Angela Simmons

Angela Simmons

The slide show of over 120 female celebrities on the beach promised great bodies, bikinis and ABS! But only two of the women had any definition at all. Maybe movie stars and singers just don’t work on their stomach muscles. Or it’s genetically too difficult to create any cuts. Someday I should look for professional female athletes to see what their abs look like as a group.

Mindless, but interesting. A nice change of pace from contracts and other responsibilities…

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Shemar Moore Has Abs

Shemar at the beach

Shemar at the beach

Shemar at Canne

Shemar at Canne

Shemar Franklin Moore is an American actor and former fashion model. His most notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS’s Criminal Minds from 2005 to present, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.

I never heard of him, but his abs caught my eye. Abs are teaching me a great deal about pop culture. Time to do a few crunches!

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Crazy Abs On CrazyDrummer

Check out the abs on this 60-year-old who is called CrazyDrummer

Check out the abs on this 60-year-old who is called CrazyDrummer

For all those who justify not going to the gym by saying it is impossible to get in shape after 50:
Apparently, it’s not.

This picture was posted on Reddit last night by CrazyDrummer, with a simple caption: “60 years old.”

The picture has already received 1,596 comments, 744,298 views and the admiration of some commenters in the Reddit community.

“That’s not fair. He has dad and grandpa strength,” said ISwearThisIsOriginal.

“Santa only works 1 day out of the year. The other 364? He lifts,” commented BOMPendragon 228.

While we can’t tell if this ripped bod came from lifting or Photoshop, this is not the first time the Internet has been amazed by incredibly fit post-50 bodies. In August many were in awe over world’s oldest female body builder Ernestine Shepherd, and in October we met then vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris, both in their 70s.

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Photo In Kyoto

Flexing in 45 degrees in Kyoto, Japan—12/7/12

Back in town after two weeks in Kyoto, Japan. Too busy sightseeing and visiting my son to write here as well, but I did some exercise every single day…even when I was traveling 20+ hours to/from the continents. Now 402 continuous days of some exercise in addition to tennis or five miles of walking around Kyoto. Loved the hotel gym.

The Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine shown above is made up of over 10,000 vermillion “gates” called torii that are set so close to each other they form 2 1/2 miles of tunnels. They are donated by businesses hoping for wealth and good luck. I couldn’t resist posing in this colorful backdrop in spite of the cool, damp weather. The locals just assumed I was a typical crazy American stripping to the waist in low 40′s temperatures.

It’s been awhile since I showed some abs. I’m glad that I still have a few cut lines, though my more modest workouts are not building any muscle. Doing the daily exercises at all is a source of great pride, because I am often so tired that I procrastinate for hours, even though it only takes 5-15 minutes.

a single torii with a fox messenger in pink bib at each side

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Justin Bieber’s Abs (And Underpants)

Justin's back in the gym

I love learning about pop culture, especially when I can’t relate to it. For a few years I have heard about Justin Bieber. But I had no idea how big he is: He has over 30 million followers on Twitter, and he was named by Forbes Magazine in 2012 as the third most powerful celebrity in the world. He also did a music video that has over 800 million views!!!

Anyway who cares about that on this site. He recently sent out a photo of his abs, and that is what is really important…right?

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Anudder Ira’s Abs

Another Ira's Abs

This is too cute. Iras of the world, UNITE! Especially if you love your abs. This is the fake cover of an Onion magazine that has no inside pages. And those abs wouldn’t impress anyone. I prefer Amy’s abs from yesterday. And that’s why the Onion is often so funny…

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of a radio/TV show called This American Life. Ira started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR’s headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.

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Amy’s Abs

Amy Serfass looks very fit

I mentioned yesterday a young woman I met at the Tough Mudder who stood out with her red hair and teal-colored top. Amy Serfass is a fitness trainer who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Australian Institute of Fitness. “My specialty is women and weight loss, specifically running boot camps for women.” Visit her web site here .

I found this fabulous photo of her on facebook, where her friend Megan said, “you could prob hold those rocks up in the background with your abs.” Hopefully she will write an article describing her activities and fitness routines. Sure looks like a lot is working just fine…

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Skewed and Misaligned Abs

actor Shemar Moore has abs

unknown lifter

Shemar Franklin Moore is an American actor and former fashion model. His most notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS’s Criminal Minds from 2005 to present, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.

Hopefully these pictures will please two readers who asked for more abs pictures. The one on the left was sent in by my friend Chris (age 25) who was impressed by the story about the 72-year-old doctor on steroids whose body looks like he’s decades younger.

Interesting how some sets of abs line up and others don’t. I assume it’s genetics as opposed to how they exercise. Any explanations from you?

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We See This Guy On TV Alot

do you recognize him?

He’s got a pretty good set of abs and body in general…right? But there is something very unusual about him. His name is Jeff Life, and he is a 72-year-old doctor. See him working out below, something he does at least six times a week in the gym.

In an LA Times article , it says his regimen includes hard cardio, heavy weights pushed to the max, martial arts, Pilates, a strict low-glycemic carb diet and lots of supplements. It has also, for the last seven years, been hormonally enhanced by a program that includes testosterone and human growth hormone—a therapy Life views as entirely appropriate, even necessary despite the medical evidence questioning both its effectiveness and safety…

Like most people, Life didn’t give a thought to his testosterone level, his HGH or his fitness as he built his career as a family practice doctor in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. A lapsed Masters swimmer who became inactive in his mid 40s, the father of five became fat and borderline diabetic—”a typical stressed-out middle-aged doctor who ate, drank and didn’t practice what he preached. It was years and years of sloth.”

Dr. Jeff Life–2010

That changed the day Life, then 60, picked up Muscle Media magazine and read about “the Challenge,” a 12-week, before-and-after fitness contest. His competitive fires lighted, Life sent in his before photo and hit the gym.

Three months later, he’d dropped 25 pounds, cut his body fat from 28% to 10%, got genuinely ripped and was named one of the contest’s 1999 “Body for Life” 10 grand champions…

But by age 64, Life found himself shrinking.

His muscles didn’t respond to workouts like they did a few years before. Abdominal fat started piling up. He began feeling mildly depressed. And he wasn’t waking with an erection as often as he used to.

It was a condition he would soon know as andropause, the insidious creep of declining testosterone.

It was time for his second epiphany—and the photo that would change everything…

the whole Dr. Jeffrey Life

Dr. Jeff's ad for the company he works with

In June 2003, Life became a Cenegenics patient, ultimately taking daily shots of HGH along with once-a-week testosterone shots, a regimen he still maintains.

“I could feel the difference quickly. Clarity of thought, a new, sharper focus, increased sexual function, bigger muscles.” He was so impressed that he packed up, moved to Las Vegas and joined the company.

After six months of seeing clients, Life had an idea to keep them motivated: Show them his body.

“They needed to know that I walked the walk.”

That might have been the end of the story—until a year later, when a writer from GQ magazine, in to do an anti-aging story, walked by Life’s office. His eyes bugged out at the sight of the glossy 8 by 11 of the buffed, bald, jeans-wearing guy hanging on the wall.

The shot ended up in his article in the January 2006 issue of GQ….Now it’s been seen by millions. An old, bald head on the young beefcake body. The claim is that this is not digitally modified. Whats your reaction?

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Taylor Lautner Parlays Abs Into Acting

Taylor before his transformation

Taylor afterward

Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor, voice actor, model, and martial artist. He took his first karate class at the age of six and earned his black belt by the age of eight, winning several junior world championships.

Once he became an actor, he won a role in a three-part movie series in which the first film wasn’t too successful. For the next film, Twilight Saga’s New Moon, he gained 30 pounds of muscle, and is credited substantially for the film’s worldwide box office take of $700 million. One critic wrote, “The film’s marketing issues were solved when Lautner’s “abdominal muscles became New Moon’s main talking point, not to mention his calling card.” He was named number one on Access Hollywood’s “Top 5 Hollywood Abs” list.

In 2010, Lautner was ranked number two on Glamour’s “50 Sexiest Men of 2010 ” list. Men’s Health ranked him at third on their list of “Top 10 Summer Bodies.” Additionally in 2010, he was ranked fourth on People’s “Most Amazing Bodies” list.

Lautner has an intricate workout plan, which was covered by Men’s Health, and has a specific diet after developing his body for New Moon.In addition, he still practices and trains in martial arts regularly.

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J. Roundtree Loses 200 Pounds

He lost 200 pounds in 19 months

Here is a really inspiring story about a kid who weighed 405 and finally decided to lose some weight. I always wonder what clicks to get someone to overcome their inertia—whether weight loss, healthy living, starting a new career—and choose a new routine. His father had died of a heart attack, but that didn’t prevent the son from gaining all that weight.

J. Roundtree, 21, from Lancaster, Ohio, lost 200 pounds in 19 months in order to join the Army, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reports. In November, he will begin basic training at Ft. Benning in Georgia, and he eventually wants to become a police officer.

So how’d he go from 405 pounds to 205? Roundtree started with P90X and then stuck to a strict 1,500 calorie-a-day diet and adopted an active lifestyle—spending his time jogging, playing basketball, swimming and using home workout DVDs. When hand and foot injuries threatened to hinder his progress, Roundtree persevered.

“There’s going to be days where you’re like, ‘Oh I don’t want to do it’, but you gotta keep doing it,” Roundtree told the station.

As a child, Roundtree played football, baseball and basketball, but eventually picked up video games as a hobby and began to gain weight due to lack of exercise. He went on to play in gaming tournaments when he was in high school.

Roundtree comes from a family of servicemen and women. His father, mother, and sister all served in the Army, according to the news outlet. But while he always had his sights set on serving himself, Roundtree found his poor health seemed to pose an insurmountable problem.

“I never would have imagined that he would do that,” Roundtree’s mother explained. “But when J. sets his mind to something, don’t tell him he can’t do it…because he’ll prove you wrong.”

And this attitude is exactly what has led him to where he is today. “I want to be better than I was today,” he said. “I wanna look the best I can. I wanna feel the best I can. I wanna run the farthest or the fastest.”

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Oguchi Onyewu Has Abs And Scares Opponents

Oguchi has abs (in case you missed them)

I bumped into an article about the 30 fittest pro athletes. Of course I was focusing on their abs—some readers have actually asked me for more pictures than I am posting. So here you are.

“I had to add Oguchi into the list. After all, he’s a soccer player—fittest athletes ever. At 6’4″ 210 pounds, he’s one of the most feared men in the world’s game.
I’ve played against a lot of massive defenders. And no one has Oguchi’s strength. His shoulders and chest are so big that people confuse him with an NFL player. He can move anyone in the game with one arm, including the best strikers in the world. Guys absolutely fear him.”

Charlie Davies, FORWARD, U.S. SOCCER

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Fitness Trainer Drew Manning Gained 70 Pounds On Purpose

Fitness Trainer Drew Manning gained weight (middle) and then lost it (right) to better understand his clients

Here are excerpts from a story about a fitness trainer who gained 70 pounds on purpose (then lost it) to better understand what his clients go through. His journey allowed him to empathize more with his clients and suggest new ways to become fit.

Always a fitness junkie, staying in shape comes naturally for Drew Manning. He’s that guy at the gym the rest of us love to hate. But his wife says he was a “judgmental” trainer who would look at someone who was overweight and say, ‘They must really be lazy.’ ”

In order to better understand the struggles his clients were facing, he had to face them himself. He gave up the gym and started consuming junk food, fast food and soda. In just six months, he went from 193 pounds with a 34-inch waist to 265 pounds with a 48-inch waist.

Manning says he didn’t realize the effects of his weight gain would be more than physical. It altered his relationships and his self-confidence. The fact that he had to do push-ups on his knees was almost humiliating.

Manning suffered through soda deprivation headaches and food cravings on his way back to fit. The journey was easier for him than for most, he’ll admit, but he’s eager now to provide tips for others to follow in his footsteps.

“The biggest thing [I learned] is that it’s not just about the physical. It’s not just about the meal plan and the workouts and those things. The key is the mental and the emotional issues. I realized those issues are real.”

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