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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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Women Athletes At Peak Performance

peak athletes' different bodies

peak athletes’ different bodies

photos by Howard Schatz

photos by Howard Schatz

The images, taken by photographer Howard Schatz for his 2002 book, Athlete, recently resurfaced, reminding us of the diversity of women’s bodies.

What impresses me is how different body types are often needed to excel at different sports. (It reminds me of David Epstein’s book, The Sports Gene, which I will cover later…although here is an advance peek.)

Schatz interviewed and photographed hundreds of athletes for the book, a project he says was inspired by his interest in human variation and the musculoskeletal system. “I was also interested in passion,” he told the Huffington Post in a phone interview. “I was interested in what got them to do this. Because to become a champion, you have to put away so many things in life.”

You can read the whole article here.

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Two Ways To Be Thin

Millions of chubby, plump and overweight humans want to lose weight, but they can’t. I have always been impressed with how hard it is for most people. They need more powerful motivation. I read decades ago that most people can’t save money…until they want to buy a house and need a down payment. With that kind of goal, they are able to save. What does it really take to inspire an average person to eat less and exercise more? What will do it in a majority of cases.

I am constantly awed by movie stars who want to be hired for a particular role, and somehow have minimal problems dropping 20-50 pounds. Either money, ego or a great acting part can keep some actors from eating more than 600 calories a day! Below are some incredible examples of actor weight loss.

However the video above shows how anyone can look thinner…at least for some situations. Try it at home, and see if it works!

Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds

Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds

Matt Damon lost 40 pounds

Matt Damon lost 40 pounds

Tom Hanks had to first GAIN 50 pounds and then lose it all

Tom Hanks had to first GAIN 50 pounds and then lose it all

Christian Bale lost 63 pounds

Christian Bale lost 63 pounds

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Lunch With Laver And Conversation With Collins

Bud tells tales at a luncheon. Pam Shriver watches and Bud's wife Anita (seated) listens

Bud tells tales at a luncheon. Pam Shriver watches and Bud’s wife Anita (seated) listens

Rod also listens to Bud after telling his own stories

Rod also listens to Bud after telling his own stories

The day after the latest tennis greats including Martina Hingus had been inducted into the Hall of Fame, I was able to attend a luncheon at which Pam Shriver was the mistress of ceremonies. I was directed to an almost empty table and settled down to my lobster roll and potato chips. Within minutes Rod Laver was directed two seats to my right and Bud Collins and his wife were placed directly across. Our conversation was limited of course, and neither had any idea who I was or why I was at their table. But it sure gave me a kick to be breaking “bread” with these stars. Too funny. I love coincidences and random events like these. Keep ‘em coming, Lord…

By the way, Bud was one of the first journalists who moved successfully to TV coverage in 1963 and specialized in tennis commentary, wrote books about tennis and wears astonishingly colorful clothes. Check his fashion style out here .

Another acclaimed tennis personality who spoke at the luncheon and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame the day before was TV sportscaster Cliff Drysdale, who co-founded the men’s pro tennis “league” and was the first president of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals). In his speech at the ceremony to hundreds–maybe 2000—people, he made fun of one colleague when he said that although he (Cliff) was given five minutes to speak, this named buddy would probably not be able to focus on it after 30 seconds, because he had the “brain and attention span of a mosquito!” When I asked Cliff later about that dig, he said his buddy could handle it. Wow. That’s show biz I guess.

At the luncheon he made fun of another person’s shirt color, and for the rest of the day I heard people mentioning the guy’s shirt and color (it was chartreuse-y). I actually have a shirt almost that exact color, so I was personally offended by Cliff’s ridiculing it (just kidding). But it amazes me that he would be so critical, undiplomatic and insensitive and think it was funny. But then I am not a famous sportscaster and famous tennis executive.

snappy dresser Bud Collins (in orange pants) leaves the ceremony

snappy dresser Bud Collins (in orange pants) leaves the ceremony

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Rod Laver Comes To Newport Tennis Tournament

ira and Rod Laver

ira and Rod Laver

Just spent four days at the annual ATP tennis Hall of Fame tournament in Newport, Rhode Island. Been going for over five years and love the grass matches, hitting on a court myself, seeing the tennis greats. Always check out the history documented in the Hall of Fame, of which I am a member. Who could believe I became such an enthusiast for a sport.

There are many tennis celebrities there each year whom I have come to recognize, hear their stories at some luncheons, talk to occasionally–it’s usually just chit chat…but I like it for sure. This year I heard or saw Stan Smith, Rod Laver, Martina Hingus, Owen Davidson, Todd Martin, Pam Shriver, Bud Collins, Vic Seixas, Rosie Casals.

I always see fans asking the greats to pose with them, while a friend takes a picture. Not me. I even laugh at the superficiality of it all. But this year it was different. I was in my seat watching a match, when I realized that Rod Laver was three feet away. After hesitating a few minutes, I asked a friend to photograph us and bothered this titan of tennis to pose with me. He graciously rose slowly from his seat with some apparent effort and smiled for the camera. I am proud to document my closeness to his history.

Rod may be the greatest tennis player in the game. He is an Australian who holds the record for most singles titles won in the history of tennis, with 200 career titles. He was ranked World No. 1 for seven consecutive years. He is the only tennis player, male or female, to have twice won the Grand Slam (all four major singles titles in the same year), winning in 1962 and 1969. He is the only male player to have won “The Grand Slam” during the open era. He also won the Pro Grand Slam in 1967. He is the only player in tennis history (man or woman) to have won 3 combined calendar year Grand Slams (won all available majors). Laver won a total of 19 Major singles titles, including 11 Grand Slams and 8 Pro Slams. He also won a total of 9 Major doubles titles including 6 Grand Slam men’s doubles and 3 Grand Slam mixed doubles. He holds the all-time male records of 22 singles titles in a season (1962) and 7 consecutive years (1964-70) winning at least 10 singles titles per season. In addition to this he won 9 Championship Series titles (1970–75).

In terms of yearly prize money won, Laver was the leader from 1964 until 1971. Wikipedia shows that he won a total of $1,565,413. Today’s tennis leaders enjoy the benefits of TV money, increased popularity and higher tournament ticket prices. The five top male players these days have earned between $20 and 78 MILLION dollars, and they are still competing. A few times this weekend, one of the old timers mentioned how he received a handshake as his prize, or $100 for winning a tournament or even $10,000 for a Grand Slam win…these days the top prize for a Grand Slam like Wimbledon is $2,400,000! How the times have changed.

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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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Upper Arm Plastic Surgery??? Who Knew???

tough first lady

tough first lady

Here is an article by Erin Cunningham that startles me: more women want upper arm plastic surgery. (I didn’t even know there was such a procedure.) And Michelle Obama is the reason. Of course there are contrarians who say she is not the cause. You can decide after looking at some photos of our First Lady. I also included pictures of tennis star Samantha Stosur. How do you like her arms?

Michelle's elegant arms

Michelle’s elegant arms

On Monday, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported a 4,473 percent increase in brachioplasties, or upper-arm lifts, since 2000. And as a result of its recent online poll, the ASPS also reported that the most desired upper arms by women belong to Michelle Obama.

biceps to rave about?

biceps to rave about?

Sam Stosur really has arms

Sam Stosur really has arms


The report made it sound as if the first lady’s chiseled biceps had inspired people to get upper-arm surgery. “Women Opting for Surgery to Get Michelle Obama’s Arms,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Vanity Fair put it: “Michelle Obama’s Arms Are More Coveted Than Jennifer Aniston.” And Glamour asked its readers: “Would You Have Plastic Surgery to Get Arms Like Michelle Obama’s?”

But while the ASPS reported that upper-arm lifts jumped more than 4,000 percent between 2000 and 2006 among women, Business Insider points out that, according to previous ASPS yearly reports, since 2007, “there have been only single-digit increases or decreases year-to-year for the cosmetic procedure.” Since the Obamas didn’t take Washington by storm until 2008, it’s unlikely that Michelle Obama can be thanked (or blamed) for the upper-arm sensation.

does she lift weights daily?

does she lift weights daily?

“The rise of brachioplasty has actually occurred over the past decade. It’s a procedure that has been fairly popular all along,” says Dr. Matthew Schulman, who practices plastic surgery in New York City. He adds that the procedure hasn’t just gotten more popular since the Obamas have been in the White House. Still, “she has a very visible role, she’s out there on more mainstream television, and constantly wears sleeveless dresses,” Schulman says.

Perhaps because of the rise social media, the immediate awareness of one’s body type has created a more self-conscious audience, says Dr. Darrick E. Antell, assistant clinical professor of surgery at Columbia University. “People take pictures, view them right away, and see those arms they want to hide,” he says. “Michelle is sort of an icon, she’s stylish, and she’s typically photographed from the waist up.” Since mobile devices now have video and camera capabilities, the readiness with which images can be uploaded and viewed leaves one little time to prepare to confront one’s flaws.

Doctors point to widespread weight loss across the nation and advanced surgical technologies as the dominant factors that have contributed to the rise of brachioplasties—not Michelle Obama. As Antell explains, “People today are losing much more weight than in the past, which leads to an excess of loose skin.” The development of microliposuction, too, has made the upper-arm procedure less severe, the scar management less difficult, and the recovery time much faster. (Patients can be back to work as quickly as the span of a long weekend.)

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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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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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Paula Broadwell Does Push Ups

Paula and Jon before their on-camera push up contest—1/25/12

Prior to the Patraeus/Broadwell scandal breaking, Paula came on the Daily Show for a 15-minute interview to plug her book about the CIA chief. Little did we know what else was going on. And Jon Stewart made comments more recently about how naive he was during his January interview. All very funny.

Paula and Jon

Paula had attended West Point, was supposedly ranked No. 1 over all in fitness in her class. She benefited from a different ranking scale for women, she told a reporter this year. But “I was still in the top 5 percent if I’d been ranked as a male,” she said. But is she lying? A spokesman at the military academy said November 15th that Broadwell did NOT win the fitness award, which went to another female cadet in her graduating class.

Jon Stewart (on floor), Paula, and her husband Scott compete for charity

On that same show, she challenged Stewart to a push-up contest to raise money for wounded warriors. She claimed she could do 100. She slipped off her high heels, dropped to the floor and pounded out 60 push-ups, besting his 38. He donated $20,000 to a veterans’ organization Broadwell supports. I wanted to post the video of that contest, but it is now no longer available. Amusing.

As a substitute, I have some stills of Paula, so you can see how she often dressed to display her toned arms. And below is the first half of her interview with Stewart…no contest, no push ups, but you can hear the interview and enjoy all the secret meanings.

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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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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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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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Novak’s Abs Show Well After Win

Novak Djokovic bares his abs after winning the Australian Open—1/29/12

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I Do 93 Push Ups, While Someone Else Does 1500

Herschel Walker does 1500 push ups a day

It’s now 42 days in a row (and 44/45) that I have done some exercise, whether bent over rows, push ups or bicycle crunches. A great achievement for me. It’s in addition to the sports I am doing. Especially on a day like today, when I played 3 3/4 hours of tennis continuously, am tired and still made myself do push ups before dinner. I am now up to 93, but this is comprised of many sets, so I did 40, then 9, then 7 then 6 sets of 6. I have to laugh, and you will too, when I tell you that the athlete pictured does quite a bit more each day: 1500. How does a human do so many??? My goal, which I have never achieved, is to equal my age in push ups without stopping. I couldn’t do it when I was 57, although I eventually reached that record number, and now I have to reach 70. This week my high was 50. A long way to go…

Here are some facts about Herschel Walker’s obsession: You can’t argue that 49-year-old Walker looks better then most men half his age. Unfortunately, it takes a very special kind of person to live Walker’s ultra-motivated, super dedicated, mega-healthy life.

Walker is a strict vegetarian and wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and does approximately 1,500 push-ups and 2,000 sit-ups, and has even used ballet training as strength training.

He is a former American college and professional football player. He played college football for the University of Georgia, was a three-time All-American, and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Walker began his professional football career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League (USFL), before joining the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). In the NFL, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Since retiring from professional football, Walker has also been known as a mixed martial artist.

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Growing Up And Working Out

Jonathan Lipnicki stole the show from Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire and is now a gym rat

I love to see how people change over the years and decades, so I was amused by pictures of child actors who work out as older guys. I was familiar with just one of them as a kid—Jonathan Lipnicki from Jerry Maguire—and felt badly that he built up his muscles for a movie requiring a buff body, and then his shirtless scenes were cut from the film. But he still works out 4-5 times a week, so he is on a healthy track…

Danny Bonaduce is funny: he goes to red carpet events topless. Maybe he should next follow Lady Gaga’s lead: she just stepped out bottomless.

Aaron Carter

Danny Bonaduce was in The Partridge Family

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Secrets Of An A-List Body: How To Get Daniel Craig’s Torso

Daniel Craig

I love the teasing headline and first sentence of this British newspaper article…which never delivers much. But the man does have abs…

We reveal how to get the enviable physiques of the stars. This week, Daniel Craig’s torso…

Daniel Craig follows a regimen of weights, running and interval training.

To maintain his legendary abs, 007 is said to work out five days a week and follows a tailored diet to aid muscle growth and repair.

Craig has worked with personal trainer Simon Waterson, who prescribes a remorseless regimen of weights, running and interval training.

Exercises include press-ups (push ups) as well as jumping and bounding to produce power.

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Jason Segel Loses 30 Pounds After Seeing Photo Of His Fat Stomach

Here is another case history of a celebrity—this time Jason Segel—who loses 30 pounds after seeing a picture of how bad and fat he looked. He was so upset that he started exercising and eating less. “It was horrible,” he admits.

Although I never heard of him before I saw this video, I had seen him in two of his movies. Jason Jordan Segel (born January 18, 1980) is an American television and film actor, screenwriter, musician, known for his work with producer Judd Apatow on the short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, I Love You, Man, Gulliver’s Travels, and Despicable Me, and also for his role as Marshall Eriksen in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

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Anthony’s Burpees

Another politician shows off his chest. What’s with these guys? Really dumb. Although I gather they are not thinking at all. There goes another career. He was going to run for mayor of New York. Now he is probably just going to run for his life…Below is a Daily Beast assessment:

Photos released this week of a bare-chested, bronzed Congressman Anthony Weiner revealed that he has a lot more in common with The Situation than he does with, say, congressional brethren like Barney Frank. For a 46-year-old, Weiner is ripped. “He’s not jacked like a gym buf, but he’s cut,” says Jeff Bell, a top personal trainer in New York who runs a business with Madonna’s ex, Carlos Leon. “Most heterosexual males in his category are not in his kind of shape. They’ve got a little tire around the waistline and they’re not as toned. Unless he’s a genetic freak, he’s definitely exercising.”

Weiner bares his chest for fans

So, how does a guy with middle-age spread get the kind of body he wouldn’t be embarrassed sending to a younger woman (or six)? Try the Weiner Workout. Our not-quite-resident-expert, Bell, whose previous clients include Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, and Brooke Shields, recommends a combination of pushups, pullups, burpees, and plank holds.

Never heard of the last two? That’s OK. As Bell explains, a burpee is a body-weight exercise you can do anytime, anywhere—even in the halls of Congress. You start by doing a squat, jumping into pushup position (hands and toes on the ground, body parallel to the floor), doing a pushup, jumping back into a squat, and then coming back up. Plank holds, meanwhile, are a core-strengthening exercise that can be done from a variety of positions, the simplest of which is like a pushup, except that the elbows are placed on the ground in front of the chest. Hold for 30-60 seconds, keeping the stomach tucked in.

“He’s doing stuff like 20-30 pushups at a time, with some situps and pullups thrown in,” says one New York celebrity trainer.

The idea with all of these exercises, says Bell, is multiple sets of high reps. “[Weiner's] not doing five or six pushups with a weighted vest. He’s doing stuff like 20-30 pushups at a time, with some situps and pullups thrown in.”

Of course, exercise alone isn’t enough to achieve that ripped look. A good diet is a must.

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