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How Christian Bale Gains And Loses 50-100 Pounds For Movie Roles

Bale's range of change

Batman Bale

Yo-yo dieting is a way of life for some, but for Hollywood actors, gaining and losing lots of weight is part of the job. When it is so hard for many ordinary people to lose weight or even to gain it, what kind of discipline do actors have that allows them to succeed at this challenge?

For Christian Bale’s performance in the new boxing film, The Fighter, the actor dramatically “transformed” himself from Batman buff to “rail thin” for his role as drug addict and former boxer Dicky Eklund.

Bale in The Fighter

The 6-foot-tall actor dropped 63 pounds to play a chronic insomniac in The Machinist in 2003. (see “skinny Bale” above left) His secret to dropping all the way down to 122 pounds? Starvation, vitamins, and lots of gym time. As part of the process, Bale consulted a nutritionist who advised him about how much weight he could safely lose — but the actor kept going past that point. “I lost another 20 pounds below what she said I should stop at,” he told the BBC.

Amazingly after the Machinist, Bale hired a personal trainer to help him gain 100 pounds (45 kg) in the span of only a couple of months to help him physically prepare for the role of Batman in 2005. He first went well over the weight required and created concern over whether he would look right for the part. Bale recognized that his large physique was not appropriate for Batman, who relies on speed and strategy. He lost the excess weight by the time filming began.

It can’t be healthy or good for your heart to create these huge fluctuations. But how does he make it happen so easily, when normal people can’t gain or lose just 5-10 pounds?

I’ll show more examples in other posts of actors who alter their weight for the screen. Maybe we can learn what the secret is that makes it possible…

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The Dangers Of Posing Shirtless In Public Media

Representative Chris Lee, 46, of New York, caught in the midst of a scandal involving a shirtless photo he reportedly e-mailed to a woman, has resigned from Congress.

Congressman Chris Lee should have sent his photo to this site instead

Mr. Lee’s decision to step down came after a photo of him without a shirt appeared on Gawker along with e-mail exchanges that reportedly took place between him and a woman who had placed a personal notice in the “women seeking men” section of Craigslist.

In one of the e-mails, Mr. Lee describes himself as a lobbyist who is a “fit fun, classy guy.”

Mr. Lee also tells the woman that he is divorced, although he is “happily” married. What was he thinking? Was he thinking? How did he get elected?

When the woman asks him if he routinely sends shirtless photos of himself, Mr. Lee responds, “Sorry, it’s all I had.” Couldn’t he take a mobile photo of himself in a suit with a tie? I don’t get it…definitely destructive…some part of me feels sorry for the guy. Do you?

Maybe we should be on the lookout for more guys who post shirtless photos of themselves. Be wary…

By the way, this was a Raymond Hernandez story on the front page of the New York Times online edition!

In fact if you really want a laugh, read the comments. Here are some I selected:

Well, you gotta give it to him, he does have pretty decent abs for a guy his age…

Why did he step down? His body looks pretty good in that picture.

What’s the problem? He looks perfectly nice with his shirt off.

thats crazy, i need to read more on this. did she not want the
picture? If it was only with his shirt off. Redicullous

He should get hired by an NFL team where pictures above the waistline are perfectly fine.
— Shirtless in Seattle.

He would have gotten into a lot less trouble if he had worn a blue shirt.

Well at least he still looks good.

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Justin Timberlake Sings, Acts And Makes Muscles

Justin Timberlake has some abs

Where do such busy stars find the time to work out for the hours that it’s reported Justin does to sculpt abs and other muscles? Another inspiration…

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Sarah Silverman Parts Publicly With Advice About Non-Public Parts

Here is a health tip for women from Sarah Silverman that she shared on national TV. I post this as a public service…Though the screen behind her is blue (color), and her words are blue (bawdy), I feel blue (sad) that so many people I know would think it is in such bad taste and SOOOOOOO inappropriate that they are unable to laugh and enjoy it.

Is it the same for the people in your life? Maybe I shouldn’t reveal that I sometimes have a coarse side? Life often includes setbacks, pain and suffering, kicks in the teeth, disasters and deaths. Why can’t we all just relax a bit more and not take ourselves so seriously. Keep giving us advice Sarah…laughter is great for our health.

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More Celebrity Inspirations For Weight Losers

I know so many people who want to lose weight and are constantly working at it. Maybe these celebrities who’ve succeeded at dropping a few pounds—100 in one case—can be an inspiration. Most impressive to me is Anthony Hopkins (below), who shed 75 pounds. “I’m in the gym six days a week, I power walk, live on 800 calories a day.”

Anthony Hopkins shed 75 pounds. I'm in the gym six days a week, I power walk, live on 800 calories a day."

John Goodman was miserable after his weight ballooned to new heights: nearly 400 pounds. He stopped eating sugar and drinking, and hired a trainer. Now he's lost over 100 pounds.

Jennifer Hudson dropped from a size 16 to a size four. And now she's a national spokeswoman for Weight Watchers

Drew Carey (host of The 'The Price Is Right') was tired of all those extra pounds, what with Type 2 diabetes and the inability to lift his step son. So he lost 80 pounds, and has never looked better.

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Jared Leto Shows Us His New Abs And New Hair

Jared Joseph Leto, 39, is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films such as Fight Club; Panic Room; American Psycho; Requiem for a Dream; and Lord of War. He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars and has also directed music videos.

Jared Leto shows off his new abs and new hair

Leto's former stomach

In addition to showing off his new abs, Jared also changed his hair styles. Check out what he used to have on his head, and who knows, maybe he influenced Lady Gaga, if she didn’t influence him first:

Jared's former hair

Lady Gaga hair bow

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Sweet Drinks Stink, Shout Out Mike Bloomberg & Mike Sorrentino

“Stop drinking sugar-sweetened beverages” is a message being pushed by two famous Mikes. Soda pop is bad for your health, your fitness, and your abs is their combined shout out.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg & Living Liberty

The mayor recently proposed a ban on people who receive food stamps being able to buy soft drinks with lots of calories and no nutrition. He wants to offset the rise in obesity and diabetes. One sixth of the average teenager’s calories come from sodas. Read more here .

Reality TV star of Jersey Shore, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, absolutely forbids coke and other soft drinks in his diet. You can hear him say it in the video.

He is all for fitness and a powerful six-pack. But in addition to going to the gym and working out 5-6 days a week, you have to watch your diet: “no candy, cakes, snacks, salt, sugar, cokes…drink water all the time.”

After you’re ripped, then you have the maintenance stage, when you CAN have a cookie or a coke here and there. Read more about The Situation right here .

Who would have thought these two Mikes had this much in common!

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Mike Sorrentino’s Fitness Routine Gets Him The Girls

“It’s all about fitness for me. With fitness, you get the girls.”

the Situation

At least that’s what Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino promises on his website, where he describes some aspects of his abs workout. Many of you know that this “Jersey Shore” reality TV show star is supposed to be making over $5 million this year partly because of his in-your-face personality and also because he has great abs. In fact, when he takes off his shirt, there is this “situation” that always makes him irresistible to any human being who happens to be a female from New Jersey. Check out my previous story and picture.

So what are his secrets: first of all he goes to the gym 5-6 days a week, works out for 1 1/2 hours each time, including 30 minutes of cardio. He does abs and lower back exercises every other day. Some days he does 3-4 very difficult exercises, including crunches while he is hanging upside down.

He also uses a home exerciser and a colon cleanse “to help rid my body of the pasta alfredo from the night before. Let’s face it, when it comes to great abs, you can’ t have a digestive situation brewing with a heavy load underneath the six pack. You have to get rid of the waste, and…I normally just make a protein shake and within an hour or so, I’m hittin’ the toilet for a workout of an area of my body that the gym doesn’t cover.”

I love the way you talk, Mike…so intimate, so honest, so earthy…

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Aaron Carter’s Asymmetric Abs

Aaron's abs

Aaron Charles Carter (born December 7, 1987) is an American singer. He is the younger brother of singer Nick Carter, from the boy band Backstreet Boys. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late-1990s, establishing himself as a star among preteen and teenage audiences during the early-2000s. He has also launched an acting career.

In addition to sports, Carter enjoys working out. At the age of fourteen, he took up weightlifting and boosted his body weight from 120 lb to 140 lb. He is also a gymnast, and he frequently performs back flips, handstands, and one-arm cartwheels in his concert appearances.

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Don’t Think Like Tony Curtis That You Are “Entitled And Deserve” To Win And Succeed

Tony Curtis toward the end—2008

When Tony Curtis died last week at 85, I wondered whose picture was being shown. I just didn’t recognize him. He’d put on many pounds, his face had aged alot and he’d lost his hair. Of course I was frightened for a moment that growing older could look like that for me…although I am fighting it with a better diet, more exercise and no drugs. But what really made me want to include his pictures on this site was his attitude in later years. It reminds me of my own negativity, when I am playing “loser” tennis, and also of others who feel they “deserve” a better life, more skills, or greater talent.

Tony Curtis

We all just have what we have, and can’t do much to change our capabilities or physical aptitudes. We CAN learn new things and improve the gifts we have. Most importantly, we can modify our view of the world and how we react to the bad breaks that fall on us all. But we’re not “entitled” to anything.

Here are excerpts from an article about Tony’s crappy views at the end:

…Curtis spent his dotage, looking back with equal measures of wistfulness, pride and regret on the course his life had taken. A New York street tough originally known as Bernard Schwartz, he rose from domestic abuse and poverty to become a Hollywood pretty boy before becoming a burnout, a drug addict and an outcast seeking some form of redemption and reconciliation.

young Tony

“I don’t feel like I got the movies I should’ve gotten,” Tony said in a 2008 interview.

“I don’t know why I’m so dissatisfied,” confided the star of “Some Like It Hot,” “Spartacus,” “The Defiant Ones” and another 120 films and an artist with work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “What am I looking for? What am I chasing?”

a pretty boy in his heyday—1960

It’s hard to know. Curtis enjoyed one of those American lives that most would envy. He was a matinee idol who appeared in films with his own idols, from Burt Lancaster to Cary Grant; who enjoyed wild dalliances with the world’s most lusted-after women; who had genuine friendships with a list of Hollywood and Washington royalty…

Tony at home in Nevada


And yet none of that seemed to provide him much comfort. He felt so frustrated by Hollywood that he retired to Las Vegas, where he and sixth wife Jill lived and where she founded a wild horse rescue. He was openly saddened that he did not transition to playing older, wiser parts, the way Paul Newman and Marlon Brando did. He earned just one Oscar nomination in his career, for “The Defiant Ones,” and complained that he had to share that honor with co-star Sidney Poitier, who was also nominated.

“I don’t feel like I got the movies I should’ve gotten,” Curtis said in 2008. “I felt I deserved more than the industry had given me. I felt I should have been considered more, with a little more respect from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.”

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Change Your Mind To Change Your Body…And Change Your Life

Robin Quivers drank sweetened lemonade with red pepper to lose 70 pounds

The three people below (two friends, one celebrity) were all able to change their body weight by finally making some change in their minds. Something clicked that allowed them or compelled them to alter their eating patterns of many many years.

How does that happen, especially after so many frustrating attempts or inability to even deal with their unsatisfactory situation? Sometimes people have life-threatening situations—a heart attack, a doctor’s warning of a probable stroke. But that didn’t happen in these cases.

If we could only harness this energy and discipline in so many other aspects of our lives, we might all be super powers.

Now here are their stories:

Met a friend I hadn’t seen in four months, and she was 25 pounds lighter…positively THIN. She said she’d seen some pictures of herself and finally was fed up with how she was feeding. So she gave up red meat, most carbohydrates, ice cream (which like me she loves), and eats more vegetables. The weight just melted away.

One continuing disappointment for this lady in her 50’s is that she still can’t look like she did in her 20’s, before she was a parent. Not sure there is any solution to that problem. It’s best to be glad we lived all those years, rather than having died earlier, and accept that things change with time, including our bodies. And also to be proud of how much wiser and smarter we are as adults.

Another friend’s scales had needles pointing to 230 pounds, and he finally changed his eating routine, so that he now weighs 189 after about six months. No more skipping breakfast and lunch and then eating enormous meals late at night that fail to satisfy his starving body. Though he is in his late 60’s, he still works full-time with the energy of a man half his age. Now that he is so much lighter, he is probably moving like a teenager.

Scanning the radio stations, I bumped into Robin Quivers for the first time and learned how she lost 70 pounds (of her former 218) by spending weeks drinking just water laced with lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. It’s called a Master Cleanser, and she was thrilled to also lose some joint pain and aches, sleep much better and make some best-dressed and most-beautiful people lists.

Most impressive about Robin’s words were how she went from not being able to be in a house that lacked ice cream in the freezer—so she had to run out and buy a pint or two to feel sane—to becoming indifferent to the dessert. She no longer felt the deprivation and was not avoiding or curtailing her urges. The desire for unhealthy, fattening foods had gone away.

The video will give you more details, which include a skeptical point of view that this cleansing diet is safe and sound.

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Though Ernie Davis’s Life Was Unfair And Short, He Made It Tall And Inspires Us All

Ernie Davis with his Heisman Trophy—12/61

I woke up pretty pissed about how unfair life was for Ernie Davis. I never heard of him until last night, when I bumped into a movie about him called The Express, because he was so fast and so good. Coming from a dirt poor childhood, he wins a football scholarship to Syracuse and becomes the first in his family to go to college, the first African-American to win the 1961 Heisman Trophy, which is the most prestigious award in college football given to the most outstanding player, and then in 1962 Ernie becomes the first African-American to be the number one pick in the NFL Draft.

It was late at night, I was tired, so at this point I stopped watching the movie and took a quick trip to the internet to see how his life turned out. Dammit. He never played one pro game, because he was soon diagnosed with leukemia and died a year later…he was just 23. Snuffed out.

If I could interview him in heaven, he might tell me that he had more fame and success and satisfaction in his few years alive than many people who live three or four times longer. He might tell me that all the racism he encountered was painful, but he helped inspire other black people to strive for their best and not back down. If one part of the movie is accurate, he also convinced white folks, like his coach, teammates, and classmates, to be more accepting of black people and see that the differences between the races are not as great as they were raised to perceive.

After the Heisman Award Ceremony, President John F. Kennedy, who had followed Davis’ career, met him and congratulated him personally. Later in 1963, Kennedy sent a telegram, reading:

“Seldom has an athlete been more deserving of such a tribute. Your high standards of performance on the field and off the field, reflect the finest qualities of competition, sportsmanship and citizenship. The nation has bestowed upon you its highest awards for your athletic achievements. It’s a privilege for me to address you tonight as an outstanding American, and as a worthy example of our youth. I salute you.”

So what’s my point? Clearly Davis was not an ordinary person. But he did face enormous obstacles—no money, no connections, bigotry, isolation, social pressure to not cross over conventional lines. Yet he overcame them. If you and I can’t make such big leaps, if we are never going to be written about in papers and national magazines, or documented in movies, we can still be inspired by his example to make smaller achievements than his, but the biggest ones we are capable of.

Ernie Davis wearing the same number 44 as Jim Brown did before him

I once asked a philanthropist I met if she agreed that people were mean-spirited, jealous, self-centered, envious, evil, corrupt, greedy, power-seeking? She reminded me that some people are noble, creative, altruistic, dedicated to improving society and the lives of their fellows, unselfish, humble and happy. I could focus on either group, or be aware that there are these two groups. But I shouldn’t forget about these good people, whenever the news stories concentrate on the mis-deeds of the bad guys. A great lesson.

As I searched for information about Ernie Davis, I found this letter written to Syracuse newspaper editor, Donnie Webb from an elementary school teacher. Very touching. (I should mention that Ernie’s jersey number 44 was also worn before him at Syracuse University by Jim Brown, whom many consider the greatest football player of all time.)

Donnie,
I am writing you to tell you about how Ernie Davis’ spirit is alive and well at our school. We adopted him as our symbol of character three years ago. He is the symbol of our character education program. Each and every student in our k-5 building knows who he is, what he stood for and they try to act as Ernie would have. Each September we hold an assembly and show the 44 video (E.D. part) to all of our children. Then we talk about the type of person who Ernie was.

Then each month Bridgeport Elementary highlights a different character trait to study. During that month we ask the entire community (kids, staff, parents, grandparents etc.) to write letters that tell us how a student at Bridgeport has demonstrated the particular character trait. Then, at the assembly we give out Ernie Davis awards. Every student that ha a letter written about him/her receives a medal with Ernie’s picture, the number 44, and the trait of the month written on it. We pick 3 or 4 outstanding letters and read them to the audience. Those students receive an Orange 44 football jersey with the character trait of the month sewn on it along with their name. We literally have scores of kids that have won jerseys. We also have a segment of the assembly called “What would Ernie do?” We ask difficult character questions and then have children answer by thinking what would Ernie do. There is more to this than what I am writing here. He has become a part of the culture of our school.

Thank you,
Kevin Ellis
Character Education Co-chair
Bridgeport Elementary
May 25, 2007

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Growing Stomachs And Wrinkles Over The Years

I’m really laughing at myself…and you can too. Back in January I posted a story about aging and showed pictures of a number of celebrities when they were young and then decades later. How they changed. My, my, oh my. Included snaps of myself over the years and a high school friend. But all the celebrities were women.

So why didn’t I also show photos of male film stars? I dunno. Maybe I couldn’t take the pain of making their evolutions a bit more real. Too close to home, my gender-mates, mates. This week I TV-surfed into an old James Bond movie starring Roger Moore…and I remembered a recent picture of him that froze his figure in the guillotine of time. Finally I am motivated to publish these images of movie gods who were so physically attractive in their youth and have morphed into less glorious specimens of our species. Whatever. Maybe more fitness, less calories and minimal alcohol would make a big difference. But it’s so hard to be disciplined. We need more food police…

roger moore

clint eastwood

arnold schwarzenegger

mickey rourke

alex baldwin

russell crowe

rod stewart

val kilmer

richard gere

brendan fraser

pierce brosnan

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Trevor Donovan’s Four-Pack Abs

Trevor Donovan

Trevor Donovan

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When Celebrities Lose Weight, You Can See Their New Shapes

When so many people have trouble exercising or losing weight, it’s good to learn about those who somehow succeed in their quest for more muscles or less pounds. A recent story about celebrities who lost huge amounts suggests that if you are on camera, you are really motivated to do it…eventually. But catch the drastic weight losses of Christian Bale and 50 Cent below. What incredible discipline. Then there is Star Jones, who cheated a tad…to lose 150 pounds…

Jennifer Hudson went from a size 16 to a 6 as a Weight Watchers spokesperson.

Drew Carey lost a reported 80 pounds this year with a combination of no-carb diet and cardio workouts

50 Cent lost some 50 pounds in just nine weeks to play a cancer patient in 'Things Fall Apart.'

John Goodman, who once weighed 400 pounds, debuted a much slimmer look this year.

Christian Bale lost a staggering 63 pounds to play the lead role in 'The Machinist.'

Valerie Bertinelli lost 40 pounds as a Jenny Craig spokesperson. This year she ran a marathon.

Kelly Osbourne lost about 40 pounds on 'Dancing with the Stars' and has kept it off.

Star Jones rapidly lost 150 pounds in 2003, and it took her until 2007 to admit she had had gastric bypass surgery.

Sara Rue lost about 40 pounds on Jenny Craig.

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3000 Sit Ups A Day!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Recently found yet another picture of Cristiano Ronaldo and his abs. I watched the World Cup games for the first time and was happy to recognize this soccer star and his name…even though he couldn’t bring his team to victory. But when I find it impossible to exercise my abs consistently or even for very long in a day, I am nearly depressed or at least disheartened to read that according to the British Daily Mail, Cristiano does 3000 sit ups a day. If it were even true, how long does it take to do that? At one a second, that’s 50 minutes. So it has to take longer, maybe an hour to an hour and a half.

How do athletes fit in all that practice? I used to know a prima ballerina for the New York City Ballet who told me that anyone could make time to practice at the bar every day for an hour and a half. What kind of mere mortal am I that I can’t find that “little bit” of time each day of the 12 hours when I am not sleeping, eating, showering, dressing, and brushing my teeth and hair? Oh yes, most of us have to commute to a workplace (or soccer field or ballet studio) and then work (or hit a thousand practice goals). Not much time left.

And yet somehow these stars can squeeze in 75-90 minutes of leg stretches or abs exercises. I have to view this routine as an inspiration and not a giant source of depression. Here I go…right after I eat breakfast…and the food digests…and before my business lunch today with my lawyer and the time to dress and drive to the restaurant…and doing any work in the remaining minutes available. Keep you posted…

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Affleck’s Abs

Just returned from two weeks out of town to bump into this image of Ben Affleck from his new movie, The Town, due out in September. This picture was grabbed from the trailer for the movie. I am so inspired to start doing crunches again after almost a month of not doing them.

Affleck makes some abs

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Ronaldo’s Relaxed Abs

We’ve seen his abs before, but this is such a nice shot of them that I had to post it. He just casually slouches in a chair, and the abs define themselves so easily. Think he does any special stomach exercises? Or does he just hit soccer balls upside down all day? I read that he is the highest paid FIFA player.

Cristiano Ronaldo's abs pop without any effort

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Jason Statham’s Workout Routine

After admiring his physique, I bumped into this Men’s Health article about how Jason lost 17 pounds in six weeks and how he grew all his muscles. It’s an eye opener to someone like me who loves sugar and spends 30 minutes doing only abs exercises. Jason’s entire routine takes just 35 minutes. But he does it six days a week, and the pictures show he is doing something very right. I love his comment in the article: If Statham’s workout is your model, you should understand that, at times during our talk, he referred to it as horrible, nauseating, bastard, murder, nightmare, and priceless, preceding each description with the word “f–king.”

Jason's muscles pop in Transporter 3

Statham’s Secrets of Superlean

Actor Jason Statham took on a brutal new training regimen and dropped 17 pounds in 6 weeks. So, what are you waiting for?

“He’s a bit lardy, isn’t he?” Jason Statham says in his gritty British voice, chuckling. He’s referring to the man in two pictures he’s holding, a pair of classic “before” shots, one from the front, one from the back. Indeed, the man in the photos has some extra dough, and not the green kind. There’s muscle there for sure, but no definition at all. Jason Statham isn’t ripping on just anyone: He’s the guy in the photos.

Jason Statham’s weight gain came the same way it does for most of us: a few too many beers and a couple of extra servings, compounded over time. Work out hard and you’ll crave calories as fuel at the same time you loathe the millstone they can form around your middle.

“I never gave a f–k about a calorie,” Statham says. “An apple? It’s good for me. I’d have five. Bananas? Eat the bunch.”

Statham was staying active at work, filming the shoot-’em-up War, in which he has his first fight scenes with a worthy adversary — Jet Li. But the pounds crept onto his torso and hung there like the remembrance of meals past.

Now Jason Statham brushes aside the ugly photos on the coffee table in his living room and gives me a dose of his current reality: He lifts up his shirt. He’s shredded — rumble-strip abs, cords in his chest, veins in his arms.

“That’s 17 pounds in 6 weeks, mate,” he says, and then plops down on his sofa again. “And that’s working out 6 days a week for, at most, about 35 minutes a day. I’ve never, ever gotten results like this before.”

That’s a bold statement from a man who used to be on the British Olympic diving team and lists mixed martial arts (that’s UFC-style fighting) as a hobby. In fact, he sounds like an infomercial. So what’s the secret?

Prepare to sweat. And hurt. And, well, eat. But only enough to stoke your fire, not smother it.

Jason in jail in Death Race


The Workout

If Statham’s workout is your model, you should understand that, at times during our talk, he referred to it as horrible, nauseating, bastard, murder, nightmare, and priceless, preceding each description with the word “f–king.”

What follows are his general guidelines and some sample exercises. For a typical week’s complete workout, go here.

He works out every day but Sunday with Logan Hood, a former Navy SEAL that runs Epoch Training (www.epochtraining.com). Saturdays are reserved for hour long sustained trail runs in the Hollywood Hills while the other 5 days are spent at 87Eleven, a full service action film company and stunt studio located in a converted warehouse near the Los Angeles airport. Hollywood stuntmen own and train at the unique facility. There are trampolines, climbing ropes, heavy bags, barbells, kettlebells, crash pads, and a complex apparatus of pullup bars.

There are only two real rules to the workout.
1. No repeats. “I haven’t had one single day in 6 weeks that has been a repeat,” he says. “Every single day has had a different combination of exercises. Obviously, you repeat exercises over the course of 6 weeks, but you’ll never do that workout you did on Thursday the 23rd of August again. It always changes, and that’s what keeps it so interesting.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Movie Muscle Machos With Well Built Bods

These two guys put a lot of time into making their muscles pop out. I admit I have a lot of admiration for what it took to look like this. Jason’s workout routine sounded so impressive that I will post it soon. When he does pull ups in Death Race, I can relate to some of his efforts. When he strips to the waist for his girl friend in Transporter 3, I can understand why some people think of sculpted bodies as beautiful objects and forget that there are people with feelings and emotions inside. The Expendables is a new action movie due out in this August that not only has Stallone AND Statham in it, but also Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. Lots of macho men with muscles in this flick for sure…

Jason Statham's abs look sensational in Death Race

Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables

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Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Admires Dancer’s Abs

Too funny. Reading Maureen Dowd’s political column about Elena Kagan’s lifestyle—much discussed now that she has been nominated for the Supreme Court by President Obama—and bumped into this surprising tidbit: “Don’t bother trying to get her out for dinner on a Monday night when “Dancing With the Stars” is on. Her heart belongs to Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s abs!”

So of course I had to look up this professional dancer and instructor to learn who is is and see what he looks like. Found these great shots that will inspire me and you too to exercise more. Any female viewers Wanna Dance?

 Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s abs are a must see for the former Dean of Harvard Law School

Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s abs are a must see for the former Dean of Harvard Law School


Dancing with the Stars Professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy makes some women see stars

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Models With Abs In Calvin’s New Ads

Even the New York Times is finally recognizing how many readers like to look at abs. Here is an article talking all about it with a video from the Calvin Klein campaign. And a couple of pictures for continued inspiration.

The article talks about how Mark Wahlberg modeled underwear in 1992 ads for Calvin Klein underwear and became a successful actor, and now maybe this latest campaign’s young model and actor, Kellan Lutz, can follow in Mark’s footsteps. The secret: “…note just how far an actor can go by adhering to the simple example set forth by Mr. Wahlberg — the School of Marky Mark, if you will. The single lesson is success by six-pack.”

Calvin Klein ad abs

Calvin Klein ad abs

Kellan Lutz abs in ad on building side

For those of you curious about Mark Wahlberg’s abs and long ago Calvin ad, check this out:

Mark Wahlberg showed great abs in this 1992 Calvin ad

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Soccer Six-Packs

Photographer Annie Leibovitz presented some beautiful portraits in a recent Vanity Fair magazine. It was the abs displayed that really captured my imagination and are an inspiration.

Didier Drogba (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo are soccer stars with super abs

Didier Drogba (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo are soccer stars with super abs

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Paulina’s Lament About Body Modification

Since starting this site and becoming more aware of popular culture, I keep bumping into the obsession in so many countries with physical appearance, particularly breast size, and how it distorts what women of all ages—but especially girls—think of their bodies. It’s clear how imperfectly many females view themselves due to the society’s ideal dimensions promoted in the media. It also affects how men and teenage boys regard their potential dates and mates.

As someone who spends hours exercising to change my body slightly and come closer to the fantasy me in my mind (more ab definition, more muscle cuts), I certainly can’t criticize most of the two million women a year worldwide (300,000 in the U.S.) who enlarge their bosoms for cosmetic reasons to ease their insecurities or to help them believe they will have a better chance of attracting a man. Both plastic surgery and muscle building may have the same goal—to look “better” in the mirror and on the beach— but it is obvious that surgery is a lot more serious and riskier than crunches and weight lifting.

supermodel Paulina Porizkova—1985

supermodel Paulina Porizkova—1985

The attention to celebrities’ body changes is mind-boggling. Here is an article by Paulina Porizkova, who in the ’80’s was one of the top models in the world— she was twice voted by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world…and also nominated in 1989 for a Golden Raspberry award as one of the worst actresses in a film. I never heard of her before this story appeared, so in case you are as naive about some icons as I am, I have added Paulina’s bio after her article.

You will notice that Paulina minds when women make body changes to conform to the current mass standards of beauty—which she just happens to have been born with—and she faults Kate Hudson for feeling insecure and modifying her “perfect” body by having breast implants. Yet the bio mentions that Paulina had a gap in her teeth, resisted smiling in her photographs, and eventually had her teeth corrected. Paulina also says every woman is uniquely beautiful and should celebrate any good features if she can find them. For me this sounds like a rich person saying all poor people shouldn’t mind poverty, because they have an abundance of spiritual riches.

April 22, 2010

Why Kate Hudson’s (Alleged) Breast Implants Have Me Heartbroken
by Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel

Kate Hudson has gotten implants. Allegedly. This news headed straight to my heart from the lips of Wendy Williams who got it from some gossip rag. My coffee was getting cold while I, heartbroken, sadly gazed at the before and after pictures of Kate Hudson on the screen. The before: an amazingly fit, gorgeous, and yes, small-breasted young woman in a to-die-for red bikini; in the other, a blond starlet sipping a latte. The cup size was undeniably different. (And no, we’re not speaking of the latte.) Was there a chance it was merely a hardworking push-up bra? I find myself practically praying over Kate’s boobs. Pathetic, I know…

two shots of Kate Hudson, 2009 (left) and 2010

two shots of Kate Hudson, 2009 (left) and 2010

My issue here isn’t with Kate. If big boobs make her happier, then more power to her. The issue here, this fixing something perfect to something else perfect, is so much a sign of our times, and one that truly saddens me. The availability and ease of transforming our bodies is completely losing our identities and uniqueness. No one ages anymore, no one has imperfections of any kind anymore, all smiles are flawless and no one past 35 can express displeasure. Madonna no longer looks like Madonna: what started as a sexy, well shaped, and somewhat hairy Italian girl has ended as a cool Nordic blonde. It’s not that she doesn’t look great, she does. But she is starting to sort of melt away into the stew of the famous women over-fifty-high-cheek-boned blondes-who-cannot-frown.

Generally, I’m all for self-improvement. If you don’t know something, do look it up. Do learn another language, do travel, do open your heart and mind to new experiences. And by all means, pluck your mono-brow, dye your mouse-brown hair and work out to firm your body; after all, if fashion changes to celebrate hairy plump women you can go right back. But please, before permanently removing or adding a part to you to fit societal graphs of pulchritude, consider that that change will be permanent. If, a hundred years ago, you were unhappy with your nose – tough luck. You could hide your flaws, accentuate your strengths, and sometimes, more often than not, realize your flaws were your strengths and were precisely what made you unique and beautiful. That’s how, for example, we got the incomparable portrait of a large nosed Madame X, proudly displaying a profile that makes ME want a big nose.

Paulina writes she now has saddlebags and cellulite

Paulina writes she now has saddlebags and cellulite

Personally, I believe that every woman in the world is beautiful. Sometimes the distribution of her attributes is not immediately apparent; sometimes it’s a little uneven, but if she knew how to celebrate the things she was given, whether it’s a beautiful pair of eyes or legs, or intellect, or a sense of humor- she could see how uniquely beautiful she was. Lest you feel like interjecting, “oh please, easy for you to say, Miss Former Supermodel…” for your information, I have saddlebags and cellulite, and no matter how hard I work out, that is my body shape and I’m stuck with it. I look horrendous in short shorts and any pant or trouser that is tight in the thigh. But, for the body type of a saddlebag/cellulite, I think I look really great. I have a small waist (which seems to come with my specific body type) and so I take every opportunity to show that off. In my opinion, I’m one hot example of a saddlebag/cellulite woman over forty. If I went and lipo-ed my thighs to the size of Gisele’s, I still wouldn’t look anything like her, and instead, I’d start looking like everyone else. I would be a poor example of a woman with skinny thighs. That is my trouble with Kate. I used to use her as an example of the perfect beauty with a small chest. Now, with her new boobs, she just looks like any California blond actress. Instead of enhancing, she has diminished herself.

Wouldn’t Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin, Twiggy, Charlotte Rampling, and Jean Harlow have lost their special brand of elegant, feline sexiness if they were tipping over under the weight of great ol’ mammaries? Compare any one of these natural beauties to someone like Heidi Montag, and it’s like comparing a Hastens Swedish handmade mattress to a cheap plastic pool float.

Heidi Montag after multiple plastic surgeries

Heidi Montag after multiple plastic surgeries


So why? Why do we all want to look the same? It can’t all be about being attractive to the opposite sex. There are men who prefer the full breast; there are men who prefer the well-shaped leg or the round behind. There are all sorts of tastes out there, for all sorts of women. And the way to get their attention is by being different, by standing out. Once you start to blend in, you are no longer special.

That’s the end of Paulina’s article. Now here are some facts about her life:

Paulina Porizkova (born April 9, 1965) is a Czech-born supermodel and actress. She holds both Swedish and United States citizenship.

A photographer friend took pictures of Porizkova and sent them to the Elite modeling agency in 1980. At 5 feet 10 1/2 inches (180 cm), she was the perfect height for a fashion model. Elite head John Casablancas noticed Porizkova’s attractiveness and potential, and offered her a ticket to Paris. It was an extremely tempting offer for a teenager who was eager to get out of Sweden and to support herself.

She quickly rose to become a top model in Paris during the early 1980s, and her fame spread to the United States when she posed in swimwear for Sports Illustrated magazine. She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1984 and again in 1985. (Her first appearance as a model in the magazine was in 1983.) A third consecutive run as the S.I. covergirl supposedly was dashed when she appeared on the cover of Life magazine in a swimsuit. Read the rest of this entry »

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April Fools Joke With Abs And Angst

abs in Coldplay fake fragrance ad—4/1/10

abs in Coldplay fake fragrance ad—4/1/10

Coldplay launch their own fragrance
April 1, 2010 9:00 am
Angst by Coldplay, available from today

We’re very pleased to announce that Coldplay have today launched their own exclusive fragrance, Angst by Coldplay.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said the band’s frontman, Chris Martin. “People like to smell nice and we thought we could help them out.”

Martin was quick to point out that there are bigger and better scents available, but that the band are simply trying to make the best aroma they can, for their own pleasure. “If anyone else likes it,” he explained, “then that’s a bonus”.

The core ingredients of the scent are listed on the Brian Eno-designed bottles as sangre, sudor and lágrimas, all of which have been sourced from Fairtrade suppliers.

Angst by Coldplay is available from today, April 1st, in the Coldplay official store, priced at £42. Click here to order your bottle now.

…and when you go to the Coldplay merchandise store, the fragrance Angst is sold out.

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