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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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Beach Vollyball Champion Kerri Walsh Has Abs

A recent news story about how bikinis may no longer be the official uniform for women’s beach volleyball motivated me to look at what the present costume is. That’s how I bumped into Kerri Lee Walsh-Jennings who with teammate Misty May-Treanor were the gold medalists in beach volleyball at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. They have been called “the greatest beach volleyball team of all time.”

Of course I picked this picture, because it’s so rare to see women with abs.

In this photo by Jamie Squire: Kerri Walsh (left) and Misty May-Treanor celebrate during the women’s gold medal match against China during Day 13 of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

And for those the least bit curious, here are excerpts from the AP news story I mentioned:

Under new rules adopted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), players are now free to wear shorts and sleeved tops. The governing body said the move was made out of respect for the cultural beliefs of some of the countries still in contention to qualify for the games.

But top players say they won’t be switching from the beach- and TV-friendly bikinis to the more modest uniforms approved recently by the International Volleyball Federation as a nod to countries where more modest attire is preferred.

“It’s something I really feel comfortable with,” said Kerri Walsh, who with Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal in Athens and Beijing while wearing the standard beach volleyball uniform: a two-piece bathing suit. “It’s something I feel empowered by, not distracted with. I’m not a sex symbol; I’m an athlete. I want to be streamlined out there.” Read the rest of this entry »

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