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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Six-Pack Still Looking Good

Cristiano Ronaldo's almost perfect abs

Cristiano Ronaldo’s almost perfect abs

When I first started this site, it was about wanting my own six pack. I learned about it, wrote about it and exercised. I publicly stated this goal to help motivate myself. I posted pictures as inspiration, including some of Cristiano Ronaldo, world-famous soccer star.

Now he is posting his own on Instagram. Here are some thoughts one columnist wrote:

“Ronaldo is another celebrity, then, determined to take charge of his own celebrity, knowing that his body is the commodity that requires the most diligent selling. He has his own underwear line, CR7, and is opening a five-star hotel Friday—what timing to be all over the tabloids flashing his six-pack!—in his native Funchal in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

“Ronaldo, like David Beckham, another proud “spornosexual,” knows that his career with Real Madrid and Portugal’s national team—which just won its first European championship—can only last so long.

“He knows he is a brand and that his body is central to that brand. And so it comes out regularly, like a shopping display, whether to sell underwear or rooms in as smart new hotel.”

Ah the trials and tribulations of those who know that beauty and health and youth is so fleeting…

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Kayla Instines Is An Instagram Fitness Star

Kayla's sharp abs

Kayla’s sharp abs

Here is an article about Kayla Itsines, who may be “Instagram’s biggest fitness star.” She has 4.9 million followers, many of whom show their transformations of weight loss and muscle building. Kayla cheers them on with motivational sayings, fitness and diet advice and personal anecdotes. I love the article’s reference to “photos of her abs, the definition of her six-pack so sharp you could cut yourself on it.”

So check out her Instagram feed and also the women who are taking Kayla’s body-changing advice:

I also like this story from an Australian magazine that describes how Kayla’s fame began:

When Kayla Itsines’ younger cousin suggested she download an app called Instagram to keep track of her clients’ progress photos, she didn’t think much of it.

Fast forward to the present and she’s Australia’s most popular personal trainer and is taking the fitness world by storm.

Itsines’ success came initially from her Bikini Body Guide eBook — and with newly released app Sweat With Kayla, she doesn’t look like she’s stopping any time soon.

“It all started when I graduated from the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2009 — my first job as a personal trainer was in a women’s-only personal training centre,” she says.

Kayla with adoring fans

Kayla with adoring fans

“The women there were lacking confidence and weren’t concentrating on how they felt as much as how they looked — I really tried to change that.”

When Ms Itsines went solo and started her mobile personal training business, she began uploading her clients’ progress photos to Instagram — and followers began asking if she could help them in different States.

“I just said unfortunately I couldn’t because I was in Adelaide,” she says.

“I met Tobi (Pearce, Itsines’ partner) and he said ‘The way you train is unique, why don’t you create a guide for them?’

“I was just like ‘Oh, nah, I don’t think anyone would buy it’. As I retell the story I kick myself.”

But make the guide she did and as more people bought the Bikini Body Guide and started following Ms Itsines, the more her influence grew.

It’s obvious she isn’t as concerned with being famous as she is with helping people with their health and fitness, though — and women gaining confidence is her number one priority.

“I love helping people in general, it’s just what I do,” she says.

“I’m really trying to get rid of that whole fad and diet approach and concentrate instead on how people feel. I want to give them a maintainable and sustainable lifestyle they can have forever.”

Ms Itsines names her world tour as the highlight of the journey so far.

“My favourite experience was London because I couldn’t see the girls before I came out — I got to open these double doors and they were all standing in front of me,” she says.

“It was an amazing experience.”

Perhaps most importantly, Ms Itsines is staunch in her opinion about fad diets — she advocates a lifestyle change for her clients which will last a lifetime.

“I want clients to feel good about themselves — that’s something I try and bring across,” she says.

“I want to get the girls feeling better, rather than always focusing on what they look like.”

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Brittany’s Ab

Brittany has three kids

Brittany has three kids

Brittany Martinez has three kids and also one big ab…like many women who work out, but don’t have the definition men’s bodies display. Nevertheless, her mid-section looks great. She is an event coordinator who was a house guest on the Big Brother TV show.

I found this photo in a gallery prepared by CBS to promote its TV stars and guests. I am always amazed and amused that abs are singled out, even when there aren’t any. So many of these photo collections just show flat stomach areas. I can’t understand why that qualifies for anything. Some of the choices are actually pudgy!

But at my stage and age, I feel I can be picky. Making abs takes lots of work and commitment. It’s very difficult. Why should we applaud abs that are so covered up as to be invisible?

By the way, below is one of the half dozen photos from the gallery of 30 that shows some abs. See the difference in men! Many of the others are going to make you laugh at what they are not showing. Just hype to promote their peeps.

Devin Shepherd

Devin Shepherd

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Tim Howard Promotes Ink Not Mink

Tim Howard's abs and tats revealed for PETA

Tim Howard’s abs and tats revealed for PETA

Tim Howard, a star goalkeeper for Everton and the US international soccer teams, was chosen by charity PETA to front their new “Ink not Mink” campaign. Clever headline. Look at those abs and other muscles bulging out of those incredible tattoos.

Howard was Man of the Match twice in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games. PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“Protecting animals is very important to me, and I think speaking out against fur is an amazing cause”, Tim said.

“When I see someone wearing fur, I just want to sit them down in front of one of PETA’s videos and show them just how badly animals suffer for this supposed fabric that no one needs.”

Tim has a reputation for playing through pain. In September 2007 he accepted a call-up from the United States for a friendly against Brazil, and after an hour of the game his finger was dislocated in a collision. In March 2013, during an FA Cup game against Oldham Athletic he broke two bones in his back. In both incidents, he continued playing until the final whistle. Makes mentioning my little aches definitely embarrassing.

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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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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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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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I Have Reached Another Birthday

Ira after 1000 non-stop crunches—4/5/2012

Today I am 71 years old and have been writing on this web site for exactly three years. Although the age number sounds ancient—and I am definitely a little scared to be this old—I am thrilled beyond anything you can imagine that I have survived at all for one more year. And I am still enjoying good health. I remain grateful for so many parts of my life, and I am constantly reminded by less fortunate friends—and strangers read about and seen in media—how really crappy life CAN be and actually IS for vast numbers of humans. Of course I have setbacks and disappointments, struggles, anxieties and fears. But they are in the past, and as much as possible, I keep on looking forward.

The Buddhists say Life is Suffering. M.Scott Peck (who lived and worked just a few miles from me) says in his book, The Road Less Traveled (10 million sold), that Life is difficult. It is filled with problems and pain. It takes discipline to deal with them. It is only because of the problems that we grow mentally and physically. Many people attempt to avoid problems and suffering instead of dealing with them.

Somehow I have been able to wend my way through and around many of my problems. It’s not clear to me how or why I achieved this. I attacked them obliquely or confronted others head on. But I credit much of the progress to chance, luck and good genes. All around me are contemporaries who have had serious illnesses, injured their limbs or were born with organs that let them down. Some of these incidents might have been prevented if they’d eaten less or exercised more or paid a bit more attention. But a few are sick, because their military service resulted in exposure to toxic chemicals. Maybe, like my father, they looked left instead of right and were hit by a car…or like a friend who looked straight ahead and broke legs, when he fell through a hole in a roof. Others went on vacations to remote places and came back with lifelong diseases. Life can be so cruel.

When I was working full-time, I almost never exercised. I just couldn’t make time for it. It’s only now that I am semi-retired, and not forced to work eight-plus hours every day, that I finally have the psychological strength and time to exercise and play sports. Many friends have been enjoying the gym and sports their whole lives. They had to do this. It was not a choice. It is who they are. And when you exert yourself like that, you will have injuries, soreness, and wear out your body. So by age 71 or younger, they are no longer able to participate.

Fortunately, my genes, my attitude, my diet and now my physical activities have brought me to this wonderful, but totally ridiculous, place, where I care about six-packs, tennis swings and low cholesterol. I want to be fully alive, and good health is the highest priority. I have been sick and confined to hospitals. Without health, you just can’t partake in many of life’s activities. If these words help guide you to a fuller, lengthier and satisfied life, I would love to hear about it. I don’t know how I became who I am. But here I am, making the most of a blessed journey.

I hope you enjoyed this day, my birth day. I just learned that April 5th is also the birthday of Colin Powell, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Hobbes Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy and Melvyn Douglas.

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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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