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Five Circuit Training Workouts from Hannah Teter


Hannah Teter Workouts
Doing the same workout routine every week can get boring and mundane. We’ve all been there at some point. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a rookie to the training game, it happens. You can help combat boring workouts by trying something new. Seems like an obvious way to mix things up, right? Totally. While perusing Facebook I ran across an insanely awesome workouts by professional snowboarder Hannah Teter. Hannah has been going full beast mode with her workouts lately and she’s kind of a bad ass. Scratch that. She IS TOTALLY bad ass.

The two-time Olympic medalist (2006 Gold & 2010 Silver) in snowboarding halfpipe shares a few examples of her circuit training on social media and they’re impressive. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an Olympic or X-Games (ya she’s won seven of those as well) medalist to try these workouts. I’m confident you’ll find something new to try in one of these Hannah Teter workouts & it’ll help you avoid training boredom.

Follow Hannah on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and be sure to check out her website at hannahsgold.com.

Check out these Five Circuit Training Workouts from Hannah Teter!

MAD PROPS HANNAH! You’re definitely a hardbody!

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Watch Adela Garcia’s Guest Performance


Adela Garcia guest performance
The all-time winningest IFBB Fitness Pro, Adela Garcia may have retired from competition but that isn’t stopping her from getting on stage. Adela made an appearance over the weekend at the 2015 NPC Jay Cutler Desert Classic. She started her guest performance off with a fitness moves that she could do in her sleep and then transitioned into a fabric art routine. Check it out.


Props Mark Mason for the video.



Better Than Yesterday – Crossfit & Reebok Partnership


better than yesterdayWhile we prefer “Stronger Than Yesterday” but Reebok’s “Better Than Yesterday” technically could make you stronger.  Reebok and Crossfit have partnered to make their products better each year. Their commitment to excellence is demonstrated in the video below.  Check em out if you haven’t already.

“In CrossFit we’ve found a community that embodies our beliefs and shares our passion. Since 2010 we’ve been stronger together: a collective tribe with a shared vision and a relentless goal…to make better humans, to make better products, to constantly evolve the fitness landscape.

Through sweat, testing, re-designing, re-testing, and more sweat we built the Nano training shoe. Every year we keep improving it because humans are getting stronger every day. The sport is getting tougher every day. Bests are being broken and limits are being destroyed. Everyday.

http://reebok.com/better-than-yesterday

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UFC Champ Ronda Rousey on The View


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The Women’s UFC Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey stopped by ABC’s The View. We learn Rosie Perez is a huge Rousey fan and the rest of the hosts are pretty clueless when it comes to Ronda’s accomplishments. Thankfully they had note cards to help them out. When asked about her next fight Ronda channels her inner Jay-Z and shared, “I have 99 problems but a Bethe ain’t one” referring to her opponent Bethe Correia.

The champ then has some fun with the show’s warm-up comedian, Tom Kelly. It goes about as well as you might expect.

After going on the show Ronda shared a couple clips with her fans.


lead photo via The View video.



Broken Escalators… Reebok to the Rescue


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Reebok took to the streets or in this case the subway to lend a helping hand. When the escalators in a Stockholm subway broke down, Reebok was there to help. As part of their new campaign encouraging people to “be more human” Reebok enlisted the help from local Crossfit athletes to do some heavy lifting. The athletes helped carry pets, children and even people up the escalators.

While I’m not so sure I need some one hoisting me over their shoulder and carrying me up the stairs, it’s a feel good gesture which coincides with being more human.

Broken Escalators… Reebok to the Rescue

There’s an escalator meltdown in the Stockholm subway, forcing people to walk. Sometimes up to 180 steps. Which is easier said than done at 8:30 in the morning. On Friday the 20th of February we decided to help men and women up the escalators together with our friends from @f4lcrossfit. #BeMoreHuman

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New Video Captures The Essence of the espnW


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The folks at ESPN continue to invest in the espnW brand on and off-line. In an on-going effort to drive more awareness to the brand, espnW created a show video that will show during on-air women’s sporting events. It’s great to see ESPN showcase and bring awareness to the espnW brand across their entire network. Take a look at the 15-second version and visit espnW.com for more info on the latest in a variety of women’s sports.


This special espnW Hallmark will appear on-air during women’s sporting events across ESPN network channels. – espnW

image via youtube.



Finish Strong Friday Motivation


It’s the end of the work week but that doesn’t mean it’s time to coast into the weekend. We encourage you to FINISH STRONG. Use that mindset with every workout, every day, week and month. It’s easy to start strong but can you finish strong? Use the hashtag #finishstrong to show how you’re embracing this mantra. We’ll begin sharing some of them here to help inspire and motivate each other. If you want to be a Hardbody you have to not only train your but also your mind. Think about this the next time you workout. Did you finish strong?

Tag us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and be sure to include #FinishSTRONG.

Finish StrongLibby DiBiase, Reebok sponsored CrossFit Athlete.
#FinishSTRONG #motivation



Weight Watchers: My Butt


My Butt Weight Watchers
It’s common to see weight-loss companies ramp up their advertising and marketing around the first of the year. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is diet and exercise. Weight Watchers released this video shortly before the new year and it’s gaining some buzz online. The video has over 2.25 million views on youtube and is all about the “butt”. You don’t need to be a fan of Weight Watchers but “My Butt” is a pretty solid ad. “Everyone has a butt. Any every butt has a story. This is one.”

Check it out. Conceptually strong and spot on.


This is My Butt – Weight Watchers Video

Props Weightwatchers Youtube.



This Girl Can Video: Women… Do Your Thing


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This Girl Can is described as “a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations.” The campaign aims to celebrate women who are setting aside fear and self-doubt by “doing their thing”. The video has only been up a couple of days and it’s already closing in on one million Youtube views. Why? It feels authentic, real and in turn creating a buzz online.

It’s easy to give this video a pass and overlook some of the clichéd sayings like “sweat like a pig”. You’re not going to see models with rock hard physiques in this video and that’s the point. Not every one aspires to be on a cover of a magazine. This Girl Can offers a great reminder, “Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn’t have to.”

The video is set to female rap artist, Missy Elliott’s “Get UR Freak On”. Elliott was noted for her weight-loss in 2014 and has an on-going battle Graves’ disease. The singer encouraged her 2.5 million twitter followers to check out the #thisgirlCan campaign.

This Girl Can:
I jiggle there for I am
Sweat like a pig, feeling like a fox
I kick balls, deal with it
Damn right I look hot

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.#thisgirlcan

Follow THIS GIRL CAN:
FACEBOOK
Twitter @ThisGirlCanUK

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This Girl Can Video – Do Your Thing.



Kai Greene on ESPN – The Mindset


Kai Greene ESPN

Top IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Kai Greene appeared on ESPN over the weekend in a promo piece titled, “The Mindset”. The feature is something rarely seen in “mainstream” media. The video is mostly a collection of football highlights narrated by Kai with some of glimpses of his training interlaced. The spot is motivating and executed well. Props to Kai and his team on getting this done. Take a look at the promo below and follow what Kai is up to on twitter, @kaiGreene.

Kai Narration:
“I refuse to believe today will be just another day in my life.
All that I am.
All that I will become… will be written through my thoughts and my actions.
I’ve conditioned my mind.
Trained my body.
Sacrificed my soul.
There will be obstacles.
Doubters.
Mistakes.
But nothing comes to those who wait.
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”

Kai Greene Espn

MUSIC: Hozier “Take me to Church”

Behind the Scenes via FB:



VIDEO: What Not To Do With Your Workouts


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It’s that time of year when we see the gyms flooded with newbies. We all had to start somewhere and we encourage everyone to welcome the new gym goers with open arms. Many times it’s not the first-timers to the gym that are doing things incredibly wrong. If you go to the gym on a regular basis you’ve likely seen someone doing something that makes you look twice and wonder what the…?! The folks at FAIL ARMY have put together a collection of epic workout fails. Check it out and please people avoid hurting yourself.



Nike Women: Brasilian Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni


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NIKE Women has released a new video featuring Brasilian skateboarder Leticia Bufoni. She’s been with Nike for awhile but they haven’t utilized her much to date. It’s great to see Nike supporting women in sport and investing in talented athletes like Leticia. She has over half a million Facebook fans and 218,000 followers on Instagram.

VIA NIKE.com
For Leticia Bufoni, skateboarding wasn’t love at first sight. Rather, it was love at first touch.

“The first time I touched the board, I was like, ‘Wow, I want to skate, I want to skate every day,’” the Brasil native says.

And skate every day she did, although it wasn’t always easy to find the time.

“Every day my dad went to work, I took my board and went to skate,” Bufoni says. “But I made sure to be back home before he returned because he didn’t like skating at all, mostly because I was skating with boys.”


Nike Women: Brasilian Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni

While Bufoni’s persistence and dedication eventually convinced her father to let her skate, it was her victory in the first event she ever entered that convinced him she had talent.

This talent brought her to Southern California, the mecca of skateboarding. Since landing in the states in 2007, Bufoni’s career has taken off. She’s considered one of the leading faces of women’s skateboarding, and at 21 years of age, Bufoni is just getting started.

“I’m living my dream,” Bufoni says. “I’m skating every day. I’m traveling around the world and skating with friends I know from Brasil and the U.S. It’s just a dream.”

With the exception of the NTM x Jordan Sneaker Tight, the footwear and apparel featured on Bufoni are from the Nike Women’s Spring 2015 collection. Product from this collection will be available in select retailers and on nike.com beginning in January. The NTM x Jordan Sneaker Tight is available beginning Nov. 28.

Lead images via youtube.



Christina Strøm Fjære Featured in D2 Magazine


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I don’t have a clue what Cristina is saying but check out this well produced video highlighting her appearance at the 2014 Bikini Olympia. Cristina is Norway’s first IFBB Bikini Pro and the Olympia was her second pro show ever. A HUGE accomplishment and D2, a Norwegian magazine took notice. A writer and photographer traveled from Norway to Las Vegas for an in-depth feature on Cristina for the magazine and the accompanying video below.

See more on D2’s Facebook page.



Cat Zingano’s Warrior Code – Why I Fight


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Colorado’s Cat Zingano is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Champion’s octagon after a series of setbacks. The determined mixed martial artist is featured in the UFC’s “Warrior Code” video where she shares her thoughts on why she fights, the weight cut and more. The video points out that she’s the first-ever mom to fight in the UFC but there’s much more to Cat than that. Check it out.

“History’s first mom to ever triumph inside the Octagon illuminates the Warrior Code that drives her hunt for a UFC belt.”



Crossfit® Games Winners Reveal How Much They Workout


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If you’re familiar with Crossfit® the work outs of the day (WOD) are typically short and sweet. You get your workout in and you’re done, unless of course you want to be the best at Crossfit. Curious how much time this year’s top competitors workout a day? Check out the video below and it might shock you. The women start at minute two.

Top Athletes Reveal How Many Hours A Day They Workout from The Rx Review on Vimeo.

Props from The Rx Review/



Kacy Catanzaro Crushes America Ninja Warrior Course


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Bigger isn’t always better. Former Division 1 gymnast, Kacy Catanzaro is just 5 foot tall and tips the scale at 100 pounds but don’t let her size fool ya. She unleashed the beast from within and tackled what no other woman (and many men twice her size) has done… Finish the American Ninja Warrior course and advance to the next level. America Ninja Warrior (ANW) is an obstacle course with more than a few challenges. The grueling course makes other obstacle courses look like a McDonald’s playground. Check out the video of Kacy’s course run and you’ll be amazed more than once. It’s worth watching all the way through and by the end you’ll have know doubt why #MightyKacy was trending on twitter when it aired.

Kacy Catanzaro Crushes America Ninja Warrior Course

Follow Kacy on Facebook, twitter and instagram. She’s a HARDBODY!

Foreshadowing? A young Kacy as Wonder Woman.



Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: The Crossfit Lifestyle – 1


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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet shares a bit about her diet and training in the first episode of The Crossfit Lifestyle by BSN. One of the top ranked women in Crossfit, Camille shares, “For me having fun is pushing my limits”. She encourages others to keep having fun, keep improving and embrace your weakness. Sound advice whether you’re a competitor in Crossfit or not.

CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
BSN Athlete / CrossFit Competitor

In her most dominant performance to date, BSN Athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet bested all other female contestants at the Canada East Regional CrossFit Games, finishing first in seven out of eight events, punching her ticket to the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games at StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA for what will be her fifth appearance on the big stage.

ATHLETE BIO
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the world’s top CrossFit athletes. She has finished in the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past three years, improving her placing each year (9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, and 6th in 2012). She has also been the highest-placing Canadian athlete at the Games each of the past three years, male or female, which makes her the fittest woman in her country. Along with her CrossFit accomplishments, Camille has qualified for the National Championship in weightlifting in Canada, while also remaining a full-time student in chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke.

Camille has been a competitive athlete her entire life. She did high-level gymnastics for 14 years, starting at 2 years old and retiring at 16 in order to coach younger girls and to try new sports. She played senior AA soccer, played volleyball in high school, was the captain of her college flag football team, and also enjoys running half-marathons, skiing and playing rugby. Always passionate about sports and health, Camille is continuing her sports education and working toward her Olympic lifting, CrossFit and gymnastic certifications. She is also interning to be on the staff for CrossFit Headquarters and to coach with legendary Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener.

Camille’s profile continues to rise and she is constantly in demand for appearances and photo shoots, and has graced the covers of numerous sports and fitness publications. She’s also been nominated as one of the five most influential female athletes in Canada. With her youth, athleticism and dedication to constant improvement, Camille’s career seemingly has nowhere to go but up, and BSN® is thrilled to have her represent the brand to the CrossFit community and the world at large.

Read more about Camille on BSN’s Website.

via Youtube



Ronda Rousey Expendables 3 Poster


The Expendables 3 will be released in August but today a few posters were released online. The only female in the Expendables 3 cast, at least with a poster and a main role. Ronda plays the part of an “athletic female bartender” named Luna. She’s one of the “Young Expendables” alongside the likes of Stallone, Stathan, Schwarzenegger and more.

ronda rousey poster


The Expendables 3

Release Date: August 15, 2014
In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. In order to defeat Stonebanks, Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. – via youtube

Starring:
STALLONE
STATHAM
BANDERAS
LI
SNIPES
LUNDGREN
GRAMMER
CREWS
COUTURE
LUTZ
ROUSEY
POWELL
ORTIZ
with GIBSON
with FORD
and SCHWARZENEGGER

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Ronda Rousey Expendables 3 Poster
 – via coming soon

View more EXPENDABLES 3 posters here, here and here.



MOTIVATION – A Hardbody Takes Work


If you want a HARDBODY you’re going to have to work. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. It’s starts with believing  you CAN and knowing you WILL. You CAN do it. You Will do it. Visualize it. Today is the perfect day to set new goals. Remember this poem by Walter Wintle, “Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re probably right”.

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WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR YOU CAN’T YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

- Walter D. Wintle

Libby DiBiase is a Reebok sponsored athlete who isn’t afraid to put in the work for to earn her hardbody. She’s more than just a pretty face. She’s an athlete, a mom and a hardbody. She succeeds because she thinks she can and knows she will.

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Cindy Whitehead’s TEDx Talk – Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word


Our super rad contributor and friend, Cindy Whitehead gives an inspiring and motivating TEDx talk. She hits on a number of topics in this video and you may need to watch it more than once. Chances are you’ll want to because there are so many awesome messages in it. Cindy talks about how she came up with “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter word”, became a sponsored pro skateboarder and even skated down the 405 Freeway not that long ago.

cindy whitehead

Cindy is practicing what she preaches which is something we can all learn from. She’s telling her story and doing “epic shit”. Check it out and give her a shout on twitter at @SportsStylist or @GirlisNOTa4LW to let her know what you think. Visit her website for more photos and inspirational features on women doing epic things… girlisnota4letterword.com.

VIA YOUTUBE:
“Live life balls to the wall. Do epic shit. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you’re dead”. This is the personal motto of Cindy Whitehead.

She conquered the male dominated profession of pro vert skateboarding in the 70’s, and quickly became one of the top ranked professional female vert skateboarders in the U.S. for pool riding and half-pipe. To this day, Cindy still holds the distinction of being the only female to be featured in the centerfold plus a two-page article in a skateboarding magazine, and is the only female skateboarder to have been sponsored by Puma.

Since then, Cindy has gone on to coin the term “Sports Stylist®,” working as a fashion stylist specializing in sports, with companies like Gatorade, Nike, the NBA,and athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Mia Hamm.

Last year she made national headlines by skateboarding down the closed 405 freeway in Los Angeles. In June of 2013 Cindy flew to Washington, DC to sign over some of her skateboard history to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s sports collections.

Cindy has been profiled in magazines and sites such as, ESPN, The Huffington Post, & Women’s Wear Daily, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. She most recently spoke in Washington, DC at The Smithsonian Museum’s Innoskate event.

Her catchphrase “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word” has become a battle cry for girls worldwide.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

lead image composed from youtube talk



2014 Australia Pro Bikini Prejudging Callouts & Video


It looks like Ashley Kaltwasser and Stacey Alexander will be your top two in the 2014 Australia Pro Bikini competition. Look for India Paulino to finish in third and Amy Wright in fourth. The top five will get points towards the Olympia Point Series.

australia pro bikini

Callouts:
1st callout
Ashley Kaltwasser
Stacey Alexander
India Paulino
Amy Wright

2nd callout:
Jade MacKinnon
Ann-Marie Caravalho
Leigh Brandt
Barbie Heng

3rd Callout:
Ebony Quince
Rhiannon Harris
Elyse Inglis
Gemmalyn Crosby
Amy Broek

4th callout
Ashley Kaltwasser
Stacey Alexander
India Paulino
Amy Wright

Ebony Quince from Australia and Amy Van Den Broek (spelling?) from New Zealand both won IFBB Pro status in the qualifier held before the pro show.

View photos on FLEXonline.com.



5 Simple Steps to Success


Erin Stern has graced the cover of numerous fitness magazines, won the Figure Olympia (twice) and continues to inspire women across the globe. She’s an athlete at heart and her approach to not only training but also life is one with focus and determination. Erin breaks it down into five simple steps. Start by setting a clear goal and remember to always believe in yourself.

Erin Stern Training


Try these 5 simple steps to achieving your own success.

1. Set a clear goal.
2. Visualize it.
3. Stay focused.
4. Work hard.
5. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

Follow Erin on Twitter and keep up with what’s happening in her neck of the woods on Facebook.



Women Ski Jump for The First Time In The Olympics


Sarah Hendrickson will be the first official woman “allowed” to ski jump in the Olympics. Mark this day down and file it away for future trivia questions. The world will finally get to see the women in the Olympic Ski Jump.


Sarah is having some fun with the history making event on twitter.




Do Your Best – Hardbody Motivation from Nicole Wilkins


Looking for a little motivation? Check out this image with 3x Figure Olympia Champion, Nicole Wilkins. This was taken in Las Vegas the day after Nicole won her third title.

Nicole Wilkins Motivation



Video: Winter Olympic Slopestyle Course Preview


The Winter Olympic slopestyle qualifiers will take place on Thursday, February 6th. If you’re curious what the course looks like check out this video from Russian snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev. It gives you unique view from the rider’s perspective while checking out the 2014 Winter Olympic course.

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Legends Classic Photo Gallery


The inaugural IFBB Legends Pro Classic was held over the weekend in Las Vegas, NV and Ron Avidan was there to cover all the action. The “Yogi” takes you behind the scenes and gives you a glimpse on what happens off-stage at a show. Visit Bodybuilding.com for the photos from the show and the candids moments.

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See the contest results here.

 



A Day in the Life of Samantha Briggs – Fittest


Spend a day with 2013 Crossfit Champion Samantha Briggs. Sam takes you through her day of training, nutrition and more in this video. She was crowned the “Fittest Woman on Earth” last summer after three brutal days at the Crossfit Games in Carson, California. She’s a been training with Crossfit since 2009 but is a firefighter by trade. Learning she was out of the 2012 Games with a broken patella, her rise to the top of the podium is even more remarkable.

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Samantha discusses the importance of warming up and her working on her mobility before going into her workouts. She knocks out an intense workout and then walks you through her diet and what she typically eats. After watching this video you’ll want to hit the gym and step up your workout intensity. Samantha is the real deal.

YOUTUBE:
What’s the secret to Samantha Brigg’s speed, agility, and strength? We spent a day with Sam to find out just that. Tune in to see how she trains, what she eats, and how she’s preparing for the 2014 CrossFit Games.

Samantha shares that she finds three meals a day combined with shakes work best for her. She also supplements her training with vitamins and protein shakes.

Post Workout
Protein shake with Coconut Water + 2 Fish Oil Capsules

Breakfast
1 Banana
Scrambled eggs made with coconut oil. Peanut Butter mixed in.

Lunch
Protein: Salmon/Chicken/Turkey
Carbs: Salad or Babyfood
Fats: Nuts

Dinner
Steak/Chicken/Fish
Vegetables – Spinach

Video by Pure Pharma.



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Bodybuilding & Fitness Personalities Give Big Game Predictions


We asked a few Bodybuilding and Fitness personalities who would win the Big Game. As you can imagine, the results were all over the place. Hear who Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson, American Gladiator Mike O’Hearn, Miss Super Cross Dianna Dahlgren and picked to win the Super Bowl.

Who you got?



Morning Motivation: Nike ‘Rise and Shine’ – Find Your Greatness


If you’re looking for a little morning motivation look no further than this video. If this doesn’t get you pumped to kick some ass today we don’t know what will. Nike’s ‘Rise and Shine’ video is simply awesome.

rise and shine

Welcome to the grind. We’ve got work to do.

RISE AND SHINE
6am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start telling you that it’s too early, too dark and too cold to get out of a bed.
Aching muscles lie still in rebellion, pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move.
A legion of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland.
But you didn’t ask their opinion.
The voice you’ve chosen to listen to is one of defiance.
A voice that’s says there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place.
So sit up, put your feet on the floor, and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.

Welcome to The Grind!

For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.
10,000 streams fan out like a river delta before you, each one promising the path of least resistance.
Thing is, you’re headed upstream.
And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable and what’s safe and what some would call “common sense”, well that’s day 1.
From there it only gets tougher.
So just make sure this is something you want.
Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away.

All you have to do is pick up your feet.

But you aren’t going to are you?
With each step comes the decision to take another.
You’re on your way now But this is no time to dwell on how far you’ve come.
You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see.
Oh but you can feel him on your heels can’t ya?
Feel him breathing down your neck
You know what that is?
That’s you…
Your fears, your doubts and insecurities all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky.

But don’t lose heart.
While they aren’t easily defeated, they are far from invincible.

Remember this is The Grind.
The Battle Royale between you and your mind, your body and the devil on your shoulder who’s telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you.

Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat
Burn away your self doubt with the fire that’s beneath you.
Remember what you’re fighting for.
And never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress.
She can turn on a dime with the smallest mistake.
She is ever searching for that weak place in your armor.
That one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.

So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains, “is that all you got?”… “are you sure?”
And when the answer is “yes”; When you’ve done all you can to prepare yourself for battle then it’s time to go forth and boldly face your enemy, the enemy within.

Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory.
You’re a lion in a field of lions.
All hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says VICTORY is the only thing that can keep you alive.
So believe that voice that says “you CAN run a little faster” and “you CAN throw a little harder” and that, for you, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.

Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident.
Sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice.
So decide now because destiny waits for no man.
And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you
you’re not ready for it,
listen instead to that lone voice of descent,
that one that says:
you are ready
you are prepared

It’s all up to you now.

So Rise and Shine.



Disclaimer: Reader discretion advised, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.