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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.

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

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.

Training Video – Erin Stern’s Glute Bridges

Erin Stern is known for having one of the most athletic physiques in the IFBB Pro League. She’s been on a variety of magazine covers and stood in the winner’s circle a number of times. In this video she demonstrates an exercise that may take some practice but once you get the hang of it you can work your way up in weight.

Erin Stern Training

Erin shared, “New PR tonight – 365lbs! Train hard, y’all!!” Recently on her Facebook page the champ posted some food for thought… “Something NEAT to think about: instead of cutting calories, try increasing the intensity of your workouts. Often, when we “diet,” our NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) decreases. This means that our bodies have a way of compensating for the decrease in calories – by becoming more sedentary. The solution: train harder and eat enough clean foods.”

Follow Erin on Twitter (@ErinFAST) and check out her Facebook page.

Danica Patrick Before And After Transformation

This weekend the Big Game will get as much attention for the commercials as it does the game itself. One of the spots we’ll be watching for is the GoDaddy ad with Danica Patrick. Check out the video where Danica “transforms” herself into a beefed up bodybuilder.

Danica Patrick Buff

In this video we see how Danica prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl commercial. Alan Scott, Co-Founder of Legacy FX, describes how they prepared the foam latex fitted suit for Danica. She’s heard saying, “as if I didn’t have a strong enough personality as it is, now I’ve got the biceps to match it.”

See what it takes to turn Danica Patrick into a mountain of muscles. From the special suit to the spray tan, Danica gives you the inside scoop about the making of GoDaddy’s Bodybuilder ad. See the full Bodybuilder ad at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WycoJMKzXZ4.

Danica most muscularDanica hits a Most Muscular in her new body.

danica flexingLike every “Before” and “After” you have to have a photoshoot. 

front double bicepsDanica showing off her guns before filming.


Make Time – Hardbody Motivation Photo of the Day

We’re all busy. It’s not about having time but rather MAKING time. If something is important to you, you’ll make the time. We encourage you to make time to train. Make time to cook healthy meals and live a healthy lifestyle.

Emily Herrington

Emily Herrington is a trainer and model who makes time to live a healthy lifestyle.

Making Time Quote

Good Health = Wealth

Today’s Photo of the Day reminds us of bright, sunny days and summer. While it’s cold outside for most of us it doesn’t mean that we should be cold on the inside.


Remember to focus on your health by knowing yourself. Featured model is Elspeth Katherine. She shares this on her Facebook page… “Hi everyone! I have been a hair and makeup stylist for the past 6 years, and absolutely LOVE what I do! I am also a fitness enthusiast (to say the least!). I am a Team Dymatize Featured Athlete, ReebokONE, LeaseQ, & Fitmark bags Ambassador, an NPC Bikini Competitor, and Personal Trainer. I am constantly challenging myself to learn and do more, and taking every chance I can get to travel the world!”

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P&G Thank You Mom – Raising an Olympian: Amy Purdy

“Love life. Have confidence in yourself.” Simple advice but convincingly true. Those word of wisdom were what what Amy Purdy’s mother shared with her. Amy is a paralympic snowboarder and the feature of this moving video. Proctor & Gamble does a great job with their “Thank You Mom” campaign. You might remember this campaign from the Summer Olympics. It’s one that never gets old and helps to tell the story of not only athletes but also their moms.


Amy shared this on Facebook after seeing the video, “Wow this turned out amazing and brought me to tears! ‪#‎thankyoumom‬ for being so loving and supportive all the wonderful things you shared in this video brought me to tears! This reminds me of how far I have come! I am who I am ‪#‎becauseofmymom‬.”

Athletes Eat and Train, They Don’t Diet & Exercise

If you’re active and making an effort to be the best version of you, then we applaud you. One thing to think about with your approach to tackling those New Years’ resolutions is a shift in focus. Instead of looking at it as diet and exercise, tackle it like an athlete. Athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise.

athletes eat and train, not diet and exercise

Your body is one thing you control. Determine what you’re training for and then eat accordingly. A marathon runner isn’t going to eat the same way as a powerlifter. Think about it. Change your mindset. A shift in your thinking and your approach will help motivate you year-round.

Libby Dibiase - Athletes Don't Diet and Exercise, They Eat and Train.

Libby Dibiase – Reebok & Gaspari Nurition Athlete.
Photo by Isaac Hinds

Journey To The Olympics: Jen Hudak

Two years ago, Jen Hudak was faced with devastation both emotionally and physically. She lost her best friend, Sarah Burke and injured her knee. Jen struggled to continue skiing and focus on returning to the sport she loved since a child. The injury and death of her friend forced her to shift her focus on how she approached life.

Jen Hudak Rise

This video is part of a series by Liberty Mutual. It’s well done and as they say, “we believe with every setback, there’s a chance to come back.” Check out Jen’s story and keep up with her on twitter @JenHudak where she shares a variety of inspiring nuggets. If you’re interested in chatting with Jen you can join her in her Google Hangout this week. #askJEN on #RoadtoSochi


Jen also has some of THE COOLEST images on instagram. You won’t find her taking any “selfies” of her booty but rather some of the most awe inspiring scenic photos and the occasional workout.

Jen ended 2013 with the cover of Backcountry magazine. She shared, “This was shot on New Years Eve Day on 2009 and was the start of my best competition season to date. I’m pumped to finally see this image in print and to start the new year with some of that energy.”

Jen’s Social
INSTAGRAM: jenhudak
TWITTER: jenHudak
WEBSITE: jenhudak.com

Hardbody Motivation: Open Doors

It’s a new year and a perfect opportunity to rethink your approach to all areas in your life. A simple quote can often help shift your thinking and this one by Alexander Graham Bell got our wheels turning…”Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”


Instead of focusing on what happened in 2013 too much look to what is in front of you this year. Featured in this Hardbody Motivation graphic is rookie IFBB Pro, Janet Layug. She was the winner of the FLEX Bikini Model Search and the 2013 NPC Nationals overall bikini winner. In just a few weeks she’ll make her pro debut at the Arnold in Columbus, Ohio. She’s a great example of someone who saw an opportunity in competing and ran with it.


Lindsey Jacobellis Returns After Multiple Injuries

Lindsey Jacobellis is one to watch at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She made her long awaited return to the mountain just before Christmas and she showed no signs of slowing down. It was her first snowboardcross victory in close to two years. Lindsey said in post race interview that it was tough mentally to get back in the mix after two knee surgeries and a broken thumb. Understandably so and we’re stoked to see her back on track.

Lindsey Jacobellis Wins

Lindsey is a 2006 Olympic silver medalist and has won gold at the World Championships on three separate occasions. She’s a seven-time X Games Champion and is on the invited list once again this year.

Via Youtube:
LAKE LOUISE, AB.– Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) made her overdue return to the podium Saturday with her first snowboardcross World Cup victory in nearly two years in Lake Louise, AB. Jacobellis has been absent from the sport since Jan. 2012 because of a knee injury.

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Lindsey and Hardbody Contributor, Cindy aka “The Sports Stylist” Whitehead at the 2013 espnW Women + Sports Summit.

Keep up with Lindsey…
Instagram: Lindseyjacobellis
Twitter: LindsJacobellis

Hardbody Photo of the Day: Candice Lewis Motivation

IFBB Figure Pro Candice Lewis rocks a hardbody and is today’s photo feature of the day. Candice is currently living in Denver, Colorado and preparing for the 2014 Figure International in March. She has the potential to be a top contender in every show she enters and is one to watch, not that we’re asking much of you there.

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Pin this image to your pinterest page or share on Facebook. BE STRONGER THAN YOU WERE YESTERDAY! Remember it’s only you against yourself when it comes to the gym, training and your nutrition. #MEvsME

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Candice Lewis

Hardbody Photo of The Day: Miesha Tate Weighs In

The women are back in the octagon this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 168. Miesha Tate takes on the champion Ronda Rousey in the co-main event and it’s sure to be one to watch. The two were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter and since that time Miesha’s popularity has increased but will she be able to get past the champ? The odds-makers in Vegas don’t think so but never say never.


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She’s today’s Hardbody Photo of The Day. Once Miesha made weight (135lbs) she through up a bicep pose and gave it a kiss. The fans loved it and she shows she’s definitely got some guns.

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Photo via UFC weigh-in webcast. 

Hardbody Photo of The Day: Katie Rowlett Laugh a Little

Katie Rowlett reminds us all that it’s okay to have fun when building your hardbody. You don’t have to take yourself too serious en route to being at the top of your physical fitness game. Remember to laugh a little and enjoy the journey.



Pin this image to your Pinterest Boards, share it on twitter or post to Facebook to inspire not only yourselves but others. Everyone could use a little motivation, especially a set of abs like Katie’s! Have fun building your HEALTHY, HARD BODY.  You can follow Katie on Facebook and let her know you saw her on HARDBODY.


Video: Gretchen Bleiler’s Remarkable Recovery

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the top female snowboarders in the world. Over the weekend she finished in third at the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mtn., Colorado. Impressive by any standard but what makes her podium appearance an even bigger deal is the challenges she’s overcome.


Xgames.com recently published a video
in conjunction with Muscle Milk (one of Gretchen’s sponsors) that tells Gretchen’s remarkable story. While warming up she suffered a broken eye-socket, broken nose and a concussion. A number of people thought this would be a career ending injury for her but she wouldn’t hear any of that. As a pro athlete, Gretchen felt there was a way to get better.

When traditional eye exercises didn’t work, Gretchen and her team created their own program. The experimental technique combines ocular rehabilitation with high-intensity strength training and conditioning. Gretchen combined physical activity while focusing on a single point. Check out how Gretchen pushed herself and got back on a snowboard. She’s got her sights set on the Sochi Winter Olympics, which she says could be her last Games.

When doctors said she wouldn’t make a full recovery from a devastating eye injury, Gretchen Bleiler created an eye-strengthening training program that had never been done before and beat the odds.

Gretchen says, “I see the Olympics as this opportunity to get better, push harder and do things you never thought you could do.” We’re not all Olympic athletes but Gretchen’s story reminds us to never give up and keep pushing through adversity.

Follow Gretchen on twitter @GretchenBleiler and use #giveMestrength in your tweets to show your support. Props to Gretchen, Xgames.com and Muscle Milk for sharing this story.

Lead image compiled from Xgames.com video.

NIKE Unveils Team USA Winter Collection

The 2014 Winter Olympics are quickly approaching and today Nike unveiled the Team USA Winter Collection. Check out some of our favorite items in the gallery below and for the complete collection and information on all the items visit winter2014.nikeinc.com.  Stay updated on all the latest news related to the US Olympic Team on olympictalk.nbcsports.com.


What do you think of the winter apparel? Join the conversation on our Facebook page and share your thoughts.

Props to @heidiburgett / twitter.

Expendable 3 Teaser

The Expendables is scheduled to be released this Summer and UFC champ, Ronda Rousey has a spot in the action packed flick. Check out the first teaser from Lionsgate and Millennium Films.

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The 411 via Youtube:

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.

with FORD


Hardbody Photo of The Day: Juliana Daniell – Fitness Motivation

Juliana Daniell is athlete in our Hardbody Photo of The Day. Juliana has been a seen motivating crowds at Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Braves and currently Atlana Hawks games. She’s been an NBA cheerleader for the past three years and is currently a spokesmodel for Falken Tires. This IFBB Pro has seen the inside of numerous fitness magazines and multiple covers.

juliana Daniell

She didn’t compete in the IFBB this year but look for her to make a return in 2014. Juliana’s athletic physique comes from years of swimming and eating sensible meals, despite being tempted by Southern fried cooking. She competed at the 2012 Bikini Olympia and shared her “juggling act” with us en route to the big show.

Juliana reminds us all of one simple task. BE BETTER THAN YESTERDAY. Follow her on twitter @julianaDaniell and on Facebook.

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Video: Battle of the Moms

Love your body. Something we can all agree on, right? We like to think so. Two mothers, both with three children, are taking to the internet to get their message across but in different ways. One mother in Australia posted her post-baby photos to show a “more realistic” look to her body after Maria Kang made headlines over a photo.

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Maria posted a photo with her and her three children that simply said, “What’s Your Excuse.” It was simply an attempt to inspire other women but she received numerous negative comments and claims that she was “shaming” other mothers to look a certain way.

“Health is not dictated by someone’s look, their size or their weight,” say the Aussie mother and we can certainly agree with that but why is one mother right and the other is wrong?

You can love your body before and after.

Reporter: Her photos are drawing comparisons to maria kang, the mom of three, whose what’s your excuse photo caption, led to a firestorm of reactions, with many accusing her of fat shaming. I’m not a bully.

Reporter: She is now speaking out against kang, saying these ideals are unrealistic and unhealthy. And wants to encourage women to love their bodies at any size. Health is not dictated by someone’s looks, their size or their weight.

But kang says she is simply a healthy mom, trying to be a positive role model. Is there a right or wrong answer in this great mom debate? We have to be careful in our society not to characterize something as normal or not normal.


Hardbody Photo of The Day: Nicole Wilkins “Do Your Best”

Three-time Figure Olympia Champion Nicole Wilkins is the subject of our Hardbody Photo of the Day. Nicole had her ups and downs this year but no matter what she was faced with she persevered. A great reminder for all of us… Don’t Stress. Do Your Best. Forget The Rest.


Follow Nicole on Twitter at @NicoleMWilkins and on her Facebook Fan Page. Think Nicole was one of the Top Ten IFBB Pros of the year? Check out our poll and cast your vote for her.

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Elena’s “Hight Hopes” Journey to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Professional snowboarder and 2-time Olympian, Elena Hight is one of the elite women in snow sports. She made history earlier this year at the Winter X Games when she landed the first-ever double backside alley-oop rodeo in a half pipe competition. She was the first (male or female) to land the trick and forever cemented her name in history.

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She’s seen the podium a number of times over the years and now she has her sights set on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Elena has a new web series, “Hight Hopes”, that will document her journey to the Winter Games. The first episode was released earlier this month and the next one is slated to launch next week.

Via YouTube:
Chapter 1 – Preparation: Professional snowboarder Elena Hight takes you through her offseason training in Oregon and New Zealand, visits Mammoth Mountain for opening weekend and prepares for the first halfpipe contest of the year!

“Hight Hopes” exposes Elena’s true path to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Spoken through her own words, Elena brings you through pressure packed qualifying and the highs and lows of achieving goals while progressing the sport.

Join my crew & earn your chance to win awesome prizes! http://elenahightcrew.com

Follow Elena:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElenaHightSnowboarder
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elenahight
Instagram: http://instagram.com/elenahight

Hardbody Photo of The Day: Kelly Clark Flying High at the Dew Tour

Professional Snowboarder Kelly Clark is a small town girl with big time accomplishments. She won the 2002 Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Halfpipe and continues to be a dominate athlete over a decade later. Kelly has her own foundation, appropriately named the Kelly Clark Foundation, that aims to provide others with the opportunities to achieve their dreams. She’s the feature of today’s Hardbody Photo of The Day.


Kelly was the runner-up in the Women’s Superpipe at the 2013 Dew Tour and has her sights set on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. For more information on Kelly’s Foundation visit kellyclarkfoundation.org. You can keep up with Kelly on twitter and follow her on Facebook. She also keeps fans in the loop with what’s she up to on her instagram account.

kelly clark dew tourClick for larger view. Photo by Isaac Hinds

Motivation – Make it Your Own

Hardbody Motivation. Simple. Make it Your Own. Whatever you set out to do own it. Don’t worry about what others do. It’s one thing to look at others for inspiration but don’t me a knock-off by doing exactly what they are doing. Make it your own. We’re all unique and have something to offer.

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1. Pin and share it on Pinterest.
2. Tweet it out on twitter.
3. Share it on Facebook.
4. Print it out and hang it on your vision board.
5. Make it the background of your phone.

Sweat More. Bitch Less.

Simple motivation that will help you get that hardbody you want. Sweat a little more and bitch a little less. A friendly reminder that you’ve gotta work!

sweat more. bitch less

5 ways to utilize this graphic:

1. Pin and share it on Pinterest.
2. Tweet it out on twitter.
3. Share it on Facebook.
4. Print it out and hang it on your vision board.
5. Make it the background of your phone.

UFC Champ Ronda Rousey on Jimmy Kimmel Live

UFC Bantamweight Champ, Ronda Rousey made an appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel opens the segment saying there is no one he’d rather go Black Friday shopping with than Rousey. It sets the tone for the rest of interview, which was refreshingly fun. Ronda discusses how she was able to enjoy Thanksgiving and eat more than an ice cube, her words not mine. She goes onto chat with Jimmy about how her mom, AnnMaria Demars, got her into fighting. In 1984, AnnMaria was the first-ever American to win the Judo World Championships.

ronda rousey jimmy kimmel

Ronda said her mom’s motto was “always be ready”. She gives an example of how she’s always ready in part two of the interview, shown below. It was nice to see a much more light-hearted, upbeat side to the champ. Since the airing of The Ultimate Fighter, where Ronda was a coach, she’s received backlash from fight fans. This interview makes her a much more likable personality and more appealing to mainstream.

Ronda continues to take care of business in the octagon (she’s undefeated and won by arm bar in the first round of them) and will look to do so again at the end of this month. Ronda faces Meisha Tate at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013.

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Ronda puts Guillermo in a headlock. Pic via @JimmyKimmelLive.


VIDEO: The World of Female Bodybuilding on KATIE

Katie Couric sits down with amateur bodybuilding Brandi Akers on a recent episode of the talk show that bares her name. Joining Brandi on the couch with Katie is HBO REAL SPORTS host, Bryant Gumbel. They talk about the world of female bodybuilding on and off stage. Katie puts Brandi on the spot with a number of issues and Brandi handles herself well.

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Gumbel talks about women being “wolfly underpaid” in the world of female bodybuilding despite the sacrifices they make. Katie then inquires about the world of muscle fetish and asks, “they’re called schmoes?” Katie says, “it’s freaky” when speaking about the world of bodybuilding she never knew existed. She proceeds to be a bit of a “schmo” herself when she asks Brandi to flex and touches her biceps. Katie proceeds hit a bicep pose after Gumbel mentions her sizable guns.

katie couric flexing

Even though the topics and questions may make some cringe, Brandi handles herself in a very professional manner. She looks and sounds feminine in the interview and does one of the best jobs I’ve seen in an interview. While female bodybuilding may not be for everyone, there is a fan base and Brandi has managed to build a sizable following in it. She’s competed a number of times as an amateur and despite not being a pro bodybuilder has found a way to capitalize on it. You don’t have to agree with her but she’s right when she says she is an entrepreneur.

Brandi Akers Katie Couric

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Jaimie Alexander Discusses Demanding Role in Thor & Advice for Women

In the new film Thor: The Dark World, Jaimie Alexander plays Sif, a second generation goddess of Asgard. Sif is an Asgardian warrior and lover of Thor, who often accompanies him into into battle. The role of Sif is a physically demanding one and to prepare for it Jaimie changed up her training and nutrition.

She recently sat down with Bodybuilding.com to discuss her role in the latest Marvel movie. She admits the training aspect was a little intimidating but reminds women that being thin is not the way to go. Jaimie says, “I prefer to have some meat on my bones.” For the first Thor she bulked up by eating meat but for this role she changed things up to be a bit more agile.

Jaimie discusses running and physical activity that not only helps her physically but also mentally. As a runner in high school, she said it helped her clear her mind but lately Hot Yoga helps her do this. Jaimie shared the benefits of how yoga has helped her not only look better but feel better.

jaimie-alexanderJaimie has shares great advice for women in this interview. Via Bbcom.

Jaimie encourages women to “know your body and don’t mistreat it.” She reminds women that starving yourself is not the way to go. Jaimie says, “You know when you eat something and it makes you sick and you don’t feel well, and you know when you eat something that makes you feel great. And that’s something that you need to pay attention to.”

She really hits the nail on the head when she reminds women not to compare their bodies to others and to respect themselves. “Respect yourself and live healthy,” Alexander wisely offers at the end of the interview.

Visit Bodybuilding.com for more on this feature.

Images via bbcom.

Lululemon Hears You But Are They Listening?

After igniting a massive firestorm earlier in the week, Lululemon’s founder Chip Wilson issued an apology today. Chip and his wife appeared on Bloomberg TV and a number of his comments related to the brand’s troubles raised more than an eyebrow. Today’s apology reminds us all why he should never appear on camera if the company wants to continue to stay in business.


He says, “I’m sad… I’m really sad for the repercussions of my actions. I’m sad for the people of lululemon that I care so much about.”

Chip goes on to say, “I take responsibility for all that has occurred. I’m sorry to have put you all through this.” He’s sorry for what his words have caused Lululemon but he fails to apologize for his comments about the customers. In the 53 second video, not once does he apologize for what is at the heart of all of this. His comment related to Lululemon’s pats were… “they don’t work for certain some women’s bodies” and that the cause of recent pilling is “really about the rubbing through the thighs” and “how much pressure is there.”

Lululemon is in the middle of a public relations nightmare and while I’m sure the intentions were good for Chip to apologize for his asinine comments, it’s likely little will be done by issuing this video. It’s more likely to infuriate customers that the founder never owns up to his own comments and still has yet to be transparent about the quality of their product deteriorating over recents years.

We hear you.
A message from Chip Wilson.
Let’s stay in the conversation.

Via YouTube

Nicole Wilkins Seeks Redemption at The Olympia

Nicole Wilkins has positioned herself as one of the leading ladies in the IFBB Pro Figure division. She’s won the Arnold three times and the Olympia twice. Many pundits say you’re only as good as your last show and that may be true for some but don’t label Wilkins with that cliché.  She’s coming off a third place finish at the New York Pro (her lowest placing since 2009) but if you’ve followed her training and online updates since that dreary May Day, you know she’s on a path of redemption.


Nicole has switched things up heading into this year’s Olympia contest. She’s switched trainers, which is always challenging for any competitor. Competitors build lasting relationships with their coach/trainer over the years and changing that can often get them out of their comfort zone, in a good way. Change is often necessary but uncomfortable.

If you follow the world of Figure you’ve seen Nicole a bit uncomfortable on stage lately. When she’s not on point her confidence and demeanor changes on stage. Don’t bet on seeing that look next week at the 10th annual Figure Olympia. Nicole is determined, focused and on track to reclaim the title she’s held twice before.

FitnessRX for Women will be following Nicole in a five part video series as she heads into her 6th Olympia. She talks about changes she’s made and how she’s bringing a new physique to the stage. The video series will give fans a look at some of what is in store for the redefined Nicole.

View photos of Nicole from various shows throughout here career here. Follow this series and more with Nicole on FitnessRxWomen.com.

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