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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.



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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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.



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.

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.



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.

 



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.

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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.”



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.

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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

RISE. JOURNEY TO THE OLYMPICS

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
FACEBOOK:facebook.com/jenhudakski
WEBSITE: jenhudak.com



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
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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.

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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.



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.

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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Expendables-3/362028440564942
http://twitter.com/expendables3



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.

- ABCnews.com



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



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.

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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.

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@JimmyKimmelLive
@RondaRousey
@IAMGUILLERMO



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Brandon Curry & Brandy Leaver Reveal… a Boy or Girl


One of the nicest couples in fitness, Brandon Curry and Brandy Leaver are expecting their fourth child. Brandy will be sharing her pregnancy journey here on Hardbody News along the way. The power couple recently found out the sex of their baby and their sharing it exclusively in this video.

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Check out the video below to see if they will be having a boy or a girl. They shared the news with family by opening a box that revealed the sex of the child with either pink balloons for a girl or blue balloons for a boy.

Congratulations Brandon and Brandy!



Abby Head On – ESPN Feature


Abby Wambach is one of the most popular soccer players in the world. She’s help put women’s soccer back on the map and one of the leaders of TEAM USA. ESPN does a great job of featuring Abby and how she narrowed down her choice of college.

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The best line comes at the very end when Abby talks about not being offered much by the best college soccer program (North Carolina) at the time. She says, “I can decide to go to this school or I can go to another school and beat them.” That gives you a bit of insight into her competitive spirit.

SEC Storied Abby Head On premiered Wednesday May 15th 8pm ET on ESPNU.



UFC 157 Primetime: Rousey vs. Carmouche Episode One Recap & Full Video


UFC’s cameras follow Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche as they head into UFC 157. UFC Primetime is a documentary style approach to give fans a raw and real look inside their headline fighters. They don’t produce a prime time show for every title fight but when they do it’s very professional and carefully edited.

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UFC 157 is a historic event that will feature women’s MMA for the first time inside the octagon. President of the UFC, Dana White told the fans and reporters they’d never see women fight in the UFC. That changed when a trash talking Ronda Rousey did more than talk, she delivered and finished fights. All of them. She has yet to allow an opponent to make it to a second round.

The first first of the UFC’s three part series aired last night and focused largely on Rousey. Those who follow the UFC and Rousey’s meteoric rise would expect nothing less. She has the looks, she provides the sound bites worthy of headlines and she can fight. Some would argue that she’s only getting the attention she is because of her looks but those are the same people who don’t know her story and her struggles from day birth.

In episode one, we learn Ronda was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. It caused her to struggle with her speech and it was nearly three years before she could talk. Ronda shared, “My sisters would translate my gibberish.” Near the end of the show, we see a side of Ronda that often goes unseen with the MMA bad ass. She breaks down into tears. It one of the few times you’ll see a vulnerable Rousey, she shares the story of how her father committed suicide after a sledding accident. Ronda was a young girl when the tragedy happened but you get a sense the memory lives with her every day.

Ronda was the first American woman to win an Olympia medal in Judo. “After the Olympics they pretty much gave me gave me 10 grand & a handshake,” said Rousey. Ronda worked as a waitress and bartender while trying to get her MMA career on track. Those days are long gone and you get the feeling she’s doing whatever it takes to never go back to those jobs.

Rousey’s opponent, Liz Carmouche gets about a third of the airtime in the first episode. UFC Primetime chose to highlight Liz’s sexual orientation right out of the gate. She served five years in the US Marine Corp but we learn little about that instead we hear about her being a lesbian. Carmouche openly talks about it and her relationship with her girlfriend. She doesn’t live a glamorous life but you don’t hear her complain about it.

Liz is the underdog in the fight. Unlike Rousey she has yet to reach super-star status. Liz opens the doors to her gym, the San Diego Combat academy, and helps close them at the end of the night. She answers phones, teaches classes and often runs the front desk. In one of the few moments we hear from Liz in episode one she says, “I was brought in to be the underdog ’cause they think that she’s going to win and I’m okay with that. I like having people think that. I absolutely think I’m gonna spoil the UFC plans.”

Watch as UFC Primetime cameras follow women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Liz Carmouche in the weeks leading up to their historic bout at UFC 157.

Wondering what the song was that played during Ronda’s drive to the gym? It’s ZZ Ward’s “Move Like U Stole it”. Listen to it on Spotify.


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UFC’s First Female Fighter, Ronda Rousey on HBO’s ‘Real Sports’


HBO will profile their first MMA fighter in an upcoming spotlight on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”. The program will air on February 19th at 10 p.m. ET. The feature will focus on the UFC’s first female fighter, Ronda Rousey. Ronda will headline UFC 157 and from the looks of this teaser, people will be interested to see her journey continue.



Video: People Vs Fitness


This might be the funniest video you see all year. We’re betting it’s definitely the funniest one you see today. Check out some of these amusing and often painful sights in “people vs fitness”.

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Sit back and watch what not to do in an attempt to get fit.


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