mcsteamy 300x300 Eric Danes McSteamy V Day Fitness and Diet Tips fitness tips celebrity fitness Best known for his role as “McSteamy” in the hit drama Grey’s Anatomy, Dane is now starring among an all all-star cast in Valentines’s Day. The movie opened this Friday in conjunction with the lover’s holiday.

The flick’s incredible cast might be the fittest group of actors and actresses ever to appear in one movie.  Others starring alongside Dane include Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Lautner, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Swift.

Here are a few tips from Dane:

Embrace the morning. Morning dictates everything, including the mood, scope, and pace of the day. Fuel up with a nutrient-loaded breakfast (an omelet will stifle your appetite for hours). Look forward to the morning and your chances of conquering the day skyrocket. ‘I’m out of bed before the alarm goes off,’” Dane told Men’s Health.

Studies have shown that people who eat eggs for breakfast consume less calories throughout the day then those who don’t.   Packed with protein and nutrients, they don’t call it the “incredible, edible egg” for nothing.

“Going to the gym and looking for a specific result is a short-lived existence, as opposed to going to the gym and adopting it as a lifestyle. Develop a routine, because it’s much harder to break it if you have one. If you have no routine, you have nothing to break, so discipline goes out the window.”

[click to continue…]

Mad Men Star Christina Hendricks Diet and Workout Tips

The fourth season of Emmy Award winning drama Mad Men airs every Sunday on AMC. Fans are enthralled in Don Draper’s struggles and conquests, but also enjoy the style of the 60s and 70s. Christina Hendricks, who plays office manager Joan Harris, is reminding men and women across America that a voluptuous body is beautiful. Christina appreciates the admiration, and maintains her glow by following a healthy diet, consistent workout routine, and appreciating her figure.

Healthy Body Image

Christina Hendricks told SELF magazine, “My healthiest habit is keeping positive about my body at whatever stage it is–being confident and celebrating who I am at the moment.” Although Christina has a healthy body image, she did not always understand the fuss over her appearance. She says, “At first, I thought people were calling me out and it made me feel uncomfortable that they were focused on it.” “Then when I realized it was all positive and it was actually helping other people, it started making me feel great.”

Love for Veggies

As a child Christina Hendricks did not eat the healthiest diet. Her mom fed her “very much Southern ’70s cooking, like fried chicken, mashed potatoes and quiche.” But when she grew up, Christina began sharing her love for vegetables with her mom. She says, “My mom didn’t like them, so she hardly ever cooked them–and when she did, they would be overcooked. Now when she comes over and I make fresh veggies, she says, ‘These are the most delicious things I’ve ever had!’ So I’ve turned my mom on to vegetables, which is good.”

[click to continue…]

Soccer Workout for Strength Training - Oguchi Onyewu

Our fifth installment of our World Cup soccer workout series features the strength training workout of United States National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu.

Men’s Health recently revealed the soccer workout secrets of four members of the U.S. squad, including those of Oguchi Onyewu and his teammates Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Jozy Altidore, with soccer specific workout plans for building endurancestrength, speed, and agility.

Onyewu, who goes by the nickname “Gooch,” says, “Strikers get the fame, but as a defender you do just as much work and you don’t have the luxury of making so many mistakes.”

At 6’4″ and 210 pounds Oguchi Onyewu, who plays for Italy’s AC Milan is as strong as the come in soccer.  “Gooch has to anchor himself, hold off contact, and withstand bumping,” says national team fitness coach Pierre Barrieu.  The strength Onyewu uses against opponents comes from his powerful legs and his strength training workout allows him to not only be explosive but also quick enough to make a tackle on a speedy striker or head the ball away as its screaming toward the goal.

Men’s Health reports, “Norwegian soccer research reveals that doing squats with maximal loads dramatically improves jumping ability, sprinting speed over 10 meters, and running economy. Here’s why: ‘Because of the high resistance, the movement speed is slow, but the muscular contraction when you push with your quads is fast,’ says Jan Hoff, Ph.D., a professor of medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In other words, you’re teaching your muscles to activate faster. In Hoff’s 2008 study, participants who did three squat sessions a week for 8 weeks saw a 5 percent increase in running economy, which means they used less energy to move on the field. That translates to over half a mile more covered in a match. Another benefit to strength training: It reduces your risk of soccer injury by 50 percent, according to a University of Maine study.”

To develop powerful legs like Oguchi Onyewu try this self test and strength training soccer workout.

jozy altidore workout

Next up in our 2010 World Cup soccer workout series is United States National Team striker Jozy Altidore and his speed trainingMen’s Health recently revealed the soccer workout secrets of four members of the U.S. squad, including those of Jozy Altidore and his teammates Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu, with soccer specific training regimens for building endurance, strength, speed, and agility.

Altidore, who is currently on the Hull City roster, on loan from Villareal is one of the premier strikers in the world and his speed training is a testament to his commitment to success.

Jozy Altidore “can run through you, past you, and around you. Jozy’s a monster to contain, whether it’s on the ground or through the air,” says Scott Piri, director of soccer for Athletes’ Performance, which oversees fitness for the U.S. men’s team.

Altidore uses a Bullet Belt while doing sprint exercises, which helps him work on developing explosive strength and quickness in his first step.  “By doing drills that overload the acceleration phase, you train the muscles to be stronger and the nerves to fire faster,” says Piri.

“I need only one step,” says Altidore. “One step–that yard of space–and bang!”  Here’s how to get your soccer workout up to par with Altidore’s.

Test Your Speed

Try this test recommended by Ermanno Rampinini, head of Italy’s Mapei Human Performance Lab.  You’ll need a stopwatch for this test.

Mark out 20 yards on a field. Sprint to that line, bend down to touch it, turn, and sprint back.  Do 6 sprints total, resting for 20 seconds between each. Average your times for your score.

Average – 8 or more seconds
Great – 7-8 seconds
World Class – under 7 seconds

[click to continue…]

Celebrity Workout Tweets

Celebrity tweets about their workout habits. Kim Kardashian, Brooke Burke, Mya, Miranda Lambert, JoJo, Amanda Bynes, Kevin Durant, Dane Cook, Charissa Thompson

Read the full article →

Kristin Davis Focuses on Being Healthy and Having Energy

Thumbnail image for Kristin Davis Focuses on Being Healthy and Having Energy

Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte York in Sex and the City, follows a healthy diet and keeps her workout routine fresh with pilates, yoga, and hiking.

Read the full article →

Lady Gaga’s Concert Tour Diet

Thumbnail image for Lady Gaga’s Concert Tour Diet

Lady Gaga eats a healthy diet of light proteins to prepare for her concert tour.

Read the full article →

The 5 Biggest Losers of the MLB

Thumbnail image for The 5 Biggest Losers of the MLB

MLB Hot Stove Live had a feature tonight on the players who have showed up to camp looking considerably slimmer.  We’ve already taken a look at the off-season training programs of Red Sox teammates Jason Varitek and Dustin Pedroia and with the start of the MLB season about 40 days away we will definitely be [...]

Read the full article →