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True Blood returns for its third season tonight on HBO.  The return of True Blood also means that one of our favorite fit celebrities is back on TV: Ryan Kwanten (who plays Jason Stackhouse), whom we’ve already listed as one of the fittest celebrities you don’t know.

I’m somewhat of a masochist at heart. I like to sweat. I come from a very competitive sporting background—my dad was a world-champion surfer—so it’s always been a part of my DNA.

Despite having one of the best bodies in the business, Ryan Kwanten did not get his physique in the gym. Indeed, he started boxing as a teenager (and became state championship in the welterweight division for the 13-15 age group).

Since then he’s done just about every physical activity to keep himself in shape. Soft-sand running, hiking, surfing, triathlons, biking, swimming (in the Pacific Ocean) are just some of the ways he achieves “muscle confusion.” He adds, “The moment you have monotony, your muscles can fall asleep. Variety makes you much more balanced.” Oh, and he’s even a two-time biathlon winner in Los Angeles (2006, 2007).

Because Ryan has such a dynamic and evolving method for staying fit, he has no need for a specific workout. Instead, you can evolve your workout and diet routine to be like that of Ryan Kwanten on True Blood by following these tips.
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World Cup Soccer Workout with Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey trickled a goal through the arms of goalkeeper Robert Greene to earn a draw for the United States in the opening round of the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.  Dempsey, a midfielder for the U.S. National Team, has been known to run almost 8 miles per game.   Men’s Health recently revealed the training secrets of four members of the U.S. squad, including those of Clint Dempsey, with a soccer workout devised for endurance, strength, speed and agilityThe Celebrity Workout’s first look at the soccer workout for each of those skills will be at the endurance training of Clint Dempsey.

Scott Piri, director of soccer for Athletes’ Performance, which oversees fitness for the U.S. men’s team, says, “Running in soccer is interval based Midfielders mix jogging, running, high-speed running, and sprinting.”

Dempsey, who currently plays for Fulham, says “My competitiveness pushes me.  That’s where I gain my edge–the willingness to push myself. If you’re not doing it, someone else will.”

“Clint’s not a freak born with incredible running ability,” says Pierre Barrieu, the national team fitness coach. “He’s worked a lot on his running because he knows he needs it to play at his best.” There’s a special payoff to having gas left in the tank. “You see most goals scored in the final 15 minutes of a game,” says Piri. “You’ve been running for 75 minutes, and the question is, Can you still run hard?”

Test Your Endurance

Do this interval workout developed by German national team fitness coach Shad Forsythe:

1) Run for 4 minutes at the fastest pace you can.  Note the distance you covered.
2) Jog slowly for 3 minutes
3) Repeat 2 more times.
4) Take an average of the distance you covered while running the three fast intervals.

Now take the average you found in step 4:

Average endurance – .4 miles
Great endurance – .6 miles
World Class endurance – .8 miles

TCW Says… Keep in mind that running on the treadmill may be easier to record the distance you covered but it is also not as challenging as your calves do not have to work nearly as hard to propel you.  TCW suggests raising the incline of the treadmill to between 1.0 and 2.0 to simulate running outdoors (e.g.,wind resistance).

If your test results aren’t as good as you’d like, use this soccer workout program featured on the Men’s Health website and then re-test yourself in a few weeks to see how much improvement you have made.  Remember, you must push through your comfort zone to get results.

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Last week we saw how True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo prepared for the beach this summer with a detailed look at her bikini body workout.  Today, we are back with more on Vanessa and the workout playlist that keep her motivated in the gym.

“I love songs that get me pumped and ready to go during a workout, “ says the former host of MTV’s Total Request Live.

Vanessa Minnillo shared her workout playlist with Self magazine.  Here’s what’s currently playing on her iPod.

Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”
Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
OutKast – “B.O.B”
N.E.R.D. – “She Wants to Move”
Foo Fighters – “Best of You”
Kings of Leon – “Use Somebody”
Timbaland – “Throw It on Me”
Saul Williams – “List of Demands”
Madonna – “Like a Virgin”
‘N Sync – “Bye Bye Bye”

That’s quite a mix of songs right there.  But staying motivated in the gym is all about your tastes and what works for you.  Some people find it easier to get motivated with pop songs, while some need hard driving rock songs.   You may like different types of music for different types of workouts.  We always like to see what other people are listening to in the gym to get some ideas for ourselves.  Sometimes you will surprise yourself by what music gets you pumped up and moving through your workout.
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Kellan Lutz shirtless. Kellan Lutz got this body with this workout and diet.

Twilight: Eclipse is out on June 30, which means that Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Alice (Ashley Greene), Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and – of course – Emmett, played by Kellan Lutz, are back.

Kellan Lutz, who also happens to be the new Calvin Klein cover model, is fitter than ever for his role reprisal.  During his time off since Twilight: New Moon, Kellan spent a lot of time working outside of the gym by swimming and hiking. But when it came down to getting ready for Twilight: Eclipse, Kellan Lutz hit the gym hard with the workout routine (below) covered in Men’s Health.

In addition, he and the rest of the cast were put through a 6-week “fighting camp,” according to co-star Peter Facinelli. “That’s all we had to do for six weeks,” Facinelli said. “We did fight choreography mixed in with working with a personal trainer so that we’d have the stamina to be able to pull off the fight sequences.”

“They created these giant treadmills called ‘Death Sleds.’ And we would just run on them for hours at a time, at 10-minute intervals,” he said.

Workout Routine

Warmup

Kellan Lutz begins every workout with at least five minutes of cardio and then he follows that with some core work.

Directions

Complete one set of each exercise. Rest 60-90 seconds. Then repeat. Do two more circuits (if you can).

Reverse Crunches [20 reps]

Lie face up on the floor with your palms facing down. Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. Raise your hips off the floor and crunch them inward. Pause, and then slowly lower your legs until your heels neatly touch the floor.

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More Crazy Celebrity Diets: Including Beyonce and the Master Cleanse

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More crazy celebrity diets! Beyonce Knowles uses the Master Cleanse; Sarah Michelle Gellar sips the Cabbage Soup diet; Brooke Shields and Kylie Minogue eat the grapefruit diet.

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Steve Harvey Rides His Bike

Actor and comedian Steve Harvey appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning to tell us about his unique fitness plan for the new year. “This is what I’ve got to do.  I’ve got to really encourage people about their fitness,” said Harvey.  We always make these resolutions at the beginning of the year.  And so [...]

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Lebron James Truly is King of the NBA

Lebron James is fresh off two huge victories in the last week over Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers and Dwayne Wade’s Miami Heat, further cementing his claim to the title of NBA’s Best Player – and perhaps the NBA’s best athlete.   The Cavs took down the Lakers last Thursday behind Lebron’s 37 effort and then [...]

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Workout and Diet to Become the Prince of Persia

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Jake Gyllenhaal prepared for Prince of Persia with a strict diet and workout routine that included lots of cardio and resistance training. Find out how.

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