October 22, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen – get ready for Horse Yoga!

Yes you read that correctly – horses and yoga – two concepts that should never be combined. Here’s a look at the fitness ‘craze’ currently sweeping America…!!!!

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October 20, 2010

Is Weight Training For Kids Healthy Or Harmful?

Take a look at the picture above. It’s of brothers Giuliano, 6 and Claudiu, 4 – two tiny musclemen who are aiming to be the world’s strongest boys.

The kids are being trained by their Romanian father Iulian whose intensive exercise regime is being reported all over the press today. But is such a full on program healthy – or harmful?

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October 13, 2010

Wow – is that really Aaron Carter – the former pre-teen pop star famous for being Nick Carter’s younger brother, a stint on Dancing With The Stars and a reality show on E!

It sure is! Not so little Aaron, 22, has been tweeting pics of himself – his “new” self that is – and the photos of the shirtless heartthrob are popping up all over the net. And of course – everyone has an opinion on Aaron’s new look… most of them negative: ‘he looks old’, ‘he’s too thin’, ‘he’s taking steroids’. All from people who’ve probably never lifted a dumbbell in their lives!

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October 8, 2010

Why Hollywood Needs A New Health Plan

What do Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Matt Damon, and 50 Cent all have in common? Think hard, can you figure it out?

The answer, of course, is that all lost or gained a tremendous amount of weight to play a role in a movie. Talk about taking your job seriously! These guys are truly committed to getting into character – whatever the cost…

Add to the list Tom Hanks (Cast Away; Philadelphia), Russell Crowe (The Insider) and Christian Bale (The Machinist). In fact it was Christian’s recent weight loss for his upcoming movie The Fighter (alongside Mark Wahlberg) that got me thinking about this piece in the first place… here’s the trailer. Wow – the Dark Knight doesn’t look like a superhero here does he…

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October 7, 2010

I usually tune in to Saturday Night live for a good laugh, but over the years I’ve realized nothing is as funny (or ridiculous) as the fitness products advertised in all those late night infomercials.

Those “skits” are hysterical – complete with actors, scripts and wobbly sets. My face muscles definitely get a workout from these products as do my abdominals, from all the cramping caused by my laughter! But then I get angry. Why do people buy this garbage?

I asked myself the same question when I saw this recent segment on the Today show with Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford. The two hostesses were chatting with fitness “expert” and author Jennifer Cohen, as she took them through some of the current products on the market. Given Cohen’s credentials I was really hoping she’d take the opportunity to start telling some home truths about what, in my opinion, are money wasting gadgets – but boy, was I wrong! Take a look at this:

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October 5, 2010

Can Beet Juice Really Aid Endurance?

Doesn’t it seem like every day there’s a new juice, extract, berry or exotic nutrient making a stake in the “gotta have it” fitness supplement market?

Today I was reading about the latest diet fad on the Huffington Post which details how beetroot juice can aid endurance levels in athletes.

So is this just another silly story – or is there actually any truth to this idea?

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October 2, 2010

So here’s a new feature we’re launching on Angry Trainer Fitness where we count down the Top 10 contenders in a key category – chosen by yours truly!

Now a lot of magazines and websites love to talk about Fit Celebrity Bodies. Normally they pick the usual suspects like LL Cool J, Matthew McConaughey and Chris Evans. But we like to do things a little differently here at the Angry Trainer – so here’s my list of the 10 Fittest Men Over 50… because you truly can be fit at ANY age…

My rationale in selecting men was to find guys who throughout their career have always managed to stay fit, toned, and in shape, not for a role, not for a show, but for LIFE. Some of these guys I used to watch on TV more than 20 years ago! To say that they still look great now is an understatement.

Youth provides all of us with a bit more forgiveness on the exercise front, so when I see men in their 50’s and older looking great, I know it’s because they chose to take care of themselves and made a commitment to health and fitness. So here we go… in no particular order…except for #1.

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