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Celebrity Transformations, Jonah Hill & Seth Rogen Edition

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill was motivated to get healthy for a new role in a film, 21 Jump Street. He started working with a nutritionist and a personal trainer and has lost about 40 pounds. His new looks is a vast improvement and he is looking great! Hopefully this transformation will give him a new outlook and will want to keep up this new healthier lifestyle even after filming.

Seth Rogen

Seth also lost weight for an upcoming film.  Once he changed his eating habits Seth claimed that losing the weight wasn’t difficult, the pounds just seemed to wash away. But Seth says he does love his junk food and hasn’t learned to enjoy healthy food. Hopefully he will experience and learn to appreciate some delicious healthy meals soon and keep the weight off! Eating healthy can be just as enjoyable…especially when you know the benefits you will reap.

The Problem With “Celebrity Trainers”

The fit skinny Tracy Anderson walking with celebrity client, Madonna.  The “best exercise genius of all time” lacks muscle tone, but makes up for it in the skin-and-bones department.

Have you ever wondered what makes one trainer better than another?  Why is Jillian Michaels so popular right now?  Is it because she is so much better than everyone else out there?  Why do trainers to the stars command a higher hourly rate than most doctors and lawyers do?  Are they really that good and worth the $400/hr price tag?  Common sense, says no.

Plenty of websites tout their stable of celebrity trainers; Exercise TV comes to mind.  They are hoping to sell you on the big names and pretty faces, NOT on the quality of the workout.  Having 20 different famous fitness trainers is all well and good, but are you really getting a better workout?  Does the fact your trainer has their face on 5 different magazines this week mean the squats she/he is having you do are burning more calories or building more muscle?  Of course not.

Lets take a look at trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson.  She works closely with Gwyneth Paltrow, among others, to help her maintain her Hollywood figure.  Paltrow stated about Anderson, “she’s a pint-sized miracle and the exercise genius of all time”.  Now, with these quotes splashed across US weekly and the like, millions of impressionable readers start thinking that Tracy Anderson and her workouts are the real deal.

The problem is, these workouts from these so-called fitness experts are designed to make you lose weight fast and in a very unhealthy manner.  When ordinary people try to go on these workout programs, they sacrifice far too much in the name of weight loss.  Take for example the following excerpts from an article written by the very average, size-12, Rebecca Wilcox:

“So I bought into the Tracy Anderson Method, got hold of her DVDs and books, and ordered her latest boxed set Metamorphosis: A Complete Body Transforming System, a 90-day programme you graduate to after completing the 30-Day method, and which is available only from Tracy’s website”

“I have to say, Gwyneth made it look rather too easy. On the 30-Day Method you have to do to three hours of exercise a day, which decreases to one hour on the 90-day plan.”

“It basically involves doing jazzy leaps, star jumps and aerobic moves in my living room.  Tracy is totally against other forms of cardio, such as running, where you repeat your movements over and over. That, she says, will bulk muscles. Along with the aerobics you must do a series of 40 toning Pilates-style moves, which change every ten days. It is gruelling and also mind-numbingly boring. I find myself staring at pictures of Gwyneth in her bikini for ‘thinspiration’.”

“On the downside I feel woozy and find it difficult to concentrate. At first I had loads of energy but now I’m always tired and am told I’m horribly grouchy to boot.  My skin is terrible and my nails are flaking and weak. And  –  how can I put this  –  my system has become, shall we say, somewhat sluggish. Normally I’m as regular as clockwork. Not any more.”

For the full story check out the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1367879/Gwyneth-Paltrows-personal-trainer-Tracy-Andersons-diet-plan-gave-blackouts.html

So, as the story illustrates, these type of workouts and trainers aren’t always the best.  Of course this is only one individual experience, and it doesn’t “prove” anything.  It does however, hopefully begin to open peoples’ eyes to the unhealthy and risky workout and diet plans these celebrity trainers are feeding us.  Further, these workouts aren’t even engaging.  If some Joe on the corner told you to do calisthenics for 3 hours a day and eat little to no carbs, you’d better believe you’d lose weight.  Does that make Joe a great trainer?

A great trainer and/or training website is one that seamlessly makes fitness a part of your life and something you can incorporate into your lifestyle for a significant period of time.  Crash diets and insane workout plans may work a bit faster, but will leave you miserable while you are on them and crushed when the weight comes back as soon as you go off their strict schedules.

The problem with celebrity trainers is the fact they are themselves a business.  Their goal is to make money, and I’m not going to fault them for that.  However, you need to be aware that they are in this to make money.  If these trainers had a solid plan for losing weight, why are they coming out with a new way to burn fat every few months?  Answer: because they know people will buy whatever they are selling.  Be smarter than this and don’t buy into their junk.

Something else to keep in mind; a large proportion of these “expert” celebrity trainers have no educational background in fitness.  Many have never seen the inside of a college classroom.  A trainer with advanced kinesiology degrees and 10 years practical experience is going to be better qualified and more knowledgeable than any trainer on the cover of some magazine.

This is what Share It Fitness was built on.  We’ve spent (and still are) a great deal of time trying to find the best of the best to create video workouts for us. Our instructors’ workouts are built on practical experience in a gym and educational backgrounds that have provided our trainers the depth of knowledge required to create effective workout routines that you will actually stick with.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t intense, it just means they know how to incorporate their training methods quite seamlessly into your everyday life.  Remember, anyone can tell you to workout three hours a day and starve yourself, and you will undoubtedly lose weight.  That doesn’t make them a good trainer.  Good trainers work with you and figure out the best way to attack your specific goals.  Nothing is uniform at Share It Fitness; our workout plans are different for each individual that visits our site. Next time you see some brand new celebrity workout that you are considering, remember this: generic workout plans from these so-called “experts” are seldom the answer to lifelong health and fitness.

Holly Madison Unretouched in a Bikini

Props to Holly Madison who released this raw photo of her in a bikini.  She was recently scrutinized for her weight and this is how she retaliated.  She is comfortable and confident with her body, as she obviously should be.  Celebrities often feel pressured to look like a supermodel at all times, and often take drastic measures to get there.  Furthermore, their photos are severly photoshopped which skews the minds of your average joe (or jane) even more.  It is not realistic to skim through the pages of a magazine and strive to look like the celebrities you see.   Work to be comfortable and confident in your own skin and never compare yourself to the super photoshoped images you see.  It is not realistic and honestly not fair to strive to be as perfect as editing makes most celebrities out to be.

Celebrities Struggle with Their Weight Too!

Though she seems to have it all—fame, fortune and a happy marriage—fun-loving reality star Khloe Kardashian admits that she has her struggles like everyone else, especially when it comes to body image.

“My weight is always going up and down. I’m always fighting that, and I feel like no matter what I do, I never look good enough to everybody else,” Kardashian, 26, admits in a video Q&A on her blog. “But that’s been a struggle that I think I’ve gotten a hold of, not caring what other people think. Now I just have my body to how I like it.”

Despite feeling more comfortable in her skin, Kardashian says she isn’t immune to being constantly compared to sisters Kim, 30, and Kourtney, 31, and the speculation that she’s pregnant any time she puts on a pound.

“Other people’s words eventually do come and hit you hard,” she says. “My weight is my biggest lifetime struggle. It’s not the biggest thing in life, but it does get you down sometimes.”

The Marquee Blog

The LaLanne Pushup

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was a fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who has helped so many to reach their goals.  He has been known as “the godfather of fitness” and a “fitness superhero.”

Jack always trained as he was training for the Olympics.  When weight lifting he would always go until it was impossible for him to go on.  Truly an inspirational man who could teach us all a world of knowledge.  This week, try a new move on his behalf, the LaLanne push up! 

  1. Place feet a little wider than shoulder width and extend arms all the way over head in line with your shoulders.  Arms should be straight. In the “up” position you’ll have a slight bend in your hips.
  2. Lower body from three points– your hips, elbows, and shoulders. No point will bend very much–just make sure the downward travel movement is equal from all three points as you drop a few inches.
  3. Push hard through hands and use core to lift body back into starting position. Repeat until failure as Jack would do!

The stronger your core muscles are the easier this exercise will be as it is primarily a test of core and shoulder strength.  This is not easy and could take some of you a few months to master.  But once you do, try it on your finger tips for an extra challenge.  Hey, even Jack could do it at age 90!

Hillary Duff’s Happy, Healthy New Shape

Hillary Duff shares her healthy ways with Health.com.  Here is one celebrity setting a good example (unlike some) who has a lifestyle that you can mirror for a healthier you!

Don’t let the “former teen star” description fool you: Hilary Duff is one young celeb who truly has it together. You won’t find the ex-Lizzie McGuire star landing in the tabloids because of hard-partying ways.

Instead, the 23-year-old actress/singer has made headlines by getting married (to pro hockey player Mike Comrie) and adding to her ridiculously impressive resume: In October, the actress/singer released her first book, a young-adult novel called “Elixir.” Here, Hilary chats with Health about what she loves about writing, which workout she swears by, and her hard-earned secret to body confidence.

Q: What’s your definition of living healthy?

A: Moderation is key. Eating healthily all the time can be boring — you know, when you take apart the menu and ask for everything on the side?

Balance makes me feel good: I feel most healthy when I enjoy small bites of the things I love. I used to feel bad about eating French fries — I’d think that I had blown my diet. But you have to think, That’s OK, I’ll eat healthier tomorrow.

Q: What are your favorite good-for-you snacks?

A: Recently, I have been eating a lot of vegetables and hummus and fruit — stuff I never really liked before. If I am hungry before bed, I will grab a handful of blueberries. Greek yogurt is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

Sometimes I’ll chop up a bunch of veggies and put them in a food processor with Greek yogurt and make a dip. It’s better if I snack throughout the day, because if I get hungry, Mike says I get “hangry,” which is hungry-angry. It’s not good.

Q: Do you have any guilty-pleasure foods?

A: I love cheese. I would probably eat any kind you put in front of me! And I like healthy things with a high fat content, like dark chocolate and avocado.

Q: You’re into Pilates, right?

A: I was a gymnast when I was little, so I think Pilates is really important to helping me stay long and lean. I try to do it three times a week. I also do circuit training. Before I wasn’t doing much cardio — just Pilates — and I wasn’t getting the same results, so I bumped up my cardio and do circuits probably twice a week.

Q: You intensified your workouts (with trainer Harley Pasternak) before your August wedding. Have you kept that up?

A: I was kind of burned out afterward, so I relaxed a bit, but now I am starting to feel the effects. I probably won’t be as hard on myself, but I do want to stay on top of it. It’s a constant battle.

Q: What are your tricks for making workouts fun?

A: Making sure I work out with people I can talk to. Sometimes my sister [Haylie] and I will work out together, and we laugh the whole time, so it goes by faster. I can also read a script or book while on the elliptical. I joke with Mike that I have better than 20-20 vision.

Q: Do you have any health regrets?

A: I got pretty skinny when I was between 17 and 19. I don’t know what exactly made me get on that kick, but at the time I was starting to become aware of what people said about me and how I looked in pictures. I literally ate nothing but steamed vegetables and broiled or grilled chicken, with nothing else.

I was touring at the time, traveling everywhere, and I felt so run down. Not giving your body enough of what it needs is really dangerous. I regret it because I don’t think I was happy then.

Q: You endured scrutiny about your weight when you were still a teenager. How did you handle that?

A: It sucked. I was 16 and my body was still changing and people would say I was too heavy. And then I would lose weight and my face would get skinny and people would say I had done something to my face and that I was too skinny.

It must have been really hard because I’ve blocked it out a little. At the time, I felt almost proud of being skinny, but one day the mother of a fan came up to me and said, “Are you OK? Are they not feeding you?”

After that, all of a sudden, I stopped being as concerned about everything. It wasn’t a big intervention or anything. I got off tour and changed. I started hanging out with my friends and cooking and had a more normal life.

Q: You seem comfortable in your own skin now. What’s the key to body confidence?

A: I have issues and insecurities just like everybody else. It really helps to have a partner that loves everything about you and makes you feel really beautiful. Not that you should look for other people to make you feel good about yourself, but it does help.

Other than that, I really do feel like working out has helped because you’re working hard for something. You feel stronger and a little more powerful. There’s no trick, though. I hate my arms. Nobody is ever perfect, but it helps to look for things to feel good about, rather than things to feel bad about.

Q: Your first novel, “Elixir,” came out in October. What made you want to write a young-adult book?

A: It was a few years ago, and I asked myself, “What do I want to do? How can I spend time with Mike?” I wanted to be able to reach out to my fans, and writing was something creative I could do, even when I was traveling with him.

Q: After releasing four albums, you put your music career on hold. Think you’ll return to the studio?

A: I want to act. That is what I want to focus on more, but it’s all about timing and finding the right role.

Q: Did any of the older Disney alums give you advice when you were starting out?

A: I think people imagine it that way, that you have these deep conversations about how to manage your way through this craziness. I’ve met Justin [Timberlake] and Britney [Spears] a few times, but it’s not like they’ve said, “Here, sit down, listen to me kid.”

Q: You filmed a threesome scene on “Gossip Girl” last season. What was that like?

A: I went into my wardrobe fitting one day and was trying on lingerie. I asked them why I was trying on so much lingerie, and they were like, “Oh, you don’t know? You’re having a threesome scene.” My first thought was, “How am I going to tell my mother?”

Q: How have things changed between you and Mike since getting married?

A: I think we already felt married before we were married because we had a really strong commitment to each other. I did feel different after the wedding, going through the steps and saying those words to one another, but now things have settled down and gone back to normal.

Q: Do you have special plans for your first Thanksgiving as newlyweds?

A: For the last few years [Mike] has been in Canada and they do Thanksgiving on a different day. I don’t know if my mom is going to come or where we’ll be.

But I love to bake! On Thanksgiving, I make pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Before the wedding I was baking all the time and giving it away and my friends were like, “We know what you are doing — you are making us eat it [so you don’t eat it]. This is mean!”

Unhealthy Celebrity Diets

It seems like all of my female friends have their faces stuffed in the latest US weekly or People Magazine on a fairly regular basis. Aside from showing celebrities tying their shoes, going out to dinner, and shopping for groceries, these magazines often glamorize celebrity diets.  The funny thing is, they try to show us these diets are so healthy and work so well, yet the people writing these articles don’t know the first thing about fitness.  That being said, even smart, intelligent women (and some men) buy into the diet claims these magazines and celebrities are making because it all sounds too good to be true.  What they don’t realize is they are only setting themselves up for failure in the long run.

With pictures of rail-thin celebrities gracing the pages, a seed of self-doubt may already be planted in our heads.  When we hear that Lindsay Lohan lost 20 pounds on her total cleanse diet (i.e. cigarettes and coke), we instantly think that these diets are healthy, and will work for us.  Let’s take a look at some of the celeb diets that have been featured in various magazines over the last year:

Anthony Hopkins  – “I was addicted to bread, cookies, whatnot. I love all the bad stuff,” he said. “My wife’s no dictator, but she said I must stick to a regimen. So I’m in the gym six days a week, I power walk, live on 800 calories a day. No pasta. No seconds. A sandwich occasionally.”  So, Anthony Hopkins is relying on a caloric intake that is recommended to sustain a 3-year-old child.  Does anyone really think he can survive on 800 calories a day for the rest of his life?  Of course not.  The weight is going to come right back on when he realizes this bogus diet is good for short-term weight loss but horrible for long-term health.

Kirstie Alley – Kirstie Alley has probably tried every diet under the sun.  Let this be a lesson to you.  Fad diets do not work.  If they did, she wouldn’t be blowing up and slimming down every few months for the past decade and a half. 

Jennifer Aniston – For a while, it was reported that Aniston was on a strict baby food only diet.  Aside from being a little weird, this diet provides nowhere near the calories needed for an average adult.  We preach lifestyle changes on here, not fad diets; are you really going to bring your two little jars of pureed sweet potatoes and stewed green beans to the next dinner party attend?  I don’t think so – get real.

Beyonce Knowles – Beyonce dropped an unbelievable (and dangerous) 20 pounds in two weeks on the “Master Cleanse Diet,” (a.k.a. The Lemonade Diet). On the Master Cleanse Diet, you drink a beverage (no food) made from lemons, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for 10 days. You’ll see a dramatic weight loss… if you don’t drop dead first. Plus, too much crash dieting will trick your body into storing fat instead of burning it.

Naomi Campbell – Aside from being a raving lunatic, she is also a horrible dieter.  Naomi has been known to diet on a mixture of maple syrup, cayenne pepper, water and lemon juice three times a year.  She consumes this drink and this drink only for weeks at a time.

Nicole Kidman – When trying to slim down for a movie Nicole often goes on a hard-boiled egg diet. The Australian used to have an egg in the morning and 2 to 3 eggs throughout the day.  I suppose when you have to look a certain way for a film, because it is your job, a crazy diet like this may be acceptable.  However, the problem is the magazines purport that these diets are beneficial and give them impression that others should try to replicate them.

Mary Kate Olson – Mary Kate often employs what she calls, “The Coffee Diet”.  She consumes up to 12 cups of coffee a day, which she claims helps her lose weight.  She’ll often stay on this diet for weeks at a time.  Coffee is an appetite suppressant which really curbs her appetite and let’s her get by on next to nothing.  Give this diet a try if you want to look like you are living through a third-world famine, otherwise steer clear.

Clearly, these diets are not a long-term fix for anything.  They have the potential to cause serious harm, nutrient deficiencies in your body, and potentially cause your body to store more fat in the long run.  Healthy, and sustained, weight loss is the result of a lifestyle change.  Forget crash diets.  Sure, they work for celebrities who want to drop serious pounds before their next movie premiere, but this is the reason we are always reading about all these different diets.  If there was a sure-fire diet that worked all the time, everyone would use it and that would be that.  The fact there are dozens of these crazy diets clearly indicates they do not work. 

Work on your portion sizes, food selections, and being in touch with your body so you don’t overeat.  These are three tips all the celebrities above could use.  Be smart and diet right and you will drop pounds slowly and steadily, but most importantly, keep the weight off for good.

Q & A with Professional Surfer Holly Beck: On Surfing, Yoga & Giving Back

By Colleen Wachob, Mind Body Green

A calling. A passion. A destiny. Professional surfer Holly Beck has found the elusive and exhilarating state in which the boundaries between work and play are blurred. After years traveling the world and surfing some of the most remote and exotic beaches from the islands of Andaman in the Indian Ocean to Sao Tome off the Gulf of Guinea, Holly is continuing her adventure in Nicaragua. She’s founded a women’s surf camp, Suave Dulce, and is sharing some of her favorite things — surfing, yoga, local food, and adventure. From her commitment to improving the local Nicaraguan community, to her focus on breath in yoga, to her garden of blackberries, chard, and mint, Holly embodies the MindBodyGreen spirit and is inspiring people to lead better, healthier, and greener lives.

MindBodyGreen: How did you first come to love the ocean and surfing?

Holly Beck: I grew up in Palos Verdes, CA which is coastal but my parents aren’t beach people so it wasn’t until I started going to the beach with friends as an 11 year old that I fell in love with the ocean. We would boogie board in the shorebreak and I would stay in the water until I was blue and teeth-chattering because even though it was cold it felt so good! Around 13 I first noticed surfers and decided I wanted to be like them. My mom said, “No! Surfing is for boys and you should be sitting on the beach looking cute in your bikini not out competing with them. You’ll never get a boyfriend that way!” A year later I had saved up enough babysitting money to buy myself a surfboard and wetsuit at a garage sale and I haven’t looked back.

MBG: After spending years traveling and surfing the globe, where are some of your favorite places to surf and to visit?

HB: Australia is amazing, Bali is exciting, but I love going further off the beaten path to places like the Andaman and Seychelles islands, the tiny West African nation of Sao Tome, Taiwan, and Haiti. Going to places like that where McDonalds, Holiday Inns, and Starbucks haven’t taken over is so much more interesting. I love to explore and discover, and while the world is constantly getting smaller, there are still a few places where you can really get away and I appreciate that.

MBG: Do you have any beginners tips for someone who is looking to improve their skills on the board?

HB: The hardest part of learning to surf is learning to read the ocean. You have to learn which wave is going to be good and how to position yourself to catch that wave in the right spot then maneuver according to how the wave is changing. There’s no secret formula to learning that other than spending a lot of time in the ocean and really paying attention to the waves. Other than that fitness definitely helps, as well as self-confidence. If you believe in yourself anything is possible.

MBG: How did you become introduced to yoga? How has yoga helped you in and out of the water?

HB: I am a late convert to yoga. I grew up dancing — tap, jazz, ballet — and always had my own stretching routine. When yoga started to become popular, I thought it was just a fad. “Why do I need to pay someone to lead me in stretching?” Then a friend dragged me to a class and I realized what I’d been missing out on. Yoga is so much more than stretching! I was really surprised by how much strength is involved but my favorite part is the breathing. Being able to be calm mentally and continue to breathe while holding a difficult position is such a great skill to have in surfing and life in general. In surfing, especially in big waves, it’s really all about staying calm and breathing, and yoga is a great way to practice that mentality while also maintaining physical strength and flexibility.

MBG: You are passionate about healthy eating and organic food. How did you develop this lifestyle? What are some of your favorite healthy foods?

HB: I’m not a vegetarian. I will eat almost anything. I grew up in a family that got a dozen doughnuts every Saturday morning and had a bowl of ice cream after dinner every night. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started thinking about eating healthy and even later until I realized the importance of organics. In the last few years I’ve read Michael Pollan‘s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, as well as watched documentaries that expose our food industry and it’s attempts to separate people from how our food is made in an effort to get us to eat more processed and engineered foods, while trying to convince us that they are better for us. All of that has really opened my eyes and made me a lot more conscious of my choices at the grocery store. My boyfriend and I have a garden in our little apartment patio which grows blackberries, tomatoes, chives, green onions, romaine lettuce, chard, mint, basil and a variety of chili peppers. My garden in Nicaragua has many of the same things plus a lot of fruit trees. I know that organic, locally grown food is not only better for my body and the environment but it tastes and feels better. I can’t imagine going back to eating the way I did growing up!

MBG: You started Suave Dulce, a women’s surf, yoga, and volunteer retreat in Nicaragua. How did you get the idea to start Suave Dulce and what makes it different from other surf retreats?

HB: I love inspiring people and after spending so much time traveling the world I’ve learned a lot about what makes a trip memorable and meaningful. Sharing a love of surfing and yoga, while helping and encouraging people to improve their skills in those areas is great, but I realized that the most memorable aspects of my own travels have been the chances to interact with the locals — to meet them, see how they live, share a smile and hopefully have a positive impact on them. Nicaragua is the perfect place for this because the water is warm, the place and people are beautiful, and tourism is relatively new so it still feels pure and real. It is also the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere so there is a lot of opportunity for positive change in the lives of the average Nicaraguan. We have fed and given clothing donations to families that scavenge at the local dump and helped to build a community center that when completed will provide access to sewing machines, computers, and clean water for a village previously lacking those things. The difference for guests is that not only are they getting surfing advice or lessons from a professional surfer in warm uncrowded waves, plus yoga, healthy, locally grown food, plenty of unique adventures, but they also come away feeling good about their contribution to the place they visited and all the more grateful for everything they have at home.

MBG: What’s one thing we can all do to help keep our oceans beautiful and clean?

HB: Be mindful. Plastic in the ocean is such a huge problem. Plastic on the beach gets into the ocean, gets broken down by waves, sun, etc. into small pieces that look like food, get eaten by fish and birds, then become a part of the food chain. The ocean is becoming plasticized and as a result, so are we when we eat the fish that have eaten the plastic. Minimize your plastic consumption. Consider the packaging when you purchase anything. Never buy plastic bottled water, juice, etc. I drink filtered tap water and buy juice in glass bottles which can be recycled, and if they do find their way into the ocean are less harmful. It’s hard, but every little choice counts.

MBG: What does a typical day look like from you from a training standpoint?

HB: I’m one of those annoying people that have a really high metabolism and don’t have to workout to stay shapely. Of course, staying strong is always important. I hate the gym. I don’t like working out. I do like to play, so I try to play as often as possible! Yoga and surfing are both great for mind and body but if I can’t do those things I’ll ride my skateboard, go for a hike, take my dogs for a run on the beach. I live most of the year in Nicaragua off the grid. I have to pump a well for water which means every time i shower, do the dishes, water the garden, do laundry (by hand), even flush the toilet, I have to pump the well first. It’s great for the environment and also my body. Just living is a work out down there!

MBG: What does MindBodyGreen mean to you?

HB: MindBodyGreen is a term that reinforces the notion that everything is connected. The health and well-being of our minds, bodies, and the earth are one and the same. Ignoring one while trying to nurture the others is unsustainable. For any one to truly prosper, the health of all three is necessary.

MBG: Who or what inspires you?

HB: I’m inspired by intelligent adventurous people who live outside of normal societal expectations and find a way to pursue their passions as a career that lasts a lifetime.

MBG:
What’s next for you?

HB: I’ll be spending July, August, and September in Nicaragua. Aug 30 – Sept 6 I’m co-hosting a surf, yoga, volunteering trip with a non-profit called SYRV where we will be putting the finishing touches on that community center. See SurfwithHollyBeck.com for details on that and more retreats in November/December.

The 300 Workout

The movie 300 got a lot of acclaim on the big screens, but it also drew a lot of attention from gym heads and fitness freaks everywhere.  It was almost impossible to ignore the musculature of the actors on screen.  What’s more, a lot of those guys resembled nothing similar to that when production first began.  To get the actors ready for the big screen, a carefully crafted training program was created.  As measured by success amongst the programs’ followers, this thing works.

It is intended to build muscle fast, increase muscular endurance, and strip away fat.  Take a look at the following and consider implementing this into your regular routine once a week.  Once you train your body a bit, consider adding this two or more times per week to your routine.

  • Pullups – 25 reps
  • Deadlifts with 135lbs – 50 reps
  • Pushups – 50 reps
  • 24-inch Box jumps – 50 reps
  • Floor wipers – 50 reps
  • Single-arm Clean-and-Press with 36lbs Kettlebell – 50 reps
  • Pullups – 25 reps

Look simple?  The point of this workout is speed.  The best time set by one of the 300 actors was 18 minutes, 11 seconds.  Once you do this workout once, you’ll see that time is blazing fast.  Most of us will need to take breaks between sets, but when going for a personal best, it is advisable to complete these reps without rest.  This will obviously take a very a conditioned body to accomplish.

Before Photo

While this workout produced huge, bulging muscles in the 300 actors, that doesn’t mean it will in you.  The actors in 300 ate close to 5,000 calories per day while performing this workout.  Assuming you aren’t eating anything close to that, you (I’m talking to the women here) don’t have to worry about that.  What you will get, is a long, lean, strong physique.  Maintain proper diet, utilize this fatigue-inducing workout, and you are sure to see notable differences in your body.

For those that have a hard time completing the above workout, try doing the following until you feel ready for the 300 workout:

  • 15 bodyweight rows
  • 25 bodyweight squats
  • 15 pushups
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 20 burpees
  • 10 close grip pushups
  • 15 bodyweight rows

By mixing up your workout routine to include elements of the 300 training program, you will confuse and shock your muscles into growing.  Muscle confusion is the KEY to building and maintaining a solid, lean, physique.

Randy Coutoure’s Expendables Workout

Everyone knows Randy Coutoure is already in shape.  One of the greatest MMA champions of all time is going to be in shape.  That being said, there’s always room for improvement.  When Randy was getting ready for his new movie, The Expendables, he employed a personal trainer to help get him up to speed.  The following workout is high-intensity and designed for serious athletes.  Try giving this a shot once or twice a week as a supplement to your regular workouts and see how it works for you.

  • 5 minute jog, 30 seconds rest upon completion
  • 5 minutes agility ladder, high steps between each opening, 30 seconds rest
  • Alternating leg crunch, 12 reps per side, no rest
  • V-crunch, 12 reps, no rest
  • Supermans, 8 reps, no rest
  • Hip Crossovers, 12 reps, no rest
  • Ab wheel, 15 reps, 45 seconds rest
  • Stiff legged deadlift with shrug, 5 reps, 30 seconds rest
  • 4 sets of 8 hang and cleans, increase weight each set, 30 seconds rest between sets
  • 3 sets 4 reps, front squats, increase weight each set, 30 seconds rest between sets
  • 5 reps squat jumps, no rest
  • 3 sets of 7 dumbbell stability ball press and chest throw a medicine ball against the wall, superset, no rest
  • 3 sets of 10 dumbbell curls, increase weight each set, no rest
  • 3 sets of 10 dips, 30 seconds rest between sets
  • 3 sets of 10 overhead barbell lunge, 30 seconds rest between sets

 

There you have it.  This is a serious workout for serious individuals.  If you are a beginner and want to try this workout, allow yourself more rest time and go lighter on the weights.

A few other key points from Randy:

  • Eat carbs early, protein later in the day
  • Eat a lot of greens
  • Find a workout partner
  • Give your body enough recovery time
  • Eat when you are hungry
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