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[Video] Fit With Fallon: Train Like An Athlete @ Xplode

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For this episode of Fit with Fallon, I wanted to step up my fitness game and look, feel and train like an athlete. I knew the perfect place to do so, and that was Xplode training center in Chatsworth where real athletes train.

I met up with Troy Lewis, a trainer at Xplode who trains athletes both on the pro and amateur levels. He worked with me on agility, speed, strength, plyometrics and core training. We used equipment that is not neceissarily found in your typical gym, like the vertimax machine, battle ropes, plyo-mats, and a sandpit with a bungee cord.

Below I broke down my complete workout and described the benefits of each exercise for both the athlete and regular person. I can honestly say this was such an intense workout. I was able to push my body to limits I have never pushed myself before. The facility does have your normal machines and equipment as well like treadmills, barbells, and smith machines, but it was definitely nice to switch up and use equipment I wasn’t very familiar with.

 

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Dynamic Warm Up: I began with a dynamic warm up which you warm up the body with a series of exercises and stretches to help with range of motion and fire up the muscles to help increase your performance. You never want to stretch while your muscles are not warmed up, this could cause injury. My dynamic warm up consisted of a combination of light jogging, side shuffles, leg kickback stretches, planks and push ups.

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Vertimax Machine: Next I used a platform device that provides low impact plyometric jump training called the vertimax machine, it helps with leg strength and explosiveness. Troy had me do a combination of squat jumps with both the resistance cables hooked on to me, and without. I also did sets of single leg split jumps with a set of the bands on and then another set off.

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Box Jumps:  I worked on my vertical jump doing box jumps. I did 3 sets of 20 jumps on 3 different levels of mats. Jumping on a stack of mats is much safer than jumping on regular plyo-boxes that are not padded. I have seen a lot of shins split open due to accidents doing this exercise. It was nice not having to worry about getting injured while doing this exercise. Read more

July 26, 2013

New Adidas Shoes: The Springblade Running Shoes

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Looking for some new kicks to help you get your workout on? Well Adidas is coming out with a new shoe called The Springblade.

Adidas promises “explosive energy” in the form of 16 blades that’s on the bottom of the shoe. The plastic blades can help propel runners straight upward and release the energy in an angle to help that push according to Mikal Peveto, Adidas America’s Director of Running. The shoes assist with utilizing less energy to push off on the next step.

Peveto believes that althletes that run, or anyone who likes to stay in shape will embrace this shoe the best, because the shoe is a running shoe.

The Springblade will hit stores in August and will be a whopping $180.00! Yep, $180.00! So if you are an athlete that loves to run, this is well worth an investment. Remember, always take control of your breathing when you hit the tracks runners, and We look forward to hearing some of your comments about the shoes!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

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Get Laird Hamilton’s Surfer Body Now!

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If you have ever wanted a body like world known surfer Laird Hamilton, then here is your chance. Laird recently sat down with Men’s Health Magazine and revealed what he does (besides surfing of course) to keep his body looking spectacular. He claims that people just think he looks as good as he does because of he surfs, but in reality there is a whole other half, which includes the foods he eats. Laird follows ten rules when it comes to eating:

1) Push Start: He starts every morning with a smoothie (recipe below). If you expect to eat healthy throughout the day, you have to start off well.

2) Don’t Graze: Laird makes sure he never eats unless he is hungry. He doesn’t want to indulge in those extra calories especially when they are not needed.

3) Chew Slowly: If you chew slowly, you will get full faster. You also do not eat unnecessary food.

4) Eat Real Food: Laird states, “Be wary of any food that has been created by humans rather than nature. The ingredients on the labels of processed foods, such as the average cracker or potato chip, are mind-boggling. If I don’t know what it is, it’s not going into my body.”

5) Be Diverse: There are many different healthy foods in the world. Make wise choices and do not be afraid to try something new! Each food brings a certain something to your body, so make sure you try a diverse range of food.

6) Experiment: The thing that keeps Laird interested in eating is finding different types of fruits and vegetables are rarely known. He loves trying unique things that can only be found in certain places.

7) Listen to your body: Cravings, cravings, cravings; story of everybody’s life, and when people crave, it is usually sugary foods. Laird admits that when he craves something sugary and sweet, he turns to fruit such as pineapple and papaya.

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Laila Ali Wows in Bikini

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Former professional boxer Laila Ali displays her toned physique in her first ever bikini photo shoot for People Magazine.

The 35-year-old mother of two tells People how she wasn’t too concerned about getting her body back after giving birth to her second child.

“The second time around I knew what to expect so I was a little easier on myself. Once I saw that you have to eat right and exercise, that’s what I did and it worked. I have to work out to be fit. I love running. I run three times a week, and I do strength training and weights. And sometimes I throw a little spinning in there.”

Aside from working out, Ali watches what she eats by sticking mainly to proteins and vegetables.

We have to admit that Ali’s diet and work out regimen works in making her one hot mama!

Via People Magazine

Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.
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