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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

Venus Williams Bares It All for ESPN Body Issue 2014

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The Body Issue is definitely one of my favorite issues of ESPN Magazine. I am truly mesmerized by the human body, especially the bodies of athletes. It’s incredible how people have different body shapes, but I find it even more incredible the different types of physicalities of  athletes who play different sports. The cross between genetics, different types of training and nutrition to determine different body shapes and forms.

Tennis player Venus Williams graces the pages of the 2014 issue, letting us see her in a whole different light. She bares it all, with her body on display as well as telling her struggles with her disease “Sjogren’s Syndrome”. Peep excerpts from her interview with ESPN;

 

On doing a nude shoot, and body insecurities;

Oh man, this is the real deal. It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance….I had such a lackadaisical attitude toward being tall. I never really used to care; it just always helped me with my game. Sometimes women who are taller aren’t comfortable with it, but I love being tall. 

 

The only complaint she said she has about being tall is having a hard time finding jeans that fit for her height. And she admits she has big feet, and that it’s not the easiest finding cute shoes.

 

I was joking (around), wishing I did a thousand abs a day so I could compete with all the athletes that are just ripped, but I’m probably never going to be ripped…I wish I could retain muscle easier. If I don’t go to the gym for a week, I just get thinner and thinner. My body just doesn’t want it. I’m full of oil, I guess…

 

On how looking good plays a role on her confidence;

My motto personally has always been: Look Good, Play Well. I think there’s a connection with what you wear. If you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing, you aren’t going to feel confident and you aren’t going to be able to concentrate.

 

On her disease;

Sjogren’s syndrome has been a life-changing experience, that’s for sure….You are so tired it hurts. At my worst point, I wasn’t able to play tennis at all. Just the whole quality of my life was compromised — and uncomfortable. It’s very difficult to understand unless you’ve gone through it. Especially as a professional athlete, there’s never any acceptable excuse. You push and you push and you’ll die on the court if you have to, but you get it done. The whole experience is just foreign as an athlete. You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100 percent. So, how do you get past those roadblocks? I wouldn’t say I “enjoyed” the challenge. But I’m up for the challenge. 

 

Interesting enough, comparing her  body to her sister Serena Williams, who both biologically have the same parents, and play the same sports, yet  have different body types. Check out the differences of Venus’ ESPN body issue pics compared to Serena’s body issue pics from a previous issue below;

 

 

 

 

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To watch the entire ESPN Body issue with Venus click here; http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/11113063/venus-williams-feature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison Dies

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Former Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison has passed away.

He died late Sunday at an Omaha, Nebraska hospital. He was 44-years-old.

There was no cause of his death, however, Morrison’s wife, has released that he died of respiratory and metabolic acidosis as well a multiple organ failure.

When Morrison was alive he went through controversy by being positive for HIV in February 1996. His mother Diana told ESPN that Morrison was dying of AIDS.

After he was diagnosed with HIV, Morrison had his personal doctor do a test and indeed it came out that he was HIV positive.

Morrison had admitted that he contracted the disease from a “promiscuous lifestyle.” He also said:

“I lived a permissive, fast and reckless lifestyle. I hope I can serve as a warning that living this lifestyle can really lead to only one thing and that’s misery. The only sure prevention of this disease is abstinence. This disease does not discriminate, and that is very, very clear to me now.”

In a recent ESPN story, it was said that Morrison was kept alive through a feeding tube and ventilator.

We here at Fit With Fallon give our condolences to the family of Tommy Morrison.

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo!

Via: Yahoo! Sports

Former NFL Player Jeff Saturday’s Post Retirement Weight Loss

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Retirement is doing a body good, literally…That is for former NFL player Jeff Saturday.

It is the norm for NFL players to pack on the weight after being away from the sport, but that is not the case for Saturday.

Just recently, Saturday was at a Football event looking rather lean. It was reported by ESPN that Saturday weighed 295 pounds last season, but now weighs in at about 230-240 pounds. Not bad for retirement.

Great job Saturday, hope you will make that come back to league!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Boxer Miguel Cotto Switches Trainers

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Former three-division title holder Miguel Cotto has made some changes, first switching trainers and returning to the promoter that helped boost his career.

Cotto took to the Twittersphere by announcing his changes, saying:

“I will be back in the ring on Oct. 5 on HBO with Top Rank and [with trainer] Freddie Roach in my corner.”

The 32-year-old Cotto will start training with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood than his usual training spots in Puerto Rico and Florida. Cotto has also decided to part ways with his former trainer Pedro Diaz.

Cotto’s advisor Gaby Penagaricano has said that Cotto wanted to try something new since he is returning to the ring in October, and that also happened when searching for a new trainer.

He wanted to try a few well-known trainers, and wanted to start fresh, and once trying different trainers, he clicked very well with Freddie Roach.

We look forward to seeing you back in the ring in October, Cotto!

Via ESPN.com

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Google

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Decides To Stay in Boxing A Little Longer

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It looks like we will be seeing more of Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. in the rings.

According to ESPN, the undefeated welterweight fighter admitted that he may not be done with boxing until the completion of his 30 month deal with Showtime that he signed earlier this year.

Mayweather told fans during his tour in San Antonio:

“After my five more fights, guess what? I think after getting to 49-0 we may stay in this sport a little longer.”

The Welterweight title holder had signed a deal worth an estimated $200 plus million, and said once the contract was up, which was after his fight with Robert Guerrero on May 4th, he would walk away from boxing.

But obviously Mayweather has had a change of heart. Perhaps he still has his heart set on fighting.

He had later mentioned to the fans:

“I want to rack up my six victories and hopefully do commentating and keep the sport of boxing alive. That’s what I’m focused on. I only have 30 months left, so I want to just help clean the sport up. After this fight I’ve got five more fights. That’s all I got to do, finish putting them stamps on my legacy.”

And with that decision, we can see why Mayweather is the Welterweight champ!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

Photo Credit: Google, ESPN

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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