US Bobsled Team gold medal winter Olympics

Bobsledders are the world’s alpha males, according to Jason Hartman, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee. “They’re what every guy wants to see in the mirror,” he says. “Bobsledders have the physique, the power, the speed, and the agility.” They’re big and strong, but not bulky.

Justin Olsen, a former football player from San Antonio, is trying to lead the USA Bobsled Team to its first Olympic gold medal since 1948.

“I’ll be happy to come home with any medal, but I will be disappointed if it’s not gold, because I know what we’re capable of,” Olsen said. “…We’re here to win, and that’s our goal. We know if we take care of business and do our job, gold is the only thing we should walk away with.”

After taking home the crown at the 2010 World Cup in Austria, the USA team is the favorite for the gold in Vancouver.

Olsen’s Olympic training focused on developing power and speed with traditional power lifting exercises.  He trained in the gym 3 times per week, with at least 1 day of rest in between sessions.  Here is the training program he recently shared with Men’s Health.

Day One

For all exercises use a weight that is challenging on the last rep but still allows you to complete the set with perfect form.  Try to keep your rest between sets to 60 seconds.

1) Back squat – 3 sets, 10 reps
2) Bench press – 3 sets, 10 reps
3) Reverse lunge – 3 sets, 10 reps
4) Dip – 3 sets, 10 reps

Sprint – Run six 60-meter sprints, with 2 minutes rest between sprints

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Boston Celtics Ray Allen Workout and Diet

The NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers head back to Boston tied up thanks to the performance of Ray Allen in Game 2. The 34-year-old vet has had to overcome an injury-plagued career and multiple surgeries to win his first championship in 2008. However, thanks to an improved workout and diet, Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics are looking for their second title in three years.

“In an effort to get him more explosive, we’ve had to try and teach him how to land all over again,” said Norton.

As revealed in Mens’ Fitness, Ray Allen started working with Boston Celtics strength and condition coaches, Walter Norton Jr. and Bryan Doo prior to the 2007-08 season. Allen had just had surgery on both his ankles, so the trainers had to come up with a workout program that would help his joints. In particular, Ray Allen trains with resistance bands while squatting or lunging to incorporate his glutes into his jumping and mechanics.

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Chelsea Handler is fitter than ever thanks to her diet and this Pilates workout

Comedian and host of Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler is gaining much fame lately as she hosts the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) and graces the cover of the April 2010 issue of Shape magazine (as well as the December 2009 issue of Playboy). Indeed, Chelsea seems to be getting funnier and sexier as she ages ever so gracefully.

This was neither by chance nor was this easy, however. As Chelsea Handler tells Shape, following her father’s quadruple-bypass surgery, Chelsea knew she had to change her ways. She hired a nutritionist and started a new workout routine. “Not only am I fitter, I feel more energized and focused too,” she says.

Chelsea Handler’s Diet

Now, Chelsea aims for wholesome, unprocessed foods. Here’s what Chelsea eats on an average day.

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with protein power and flax seeds.
  • Mid-morning snack: Turkey and arugula salad (no dressing).
  • Lunch: Sushi.
  • Dinner: Sea bass, chicken, or green salad with meat loaf. (Here’s the meatloaf recipe.)
  • On-stage snacks: 2-3 Doritos chips (and she throws the rest of the small bag away).

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Following the release of Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, Zoe Saldana is busy attending this season’s award shows. Because of her many red-carpet appearances, it is crucial for Zoe to keep her body in top-shape. This requires a consistent workout schedule and healthy diet.

Zoe Saldana maintains her lean-look through a combination of diet and exercise. To keep her body toned, Zoe does Pilates three times a week. Zoe enjoys Pilates because it is the “closest thing to dance.” She also relies on her trainer to push her through tough a workout. “I get bored really easily. If I didn’t have a trainer to push me, I’d go walk for about 15 minutes.”

In addition to her Pilates workout, Zoe Saldana follows a healthy, yet flexible, diet. “I love feeling in tune with my body and eating right,” but sometimes “I pig out on pasta.” The day of her interview, Zoe enjoyed lobster ravioli. However, Zoe does not beat herself up when she indulges, instead she eats healthy the next day. This balance makes healthy eating maintainable. Other stars, including Kristin Davis and Hilary Swank, also follow this balanced approach.

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Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarian Contest

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PETA’s nominees for 2010 Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarian include Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Panettiere, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde, Lea Michele and Mac Danzig.

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Apolo Ohno: The Greatest American Winter Olympian

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Apolo Ohno, the greatest American Winter Olympian tells Men’s Fitness his workout and diet tips for building leg strength fast.

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Jennifer Aniston Says Yoga Changed Her Life

Jennifer Aniston credits yoga with changing her life. Plus it is a great workout!

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Rafael Nadal Fittest Guy in the World?

Rafael Nadal sits atop Men’s Fitness’s list of top 25 Fittest Guys in the World

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