University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg  300x239 Train Your Core Like the North Carolina Tarheels workout routines celebrity workouts athlete workouts The college basketball season is now into full swing. The University of North Carolina Tarheels has annually had one of the best college basketball programs for many reasons having produced great players like Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Tyler Hansbrough, and even Julius Pepppers, who now plays in the NFL.  One of those reasons is their training program.  Created by UNC strength and conditioning coach, Jonas Sahratian, the “Medicine Ball 200 Workout” helps the players strengthen their core, burn fat, and improve their sports performance. The 200 meaning the number of repetitions performed. There’s also a “Medicine Ball 400 Workout” as well.

What’s great about this workout program is that it can be a standalone workout or you can couple it with your own training program – say after finishing your normal routine. Also, you need nothing more than a medicine ball of the 6-, 8-, or 10-pound variety.

As demonstrated at Men’s Health, do 20 repetitions of each exercise in the order shown. Complete the routine as a circuit, doing 1 set of each movement in succession and without resting.

1. Big Circles Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent, hold a medicine ball with your arms extended directly above your head [A]. Without bending your elbows, rotate your arms counterclockwise [B], using the ball to draw large imaginary circles in front your body [C, D]. One circle is one rep. Do 10 reps in one direction, then do 10 reps in the other direction.

2. Woodchopper Stand with your feet just beyond shoulder-width apart. With your arms nearly straight, hold a medicine ball above your head [A]. Now bend forward at your waist and mimic throwing the ball backward between your legs — but hold on the ball the entire time [B]. Quickly reverse the movement with the same intensity, and return to the starting position. That’s 1 repetition.

3. Standing Russian Twist Hold a medicine ball with both hands in front of your chest and your arms straight [A]. Without dropping your arms, pivot on your right foot and rotate the ball and your torso as far as you can to the left [B]. Then reverse direction: Pivot on your left foot and rotate all the way to the right. That’s 1 repetition.

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hilary swank picture 71 Hilary Swank Works Out to Feel Good role preparation exercises celebrity workouts Hilary Swank started getting noticed for her body when she gained 19 lbs. of muscle for her role in Million Dollar Baby. Although Hilary is not quite as buff in her latest movie Amelia, released on DVD yesterday, she maintains a tightly toned body.

To prepare for her role as Amelia Earhart, Hilary Swank took private lessons in “core fusion” at Santa Monica workout studio Exhale. Core fusion combines Pilates, yoga, and ballet to create a 60-minute total-body toning workout. When not preparing for a particular role, Hilary’s workout routine is a little different. “I would say a normal exercise routine for me would be maybe running three days a week, or running twice a week, and pilates three days a week. I don’t do it everyday; I usually take two days off during the week.” Hilary enjoys exercising because “it’s a huge stress relief; it mentally makes me feel great. It gets my blood going, it gives me more energy, and it makes me think better.”

Hilary Swank also credits her enviable body to good genes and healthy eating. “I really like food and food is life to me, but I kind of eat what I want and do it in moderation. Not because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but I don’t feel good if I eat two donuts. I eat one that’s fine, but if I eat two I feel sick and that’s not a fun feeling. If my body craves something I allow myself to have it, but on the flip side of that I really have to take good care of myself because I work nonstop.” Hilary is knowledgeable about nutrition and takes vitamins to ensure she has enough energy to sustain her busy schedule. “I take my vitamins, I’m a real vitamin person. I got my blood tested so I knew vitamins I needed the most of.”
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Celebrity Workout Tips from Taylor Lautner

Here are some quick hits on celebrity workout tips and info on celebrity workout routines we’ve heard about in the last week…

Taylor Lautner Keeps his 6-pack…

“[I did] the same thing I did to put it on in the first place — a lot of hours in the gym. The most challenging part for me is the eating process,” Taylor Lautner explained. “The interesting thing is it’s just as hard to maintain it as it was to put in on in the first place. I didn’t know that.”
“We’re busy promoting these films and I don’t have time to get into the gym, I don’t have time to eat, and I’ll drop five pounds like, ‘That!’” he said, snapping his fingers. “It’s pretty hard to put it back on.”

TCW says…Whether you are a hard gainer or need to lose some extra body fat your diet is essential to getting the results you want.  You need to treat the food you eat as fuel for your body and not make eating something you do for pleasure.  It takes a unique level of commitment to get results like the one’s that made Taylor Lautner the Fittest Male of the Year in 2009.

World Cup Refs Run…A Lot…

“Referees, who can be twice the age of the players, sprint across the field keeping up with the players and closely tracking the action. They tend to run 12 miles during the game — five more than the players, according to data from the U.S. Soccer Federation,” according to a report by CNN.

TCW says…For more info on World Cup soccer workouts check out our posts on Jonathan Bornstein, Clint Dempsey, and Tim Howard.

Lo Bosworth Stays Motivated…

Lo Bosworth of The Hills actress told People that she has recently gotten into spinning in addition to her boxing workouts.  “As far as fitness, I love indoor cycling — it has made a really big difference. I feel a lot skinnier than I did last year. It’s kind of the ultimate cardio,” said Bosworth.

Lo Bosworth also stays motivated by exercising with a group or an instructor, saying, “Because if I’m by myself, I go to the gym and do 15 reps. And then I’m like, ‘Oh, my e-mail. I need to make a phone call.’”

TCW says…Group fitness classes have gained immense popularity in the last year.  If you can find a group of people to work out with you will be less likely to skip the gym because you won’t want to let them down.  It can be easy to talk yourself out of going to the gym when the alarm is blaring and you aren’t quite feeling ready to get up, but you feel more guilty if you have a friend or two waiting on you because you know bailing on them will disappoint them.

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It’s no secret that Carrie Underwood is one of Hollywood’s hottest and most fit stars and it seems that every time we see her she looks even better than before.  With the return of American Idol on FOX this month, lets take a look at some of the former Idol champ’s best fitness tips.

1) Pushups for Abs – “Pushups work out everything.  If you do them right, you’ll feel it in your abs.  I do four sets of 10 to 20.”

2) Accessible Workouts – “I have Exercise TV on cable.  Jillian Michael’s videos will kick your butt.  She’s my trainer, and she doesn’t even know it!”

3) Eat for Energy, Not for Fun – “If I eat too much before a show, I just want to sit down.  Too little, and I’m starving.  So I eat something small, like Quorn, a tasty meat-free protein, and green beans.”

4) Enjoy your success – “Once you’re enjoying things about your body, you realize how much you want to keep them that way or make them better.”

5) Have an event to motivate you – “Everybody has things they want to look nice for: anniversary, birthday, reunion.  I’ll think to myself, oh, that award show is coming up.  Or, I have a photo shoot in four days!  It’s nice to set goals.”

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