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Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei is helping to bring the hula-hoop back to the mainstream as part of an effort to introduce fun ways to keep people fit.

Two and half years ago Tomei’s friend asked her to come along to a fitness class that featured heavier adult sized hoops and the actress was immediately hooked.

“You just can’t help but laugh and smile when you’re hooping,” she told the New York Times. These days she hoops several times a week and credits the regimen with helping her get in shape for nude scenes in the 2008 movie “The Wrestler.”

Tomei began working with the fitness company Gaiam last year on the new “Core & Curves” workout video to be released later this month and now available for pre-order at Amazon.  While working on the video Marisa suggested doing another video centered around hooping.  They began shooting in December and the video is due out in May.

“We’re working with Marisa Tomei in potentially the same way that Jane Fonda worked with aerobics,” said William S. Sondheim, president of entertainment and distribution at Gaiam. The collaboration, he said, “may be the catalyst to take hooping from a cottage-based industry status that has been bubbling under for a few years into a significant and new form of fitness.”

“This whole culture has sprung up in the last few years, and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue,” said Philo Hagen, who helped found the Web site in 2003. The site, which started as a part-time gig but is now Mr. Hagen’s full-time job, gets 20,000 to 40,000 unique visitors each week, some of whom organize meet-ups in public parks.

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davidcook American Idol Fitness   David Cook workout routines fitness tips celebrity workouts celebrity fitness celebrity diets The fascination with American Idol continued tonight on FOX as the show went to the Windy City to search for its next super star.   We recently posted 10 fitness tips from Idol’s most well known champion Carrie Underwood.  We continue our look at the workouts and diets of former American Idol champions today with a feature on the most recent winner, David Cook.

The benefits of being in shape…

Cook actually got fitter on his path to becoming the latest Idol champion.  “Vocally, Idol is about as grueling as it gets, because you’re singing every single day. I was forced into taking care of myself, and now I’m glad I did. Even if I was voted out week one, the benefits I gained from working out are tenfold,” Cook told Men’s Fitness.

Best shape of his life…

“I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I lost between 10 and 15 throughout the course of the show, and I probably dropped another five since,” says Cook.

How he did it…
Cook mixed light weight training with 10-15 minutes of cardio.  Recently he has stepped up the cardio-intensive workouts to include boxing.  During the Idol tour this summer he would do five pushups for every song leading up to his set.

He also incorporates some non-traditional exercise into his routine.  His trainer takes him out to run football routes a few times per week.  We really like this type of workout because the sprint work involved with running the routes burns a ton of calories and for many people is much more fun then logging a bunch of miles at a slower steady pace.

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Salma Hayek always looks gorgeous on the red-carpet. She has a fabulous body, shiny hair, and glowing skin. For years fans have wondered about her secret for looking so great. Now we know the trick – Salma uses a juice cleanse! The star just collaborated with professional juicer Eric Helms to start her own brand of diet cleanse, called the Cooler Cleanse. With this liquid diet, you can get her look too!

Salma Hayek recently told Us Magazine, “I’ve been doing juice cleanses for 15 years.” She says, “If I’ve been indulging in rich foods, a cleanse is a wonderful way to hit the reset button.”

Inspired by her personal results, Salma started the Cooler Cleanse. The diet consists of a three or five-day delivery program for the detox juices. Both Salma Hayek and Eric Helms taste-tested each juice drink for both nutrition and flavor. Further, the pair worked with New York-based nutritionists and vegan chefs to create a complete juice and raw-food menu. The team used the best ingredients, making sure everything is organic and sustainable.

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Socialite and celebrity diet guru Nikki Haskell recently released a new diet product called StarShape Diet System. Although her previous weight-loss pills, StarCaps, were voluntarily recalled last year after NFL players tested positively for performance enhancing drugs, Nikki is giving the diet scene another try. StarShape Diet System is a 21 day plan consisting of one to two dietary supplements per day integrated with an online support program of diet tips, recipes and daily exercise routines. Nikki Haskell also creates recipes for her celebrity friends including Goldie Hawn, Joan Rivers, and Ivana Trump.

According to Nikki Haskell, “One of the best ways to curb hunger is to have good homemade soup in the house.” “In the fall and winter, I always keep a pot of soup on the stove, and I always service my famous cabbage soup at my parties. In fact, my friends often take advantage of my own little soup kitchen by sending over pots or glass containers and saying ‘fill them up!’”

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Fergie Has Most Desired Body

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Fergie topped this year’s “Famed Hottest Looks” list. Giselle Bundchen was 2nd and Olivia Wilde was third. Hugh Jackman was atop the list for the males.

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Vanessa Minnillo’s Tabata Intervals and Sculpting Workout

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True Beauty host Vanessa Minnillo uses a combination of Tabata intervals and body sculpting strength circuits for her workout

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NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Mario Lopez, Terrell Owens, Doctor Oz, Chris Tucker, Joel Moore of Avatar, Pitbull, Mark Cuban, Michael Rapaport compete in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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Strength Training World Cup Soccer Workout: Oguchi Onyewu

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Build world class strength with the soccer workout of US National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu.

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