Written on July 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Cheryl Haworth, super heavyweight champion and bronze medalist from the Sydney Olympics, has another title to add to her resume – as the star of the new documentary, “Strong!,” she shares her story of the triumphs and failures she experienced on her journey to the Beijing Olympics. Before placing sixth in Beijing, she overcame torn elbow ligament injuries that left her sidelined when she had been hoping for another championship title.
With reconstructive surgery and a serious dose of determination, Haworth put herself back on the radar in less than a year. She competed for six more years, then proudly moved into retirement in 2010.
As Olympic fever heats up again, we sat down to find out what other challenges she faced and how she handles having a large figure in a size-obsessed world.
What does being strong mean to you?
Strength is whatever it means in your life to persevere, to maintain your place in life, to hold your own.
How can we encourage young women to become strong?
We must continue to educate our young women in such a way that they realize how valuable they are as individuals. Instilling in women that they have enormous opportunities to succeed and not be afraid to explore them would be a great step forward.
Do you see yourself as a role model?
I think we all have the great potential to be role models. Some of the most inspiring people to me in the weightlifting gym were the folks who were there every day; no matter how badly they felt or whether or not they would ever qualify for a competition, having the dedication to become better in any small way and see it through. If we all understood this capacity in ourselves we could make some great things happen.
Written on July 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm , by Colleen Moody
Did you know that trampolining is a recently added sport to the Olympic roster? It sprung (pun intended) on to the scene during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, featuring displays of acrobatic stunts with athletes jumping as high at 32 feet in the air.
This year, the trampoline event at the Olympics will start Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 4. To get a head start on the competition, Springfree Trampoline has created a full body-sculpting workout that you can do on your own trampoline. Try doing two reps of each circuit, with warm-up and cool-down jumps for each set. Bounce a little, burn a lot!
1. Straight Jump: In the center of the trampoline, with knees slightly bent jump straight up with arms also straight, biceps touching ears. Land softly on two feet. Try doing 20 reps in 30 seconds, with 30 seconds active rest.
Written on July 24, 2012 at 9:15 am , by Christie Griffin
Next Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team will go for the gold in the Team Finals. (Yes, we’re already counting down.) And while Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin may have recently retired from gymnastics, she’s as busy as ever! We caught up with her for a few minutes to find out her predictions for the upcoming Games, her future plans, and more.
Written on July 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Dionne Evans, editorial intern
When it comes to working out, we at FITNESS want you to finish strong like a champion. The Olympics begin this week, meaning now’s the time to get in the mindset of a winner. Download the hits below, blast through your workout, and imagine standing on top of that podium.
Written on July 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm , by Colleen Moody
There’s no denying it–Kerri Walsh hates to lose. And though she has been pretty successful on the sand in the past, she’s not taking any chances at the Olympics in London later this week.
Below, Walsh teamed up with 24 Hour Fitness to share her favorite exercises that work everyone, whether you’re an athlete or a busy mom. And she would know–she’s both! Try these moves this week in your routine to get a gold medal body of your very own.
In this workout you’ll find:
- Dead Leg Lifts: For lower body stabilization and endurance.
- Side Planks: For core and shoulder stability.
- Trunk Rotations: For abs and obliques.
More from FITNESS: Your Complete Guide to the Olympics
Written on July 23, 2012 at 10:00 am , by Colleen Moody
It’s basically Christmas here at the FITNESS offices–without the snow. Or presents. But instead of going gaga over gifts we’re bubbling with excitement about being just days away from the 2012 London Olympics. Want to see how the athletes are mentally prepping? In the spirit of the Games, we asked some of the top competitors what motivational quote they live by on behalf of Ralph Lauren’s London 2012 Olympic Collection. See what gets them fired up and keep a mental queue for when your workouts get tough this week.
Diana Lopez (Taekwondo): “I got the height, the reach, the weight, the physique, the speed, the courage, the stamina, and the natural ability that’s going to make me great. Putting it another way, to beat me you got to be greater than great.” – Muhammad Ali
Heather Mitts (Soccer): “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before hard work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”– Vince Lombardi
Jennifer Kessy (Beach Volleyball): “Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion!” – Wedding Crashers
Aly Raisman (Gymnastics): “Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things.”
April Ross (Beach Volleyball): “The journey is better than the inn.” – John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach
More from FITNESS: Healthy Eating Secrets and Workout Tips from Olympic Athletes
Written on July 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm , by Marianne Magno
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- With only a week away from the 2012 Games, these Olympic covers from TIME magazine have us psyched! — TIME
- He does more than swim. Watch Michael Phelps work out in the gym. — Fit Bottomed Girls
- Cancer-survivor-turned-paratriathlete Danielle McLaughlin inspires us to keep reaching for our goals. — Fab Fit Fun
- World’s heaviest woman credits sex (lots of it) for her 100-lb weight loss, though unfortunately we can’t recommend doing only that to stay fit. – Blisstree
- Make these easy Frozen Banana Nut Nibblers for the perfect summer treat. – FitSugar
Written on July 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm , by Colleen Moody
You don’t have to be in the Athlete’s Village to exercise like the Olympians this summer; you can get the same results right in your own gym! Last week we got the chance to chat with trainer Josh Holland, who will be traveling to London as the only American trainer on behalf of TechnoGym, which will be supplying all the Olympic workout facilities with gym equipment.
Though Holland won’t be training individual athletes (as they have their own personal trainers), he’ll be on site showing them how to use the TechnoGym equipment to get the most out of it for their sport. Below, Holland demonstrates three exercises you can do on the Kinesis Personal system. Try these on your own with your gym’s cable cross machine to improve your form in running, swimming and basketball.
More from FITNESS Magazine: Make the Most of the Weight Machines at Your Gym
Written on July 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm , by Colleen Moody
Ever since Kate Middleton was snapped mid-race with her rowing team last August (which she reportedly did to get in wedding shape), rowing has started to pick up speed on the fitness front. And with gyms stocking up on indoor machines, including Equinox’s new class Shockwave, you don’t have to be near open water to get in a good rowing workout.
Interested in trading in the treadmill a few days and testing this total body cardio instead? Start with these tips from Olympic rower Esther Lofgren, who will be competing in London this summer.
1. To start, sit with your legs extended and relaxed, chest up, shoulders down and core muscles engaged. Draw the handle to your sports bra line. This is the finish position of the rowing stroke. From there, extend your arms and squeeze your bellybutton forward while keeping your chest up so that your shoulders are in front of your hips. Relax your knees and let your butt come up the slide rail towards your feet. When your shins are vertical, make sure your core is high and your shoulders are relaxed. Push off the footplate with your hips, it should feel similar to pushing off a wall in a swimming pool. Once your legs are fully extended, keep the motion going by swinging your body back a few inches as you draw your arms in and pull the handle to your sports bra line. That’s a full rowing stroke. Just remember: On the “drive” (the pull stroke) you use legs, then body, and then arms. On the “recovery” do the opposite–arms, body, then legs.
Written on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 am , by Colleen Moody
As the Olympic trials wrap up and athletes prepare for the last month of training, their diets will become more important than ever. To help naturally power Olympians like soccer player Lauren Cheney, track and field star Lashinda Demus and Paralympian cyclist and skier Allison Jones, Chobani has shared its winning breakfast recipe, which was created by the chefs at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers and served in the dining halls.
Read below for the recipe, no medal required to enjoy this tasty morning treat!
Bruléed Banana Waffles (serves 4)
- 2 1/4-cups 0% Vanilla Chobani
- 1/4 cup instant oatmeal
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 bananas, halved and chopped
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds