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Working Out With the Pros

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Every Type of Athlete Can Benefit From Working Out

It takes a ton of work for an athlete to climb up the ranks and be considered one of the best in their game. Natural ability and determination will only take you so far and for many, hard work is the factor that tips the scales in their favor. Ever wonder what kind of workout routines the top pros utilize to continue their success? You’re about to find out, but beware; these routines are not for the faint of heart. You might think P90X is difficult, but wait until you see what these athletes do on a daily basis.

The God of Clay 

Rafael Nadal
As one of the best tennis players to ever grace the clay courts (or any court for that matter), it would be a common mistake to think that Rafael Nadal was simply born to play tennis. The more accurate answer would be that he does have a natural gift but it’s his drive to be a better player that has fueled his success, which includes a maniacal workout routine. The seemingly never-ending energy that radiates from the Spanish pro is electrifying and it’s easy to see late in a match when his stamina is still going strong and opponents are struggling to keep up.

In the off-season, Nadal’s workout routine takes about 40 hours per week across six days, which makes staying in shape an intense job. With the aid of a personal doctor and physio expert that are on-hand for all of the workout sessions, the tennis pro pushes himself to the limit and makes sure that he will be in perfect shape once the season starts. Rafael Maymo, Nadal’s physio trainer, is charged with the task of massaging the muscles to both start and end a workout session.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules of Success

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A wonderful, inspirational video by Arnold Schwarzenegger – powerlifter, bodybuilder, actor, ‘governator’, and millionaire. This is the man who walked the walk well before he ever started talking the talk.

“Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”

The original purpose of this video was as a graduation speech at USC. Someone took 5 of the most important minutes of this speech and added subtitles, which you can view below.

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Six Rules on How to Be Successful

  1. Trust yourself
  2. Break some rules
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail
  4. Ignore the naysayers
  5. Work like hell
  6. Give something back

You can also view the full 25 minute video and video transcript here: 6 Rules for Success

Age Should Not Be Your Excuse

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Expendables

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Bruce Willis
  • Jean Claude Van Damme
  • Jason Statham
  • Jet Li
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Chuck Norris
  • Randy Couture

And a special shout out to Terry Crews who is 44 and Swole as all hell.

Christian Bale, Muscles, and Batman

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

BatmanHere’s a sweet graphic of Christian Bale’s tranformations throughout the years. Think of him what you may, he has total control of his body when it comes to gaining and losing body weight. He’s never been super jacked, but I’m willing to bet 80% of the US population would like to have his Batman Begins body.

Christian weighed as little as 55kg (121 lbs) for the Machinist, and as much as 90kg (198 lbs) for The Dark Knight Rises. He can be both ripped and bulky, depending on the role. I personally think it’s somewhat inspirational. Tom Hardy is pretty muscular too, check out his Bane character in The Dark Knight Rises.

After you check out the graphic, in the spirit of The Dark Knight Rises, which was a totally fricken awesome flick, vote for the best Batman movie ever.

Christian Bale Body X-form
Click the image to make it bigger.

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And finally, because you love Batman and The Dark Knight Rises so much, go buy some Batman t-shirts:

The Dark Knight Rises tees

Bane tees

Strength is the Product of Struggle

Monday, October 17th, 2011

First a quote, then an excerpt from Henry Rollins’ The Iron

“Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t.”

Henry Rollins

“Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.

The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”

Henry Rollins – a legend

Jillian Michaels RIPPED in 30 FREE DVD Giveaway

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

I still have 8 of these babies to give away to YOU for free!
1 winner will be chosen every Friday from 9/23/11 – 11/11/11!

Update!

That’s right, I gave away a dozen or so of these DVDs back before it ever came out. Now, 6 months later, everyone loves the DVD and I seem to have uncovered another 8 copies! They don’t do anyone any good sitting around my computer, so instead of selling them, I’m going to give them away.

All you have to do is follow the simple qualifying instructions, and you could win a copy too. All previous entries are null and void, so lets restart this campaign and give some DVDs away for free.

I’m sure plenty of you will enjoy working out at home in your living room instead of dragging your butt to the gym. Actually the Jillian workout would be great for anyone looking to take a day off from weight training, and it would be perfect for anyone who regularly works out at home, especially those who use DVD workouts.

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The Chris Hemsworth Thor Workout

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Would you rather look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club or Chris Hemsworth in Thor? Fitness model or super hero?

Brad Pitt Fight Club
Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Chris Hemsworth Thor Muscle
Chris Hemsworth in Thor

The Fight Club fitness look comes from eating little food, doing lots of cardio, and lifting light weights for high reps. Is that really what you want? I’m going to guess that most Swole readers would prefer the Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman look.

So how did Hemsworth transition from the fitness look to the super hero look? The simple answer is, lots of protein and heavy compound weight lifting. Just like Werewolf Muscle Training and Swole 3×5.

Let me tell you a little more about the Chris Hemsworth Thor workout.
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I Have 10 More Copies of Jillian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30 to Give Away

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30
Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30

If you don’t know, well now ya know!

Bad news first

The sixth copy of the new Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD that I had planned on giving away to a lucky Project Swole reader had gone missing. It was recently found to have been destroyed by a dog. It is not salvageable and will never be given away.

Now the good news

The publishing company has sent me 10… count them TEN… more Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVDs to give away for FREE.

Therefore, for the next 10 weeks I am going to give away one copy of the DVD every Monday night, starting on 3/14/11.

You can find the original post with all the qualifying instructions here:

Jillian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30 Giveaway

It is very easy to qualify… over 30 people have qualified to date. Just check out that post at the link above and follow the instructions.

I’m closing the comments on this post because I don’t want any activity here. Whatever you have to say or ask about the FREE DVD, please submit a comment at the original post.

Thanks for playing!

Is Mr. PEC-Tacular for real?

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Is this guy for real? An upcoming entertainer or a flash in the pan? What’s your call?

Jessie Godderz – Mr. PEC-Tacular

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5 Hollywood Tough Guy Workout Clips

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Check out these 5 Hollywood Tough Guy Workout Clips from your favorite action stars. The Rock, Stallone, Cena, and Statham all make a brief appearance. Hear from the tough guys themselves about how they prepare for their jobs through training. This post was inspired by some workout video clips I saw this morning over at Body Muscle Gain.

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