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Sunday
Sep262010

Women's Fitness Spotlight - Lolo Jones

This Women's Fitness Spotlight is on one of my favorite individual sport pro athletes - U.S. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones

Lolo won the World Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles in 2008, but won even more fans (including myself) after her dignified behavior following the 2008 Bejing Olympics.  She entered the finals of the 100m hurdles as the favorite, but while leading the race towards the finish, clipped the second-to-last hurdle to finish 7th.  Instead of pitying herself or making excuses, she faced the public head-on and gave classy interviews, giving many of us an example for how to handle disappointment in a big spot.

She came back in 2010 to defend her 60m Indoor hurdles title with a winning time of 7.72 (a new American record).  She also picked up a win in the 100m hurdles earlier in September at the IAAF World Challenge meet.

Lolo Jones is another athlete that also seems to "get it" in-terms of social media, online presence, and fan interaction.  In addition to her main site, you can follow her on Twitter as well. 

If you like those abs ladies, she gave a few tips and exercises to Runner's World in a feature last year.

She's also got a pretty robust YouTube presence, here are a few sample videos:

*Lolo Jones walks us through an athlete's nutrition (try to tune out the German voice-over).

*Clap Pushup Challenge (Ladies take note!)

Sunday
Feb282010

Fitness Spotlight: Julia Mancuso

As the 2010 Winter Olympics draws to a close, I figured this would be a great time to highlight the training and nutritional outlines of both a men's and women's Team USA competitor. For the women's side of things, we're going to highlight gold medal skiier Julia Mancuso.

Mancuso has some different training habits, though I am a big fan of the varied nature of her workouts.  For someone who makes her money (figuratively and literally) in the cold snow and ski slopes, she's also a big fan of getting out in the sun and surf:

  

I also love seeing the explosive plyo trampoline jumps as well as the lateral aglity drills in beach sand.  As I said before, I love varied/multiple training days and even though this was a promotional video from VISA, clearly there's a degree of validity to the training footage.

   

There is not a lot available on her eating habits (though I suspect there will be more articles and interviews following the Olympics after her performances).  However one brief article shows that when traveling, she tries to get as many veggies and lean meats as is possible, as well as limiting the grains and glutens.

Sunday
Feb282010

Fitness Spotlight: Apolo Ohno

As the 2010 Winter Olympics draws to a close, I figured this was a good occasion to spotlight the workouts and nutritional habits of both a men's and women's competitor.  For the men's spotlight, let's take a look at short-track speed skater and gold-medalist Apolo Ohno. 

After viewing one of his training videos courtesy of Strength Performance Network, I noticed that Apolo's training style was very reminiscent of explosion and plyo drills I learned during my time running track & field in college.  The neuromuscular requirements of sprinters and speed skaters are very similar, both require explosive power along with fast-twitch muscular endurance.  Apolo's workout also features a big emphasis on hip flexor strength, which is another immediate similarity to a track & field sprinter philosophy.

 As I expected, Apolo Ohno seems to have a solid understanding of what sorts of foods make his body perform optimally.  Other than Michael Phelps, I don't think many of us can run efficiently on pizza, pancakes, and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Ohno apparently fuels with complex carb sources like oatmeal and brown rice earlier in the day, good lean protein sources like chicken, and of course plenty of leafy green vegetables.      

Ohno's coach, John Schaeffer deserves a ton of the credit, having helped Apolo Ohno shed 16 pounds in preparation for the Vancouver Olympics by closely monitoring his meals approaching the final phases of his training.

Sunday
Feb142010

Link Preview: StrengthPerformance.com

StrengthPerformance.com is the first social network aimed specifically at Strength & Conditioning coaches, with over 3,000 members.  There are coaches from over 260 colleges and universities shown as active site members.  Schools like Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami, and LSU are just a few of the examples.

However it serves as a lot more than just a networking or communications tool, with almost 700 training videos at your disposal.  This is one of my favorite features, as there is so much to learn from being able to take a look at the off-season workouts of literally hundreds of different collegiate athletic teams (both men's and women's).  There are even a few training videos of Olympic-level individual athletes like speed skater Apollo Ohno and decathlete Trey Hardee.

The site does require an initial email sign-in, however it's a free site and the email sign-in is purely for notification purposes whenever new videos and content become available each week.

If you're like me and love getting a glimpse at how different athletes (and teams) train for their respective sports, strengthperformance.com is well worth your time.