Posts Tagged ‘Men’s Fitness

Buff actor ‘textbook average guy’

- May 10th, 2010

MF0610_C1_NSAlthough he plays the ultimate stud on HBO’s Hung, Thomas Jane is just an average guy.

At least that’s what the 41-year-old heart throb tells Men’s Fitness.

“I’m a textbook average guy,” says Jane, who graces the cover of the magazine’s current edition (June/July).

“I’m 5’10”, I wear a model suit size — 40 regular, 32-inch waist pant — and a size 10 shoe. Everything about me is prototypical. Everything.  I even have a right-down-the middle-exactly-average c—.”

Well, at least he’s honest.

Here are some more Jane nuggets from the June/July Issue of Men’s Fitness, as provided to the Keeping Fit blog by a PR rep for the magazine.

On how his training saved him from injuries:

“I was cruising down the sidewalk and started fishtailing from side to side. I raced by this guy and went, ‘Woo-o-o-o-o.’ He turned and I started showing off — and the skateboard started to hydroplane and spin out. I flew off the board, tucked my shoulder, hit the ground, did a 360-degree flip, and landed on my feet. If it weren’t for my training, it could have been a hell of a lot worse.”

On training with former Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith for his role as Mickey Mantle in the 2001 HBO film 61*:

“Reggie had me eating tuna fish in the morning, lunch, evening, snack. Mickey [Mantle] was built like a bull. It wasn’t about definition. Mickey and those guys didn’t have six packs. They were farm boys, corn-fed, and they were big. That’s the kind of look I was going for.”

On his old eating habits:

“On the day I would wrap a movie, my old ritual was to have a six-pack of Guinness and half a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts waiting in my trailer. That was my reward”

On how his trainer, Christine Hazelton, made the gym fun:

“She turned [the gym] into a science — the mystery of how your body actually grows a muscle, the meditative aspect of lifting weights and working through the pain.”

On his humble beginnings:

“Sometimes, I drive my Maserati by park benches that I’ve slept on. I feel a small sense of achievement.”

Men’s Fitness unveils 2010 list of fittest men in world

- March 30th, 2010

16934The votes have been tabulated.

With their 2010 list of the world’s fittest men, Men’s Fitness editors salute a mix of celebrities, athletes, entrepreneurs and other public figures who have demonstrated a special dedication to fitness.

Although the results are published in May’s issue of MF, the popular magazine is giving Keeping Fit blog readers a sneak peek.

Pass me the envelope.

Drum roll, please.

And the fittest men in the world, according to the annual “MF25″ list, are:

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Mark Ingram

• Mark Ingram Jr., 20, USA (college football star)

The five-foot-10 Heisman Trophy winner also known as the “Little Train” conditions with football drills and varied distance sprint intervals, plus explosive compound lifts in the weight room.

Ryan and Jeremy Black, 36 & 35, USA (founders of Sambazon)
After they discovered the superfood acai berries on a surfing trip 10 years ago, the Black brothers put their discovery to good use. They became the first U.S. supplier of the fruit, giving them plenty of reasons to catch more waves.

Alexander Ovechkin, 24, Russia (hockey player)
Ovechkin is one of the NHL’s most skilled offensive players and the most physical. When asked what drives him be at the top of his game, he gives credit to his powerful legs and his hard workout regimen. “Without training, I’m nothing,” he says.

Sheamus, 32, Ireland (pro wrestler)
The six-foot-six’, 272-pound WWE champ was destined to have a great body. The son of an amateur bodybuilder, Sheamus first learned how to work out and use weights by working alongside his father. “I knew I had to step my game up,” he says. “You can always look better.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, 25, Portugal (soccer player)
Ronaldo gets about as much attention for his Hulk-like physique as he does for his ball-handling skills. Ronaldo’s secret? He does a staggering 3,000 sit-ups a day and strapping on weights to his feet, then dribbles a soccer ball.

Paul Rodriguez, 25, USA (pro skater)
Paul Rodriguez has dominated street-skating for years. He trains with a personal trainer and has a workout regime that consists of core training and plyometrics.

Denis Leary, 52, USA (actor)
As the star of FX’s hit show, Rescue Me, Denis Leary is not a big fan of regular cardio workouts. “I would have to commit a crime and have cops chase me. That would be the only way to get me to jog five miles,” says FX’s Rescue Me star. Instead the actor prefers a good game of street hockey to keep him in shape. “You can chase a ball and beat the crap out of each other for three hours at a time,” he says.

Craig and Paul Pumphrey, 35 and 38, USA (TV personalities)
In order to destroy powerful structures such as boats, cars, and planes on their hit G-4 show Human Wrecking Balls, the Pumphrey brothers train three days a week doing power lifting, plyometrics, martial arts circuits, and smashing a few concrete blocks.

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, USA (actor)
For his lead role in the upcoming blockbuster, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” Jake Gyllenhaal had to undergo a dramatic physical transformation. The actor packed on the muscle by doing a combination of outdoor cardio interval workouts and power circuits in the gym.

Roger Federer, 28, Switzerland (tennis player)
With 16 grand slams and 60 career singles titles, Roger Federer trains four hours a day focusing on exercises like lateral lunges and medicine ball tosses.

Common, 38, USA (rapper/actor)
Grammy-nominated rapper Common gave up the junk food for a healthy diet and a strong workout regime. “I feel like I’m planting seeds when I’m (working out),” he says, “making things fruitful and giving back to myself.”

Roger Goodell, 51, USA (NFL commissioner)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is helping the fight against childhood obesity. He along with the NFL created the “Play 60” campaign to urge kids to exercise. Goodell is a great role model for being active as he has climbed Mount Rainier and does a three-hour cardio regimen everyday.

Andre Johnson, 28, USA (NFL player)
Football star Andre Johnson has the perfect body. “There are very few athletes his size (222 pounds with 4% body fat) with that type of body control, balance, and speed,” says Ray Wright, the Texans’ former strength and conditioning coach. Johnson stays in perfect shape by doing single-leg squat work to help him stay balanced and his legs stay toned.

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Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten, 33, Australia (actor)
As Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s hit series True Blood, Kwanten’s frequent nude scenes give him plenty of motivation to stay in shape. However, as a former welterweight boxing champion, a biathlon athlete and a yoga instructor, the actor doesn’t have to worry about keeping in shape.

Vitor Belfort, 32, Brazil (UFC middleweight)
The youngest fighter to ever win a UFC bout, Belfort is training to make his way back into the Octagon after being sidelined by a bad shoulder injury. His routine consists of runs and lifts in the mornings but mostly cross training with a focus on grappling, sparring, and striking.

Kobe Bryant, 31, USA (NBA player)
The NBA star is arguably one of the best basketball players of all time. Now in his 14th season, Kobe is lean and muscular after bringing on basketball legend Michael Jordan’s former trainer Tim Grover on the road to help him with his training. “The key is to push yourself to a level where you’re hurting,” says the basketball star.

Sam Worthington, 33, Australia (actor)
For his role in the block-buster film, Avatar, Sam Worthington spent months doing physical training. He and the cast even went on a jungle boot camp, trekking the rain forest and living tribally.

Jamie Bestwick, 38, United Kingdom (BMX rider)
He might be the oldest BMX champion but James Bestwick is the fittest. The BMX star does a workout regimen consisting of weight training, power yoga, Pilates, and road biking.

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Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker, 48, USA (MMA fighter)
Herschel Walker is the1982 Heisman Trophy winner, a former NFL star and star MMA fighter. Walker also participated among other things including earning a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. To keep in shape, Walker does a daily regimen of 1,000 pushups and 1,000 sit-ups.

Matthew Long, 43, USA (NYC firefighter)
In December 2005, Matthew Long was given a 5% shot at life after being run over by a bus and was told he was never going to walk again. He fought against all odds and recently completed an Ironman Triathlon last summer.

Chris Hemsworth, 26, Australia (actor)
The up-and-coming actor is preparing for a role of a lifetime- to play the mallet-wielding Norse god Thor, in the epic movie Red Dawn that is scheduled to theaters in 2011. Luckily he has the body needed to live up to his rising stardom.

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Jason Statham

Jason Statham, 38, United Kingdom (actor)
The former Olympic diver now an action movie star will be starring alongside Sylvester Stallone in this summer’s The Expendables.

Ed Viesturs, 50, USA (mountain climber)
Ed Viesturs has climbed Mount Everest seven times. He is the first American to summit the world’s 14 highest peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Laurent Gras, 45, France (chef)
The chef/owner of Chicago’s L20 restaurant maintains his 2% body fat by heading to the gym five days a week. His workout includes 30 minutes of jumping rope, an hour of spinning workouts, and some lower-body resistance training.

Sahr Ngaujah, 32, Sierra Leone (Broadway actor)
To prepare for his Broadway role as Fela Kuti in the hit Broadway play, Fela!, the actor does an intensive running regime. “I would sprint and sing to expand my lung capacity and strengthen my vocal cords,” he says. He also hits the gym daily for a 35-minute circuit of treadmill sprints, lat pull-downs, chest presses, and fly’s.

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Anybody they missed? Drop a comment with your own list of faves. And who are the fittest women in the world?