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Dave Bautista Posted His Physique Through the Years
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At 51 years old, former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista seems to be fitter than ever, and he's got the photos to prove it. 

In a recent Instagram post, Bautista shared a slideshow featuring photos of his physique throughout the years. It'll come as no surprise that the 6'6" Guardians of the Galaxy actor has always been muscular, but he's far bigger now than he was in the first photo frm 1987. Click through to check out the slideshow: 

 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s a damn marathon. 18-51 #DreamChaser

A post shared by David Bautista (@davebautista) on Feb 4, 2020 at 6:26pm PST

 

He was 18 in the first photo, according to the caption, and he was clearly off to a good start. That said, he still shows no signs of slowing down as far as fitness is concerned. "It's a damn marathon," he wrote. He's clearly hitting the gym just as hard—if not harder—than he was back then to maintain the monstrous amount of muscle he's put on over the years. 

These days, the soon-to-be WWE Hall of Famer has shifted his focus from the squared circle to the silver screen, most notably starring as the terrifying yet lovable Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers franchises. He's pretty much built to star in action movies, but has also taken forays into comedy with 2019's Stuber and the upcoming action-comedy My Spy. He's also set to star in the Apple TV+ series See alongside Jason Momoa, and we're sure he won't be done acting any time soon. 

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When I watched Shakira's powerful Super Bowl halftime performance, a thought crossed my mind: "I wish I could move like that." Well, lucky for me, and anyone else who wants honest hips, the "She Wolf" singer dropped a dance tutorial on Feb. 4 to help fans learn choreography - the champeta, specifically.

Champeta is a dance form that originated in Shakira's home country of Colombia, before expanding across the Caribbean. During the halftime show, the singer led a massive group of dancers through the traditional moves in unison, impressing the audience at the stadium and at home. On her YouTube channel, Shakira handed the reigns over to her 18-year-old choreographer, Liz Dany Campo Diaz, for a detailed breakdown of the dance that any level of dancer can copy. Watch the full tutorial above, and get ready to channel Shakira's energy through a halftime-inspired workout playlist too.


Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/shakira-champeta-super-bowl-dance-tutorial-video-47185242

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Despite the aisles and aisles of stuffed animals and cards filled with love-professing prose at your local drugstore, Valentine's Day isn't always warm and fuzzy. For some - and for many different reasons - the holiday can evoke feelings of loneliness or emotional stress.

As Feb. 14 approaches, we reached out to experts for helpful advice on how to handle these emotions if they come into play.

Understand That Loneliness and Being Alone Are Not the Same

There are differences between these two concepts that are important to note, and understanding them could help you better handle your emotions.

Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychology at Northwestern University and a licensed clinical psychologist, explained that solitude is a space we can choose for ourselves, and it has the potential to actually improve mental health.

"Deepened connection with oneself sets the stage for deepened connection with the people around us," she said. "I have more to 'bring to the table' in my relationship if I've been daydreaming, pondering, reading, exploring."

However, she defines loneliness as an unmet need. "Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to feeling isolated," Dr. Solomon explained.

"Loneliness is designed to motivate us to seek social connection."

Analyze the Loneliness Cue and Connect

"I view loneliness like a blinking indicator light on our car's dashboard," Dr. Solomon said. "It is an internal cue beckoning our attention."

What it's saying? Connect.

The marketing of Valentine's Day usually refers to a romantic connection, but Dr. Solomon said that it can also be viewed as a day to celebrate the "power of relationships of all kinds."

So single or in a relationship, use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to connect.

When you are feeling lonely, Dr. Solomon suggested asking yourself a simple question: who would I like to spend some time with today?

"Social connection calms our physiology, so when we feel lonely, we are walking around in fight or flight mode, which puts tremendous strain on our hearts and our immune systems," Dr. Solomon said.

"When we are in connection with people who matter to us, our bodies settle down. Eye contact, hugs, and laughter are medicine, giving us a sense that we are seen, that we belong, and that we matter."

If you are single and Valentine's Day is reminding you of your wish for a romantic partner, Dr. Gail Saltz, associate professor of psychiatry at the NY Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, suggested being active about connecting with someone who is also looking for the same things.

"Many places sponsor speed dating on the holiday, or app specials, and other people looking are probably feeling the exact same way you are, which makes a match more likely," she added.

Avoid Attaching a Story to Your Loneliness

"Loneliness is an emotion, but we need to be careful not to attach a story to that emotion," Dr. Solomon said.

She uses "I am lonely because I am unlovable" as an example.

It's simply not the case, so try to leave your loneliness unattached from any narratives you're working up in your mind.

Practice Self-Care

And yes, there are many, many different forms of self-care, mostly because it's such a unique activity.

However, Dr. Solomon said the biggest form of self-care is talking to yourself the same way you'd talk to a close friend. You probably wouldn't say anything super mean and hurtful to your BFF, so why say it to yourself?

Dr. Saltz suggested being kind to yourself in a way that feels comforting.

She recommended making plans with a friend or a family member, or treating yourself with a warm-scented bath, an uplifting movie, a special treat to eat, or a snuggly blanket.

If your self-care time is mainly flying solo, Dr. Solomon suggested staying mindful of being reflective and being ruminative.

"If you are noticing that you are swirling around the same set of self-defeating thoughts, it's time to reach out to a friend," she said. "That togetherness can help you tap into the joy of being alive, single or not!"

Click here for more health and wellness stories, tips, and news.


Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/expert-tips-for-handling-valentine-day-loneliness-47180768

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 21: Basketball player Sue Bird poses for a portrait during the Team USA Tokyo 2020 Olympics shoot on November 21, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Given that Sue Bird is the most decorated FIBA World Cup athlete in history, and she's been to almost as many Olympics as there are fingers on her hand, she knows a thing or two about pressure. Sue's professional basketball career, spanning close to two decades now, has taught her how to keep her cool. "Do I have moments where I don't? Yes," the 39-year-old Seattle Storm forward told POPSUGAR. "But for the most part, I'm able to stay calm and still perform even when the pressure's on."

Sue has seen this temperament carry over into her everyday life. "Maybe there's difficult times, not just for myself, but maybe a family member or a friend. I'm able to be calm in those scenarios." That ability to thrive under stress has always been inside her, she said.

Gearing up for Tokyo 2020, the US women's national basketball team, led by veterans like Sue and Diana Taurasi, is set to compete in the Olympic Qualifying tournament taking place Feb. 6 through 9 in Serbia. The team already has an Olympic berth because of its 2018 FIBA World Cup win, but playing together to determine the right roster chosen out of this pool of women, Sue said, is the best possible scenario. That roster will come out sometime this Spring.

"What we've decided to do, or what USA basketball decided to do, was use it as an opportunity to train both with previous Olympians, those who have been there," Sue said, "but also get a good mix of players where it's their first time, players where they're truly fighting to get on the team." For those younger or less experienced athletes, it's good to throw them in the fire, she explained, because that's how it is at the Olympics. It's an effective way to see if they can handle the heat.

For those would-be first-time Olympians on the national basketball team, Sue wants to remind them that they were selected for a reason. "The strength of our team is actually our depth and our talent," she said, so those first-timers shouldn't forget that and, at the same time, should remember to carry their weight. Off the court, she added, you should enjoy the experience. As someone who was lucky enough to take part in four Olympic Games - and win team gold all four times - she knows the importance of soaking in those special moments. (Not to mention, Sue is dating a fellow Olympian, soccer star Megan Rapinoe.)

Sue missed most of last season due to knee surgery but says she's completely healthy and is using this training time with the national team to condition more and get sharper ahead of the first half of the WNBA season and the Olympic Games this Summer. (Note: there's a break for about a month while those national team members are overseas). She'll also be focusing on recovery days. "Recovery is just as important as the workout day," she added.

Another gold in Tokyo for these women would tie the men's Olympic winning streak of seven - the women have been undefeated since 1996. Just like she's learned to do throughout her career, Sue says the key is keeping it simple. It's all hard work, but they shouldn't get ahead of themselves. "The way we got here, the way we got to this place where we have six in a row, where Diana and I have four in a row, it wasn't because we sat around and talked about trying to do that," Sue said. "We took it one game at a time, took it one moment at a time, and went out there and won."

To learn more, visit teamusa.org. The Tokyo Olympics begin July 24 on NBC.


Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/sue-bird-talks-about-2020-tokyo-olympics-47184183

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Mr. Olympia LLC on Thursday announced that seven-time 212 Mr. Olympia champion Flex Lewis has received and accepted a special invitation to compete in the Open division at the 2020 Mr. Olympia in September. 

Lewis announced his retirement from 212 ahead of securing his seventh consecutive win in the division, and he even made it clear that the 2020 Olympia would be his debut in the Open division. But until now, he wasn't qualified to take the Open stage in 2020.

Check out the full announcement here: 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FLEX LEWIS ACCEPTS OLYMPIA SPECIAL INVITATION Reported by @npcnewsonlineofficialpage It’s Official!!! After months of speculation, one of the year’s most exciting storylines has been confirmed. Flex Lewis will return to the Olympia stage this year in pursuit of bodybuilding’s most coveted title. After winning a record 7 consecutive titles in the Under 212lb division, followed by a year away from competition, Flex is now focused on becoming just the 16th winner in the 56 year history of the Mr. Olympia. “I spent a year away from the stage. The year off has given me the chance to prepare myself for the most intense contest prep of my life.” Flex continues, “It’s every bodybuilder’s dream to become Mr. Olympia. This process started the moment I walked off the stage at the 2018 Olympia. I am laser focused on competing against the best of the best this September in Vegas.” At just 36 years old, the Welsh Dragon is still in his competitive prime and fans have often wondered how the former 212 King might stack up next to the biggest and the best in the world. Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon adds, “The bodybuilding world has waited a long time for this. Flex is one of the most popular bodybuilders on the planet and we can’t wait to see what he looks like without the limitations of a weight restriction.” According to IFBB Professional League rules, an athlete must qualify to secure a spot in the Olympia lineup. In Flex’s case, his previous wins in the Under 212 division do not qualify him for the event, however, Pro League President Jim Manion has cleared the way, “With 7 wins in the Olympia 212 division, Flex’s situation is unique and we feel a special invitation is appropriate.” explains Manion. With the return of Oksana Grishina to the Fitness Olympia lineup and several other anticipated announcements across all divisions, the 2020 Olympia Weekend is already looking like an epic showdown. Tickets and exhibitor opportunities for the September 9-12th event are set to go on sale at MrOlympia.com. @npcnewsonlineofficialpage @flex_lewis @muscleandfitness @dansolomon_official #Olympia2020 #Vegas

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Source: https://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/news/flex-lewis-accepts-special-invitation-compete-2020-mr-olympia

Eating Disorders Linked to Exercise Addiction, According to a New Study
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We all know that one gym rat who can spend countless hours working out. While it’s great that people are concerned about their well-being, there’s no denying that some people are addicted to exercise—and that's a bad thing. 

There are piles of evidence showing the ways overtraining not only sabotages the gains you’re after, but could even harm the body. Just look at eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, whose body has broken down because he refuses to stop going to the gym.

Fortunately, the number of people with exercise addiction seems very low—one study pegged it at just 3 percent of the general populationA new study review, though, highlights that it’s much more prevalent among a particular group of people—those with an eating disorder.

People with eating disorders are 3.7 times more likely to be addicted to exercise than those with no such disorders, according to the study, which was published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders—Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.  

Researchers at Angila Ruskin University examined nine studies encompassing 2,140 participants, mostly women. Of those participants, only 408 showed any indications of an eating disorder. Shockingly, they were nearly four times more likely to be hooked on training.  

A tool to identify exercise addiction would benefit the general population and researchers, the study concludes. 

“It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviours,” Mike Trott, lead researcher of the study and doctorate researcher at Angila Ruskin University, said in a release. “We are also aware that having an unhealthy relationship with food often means an increased amount of exercising, but this is the first time that a risk factor has been calculated.”

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Source: https://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/news/eating-disorders-linked-exercise-addiction-according-new-study

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Since you have experience fighting off vampires, what are three necessities for surviving the inevitable vampire apocalypse?

First, you need a machete. You definitely need a weapon if you’re going to be fighting off zombies all day. Second, you’ll need a motorcycle. Because, obviously, you’ll need transportation, especially something that’ll get you through all types of terrain. And third, make sure to have plenty of cans of tuna.

Your character, Ivory, wasn’t supposed to last very long on the show. What’s the secret to her longevity?

She’s a boss bitch, but fair. She is a warrior inside and out.

What was one of your previous jobs prior to being an actor?

Living in Vancouver, I worked security for the 2010 Winter Olympics. I was downtown, where everyone including the athletes would come and party afterward. It was such an amazing experience; the diversity of people coming from everywhere was so amazing. I’m not sure, though, that most of the people there ever saw female security.

But I’m six-foot, so I can be a little intimidating. You’re also in the process of getting your purple belt in Taekwondo. That, too. I began as a little girl as a way to stay active and share an activity with my father. It’s something I fell in love with, although acting has sort of limited my practice. I plan on, however, working toward earning my black belt, then opening a studio in Vancouver.

What’s the one move you can use to fight off the bad guys?

I would say a turning kick combo: Jump, then a cut-down kick; jump back, and finish with another turning kick combo with a reverse kick. It takes them a while to get off the ground, and that’ll give you time to escape.

And any self-defense tips that an everyday Joe can use?

As my father would say: “The best self-defense? Don’t be there.” In other words, run like the wind.

Can you see yourself going from vampire thrillers to other roles, like rom-coms?

I love giving people thrills and making them jump, but I also love making people fall in love and feel joy. I feel like the world needs some of that love and joy. But, at the same time, I welcome the opportunity to make all different kinds of movies.

What is your next project?

Right now, I’m writing a screenplay and gearing up for a secret acting project.

WATCH The fourth season of Van Helsing on Netflix, scheduled for this spring.

 

 

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Source: https://www.muscleandfitness.com/athletes-celebrities/interviews/star-netflixs-van-helsing-jennifer-cheon-garcia-can-kick-your-ass

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Shakira showcased her iconic belly dancing and traditional choreography - Colombian champeta moves, for one - during the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, as well as her major stamina and core control. Shakira's abs really did look incredible on stage, and we've learned from past interviews that before a massive performance, she works with her longtime trainer, AKT Studios founder Anna Kaiser.

Leading up to Shakira's 2018 world tour, the singer did plenty of HIIT, dance workouts, and treadmill interval routines, Anna told POPSUGAR at the time. Anna will even check in on Shakira via Skype, the trainer said, adding, "the main thing we're focusing on is consistency."

This time around, prior to the Super Bowl, Anna told Shape that Shakira fit in sweat sessions four to five times per week outside of rehearsals and focused on many of the same workouts, some of them dance with strength intervals, others "with 45 minutes of muscular endurance burnout." You can check out a sample of what a week looked like on Vogue. Shakira also, we learned, ate small meals filled with fresh food to keep her energy intact.

Anna has been training the 43-year-old entertainer for a decade, and Shakira continues to amaze us with her athletic ability through and through. Her hips don't lie, after all. Ahead, check out videos of Shakira working out straight from Instagram. Plus, read up on her outreaching influence if you haven't already. You'll be happy you did.


Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/shakira-workouts-on-instagram-47186081

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Even if you (like me) don't have a rhythmic bone in your body, there's something so mesmerizing about a perfectly in-sync dance routine. And when you take it up to the competitive level of collegiate dance, where teams go head-to-head under the pressure and glaring spotlights of the national championships, the intensity hits even harder.

As just one example, we present Washington State's dance team, who competed at the 2020 College Dance Team National Championships to a Kanye West hit that has our hearts pounding just to watch. Dancing to "Selah" from Kanye's Jesus Is King album, the team showcased their strength, flexibility, and incredible synchronization with a performance that managed to be graceful and hard-hitting all at once. The beat picks up at the end as these talented athletes leap, spin, and split faster and faster. When the music finally dies, you'll be left wanting so much more.

Washington State may not have taken home the top prize, but they left the audience with a performance they won't forget any time soon. Check out the full jazz routine above, and for more gorgeous dance performances, take a look at the University of Minnesota's dazzling, hypnotizing routine from the same competition.


Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/watch-washington-state-dance-team-nationals-routine-47185179

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If you want to strengthen your lower body and abs and get your heart rate up, grab a kettlebell for this basic CrossFit move. This looks like an upper-body exercise since you're swinging the kettlebell up and down, but it's all about the legs, butt, and core. Champlain Valley Level 1 CrossFit Coach Laura Matuszak says it's a hip drive, or hip thrust, that moves the kettlebell - not the arms.

This is a Russian kettlebell swing, which means the bell never goes above shoulder height, or eye level. This is a great variation for beginners and those with tight or injured shoulders. And since the kettlebell is moving up and down at a faster rate than it would if you were doing an American kettlebell swing (where the bell goes overhead), you'll feel your heart rate accelerate faster. Get ready to sweat and breathe heavy!

How to Do a Russian Kettlebell Swing

Equipment needed: Begin with a lighter-weight kettlebell and increase weight as you get stronger. A 26-pound kettlebell is being used in this video.

  • Stand with your feet wider than hips-width apart, toes pointing out slightly. Squat down, and pick up a kettlebell with both hands. Allow it to hang between your legs.
  • With a flat back and your core engaged, inhale to bend the knees and push your butt back. The weight should be back in the heels so your knees are in line with the toes.
  • Keep your abs strong and arms straight. On an exhale, press into your feet, squeezing your legs and glutes as you aggressively explode up, extending through your hips and legs to stand, which drives the kettlebell to shoulder height.
  • Inhale and with control come back to the starting position, allowing the kettlebell to swing back between your legs.
  • This counts as one rep.

Source: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/how-to-do-russian-kettlebell-swing-47175579

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