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The 2010 Major League Baseball season kicks off this Sunday night as the defending world champion New York Yankees travel to Fenway Park to take on their biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox.  In the last few months, we’ve already taken a look at some of the off season training programs of other Major Leaguers, including Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, Chase Utley, and the Seattle Mariners.

As one of the most recognizable figures in all of sports, Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter is also dedicated to his fitness.   Since turning 30, Jeter has yet to play in less than 150 games in a season.  Let’s review the workout, first featured in Men’s Health, that keeps the 10-time all-star on the baseball field and performing at his best.

Warmup
Jumping jacks, arm circles, pushups, lunges, bodyweight squats – 30 seconds each

Do 3 sets of each of the following supersets with 1 minute of rest in between sets.

Superset 1

A) Barbell Squat – 8-12 reps
B) Romanian Deadlift – 8-12 reps

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UFC Georges St-Pierre workout for strong abs

This past weekend at UFC 111, Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his Welterweight UFC title against Dan Hardy.  There was little doubt about GSP’s chances as he cruised to a lopsided unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45). Throughout the UFC match, GSP imposed his will on Hardy. This was no doubt in part to the rigorous training and meticulous dieting habits of Georges St-Pierre.

According to Jonathan Chaimberg, who is Georges St-Pierre’s strength and conditioning coach, GSP’s workout usually begin with a foam roller, followed by an active and dynamic warmup. After this, GSP does some plyometrics, Olympic lifting, and then finally does his strength work.  Specifically, his workout routine consists of sets of 4: a push, a pull, a knee and hip dominant movement, and a rotation.

In addition, it’s Georges St-Pierre’s core conditioning that sets him above the rest. Based on Muay Thai, the following workout set out in Men’s Fitness will get you on your way to building UFC abs like Georges St-Pierre.

1 Thai Plank

Sets: 3 Reps: 5-10 (each side)

Get into pushup position and then bend your elbows so your forearms are fl at on the floor (A). Rotate your body to the right, raising your right arm and right leg off the floor and bringing them together so your elbow and knee touch. Brace your core hard and hold for three seconds (B). Repeat on the opposite side. If that’s too difficult, perform the exercise on your knees.

2 Thai Crucifix

Sets: 3 Reps: 5-10 (each side)

Get into pushup position and then rotate to your right side, raising your right hand straight overhead (A). From there, raise your right knee and move your arm so that your knee and elbow touch while you’re bracing (B). Hold for three seconds and then repeat on the opposite side. If that’s too difficult, perform the exercise on your knees. [click to continue…]

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People recently reported on how Hilary Duff got in shape for her Saturday wedding to NHL player Mike Comrie. Hilary Duff worked out with celebrity trainer, and author of The 5-Factor World Diet, Harley Pasternak to prepare for the big day. Pasternak also trained Megan Fox and Jennifer Hudson for their weddings, so he knows how to get the job done. Check out the workout and diet Hilary used to slim down and tone up before she tied the knot!

Wedding Workout

Harley Pasternak says, “The key is to have amazing shoulders, amazing arms, posture is really important.” “But it’s also important to have a really tight midsection, because the way a wedding dress hugs your midsection, you really want it lean and tight.” Hilary Duff upped the ante on her pre-wedding workout routine by increasing her cardio. [click to continue…]

The New York Daily News broke the story yesterday with these pictures of a doughy looking Gerard Butler. We normally would prefer to refrain from posting anything about unfit celebs but Butler was in legendary shape just three years ago when he played King Leonidas in the highly acclaimed war film 300.
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We are wondering how it is possible for him to go through such a reverse transformation. This gives the average guy hope though as many would assume that Butler was just naturally fit and didn’t have to work hard to get the 6-pack he sported for his part in 300. This just shows you that it is possible to go from one extreme to the other.

Butler is set to begin filming in March for his role as army commander Tullus Aufidius in Coriolanus, a modern version of Shakespeare’s Rome-set political and drama. We can’t imagine Gerard will show up on set without being in top shape.

Check back tomorrow and we’ll show you the grueling routine Butler and his co-stars used to get ripped for their roles in 300. Perhaps Butler should read it over as a refresher…

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