Usher Dishes In On Fitness Routine To Men’s Health Mag

usher men's healthThe talented and now muscular singer Usher is on the cover of Men’s Health Mag.

Usher is getting fit for his upcoming film Hands of Stone where he portrays boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

He dishes to the mag talking about his fitness routine and how he stays in shape, saying:

“I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not.”

Since taking on the role, Usher has been shedding weight to get from 180 pounds down to Leonard’s 146 pounds.

His second day of training he even rode his bike to and from the gym, which is 10 miles from his home in Atlanta. Talk about serious dedication!

But Usher understands as much as fitness is important, so is taking a break. He says:

Sugar Ray Robinson said the most potent weapon in boxing is rest. Now I realize you can’t push yourself all the way. You have to pull back a little bit.”

Can’t wait to see that great bod on the silver screen. Great job on the determination for the role, Usher!

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Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

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Get Laird Hamilton’s Surfer Body Now!

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If you have ever wanted a body like world known surfer Laird Hamilton, then here is your chance. Laird recently sat down with Men’s Health Magazine and revealed what he does (besides surfing of course) to keep his body looking spectacular. He claims that people just think he looks as good as he does because of he surfs, but in reality there is a whole other half, which includes the foods he eats. Laird follows ten rules when it comes to eating:

1) Push Start: He starts every morning with a smoothie (recipe below). If you expect to eat healthy throughout the day, you have to start off well.

2) Don’t Graze: Laird makes sure he never eats unless he is hungry. He doesn’t want to indulge in those extra calories especially when they are not needed.

3) Chew Slowly: If you chew slowly, you will get full faster. You also do not eat unnecessary food.

4) Eat Real Food: Laird states, “Be wary of any food that has been created by humans rather than nature. The ingredients on the labels of processed foods, such as the average cracker or potato chip, are mind-boggling. If I don’t know what it is, it’s not going into my body.”

5) Be Diverse: There are many different healthy foods in the world. Make wise choices and do not be afraid to try something new! Each food brings a certain something to your body, so make sure you try a diverse range of food.

6) Experiment: The thing that keeps Laird interested in eating is finding different types of fruits and vegetables are rarely known. He loves trying unique things that can only be found in certain places.

7) Listen to your body: Cravings, cravings, cravings; story of everybody’s life, and when people crave, it is usually sugary foods. Laird admits that when he craves something sugary and sweet, he turns to fruit such as pineapple and papaya.

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Celebs Rita Ora and Joe Manganiello reveal wanting to be healthy

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Rita Ora uses L.A. as a motivation of wanting to be healthy.

The 22 year-old singer showed off her bod wearing skin-tight Adidas work out pants and a lime green sports bra while on a juice run in L.A.

The day before Ora took to social media, tweeting:

“Hello LA. Hot LA. How I love it here, it makes me wana be healthy.”

And we want you to be healthy too, Rita!

True Blood star Joe Manganiello also admitted how he wants to look fit and healthy.

In an interview with Men’s Health mag, he revealed his motivation on his amazing physique for his role as a werewolf on the show, saying:

“I’m playing a werewolf. I want to look sinewy. I want to look like an animal when the shirt comes off, but I want it to be misleading when I have the shirt on.”

Getting that great body was not easy for Manganiello. He admitted to Men’s Health that he had an intense work out regimen that changed over time.

Nice bod, Joey!

Fitness Correspondent: Hannah Townsley

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Yoga Just Got Sexier: Adam Levine Shows Off His Yoga Moves

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Adam Levine is one of the sexiest people in the entertainment industry and he is no stranger when it comes to getting compliments about his looks.

With a busy schedule in tack, a judge on NBC’s The Voice and a Maroon 5 tour, he has to find a way to stay sane. While many celebrities use different techniques on the road, Adam Levine has a private yoga teacher travel with him.  Levine tells Men’s Health Magazine,

“I have a hard time sitting still.  I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place.”

To get ready for a show, Adam does one hour of yoga before hitting the stage.  He has been doing yoga for five years and he claims he is still not a pro.  There is always something new to learn for yoga; people dedicate their lives to it and they still do not have poses down perfectly.  Yoga seems to have a very set lifestyle, but Levine has made it very clear that he does not want to live the “yoga life”.  He reveals,

“There’s a very specific yoga cliche: Eat these foods, wear these clothes, believe only these things.  I don’t want to be that.  It’s made me more successful. I love it and don’t know what I’d do without it.”

Adam’s yoga instructor Chad Dennis says that yoga is perfect for him.  He discloses that even though yoga can give you the same physical results as other workout routines, the main purpose is to teach you to be still and calm under challenging circumstances.

Watch the video below to see Adam show off his yoga poses:

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Liam Hemsworth Goes Hungry For Role In “The Hunger Games” Sequel

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Liam Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman both had to lose a substantial amount of weight for their roles in Les Miserables and the upcoming sequel of The Hunger Games, but unlike Hugh Jackman, who literally deprived himself of food and water for over thirty-six hours and still kept a twelve hour workout a day schedule, Liam Hemsworth had a more healthy way of prepping for his role.

Both men play poor, starving characters in these movies, so they both had to get in proper shape for these roles (i.e. attempt to look somewhat famished and malnourished).

Liam needed to lose at least twenty pounds, in order to look the part of his character.  He trained with an ex-Navy Seal to get in proper shape for the role, while only eating only one meal a day.  Although he was only eating one meal a day, he disclosed that it was not the healthiest.

He admits in Men’s Health,

When we started shooting, I would have one meal a day. It wasn’t that it was even very healthy. It was whatever I could get, and not a lot of it.”

Although he stuck with his diet, Liam confesses that his low-calorie diet was a struggle.  He is use to eating a lot, and not eating much caused him to be very moody on set.

However, the actor was so committed to his role that he actually wanted to go hungry to be able to get into his character’s head;

My brother Chris (texted me about a month before shooting and said, “Remember, it’s called Hunger Games, not Eating Games.” My character hunt(s) for his food everyday and tries to provide for himself and his family. He’s not eating a lot. He doesn’t have a lot of money to buy food. I wanted to get a good sense of what it’s like to be hungry. I was training five or six days a week, and eating a lot less.

Check out Liam Hemsworth and his bod in The Hunger Game Sequel: Catching Fire, coming out in theatres November 22, 2013.

Fitness Contributor: Stefani RomagnoliPhoto Credit: Entertainment Weekly