64 Year old Swimmer Diana Nyad Swims From Cuba To Florida

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While most people throw pool parties and have barbecues Labor Day weekend, Diana Nyad was too busy swimming from Cuba to Florida.  That’s right, she swam from Cuba to Florida just a couple weeks ago without a shark cage to protect her.  Diana attempted this venture four times before accomplishing it on her fifth.  It took her approximately 53 hours to accomplish this journey, not to mention she did this at the age of 64 years old. In an interview with the New York Times, Diana said,

“I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.”

Even though Nyad seemed a little uneasy at times, doctors did not intervene.  She had multiple doctors follow her on a boat, but there was no immediate need from them to stop her.  This would have been her last time attempting this swim whether she completed this journey or not, and we are so glad she did!

Her inspiring swim has landed her an interview with Oprah that will are this Sunday for the series “Super Soul Sunday”. Tune into the OWN network October 6th at 11am to hear Diana explain her courageous swim.

Congrats Diana!

Photo Credit: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters/AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Fitness Correspondent: Stefani Romagnoli

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Olympian Ryan Lochte’s Most Innovative Workouts

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Olympian Ryan Lochte knows how to work.

I was able to catch up with the competitive swimmer and eleven time olympic medalist on the red carpet a couple months ago at the Hall Of Game Awards, and he told me he was going hard working out prepping for the next Olympics, but the videos below definitely prove it!

Nissan Innovation is a new endurance community that captures the most athletic and fit individuals, and put together a series of videos, showcasing them running, cycling and training during workouts.

The pictures and videos below show the world record holding swimmer Ryan Lochte with his Strength and Conditioning coach Matt Delancey demonstrating one of his workouts; Box Jumps.

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To build speed and power, try this full-body plyometric move. It will build strength in your upper body, core, and legs. Keep your core tight as you do the move for 6 sets of 3 reps each, jumping up onto a box about 40 inches high (start lower and progress if you need to). You can add a medicine ball (30 to 40 pounds) to do medicine ball slams, for more of a challenge (slam the ball as you jump and then catch it). This adds “chaos” to the mix so you’ll continue to see gains.

To see more of Ryan’s workouts including good mornings, snatches, and an abs routine head over to Nissan Innovation facebook page.