You have to admire those individuals that take care of their bodies and the time and commitment they put into sculpting an epic physique. Here is a select few.
An inspirational weightlifter is beating all of her records despite losing an arm in a horrific car smash. Krystal Cantu, 25 can lift a 210lb bar clear above her head with only one arm and has increased her ferocity in the gym since the accident last August. Her boyfriend Daniel Cuate was driving outside of their hometown of San Antonio, Texas when a tyre blew and the car flipped – painfully crushing her arm. Daniel escaped unscathed but Krystal was told that her arm would need to be amputated after she was airlifted to hospital. Krystal – who trains in CrossFit, a discipline that combines weightlifting, gymnastics and cardio – still managed to find the courage to get back to the gym just three weeks later. Despite having a very successful career in IT, Krystal has her heart set on competing professionally in CrossFit.
While the initial reaction for most fans was likely one of disappointment when news broke that Alexander Gustafsson was out of his highly anticipated title rematch against Jon Jones, the long-time champion and injury replacement Daniel Cormier have certainly done their part to get fans pumped for UFC 178. While last year’s initial Jones-Gustafsson clash at UFC 165 may have been one of the best light heavyweight title fights of all time, Jones vs. Cormier has easily become the promotion’s most anticipated fight of the year. Lets stop for a moment and take a look at Daniel Cormier’s highlight reel for the year so far!
“I play real sports. I’m not trying to be the best at exercising.” – Kenny Powers. There is a longstanding, endless and circular argument that surrounds CrossFit when it comes to injuries. It usually starts with someone outside the CrossFit community making a claim that “CrossFit causes rhabdo” or “Kipping pull-ups are bad for the shoulders.” What do you think? Do you enjoy CrossFit, or do you think it’s a waste of time.
Rich Froning won the 2014 CrossFit Games for the fourth consecutive year and was again crowned the “fittest man on Earth.” Rich, 27, has suggested he will retire from individual competition after the 2014 CrossFit Games, but will continue competing in team events. However, Froning appears to have had a change of heart. “I am not retiring, I am just switching gears,” he said after winning the CF Games for the fourth time. Last week, Froning signed a lucrative long-term contract with Reebok, sponsor of the CrossFit Games. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, a rep told Men’s Fitness Froning’s endorsement deal makes him one of Reebok’s highest-paid athletes whose earnings are on par with NBA and NFL stars.
9 years ago Matt Leone crashed his motorbike in Pennsylvania, after being introduced to physical therapy shortly afterwards he realised he had a strong passion for it. The rest as they say, is history. Today Matt is a dead set beast in the gym and motivates people worldwide with awesome videos like this one. Shout out to Steve Hufferman for the submission.
A cyclist was hit by a car in Romford, slammed into the windscreen and miraculously landed on his feet – and caught the whole thing on his helmet cam. “The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this. After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.” – Cycle Jack.
It’s hard work being a sumo wrestler. The amount of food alone is a daunting task. Meet world sumo champion Byamba Ulambayar – who consumes 10,000 calories a day to keep his 6-foot-1 360 pound frame. The video follows Byamba as he makes chankonabe – a stew with fish broth, meat, tofu, eggs and vegetables. The Mongolian born athlete, who moved to Japan as a child, explains that his enormous diet is still about nutrition. “If you want to be a sumo wrestler you have to be able to practice, you know? And then after that the body is going to be tired, right? And then it has to eat healthy and take a lot of portions,” he said.