Thursday, February 25, 2010

Flickr: rieshug 1's Photostream

Lots of great Speedskating photos on this Flickr site.

ChronicleLive - News - Today's Chronicle - Mother set for ‘World Cup’ of bodybuilding
FEMALE bodybuilder Sharon Madderson is pumping up in readiness for the biggest competition of her career.
For months she has been cutting down on the calories and maximising her muscle power in readiness for the prestigious event, dubbed the World Cup of bodybuilding.
Mum-of-three Sharon, 44, admits she is “excited but a bit scared” at the prospect of putting her specially-honed body on display at the Arnold Classic contest in Columbus, Ohio, next week.
Sharon – from Cramlington, Northumberland – is the first female bodybuilder from the UK to be specially invited to take part in the glamorous event, which was named after muscle-bound Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The bodybuilding competition is part of a massive four-day festival of sport, which attracts competitors from all over the world.
Sharon, who has been bodybuilding since 1999 and helps run a gym and fitness centre in Blyth, was invited to compete in the women’s amateur heavyweight physique section after being placed in an event in Slovakia last May...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Women Bodybuilding: Then & Now

Interesting take on the progression of women's bodybuilding.

What do you like about the sport now and what do you miss about it?  Post to comments.

Monday, February 22, 2010

10 Types of Women We Secretly Lust Over -

Bodybuilders are number one. Gotta love that.

10 Types of Women We Secretly Lust Over - The U.S. womens hockey team hits the gym The U.S. womens hockey team hits the gym  Check out the quads in this

Hockey Player: Jenny Potter

Slideshow | Model Olympian: Jenny Potter | NBC Olympics

In Hockey, It Can't Hurt to Hit the Ice Early
Thursday, February 11, 2010
WHEN Jenny Potter first learned to play hockey as a child on an outdoor rink in Edina, Minn., she had no idea that she had already given herself a huge edge.
By learning to skate as a toddler, she put herself in position to become what she is today: a forward on the United States Olympic women's ice hockey team, already a three-time medalist and a mother of two.
But when she was a child on that rink, all she wanted to do was to play in neighborhood hockey games the way her father did.
"When we'd go to the park, he'd play in pickup games and I'd always want to join," Ms. Potter said. "He'd be like, 'Not till you're bigger.' He was afraid I'd get run over by the big guys."
Ms. Potter, 31, grew up in the early years of women's hockey, when there were few organized programs and no Olympic team to idolize. The International Olympic Committee did not add women's hockey until the 1998 Games, when Ms. Potter, who was then 19, played on the team that won the gold medal.
The inclusion of women's hockey in the Olympics gave it a huge boost in the United States, although it continues to grow slowly. USA Hockey, the sport's governing body, said that in winter 2008-9, 59,506 of its 465,975 player members were women -- about 13 percent. Of those, the most (11,634) live in Ms. Potter's home state, Minnesota.
Ms. Potter is their standard-bearer. Going into Vancouver, she has already collected medals -- a gold, a silver and a bronze -- at the Games in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Today, she is the oldest member of the American team, as well as the only mother.
Her 9-year-old daughter, Madison, and 3-year-old son, Cullen, have become fixtures at the national team practice rinks. Ms. Potter and her husband, Rob Potter, a high school hockey coach, run Potter's Pure Hockey, a hockey school in Coon Rapids, Minn., just north of Minneapolis.
SKATING Ms. Potter's parents taught her to skate almost as soon as she could walk. Since all of hockey's skills -- stick-handling and shooting, maneuvering on the ice and playing through contact -- must be built on top of the ability to skate, the more naturally that comes, the better.
"You can learn anytime, but when you're young, your fear isn't as big," she said. "I taught my kids to skate when they were little, so they don't have fear going out on their skates. It's all about balance and just getting comfortable on your skates and blades."
One of the best drills is familiar to figure skaters. "Cross-overs are very important," Ms. Potter said. "By going around in circles that are increasingly smaller, young players will improve on their edge techniques."
SKILLS ON THE ICE Ms. Potter said that the myriad skills involved in hockey -- handling a stick and a puck, passing and shooting -- are what keeps the sport so fascinating, because there are always aspects to improve.
Developing power on the ice is one of the trickier skills. One drill she recommends goes like this: skate holding two sticks at the blade end, the handle ends extending behind. Another player, on his or her knees, holds the two handles. The skater drags the other player along the ice, which requires the skater to crouch low and push hard, developing muscles that produce power in the stride.
On their Web site, Ms. Potter and her husband link to a series of USA Hockey videos showing their favorite stick-handling drills. They suggest choosing three drills a day and doing them three times each, for a total of nine. The drills can be done off the ice with a ball or on the ice with a puck, but if done off-ice, it is important to stand in a skating stance with your knees bent.
One drill: put two pucks shoulder-width apart and maneuver a third puck (or ball) in a figure-eight around the others, without touching them while keeping your head up, facing forward.
Shooting is the skill that separates players into levels, Ms. Potter said. Great scorers are rare and, thus, instantly valuable.
"I'd say the most important thing is accuracy," she said. "The second thing would be quickness, how quick you can get the shot off. As you get older, the goalies get better, and then it's all about changing the angle on the shot because you have to make the goalie move."
The most basic shooting drills are done at any level of hockey practice: quick shots, either shooting a line of pucks in rapid succession or taking quick passes and shooting immediately. The power comes from the downswing, but the direction comes from contact with the puck.
"It's about where you put your puck on the stick," Ms. Potter said. "You want to come down on one side or the other. If you come straight down, you don't make the goalie move."
ENDURANCE TRAINING Fitness for hockey at an elite level requires a combination of strength, endurance and speed. Players take the ice for 30- to 40-second shifts, then rest for perhaps 90 seconds, and they must return to full speed immediately. "It's a uniquely demanding game," said Teena Murray, USA Hockey's strength and conditioning coach, who is also the director of sports performance at the University of Louisville. "You need a lot of core strength and hip flexibility. It's an anaerobic sport, so our conditioning is interval based and you have to maintain a balance between training for speed and training for power."
To play at the national team level, Ms. Murray said, women must have 12 to 16 percent body fat, be able to squat twice their body weight, and have a vertical jump of 24 inches.
Ms. Murray said that Ms. Potter was one of the two fittest players on the team. "She has the biggest quads of any female athlete I've ever seen," she said. "She had two children and she still has 14 percent body fat, and she is strong as an ox."
IN THE OFF SEASON Ms. Potter described the summer workout program at Potter's Pure Hockey, which draws elite female players, N.H.L. draft hopefuls and college players. Six days out of seven, Ms. Potter and the other participants run an interval sprint program at varying intensities.
She called Tuesdays "hell day" because "nobody would ever want to do it." The schedule calls for three sets of six sprints, at all-out speed of 35 seconds each, with 35 seconds' rest. As the summer goes along, the intervals increase to 45 seconds. "After the first set, you're like, 'I'm done,' " Ms. Potter said. "That's a really hard day."
The running is done in the morning, followed by an hour-and-a-half skating session. After lunch there are shooting drills, an exercise that involves hopping while holding 30- to 40-pound sandbags, and then working out in the weight room.
Then, unlike most players, Ms. Potter leaves to take care of her children.
Fitness became Ms. Potter's priority while training through her two pregnancies. Both of her children were born in January and both times, she played in the world championship in March. Madison was born in January 2001, and her mother made her second Olympic team that August.
Ms. Potter said she had no idea what to expect after she gave birth. She had skated into her ninth month, then took six weeks off before trying to regain her conditioning.
"First, my husband, Rob, ran me through skating workouts with starts and stops and long intervals to get my endurance up," she said. "After the first pregnancy, we learned to not go as hard at first. We gradually worked into it, using swimming to strengthen and lose weight because it's easier on the body."
Lately, she has been able to keep her weight steady instead of having it fluctuate. "I've been more and more aware of eating good foods, natural foods and organic foods," Ms. Potter said. "Now that I have kids, I want them to eat healthy too."
They already know how to skate, having learned from a four-time Olympian, which means they have an edge in hockey already.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Alina Popa hits the top Ten

Based on the new pics of her prepping for the Ms. International, she breaks the top.  She has unbelievable size and shape, but maintains that beauty.  It's Pretty Incredible.    I think a lot of the top americans need to spend some time traveling to Europe to figure it out. 
Check out the links on her thread on 

The downside for female speedskaters? Most pants don't fit over thunder thighs - 2010 Olympics - Yahoo! Canada Sports

RICHMOND, B.C. - Even some seven years into retirement, Catriona Le May Doan has the same problem that plagued her throughout her speedskating career — finding pants that fit.
"Welcome to my whole life," bemoans the two-time Olympic champion. "Everything I have has a little bit of spandex in it. Most clothes, even jeans, stretch out a little bit, (but) that's always been our problem (as speedskaters), finding clothes that fit. Big legs, big butt. Always."
The long-track competition at the Vancouver Olympics is set to open Saturday with the men's 5,000 metres at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and one of the first things viewers at home are likely to notice about the athletes as they take to the start line is the bulging mass of muscle that is their thighs.
Given all the power that is needed to zip around the ice at speeds approaching 60 km/h, logic dictates that speedskaters would tend to be somewhat bottom-heavy in terms of muscle-development, with thick mounds of rock-hard flesh for thighs and calves. Many of the training exercises they do most often focus on the body's core and legs, making such an outcome impossible to avoid.
For men, that isn't a big deal, as they can go into a store, pick out most pairs of pants and rock them just fine. The one exception?
"I can't fit into the skinny jeans," says middle-distances star Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C. "Fair enough, no big loss."
But for women who already have to deal with curves of various sizes on the hips and butt, throwing extra thick thighs into the mix can make dressing up even more difficult, and looking good harder still.
"If you see skaters in casual clothes, the common person is more likely to look at a girl and say, `Holy, you have thunder thighs, you must be an Olympic athlete or something,'" says Morrison. "Whereas people never come up to guys to say that. They're like, `Whoa, I thought you'd have way bigger legs.'"
Medal favourite Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., complains that shopping for pants is always a nightmare. Nothing she tries on ever seems to fit right.
"Oh yeah, especially cause I'm a lot hippier than a lot of the girls on our team, too," she says. "So I have big legs, often times I'm trying on things and I can't get them over my legs, then I get them over my legs and then they stick on my hips, but then I have a small waist, and so it's like super tight on my legs and bum, and enormous around my waist."
That's why her strong preference is to "bum around" in team-issued sweats and other loose, comfortable sport gear. But Nesbitt does have one pair of go-to jeans, faded blue Hudsons, that Clara Hughes helped her find. Or, more accurately, made her buy.
"I don't have too much of a problem and my legs aren't too massive, but it can be challenging (finding pants that fit)," says Hughes. "I have this type of jean that I like called Hudsons, and I knew that they would fit Christine perfect. So I was like, `I'm taking you shopping and you have no choice, you're buying these jeans.'"
Replies Nesbitt: "They're extremely pricey, I'd never spent that much money on a pair of pants in my life, but she promised me that they would pay off and they already have, I wear them every single day. I'm wearing them right now."
Identifying clothing brands that fit just right is a common, and necessary topic for many female speedskaters, according to Hughes. Knowing a good tailor helps, too.
"Definitely," she says, "I'm always getting my jeans altered because the waist is always too big for the size of my legs."
"They're a tiny bit smaller, but I've had two kids, I'm not as in shape but my body hasn't changed that much," Le May Doan says of her legs. "I do just about as much weights as I did before because I worked for 23 years to get the legs I have, so I don't want them to get smaller

Muscle and Fitness features Allison Baver Skates into your heart

Muscle and Fitness features Allison Baver Skates into your heart

Monday, February 8, 2010

Am I too muscular for a girl? - Yahoo! Answers

Am I too muscular for a girl? - Yahoo! Answers

Thought this was interesting. The people answering are nuts for the most part. Sign in and help the girl out.

Promoting the Sport : February Rankings

I was checking out the competitors at the Phoenix Pro show and apart from Diana Stanback I really don't see any of the amazing athletes that promote the sport to other women.  They are all big, ripped and freaky which goes over well with some men, but the reality is to grow the sport you need more marketable women. Since the line between sport and art is very gray here beauty is a factor.   So here are my rankings for active competitors.   If someone has quit competing let me know but I think everyone on the list has competed in the last 3 years.

1 .Elena Shportun - hands down the best poser
2. Kristy Hawkins - young, feminine,  and carries a lot of muscle plus a phd
3. Lisa Aukland - another phD, over fifty and amazing shape and size.
4. Fabiola Boulanger - She'll take over the sport with her looks and size
5. Jennifer Lynn Cowan - Jen is a cover girl with guns
6. Toni West - a natural competitor that can beat the enhanced women.
7. Beni Lopez - small in stature but really shows a pro bodybuilder doesn't need freaky size
8. Kira Neuman - youthful, beautiful and lots of potential.  Take your time Kira
9. Jung Young ji - mysterious beauty.  every picture of her can go on a wall
10. Nicole Berg - she's back and everyone lovers.

Knocking on the door
Monique Hayes, Monique Jones, Brigita Brenzovac, Alina Popa, Hazel Piazza, Gilllian Kovack Kathka Kyptova,

Feel free to rip me but I'd pay to see a show with these competitors.  Lots of room for argument.

Lacing Up for the Lingerie Bowl - CBS Sunday Morning - CBS News

Lacing Up for the Lingerie Bowl - CBS Sunday Morning - CBS News
Football isn't just for big, hefty guys.