Last year, Joey Hand pushed a Ford GT to class victory at IMSA's 24 Hours of Daytona race. The Chip Ganassi driver of the number 66 car cinched his latest victory with Ford's new supercar, adding another notch to his lengthy win column. Hand's topped the podium at Daytona twice, bested his class at the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, and secured a class win at Le Mans in 2016.Endurance racing has a different set of demands on a driver, both physically and mentally. While the IMSA race lasts 24 hours at the Daytona International Speedway, the drivers are spending anywhere between three and four hours behind the wheel per stint. They swap with teammates—Dirk Mueller, in Hand's case—get some rest and repeat. During an average turn, a driver can lose up to 6 pounds from sweating. They've got to stay hydrated, keep their energy up, and make sure the mind doesn't wander during an early morning shift.How does Hand stay in peak shape for the demands of endurance racing? Crossfit, for … [Read more...] about Crossfit Keeps This Endurance Race Champion Super Fit
Geoff Stults has always had a strong fitness game. The 6'3" actor played pro football in Austria in his 20s, and now, at 40, spends his downtime training for triathlons. Still, there's a special kind of pressure that comes from working out alongside Chris Hemsworth on the set of 12 Strong every day.“Well number one, fucking Thor shows up on set. I mean really it is Thor,” Stults said when asked about his routine for preparing for the film. “I mean, I’m 6’3’’ and he’s bigger than me.”Hitting the gym with a superhero wasn't the only thing new to Stults. “I was playing a real person and that's not something that I had done before,” he told Men’s Health about his role as Sean Coffers, a member of an actual elite Special Forces team sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan just days after 9/11.Related: Chris Hemsworth Tells Us About Crashing a Race CarAt the time, their mission was classified, meaning they came home to … [Read more...] about How Chris Hemsworth’s Superhero Body Kept the ’12 Strong’ Cast in Fighting Shape
Ask most celebrities about how they stay in such great shape, and they give some lame answer like running after their kids or walking their dog. (Yeah, right.) But not Hilary Swank.The 43-year-old actress has a strong, sculpted physique that would probably make an American Ninja Warrior jealous. And no, she didn’t earn it from chasing a toddler at the playground. How do we know this? Because Swank documents all the hard work that goes into staying in shape after 40 on her wildly popular Instagram account. What’s more, she does it with an upbeat, no-nonsense attitude that’s both infectious and inspiring.(Sculpt your belly, butt, and thighs with the 20-minute workouts in the all-new Prevention Toning Transformation!)Here’s a look at the no-fail tenets she stands by—and encourages her fans to remember on their fitness journeys. Spoiler alert: You’re 100% going to start following her before you finish reading this. … [Read more...] about 8 Ways Hilary Swank Stays Fit At 43—And Why We’re Obsessed With Her Instagram
How do you build a body that’s durable 365 days a year and still train hard?Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has finally cracked that code. Jeffery, who will take center stage for the Eagles this weekend in the NFL playoffs, is just over a week removed from a grueling task — playing in all 16 games of an NFL regular season without having his body torn apart.The 27-year-old battled hamstring and calf injuries during his last few seasons, but he’s bounced back this year in Philly, posting 789 yards receiving and nine touchdowns and getting paid (he signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Eagles in December).How? By dedicating himself to fitness — but not necessarily the kind that has you lifting heavy weights and crushing personal bests. Instead, he’s been working with performance therapy expert David Reavy’s React Physical Therapy in Chicago.What did he learn? These six things, which can help keep your body going … [Read more...] about How This NFL Wide Receiver Beat His Injuries, Got Back Into Shape, and Made the Playoffs
You’ve seen the crazy photo of cyclist Pawel Poljanski’s insane leg veins after his 70-hour Tour de France pump. And the Rock boasts a pretty impressive bicep vein, too. Plus, go to any bodybuilding competition, and you’ll see a whole slew of guys with impressive vascularity as well.What all these veiny guys have in common is that they are in tremendous shape. But is vascularity really a sign of superb fitness?First, let's take a look at the reason your veins pop in the first place.Your arteries carry blood away from your heart to the tissues throughout your body, like your muscles. Your veins—which have thin walls and dilate easily—pump the blood back toward your heart.“The venous outflow is slower than arterial inflow, causing a back-up of venous blood causing higher pressure in the veins," says Doug McGuff, M.D., author of Body By Science. That increases pressure causes the veins to “pop” out. That's the pump you get.But what … [Read more...] about Are Veiny Arms Really a Sign You’re Super Fit?