Weightlifter With Dystonia Inspires People With Disabilities to Keep Following Their Dreams

Weightlifter James Sutliff

For many folks living with the debilitating neurological condition dystonia, getting physically active and staying fit can seem like a near impossible dream. Repetitive, involuntary muscle contractions can cause the body to twist or take on abnormal postures, leaving muscles tight, strained and sore. Understandably, some fear exercise might make this condition worse—yet on the yoga mat, I not only … [Read more...]

Athlete Alexander Nicholas Reveals How Spartan Races, Martial Arts and HIIT Helped Him Prepare for Broken Skull Challenge

When restaurant owner Alexander Nicholas, of New York, NY, was invited to compete in Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, the seasoned athlete didn’t hesitate to sign on. A Reebok-sponsored, champion Spartan Race competitor, obstacle racing is Nicholas’s specialty. He finished first out of 5,000 at Spartan Hawaii and has competed in numerous additional Spartan Races, as well as a Mexican … [Read more...]

New York-Native Uses Focus, Flexibility and Balance of Yoga in Extreme Broken Skull Challenge

Briana in Broken Skull Challenge

What does a 27-year-old tattoo designer and aspiring yoga teacher from New York have in common with a 34-year-old Wealth Management COO and powerlifter from Florida? They both are battling for $10,000 in the latest extreme competition reality show, Broken Skull Challenge, airing on Sunday, Aug. 10. In Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, eight elite athletes go head-to-head with everyday men … [Read more...]

Former WCW wrestling champion Diamond Dallas Page breathes new life into fitness with DDP Yoga

DDP Yoga program

If you’re going to describe Diamond Dallas Page’s signature workout program, whatever you do, don’t just call it yoga. Despite its moniker, DDP Yoga, the former pro wrestler wants to make clear that “It Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga.” “When people hear yoga, they think humming and chanting,” Page said in an interview. “This is made for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing yoga.” Before a crippling … [Read more...]

Senior Powerlifter Shows Dreams Can Come True At Any Age

Pursuing Athletic Dreams at Any Age

When 71-year-old Ray Fougnier was in his late teens and early 20s, he dreamed of competing internationally in weightlifting, specifically in the Olympics. Then work, marriage and a family took over as top priorities. Little did Fougnier know that a half-century later, he would get to see his vision for international competition come true—he will be competing at the 2014 International Powerlifting … [Read more...]

Trainer of MMA Superstar Ronda Rousey Talks High Performance Mentality

Leo Frincu, trainer of Ronda Rousey

Perhaps most famously known for his coaching of female MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, Leo Frincu is more than a personal trainer—he’s a high performance mentality coach (more on that later). The former six-time Romanian wrestling champion and four-time European champion overcame the constraints of communist Romania to become a successful entrepreneur in America, translating his own mental tenacity … [Read more...]

Double Amputee Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius Breaks Olympic Boundaries

Cheetah

Yes, I admit it. This year’s Olympics have drawn me in more than any other since I was a child. From cringing at unsportsmanlike controversies even before the Games have begun to getting caught up in the thrilling rush watching the down-to-earth teen’s fulfillment of a childhood dreams, I have definitely been emotionally invested in London 2012. Yet it was during a televised newscast last night … [Read more...]