This might sound like the MLB equivalent of the classic grade-school excuse of "the dog ate my homework," but these seemingly creative ailments were legitimate and actually led to players missing games.
It was on March 4, 1994, that Michael Jordan took his first at-bat in a Spring Training game for the White Sox. Wearing No. 45, Jordan was down in the count 1-2 to Rangers pitcher Darren Oliver. On the fourth pitch, Jordan tapped the ball back to Oliver, who tagged him and became the answer to trivia question.
Jordan spent the 1994 season with Double-A Birmingham Barons, then returned to the NBA late in the 1995 season. Here's a look back Jordan from the spring of 1994.See Slideshow >>
By Diana Gerstacker
When athletes, gym rats and beginners alike ask how they can improve, they usually ask about the workout. What workout will make them stronger, faster, fitter, the list goes on. While improvements to your workout routine will help with all of those goals, people too often forget that muscle isn't built in the gym.
Muscle is torn in the gym, and it is rebuilt in rest and recovery. Those buff dudes you see at the gym every single day didn’t get strong by camping out in the gym. The girls with six packs weren’t working on their abs all day, every day at the beginning (and chances are they aren't now either). The strongest, fastest, fittest people know they need to vary workouts to give muscle groups a break and they know their body needs rest. They got strong by recovering right and now they can afford to spend tons of time in the gym.
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain that tells you that you're not quite ready to reenter the gym. DOMS is characterized by swelling, impaired movement and soreness. It happens in the days following strenuous exercise and you definitely know this feeling. It's the bittersweet sensation of knowing your workout was effective and not being able to walk up or down stairs for two days.
Ultimately, the goals of recovery are to minimize the effects of DOMS so you can get back to the gym faster, to reap the maximum benefits of each workout and, most importantly, to do everything safely. Recovery techniques, like workout plans, get easier through repetitive action.
From foam rolling to ice baths, we've compiled the strategies that research has proved most effective and ruled out the ones that just don’t work well. If you thought alternating hot and cold provided maximum benefits you need to read on and if you're on a super strict diet it might be time to reevaluate. Put down that Gatorade, grab some coconut water and click here to get back in the gym with maximal returns quickly.See Slideshow >>
When you're busy but still want to squeeze in a quick workout, it's all about maximizing every minute. One of my favorite ways to make this happen is with complexes -- a set of two or more exercises with little to no rest between movements. When it comes to accelerating fat loss, you want to combine non-competitive exercises -- movements that don't work the same muscle groups -- to work your whole body.
I created two unique bodyweight complexes, one that focuses on strength and the other which focuses on cardio. You can perform a single complex of your choice as a furious finisher to your regular routine or combine the two for a 20-minute fat-fryer.
Instantly stream the original 30-minute follow-along workout from the bestselling Men's Health DeltaFit SpeedShred program:See Slideshow >>
Ryan Gosling, Vince Vaughn and Channing Tatum are big Hollywood stars whose early roles came in a sports movie. Can you guess the titles before watching the video? Hint for Gosling: His movie also had Hayden Panettiere and Kate Bosworth in the cast.
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At the gym, I see a lot of people working hard to tone up, trim down and get stronger. But I also see folks making exercise choices under false assumptions -- some based on outdated advice, some because they're following the lead of other members, and some just because they don't know any better. In fact, you may be surprised at the muscles you’re actually working during your favorite exercises.
Here, some of the most commonly misunderstood moves -- and while they’re still safe and effective ways to tone up, they may not exactly be doing what you think they are: