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A Few Sweet Dudes

7 Oct

You knew it was coming.  Captain Serious cannot be outdone in any category (especially his own category) – he was just saving the best for last.  Taking a (really too obvious but keep doing squats and we don’t care) page from 24/7, Blackhawks TV once again brings you the best hockey programming around.  Carter, Lindsay and you (yes, you) – enjoy:

Blackhawks Fitness Testing Video [link]

Blackhawks Stretching & Weights Routine[link]

Of course JT isn’t the only one working hard.  Hammer can be my Field Day partner – check out that one-legged long jump distance.  Duncan Keith’s quad is the size of my waist:

Seabrook’s hair is a World Wonder:

And Kaner owns this balance measure… he once used it as a sobriety test.

We see you, lady at the table. Eyes on his feet!

The Hawks kick off the season tonight in Dallas.  The game is on NHL Center Ice, so if you want to come over just bring pizza.

Toews does…

9 Aug

I’ve been saving this for a day when there is nothing else to post.  Best category on this blog.

Birthday Boy: Jonathan Toews

29 Apr

Our beloved Captain Serious turns 23 today.  Best guess is that he’s facedown next to six or eight empty DiGiorno Pizza & Breadsticks boxes and a pile of Yoo-Hoo bottles.  But we’re here to tell Tazer there’s no need to be sad.

As Foxy Friday alum and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the Derp, Jonathan Toews is a favorite around here (well, not of Dawn’s).  He’s the straight-man to Patrick Kane’s wild card in one of our favorite bromances on record.  Sometimes he’s even fun.

Toews had THE YEAR last year.  There’s no way to top the Gold Medal, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe and a party that lasted all summer.  This year he probably played harder and fought harder than ever before.  We were all sad when it didn’t work out.  But he showed a depth of strength that made the C on his jersey glow like a superhero’s insignia.

Have a great summer, Jon.  Maybe not as great as last summer, but one lake named after you is enough.  Relax.  Make a creepy TV commercial.  Learn the Kaner shuffle.  Do some squats.  Spend time in the sun because when winter comes back to Chicago we know you’re coming with it.

And remember, no matter what, there is always this:

Happy birthday, Tazer!

Squats are the New Black

29 Oct

I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder on Foxy Friday, but Jonathan Toews does.  We asked him to give someone else a minute, but Jon just smiled and did another set of squats.  How are we supposed to compete with that?  Squats are JT’s secret fangirl-destruction device, so we’re creating a category for them here.  Let’s hope we get to use this one a LOT.

Dawn and I were talking yesterday about these photos.  You can get copies for your office and home in the November issue of Men’s Health.

Pants: OMG. O.M.G.

Dawn: He kinda has a fro in this picture.

Pants: You were looking at his hair?!

You can read the whole article here.  It features various athletes, their training regimens and the question “Are You Fit?”  If you’re British and use ‘fit’ to mean ‘foxy,’ then Tazer gets a double yes.

Toews prepares for this demolition derby with full-body exercises that challenge his balance and focus on strength (deadlifts and pushups), explosiveness (box jumps and skater hops), and endurance (lunges and squats). “My training won’t necessarily make me look more muscular,” he says, “but it means I can control my body better than anyone else on the ice. In the end that’s what matters.”

I would like to applaud the universe for giving us this in the same month that Ovi is featured in GQ, coming off like the greasy villain in a Bond movie.  Stay classy, Chicago. Completing the serendipity of a multi-post day for the Hawks, I’m wearing this at work:

We Will Become Unconscious

4 Oct

Well, most of us anyway.  The NHL debuted their new ad campaign over the weekend: Questions Will Become Answers. I thought this slogan was kinda lame until I saw the videos.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (Sorry CI, but a girl needs a moment here.)  Did I make an entire ad campaign and completely forget?! Because this is exactly what I would have done.  Now I’m giving out my own awards for these spots:

#1: Jonathan Toews – Winner winner, chicken dinner.  I love JT so much he should just join the damned Penguins already.  Oh, to have been in the meeting where someone said “Toews” and “squats” in the same sentence.  That sound you hear is my dead body hitting the floor.

#2: Ryan Miller – Miller Time!  He makes me want to sing the National Anthem.  The idea of this drill makes my left hand hurt, and I’m pretty sure this is my old neighborhood in Queens.  Bonus points for excellent hair.

#3: Sidney Crosby – Could have been better.  And by ‘better’ I mean ‘lower.’  Still, he is so impressive you don’t need to see anything but his sneakers and his face.

#4: Ovi – This one’s for Dawn.  I can’t rank him above Sid (ever) and I think he could have been wearing a tank top.  Right?  But the man is a beast.  I feel like this rope workout is a favorite Russian pastime.

#5: Mike Cammalleri – I don’t like you.  Stay in this parking lot all season and don’t bother us.  I would have picked someone else for this slot – think of what we’re missing!  Shawn Thornton, Jarome Iginla, hell even a Flyer (but not Pronger).  Eh, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad.