High-Flying Mary Jo Marriner Defies Gravity, Celebrates Fitness

Before figure came along, fitness shows dominated the landscape as the bodybuilding alternative for athletic women. Even as figure grew more dominant — not a bad thing, mind you — fitness remains a popular choice for those looking for a competitive stage to invoke talents like gymnastics and cheerleading.

Indeed, fitness is meant for a girl like Mary Jo Marriner, former gymnast, gymnastic coach and swimmer. Cute and super-skilled, the 37-year-old is a 5-foot-9, 130-pound bundle of ebullience and energy.

One arm pushups were part of a surfeit of fitness stunts -- including flips, straddle-holds and remarkable one-handed handstands -- Mary Jo performed during her Studio shoot.

One arm pushups were part of the battery of fitness stunts -- including flips, straddle-holds and remarkable one-handed handstands -- Mary Jo performed during her Studio shoot.

In her dazzling new video footage, the willowy blond turns an empty hotel lobby into an extemporaneous fitness stage. Her subsequent tricks — including high-flying acrobatics and remarkable strength moves — are a wonderfully entertaining celebration of the tremendously challenging, wildly athletic sport of fitness.

In competitions, Mary Jo showed steady improvement last season, taking sixth at Junior Nationals and later just missing a Pro Card with a third place finish in her class at Nationals. She could be a sleeper pick next time.

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Pump It Like Beckham is one of Lauren Beckham’s workout clips on YouTube. Hitting biceps and triceps, her blond hair looks wet and a bit frizzy as if she just washed it, but she’s as cute as ever in the gym. The other clip features intense cardio training — Lauren scaling bleachers with indefatigable vigor — that should have you sufficiently inspired to pick stairs over the elevator next time.

-Dean

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~ by Dean Sucich on August 8, 2008.

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