10 Celebrity Fitness Fails

From the scandalous to the ridiculous, a round-up of the most WTF fitness-related moments to ever have occurred

January 18, 2013
Lance Armstrong
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Armstrong Comes Clean

For maybe the first time in his life, Lance Armstrong came clean, admitting his use of performance enhancing drugs to Oprah Winfrey. "The story was so perfect for so long," Armstrong said in a taped interview for the Oprah Winfrey Network. "You overcome the disease, you win the Tour de France seven times, you have a happy marriage, you have children. It's just this mythic perfect story and it wasn't true."

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He's certainly not the first high-profile celebrity to rock the sports world with scandal--and he probably won't be the last, either. The following nine celebrities may not have had a run-in with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but they definitely raised some eyebrows with their antics.

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Manti Te’o
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Scandal: Having a Fake Girlfriend

Manti Te'o has certainly had a whirlwind year. The Notre Dame football star shot to fame after leading his team to the championships following the death of his grandmother and after his girlfriend lost her battle with Leukemia. His story was so touching it earned him a nomination for the Heisman Trophy. His tale of triumph came crashing down when Deadspin, a popular sports blog, reported that Te'o's girlfriend never existed. This story is still developing, and we're anxious to see how it pans out.

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Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
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Scandal: Taking a Hit Out on Your Competition

Here's an oldie-but-goodie that stands in a league of its own. The 1994 Winter Olympics were rocked with scandal when Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed, in the knee, after skating practice at an ice rink in Detroit. It didn't take authorities long to figure out the attack was orchestrated by rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband and his friends.  Kerrigan went on to earn a silver medal that year, while all Harding earned was a conviction.

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Jillian Michaels
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Scandal: Shilling for Diet Pills

Jillian Michaels isn't the first fitness guru to hop on the diet-pill bandwagon, but she may be the unluckiest. In 2010, the celebrity trainer was sued for alleged false advertising because her Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Calorie Control weight loss supplement failed to help one consumer "control" her appetite. That same year, she was slapped with another lawsuit that claimed her Triple Process Total Body Detox & Cleanse product contained dangerous ingredients. The status of these lawsuits are unclear, but all this bad publicity makes Michaels the biggest loser.

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Kim Kardashian
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Scandal: Being a Kardashian

Kim Kardashian's endorsement of the Shape Ups training sneaker was sketchy to say the least. It didn't take long for the Federal Trade Commission to slap Skechers, the maker of the shoe, with a $40 million fine. Why? Because the "toning" shoes did nothing to burn calories or firm muscles as advertised.

It's also worth mentioning that Kim and her sisters, Kourtney and Khloe, were named in a $5 million lawsuit that claims the Quicktrim diet products they market don't work either. 

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Paul Ryan
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Scandal: Inflating Marathon Times

Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said he ran a sub-3 hour marathon, but a little research from Runners World revealed a more realistic 4:01:25 finish.

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Katie Holmes
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Scandal: Not Finishing a Marathon at All

It's still up in the air whether or not Katie Holmes actually finished the 2007 New York City Marathon, but one thing is for sure: Running 26 miles braless and crossing the finish line without breaking a sweat is certainly a hard thing to do.

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Jenni “J-Woww” Farley
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Scandal: Smoking at the Gym

It's great that Jenni "J-Woww" Farley hits the weight room regularly--what else do you expect from a member of the GTL crew-- but cigarettes have got to be one of the worst ways to wrap up a sweat session.

J-Woww recently kicked her habit, but we can't say the same for her taste in showy workout apparel.

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Kirstie Alley
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Scandal: Lying About How You Lost Weight

Kirstie Alley has had a lifelong battle with weight. A former Jenny Craig spokeswoman, she once told Oprah that she gained back the 75 pounds she lost on the program--and then some. In 2011, the Cheers star dropped 100 pounds, crediting the Organic Liaison diet, a weight loss product she helped develop. Turns out she launched the diet just before she began to strut her stuff on ABC's Dancing with the Stars: The All-Star Edition. This timeline was a little too tight for one consumer, who filed a lawsuit against Alley claiming the pills don't work. The plaintiff's explanation for Alley's transformation: lots of dancing and a low-calorie diet.

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Amanda Bynes
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Scandal: Applying Makeup During Spin Class

Amanda Bynes has demonstrated some bizarre behavior over the last year. The star was reportedly kicked out of an Equinox spin class after wandering around aimlessly, stopping to reapply her makeup, and exercising in a push-up strapless bra.

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