SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 6, 2012) - LifeApps® Digital Media, an emerging designer of health, fitness and sports publications and next-generation social networks, today announced that US beach volleyball stars Jennifer Kessy and April Ross were featured in the YouWorkout Magazine as they advance to semifinals. Kessy and Ross beat the Czech Republic's Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova Sunday in a 25-23, 21-18 victory, advancing to play top-seeded Larissa and Juliana of Brazil on Tuesday.
Earlier Sunday, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings also advanced to the semifinals, setting up a potential all-American beach volleyball final if both teams win their matches on Tuesday.
As the Southern California natives Kessy and Ross continue their success in London they have provided YouWorkout readers with an in-depth interview about their exciting journey to the Olympics, including how their partnership first began.
"I had to call her to see if she would play with me. It was totally like calling a guy to talk to him," recalled Ross in the YouWorkout article. "I was sitting outside on the curb so nervous thinking 'she is going to shut me down. She is totally going to shut me down.'"
Kessy didn't. The match of 5-foot-11 Kessy, who plays the right side of the court, and 6-foot-1 Ross, who plays the left, was seemingly meant to be. The two USC graduates have been partners since 2007, and have proved to be a formidable team, with a fifth-place ranking on the Federation Internationale De Volleyball Swatch World Tour.
The team is known for their flexibility on the court, with Kessy and Ross being able to trade off between offence and defense. This unique flexibility means the pair's workouts range from cardio to strength to stretching. In the YouWorkout article, both Kessy and Ross described their favorite workouts outside of volleyball.
"My favorite is hot yoga," said Kessy in the YouWorkout article. "We play in a lot of really hot places and so it gets you Zen-like but your heart is beating really fast and you have to control yourself. It's a big mind game, which is kind of like beach volleyball."
The interviews with Kessy and Ross are part of an interactive viewing experience, as YouWorkout delivers a wide variety of sports, health and fitness content straight to tablets on iTunes and GooglePlay. YouWorkout is a quarterly publication catering to athletic lifestyles, sports enthusiasts and fitness professionals alike.
"Kessy and Ross are rising stars for the US beach volleyball squad, which has been propelled by May-Treanor and Walsh-Jennings' amazing winning record over the past two Olympics," stated Robert Gayman, CEO of LifeApps. "Through this premiere issue of YouWorkout Magazine, we want to help her share the amazing up-and-coming story Kessy and Ross, especially with the possibility of an all-American beach volleyball final if both US teams defeat their competition on Tuesday."
LifeApps® Digital Media's quarterly YouWorkout Magazine is a digital interactive sports, health and fitness magazine. It is the first of its kind to be designed from the beginning specifically for tablets and smart devices.
The Premiere Issue of YouWorkout highlights the 2012 Olympics in London and features interviews with some of the United States' promising Olympic athletes, including Jennifer Kessy, April Ross, Rachel Buehler, Hunter Kemper, Tony Azevedo, Allison Schmitt and Sanya Richards-Ross. YouWorkout Magazine can be downloaded for a limited time during the Olympics for FREE from Apple's iPad Newsstand:
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LifeApps® Digital Media is an emerging designer of health, fitness and sports publications and next-generation social networks with groundbreaking interactivity and connectivity. The LifeApps family of products includes websites, apps, and the tablet specific magazine YouWorkout. LifeApps® is a leading authorized developer, publisher and licensee on Apple iOS -- iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad applications, as well as on GooglePlay. For more information about LifeApps and its latest offering of online products, please visit: www.youworkout.com.