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Rachael SchultzYou’ve probably never had a Medjool date before—which means not only are your taste buds missing out, but so is your workout. "High in carbohydrates, potassium, and other minerals, dates are a solid fuel for performance and recovery," says Katie Kissane, R.D., C.S.S.D., owner of NoCo Sports Nutrition and Fitness in Fort Collins, CO.  The king of dates, Medjools are bigger, sweeter, and juicier than any other variety. That means they not only pack more of those performance perks into one package, but popping just one in your mouth will satisfy any sugar craving, naturally. Here, five reasons Medjool dates should be added to your performance plate. Healthy food
For some people, vacation isn't synonymous with sitting still. If you crave an epic adventure, we've got some travel ideas.  We asked Kathryn Bertine, pro cyclist and author of As Good As Gold, about the best places for endurance junkies to visit to get their fitness fix. 1. Tucson, AZ Winter training, fast group rides, and a happy climate in the coldest months bring pro athletes and age groupers to this desert city for unbeatable training. And chimichangas. (Hey, it's recovery food). [RELATED1] 2. Lake Placid, NY What was once the winter sports capital of the world now offers terrific swim, bike and run courses any pro or recreational athlete is sure to love. Figure skaters are welcome, too, of course. 3. Nevis, West Indies This little Caribbean island offers some of the best hill climbing in the world. For renting a bike or touring the island, just find Winston Crooke at Wheel World, and he'll take you to the best spots. [RELATED2] 4. Bend, OR Portland's cool and hip, but for some great endurance-geared cycling, Bend's got it. Check out how the pros race every year at the Cascade Cycling Classic in late July. 5. Geelong, Australia With the 2010 Road World Championships in cycling set for Sept 26-Oct 3, the Melbourne and Geelong areas will be abuzz with the best cyclists in the world....
If you're looking for a good (great!) excuse for a vacation, sign up for a marathon. [RELATED1] These days, there are 26.2-mile races in pretty much every city in the country—and beyond. To help you narrow down the options, we selected these three postcard-perfect marathons worth signing up for. Once you register, check out 6 things you need to know about destination marathons.   Fit travel
The lousiest doctor I ever visited had a memorable waiting room. Everything—every pen, pencil, clipboard, clock, name tag—trumpeted the name of a big pharmaceutical company. Not once did I sit there without seeing a stream of drug reps file through, roller bags rolling behind, to be greeted warmly and whisked behind closed doors. I stuck with Dr. No until the day I’d secured the morning’s earliest appointment but still waited two hours, with my tantrum-prone toddler and debilitating stomach pain. As I was led back to the dim examination room, I passed Dr. No chatting with a flock of those smartly dressed, ruthlessly attractive drug reps. When he finally deigned to see me, my son was yowling like a feral pig. What I remember from that three-minute “exam” was his opening line, which came across as, "Can you shut him up?" It was then I decided: I need a new doctor. Here’s what I learned about how to do it. [RELATED1] Step 1: Narrow your search A variety of forces may drive us to seek a new physician. We move; we marry; we reproduce; we divorce. We change jobs; we turn 26; our employers change—or drop—insurance plans; our doctors leave our networks; our networks leave our doctors; doctors retire; we turn 66. How to start the search? Googling can accomplish only so much. To get a provider who also gets you—whose...
Summer is on the way and everyone wants to get that chiseled beach body, which of coures, includes a flat stomach and defined abs. A lot of people (wrongly) assume that to achieve a great stomach they have to do thousands upon thousands of situps. The truth is that's only part of the equation. Having great-looking abs takes time, dedicated training, cardio and eating clean meals. Great abs, therefore, begin first and foremost in the kitchen. It's important to try and cut out fried foods, sugars, refined and processed foods, alcohol, and even dairy (dairy is high in fat). That means eating more natural foods like vegetables, fruits, protein (such as lean meats), lentils, brown rice, whole grain breads, nuts, and drinking lots of water. [RELATED1] Another key to looking lean and showing stomach muscles is cardio, cardio, and more cardio. I suggest mixing up your routine and doing intervals instead of slow steady cardio. This way your body is burning more calories to the change in pace. So you can achieve more results in a shorter period of time. So that means whatever type of cardio you choose pick time intervals to go hard then ease off, then hard again for at least 20-60 minutes. You will see a leaner stomach faster this...
Any time is the right time to reclaim your health. But it's hard when the repercussions of intense end-of-year gluttony weigh heavy on you—literally. That's why a detox (not necessarily a diet) is the perfect remedy. If you're lethargic from lack of sleep, too low on energy to hit the gym, and out of touch with healthy averyday habits, you'll want to revitalize your overall well-being and detoxify your body and mind. Here are the best tips to make it happen.  [RELATED1] This isn't just laying off booze for a few weeks "Just like the spring and winter cleaning you do for your home, it's great to do the same with your body and detoxify twice a year as the seasons change," said Mary McGuire of American Yogini in Remsenburg, New York's American Yogini. Detoxing is quite the test of discipline and dedication. Past detoxers swear it boosts energy, increases mental clarity and has skin glowing. For first timers, optimal results come to those who spend a few days away at a retreat where they are completely immersed in the lifestyle and virtually sequestered from everyday edible toxins. Forgo meat, dairy, grains, fish, and fiber; instead, focus on fresh, organic fruits and vegetable juices. Which, by the way, is way easier to maintain when far away from home. Three- to five-day retreats welcome...
Marius BuggeLet's not kid each other: as much as we hit the gym to feel awesome, live longer, compete with our buddies, relieve stress, and, of course, have a damn good time slinging giant pieces of steel, it doesn’t hurt that working out makes us look damn good, too. Which means that, if you’re a guy seeking to round out your sex appeal, you’re probably more than familiar with all the coveted (admittedly superficial) physical attributes that constitute a “perfect male physique”—the ones even hardcore gym rats have trouble achieving. These include the well-defined arm “horseshoe” (see: Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter), ridiculously chiseled V-cut abs (see: Brad Pitt in Fight Club), and the giant wingspan of a well-carved upper back (see: Hugh Jackman in any film in which he sprouts metallic claws). So, with the help of some of the nation’s best trainers, strength coaches, and strongmen, we’ve laid out in exhaustive detail everything it takes to achieve them. If you’d love a physique even Michelangelo’s David would be envious of, we’d advise you to start here. Read this for a more in-depth guide to all the movements below.  [RELATED1] Goal #1: A tapered torso Remeber the old adage that “abs are made in the kitchen?” Well, the same principle applies to your entire midsection....
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is at it again. Fresh off the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and less than a month before release of his new blockbuster Rampage—both featuring Johnson in ripped-guy-in-khakis mode—the hardest-working man in Hollywood has launched a new collection of Under Armour apparel. Dubbed Chase Greatness, the latest Project Rock collaboration features both men's and women's apparel, as well as an update on the editor-favorite UA Project Rock Delta trainer. [RELATED2] Designed in collaboration with with Seven Bucks Creative—the brainchild of Johnson and his business partner Dany Garcia—Chase Greatness marks a bigger, bolder step in storytelling from a guy who's already made a globe-spanning career out of big, bold storytelling. The collection kick-starts "Build the Belief," a yearlong story arc "celebrating a movement of everyday people who put in work to become better and achieve the unthinkable." [RELATED3] "We all want some change in our lives, maybe even greatness," Johnson tells Men's Fitness. "But it's not easy. Sometimes we don't think we're good enough or sometimes life deals us a tough hand. But that's exactly why we grind. In the toughest moments in my life, I've stuck by a simple truth: when your back is up against the wall, the only way out, is to put the work in. Because when you...
Michael RodioDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has unveiled his latest collection of kickass new Under Armour gym gear. This new Project Rock collection, called "Chase Greatness," is the first installment of a yearlong storytelling arc called "Build the Belief." It also marks the first time Seven Bucks Creative, the agency created by Johnson and his business partner Dany Garcia, has contributed to a UA x Project Rock collection. "We all want some change in our lives, maybe even greatness," Johnson tells Men's Fitness. "But it's not easy. Sometimes we don't think we're good enough or sometimes life deals us a tough hand. But that's exactly why we grind. In the toughest moments in my life, I've stuck by a simple truth: when your back is up against the wall, the only way out, is to put the work in. Because when you put in the work, rep by rep, day by day, you build something in yourself. You build the belief that you can do more. "That's what our Project Rock collaboration with Under Armour is all about," Johnson says. "We're not just giving people the tools to chase their greatness, we're creating a movement of people who are willing to put...
Headaches can be triggered by any number of factors, including lack of sleep or food, anxiety, or even medications. But when the pain in your head won't go away, try these remedies, specific to the type you're experiencing. 1. Tension Headache Symptoms: Pain on both sides of your head. These are the most common type—affecting 70 percent of men—and are usually triggered by extreme stress or neck strain. Treatment: Over-the-counter drugs are usually all that's needed (aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen). But you may also find relief with a massage to loosen tight neck muscles. Prevention: Sit up straight at work. Sitting hunched over your desk all day can set it off, especially if you're under stress. Keeping tension headaches at bay may be as simple as a quick walk outside away from the tumult of the office. [RELATED1] 2. Migraine Symptoms: Intense, throbbing pain, usually on one side of your head, accompanied by nausea and/or sensitivity to light or sound. Not fun. It's uncommon for men in their 20s or over to start developing migraines, so if you've never had one before, that pain is probably something different. Treatment: Prescription meds such as sumatriptan are most helpful. So is rest in a quiet, dark room. Prevention: Identify and eliminate your triggers (the most common are red wine, cheese, and caffeine)....
Lawyers for publishing giant American Media, Inc. — the parent company of mensfitness.com — say a former Playboy Playmate who alleges a story of an extramarital relationship with President Trump has always been free to tell her version of events.  Karen McDougal, who is a health and wellness columnist for various AMI titles and who appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers, sued the company Tuesday, claiming it was refusing to let her speak. But AMI shot back Wednesday after McDougal’s attorney Peter Stris went on a media tour with appearances on Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, suggesting his client had been muzzled or silenced. “Mr. Stris states that Karen has been ‘terrified to speak about her story for a year.’ On November 29, 2016, after the publication of an article in the Wall Street Journal, American Media amended Karen’s contract to provide that she may respond to legitimate press inquiries concerning her relationship with President Donald Trump,” said a statement from AMI, provided to Men's Fitness. The statement can be read in full here. “She spoke with the New Yorker as a result of this amendment, is speaking with CNN, and is free to continue to speak to the press.” AMI, the company that published The National ENQUIRER, Star, OK! and other titles, added: 
The amount of time you rest between sets can determine how quickly and efficiently you gain size and strength, and drop fat. "When it comes to working out, timing is everything," says Joe Stankowski, C.P.T., a trainer in Wilmington, DE. "The amount of time you rest between sets can have a major impact on how the exercise you're doing affects your body." [RELATED1] Rest too long and your workouts lose intensity; rest too little and you burn out too quickly. Luckily, we have expert advice on how to tailor your rest periods to any fitness goal.   Rest periods for muscle gains Studies have found that testosterone and growth hormone are produced in greater levels when you rest for short to moderate periods. The amount of time can vary a bit, depending on how many sets you're going for and how heavy the weight is, "but 60-90 seconds between sets is a good guideline," says Stankowski. [RELATED2] Rest periods for fat loss "There are two great approaches to losing fat in your training," says Stankowski, "and you should apply both in your program." The first method is simply to burn as many calories as possible. Continuous exercise with little to no rest between sets (such as circuit training) is ideal. The other highly effective weight-loss strategy is to alternate sets of unrelated...
Adam BibleAn amazing thing has happened to hiking boots over the last decade or so—they’ve become comfy right out of the box. No longer do you have to break in stiff leather boots every day for weeks before a trip. That's especially the case for light hikers, which combine formidable ruggedness in a lighter and more flexible package. Thanks to advanced materials—neoprene, waterproof membranes, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)—modern light hikers are featherweight trail-eaters that breathe and move with your foot while still protecting from rough terrain. [RELATED1] So whether you're backpacking for a few days or logging a rainy day hike, the new crop of light hiking boots will help you forget they're even on your feet, making your time in the backcountry that much more enjoyable. Here’s a roundup of editor-tested light hiking boost from the best brands.   Hiking
Anne FritzIf you find yourself dozing off at your desk in the afternoon or can’t make it through the day without three jumbo-size coffees, chances are you’re sleep-deprived. And you're not alone: 30 percent of all male American workers get less than six hours of sleep nightly, according to a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a division of the CDC. Most men need eight hours of sleep, so why are so many guys sucking it up and pushing through on unhealthy amounts of shut-eye? [RELATED1] “Our society doesn’t value sleep—it's thought of as unproductive or wasteful,” says David Sack, M.D., addiction psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and Los Angeles. “One of the best things a man can do to promote health and well-being is to recognize sleep is an important part of his overall health package, and schedule it in if he must.” Even if you go to bed early with the best of intentions, some seemingly harmless habits may be destroying your sleep cycle. Read on to find out about five reasons why you can’t fall asleep.   Sleep
If you’re trying to lose a few pounds and unsheathe your abs, you eat a salad. It’s just what you do. But if you aren’t careful, that salad could end up making you a couple pounds heavier. Case in point: A hamburger and order of small fries at McDonald’s contains 480 calories and 19 grams of fat, but a Premium Southwest Salad with grilled chicken and ranch dressing will set you back 530 calories and 28 grams of fat.  [RELATED1] OK, well hopefully you aren’t eating all of your salads from the drive-thru, but you get the point. What’s in your salad can more than negate that extra serving of veggies on your plate and pile on the pounds. Read on to discover 10 ways you may be fattening yourself up on salads.     Bad fats
Amy Roberts, C.P.T.Home is actually a great place to hone your abs—after all, a six-pack is mostly made in the kitchen. “There’s no such thing as spot-reducing fat, and a six-pack is indicative of overall health and whole-body fitness, not just the state of the core muscles,” says Kendra Coppey Fitzgerald, founder of Barefoot Tiger in-home personal training services in NYC and LA. “If there’s too much fat on top of the ab muscles, you’ll never see them, no matter how much core work you do.” That means eating healthily and doing cardio plus heavy weight training to lean down and build muscles to lose weight overall. (Bummer, we know.) [RELATED1] Then, when it comes to sculpting those abs of your dreams, it’s not as simple as doing endless crunches. “Developing a six-pack requires more than just working the ‘pretty’ muscles that you can see,” Fitzgerald says. “The deeper, transverse core muscles must be strengthened first to create a strong, solid base—without that, only doing crunches can actually make your belly stick out more. Nobody wants that.” Better news: By doing the types of routines here that strengthen from all angles and focus on function (how your body moves in real life) rather than flexion (crunches), you’ll...
Done right, a salad can supply fiber, protein, and potent disease-fighting phytonutrients. Done wrong, it's no better than fast food. Turn over a new leaf with these easy suggestions. [RELATED1] 1. Get raw Fresh spinach has nearly nine times the bone-building vitamin K of iceberg lettuce. Use at least 2 cups and you'll get a hefty dose of zeaxanthin and lutein to protect your vision as well. 2. Focus on color  Brightly colored produce generally serves up the most nutrients. For example, carrots and broccoli contribute beta-carotene (which the body can convert to vitamin A to bolster immunity, eyesight, and skin health) and anti-cancer compounds. The best salads include a variety of vegetables, such as artichoke hearts, beets, corn, red and green bell peppers, peas, plus lots of tomatoes (an excellent source of vitamin C). [RELATED2] 3. Pile on freebies They're not nutritional superstars, but you can't go wrong with cucumbers, mushrooms, celery, or zucchini. They're low-cal and their exceptional water content helps to fill you up. 4. Skip sprouts They may look healthy, but raw alfalfa and mung sprouts have been linked to nearly 40% of recent food-related illnesses. [RELATED3] 5. Skirt the creamy stuff Steer clear of all mayo-based concoctions. Just 1⁄2 cup of pasta salad runs about 115 calories and 5 grams of fat;...
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So, you want to know how to build muscle. It’s an answer in two parts, really. Is your ultimate aim to get big or get strong? Each goal involves lifting heavy things and eating the right foods, but the details are a little bit different. (That said, of course you’ll get stronger if you train for size, and of course your muscles will get bigger if you train for strength.) Here’s a primer to maximize your desired results. [RELATED1] How to lift weights to build muscle To get really big, you might as well move into the gym, right? Well, not exactly. “In order to make decent size gains you will need to train a minimum of three times a week, however most programs will be designed for five days a week,” says Victor Adam, a San Diego-based personal trainer and owner of Axiom Health and Fitness. “But keep in mind that the less frequently you train (or the shorter your training sessions), the more intense they’ll need to be in order to make solid progress.” And “intense” is the keyword in a hypertrophy (a.k.a. “get bigger muscles”) program. More specifically, volume—quantity of sets and reps—is the key. “The benefit to high-volume training for encouraging your body to increase its muscle size comes from the increase in metabolic stress to the muscle cells,”...
The first hint of spring gets everybody’s blood flowing. As the ground (and your icy heart) begins to thaw, it’s normal to jump the gun and dress for 80 degrees when you should be aiming for 55. But jackets are one thing—boots are another. Spring precipitation requires proper footwear. Rain, sleet, and some snow can ruin a new pair of sneakers in seconds flat, and spending the day with wet toes is a big big bummer. And while your trusty duck boots were built for springtime walks in the park (or places where it rains ten months out of the year), few grown men can pull off a set of light hikers with a suit (nor are light hikers exactly first-date appropriate). [RELATED1] Luckily, when it comes to springtime boots, you have options—lots of them. Here are 10 pairs of no-slip, water-resistant boots so handsome you’ll want to wear them seven days a week. Fashion