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Quinn Rooney / Staff / GettyA bout in the Octagon is typically sufficiently bloody and brutal, but the preparation leading up to the fight can take a serious toll on fighters' health. Such was the case for UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall, who ended up in the hospital before ever setting foot in the cage as a result of his efforts to make weight for his scheduled fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC St. Louis on January 14.  In his first public statement since being hospitalized, Hall took to an Instagram live broadcast to update fans on the status of his health. There he admitted to suffering a “mini-seizure” and “slight heart attack” due to weight-cutting issues. Hall also claimed that he “ignored some issues that happened prior” to his weight cut that led to the health scare. [RELATED1] The UFC fighter also wanted to clear the air regarding accusations made by UFC President Dana White, who suggested that the health crisis was a result of Hall's partying prior to the fight and lack of commitment to serious training.  Hall responds to the accusations in the...
Ross Land / Staff / GettySome people are born into money, some people are born with amazing intellect, and then there are those that have been blessed with massive calves. Don’t you just hate those people? Maybe hate is too strong a word, but I certainly envy those bodybuilders that rarely need to do a calf raise, yet display thickly developed muscle from knee to ankle. There are plenty of those guys (and gals) out there. The real kicker being that some of them might not be bodybuilders ,or even give a second thought to their calves at all. With that said, lack of genetics is not always the culprit when it comes to sporting less-than-impressive calves. Much of the time, it's also because they're trained as an afterthought rather than a major muscle. [RELATED1] So if your parents didn't pass down the “Mike Matarazzo calf gene” that doesn't mean you can't still build formidable amounts of muscle in your lower legs. Sometimes, it’s the hardest and smartest workers that come out ahead of the genetically gifted. If you're either ignoring calves or only...
Paul "Triple H" Levesque has done a lot of things in his career—he's a beloved WWE superstar, the VP of Talent, Live Events, and Creative at WWE, and the self-proclaimed "King of Kings"—but we're pretty sure lip syncing to Disney music is a first for him. Levesque appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to promote Raw 25, and he and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, faced off against Fallon and the hilarious WWE tag-team stable The New Day in a "Lip Sync Battle". Fallon and The New Day went first, impressing the crowd with a rendition of "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men. [RELATED1] When it was time for McMahon and Levesque's performance, McMahon chose "How Far I'll Go" from Disney's Moana, while Levesque wanted "Seek and Destroy" by Metallica. "How Far I'll Go" won out, much to McMahon's delight and Levesque's dismay. McMahon gave it her all in her performance, and while Levesque was originally reluctant, he finally gave in and amazed the crowd. As it turns out, even the "The Cerebral Assassin" has a soft side. The 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw will emanate from Barclays Center and Manhattan Center in New York City on Monday, January 22, and air live on USA Network at 8/7C. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets. [RELATED2]
Photo provided by Strong Supplements via Getty ImagesSponsored by Strong Supplement Shop The new Top 10 Pre-Workouts for 2018 has shown that customers are eagerly searching for new contenders. With the recent loss of a popular ingredient, not only has a new king emerged, but a whole new ingredient category has sprung into the pre-workout market. Nootropics, which enhance cognitive function, appear twice in the ingredient panel of our new top dog. Newcomers to the list also include potent yet transparent ingredient lists, continuing the trend that customers prefer to know exactly what they are taking. 1. Wild Thing by Assault Labs It was clear Wild Thing was destined for the #1 spot. Hitting the scene in 2016, it raced to the top of the pack, amassing an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and customer repurchases and when we take a closer look, it all makes sense why. Wild Thing’s formula goes beyond just stimulants and performance enhancers; it raised the bar on the whole pre-workout category adding in two new ingredients to the pre-workout world from the...
National Geographic/Van RedinIt would be cliche to say that the cast of The Long Road Home went into production as a group of actors and came out as a group of actors portraying a group of soldiers. During this filming, though, under the guidance of an advisory group composed of Army Rangers and several of the heroic survivors of 2004’s deadly Sadr City ambush, this group of actors came out of this experience locked and loaded in their determination to honor the brave soldiers they portrayed. The Long Road Home, an eight-hour war docudrama on National Geographic based on the acclaimed book by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz, chronicles the story of the Army’s First Cavalry Division at a critical moment in Iraq. Made up primarily of recently arrived soldiers who had never seen battle before, the squad was on what it thought was going to be a routine peacekeeping mission through the slums of Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004. It turned out to be an ambush, forcing the group—which was both poorly equipped for battle and now...
Per BernalDave Bautista is one out-of-this-world shredded dude. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II actor and former Muscle & Fitness cover star has successfully made the transition from WWE to Hollywood—sound like someone we know? Cough, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, cough—and he’s not looking back. Bautista has shown some real talent on screen while playing both heroes and villains—his Spectre baddie was one of our 25 most physically dominating movie bad guys of all time—but his role as Drax in Guardians has really put him in the spotlight. Bautista showed off his comedy skills as the alien warrior who takes all things seriously—even sarcasm—and he’s made a perfect foil for Chris Pratt, who plays team leader Peter Quill a.k.a. Star-Lord. But no matter what Bautista does on-screen it won’t take away this fact: He’s as jacked as anyone in Hollywood and enjoys showing it off on social media. Here are Bautista’s most shredded moments from Instagram:
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During his prime, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson displayed a muscular and chiseled physique during weigh-ins that got his opponent's attention. As of late, however, the MMA legend's physique has appeared a bit less intimidating.  Some may have questioned his commitment to getting in shape prior to last year's matchup against Muhammed Lawal, in which he came in looking a bit soft at 253lbs. That night, Jackson lost in a unanimous decision, leaving many to wonder if the former UFC light heavyweight champion would ever regain the dominance he once displayed in the cage.   [RELATED1] Cut to the present, in which Jackson now looks a whole lot leaner and meaner leading up to his big fight this weekend against Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192. Whether it was just a matter of cutting out the ketchup, ramping up the training intensity, or a combination of both, the 39-year-old looks to have found the recipe for revitalization.  Here's Jackson throwing the gloves during yesterday's open workouts.  While Quinton @Rampage4real Jackson declined to reveal his actual weight ahead of #Bellator192, the longtime light heavyweight does look leaner than his last appearance. Check him out on the mitts at today's open workouts.Full media scrum: https://t.co/hfhzWNUQQd pic.twitter.com/zRWX789pa8 — MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) January 18, 2018 Will the former champ's body transformation translate into a win at...
Tim CowieIf you think of anything when you hear the words “Appalachian State football,” it’s probably that wild game in 2007 against Michigan. In case you don’t remember, here’s a quick refresher: The App State Mountaineers—hailing from the NCAA’s lower rung of Division I football, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)—traveled to the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI, and, in front of more than 109,000 fans, shocked the fifth-ranked Wolverines with a thrilling 34–32 victory. The game landed App State on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which later dubbed it “The Greatest Upset of Them All.” In short: It was a historic moment. But today, the App State football team is much more than a one-moment program. The Mountaineers won three straight FCS national championships from 2005–07. Then in 2014, the squad jumped to the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), where all of college football’s biggest programs reside. The next season, the Mountaineers finished 11–2 and won their first-ever bowl game. In 2016, the team went bowling again, defeating a Toledo squad that included a future NFL star. At press time, the Mountaineers are bowl-eligible and appear headed to yet...
YouTube / The Unseen HourHe's appeared on some of the world's biggest stages to showcase his talents, but now "The Rock" will downsize his usual grand venues with an appearance in an underground theater in London for the new musical The People's Rock. [RELATED1] Before you start scooping up tickets, you should know that the actual "Rock" will not perform in the show, but rather a puppet version of him. And instead of the high-octane, ass-kicking action you'd expect from a Dwayne Johnson showing, there will be song and dance. Still, if it's got anything to do with "The Rock," we say it's worth checking out. Here are a few more details about the upcoming show.  Created and produced by women’s collaboration project Nevertheless, She, The People’s Rock takes a unique look at the world 30 years from now through the eyes of a teenage girl who is infatuated with Johnson. In this future world, there is no TV, Internet, or democracy, and the past is forgotten. But one 18-year-old American girl refuses to let go...
Travis Rathbone / M+F Magazine Add some serious Middle Eastern spice to your chicken and pork with this easy and flavorful recipe. This meal may take a little preparation, but pays off in the end with a serious punch of protein. Directions: To prepare tzatziki, quarter cucumber lengthwise and trim off the triangular wedge of seeds. Cut cucumber into very small, even dice. Transfer to a mixing bowl. In a food processor, combine garlic, vinegar, shallots, and dill. Pulse until finely chopped but not pureed. Add yogurt to cucumbers. Fold together with a rubber spatula, adding olive oil and lemon juice. Season liberally with salt and pepper, starting off with 1 tbsp salt. Taste for seasoning. (Store refrigerated for one week.)Carefully trim off the thin white membrane (silverskin) running down one side of pork tenderloin and cut cross-wise into generous 1-inch-thick chunks. Cut chicken into 1-inch chunks. Transfer to large resealable bag, cover with 1 cup ladolemono, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.Remove from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Thread the pieces of meat...
MRBIG_PHOTOGRAPHY / GettyI would consider myself a pretty fit dude and an intense gym kind of guy. Oh, and I'm also vegan. So of course, I'm constantly asked the question, 'so where do you get your protein?' Before answering that, let's get a quick and basic understanding of how muscle is actually built. [RELATED1] During workout In relation to exercise, resistance training is generally considered the best type of exercise to promote muscle growth, as they become overloaded and push beyond their regular limits. It is during these intense lifting sessions that your muscle fibers become damaged and tear. Post workout After you work out, your body repairs or replaces the damaged muscle fibers through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands. During this time, it's essential your body receives the necessary nutrients to repair, as this will stimulate hormone release and set the stage for increased protein synthesis—the process all cells use to make proteins. [RELATED2] The Role of Protein Protein is the basic building block of all of the body’s tissues, especially muscle. Proteins are made from amino acids, some of which...
Kevork Djansezian / Stringer / GettyUFC President Dana White recently hinted at stripping Conor McGregor of his lightweight title belt for inactivity, and it seems we may be a step closer to that threat coming to fruition. News has just broken that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and the No.2 challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov will face off at UFC 223. McGregor has been jawing with both of these fighters, specifically demanding that Nurmagomedov court him for a fight, but those days appear to be over. In the same interview in which he said he's considering stripping McGregor of the title, White said that the lightweight champ is planning on a return in September, which would make it nearly two years since his last match in the Octagon. According to mmajunkie.com, McGregor has yet to be stripped of his belt, but there will be a press conference at TD Garden on Friday at 5 p.m. ET that will provide more details regarding both UFC 222 and UFC 223. Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been scheduled to fight each other three times in the past, but every attempt fell through due to either injury or weight-cutting...
Courtesy WWE.comNaomi is ready for the Royal Rumble to "Feel the Glow". The former WWE Smackdown Women's Champion (and Total Divas star) has already been announced as a competitor in next week's women-only Royal Rumble match, at which she'll face off against 29 other competitors for a chance at the Smackdown Women's Champion title. Is she ready? "This is my first Rumble ever, so I feel like I'm as prepared as I can be," Naomi told Muscle & Fitness. "I feel like there's nothing you could do to prepare you for the unexpected. It's every woman for herself. You can't trust anyone." [RELATED1] Having said that, she does have a bit of a game plan. "You've got to be swift and watch your back," she says. "I'm focused on countering getting dumped out the best way I can." Royal Rumble matches are notorious for surprise entrants, and the women's match most likely won't be any different. Naomi is clearly excited by that prospect. "There's a lot of women who I hope will return. They've just inspired me throughout the years and have come up through the eras, and I'm super-stoked about it." Her wish list: Iconic WWE superstars like Lita, Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, and...
Moya McAllister; Styling by Julia Choi Barbecue chicken is a beloved dinner favorite, but it isn't particularly well known for being easy or quick to make. Thankfully, that's where the magic of the slow cooker comes in. By the time dinner rolls around, you'll have a delicious (and not too heavy) family meal ready to go. Serving Tips: 1. Make a tex-mex salad with lettuce, tomato, onion, black beans, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of crushed tortilla chips. 2. Top over thin-crust whole-wheat pizza dough and sprinkle with mozzarella. 3. Top over a medium baked sweet potato. 4. Make a quesadilla with high-protein. 5. Tortillas, monterey jack cheese, beans, and diced tomatoes. 6. Roll into a high-protein tortilla filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, and colby-jack cheese. Directions: In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Rub mix over drumsticks and place in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4.About 10 minutes before chicken is done, preheat grill or heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium- high heat.In a saucepan, bring to a boil apple juice,...
Al Bello / GettyOdell Beckham Jr. is arguably the most talked-about player in the NFL, and let’s be honest: There’s a good reason for it. Sure, Beckham’s blazing speed and harsh cuts are a product of his natural ability, but don’t be fooled—this physical specimen is a workout warrior. OBJ makes it his mission to stay in the gym, and he also makes it his mission to have the best jams playing in the background. If you take a good scroll through his Instagram feed, you’ll see it's filled with a combination of drills and edited highlight reels, which for the most part always have a bass-heavy track that's perfect for pushing through a grueling workout. Like James Harrison's playlist, OBJ’s is hip-hop heavy: Both soundtracks featured artists like Drake, Migos, and Young Thug. Beckham may have missed a lot of the 2017-2018 season with an anke injury, but the Louisiana product is looking to battle back for next year. Take a look at his latest killer workout below. Most healthy people probably couldn't even do it:
Moya McAllister Using canned tuna makes this recipe super quick to prepare, but you can also use grilled fresh tuna for enhanced flavor. Directions: Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl except for tuna and feta.Whisk together ingredients for dressing in a small bowl. Pour dressing over salad, mixing well. Carefully add tuna to salad mix, then top with feta cheese. Serve.
Courtesy WWE.comTwenty-five years ago, the very first episode of Monday Night Raw was broadcast on television. While sports entertainment was already a huge industry by 1993, most shows were pre-recorded, showing highlights from matches that happened days or weeks earlier. Raw, however, was revolutionary—the first episode broadcast live from New York City’s Manhattan Center. On the 25th Anniversary of Raw, we look back at the show’s legacy, alongside quotes from iconic superstars like Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, and Paul “Triple H” Levesque. The Monday Night Wars and The Attitude Era For the first few years of its life, Raw enjoyed successful ratings, but the show didn’t really come into its own until it had some serious competition. Starting in 1995, Raw went toe-to-toe with WCW Nitro, and the two shows shared a heated rivalry. In order to compete against WCW’s beloved talent like Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Kevin Nash, WWE tried something new: “The Attitude Era.” [RELATED1] During The Attitude Era, WWE went out of their way to push the envelope in ways that had never been done on primetime television, from the vulgar, beer-chugging “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s rivalry with Vince McMahon to Triple-H and...
Eva-Katalin / GettyMamas-to-be have a great incentive to stay healthy, fit, and happy. After all, if you’re feeling great, chances are your baby will, too. Research points to the winning combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training to boost maternal cardio fitness and prevent common new-mommy problems like urinary incontinence. But just how much exercise, downtime, and forward-thinking should you actually be doing to keep you and your baby healthy? Here are top fitness experts’ most important tips for boosting well-being while expecting. [RELATED1] Holistic Helper: Acupuncture Acupuncture during pregnancy can help reduce morning sickness, fatigue, cramping, emotional changes, and body aches, according to Noah Rubinstein, D.A.C.M., L.Ac., clinic director of the YinOva Center in New York City. Start in your first trimester, then take a break for a couple of months. “Start up again around Week 30, when joint aches are common. Acupuncture can make a big difference,” he says. Heart-Rate Zone Training “Knowing your heart rate [HR] while exercising allows you to stay in a healthy training zone,” says master trainer, model, and author Nicole Chaplin (nicolechaplin.com). “In a...
jenwiderstrom / InstagramIt's understandable for fitness stars not to want followers seeing them at what they feel is less than their best, but that's not the case for trainer, fitness author, and former Muscle & Fitness Hers cover star Jen Widerstrom.  The former Biggest Loser trainer and Diet Right for Your Personality Type author took to Instagram on Thursday to post side-by-side progress shots on the first day of a ketogenic diet challenge that she accepted via Instagram. She admitted that posting the photos was more difficult than she'd thought it would be, and that they made her realize that she could use a diet reset.  "Per my last post I said I would take on this challenge and frankly accepted it because it's something I thought would be fun," Widerstrom wrote, "but in looking at these photos I don't think I realized how much I truly needed the push."