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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - You're quite sentimental about your memories today as a conversation with someone special reminds you of a nearly forgotten past event. However, meandering about in nostalgic recollections brings only fleeting satisfaction, so you might want to switch the focus to creating positive change in a current relationship. Think before you speak, and be careful that your outspoken approach doesn't produce unnecessary hurt in the present moment. Ultimately, letting go of the past allows you to move freely into the future.

8 Barbell Moves to Burn Fat and Build Muscle

In a workplace where the typical nine-to-five has become a night spent at the office, we understand that time, especially in the gym, is of the essence. To accommodate for limited gym time, try one of the best techniques to jack up your heart rate and harden your body: the complex. A complex is a series of lifts combined in a nonstop, continuous movement using the same piece of equipment.

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The Key to a Bigger, Better Bench Press

To perform a Spoto press, set-up like you normally would for a bench press. Remember to get tight in your set-up. Now lift off the bar and lower it under control until the bar is 1-2” off your chest. Pause at this position for a second or two and then press the weight up. This ensures you will remain tight in your upper back and chest throughout the whole movement. Because of the increased time under tension, don’t expect to be able to lift your max weight. But keep them heavy and in the lower rep range (2-4 reps per set).

The 9 Best Plyometrics Exercises for Muscle

A plyometric movement is quick, powerful move that starts with an eccentric (muscle lengthening) action and is immediately followed by a concentric (muscle shortening) action. Performing plyometrics movements increases muscular power, which translates to higher jumps and faster sprint times. Combining the moves with resistance training is a way to maximize power and performance, but as a general rule, if you lift legs heavy one day, then skip the lower-body plyometrics training and vice versa for upper-body lifting and plyometrics. Increase your power, strength, and personal records in the gym with these nine heart-pumping plyometric moves.

Build Muscle Mass While Preventing Joint Damage

Bodybuilding is all about mass: building more muscle mass means lifting more mass in the gym. No bones about it, you must train heavy to get huge. Just take a look at the poundage hoisted by some of the sport’s biggest pros, such as Ronnie Coleman, Markus Rühl and Dorian Yates. These guys train hard and heavy and it shows. The irony of training with a lot of mass to put on muscle mass is that it has the opposite effect on joints. Lifting heavy weights actually reduces the mass of cartilage.

Hardcore Contender - Rich Gaspari

Haney and Gaspari were training partners in 1984, the year Haney won his first Sandow. For the following seven years, as Haney collected seven more Sandows, Gaspari was chasing him, notching three straight runner-up Olympia finishes (1986-88). And while he had no hope of matching Haney's lat spread, The Dragon Slayer was determined to out-muscle the champ with back thickness and detail. To that end, his back workouts focussed on all the knotty details others overlook, not just in his lats but also in his spinal erectors, traps and rear delts. (Shrugs and rear laterals are not included in our sample back routine, but were typically done before deadlifts.) Weights were maximum, rests were minimal and intensity was sky high. He never caught Haney, but Gaspari overcame structural limitations to forge one of the best rear double-biceps shots of the '80s and make himself, for three years, the second-best bodybuilder in the world.

The Best Swiss Ball Ab Workout

The Swiss ball gives some distinct advantages over other pieces of equipment or bodyweight  alone. It can extend the range of motion on the crunch, activating more ab muscle. It can also create instability, which forces your abs to contract harder to brace your body, and even serve as a source of resistance itself—like a weight—if you lift it. (Don’t think it’s heavy enough to give you a good workout? Try the V-up and pass on the next page and then tell us.)

The Predator's Mean Greene Back Workout

Not Greene. Greene won the jackpot in the back genetics lottery and milked it to the max. His lats are wide and thick, inserting so low into his waist it almost looks like he doesn’t have a waist from behind. He’s got so much muscle tissue back there his lower lats actually hang over his spinal erectors and glutes. Greene’s wide shoulders only help his front lat spread match his rear lat spread; when he hits the pose from the front, he’s got meat hanging down of his frame. In a Kai Greene back double biceps pose, things come alive, fibering out, jumping of back there: his back is crisp, detailed, gnarly—add your own adjective. Greene’s back has been a strength for him since back in the day when he was placing in the top 3 at the NPC Universe, the show he’d win in 2004 to earn his pro card.

10 Strange, Awesome Exercises You Should Start Doing

Go rogue, raise eyebrows, and advance gains with these unique moves.

5 HIIT Kettlebell Workouts for Fat Loss

DIRECTIONS Partner 1 holds a  plank  while partner 2 performs 10 reps of the kettlebell clean and press, with one kettlebell in each hand. Without rest, partner 1 then performs 10 reps of the clean and press while partner 2 holds a plank. Repeat this for nine reps and continue counting down to 1 rep. Rest for 5 minutes and repeat the workout, but this time, start at 1 rep and count up to 10 reps. THE WORKOUT Set 1 Partner 1: Plank Partner 2: 10 KB Clean and Press Partner 1: 10 KB Clean and Press Partner 2: Plank

Six Substitutions That Will Clean Up Your Grocery List

■ Try to source meat that’s organic and grass-fed or pasture-raised, and stick with whole lean cuts like top sirloin or flank steak (bison is lean all-around), organic chicken, and pork tenderloin instead of ham. And avoid deli-sliced meats, which are often formed from pieces and bound together with additives, and can contain sodium nitrate and nitrite for color and preservation.

The Muscle-Building Standards: Build Huge Legs

The Standards are bare-bones muscle building tactics. Straight sets, moderate rest, and traditional exercises.

6 Serious Health Problems Your Dentist Might Find

Because these bumps aren’t painful, you might not even notice them before your dentist spots them. What’s more, recurring canker sores—those small, painful ulcers that form inside your mouth—could also signal Crohn’s or another type of inflammatory bowel disease, notes a recent review in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice .

8 Ways to Get an Early Morning Edge

As a man living in a hectic and highly competitive world, it’s not enough to establish proficiency in one or two aspects of life. You need to take a more holistic approach if you hope to gain that all-important edge. That’s why we’ve put together a panel of experts to give you some quick and easy tips in the fields of meditation, brain health, physical fitness, and nutrition—soul, mind, and body. By incorporating their expertise into your morning routine, you’ll be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more productive life. Our experts are: Mas Vidal, the founder and director of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda (DSYA) in Los Angeles; Cynthia R. Green, Ph. D, a leading expert in memory fitness and brain health, and the author of the forthcoming book

6 Perfect Post-Workout Meals

Eating quality food post-workout is crucial…you know, if you expect to make gains and stuff. The science on recovery is a little War-and-Peace-y in its complexity but you can boil it down to a few nutritional musts: in order to optimize your results, you need to replace the amino acids and glycogen lost during your workout.

A WOD with the Champ

We've got some brave editors here at Men's Fitness. Not always smart, but certainly brave. I am one of them. So I'll take the credit—or blame—for volunteering to jump in a CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) with 2014 CrossFit Games women's champion Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet. At 5'2", 125 pounds, the 25 year-old Canadian-born athlete has earned the title "Fittest Women on Earth" with her incredible strength and gymnastic ability. CBL, who works out twice-a-day, three times a week, earned her first CrossFit title last August at CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. She did all that while still completing her degree in chemical engineering.

The Bodyweight Workout That Builds Strong Legs

Leg training is often associated with heavy barbell squats and leg presses stacked the brim with plates. Yes, that’s one way to train legs, but there's another way to work your lower body that’s sure to transfer into athleticism: bodyweight exercises.

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Green juice can help boost energy, burn fat, and speed recovery—so make sure your kitchen is stocked with these essentials.

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The Ultimate Hangover-Curing Smoothie

If last night took you on a trip to the bottom of a wine bottle, this light and refreshing smoothie is your cure. Coconut water and fresh fruit help to deliver key headache-easing electrolytes, while the cucumber will help detox your troubled liver. The protein and fat in yogurt and hemp seeds help to suck up any remaining booze, while a little boost from agave nectar can help right low morning blood-sugar levels. Just muddle in the kitchen long enough to give everything a rough chop,, then let 'er spin until everything is liquefied. Store any extra in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge for up to two days, shake well, and slug down the next time you need it.

Four Simple Steps to Building a Better Workout Plan

Setting your New Year’s resolution to get in better shape? Well, one set of bench presses won't have you looking like Arnold in his prime, and you won't be Usain Bolt after one sprint workout . Getting in shape and performing better takes a plan, but more important, consistency. However, history and research has shown us that most memberships only get used for the first month or two. Why? Because "fitness" isn't immediately gratifying. But, if you don't want to be another person throwing in the towel too soon, here’s a four-step plan to stay consistent and build a better body.


In the ’80s, when they started appearing on everyone from Tom Cruise to Madonna, muscular middles went mainstream. Hard cores were no longer hardcore. In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s era, some champs worked their abdominals for 30 minutes daily. For some of today’s pros, crunch time only comes precontest. This article is for nearly every bodybuilder, from gym novices to Mr. O competitors, because most of us are letting our abs off easy. This month, we’ll examine the most frequent midsection mistakes and lay out ab solutions for making your center the center of attention. Class is in session.

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6 Muscle-Building Recipes from The 21-Day Shred Cookbook

But building a great body has as much to do with what you put in it as what you do at the gym. And with spring nearly here (and summer around the corner) you need more recipe options with plenty of flavor but not guilt. So, we present The 21-Day Shred Cookbook from Men's Fitness online director Mike Simone . Whether you’re in between program cycles or looking to clean up your diet, try these 6 recipes, and download the cookbook today for 77 muscle-building, fat-shredding, healthy recipes .

The Five-Move Anywhere Abs Workout

We don’t doubt your will to get  six-pack abs . Now, it’s time to be consistent and have them look the way you want them to— ripped . We caught up with IFBB men’s physique pro and certified personal trainer Pierre Vuala to see how he keeps his midsection shredded without even using equipment. “Whenever you do any ab workouts, it's always good to get all the air out as you squeeze at the point of full contraction,” Vuala says. No equipment ? No excuses.

Ultimate 3-Day Mass Building Routine

Gaining size isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your body is built to survive, not to look like an Olympia competitor, so putting on – and holding on – to muscle mass is a complicated, multilayered affair that can vary from person to person. But one thing everyone can do to maximize your ability to add new muscle is to select the right exercises – the type that will break down muscle tissue and trigger the hormonal responses that send your body into anabolic overdrive.

The Power Principles Workout Routine

The following is a sample week of power training combined with strength and hypertrophy training, broken down into a 3—day split—a push day, a pull day and a lower body day. Each workout can be performed either once or twice a week (we'd recommend once a week, so as to avoid overtraining). As you'll notice, power training is performed before all strength and hypertrophy training in each workout, when energy levels at their highest. Perform this style of training for no more than 3-5 weeks at a time, then go back to your regular bodybuilding-style training. For continual gains in muscle power, perform this type of routine 3-5 times a year.

Lift Doctor: The New 21s - Explosive Arm Growth

Intensity doesn’t only mean lifting a maximum weight, it can also involve making every rep and every set count, and two ways to do that are to control the tempo of the rep and attack the muscle from different angles within the set.  And, as always, we want to try and perform a full range of motion for each and every rep, which would define good quality form and engage the maximum number of muscle fibers.


Any discussion of muscle building foods requires a spotlight on meat. Sure, all ten foods on this list could be derived from animals (beef, buffalo, bison, elk, venison, lamb, ostrich, turkey, fish, and eggs) but that would be boring and unpractical. And it ignores the fact that many plant-based foods are key for achieving peak health because they fight inflammation.

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Pullups: The King of Back Development

An easy way to begin to add these to your regimen is the Pyramid Method.  To do this you pick a top number, for a beginner it may be ten. You start by doing one pull-up, then rest 30 seconds, then do 2 pullups, then rest 30 seconds, then do 3 pullups, and so on until you get to ten, then you start heading back down the pyramid by doing 9, then 8, etc. until you are back down to 1.

7 Protein Myths

Lies, fabrications and outright fiction everywhere you turn — you might think you’re in the midst of a political convention. No, it’s just a general discussion about protein in an ordinary gym. At its core, protein is a simple nutrient. The amino acids from dietary protein represent the bricks that lay the foundation a body uses to create new muscle tissue; if you fall short of the appropriate protein intake, you won’t grow. Simple, see?

Cable Crunching, Ripped Abs

While primarily utilized for isolation moves, the cable tower can offer you a one-stop solution on your road to rock hard abdominals. These two ab blasting exercises will hit your oblique’s, and and lower abs hard. So grab a cable and get to work.

On Trial: Front Barbell Shrugs vs. Behind-the-Back

For balanced traps developed from all angles, include both versions in your trap-training program. To build bigger/higher upper traps, the barbell shrug to the front is the winner. To build thicker traps and to hit the middle portion of them, the behind-the-back barbell shrug is a better choice.

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Get Fit @ Work: The Perfect Lunch-Hour Workout

If you really want your results from the gym to spill over into the boardroom, you may be better off exercising before work than after: ”You’d be activating your muscles and the systems that get your body to fight depression,” says Keith Barr, M.D., head of the UC Davis Functional Molecular Biology Lab. But if the early a.m. is out of the question, the next best thing is hitting the gym when your colleagues are ordering Chipotle. With this rigorous routine, you’ll have ample time to shower, change, and get back to your cube within an hour.

4 Red Flags You Shouldn't Ignore When Working Out

Thinking we're invincible in the gym could be a huge misstep for many of us lifters . Bad workouts do happen, and we're all susceptible to having an off day. The real test of our training knowledge comes not only in the amount of off days we encounter, but how we push through them when they happen. A senseless lifter will train through the pain, which will lead to injury at some point down the road, if not immediately. Watch out for some of these red flags, so that you can adjust your workout as you go along.

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A Beginner's Guide To Getting Strong, Phase 2 -

When undertaking a program that focuses on strength rather than building muscle size, you don't follow a static program, which is to say you don't pick an exercise and simply do 3-4 sets of 10 for 12 weeks. When it comes to building strength, you need to build progression into your routine, a smarter and faster way to make gains. To that end, we're following up the first phase of the beginner's strength program (Weeks 1-6) with a second phase (Weeks 7-14) that builds on what you did previously.

Kai Greene: Back Workout

Unless Heath was privy to the numbers on the judges’ scorecards, he knew how close it was based only on crowd reaction—and when the place went ballistic every time Greene was called out, Heath had every reason to worry. The pose that got the biggest rise out of the crowd: Greene’s rear lat spread. Not only did he display freakishly huge lats that nearly went down to his hips, he also presented them in exquisite detail. Every few degrees he moved his arms, the landscape of his back musculature completely transformed; with his elbows drawn tight to his rib cage, it looked as if two giant seashells were buried under his skin, facing each other across his spine.

How To Fool Yourself Shredded in 24-Hours

Sometimes you need to look ripped…real quick (first date, impromptu beach trip with your girlfriend, etc.), but there’s only so much you can do to change your physique at the last minute, right? Wrong. We went straight to the pros—bodybuilders who know what it takes drop the last couple layers of fat before a competition—for some of their personal, pre-event toning tricks. Here are a few solid ways to make your body appear stronger in no time.

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Shake It Up With 8 Power-Packed Superfoods

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10-Minute TRX Push-Pull-Core-Circuit Bodyweight Workout

The circuit begins with a classic push-pull superset that will work chest, back, biceps, and triceps. Core strength and stabilization are trained with the knee-ins, and an old-fashioned stair or treadmill run ensures your heart rate will stay elevated. “I love this workout because it’s simple but gets all your muscles activated quickly,” McDermott says. “The burn kind of sneaks up on you.”

5 Ways To Get More Out Of Bodyweight Training

A lot of people tend to scoff at bodyweight exercises, figuring that they are an inferior method of developing a better physique. But bodyweight training can enhance your look and performance (see: gymnasts), and there are ways to make it more challenging and wholly more productive … as long as you’re willing to bust out of your comfort zone for a few minutes. Try one of these quick remedies to get a better workout the next time you decide to go ironless. 1. Pick Tougher Exercises In your quest to have a more Arnold-like back, you have been using wide-grip pull-ups as your go-to move on the bar. But typewriter pull-ups, during which you pull up to one side then, remaining in that top position, drift to the other side before lowering yourself, are far more challenging. Other bodyweight-only exercises like dips, handstand push-ups, star push-ups and countless others offer real growth-inducing benefits if you’re willing to give them a try. Related: Best Bodyweight Exercises to Get You Ripped 2. Vary Rep Speed Different rep speeds address muscle fibers differently, and bodyweight exercises grant you a lot of freedom in this department.

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