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Muscle & Fitness July 2019

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1 min.
timeless advice

Ever since Bruce Lee entered the pop-culture landscape in the late ’60s and early ’70s, he has been one of the most inspirational forces for movie fans and gymgoers alike. His mastery of martial arts, penchant for storytelling, and insight helped craft an indelible legacy in fitness, and it’s why he was the perfect choice to grace our cover this month. When you read our feature story about his enduring impact (page 20), I hope that you feel motivated to keep pushing through your own workout routines, no matter how daunting they may seem at the time. Next, you’ll need a plan of action to put those teachings to good use. In addition to Lee’s own workouts, our “Summer Shred” returns (page 70) to give you the proper blueprint to building…

2 min.
social vs. science

It was midday on a Wednesday, and I had come across a study that found just one of the top nine online fitness influencers knew enough about nutrition to provide accurate info on weight management to his or her followers. And the more I thought about that, the more my blood boiled. The news that most selfie obsessed “fitfluencers” were opportunistic phonies wasn’t surprising, but thinking about the people who wanted to make a change and were led down the wrong path, into a dead end, or to injury just set me off. I brought my shitty attitude into a podcast taping, but thankfully that day’s guest was Jordan Shallow. Jordan is an energetic, science-driven 28-year-old chiropractor, powerlifter, coach, and dude with one kick-ass beard. What’s more, he was a strength…

2 min.
wahlberg, cutler add to olympia buzz

As we continue our march toward Olympia Weekend, all of us here at Olympia headquarters are busy making sure that this year’s event raises the bar in every way possible. Anticipation is growing nearly as fast as the list of A-listers who are joining forces with the Las Vegas event, set for Sept. 12 to 15. Here’s a quick update in case you missed it. MARK WAHLBERG BRINGS FITNESS BRANDS TO OLYMPIA WEEKEND The fitness industry’s premier showcase event announced a promotional alliance with global box office superstar Mark Wahlberg. Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend has identified the Oscar-nominated actor as one of the world’s most influential fitness minded personalities. “Olympia Weekend is an incredible tradition,” says Wahlberg. “If you attend the Olympia, you’ll leave with enough inspiration and energy…

6 min.
bruce almighty

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND PICTURE IT: SAN FRANCISCO, 1878. Ah-Sahm, a martial arts prodigy, steps off a boat from China, searching for his sister. One fateful fight later, he’s a suited up Hop Wei hatchet man battling rival gangs in Chinatown’s infamous Tong Wars, scrapping with Irish cops, romancing fierce females, and generally kicking ass while grappling with sociopolitical issues (racism, immigration) still relevant today. Sounds fresh, right? No wonder Bruce Lee dreamed it up 50 years ago. No, really. Cinemax’s hit series Warrior emerged from a concept Lee originally had pitched in the early 1970s, and despite not seeing the light of day until April of this year, the show has been a sleeper hit with audiences and critics, already getting the green light for a second season. That Warrior connects in…

2 min.
lee lives on

Actor Mike Moh portrays Lee in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out July 26. (Tarantino’s clearly a fan; Uma Thurman’s yellow-and-black outfit in Kill Bill: Volume 1 is an unmistakable nod to Lee’s iconic Game of Death jumpsuit.) The Marvel character based largely on Lee, Shang-Chi (Master of Kung Fu), is due to get the big-screen treatment sometime in 2020 or 2021. Lee, who presaged MMA, is a playable character in 2018’s EA Sports UFC 3. This appearance follows a long line of Lee inspired video game avatars, including Super Punch-Out!!’s Dragon Chan, Street Fighter’s Fei Long, Tekken’s Marshall Law, and Mortal Kombat’s Liu Kang. Bruce Lee: A Life is out in paperback now from author Matthew Polly (American Shaolin) and publisher Simon & Schuster—the latest of literally hundreds of…

1 min.
once upon a time in hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a deep dive into the Hollywood machine of the late ’60s and the events surrounding the grisly murder of Sharon Tate. Featuring a stacked cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, and Margot Robbie, this looks to be a welcome sight for cinephiles trying to get away from all the superheroes clogging theaters this summer. In theaters July 26 GO MLB ALL-STAR GAME Don’t believe the headlines—baseball is far from dying; in fact, it’s thriving. Need more proof? Catch this year’s All-Star Game, where the best players in the sport will square off to decide home field advantage for this year’s World Series. And if that’s a bit too slow paced for you, then check out the Home Run Derby the night before to watch the league’s biggest…