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Muscle & Fitness December 2019

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leading man

I’m thrilled to feature Chris Hemsworth, star of The Avengers franchise, 12 Strong, and Men in Black: International, and not just because he’s a movie star. With everything Hemsworth has going for him—fame, money, and good looks—it’d be easy for him to live in a bubble. Instead, he uses his popularity to promote a healthy lifestyle through his new Centr app. Check out our cover story on Hemsworth on page 16. You may not want to pack on as much muscle as Hemsworth has for specific roles, but you can still emulate his passion and focus for fitness. He doesn’t just put down the potato chips and pick up the weights when duty calls. This is a man who stays ready year-round. And it’s during this time of the year, specifically, that…

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it’s like you’re still here

It doesn’t feel like two years have passed since our former VP/editor in chief Shawn Perine passed away. He was 51, but he had the physique of a man in his 30s and the vibrancy of a 20-something. How someone who exercised regularly and didn’t smoke, drink, or eat junk could get stricken with an aggressive form of lung cancer still haunts me. When I think about him, I remind myself of his legacy: Shawn led by example and was a fitness purist who refused to sell out for popularity or to make a buck. He stuck to his core values, even when it was unpopular to do so. And though he was strong as hell, his moral strength was what stood out most. I’m not alone in my admiration. Google…

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looking back… and ahead

When I arrived in Las Vegas in September for the start of the 2019 Olympia, the long lines leading up to the ticket counter read as a good omen. And I was right. After meeting with our production team, I reviewed reports showing a 29% increase in registrations and ticket sales for the amateur Olympia event, which gives nonprofessional competitors the chance to experience the Olympia competition. Also, hotel officials reported 23% attendance increases at the press conference as well as the Meet the Olympians event. But the most meaningful data arrived in the hours, days, and weeks following the event, when fans and competitors began sending in notes sharing their feelings about their personal Olympia experiences. Dexter Jackson, fresh off his 20th Olympia appearance, sent in a note saying, “This…

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5 reasons why you should give it a shot!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN We all know protein is important for muscle building, but what you may not know is that protein is vital in recovery and also in boosting a stronger immune system which in turn creates antibodies to fight off disease and infections, helping to keep your body healthy and running efficiently. FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN PROTEIN Chicken breast is one of the best food sources of protein. One chicken breast can contain approximately 53 grams of protein. Some other high protein foods that you should be adding to your diet on a regular basis are: eggs, lean beef, legumes, cottage cheese, yogurt, milk and protein supplements. NO POWDERY MESS Protein powders are a good source of protein but there are times when you just don’t need the hassle or mess. Unlike…

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centr of the universe

NOBODY KNOWS CHRIS HEMSWORTH BETTER THAN his family—except maybe his longtime trainer and pal, Luke Zocchi. For the past eight years, Zocchi has been guiding the Aussie A-lister’s transformations for Thor, Avengers, and Men in Black. “I’ve known Chris since we were 6,” Zocchi says. “We were friends all through high school. I used to do some amateur boxing. Chris would come down and watch me spar in the ring. I’d always say, ‘Jump in!’ And he’d quip, ‘I can’t get in there, I’d ruin my face!’ ” Smart move, because two decades (and $4 billion at the box office) later, Hemsworth’s megawatt mug is one of the most recognizable in the world. But his latest project won’t be seen on the big screen—rather, a 6.5-inch one. It’s called Centr, and…

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sesame chicken stir-fry with broccolini

SERVES 2 1 tbsp sesame oil16 oz chicken breast, diced1 garlic clove, grated1 tsp grated fresh ginger1 red onion, thinly sliced1 bunch broccolini, chopped2 medium carrots, thinly sliced on the bias3 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free) Juice and zest of 1 lime Salt and pepper1½ oz bean shoots Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish1 oz toasted sesame seeds, for garnish2 cups cooked brown rice 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat and add sesame oil. Add chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 2. Add garlic, ginger, and onion and stir for another minute. Add broccolini, carrots, soy sauce, and lime juice. Sauté for 3 minutes, or until vegetables are crisp tender. Season with salt and pepper. 3. Divide stir-fry between plates. Top with lime zest, bean shoots,…