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Muscle & Fitness January 2020

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1 min.
2020 vision

For most people, Jan. 1 is more like Groundhog’s Day—a never-ending hamster wheel of resolutions made (and unfulfilled), year after year. I think it’s safe to say that you, M&F reader, are not “most people.” You don’t take your commitment to fitness lightly. And instead of making resolutions, you make a list of fitness goals. With 2019 in the rear view, you’re able to step back, take a breath, and evaluate all aspects of your protocol with a wide-angle lens. Whereas most people adhere to a “New Year, New You” mentality, you’re more of a “New Year, Better You” type. Use the advice, tips, and workouts in this issue to fuel your success and blast through PRs in the gym. But why stop there? Aim high and go big. What’s on your…

2 min.
embrace discomfort

I’m holding a filthy 20-pound rock against my stomach while sweat pours down me as I pursue Spartan CEO and co-founder Joe De Sena. It’s a few minutes past 6 a.m., and four of us are training with Joe in the mountains a few miles outside of Sparta, Greece. It’s not the way I usually train—dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells are noticeably absent today—and I’m falling behind as we hustle down a steep and winding road. I switch to an overhead hold; the rock’s jagged edges dig into my traps, but I can’t let it slow me down—I’m already 30 yards from the pack. Soon, I can’t see or hear the others. I regrip the rock and pick up the pace, focusing on breathing and taking one step at a time. It…

2 min.
olympia expansion continues

While Olympia Weekend continues to garner headlines, our team here at Olympia headquarters is working every single day to develop the Olympia in ways that go far beyond the annual Las Vegas main event. Here’s an update on some of the ways we are expanding as we prepare to take the Olympia to new heights in 2020. THE GLOBAL EVOLUTION Our Amateur Olympia program continues to gain momentum as we expand into several new territories. Sanctioned by the NPC Worldwide, these events are among the most successful amateur competitions in the world, giving athletes the chance to compete for the prestigious Amateur Olympia title along with opportunities to gain entry into the IFBB Professional League. In 2019, the Amateur Olympia lineup included events in 10 countries. With new destinations set to be…

13 min.
remaking john cena

WE’RE IN THE AGE of Design, initiated by Apple Inc., where the most popular products are sleek, durable, and adaptable. And each new version that’s released to the public is more popular than the last, with noticeable upgrades in hardware and software. If there’s a human version of the perfect design, it’s John Cena. It’s difficult to gauge whether we’re at Cena 2.0, Cena 3.0, or something even later, since his range of skills could position him as a game show host, the lead in a major motion picture, a sketch-comedy cutup, or a WWE elder statesman who drops into Raw and other productions to throw a few taunts and elbows. Cena’s most recent achievement is playing firefighter Jake Carson in the family comedy Playing With Fire (released Nov. 8). It’s…

1 min.

STAR TREK: PICARD Trekkies, rejoice! Patrick Stewart reprises his famous role in Star Trek: Picard, a 10-episode series set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis. Stewart also produced the series, which will deal with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. Premieres Jan. 23 on CBS All Access WATCH BAD BOYS FOR LIFE What you gonna do when they come for you? Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for the long-awaited sequel to the iconic 1990s cop movie, and they’re on a mission to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Directed by Belgian filmmakers Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi. In theaters Jan. 17 BUY RIDGE WALLET Tired of bulky wallets taking up space in your pocket and gym bag? The ultrathin Ridge Wallet fits up to 12 cards and can…

1 min.
big whoop

How’d you come up with the concept for Whoop? I got interested in how you could prevent overtraining and how you could optimize training plans. I got so obsessed with this idea of understanding the human body that it just became a natural continuation from there. I realized there was no method to collect this information together. There was nothing convenient to wear, and there was nothing, I felt, that was going to coach me. What about the name? It was a viral word when I was in college for energy or excitement. People were like, “You got whoop for the match?” It’s been a word that served us well because people seem to remember it. How did you get athletes like LeBron James and Michael Phelps to rock a Whoop strap? Their trainers found…