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Men's Fitness UK April 2019

Men's Fitness is for men who want to get more out of their lives and celebrates an upbeat, optimistic, pro-active lifestyle. Men's Fitness recognizes that mental and emotional fitness is vital to balanced living and aims to offer active and aspirational men - entertainment, information and inspiration.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£29.99(Incl. tax)
12 Issues


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go back to basics

I was in the gym the other week when one of the personal trainers took off his chain-branded T-shirt. I knew the guy was in good shape but I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was easily the biggest and leanest guy I’d ever seen in the place. His physique was solid muscle with next to no body fat. He looked like he was carved out of wood.What’s so weird about that, you ask? You’d expect a PT to look the part. True, but what surprised me so much was that I’d never seen this guy lift a weight. Not once. He stayed in the corner of the gym where the pull-up bar and dips bars are stationed. That’s where he got to work, mastering every single variation of bodyweight…

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instant fit tips

(Photography Danny Bird) 1 The simple trick for faster recovery To build a better body you need to train hard, eat smart and recover fast. And there’s a post-exercise drink that could be your secret weapon in speeding up the recovery process. But it’s less hi=tech than you might think… Find out more p57 2 Train to your top tunes to get fitter Silence the voice in your head telling you to call it a day by listening to your music when training. New research says that simply having a soundtrack can help you work out harder for longer – find out how it works in Updates. Find out more p12 3 Don’t skip breakfast if you want to be lean The jury is out…

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power up by jumping less

Updates What matters now If you’re going to use box jumps to improve your power output, make sure you limit the number of reps you perform each set. Study subjects who did ten sets of two reps with a ten-second rest between sets demonstrated greater power production, take-off velocity and jump height than those who did two sets of ten reps with 90 seconds’ rest between efforts. If your aim is to develop power endurance then higher-rep sets may still be useful – but if it’s all-out power you want, keep it short and explosive. ■…

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run to the beat

(Photography iStock) GO HARDER FOR LONGER Ever wondered why Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” got Rocky moving? Research published in the Journal Of Sport And Exercise Psychology found that song lyrics and their associations can affect your emotional and physiological arousal, acting as a free and legal stimulant to keep you training harder for longer. So fill your playlists with the tunes that get you going for when the going gets tough. BREATHE EASIER It’s not just boxers who can benefit from a punchy chorus. A recent study at Brunel University found that participants who cycled in time to music required 7% less oxygen to cover the same distance as those who didn’t, suggesting that music can prolong your performance in the saddle. Just make sure you can…

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call time on booze to boost fat loss

Enjoy a refreshing pint or a glass of fruity red after a workout? Sadly bars and barbells don’t mix very well. According to a Swedish study published in the journal Obesity , bingeing on alcohol decreases blood testosterone in men while increasing cortisol levels, which can contribute to the accumulation of abdominal fat. It has also been shown to lessen the effect of a workout. After a session alcohol interferes with your metabolism, decreasing the supply of fatty acids and carbohydrates and hindering post-workout recovery and muscle growth, according to University of Helsinki research. ■…

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lift weights to sculpt hard abs

Direct abs exercises like crunches build your muscles but they won’t help you show off a six-pack, because they don’t shift the layer of belly fat hiding it. A six-week Southern Illinois University study showed no reduction in bodyweight, body fat, abdominal fat or waist circumference. A better strategy is to use heavy total-body exercises such as deadlifts and squats, and do an abs move at the end of your workout. ■…