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Men's Fitness UK

Men's Fitness UK April 2020

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
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editor's letter

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES Mixed martial arts (MMA) has come a long way since the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1993. Back then, fighters were recruited through callouts in MMA magazines and the prize money was set at $50,000. Today, UFC is one of the most lucrative sporting competitions around, and the emergence of rival organisation Bellator is proof that the market for watching two people knock seven shades out of each other is alive and well. But amidst the eye-watering sums and trash-talk showdowns, it’s easy for the incredible athleticism of the fighters to get overlooked. MMA is the ultimate test of full-body fitness: strength, endurance, resilience and power rolled into one. On page 28, we chart the sport’s inexorable rise, and speak to the coach of a little-known…

1 minuti
stretch forth

If you’re looking to upgrade your productivity, it’s time to stretch things out. Researchers from the University of Illinois analysed 11 different studies and found yoga increases the volume of certain areas of the brain, including the hippocampus and amygdala, which are involved in memory processing and emotions. The same effects were seen in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region just behind the forehead that’s essential to planning, decision making and multitasking. But the benefits don’t end there: a study in the journal Work found yoga can reduce back pain, improve flexibility and even boost grip strength. Time to get your “Om” on.…

2 minuti
15 minutes with…

MF: PELOTON WAS THE BREAKOUT FITNESS CRAZE OF 2019 - TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT IT CR: “Peloton brings the benefit of studio-style workouts to the comfort of your own home through a connected indoor bike. The bike offers live and on-demand fitness classes and has live metrics that measure the cadence, resistance and output, which enables riders to track their own progress. During a live class, instructors can see who’s taking part and there’s also a community aspect: you can connect with other riders via the real-time leaderboard and through social media.” MF: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED? CR: “My background is in dance and I was lucky enough to get to work with celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry as a back-up performer. However, the dance industry has its…

2 minuti
wait a minute

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has taken the fitness world by storm in the last decade, hailed as the quick-fix fat-burning alternative to more traditional forms of cardio. But while workouts can follow any number of formulas – from as little as the 20-second bouts advocated by TABATA, to much longer efforts – new research suggests HIIT training will only have a positive impact on fitness levels if it's performed at 60-second intervals (the key phrase being ‘fitness levels’; the research says nothing about fat-burning effectiveness). The researchers compared the effects of two HIIT protocols – 60HIIT and 30HIIT – on a small group of 26 previously sedentary men and women over a six-week period, and the 60-second intervals led to improved aerobic capacity. The findings of such a small study shouldn’t be…

1 minuti
improve your pull-up

Timeless, effective and really bloody hard, the pull-up is perhaps the best bodyweight exercise there is, but mastering it requires patience and practice... BUILD YOUR BACK Forge pull-up power by incorporating lat pull-downs – both heavy-weight and high-rep sets – into your weekly routine. Also try eccentric pull-ups: jumping up to the top of the pull-up and lowering your weight as slowly as you can. RECRUIT YOUR GLUTES The back may be the primary area at work, but pull-up mastery requires a full-blody flex. Squeeze your glutes and thighs together to stabilise your lower body and keep your legs from swinging, which can add unnecessary strain on your main working muscles. PULL AT THE BAR Focus on pulling the bar down, rather than your body up. Doing so will help you recruit your large lat muscles,…

2 minuti

OUT OF STEAM The effects of long-term ‘low energy availability’ in exercising men may include susceptibility to anxiety and depression. Men who train a lot and are consistently using more calories than they take in, or who deliberately eat less than they need in order to lose weight, are putting themselves at risk of mental ill health, according to the preliminary findings of research at Lincoln University’s School of Sport and Exercise science. The study found links between low energy availability in men who take regular exercise, and what they describe as a complex and interlinked ‘psychological warzone’. Less is More BUYING LESS MAKES YOU MORE HAPPY. NEW RESEARCH IN YOUNG CONSUMERS COMPARED THE WELLBEING OF CONSUMERS WHO UPCYCLE, REUSE AND ACTIVELY SHOP LESS WITH THOSE WHO DON’T. ON AVERAGE, THE MORE ECO-CONSCIOUS…