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Men's Fitness UK Winter 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.

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editor’s letter

At the start of lockdown (the original) – in a state of mild panic that my gym was out of bounds and, with it, the cornerstone of my fitness routine for the past decade – I baked a lovely lemon drizzle cake and bought a PlayStation. I also committed to doing ten minutes of yoga and five minutes of press-ups every single morning. It’s not a lot, but however many months on (eight? 75? Who knows.) I’m still supplementing my regular routine with that small morning ritual. The habit has formed, and I feel genuinely better for it. It’s brought physical benefits, too. Because despite my old weights programme going out the window, I feel in much better shape now than I did when I was quivering under a pair…

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surround sound

Disclaimer: if you soundtrack your sweat sessions with ear-blasting music, Aftershokz headphones won’t be for you. The opposite of noise-cancelling, the brand’s trademark bone-conduction technology generates mini vibrations that travel through the cheekbones. These vibrations go directly to your inner ears, bypassing the eardrums, which means surrounding noise like traffic, cyclists and runners can be heard as normal. SHOKZ TACTICS The downside, for anyone who enjoys getting lost in the music, is that sound quality is never going to stand up to the in-ear alternatives. It’s certainly not bad, but being able to hear what’s going on around you comes with a compromise. That said, for any outdoor fitness enthusiast – especially in busy, urban environments – the OpenMove is an excellent option. Beyond the safety benefits of spatial awareness, the wraparound, over-ear…

2 minuti
x dare jenson 2b button

Leading multi-sports brand Dare 2b has announced that former Formula 1 champion Jenson Button is to be the new face of its upcoming AW20 menswear range, launching 30 September 2020. Dare 2b has tapped Button to front its new men’s Autumn winter lifestyle, ski, active and mountain ranges dropping throughout the season. The collection is designed for the ultimate outdoor adventurer, featuring technical outerwear jackets, essential base layers and winter accessories – created and inspired by pieces from Dare 2b’s archives. Men’s Fitness caught up with Button to find out why Dare 2b was the perfect fit for him… Jenson, what sets Dare 2b apart? “It started last year. We were looking to work with someone in the adventure world, because I was doing the Baja 1000, which is the most insane event on the…

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FEET OF ENDURANCE Ultra runner and natural lifestyle coach Tony Riddle set a new record for running the Three Peaks Challenge – that’s Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in Yorkshire, and Ben Nevis in Scotland – barefoot. Having set out on 29 August, donning a pair of Vivobarefoot trainers to simulate ‘natural’ running, Riddle finished his 450-mile journey in a new men’s record of nine days, seven hours and 18 minutes. “I realised if I did the climbs barefoot, I could wear Vivobarefoot on my feet for the bits in-between [Riddle ran the hundreds of miles between each mountain],” he told Men's Fitness. “That allows them to respond how nature intended – only with a 3-4mm layer to protect them.” And on the unique challenges posed by the peaks themselves,…

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3 ways to... add speed and focus to your workouts

1. REDUCE REST TIME Sixty seconds means exactly that: the clock starts when you put the weight down. When it hits the minute mark you should have the weight in hand, ready to go. Keeping rests strict will ratchet up your fat loss by forcing you to work harder. 2. STRETCH AT HOME There’s no real need to fit mobility work (important as it is) into your limited workout time. If you’re pushed for time at the gym, get a band and foam roller for home and do your injury-prevention work when you’re less pressed for time. 3. PUT IT AWAY Social media and news updates are unnecessary time-sinks that will add nothing to your workouts. To avoid temptation entirely, leave the phone in your bag. If you need it for music or rep-counting, stick…

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BEAT FATIGUE Listening to upbeat music will help you recover between bouts of exercise, according to a study published in the journal of the American Psychological Association. The research compared the recovery of men who listened to ‘stimulative’ music, with those who listened to sedative music and those who listened to no music at all. It found that listening to up-tempo tunes helped recovery, leading to blood lactate clearance and improving subsequent exercise performance. 170 BPM Studies have shown music that maintains a steady 170 beats per minute or above will goes some way to distracting your mind from feelings of exertion and fatigue during intense workouts. FLOWER POWER Researchers studying so called ‘nootropics’ – drugs that enhance cognitive functions – say that eating the leaves of the pond plant water hyssop has been shown…