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Australian Men's Fitness March 2019

Men's Fitness is your personal trainer, dietician, life coach and training partner in one package. It's about fitness of the mind and body. Covering fitness, health, nutrition, participation in sport, relationships, travel and men's fashion, the magazine drives its readers to be fitter, stronger, healthier and ultimately, happier.

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English
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Odysseus Publishing PTY Limited
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the smart man’s cheat sheet

Try thisArmed & dangerous Could you handle the new US armed forces fitness test?• Deadlift between 54.4 and 190.5kg at least three times.• Throw a 4.5kg med ball backwards and overhead for distance.• Do as many hand-release push-ups as you can in two minutes.• Do five 50m shuttles of sprinting, dragging, lateral, carry and sprint with a 18kg kettlebell and 41kg sled.• As many leg tucks as you can do in two minutes while on a climbing bar.• Run 3.2km in under 12 mins 45 secs. Chew on thisNot so green Doling out extra for those organic mung beans? Might be worth holding onto your hard-earned dosh. An international study from Sweden has found that organically-farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the…

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fat body, thin brain

If the thought of imminent death from a heart attack, cancer or diabetes isn’t enough to put people off being obese, perhaps the prospect of being dumber than a box of hair might do the trick. Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a study in Neurology. Researchers determined obesity by measuring BMI and waist-to-hip ratio in study participants and found those with higher ratios of both measures had the lowest brain volume.“Existing research has linked brain shrinkage to memory decline and a higher risk of dementia, but research on whether extra body fat is protective or detrimental to brain size has been inconclusive,” said study author Dr Mark Hamer. “Our research looked at a large group of people and…

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training

Flat bench, big chest It’s tempting to think that you need to complicate things to make faster training progress. But sometimes the basic exercises are the best, and when targeting your chest that means the good old flat bench press. According to a report in the European Journal of Sports Science, when researchers asked subjects to perform sets of six reps at 65 percent of their one-rep maximum, they found that muscle stimulation was greater when the bench was flat than when it was placed at a 15°, 30° or 45° angle. So, make the flat bench the cornerstone of your chest-building strategy and include incline variations to hit your upper chest and front shoulders. Sock it to me A scientist from James Cook University, Qld, has found sports…

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rest less to boost power

If you want to turn your commute or training ride into an effective high-intensity interval session, you should reduce the length of the recovery periods you take between all-out efforts. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research monitored cyclists who rested for either 30, 80 or 120 seconds between six 10-second sprints. The group who had the shortest rest showed the biggest improvement in both their 3km time trial and their peak power output. ■…

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weight loss

You’ve been served Everyone talks about how enormous the food servings are in the States. But a new multi-country study published in The BMJ finds that large, high-calorie portion sizes in fast food and full-service restaurants is not a problem unique to the US. An international team of researchers found that 94 percent of full-service meals and 72 percent of fast food meals studied in five countries – China, Brazil, India, Finland and Ghana – contained 600 calories or more. Surprisingly, the study also found that meals from fast food restaurants contained 33 percent fewer calories than meals from full-service restaurants, suggesting fast food restaurants shouldn’t be singled out when exploring ways to address overeating and the global obesity epidemic. Pulp fact Did you know that a glass of…

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eat sweet when the diet bites

People who eat chocolate several times a week are slimmer than those who only eat it very occasionally. So says research in the Archives of Internal Medicine, in a study which also took other factors such as daily activity levels into account. It’s thought that having a little of what you fancy isn’t just good for you mentally, it may also help you to continue to burn fat by spiking levels of the hormone leptin, which tells your brain you’re getting enough energy so that it continues to release fat from cells to burn as fuel. ■…

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