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Men's Health South Africa March 2019

Men's Health is South Africa's best-selling men's magazine. And no wonder: each page is packed with expert tips and easy-to-implement, actionable advice on everything the modern man needs to feel fitter, happier and healthier. Through its award-winning content and design, Men's Health improves every aspect of a man's life, from physical and mental health to food, style, sex, stress, gear, grooming, tech, relationships, wealth, career and beyond. It's an essential read for any guy who wants to live his best life right now. That's you, right?

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man of action

TRAIN WITH A PURPOSE. At only 22, Alan Hatherly continues to tear up the track, year in and year out. That’s all thanks to training with a purpose – it’s the ultimate motivator. “We plan out my entire race season, with certain events targeted as priority. It typically starts with a lot of volume riding and heavy gym sessions. We then transition into some high-intensity interval training, where we fine-tune the ‘engine’. I do more explosive gym work during this period,” says Alan. “To finish off the build-up period I have a small rest block to taper for a race, or to achieve some adaption to the training load which has just been done.” This month, Alan will be taking part in his first Cape Epic, a 7-day stage race;…

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what should you do differently?

Lately, a large number of men have made the news, and it’s been for the wrong reasons. Powerful men who are meant to be role models have been abusing women sexually, physically, emotionally and mentally. And it’s not just women: South African men have a shameful record in their relations with both women and children. The global #MeToo movement has shone a light on this abuse and into toxic masculinity, but it’s not just the politicians, actors and presidents who are guilty – we all need to have a long, hard look at the way we treat women; and while rape and abuse are what must be eradicated first, it doesn’t end there – we also need to look at the way we treat women at work, in social circles,…

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the exchange

HOW MUCH DAMAGE ARE REGULAR SPIN CLASSES ACTUALLY DOING TO MY TAINT? Corey, Joburg We each have differently shaped pelvises, and stress to the pudendal nerve and perineum (the, uh, “taint”) can lead to different outcomes. On the more extreme end might be pudendal neuralgia or “entrapment”, which is fairly common among cyclists who spend a lot of time in the saddle. Symptoms vary from pain anywhere in the genital area to pain during activities like sex. It’s uncommon in spin class, but certainly possible. What’s more common is numbness in those regions, due to compression on the pudendal nerve. The severity of this depends on the seat. If you can’t change seats, try wrapping a towel around yours to provide a more forgiving saddle. If soreness is recurrent after each class,…

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mh world

WORKOUTS TRAIN LIKE CHRIS! For Chris Hemsworth’s new role in MIB: International (due out this winter), he required an aesthetic more manly than godlike. His long-time trainer Luke Zocchi (left) let us in on the routine they used to get Hemsworth lean – and you can do it too (see below). Also check out our exclusive video instruction with the pair over on our site. MH.CO.ZA/WORKOUTS Warm-up 10 rounds (20 seconds on, 10 off) 1. Bear crawls 2. Body-weight squats Workout Circuits: 8 reps each (no rest); repeat each circuit 3 times. First Circuit 1. DB weighted burpee 2. Curl and press 3. Goblet squat 4. Standing triceps extension 5. Reverse lunge and curl Shoulder Circuit 1. Lateral raise 2. Front raise 3. Upright row Plank Circuit 1. Plank punch-out 2. Plank pulse 3. Plank pike MEN’S HEALTH TWITTER POLL WHAT’S THE BEST WORD FOR BICEPS? 48% Biceps 35% Guns 9% Pipes 8% Pythons Whatever you call them, it’s never…

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about the (real weight ) truth loss

A popular topical discussion point this past festive season: “Doc, what are your thoughts on diet X – do you think it works?” This conversation normally continues with me explaining that I’m not a dietician or a medical doctor. I’m a sport scientist, and therefore not an expert on the topic. However, I do consider myself well trained in sifting through information and differentiating truth from fiction. I would also like to think that my education has provided me with a fair amount of common sense. My answer to the diet question always involves a refresher on Newton’s laws of physics, and two simple words: calorie deficit. Now, let me explain further. The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed system. What this…

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what’s on my radar

What the Doc finds super-useful right now: This month I thought I’d highlight some very useful and educational Instagram accounts. Because Instagram doesn’t have to be filled only with selfies and quacks. There are some really knowledgeable experts out there who share their knowledge with their followers, and I highly recommend giving them a follow. @DRNADOLSKY Dr Spencer Nadolsky is a physician who focuses on lifestyle changes and fat loss. Includes funny memes, and has a strong emphasis on debunking diet misconceptions. @DR.JACOB.HARDEN Dr Jacob Harden is a doctor of chiropractic and shares very useful strengthening exercises for prehabilitation and rehabilitation of injury. Helps you avoid injuries. @JOETHERAPY Joe Yoon is a massage therapist, and he shares content that will assist you to stretch and improve mobility around certain joints and structures.…