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your DNA can take you only so far.
Aging well, after all, is something you do. Its
about leading a smart, healthy life, building
great habits at a young age, and choosing to
walk through the world in a body that not only
makes you happy but also gives you confidence.
For proof of this, allow me to introduce our latest cover guy:
Keanu Reeves.
As anyone whos visited a cineplex in the past quarter century
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as a teenage underachiever in the goofy Bill & Teds Excellent
Adventure, went on to become one of the great action stars in
recent memory, churning out blockbusters like Point Break
(1991), Speed (1994), The Matrix (1999), and, most recently,
the runaway cult hit John Wick (2014).
At 52, Reeves has exactly zero plans of slowing down, which
he makes very clear in his ass-kicking new movie, John Wick:
Chapter 2. As he reveals in a rare sit-down interview (page 72), Lighten up!
the raw physicality of filming great action is a true passion for If you own a single
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Matrix, Ive used this term superperfect. As in, Can we get it
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the intensity of just trying to do the best you can in the circum-
stances that you have. Of course, thats a lesson Id urge you to
apply to all facets of your life, whether its eating right, dressing
right, or improving your own physique.
As you set your sights on new goals, dont miss our story on
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RIDES AGAIN Step into
Keanu Reeves is the ring
the eternal action hero.
Fitness studios have
As the rest of us age
already revolutionized
and Hollywoods tastes
biking and burpeesand
change, hes the same
now, thanks to Rumble
machine who took the
( rumblefitnyc.com ),
red pill back in 99. And
its boxings turn.
as he proves in this
Founded by my friend
months John Wick:
Eugene Remm and his
Chapter 2, hes still the
entrepreneurial dream
one man who can win a
team, Rumble is already
gunfight with a dog, a
a magnet for off-duty
Mustang, and sheer
models and aspiring
gravitas. Read our
Rockys alike, who come
revealing interview with
for the nightclub-quality
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John Wick racked up


76 kills in the original
filmnot too shabby for
a retired hit man. The
staples in his repertoire
include judo, jiu-jitsu,
gun fu (kung fu with
guns), and hand-to-hand

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combat. But it isnt just
these skills that let Keanu
Reeves-as-John Wick rip
someones face off with
a roundhouse kick. No,
what Reeves hasand
you can have, toois
something that takes his
abilities to a higher level:
an enhanced sense of
proprioception, or a
heightened awareness
of where every part of
his body is and exactly
what its doing at all
times. The follow-
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The Cover Guys Gym

Coldhearted circuits
MULTIPURPOSE MOVES AND A NONSTOP STRUCTURE ARE A DEADLY COMBINATION
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JAMES MICHELFELDER

HOW IT
WORKS

This is not your


traditional muscle-
building plan. Joint
stability, mobility,
injury prevention, and
explosive power are
its cornerstones.
Keanus body was put
through the wringer,
says his trainer,
Patrick Murphy. I
had to implement the
safest, most effective
program possible.
To accomplish that,
Murphy made heavy
use of bands: They
can be easier on
the joints than free
weights, he explains,
but I also like the
negative resistance
they present. Other
tools in the box are
unilateral exercises
like ice skaters and
single-leg pistol squat
hops, which enhance
proprioceptionthe

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bodys ability to sense
what all its parts are
doingand balance.

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based celebrity trainer,
murphyfitness.com. 2) Sync up your entire body.

1) ISO LUNGE 2) ALTERNATING 3) STEP 4) BAND OR


WITH BAND REVERSE LUNGE FORWARD AND CABLE PALLOF
FRONT RAISE WITH BAND ROW PRESS PUNCH PRESS
Directions
Hold the band in both Anchor your band at WITH BAND With a cable handle or
hands shoulder-width navel height. Facing With a band anchored band anchored about
apart. Step on the your band, hold it in about chest height, chest height, turn side-
CIRCUIT 1

Perform each circuit center of the band with both hands with light turn around so youre ways and hold the band
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two to three times one foot. Step forward tension. Step back with facing away from the in both hands in front of
per week. Complete into a lunge with your one foot into a lunge. bands anchor point. your chest. Step away
1520 reps of each Hold the band with light from the anchor point
free foot. Hold the lunge Row your arms back,
exercise and then
while slowly raising elbows grazing your tension. Take a large so the band is tense.
move on to the next
exercise. Thats one your hands to shoulder sides. Resist as you step forward while Press both hands out
circuit. Rest one min- level. Resist the band as re-extend your arms. forcefully pressing the in front of you, keeping
ute upon completion you lower your hands. Step forward and band forward. Resist your shoulders square.
then start again. Do 10 reps on one side, repeat, lunging with the as you bring your hands Resist as you bring
then switch. opposite foot. back to the start. hands back to start.

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CIRCUIT 2

1) STANDING 3) MODIFIED
LEG SWING ICE SKATER
Balance on one foot. Start by standing on one
Swing the other foot. Push off that foot
forward as far as you to leap to the other side
can control, then back- and land softly. Quickly
ward the same way. repeat the process in
Do all reps on one side the other direction.
before switching. During each side leap,
tap your calf with the
2) SINGLE-LEG heel of the trailing foot.
BALANCE BODY
LEVER 4) REVERSE
Stand on one foot, with LUNGE KNEE-UP
both arms above your HOP
head. Hinge at the hips, Stand with feet hip-
extending the free leg width apart. Step back
back behind you and into a lunge with one
your arms forward so foot. Drive the back
that your body makes knee up and toward
one plane from finger- your chest to explode
tips to sole of foot. Use into a hop off your other
the standing leg to pull foot. Do all reps on one 3) For a joint-friendlier version of this move, see description on left.
yourself back up. side before switching.

1 CIRCUIT 3

1) DUMBBELL
FLOOR PRESS
With a pair of moderate
to heavy dumbbells, lie
on the floor with your
knees bent. Hold the
weights and lay your
triceps on the floor with
your elbows slightly
elevated. Press the
weights up above your
chest. Squeeze and re-
peat. Resist the weight
as you lower down.

2) IMAGINARY
CHAIR CABLE
HIGH ROW
2 Attach a rope or straight
bar to a cable station
set to the highest level. 2) Holding form will activate nearly
Holding a deep squat, every muscle in the body.
row the cable down to
your chest with your
elbows coming toward
3) SINGLE-LEG 4) SINGLE-LEG
LEG PRESS PISTOL SQUAT
your sides. Squeeze
Set up the leg press HOP
and repeat. Resist as
for moderate to heavy Stand on one foot.
you release the cable,
weight. Place both feet Extend the other foot
maintaining your squat.
on the platform so your forward while bending
knees are at right angles your standing knee
at the start. Remove and sending hips back
one leg. Press with the to squat on one foot.
For the full plan, leg remaining for a full Explode off the standing
including the warmup range of motion, but leg to hop up. Land
and Circuit 4, go to avoid locking out the softly with bent knee.
1) This shoulder-friendly alternative to the bench press eliminates leg drive, mensfitness.com
knee. Do all reps on one Switch to the other foot
forcing your upper body to work harder. /keanuworkout.
leg before switching. and repeat.
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athletes43 meat eaters and 27 veg-
etarians. And surprise! At studys
end, the veggie eaters had virtu-
ally the same lean muscle mass as
the carnivores and just as much leg
strength. And though the groups
VO2 max scores showed they were
equally fit, the vegetarian womens
numbers were 13% better. The
take-home: If youre getting the right
amount of protein per day (0.6 to
0.8 grams per pound of body weight),
it doesnt matter what form it comes
inplant, animal, or supplement.

Ask Mens Fitness


My weightlifting Your buddys reasons
partner is really for exercising may
erratic about be the problem.
no one, really. Each that concluded that Impulsive gymgoers
getting to the gym,
CROSS VS. group excelled in SIZE DOESNT the link between and its driving me
are most often moti-
CLANK: whatever played MATTER IN post-workout mus- crazy. Any idea
vated by feelings of
pressure, guilt, or
WHICH GETS to their regimen: MUSCLES cle size and muscle whats going on or shame about their
YOU FITTEST? CrossFit folks strength is tenuous what I should do? bodies, the Journal
had more endur- That guy with the at best. of Strength and Con-
CrossFitters and ance, lifters more ungodly big, bulging In fact, scientists J O E W. , N E W YO R K , N Y
ditioning Research
weightlifters often strength. bis? Hes not neces- noted, even when reports. If those
clash over which So mix it up to sarily stronger than you lose muscle thoughts plague him,
What makes a great
workout is best get the best of both you are. mass after time (or lousy) gym pal? its going to be tough
and now we know. worldsfitness Thats the upshot off, strength often Whats in his head. for him to stay con-
Sort of. snobs always lose of a review in sticks around. sistent. The gym
In a new study out in the end. Muscle & Nerve Take that, Hulk. should be seen as
in the Journal of a thing of value, not
Exercise Physiol- a chore or punish-
ogy, 13 seasoned If you do want to build strength in your ment, says study
author Dave Keat-
CrossFitters and 13 SHORT, muscles, the best way to do it is through
ley, Ph.D. If your pals
iron junkies were EXPLOSIVE short, explosive contractions lasting less
MOVES impetus to work out
put through a bar- than a second. In a new study in the Journal
ARE THE MOST is negative (I look
rage of tests, includ- EFFECTIVE of Applied Physiology , researchers found awful), not positive
ing pullups, shuttle that short exercises are not only less tiring (Im doing something
P e t e r Ya n g

runs, and explosive and easier, they also build more strength great!), you may
jumps. than longer, sustained contractions. need a new partner.
Who won? Well,

18 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017 LUCAS ZAREBINSKI


Cardio
d Breakthroughs

Bring it, bro:


Competition gets
you to the gym
Been slacking off instead of hitting
the gym and throwing up some iron?
Get yourself an enemy to go after.
Okay, not an enemy, exactly, but some-
one who can give you some stiff competi-
tion. Thats the very best motivation to work
out, according to UPenn researchers who
found that, rather than a cheering section, you
ou
BEST need to feel a sense of competitiveness to be e
WORKOUT extremely consistent with your workouts.
MOTIVATION: Their study, an 11-week weightlifting,
BEATING
SOMEONES running, spinning, and yoga program
ASS. involving 790 students, showed that
exercisers who competed for the top
spot on leaderboards had 90% higher
gym-attendance rates than those in groups s
in which competition wasnt emphasized.
So if youre feeling less than excited about
crushing it these days, challenge one
or a whole gangof your gym buddies to a
duel and watch the gains start rolling in.

Ask Mens Fitness


Some studies claim Like any new tech,
fitness trackers trackers have their
In it, four subjects capacity. (Check it pros and cons, so
are useless, while
WORKING (hey, we said it was SHOCKING out at mensfitness nailing down ben-
others say theyre
OUT MAKES a small study) who EXERCISE .com/tdcs.) efits is tricky, says
great for your
UP FOR BINGE ate 30% more cal- NEWS! And, boy, were we Kelly Evenson, Ph.D.,
health. Whats the
EATING (WELL, ories for a week ahead of the curve. a professor at UNC
Last November, lowdown? Chapel Hill and the
A WEEK OF IT) but still did 150 In a study at the
minutes of cardio we wrote about U. of Kent in the CALEB R., closest thing to
transcranial direct- B AT O N R O U G E , L A a human fitness-
The ill effects and worked out six U.K., nine guys in
tracker tracker
of a brief eating dayshad none of current stimulation their 20s did leg
there is. For exam-
binge can be offset the insulin resis- (tDCS), a new brain- extensions at about ple, one recent study
by exercise, says a tance/inflamma- stimulation treat- 20% of their max; she did suggested
small study out of tion that pigging ment that seems but when tDCS A fitness tracker that trackers dont
the U. of Michigan. out usually causes. to boost exercise electrodes jolted can work if you
improve health; but
actually use it.
their heads with her newest research
a tiny bit (2 milli- shows they can,
Many runners believe that landing on the amps) of juice, their indeed, lower heart
perceived effort disease riskbut only
ball of the foot is better than adjusting to a
RUN FOR IT lessened, allowing if used faithfully.
heel-first gait, assuming that going balls-
(BUT HEEL- them to exercise For max usefulness,
first will cushion the impact better. Not so:
TOE OR about 15% longer.
she says, wear it in
TOE-HEEL?) A study in the Journal of Sports Sciences the same position
discovered that when runners switch up You can buy a every day, update
their style, theres no change in the amount tDCS device at the software often, and
of force from one method to the otherthe brainstimulator pair it with benefit-
impact is just redirected through the body. .net, but ask your boosting apps.
doctor first.

20 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017 JORG BADURA


Health Breakthroughs

Daily posing can


TO SLEEP GERMS lower your risk
of stroke and
SMART, CUT MAKE HUGE heart disease.
BLUE RAYS ATM
ALL DAY DEPOSITS
Getting enough An NYU sample
good sleep is one of 66 New York City
of the best ways to ATMs found their
stay fit and healthy. keypads to be teem-
So hear this: The ing with bacteria.
more screen time Luckily, though,
you put in on your most are harmless
smartphone, com- types that thrive
puter, or tablet on skin and home
all day, not just surfaces.
near bedtimethe No, the real evil-
poorer and shorter doers are inside the
your sleep will be, ATMs, the research-
say UCSF scien- ers say: The cash
tists, who analyzed the machines spit
data on 600-plus out is rife with more
subjects. than 3,000 types
The culprit: Blue of bacteria. Many
light emitted by are linked to acne
screens, which hin- (collective shud-
ders the sleep hor- der), but some are
mone melatonin. deadly antibiotic-
To fight the blues, resistant strains.
block rays from So consider your
your phone or com-
puter with an app
from justgetflux
hands tainted
after withdrawals
or, better yet, get
Yoga lowers
.com or twilight
.urbanandroid.org.
yourself a Bitcoin
account. blood pressure
Thanks to the good folks at the CDC, we know that
Ask Mens Fitness about 75 million Americans haveand 59 million
more are on the verge of developinghigh blood
I love to hit the Any consistent exer- pressure, which can dramatically increase heart disease
golf course on the cise is good for you
even golf, according
and stroke risk. Those are some scary numbers. Of
weekends, but my
to new data out of course, if you think or have been told that youre at risk, tak-
gym-loving
the U. of Edinburgh, ing sensible steps like quitting smoking and exercising can
buddies say Im
in Scotland, where help stave off high BP, also known as hypertension. But if
not getting any golf was born back
real exercise. Am I youd like to be even more proactive, try yoga: A new study
in the 1400s. The
wasting my time? study, the largest presented to the Cardiological Society of India shows that
and most systematic practicing hatha yoga an hour a day for a month can
review ever done, Push blood lower blood pressure even more than lifestyle changes.
found that golfers pressure In the study, the yogis, who did stretching poses and
live longer than non- downward
golfers and are in breathing exercises, had a huge drop in diastolic BP (pres-
better health overall,
with daily sure while your heart is resting) over 24 hours, from a dan-
says author Andrew yoga gerously high 81 to a normal 76. A decrease that drastic
Get on the ball:
Golfers live longer Murray, M.D. Golf sessions. could lower stroke risk by 15% and heart disease by 6%.
than nongolfers. is a great choice for
longevity, physi-
cal, and mental ben- The way you breathe throughout the day and while exercising can calm
efitsand you can your body and mind and help them both perform better. Yet proper
play it from age 3 to breathing is one of the most overlooked methods of improving health.
103, Murray says. BREATHE Now theres even more evidence that breathing right is important: In
Just ditch the cart THROUGH YOUR research at Northwestern U., subjects who inhaled through their noses
and carry your clubs: NOSE! were able to recognize fearful faces faster and remember images bet-
An 18-hole round can
Juliachka/Getty

ter than when they were exhaling or inhaling through their mouths.
burn 1,200 calories, Researchers believe rapid (panicky) nasal inhalation synchronizes
compared with 600 brain areas to make us more aware of our surroundings. For respira-
for cart jockeys. tion tips, go to breathing.com.

MARIUS BUGGE MARCH 2017 MENS FITNESS 23


Nutrition
Broccoli can help head
off the aging process.

Breakthroughs

Broccoli:
a pep
stalk
from
Mother
Nature
Love broccoli or hate it, youll probably be wanting more of it once you read
this. Packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutri-
ents that help you stay fit and trim, broccoli also contains niacin (alias vitamin
B3), which helps create an enzyme called NMN (for nicotinamide mononucleotide).
Now a study conducted on mice at the Washington U. School of Medicine has revealed
that the NMN in broccoli helps your body use energy more efficiently, slows age-
related weight gain, boosts eyesight, and improves insulin sensitivity. In other
words, it staves off many of the negative effects of aging. Even as the NMN-munching
study mice got older, their metabolism and energy levels remained comparable
with that of younger, friskier rodents. Cant stand broccoli? You can still reap the
benefits of NMN by eating foods like chicken, pork, tuna, mushrooms, peppers, and
peanuts, which are also extremely rich sources of niacin.

burn more fat and six extra months,


Ask Mens Fitness SCIENCE protects it against YO-YO Nature reports.
SAYS: LOSE high bp, pre-diabe- DIETING MAY It seems the little
Ive picked up a diet Seems so, Sam. WEIGHT 3 tes, and diabetes. BE A GUT guys guts remem-
soda habit, but now Research increas- HEALTHY Pretend youre
REACTION bered obesity
ingly shows that NEW WAYS fondly, and sped
Im hearing that the watching your-
sugar substitutes After Israeli up weight gain
diet stuff is almost self stuff your face.
fail to do their job Have dinner researchers put when off the diet.
as bad as the regu-
that is, prevent obe- To drop pounds, mice through a The finding may
lar. Is that true? earlier. Stop eat- try a little men-
sity and diabetes,
ing around mid- cycle of weight lead to treatments
says Mass General tal imagery, says loss and gain, they to combat yo-yo
SAM R., MIAMI, FL
afternoon, and a new report from
Hospitals Richard found that the dieting. Till then,
dont start again the U. of Aberdeen
Hodin, M.D. Case in rodents systems fortify your gut
point: Hodins latest till morning. in Scotland. Seeing all returned to nor- with plenty of
study found that, in Restricted feed- yourself from an mal but one: Their probiotic (yogurt,
the stomach, aspar- ing cuts appetite external perspec- microbiomes (germ kimchi) and pre-
tame actually blocks and ups fat burning tive could help you colonies) stayed in biotic (asparagus,
an intestinal enzyme at night, say Pen- put on the brakes. onion) foods.
obese mode for
that helps protect us nington Biomedi-
F r o m t o p : L e v i B r o w n / Tr u n k A r c h i v e ; G e t t y

from gaining weight. cal Research Center


And its not just researchers.
aspartame. Multi-
A compound in aged cheeses may help
ple studies show Go low carb once
keep you alive longer, says Nature Medicine .
that, across the a week. Eating just OLDER Italian researchers found that subjects
board, sugar substi- three low-carb CHEESE
who ate higher amounts of mature cheese
tutes tend to promote meals in a 24-hour HELPS YOU
obesity, plump up GET OLDER had 40% less risk of heart failure. The com-
To stay lean, period lowers your pound, spermidine (also abundant in soy-
drop diet soda. belly fat, and, basi-
insulin resistance, beans and mushrooms), was first isolated
cally, keep you fat.
Hodins advice: Stick say U. of Michi- from semen, winning it our award for Most
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ON Everything
you need to
make life work

TOP
for you

Snap your
fist, then pull
back for a
proper punch.

Enter
the ring
Boxing checks off all the right training criteria: Its anaerobic!
Muscle toning! Core sculpting! And whether theyre grimy or
sparkling, boxing gyms have become beacons of total-body
fitness. Plus, youll never have more fun hitting things with all
your might. Ready to go a few rounds? Step this way.
By Mike Woods
Photograph by James Ryang

MENS FITNESS 27
Boxing gyms have come a long way
from the gritty, dank caves Rocky
prowled in Phillys predawn hours. Just
as we had the luxury-climbing-gym
revolution last yearwhen men skipped
the treadmill to flex their bouldering
skillswere now witnessing an explo-
sion of ultra-high-end boxing temples.
Leading the way are Box N Burn Boxing
and Fitness in L.A., Chicagos Unani-
mous Boxing Gym, and, most recently,
the gleaming Rumble, which opened a
6,000-plus-square-foot location in
New York City this past January. At this
knockdown palace, which is partly co-
owned by a former Google executive
and a master trainer from Bravos Work
Out New York, you can work on full-
body toning while hitting an aqua heavy
bag, which is much easier on the joints
and tendons. Our clients dont just
punch a bag for 45 minutes. We have Pugilist 101
weights and benches, says Eugene
Remm, a head of the EMM Group and
a Rumble co-owner. Add our overall
The beginners guide
cleanliness, and nobody thinks
boxing. (For more about Rumble,
to picking a boxing gym
visit mensfitness.com/rumble.) We Before you ouve hit Bengay, with heavy heard of a swimming
totally approve of the rise in boxing can pull on the
gloves, you need
Y YouTube,
and after
bags wrapped with
duct tape.
instructor who hasnt
been in the water?
gyms, and not just because weve seen watching Next, find a trainer. And dont be intimi-
to find the right
Creed too many times. Boxing isnt just placeand the highlights of Mike Tyson Let the owner know dated. The camara-
about fightingits a great workout right trainer. knocking heads into if youre interested in derie found in boxing
that boosts mental agility, improves the cheap seats, youre competition or fitness, gyms is second to
amped to learn the says Hardy. Then ask none, and most boxers
coordination, and blends cardio and ropes. Now what? about style: Do you are chill cats who are
muscle sculpting. Boxing is the only Start by going to a respond better to an happy to share tips.
sport where you have to stay on your reputable gym, says earful of growls from a From the banker throw-
feet the whole time to be successful, Heather Hardy, the grizzled vet, or pats on ing soft punches to the
WBC international the butt from a gentler welterweight prospect
says Eric Kelly, a four-time amateur featherweight champ. soul? Make sure the fighting on HBO next
national champion who now trains What constitutes as gym trains white- week, theyre all there
clients in NYC. Meanwhile, youve got reputable depends on collar types, and steer to better themselves.
to keep a guys foot out of your ass. your personal prefer- clear of anyone lacking Its one of Americas
ence. The gym doesnt ring time. I dont take last true melting pots,
That requires every muscle in the says Bruce Silverglade,
have to be beautiful the no fighting experi-
body! Heres what you need to know it can be a hole-in- ence trainers as seri- owner of Gleasons
before you step into the ring. the-wall reeking of ously, says Kelly. Ever Gym in Brooklyn.

28 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017 D Y L A N C O U LT E R


On Top Slug away
Avoid this fate by
slipping, or ducking,
the next roundhouse
that comes your way.

THE SECRET
TO SUREFIRE
RIPPED ABS
AND CHISELED
ARMS?
BOXING.

HOW TO
TAKE A PUNCH
bout to get clocked? Heres

A how to avoid hitting the mat.


Keep your eyes opendont
blinkand focus on your
opponents chest to spot any muscle
movements thatll indicate an incoming
bell ringer. Next, slip the punch, which
means moving your head to the side
that way, youll deflect the hooks full
force. Finally, tuck your chin. This is a
matter of discipline, but its the best way
to prevent an embarrassing TKO.

2
Group class
or one-on-
one?

Group gigs
are great for YOUR TOTAL-BODY
Spinning, but in
the boxing space?
BOXING WORKOUT
Theres something The beauty of boxing workouts is that you can still become a mini Mayweather
to be said for start- whether you make it to the gym or not. Done right, this boxing workout will
ing out by yourself eventually transform you into a Golden Gloves god.
and locking down
the basics. But STEP 1 to stay balanced when As you hit the bag for
if youre not sure Stretch you punch. It also puts three to four rounds, 1 3
youll like the sport No muscle goes unused, your hammies, adduc- make sure to snap the
at all, consider so spend five to 10 min- tors, quads, and calves punch before you bring
taking a few group utes before the bell rings to work as you move the hand back.
classesthey are stretching every body laterally. Start with
part. Work those ham- three rounds, sliding and STEP 5
cheaper, have some
strings: Stand straight popping comboswhich Hit the speed bag
nice camaraderie,
and bend over, with helps refine your eva- Fast-twitch muscles pop
and can provide a
your fingers touching sion techniqueswhile as the speed bag goes
good intro. One-
the floor. To prevent rat-a-tat. The goal is to
Clock wise from top lef t: Jorg Badura; United Ar tists/Photofrest; Nick Ferrari; Prop

on-one is best, picturing a foe in your


says Kelly. You get
tearing your shoulder face. Youll eventually be build combos, which Boxing gym essentials
muscles, place your able to shadowbox for will improve shoulder
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jumping five on the left The power comes from more fluid motion. Dont constructed entirely of a proprietary foam
and five on the right. the ground up, says punch the bag; its that grips every contour of your fist while
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On Top Lift smart

Change

pace!
the

Varying the tempo of


your workout can bring
huge improvements
in strength and power
By Pete Williams, N.A.S.M.-C.P.T.
Photographs by James Michelfelder

S t y l i n g by B a r r e t We r t z; G r o o m i n g by C a s ey G e r e n / B e r n s te i n & A n d r i u l l i u s i n g

Youll achieve that


extra power boost
youve always
coveted if you toss
the medicine ball at
just a modest pace.
L a u r a M e r c i e r ; F i t n e s s Te c h : J e b S t u a r t J o h n s t o n

When it comes to setting personal records in the weight room, its natural to focus on sets, reps, and weight. But most athletes
give little thought to tempothe cadence at which a movement pattern is performed. Enter tempo training, which was popular-
ized years ago by strength coach Ian King but has resurged. And no wonder: Changing up tempo can produce dramatic results,
including increased strength, power, and size. It can also help you bust through plateaus by mixing up stale routines that no
longer generate results. By varying the speed, you trigger a response that creates muscle growth, says Ken Croner, owner of
Indianas Munster Sports Performance. Whats more, being aware of your tempo ensures a more mindful workout, an antidote
to all the digital distractions thats made it difficult for athleteslike everyone elseto concentrate on the rep at hand. Focusing
on your lifting tempo forces you to think about what youre doing, says Croner. Muscular and mindful? Cant beat that.

30 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


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On Top Lift smart

if your eccentric
SLOW DOWN
TO BUILD phase takes 10
STRENGTH seconds, which SAMPLE
adds 100 seconds WORKOUTS
Athletes typically to a 10-rep set and
These can be
lift at a steady pace, raises the TUT done on their own
powering through tenfold. Plus, squat- or consecutively
the eccentric (low- tingmore than
ering), isometric any other moveis Slower-tempo
workout
(holding), and about execution,
concentric (raising) and a slower tempo >10 pushups:
portions of a lift. forces you to squat 4 seconds down,
Looking for
2 seconds hold,
But greater gains properly. 1 second up
explosive power?
Decrease the weight
require a change Tempo training and boost your rep
>10 squats:
of pace. even applies to 6 seconds down,
speed. Youll soon see
more gains than ever
A slower tempo thrusters, the popu- 1 second hold, before.
increases a lar CrossFit move: 1 second up
muscles time Slow down in the >510 pullups
under tension (TUT) squat portion before (depending on
for each rep. The exploding into a ability): Starting
from the bar,
greater the TUT shoulder press. 2 seconds down,
(on the lowering Beyond the greater 2 seconds (hold at
or holding por- TUT, this encour- bottom), 2 seconds
tion), the greater ages proper form. A (hold at top)
the stress on the criticism of CrossFit
Faster-tempo
muscles; that is that it empha- workout
leads to optimum sizes speed at the
hypertrophy, or Do these as fast as
expense of form,
possible:
muscle building. and some athletes, moderate resis-
>10 bench presses SPEED UP TO FOR A NEW
As a bonus, this especially newbies, tance60% of a
using 40% of 1RM INCREASE PR, MIX UP
speed encourages arent ready for bal- EXPLOSIVENESS one-rep maxand THE TEMPO
proper form. >10 squat jumps maintain a high
listic movements.
using body weight
A pushup is more A slower tempo On the other effort while moving Alternating
>10 medicine ball
effective if you yields a correctly hand, working at a quickly. The end of between various
rotational throws
spend three to four performed lift. using modest weight faster tempo with a set shouldnt feel tempos will not
seconds lowering Anthony less weight is better harder than the only help you break
yourself and one to Hobgood of Exos when training for beginning. through plateaus,
two seconds hold- in Gulf Breeze, FL, power. A quicker Have a 300- itll lead to a more
ing just above the recommends slow- pace increases pound bench max? focused workout
floor before power- tempo training the bodys ability Load just 180 and a more efficient
ing back up. Theres with pullups. This to handle rapid pounds and blast gym session
additional TUT, and increases TUT and stretch loads; the through all three overall. Tempo is so
the slower move- stops the natural faster movement phases. Or do a valuable because
ment recruits more tendency of using a also lengthens squat jump using it serves so many
To learn more about
shoulder stabilizer bodys momentum how to maximize
your fascias elastic just your body goals, Hobgood
muscles and better to get through a and improve your properties, causing weight. For both says. You know
engages the core. set, boosting the TUT training, go to muscles to contract workouts, youre the moves; this just
mensfitness.com
A squat becomes number of pullups /TUT.
more forcefully. combining speed changes things up
extra challenging an athlete can do. Focus on and strength. to improve results.


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Ive never been
without a shirt. It was a bit shocking, but he had a nice body,
so I didnt mind. The general rule is to wear padded cycling shorts or
JEN BARNET OF
XCYCLE VEGAS spinning before. gym shorts (or gym shorts over cycling shorts), then either a muscle tee
SOLVES YOUR What shouldand or tank. The outfit is lightweight and wont interfere with your bike. Aside
WORKOUT WOES shouldntI wear from jeans, avoid khaki shorts, which are constricting. But there isnt
on the bike? much you shouldnt wear. Even outdoor cycling shorts are acceptable.
NICK S., CANTON, OH Those shorty-shorts show your love for fitness. Ive also seen more
Brad Swonetz

guys take their shirts off midclass. Thats fine! If youre dripping with
sweat, take it off. That means youre getting what you came for, and youll
probably inspire the person next to you. But definitely no jeans!

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STYLE SENSE
Cool running
By Peter Koch
Photograph by Jarren Vink

FA S H I O N T I P S
FROM THE PLANETS
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What are the 4


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I believe that shoes your outdoor cardio,
are our most important 3
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We are judged by our These brands are
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On Top Bring it

The Cuban advantage


This month, everyones favorite billionaire investor, NBA owner, TV star, and fitness fiend talks
technology: the rise of artificial intelligence, his essential apps, Apple vs. Android, and what hed do
differently if he were in Mark Zuckerbergs shoes By Mark Cuban

If you were running Facebook, Everyone complains about


what would you do differently millennials being bratty, disre-
and why? spectful, reluctant employees.
MARK S., WILMINGTON, DE Have you found this to be the case?
Financially, Facebook is crushing L A N C E E . , P I T T S BU RG H , PA

it, so Id make sure I kept my No, because I dont hire bratty or


I use both Android employees happy. Theres disrespectful people, regardless
not much I can add there. of age.
and Apple, says Cuban Operationally, the one thing Id
of his smartphone change is to allow users to receive You manage to do so many things
preference. I always truly organic, algorithm-free feeds at oncerunning businesses,
as an option. I just think in this owning the Mavs, being on Shark
have service. Tank. What are your secrets to
day and age of living in an echo
chamber, allowing information to multitasking?
BEN S., NEW YORK, NY
flow organically is a good thing.
No meetings, no phone calls unless
Whats the best book youve read someone writes me a check.
lately and why? What are the apps you cant live
V I N C E C. , L A N CAST E R , PA
without?
The Master Algorithm: How the ARCHIE L., NORTH SALEM, NY

Quest for the Ultimate Learning Cyber Dust, because I want


Machine Will Remake the World, by privacy and as minimal a footprint
Pedro Domingos. Its a very read- as I can leave for my messages.
able guide to how all the different Then NBA League Pass, because
forms of artificial intelligence work Ive gotta watch the NBA, as well
and how they can impact each of as Fox Sports GO so I can see my
us and our environment now and Mavs when Im on the road. And
long term. MyFitnessPal: I track everything
I eat and all my workouts. Its the
Are you a big supporter of certain only way I can keep the weight off.
kinds of work spaces? For
example, are you a proponent of I read that you use Android instead
open-air officesthe kind with of Apple. Is this still the case, and if
lots of cubicles and interaction, so, why did you make that choice?
popularized in Silicon Valleyor do J A M E S T. , LO S A N G E L E S , C A

you prefer your employees to have I use both. Each is on a different


private offices? network, so I always have service.
CORY E., CHICAGO, IL
Whats the most exciting tech
Im all for open spaces. I dont
company out there weve never
have an office and dont feel like
heard of?
I need one. I like the energy an PETER D., BOSTON, MA
open office brings and the ability If I told you, Id have to shoot you.
for people to talk to each other
more easily.
From top: Brian Doben; Zaza Pachulia/Get t y Images; Nick Ferrari

This 20
2015
book
Whats the best habit youve describes
descri
picked up as a CEO? And whats the rise of
the worst youve ever successfully algorithms
algorit
that learn,
lea
gotten rid of? evolve, and
evolve
WINSTON L., FRESNO, CA
adapt.
The best habit is probably
doing everything I possibly can
Mark via e-mail. The worst habit is
Pa s swo rd
not doing enough meetings
because I do everything via
Sign in e-mail. Fortunately, I hire people
who are good at doing fewerand
shortermeetings.

Ask Mark! Have a question for Mark Cuban? E-mail him here:
cuban@mensfitness.com.

MARCH 2017 MENS FITNESS 35


On Top Worship her

An
alluring
Ora
British actress and singer
Rita Ora goes Fifty Shades
Darker B y C h r i s M a r t i n s

British singer and blos-


soming actress Rita Ora
bears little resemblance to
Mia Grey, the chaste, periph-
eral character she plays in the
Fifty Shades franchise. In real
life, the 26-year-old is a sexy,
ambitious, hardworking star.
This past year, she inked
a massive record deal with
Atlantic Records UK; launched
her 15th Adidas line; and
became the host of Americas
Next Top Model. To think,
when Ora broke through in
2011, it was as a guest vocalist
on a dance cut called, ironically,
Hot Right Now. She couldve
become a hook-singing studio
chanteuse, but being in the
background was never the plan:
I attack any job with energy
and respect. It shows. This
year shell drop her sophomore
LP. Its my pride and joy, she
says. The theme is celebrating
the fact that Im freethe free
referring to the successful
lawsuit she brought to get out of
her Roc Nation contract. That
holdup, she says, just gave her
time for everything else. Like
acting alongside the late Carrie
Fisher in WonderwellI play an
evil witch/manipulative sexy
personand filming Februarys
Fifty Shades Darker. Her role is
larger in the sequel, but shell
leave the more erotic scenes
to Dakota [Johnson]. Not
that shes camera shyher
2016 shoot with photographer
Patrick Ford/Lickerish/CPi

I attack any job with energy Terry Richardson, whose photos


never seem to feature anyone
and respect, says Ora. clothed, made waves. But Ora
Suffice it to say: It shows. doesnt see the problem: I dont
look at being naked as risqu,
she says. I look at it as beautiful,
fun, and artistic.

36 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


On Top Game on

THE FIT GAMER


OPTIC GAMINGS
H A LO M A S T E R A N D
R E S I D E N T GY M R AT

M I C H A E L F L A M E SW O R D
C H AV E S

What are the go-to


weightlifting moves
thatll max both my
lifting and gaming
potential?
MAX C., VENICE BEACH, CA

The thud of swords against shields and armored The most impor-
chests is part of the excitement of For Honor.
tant moves I do are
compound liftslike

Unleash your inner warrior


deadlifts, bench
presses, and squats
because they train the
neural pathways of my
Go for glory as a knight, Viking, or samurai in Ubisofts brutal, blood-tingling For Honor by Mike Rougeau brain to actively fire
multiple muscle groups


at the same time. That
The biggest Ubisofts combat- rock-paper-scis- Campaigns way, Im priming those
video games focused For Honor sors: Flick between in multiplayer signalswhether from
of 2016, as in every introduces a much stances (left, right, Faction Wars last my brain to my fingers
other year, were more up-close- and high) to defend real-world weeks; (to pick up that bar) or
almost universally and-personal style against attacks and when the dust to my hips (for power
of the shooter of killing. launch your own. settles and the to lift)to perform
optimally even if Im
variety: Titanfall Set in a world of And regardless smoke clears, the
not exercising.
2, Battlefield 1, knights, Vikings, of which warrior victors get the Secondly, deadlifts
even the cartoony and samurai, its you choose, you spoils, like warrior work your grip like no
Overwatch. Their an all-out brawl, can switch among customization other. Even after Ive
macho arsenals offering players the a dozen unique options. They can played eight hours a
and familiar game- promise of glory fighting styles also opt to plunder day (or even all night),
play scratched the in battle before each designed by the in-game world my finger movements
still feel effortless;
itch many gamers crushing their real-life masters and control a
Ive trained them to
feel if their trigger skulls under broad- in weaponryso nameless warrior, adapt to the constant
fingers go too long swords, katanas, when you engage like a Viking Raider demands I put on them.
without popping and morning stars. with foes on the who challenges A lot of gamers like
a foes head like For Honors battlefield, mind and seeks to over- Since Sylvester is me, who play first-
a cherry. unique combat games, feints, and throw the ruthless naturally curious, person-shooter games,
Dots appeals to his struggle with forearm
But variety is the system is a multi- parries are crucial chieftain Ragnar. analog love of putting
and finger strength.
killstreak of life, and layered game of to survival. Why? For Honor. together old puzzles.
But doing deadlifts
with a mixed gripone
overhand, one under-
handmakes holding
What I play on my smartphone a controller for hours
BMX biker Nigel Sylvester much easier.
I also deadlift with

Video games help me hone my hand-eye coordination, but Im always


busy doing a million things, so I usually play only when Im flying.
I was hooked on Temple Run for a while. I liked the superfast game speed
heavier and heavier
weights, so when Im
playing multiple days in
and collecting characters, each of which had different abilities. My favorite a row at a tournament,
was Scarlett Foxshes more agile than the others. My new obsession is the constant stress of
Dots. Since Im naturally curious and like solving old puzzles, its the perfect holding the control-
O l i v e r M c Av o y

game for me. When I play it, I keep all distractions to a minimum. I raise ler doesnt bother my
the brightness on my iPhone 6S screen so I can see everything really well, hands. My brain and
listen to some Young Thug or J. Cole, and just zone out. body are equipped to
work in tandem.

MENS FITNESS 37
On Top Tune in

Marvels
newest badass
Boyd Holbrook had to completely change his lifestyle to battle
Hugh Jackmans Wolverine in Loganand it wasnt easy
By Molly Langmuir

Boyd Holbrook is a changed man. After spending 14 hours a


day for the past two years on the sweltering Colombian set
of Netflixs series Narcos, in which he plays a DEA agent chasing
drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, Holbrook didnt have much time, or
desire, to hit the weights. But that was before he joined the
Marvel universe as Donald Pierce, the jacked, mutant-hating
cyborg and robotics genius who battles Hugh Jackmans Wolverine
in Logan, which opens this month. Naturally lanky, Holbrook real-
ized he needed to add weight to his 6'2" frame. Not a simple task.

HUGH AND
ID DO BURPEES
How much time did What changes did ON SET JUST TO
you have between you make to your GET THE BLOOD
shooting Narcos and day-to-day lifestyle? FLOWING.
Logan to get into I started getting
shape? 4,000 calories a day
I had only about a and stopped eating
weekend, so I had carbs and sugar,
to start my training which is the devil. I
in Colombia. I didnt also cut out smoking
Donald Pierce is a even have a trainer, and drinking. I ended few sets of burpees then do three sets Hughs about
cyborg with a simple so Id do a sort of up putting on 25 just to get the blood of 50 box jumps, a working out
mission: kill all mutants.
prison-yard workout. pounds of muscle. flowing. 2,000-meter row, whenever he can.
I used a pullup and and 20 wall balls
dip structure and Once you were on Did you work out each in under 12 Are you aiming to be
a bench I put in my set, did Hugh give away from the minutes. as ripped as he is?

C l o c k w i s e f r o m t o p l e f t : C o u r t e s y o f 2 0 t h C e n t u r y F o x ; E r i c R y a n A n d e r s o n / C o n t o u r b y G e t t y : J a y b i r d / i r o n c o w b o y. c o
bedroom so I could you any tips? cameras as well? We filmed all Yeah, come March
do 45 minutes in the I learned by watch- Hugh invited me to over the U.S., and it [when Holbrooks
morning, then come ing him. Hughs come train with him was important to next project, Preda-
back after filming a machine. Hes in the mornings. maintain a workout tor, starts filming],
and do another hour always got weights Wed do circuits rhythm. In New me and Hugh might
and a half. lying around, and with heavier Orleans, wed go to a have to arm wrestle.
Plus, Colombia has sometimes before weights, then mix 24-hour gym, and in
hills everywhere, so wed film a crucial in CrossFit-linked New Mexicowhere Whod win?
Id go for runs with scene, like a really workouts. Wed we finished the Probably Hugh. But
my dog and do burst intense fight, wed warm up with a filmwed run to the by March, Im gonna
sprints. swap weights or do a 1,000-meter row, set together. be trouble.

How the Iron Cowboy mastered pain


James Iron Cowboy Lawrence (a nickname he got because he often raced wearing a cowboy
hat) gained fame in 2015 for competing in 50 Ironmans in 50 consecutive days in 50 states to
raise awareness for childhood obesity. Since his new book, Iron Cowboy, details the daily agony
of that experience, we asked for his tips for surviving even the most painful workouts.

PAIN TIP 1 When the pain becomes intolerable, I get through the moment by surviving to the
next second. Once I do that, I try to survive another 60 secondsI call these power minutes. The great
thing about pain is that with pain comes struggle, and with struggle comes learning, and from learning
comes growth.
PAIN TIP 2 In my experience, most people quit when their bodies begin telling them to. But once we
reach that built-in stopping point, we have at least 60% more to give. Thats why you learn the art of man-
aging the pain and taking comfort in knowing that this is a new pain I have todaythe pain I had yesterday
is gone.

Lawrence battled
PAIN TIP 3 Having one why isnt good enough. You need to have a whole bagful of whys. Whys keep
torn shoulders you going and give you a reason to take the next step. For me, reconnecting with my family was enough,
during his quest. but if youre going for 50 days and your first why isnt big enough, youll stop.

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BY J O H N D I N K E L
(AKA @CARMUDGEON)

If the world were


ending and you had
one last car to drive,
what would you want
it to be and where
would you drive it?
N I C T. , K E N T, O H

T H E CAR :
1 974 D INO 246 GT

Named for Enzo Ferraris


dead son. Never called a
Ferrari. Back then, Fer- Getting personal with...
raris had V12s. This bam-
bino Ferrari had a high-
winding 2.4-liter 4-cam
V6 and a drop-dead ALFA ROMEOS
gorgeous Pininfarina
body, with voluptuous
fenders, wraparound
RACY NEW RIDE
rear glass, Kamm tail,
Fall back in love with the brandand its seductive
and air scoops behind high-speed pinup, the Giulia b y N i c o l a s S t e c h e r
the doors. Ferraris first
midengine production NAME: Alfa Romeo Giulia given a new airtight chassis,
model, the Dino was the Quadrifoglio overseen by Ferrari legend
perfect blend of form Philippe Krief; an almost 50/50
BASIC PERSONALITY: Italian flirt.
and function. weight distribution; a body
MEASUREMENTS: A curvy 111.0, constructed of pure space-
T H E D RI VE : 182.6, 73.7, 56.1 (wheelbase, age carbon fiber; and enough
L I M E ROC K IN AU TUM N length, width, height, in horsepower to challenge
inches). Lambos and Ferraris.
Frost on the pumpkins.
Maple leaves drip- WEIGHT: 3,800 pounds (curb) of DREAM VACATION: Already
ping with color. The asphalt-churning force. taken: The Quad notched
short drive from CTs FAST OR SLOW TYPE? With a top a 7:32 lap time on the
Interlaken Inn to Lime speed of 191 mph and a speedy Nrburgrings Nordschleife
Rock Park would have all 3.8 0-60 romp, the Quad isnt (North Loop). Thats faster
the mechanicals ready playing around. than any sedan, ever.
for a morning romp SPECIAL TALENTS: The Quads TURN-ONS: Tight corners
around the track and a twin-turbocharged V6 is that lead to open straights,
shot at a brass-ring lap The Giulia Quad goes essentially the same motor so its 505 horses can gallop
of 59 seconds. Then 060 in 3.8 seconds. found in the Ferrari 488 GTB till redline.
wed be off to Watkins But dont fret about supercar, with just a few cylin- LIFE STORY IN 25 WORDS OR
your noise-averse ders lopped off. Bellissimo!
Glennot the famous LESS: Sales forced Alfa to leave
neighborsits
track above the city dampers soften with EASY OR TOUGH TO HANDLE? America for decades. The
but the original circuit just a button push. Incredibly responsive steering. stunning Giuliaits first shot at
through town. There, at Spot a turn up ahead and it selling volume herewill likely
breakneck speeds, the feels like the Quad is already decide the firms U.S. fate.
Dino and I would retrace leading the way. MOST ATTRACTED TO: Guys who
the ghostly tracks of FAVORITE THING TO DO ON A adore German performance
race cars past, pausing Much of this Alfas DATE: Drive the Italian beauty but lust for Italian curves.
slightly at every traverse body is made of by a row of BMWs, Audis, MOST LIKELY TO END UP WITH:
of MiIlikens Corner to carbon fiber, so it and Benzes and watch every A guy who wants a ride thats
turns into an aero- owner swear under his breath.
toast with Veuve akin tobut less boring than
dynamic speedster
Clicquot the man who when it hits high ANY RECENT LIFE-CHANGING the BMW M3i, and doesnt
invented auto dynamics. speeds. EVENTS? The Quads been mind ponying up $72,000.

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of the best breaks.

I love traveling
internationally, but
long flights are so
draining. Which
airlines are the most
comfortable and
enjoyable to fly?
M A X L . , R O A N O K E , VA

Flying around the


world doesnt have to
be a pain!
I love Turkish Airlines
because it has some
of the cheapest fares
to Europe, the Middle
East, and Asia. The
flight attendants are
attentive, and the food,
even in economy, is
high quality. The only
downfall is if youre tall
like methe economy
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How to fight
(your way to sizzling make-up sex)
Of all the ways to entice her into bedan
erotic whisper, a deep kiss, a Chippendales
stripteasea fair fight is by far the most
underrated By Sarah Rose

ake-up sex can be the most intense


romantic experience of your life.
M Sadly, it takes the apocalypse to get
there. Arguments are emotionally
taxing and potentially catastrophic. If quarrels
are inevitableand they arekeep your costs
low: Learn to fight your way gently to a toe-
curling, earth-shattering, multiorgasmic cease-
fire. Heres how to get to yes, yes, oh, yes.

feelings and shell be


Use the Jedi
reminded you have
mind trick
them. Women love men
Repeat after her. When
with feelings.
she says, You were
supposed to do X, Comfort her
you have one line: You
She might cry. Shes
think I was supposed
a weeper. Crying
to X. This makes her
isnt about manipu-
feel listened to and
lating you; its about
validated. The fight
feeling sad and being
is half over once you
vulnerable. Recognize
repeat her premise.
her tears as a call
Obi Wan Kenobi never
for tenderness, and
said it, but the Force
answer the phone:
works on the strong-
Take a time-out, then
minded, too.
be warmyoull be
a decent person
Memorize poetry and run up the
Good arguments have relationship points
rhythm: Acknowledge at the same time.
her point of view.
Briefly explain yours. Dont fix
Acknowledge her the problem
point of view again. You see a nail. You
Gosh, I can see how have a hammer. Why
X seems neglectful, not use it? Because
but that wasnt my she doesnt want a emotion attached to
intention, and Im sad TAKE A TIME- Learn to apologize Practice
solution; she wants it. Its like a vaccinea
OUTYOULL relationship hygiene
X came across that you to listen to her talk Saying Im sorry daily dose of a poison
BE A DECENT
way. Repeat it like the about the nail. Talk and PERSON doesnt mean youre If youre conflict that might otherwise
verses of a song: ABA. sex are connected for AND RUN UP right and Im wrong, avoidantlike me! kill you.
womenyou cant get RELATIONSHIP it means youre sorry. establish good habits. Relationship fights
Rober t Whitman/thelicensingproject.com

Be selfish to the naked resolution POINTS AT THE And you are. You love Every day, each of you arent zero-sum;
Dont point a finger and without the talk. SAME TIME. her, shes in pain, that swallows the bitter she doesnt have to
make accusationsit Let her talk, blows. Never use the pill of naming one little lose for you to win.
only raises the temper- listen, listen more, conditional tense in thing that annoys you, Youre both better off
ature, so shell double fast-forward to the an apology, Im sorry followed by a chaser winning. So tell her
down on defense. horizontal reconcili- if you feel this way, of one thing that shes right, and make
Neutralize her opposi- ation. Itll be infinitely thats just passive- makes you feel loved. it easy for her to say
tion by beginning every easier to fix thingsto aggressive jackassery. This quick routine youre right. Then
single sentence with hammer that nailafter Instead, the script lets you share info make out while you
the same two words: youve both enjoyed a is: Im sorry you feel about a problem, but make up.
I feel. Start with your good pounding. this way. not necessarily the Score!

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ASK THE
The Sex Files
Our experts answer your most intimate questionsno holds barred
WINGMAN
A D V I C E O N LOV E ,
LU S T, A N D L I F E

BY T H O M A S E D WA R D S ,
A good friend of mine THEPROFESSIONAL
WINGMAN.COM
has been hinting shed
like to be friends
with benefits. Were
both single right now.
Think its a good idea?
J E F F T. , M I A M I , F L

Im a fan of friends
with benefits as long
as both want the same I get first dates, but
thing. If not, friend- not many seconds
ships can be lost. whats the secret?
Plus, if shes sug- LU K E R . , D E T R O I T, M I

gesting FWB, shes


already attracted First and foremost:
to you, right? If its The only question you
need answered by the
mutual, it could be
end of a first date is,
hot, sexy fun; if not, it
Do I want to see her
could lead to trouble.
again? Everything else
Having sex and comes with time.
seeing if something How to get there?
develops arent the 1) Keep first dates
same, so be sure to short90 minutes max.
talk openly about both At the end, just say
of your intentions. you have an early day
MOUSHUMI GHOSE tomorrow, but that you
had a great time and
It depends. Many
would love to see her
people go into friends again, so there are no
with benefits thinking hurt feelings.
they can handle it, but 2) On the date, make
once theyre involved, sure you can sit next
it gets complicated. to each other so you
Its such a travesty My girlfriend doesnt For some women,
Any time you alter a like me to go down on can feel each others
that health care is tied cunnilingus is too
relationships struc- her. Is that common, proximity and physi-
to employmentwait, gentlethey need it
ture, theres risk. Will or am I just bad at it? cally interact.
what? A friend wants a little rougher than
you be able to keep 3) Dont try to figure
to fuck with no strings BRAD C., GREENWICH, CT
your tongue is able.
the friendship intact if out if shes long term
attached? Go for it! Women can be shy So while you go
things dont work out? material by asking
What could go wrong? about getting oral sex. down on her, try stim- deep, searching ques-
DR. AARON
Worst case: You THIS They may be nervous ulating other areas, tions. Avoid things like
If you two have write a book about MONTHS about the smell or toouse two fingers old relationships, poli-
sex more than a few the platonic fuckfest. PANEL taste of their bodies, inside her, caress the tics (especially now!),
times, the release of Its made into a film so tell her you love anal area, or play with and money, and stick
natural hormones will with Natalie Portman both, and going down her nipples. to lighter topicswork,
cause a deeper bond and Ashton Kutcher, on her excites you. If that doesnt work, outside interestsso
to developyoull no whose onscreen heat They may also dont push itjust ask you get an idea of her
longer be just friends. rocks his marriage to worry theyre taking her what she wants personality.
And dont assume Demi, so they split. too long, so assure and get on with it. 4) Take it slow with
its her who will want A few years later, her theres no hurry MOUSHUMI GHOSE making moves, espe-
more commitment. Ashton and Mila Kunis cially kissing. if you go
youll stay down there People like all sorts
are married with kids, PSYCHOTHERAPIST/ for it and it fails, that
Will you really be able SEX THERAPIST
as long as it takes. of different things in
Demis out of rehab doesnt mean shes not
to watch her date oth- TAMMY NELSON, Finally, it can be bed. Why not do a
PH.D. interested, so dont
er guys when youre with a renewed sense hard for women to
PSYCHOTHERAPIST/
national survey and take it personally.
sleeping together? of self, and you two express their sexual
SEX COUNSELOR find out how many 5) Finally, ask her to
For now, snuggle, are still cool with all MICHAEL AARON, needs, so encourage women enjoy it? text you when she gets
watch TV, have beers the hot sex youre hav- PH.D.
her to guide you by home. Itll show you
Just kidding, dont
togetherlet her fill ing because she was PSYCHOTHERAPIST/
asking her to either careand also get you
SEX THERAPIST fake-survey women
Tr u n k A r c h i v e

all the other needs a serious about staying MOUSHUMI GHOSE moan when she likes it past that who texts
about their sexual
girlfriend fills, without pals, and youre not a WRITER/ or show you with her who first thing, so your
desiresweve had a
ruining a good thing. character in a movie. STAND-UP COMIC
own hand. postdate communica-
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Smarter ways to rule the kitchen

Eat toWin
The diet of Ikaria, Greece,
the island where people
forget to die, features
tomatoes, wild mushrooms,
and wild greens.

Forever fuel
WANT TO LIVE TO BE 100? THE PEOPLE IN SEVEN AREAS AROUND THE WORLD
DO JUST THATAND WE HAVE THEIR SECRETS.
BY NILS BERNSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDA XIAO

MARCH 2017 MENS FITNESS 47


On the menu in Okinawa:
brown seaweed, pork,
and bitter melon, which
looks like ugly cucumber.

Can you eat your way to a long life?


People in a handful of regions across the
globe apparently do. Author Dan
Buettner identified seven so-called blue
zonesplaces where residents often
live past 100and analyzed the factors
that may explain it. Along with lifestyle,
nutrition is key. So pick some favorites
from each and start beating the odds!

IKARIA, OKINAWA, SARDINIA, SOUTHERN NICOYA,


GREECE JAPAN ITALY SWEDEN COSTA RICA
HOW TO LIVE
Called the island Why such (ALMOST) Carbo-loading for Scandinavias This Costa Rican
where people for- longevity among FOREVER long life? Sardin- quality of life (low peninsulas diet is
get to die in Diane Okinawans? Could The basic principles ians eat gobs of crime, free health similar to the rest of
Kochilas cookbook be their superfood followed by citizens pasta and whole- care) offers some Latin Americas but
of blue zones
on its food, Ikaria intake: Turmeric grain breadseven nondietary reasons with a few key dif-
is a hotbed of old- is a favorite here, The diet their famed soup, for long lives. ferences: The fruit
agers who follow a as is go-to veggie Plant-based, zuppa gallurese, is Still, something of its peach palm
Med-type diet but bitter melonboth though not entirely a sort of bread cas- about the hearty tree is said to fight
vegetarian
eat less meat than thought to be
serole. Could be the cuisine of Swedens cancer, and its wild
Lotsa legumes
most Greeks; farm disease fighters. beans, lentils, omega-3s they get land, Smland, ginger is a potent
or forage many Most foods are peas from shellfish and and Skne (their anti-inflammatory.

foods; and proudly stir-fried quickly in Mostly organic dairy or the crazy- flavonoid-packed Plus, little milk or
and local
Food st yling by Hadas Smirnof f; Prop st yling by Maeve Sheridan

admit they fuck minimal oil. Heavy on whole


high polyphenols in black currants, per- processed food is
like bunnies into grains the local red wine haps?) keeps them consumed.
KEY FOO DS:Brown
their twilight years. hanging on.
seaweeds (hijiki, KEY FO ODS: Shellfish KEY FO ODS: Black
The lifestyle
KEY FOO DS:Wild wakame, kombu),
(clams, mussels, KEY FO ODS:Oily fish beans, corn torti-
Not much smoking
greens, olive oil, bitter melon, Close family
lobster); sheeps/ like salmon and llas, winter squash,
chickpeas, lentils, turmeric, tofu, connections goats milk; toma- herring, whole ginger, eggs, yucca,
black-eyed peas, sweet potato, lots Regular social toes, almonds, fava grains like rye and plantains, yams,
engagement
lemons, goat-milk of all forms of pork, beans, chickpeas, buckwheat, berries, tropical fruits
Constant
cheese, potatoes, garlic, green tea, moderate flat bread, saffron, peas, oats, yogurt, (bananas, papaya,
tomatoes, wild brown rice physical activity fennel, red wine root vegetables mango, guava,
mushrooms, sage, peach palms)
DISH TO TRY: Goya DISH TO TRY: Fregola DISH TO TRY: Fiskbul-
rosemary
chanpuru: stir-fried sarda con arselle e lar med rotmos och DISH TO TRY: Gallo

DISH TO TRY:Hortopi- bitter melon, egg, zafferano: semo- rtor: fish cakes pinto: rice, black
ta: phyllo pie made tofu, and thinly lina pasta with with mashed beans, fried egg,
with wild greens sliced pork clams and saffron rutabaga and peas and corn tortillas

48 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


Eat toWin Live longer

Grazie,
Rosemary!
Loma Lindas Seventh
Day Adventists
thrive on fresh foods,
The diet of the
seventh blue
zone, the Italian
whole grainsand not coastal town of
an ounce of meat. Acciaroli, is like that of
most of southern Italy,
but with one addition:
wild rosemary, eaten
all day, every day. The
local herbs intense
aroma suggests it has
even more antibac-
terial, antioxidant,
anti-inflammatory,
and circulatory- and
memory-boosting
properties than
ordinary rosemary.
Bonus: Dried rose-
mary retains most of
the nutrients of fresh.

Tip
Buy organic rosemary
to avoid nutrient-killing
irradiation.

LOMA LINDA,
CALIFORNIA
Loma Linda has
one of the worlds
largest concentra-
tions of Seventh Day
Adventists, who
believing the body
and soul to be one
spurn meat, most
rich foods, booze,
cigs, and caffeine.
But some do eat
fishand, sorry, Ad-
ventist vegans, but
pesco-vegetarian
Adventists live
longer than you do.

KEY FO ODS: Whole

grains (oats, barley,


quinoa), beans, len-
tils, peas, chickpeas,
citrus, whole-wheat
bread, almonds,
soy milk, salmon,
avocado

DISH TO TRY: Black-

bean burger with


avocado and tomato

MARCH 2017 MENS FITNESS 49


Eat toWin Fast fuel

Espaainapan
CREATE AN INCREDIBLY HEARTY, PROTEIN-PACKED ONE-POT FEAST BY UPDATING THE MOST DELICIOUS
(AND ICONIC) OF ALL SPANISH DISHESPAELLAWITH A HEALTHY WHOLE GRAIN
BY TOBY AMIDOR / PHOTOGRAPH BY LINDA XIAO

The dish paella (pro-


nounced pa-AY-yuh) is
actually named for the shallow
Exotic Saffron Packs a Punch
(in more ways than one)
Shrimp Paella
with Quinoa and
Edamame
cooking pan in which its made SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
Just a bit turns a boring plate into a SERVES: 4
and served. Paella originated memorable meal. And luckily for your wallet, PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
in Spain, where centuries ago a little goes a long, long way.
farmers would throw together INGREDIENTS

white rice and any proteins they Saffron may be Think of saffron when you use it 1 tbsp olive oil
expensive, but this 2 garlic cloves, minced
could find, and cook them over tasty, healthy spice as the truffle of the which isnt difficult
1 medium yellow onion,
an open fire in the fields where is worth the price. spice kingdom. to do, since just a chopped
they worked. Over time, paella The fragrant red bit will be plenty for tsp dried thyme
strands, harvested pretty much any
evolved into a masterpiece of tsp fennel seeds
from the stigma of dish.
Spanish cuisine: a dish typically tsp each salt and
the saffron crocus According to ground black pepper
made with white rice; a variety of flower and then Alex Raij, chef and Pinch saffron threads
seafood (shrimp! mussels! lob- cured, are essen- co-owner of NYCs (crush between fingers
just before use)
ster!) and/or meat (chicken, cho- tial to the flavor La Vara restaurant,
1 (14.5) can no-salt-
rizo); a flavor base (sofrito) of of many Spanish always buy whole added diced tomatoes
garlic, onions, peas, and toma- dishes. strands of saffron, 3 cups low-sodium
But saffron isnt not the preground vegetable broth
toes; and a sprinkling of saffron.
just powerfully variety, which 1 lb peeled, deveined
But white rice isnt the opti- tasty, its also might be cut with large shrimp
mum carb for health-conscious megahealthy, marigolds. Ugh. 1 cups quinoa
guys; and whats a meal with- packed with How to use saf- 1 cup shelled edamame

out plenty of veggies? So weve a carotenoid fron: Before adding DIRECTIONS

put together this better-for-you called crocinan it to a dish, crumble 1) Heat oil in a large skil-
antioxidant that the strands in let over medium heat.
paella by swapping out rice for
helps fight cancer, your fingers so When its shimmering,
quinoa, the king of whole grains, stabilize blood the fragrance is
add garlic and onion
and cook until soft and

Food st yling by Hadas Smirnof f; Prop st yling by Maeve Sheridan; Saf fron: Givaga/G et t y
and adding tasty edamame sugar, and promote distributed evenly. translucent, about
3 minutes.
a nutritious green soybean memory retention. Its particularly
2) Add thyme, fennel
to make a healthy, protein-rich Since saffron tantalizing when seed, salt, pepper, and
meal thats lower in carbs, cal- is also one of the added first to a saffron; stir to com-
priciest spices youll pan of sizzling oil, bine. Add tomatoes
ories, fat, and sodium. And and broth.
ever come across, which really wakes
for four more great veggie- costing upward up a dish, Raij says.
3) Raise heat to high and
For more paella cooking bring mixture to a boil.
boosted paellas using quinoa, tips and recipes, visit of $12 for just one Store it in an Then reduce heat to
mensfitness.com/ low, cover, and simmer
farro, buckwheat, and sorghum, gram, youll want to airtight container in 2 minutes.
paella
go to mensfitness.com/paella. exercise restraint a cool, dry place. 4) Raise heat to medium
and add shrimp; cook
for 5 minutes.
Want to make a superauthentic paella from Valencia, Spain, the proud birthplace of this
ultraversatile dish? Then head straight for the rabbit. Top chefs often name famous Spanish 5) Add quinoa and eda-
EXPERT TIP
mame and raise heat
chef Josefa Navarros simple rabbit paella as the best paella in the world; and many American till mixture comes to a
Pull a rabbit students studying in Valencia have been welcomed their first day with a traditional rabbit boil, then reduce to low
paella out of paella, cooked over an open fire and bestowed upon them by their host family as if it were and simmer, covered,
your hat a gift from the Spanish magi. And cooked right, it is. Because rabbit isnt just deliciousit
till shrimp and quinoa
are cooked through
tastes a bit like chicken (no kidding) but with a slightly wilder flavor. Its also a nutritional (20 to 25 minutes).
slam dunk: A superlean meat, it has more protein and less fat than chicken, veal, turkey, lamb,
beef, and pork and half the calories of lamb or beef. If you dont have a local butcher who N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

sells rabbit, you can order boneless rabbit loin (you seriously dont want to be picking out all Calories: 445,
those tiny little bones) online from Dartagnan ( dartagnan.com ). Protein: 30g,
Carbs: 56g, Fat: 10g

50 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


Enameled cast-iron
paella pan in Cherry
($250) and optional
glass lid ($40) by
Le Creuset,
lecreuset.com

3 Tips for Cooking a Great Paella


From expert Sarah Jay, who runs one of the best, most authen-
tic online sources for all things paella, paellapans.com:

1) Use a real 2) Dont stir it once 3) Eat the paella


paella pan. the liquid is boiling. straight out of
To develop max- As paella cooks, the pan.
imum flavor, paella the grains should form Traditionally, the
needs to cook in a a loose connection. If whole paella pan is
thin layerthats why you stir it then, it dis- brought to the table,
paella pans from rupts this network, where everyone claims
Spain are wide and changing the texture of a spot in front of it
shallow but not too the grainand the final and digs right in. Try
deep. As an alterna- dish. So if the grains it, and youll find the
tive, use the largest in and the liquids bub- eating more fun, com-
saut pan you have. bling, hands off! munal, and delicious.
Eat toWin Fit Chef

How can you love was a year old. And its

ASK THE food but stay so fit?


I dont understand that
so versatile! Make a
smaller piece of chick-
WINE HACKER Dont trust a skinny en with a mound of
chef stereotype. I quinoa and youre good
JEFFREY SCHILLER,
dont want to eat what to go. Throw it with
AUTHOR OF WINE HACK:
W I N E E D U C AT I O N T H AT a really unhealthy chopped tomatoes
S TA R T S W I T H YO U R guy eats; at the same and its quinoa salad.
M O U T H , N O T W I T H YO U R time, I cant call a salad You can substitute hot
HEAD @GONEDRINKIN dinner and be happy. quinoa for rice, or do
For a real meal, I want dessertquinoa pud-
a beautiful protein dings delicious.
and superclean sides:
yucca, sweet pota- What do you eat for
toes, quinoa, lentils. breakfast?
With the restaurant, First I have green tea
its all my favorite with two tablespoons
Ive heard you can things in one place. of apple cider vinegar,
and wait 30 minutes.
make cheap red
Baby Brasas chicken Then I usually do a
wine taste more is all-organic. Why? shake with almond
expensive by whip- I ate organic in Peru, milk or aa; and I have
ping it in a blender. where everything is or- tons of things on the
Is that really a thing? ganic and local. When countermaca root,
MARK MADISON, BOISE, ID I came here, I started goji berries, bee pol-
gaining weight, feeling len, almond butterso
Putting wine in a tired, getting sick. I I add whatevers there,
blenderlets call it mean, we are what with maybe banana or
aggressive decant- we eat. I want food to avocado.
ingis an old winemak- taste good, but I also
ers trick to simulate want to feel good. Any tips for guys who
how the wine would think eating healthy
At the restaurant, we
taste after aging. It can is boring?
pay three times more
make a cheap wine I enjoy every single
for organic chicken
taste better, but only Q&A than regular. At firstI bite I take. Having to
to a degree. eat something bland or
really wanted to make
How does decanting
work? First, most of
what you experience
in wine is its aromas.
The model cook
Ex-pro swimmer, runway strutter, and underwear
a profit!I cooked an
organic chicken and a
steroid chicken at the
boring just to get there
body-wisefor me its
not worth it. You can
same time, and it was still have great food
When the compounds aficionado Franco Noriega is building an organic- like two different pro- and look fucking great.
that create these
chicken empire by Nils Bernstein teins. The difference
aromas hit oxygen, they How do you work out?
fully release for your was so fucking clear.
If you roast organic I ride my bike or
nose to detect. With Peruvian chef Franco Noriegas shred-
chicken with only a skateboard across the
Oxygen also mellows ded physiquehes modeled for Dolce &
little salt, its delicious. bridge into Manhattan
tannins, molecules
Gabbanaand scantily clad YouTube cook- But if you do that with two or three times a
from the oak your wine
is aged in, which make ing demos, youd think his boy toy rep might over- a regular supermarket day, so my cardios
wine bitter. shadow his kitchen cred. But at Baby Brasa, his chicken, its horrible. covered. And I go to
Of course, if youre the gym five times a
Manhattan pollera, the food takes center stage. A trib-
patient, a more practi- Whats your favorite week. I love it, but Im
ute to taste, nutrition, and affordability, Baby Brasa ingredient or side? learning how important
cal alternative to using
offers organic rotisserie chicken, creative salads, and Quinoa is an unbeliev- rest days are, whether
a blender is to empty
the bottle into any sides that all redefine fast food for the fitness minded. able superfood. Ive you want to get bigger
containerdecanter, We asked Noriega how he stays in model shape. been eating it since I or slim down.
pitcher, bucketthat
will maximize air con- Decanting red wine
tact with the surface, makes it taste even
splash it around, then more appealing
Aquafaba, a name made up to conjure something more fabulous
than chickpea juice, is simply cooking water or canned liquid from
let it sit for half an hour. W H AT S
(Dont want to serve chickpeas or other legumes (like beans, peas, or lentils) thats been
THE DEAL
beaten into a stiff froth for use as a vegan substitute for eggs or egg
From top: Sandra Arenas; Sam Kaplan

from a bucket? Funnel WITH...


whites. Because its emulsifying properties are similar to that of
it back into the bottle.) Aquafaba?
Decanting is really eggs, it can be used raw or cooked, in sweet or savory foods from
for rare wines that waffles to mousseit even makes a decent-tasting vegan mayo. Just
have been cooped up in dont try scrambling the stuffits best in dishes where eggs are just
a bottle five-plus years one of the ingredients, not the leading lady. To make aquafaba, drain
and need to be woken the liquid from canned or cooked chickpeas or white beans (they have
up. So, your $8 bottle the most neutral flavor), and whip it. When its the consistency of egg
of cab? It wont turn whites, its done; if its too watery, boil it down a little. Three table-
into a 90-pointer, but it spoons (about 10 calories) replaces one egg.
will be more appealing.

52 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


Eat toWin Diet hacks

THE FLAB
BLASTER Salad bar Our bar fight winners
In our head-to-head salad contest, the ingre-

smackdown
FAT- LO S S T I P S F R O M dients highlighted in green came out on top:
THE WORLDS MOST
FA M O U S T R A I N E R
Spinach OR Mixed mesclun
BY G U N N A R P E T E R S O N Spinach is packed with vitaminsnot the case with
(@GUNNAR) mesclun, a combo of less nutritious greens.
After all the holiday meals, Super Bowl parties, and
winter comfort-food binges, most of us are ready to race Chicken OR Steak
back to the salvation of the salad bar. The huge choice of
Three times leaner, with half the calories and more
ingredients can be daunting, though, so we compared protein, chicken easily beats steak.
the most popular salad fixings to see which have the
fewest calories, the most nutrients, and the best chance Kidney beans OR Black beans
Whats the minimum of keeping you full all day. All beans are similar in nutrients, but we give black
amount of exercise beans the edge for slightly higher protein and fiber.
I can do and still see Winter hibernation
is overyou need a Tofu OR Egg
results?
big bowl of something
JACK D., FORT COLLINS, CO
fresh and healthy. While tofu wins calories by weight, near-
perfect eggs have more protein and vitamins.
What year did you
graduate from the Salmon OR Tuna
U. of Underachieve-
ment? Seriously, the Tuna is a bit leaner and has more protein, but
salmon has near triple the heart-smart omega-3s.
minimumthats what
you want to know?
Cheddar OR Feta
As my friend Zach
Even-Esh, from the Feta has about half the calories of cheddar and is
Underground Strength almost 30% lower in fat.
Gym, says, the way
you do anything is the Cauliflower OR Broccoli
way you do everything. These veggies are similar in calories, but broccoli
Think about that: If you has more calcium, iron, and vitamins C and K.
look for the minimum
you have to do, youll Almonds OR Walnuts
get the minimum out of
it. And thats across the You cant go wrong with nuts, but almonds have
better macros for fat, protein, and vitamin E.
boardyoull always
leave something on the
Bacon OR Ham
table and never reach
your full potential. An easy choice: Bacon has almost five times the
So, fine: If you follow fat of ham and more than three times the calories!
the U.S. Dept. of Health
and Human Services Tomatoes OR Carrots
recommendation to get
Tomatoes ace out carrots for their slightly better
at least 150 minutes carbs and calories (and, IOHO, taste).
of moderate (or 75
minutes of vigorous) OR
Beets Red cabbage
aerobic activity a
From top: Jens Mor tensen/Galler y Stock; T VK8 8 8/Get t y; Juliachka/Get t y

week, and pair that These two are much the same in nutrients, but we
pick red cabbage for more vitamin A, B 6, C, and K.
with a decent diet
and adequate sleep,
Dried cranberries OR Raisins
you wont become
morbidly obese. Though similar in macros, raisins have less sugar
Or you can aim for dried cranberries often have added sugar!
45 to 90 minutes a
day, five to six days a Order a
week, with workouts
that combine multijoint
diet-friendly
saladby Youve been Chopt!
strength moves and
high-intensity intervals choosing If youre heading to one of the trendy salad shops and want a low-calorie
(plus some steady- from option thats good for you, try these hacks:
state cardio before or our list of
after), and eat clean Chopt Sweetgreen Just Salad
food, drink lots of
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water, and shoot for MONTH cal): Ask them to hold Ask for red cabbage (570 cal): Switch out
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a night, and see what CUP ALMONDS spinach, and swap in tomatoes in place of ach and the pita chips
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walnuts for chips. carrots. for pumpkin seeds.
Your life, your choice!

MARCH 2017 MENS FITNESS 53


Learn It! Tips and tactics for living smarter By Jeff Wilser

Close
the
dooron
clutter
ONE EXTREMELY MESSY MAN
EMBRACES THE GREAT
UNKNOWN: AN ULTRACLEAN,
HYPERORGANIZED, AND JOYOUS
APARTMENT

The less junky your


junk-filled closet is, the
happier youll be, says
the wildly popular
KonMari Method.

As an unmarried man who works really hard, travels a ton, and leads an active social life, Ive come to accept several less-than-awesome
realities about my daily existence. (For starters: I eat way too much takeout, Im constantly forgetting my toothbrush on trips, and
these days, I could probably consume a few less sugary cocktails.) But if theres one piece of man-on-the-go collateral damage I simply
cant accept, its the increasingly gnarly state of my apartment. In recent months, Ive found myself engaged in a daily battle against
the black hole of my storage closet, the mountain of mismatched clothes scattered across various pieces of furniture, and the towering
pile of envelopes on my desk. When it took me a full hour to locate my hiking boots (in a kitchen cupboard?) last fall, I realized: Holy
shit, Im messyand I need an intervention. So I reached out to Patty Morrissey, a Jedi-level practitioner of the ultrahot KonMari
Method of streamlining your lifeinspired by the ultrapopular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of
Decluttering, by Marie Kondofor her to whip me into shape. Heres what I learned.

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sweatshirt, Patty tells
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1) Keep only what brings you joy 5) Never ball your socks
Lets start with your clothes, says Kondo views balled-up socks as the
Patty. She instructs me to put every devils work, since they are always in a
article of clothingwinter coats, state of tension, their fabric stretched
underwear, bathing suits, the works and their elastic pulledwhat treat-
into a pile on my living room floor. ment could be worse than this? Patty
Good God. She calls this the power of instructs me to fold everything. On a
the pile, since it forces you to confront philosophical level, the point is to treat
how much you truly own. The Kondo your possessions with respect, which
principle is dead simple: Touch every extends their lives and provides greater
single item. Feel it. Think about it. Ask pleasure. On a more basic level, now my
yourself, Does it bring me joy? If it does, socks dont slide to my ankles. Win.
keep it. If not, ditch it. Patty hands me
an old fleece sweatshirt. What do you 6) Sorting your stuff
think about this? she asks in a neutral helps sort your past
voice. I havent worn it in years, and it I hold a coffee mug from an ex-girl-
doesnt bring me joy. Gone. friend. Joy? Ive been lugging that
sucker around for years, never using
2) Saying thank-you to it but never quite having the guts to
garbage is weird but fun throw it out. Thank you for remind-
Before I toss the sweatshirt, Patty asks ing me of the good times we had, coffee
me to thank it for its many years of mug, I say, gently placing it in the
service. This is a pillar of the Kondo trash. Kondo frowns upon clinging to
method, as it helps you get closure on the items that bring us pain. The focus
the items you discard. Thank you for is now on the present, not the past.
keeping me warm when I jogged to the
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This is goofy but strangely empower- You wouldnt hire a personal trainer to
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clothes, which I donated to charity. tells me. Its a journey. Kondo suggests
that the entire process can take six
3) Decluttering will nudge months, but Ive found that even before
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Extra
credit
Thanks to the rise of digital
payment services, credit card
companies are working harder
than ever to attract newer, younger
customers. The best news? Theyve
really sweetened the benefits.

Its no secret that basically every for- The clink that changed everything
profit business on the planet is in pur- To get the new Chase Sapphire Reserve
suit of millennials, whether its selling card, introduced last year, you have to
smartphones, clothes, or fast food. pay a $450 fee. Sounds outrageous,
But my personal favorite aggressive right? Well, thats until you actually
millennial attention seeker? Banks. run the numbers. Cardholders get an
With newfound competition in annual $300 travel credit, which you can
payment apps like Venmo, banks are use on anything from plane tickets and
hotel rooms to Uber rides and parking
desperate to boost their credit card
garages. (Doing the math, that effectively
business among young people, which drops the annual fee to $150.) Plus, you
is great because anyone (i.e., you!) can get 3 points, or what amounts to 3% cash
reap more and greater perks: Sign-up back, on restaurant and travel expenses.
bonuses are at a record high, rewards And if you spend the points through
are getting more generous, and, yes, Chases ultimate rewards program, you
instead of plastic you can now whip get 1 times the value. So when spent on
out cool cards made of titanium or travel, thats like getting 4.5% cash back.
stainless steel. Its kindve a mic- And the kicker: a 100,000-point sign-up
drop moment when youre at dinner bonus, or the equivalent of $1,500 in
and theres this argument over who travel cash when spent through Chase.
will pay, says Sean McQuay, credit The sign-up bonus effectively cov-
ers the annual fee for 10 years, says
and banking expert at NerdWallet.
McQuayas long as you make use of that
When the metal clinks on the table, $300 travel credit each year. McQuay
theres no further debate. says he had always recommended cash-
Whether its flashing a cool card back cards over travel cards, but Reserve
or upping your savings, heres how has changed the math.
to take full advantage of the banks Other experts share his enthusiasm.
newfound generosity. The fees I pay pale in comparison with

56 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017 NICK FERRARI


With the right card Travel and restaurants
you can lower the cost This is where the Sapphire shines,
of almost everything because youll get 3% cash back on these
you buy by about 2%. categories, which is effectively boosted
And you can score
to 4.5% if you spend it through Chase.
a round-trip first-class
ticket to Europe. Another category to consider: affiliated
cards, which peg rewards to a specific
airline or hotel. If you fly American
Airlines all the time, for instance, the
Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World
Elite MasterCard is a good choice. Delta
frequent-fliers should consider the Amex
Delta cards, which come in Gold, Plati-
num, and the $450 annual fee Reserve
card. The escalating list of benefits
includes perks such as early boarding,
seat upgrades, a free annual companion
ticket, and, for Reserve cardholders,
unlimited access to airport lounges.
The same logic applies to hotel-
affiliated cards: Theyre useless if you
dont frequent that hotel chain but can
be a great deal if you do. The Marriott
Rewards Premier Credit Card will give
you extra points whenever you stay at a
Marriott, a big sign-up bonus that could
be worth up to 10 free nights (depending
on the property). Bonus: Its metal.

You carry a balance


the benefits I get, says John Ulzheimer, a increases prices on everybody to account If you need to borrow money, your only
credit card expert and points ninja. for the fee. McQuay thinks that Chase is concern should be getting the lowest
basically refunding those fees to custom- possible interest ratepreferably zero.
Why so generous? ers with its generous rewards in a bid to Say you have a $5,000 balance. At 15%
Well, it helps to understand two things boost its already dominant market share. interest, youre looking at annual fees of
about the banking business. First, Chase, The bottom line? Every time you buy $750, wiping out all these benefits. Go
like most banks, pays less than 1% on sav- something youre paying a little extra sign up for the Chase Slate card, which
ings accounts. But it charges 1623% to to cover the cost of credit card transac- offers 0% interest for 15 months, and,
borrow money on the Sapphire Reserve. tions, even if you pay with cash. But if importantly, charges nothing for the
Thats a sweet profit margin. And credit theres one way to get that money back, balance transfer. Most credit cards will
cards have become an especially impor- its getting a rewards card that pays you. hit you with a 3% or 4% fee to make that
tant line of business in the wake of the Theres no excuse for people not to be transfer. That gives you 15 months to pay
Great Recession because government getting 1.5% or 2% for every single pur- off your credit card.
regulators cracked down on many of chase, says McQuay.
banks other businesses. McQuay suggests that you start by You want simple
Banks hope you will carry a balance thinking about where you spend your If you dont want to think about airline
and pay those crazy interest rates. If you money, because certain cards give you mile maximization and what card is right
do, it will cost you far more than youll more cash for certain kinds of spending. for what spending category, heres your
ever get in benefits, so these cards are Then focus on what kind of rewards you solution: the Citi Double Cash card. As
only worth it if you pay off your balance want. Here are a few spending categories long as you pay the monthly minimum
in full every month. and the cards he recommends for each: (though you really should pay it off in
And heres another thing to under- full), you get 2% cash back on everything.
stand about banks and credit cards: Gas and groceries Thats not a bad deal; and since its plas-
Stores pay a 23% interchange fee on The Amex Blue Cash Preferred card will tic, you dont have to worry about setting
Ma r tin Ru g n e r/ O f f se t

every credit card transaction. Most of give you 6% cash back on groceries and off metal detectors when you travel.
that goes to the banks, a smaller portion 3% back on gas and some department
goes to Visa, MasterCard, or Amex. stores. It charges an annual fee of $95, so Jack Otter is the author of Worth ItNot
Guess where that money comes from? you have to spend more than $31 a week Worth It? Simple & Profitable Answers to
It comes from you, because the store on groceries to cover the fee. Lifes Tough Financial Questions.
Burn It! The guys guide to spending money by Mark Ellwood

Style on two wheels


High-end, retro-inspired, and performance-based bike-commuting wear is all the rage these days..
Here are the best ways to suit up..

YOU DON T EXACTLY have to be Tom Ford these days to know were in the middle of a menswear
revolution, a mind-boggling, rule-defying era when its OK for guys to wear sweatpantssorry,
joggersto work, its totally normal hearing a white-collar worker drop phrases like fly colorways
when describing his $800 velvet sneakers, and its simply a fact that the razor's edge of mens-
wear chic is no longer in Milan but at NBA press conferences. In short: Never before has the line
between high-end fashion and athleticwear been more blurred. (For more on great athleticwear,
see page 34.) But as much as I dig a gym-worthy hoodie under a snappy blazer, theres one
surging trend I love even more: todays luxury bike-commuting clothing. And no, I dont mean
your typical space-age, Lycra, time-trial getup. Im talking about spread-collar dress shirts, club-
worthy tailored jeans, and elegant, slim-fitting slacks that are specifically built to fight sweatand
Jake Stangel/Rapha

made entirely of technical, state-of-the-art fabrics and fashioned at the hand of tailors at the top
of their game. At a time when biking to work has never been more popular, its now gotten even
more practical and stylish. So I tried all of the leading brands and singled out the items you need
to buy right now. Just dont forget your helmet.

58 MENS FITNESS MARCH 2017


THE BEST T-SHIRT Top: the Rapha merino wool T-shirt. Bottom:
Merino Wool T-shirt by Rapha $80, rapha . cc Gihan Amarasiriwardena, chief design officer and
co-founder of Ministry, running a half-marathon.

When it comes to BO-banishing, some-


times old-fashioned is the only way to go:
wool. All wools will wick away moisture activity. Theyre ruggedly durable, but
and odor, binding them into the fiber so the problem comes when it rains: Tra-
they cant escape. Whats more, wool is ditional heavy cotton is like a face towel,
so absorbent it can soak up significant growing heavier as it soaks up water.
sweat before you feel the dampness. But Wear a pair of twills made from Epic cot-
because wearing wool close to the skin ton, though, and you can weather almost
can be scratchy, its smart to opt for the any storm. Plus, Howies offers reason-
sleekest of its fibers: merino. (For the ably priced, slim-fit styles. The fibers
record: The surface of merinos fibers is are coated by a DWR, or Durable Water
smooth, while traditional wool strands Repellent, solution that seals the cotton
look like spiky pinecones under a micro- on the inside, making water bead up and
scope.) Raphas handsome new merino roll off. It cant cope with mountaineer-
tee looks sharp and will stay fresh hours ing or wading through rivers, but this
into even vigorous exercise. T-fallike coating will keep you surpris-
ingly dry during a simple downpour.
THE BEST DRESS SHIRT

Future Forward Dress Shirt by Ministry T H E B E S T W E AT H E R - F I G H T I N G J A C K E T


$95, ministryofsupply . com Patagonia Dual Aspect Hoodie
$249, patagonia . com
Think of Ministrys surprisingly stylish
polyblend button-down as the Clark The secret behind the ultimate insu-
Kent of designer shirts: formal and lated jacket is simple, says Charles
buttoned up but with hidden strengths. Ross, a specialist in performance
The key lies with one of the fibers used layer, each having a different purpose. sportswear design. The best insula-
in the fabric, Outlast, which is whats The inner fibers draw moisture away tion ever created isnt down or fleece or
known as a PCM, or phase change mate- from the body so the wearer stays dry, polyesterits dead air. When youre
rial. PCMs act like intelligent fabrics, Rose told me, while the outer ones pre- insulating yourself, you stay warm from
automatically adjusting to the exterior vent the moisture from being seen on the whatever body heat youve generated
temperature. They become insulating outside but allow it to escape as vapor, as that doesnt escape. This means youre
when its cold and ventilating when the it would in an athletic garment. looking for a wind cheater with impres-
mercury rises. (The science is nerdishly sive heat-trapping potential, as well as
complicated, but think back to high THE BEST JEANS comfort and stretchand nothing beats
school Physics 101 and the principles The Drifter Jean $185, kitsbow . com Patagonias exclusive Polartec Power
of kinetic and latent heat. Gel-filled Shield, which combines three Polartec
microcapsules in the fiber trap energy by The key to cycling jeans lies in the fabric, fabrics for robust protection and dura-
liquefying as your body warms up. When which here includes 17% cordura nylon bility. The Dual Aspect hoodie is a hybrid
the temperature drops, that gel becomes and 3% Lycra. The latter adds extra midlayer that does double duty as an
solid again, releasing the energy trapped stretch, allowing for easier move- outer layer in milder conditions.
in the microcapsules as heat.) Outlast ment, while the former is a military-
earns plaudits for using PCMs in a stylish grade nylon thats abrasion- and THE BEST BLAZER

tear-resistantits twice as durable Summit Endurance Slim Fit Suit


design with four-way stretch weave that $240, combatgent . com
emphasizes comfort, too. as conventional nylon, which is one of
the toughest manmade fibers. But the
The key to wearing tailoring when youre
T H E B E ST P O LO appeal of Kitsbow denim is also the
Polo Shirt by SmartWeave cycling is stretch. Grab the care label in
styling: These jeans have been almost
a suit lining; look for the words elastane
From top: Jake Stangel/ Rapha; Timothy Anaya

$69, smartweavestore . com


imperceptibly tweaked to be comfier in
or Lycra, DuPonts version of elastane/
the saddle. Thighs are roomier so they
It took almost eight years of research spandex. Youll want 2-3% of it blended
dont pinch cycling quads, and there are
before Bradley Rose launched his with wool, silk, or linen to ensure the suit
crescent-shaped seams around the knees
sweat-concealing range of polos; Rose will stretch as you pedal and spring back
to permit more natural articulation
even tested prototypes in Switzerland to look slick and wrinkle-free at journeys
while youre on the move.
on sweating mannequins (yep, they do end. Dual vents make it easier to sit in
exist). The result is clothes made entirely THE BEST SLACKS the saddle, and a breathable lining will
from natural fibers100% cottonin Epic Weatherproof Trouser $119, howies . com minimize the risk of sweat.
a patented custom weave that nixes any
sweat stains. The secret process weaves Chinos are usually the worst thing Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain
two distinct fibers into a single fabric to wear outdoors or for any vigorous Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.
The Active Guys Guide to Style and Grooming

The
Perfect Fit
Bring
the
heat Who said your coolest and most
comfortable athletic gear had to be
confined to the gym? Here are the best
ways to incorporate your most highly
technical duds into your daily look
while seriously upping your style
batting average. Bonus: Weve got the
best new sneakers to wear with, well,
anything, and a collection of sports
watches worth drooling over.

By John Mather
William Hereford
Photographs by

A Cooler Windbreaker

Shell game
This red Hideaway jacket from
Armani Exchange could very
well be the ultimate layering
item. Its ready for sweatand
even equipped with straps that
allow you to wear it like a back-
pack if youre overheatingbut
its also a terrific way to cut
the formality of a sport jacket.
(Note: If you dont have a white
blazer, you can pair it with a
navy one, too.)
Windbreaker: Armani Exchange,
$160; Blazer: Vince Camuto,
$225, nordstrom.com; Vest:
EFM, $425; Pants: Nautica, $70;
Watch: Omega, $11,700

MENS FITNESS 61
If you own
one blazing-
yellow piece
of clothing,
make it a killer
raincoat.

A Flyer Raincoat

High and dry


This canvas jacket from
Nautica is pure elements-
fighting awesomeness. Its
fully functionalready for
any sopping-wet hikesyet
stylish, too. If theres one
item in your closet that
needs to be blazing bright
yellow, its a killer raincoat.
Raincoat: Nautica, $348;
Shirt: Untuckit, $98;
Tie: Tommy Hilfiger Tailored,
$80; Pants: Perry Ellis, $98;
Shoes: Clarks, $110;
Watch: Nautica, $165;
Motorcycle: 2017 Ducati
Scrambler Caf Racer,
$11,395

A Sportier Blazer

G r o o m i n g b y N a t h a n R o s e n k r a n z / H o n e y A r t i s t s u s i n g Y S L L H o m m e
Join the club
Okay, so its not exactly
exercise gear per se, but
this lightweight cotton
jacket from Tallia Orange
just oozes sporty cool.
Its lightly constructed,
superstrong, and, with
its slim-fitting-yet-roomy
chest, its tailor-made for
fit dudes. And, seriously:
Roger Federer often wears
blazers over his Nike duds.
Who says you cant, too?
Blazer: Tallia Orange, $350;
Hoodie: Vince Camuto, $195;
Racquet: Wilson Pro Staff
RF97 Autograph, $249

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Perfect fit
Style
A Trimmer Polo

Play it cool
Now, the good, old cotton
polo is far from obsolete,
but dont you want some-
thing a little stretchier and
breathier, with maybe a
truncated sleeve to show
off those guns? Meet the
slim-fitting and moisture-
wicking Active 360 Polo
from Perry Ellis.
Polo: Perry Ellis, $60;
Vest: Michael Kors, $228;
T-shirt: Jockey, $28; Shoes:
Sperry, $90; Pants: Armani
Exchange, $90; Watch:
Victorinox, $595; Bicycle:
Shinola Limited-Edition
Brass Bixby (not available in
stores).
Perfect fit
Style

A Better Everywhere Tee

Make it pop
If youre anything like us,
most of your gym clothes
can be described in three
words: gray, gray, and gray.
Its time to inject some feel-
good color, brother, and
thats why weve singled
out this great green T-shirt
from Eddie Bauer. Since
its sweat wicking, its
treadmill approved,
but its snazzy enough to
wear anywhere else, too.
T-shirt: Eddie Bauer, $25;
Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger,
$275; Pants: Tallia Orange,
$100; Watch: Citizen, $1,075;
Headphones: Bose
QuietComfort 35, $350
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Modern classics
A great pair of white sneaks and a wonderfully bold sports watch are the
ultimate finishing touches for just about any look. Pick from our favorites to
incorporate
p some eye-poppingbut still elegantflash into your daily life.

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Grooming

By Barret Wertz
Photographs by Levi Brown

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WA N T S

TO

FIGHT
Somehow, after a lifetime of playing iconic badassesheroic cops,
a hacker named Neo, a certain Eff. Bee. Eye. agentKeanu Reeves, at 52,
remains one of the most enigmatic figures in Hollywood. But here the
always-guarded actor opens upabout his life, his past hits, his latest project
(John Wick: Chapter 2), and his eternally youthful physiquewhile making one
thing very clear: Hes still ready to kick lots of ass.

BY D AV I D K AT Z
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOUG INGLISH
Do you like action movies? asks Keanu Reeves, unable to contain his excitement, as he leads me on a tour of 87Eleven
Action Design, a cavernous gym, production company, and choreography studio located in an industrial park near
LAX that is arguably the white-hot center of modern movie fighting. Its like a training school, a dojo for stunts,
he says, clearly pumped to be back at what was his second home while he prepped for the cult action movie John
Wick (2014) and the next installment, John Wick: Chapter 2, in theaters now. Reeves youthful enthusiasm
is a little surprising, and not because the guy is officially 52 years old. (In his mod black jacket emblazoned with
Archthe motorcycle company he co-foundedhe doesnt look anywhere near that age.) And it isnt because I
expected Reeves to be a jerk, either. The truth is, I had no idea what to expect, because Keanu Reevesa star for
more than a quarter century, a guy whose films have amassed nearly $2 billion at the box officehas achieved
something miraculous in todays celebrity-obsessed world: Hes preserved some mystery about himself.

Im not looking for a red carpet to walk, and Im not funny, Reeves admits. But not ha-ha funny.) It was an
trying to have a celebrity footprint, he says when I mention odds-defying hit: Made on a small, $20 million budget, it
that its rare to see his name flashing across TMZ, and its grossed $86 million worldwide, cementing Reeves status,
even rarer for him to sit for an extended interview like this once again, as one of Hollywoods most appealing and
one. And while so many actors in Hollywood are focused bankable action heroes.
on building their online brands, Reeves seems totally fine
with letting the world of social media entirely pass him by. in 2 0 1 7, its easy to forget that reeves is an
I can see the appealits just not to my taste, he says. unlikely badass. He first hit it big in comedy, in 1989, with
Before I meet him, I know a few basic facts: Hes unmar- the ridiculous Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, about two
ried, with no kids. (Im an unsuccessful representation bodacious, underachieving California teenagers traveling
of the species, he jokes.) Also, I know that much of my through time in a phone booth. Not only was Bill & Ted
impression of Reeves is formed by his work, notably his Reeves first (but hardly last) surprise hit, earning a sequel,
tendency to play stoic heroeslike the Zen-like savior, but nearly 30 years later people still talk about a reunion
Neo, in the record-shattering The Matrix trilogyso I half an effort Reeves supports. It would be absolutely fantastic
expect to encounter a quiet, impenetrable monk. and ridiculous to play those roles again, he says. Bill and
Instead, Reeves is more like a high-energy action- Ted in their 50s?! Excellent. Bodacious! (Yes, a writer is
movie fanboy, rattling off some of the films that 87Eleven currently working on a script.)
co-foundersveteran stuntmen David Leitch and Chad
Staheleskihave choreographed: The Bourne Legacy,
Fight Club, and, of course, The Matrix, on which Staheleski
served as Reeves stunt double. Fifteen years after that
movies smash success, he knew those guys aspired to
direct, and Reeves brought them a project he was devel- Before a big fight
oping about a retired assassin who goes on a bloody sequence, I still eat
revenge spree after a group of thugs off his dog.
Reeves would star, and they would direct.
a steak. It started
Just good clean fun, he says of the movie, with its super- on The Matrix. Its totally
stylized violence, insane body count, and wry tone. (It is psychological.
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but then starting out with Point Break, in 1991. Bigelow cast a
26-year-old Reeves as an FBI agent embedded with a band of bank-
robbing surfers led by Patrick Swayze. It was another ridiculous
premise, another huge hit for Reeves. It was pulpy, it had a real
energy, says Reeves (who hasnt seen 2015s failed remake). Ive
met people over the years who said, I started skydiving because of
that movie, or I started surfing because of that movie.
Reeves jumped from a plane once during production to get a taste
of what its like, but he says that his co-star, Swayze, really caught
the bug. I think he had 30 jumps while we were filming, he says.
The insurance company was, like, no. Eventually, he got a cease-
and-desist from the production company.
Whether it was because of the surfing, the long hair, or the
laid-back delivery, Point Break stereotyped Reeves as the ultimate
SoCal underdogan image only bolstered by the blockbuster Los
Angeles freeway thriller, Speed (1994)which still persists today.
The irony is that Reeves isnt a native Californian, or even an

DIESEL
American. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a British mother
and Chinese-Hawaiian father (his name means cool breeze
in Hawaiian) and spent his formative years in Toronto with his
costume designer mom and her eclectic group of friends, including
singer Alice Cooper. Reeves still identifies as Canadian, even if hes HAS ZERO
PLANS
lived in L.A. since he was 20 years old.
Those were my formative years, from like, 7 years old on, he

TO SCALE
says. He explains his attachment to his home country as like the
imprimatur of youth, that early sapling that grows into a tree.

87 e l e v e n s a n n e x , we get
a s h e l e a d s m e u p t h e s ta i r s t o
a birds-eye view of the place. Most of the floor space is taken up BACK
ACTION-
by a huge blue mat overhung by cables used for wire work, the
suspended choreography that allows actors to dodge bullets midair

MOVIE
and pull off impossibly high roundhouses. Today its being used by a Just good
stunt team from Logan, Hugh Jackmans final Wolverine film, and
Reeves looks on with jealousy. I always want to work out here, he
clean fun,
says, just come in and get some more training.
For Wick, that meant he had to learn an entirely new discipline:
judo. I had a little experience in movie fighting, he says, with
he says of
John Wicks ROLES.
typical (and sincere) modesty. But Id never done judo.
graphic
He says the form is tricky to fake onscreen because, unlike violence
throwing punches, you really gotta throw someone. and huge
Reeves adopted a former MMA fighter named Eric Brown as his
sensei. At the beginning, I didnt even know where to put my feet,
body count.
he says. So it was a lot of me learning the basics.
By the time he flew to New York and Rome to shoot John Wick:
Chapter 2, which expands the mythology behind Wicks order of doing it until its right. On a leaner film like Wick, where fights that
assassins and reunites Reeves with The Matrix co-star Laurence could have been allotted five days might get two, it means no room
Fishburne, he was a bona fide judo expert. Keanu is the most for error. But thats part of what makes [a great action film] a pres-
persistent, non-giving-up guy youll ever meet, says Stahelski. He sure cooker, he says. Its the intensity of just trying to do the best
doesnt want to act out the part. He wants to be the part. you can in the circumstances that you have.
Reeves loves pushing himself during his action sequences, though
he rejects the word stunt for anything he does himself. Theres an looking back, he credits point break for making him
incredible stuntman who doubles John Wick, he says. They hit think about his body more. It was life-changing for me, he says.
him with a car. Hes standing there, and they hit himthats a stunt. It introduced me to fitness and training. He began working with
Me? Ill shoot some guns, flip some peopleand thats action. So, Denise Snyder, who has remained his main fitness guru for more
yeah, I do as much action as I possibly can, because I love itand I than 25 years, and has overseen his body throughout his career.
love the opportunity to bring the audience along. He can get huge, says Snyder. That worked for Speed. But
Which is one of the reasons why Reeves never enjoys stepping usually I dont think for him massiveness works. On John Wick, its
aside for the sake of his safety. I hate that, its always a drag, he about his presence, and it cant come from size. Its got to come from
says. I want to be able to do everything. Since The Matrix, Ive used structure. Its really about pulling his shoulders back.
this term, superperfect. As in, Can we get it superperfect? On a Reeves says that meant not having huge traps.
huge-budget studio movie that can afford infinite takes, that means I wanted to have that back, he says, to look like if I grabbed you,

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I WOULDNT CALL
IT ROCK BOTTOM,
BUT THERE WAS SOME
VERSION OF, AM I
GOING TO BE WASHED
UP AT 21?

you were in my world now. Of course, Reeves, who allegedly took in millions for his work on
Reeves isnt slowing down his exercise regimen these days, The Matrix movies alone, doesnt need the dough. Well, I do, he
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though he admits that the biggest difference between playing an insists, declining to elaborate too much. Its a long story that I dont
action hero at 52 versus 25 is the wear and tear on the knees. I want to share with you. Though later he offers a clue: When youre
cant do stairs as fast, he says. But if you say action, Ill go. His friends with someone, you want to help them, you sign something
recovery is a little slower, but his endurance is solid. His training that turns into something else, and that comes back to haunt you.
diet is still simple. Low sodium, low fat, and the night before a big Still, he says, money is a bad way to make career choices, and his
fight sequence, I still eat a steak. It started on The Matrix. I was like, rsum bears that out. (See: 1991s My Own Private Idaho, 1993s
Gotta go eat a steak, Carrie-Anne [Moss, his co-star]. Its totally Little Buddha, and 2012s Side by Side, a documentary he produced
psychological. He prefers a nice New York cut, with a little fat on it. about Hollywoods conversion from traditional film to digital.) Hes
With Wick behind him, Reeves says he has some civilian living also the guy who started a motorcycle company five years ago.
Makeup By Geri Oppenheim

ahead of him before he chooses his next project. During these In fact, Reeves actually showed up today on one of his bikes, a
periods, he takes it easy. Steak. Red wine. A nice single malt with a gorgeous Arch KRGT-1, what he calls a performance cruiser.
big ice cube. Ride a motorcycle. Arch is more than a vanity project, he says. Hes involved in every
Reeves plans to keep the great action movies coming. You just facet of the company, from design and testing to administration.
gotta find the right one, he says. You cant just do it to do it. Unless The project fits perfectly into what Reeves sees as the guiding
you need the dough, which is a good enough reason. philosophy of his life: Youre gonna diemake stuff.

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Turn back your
Can you be a 45-year-old but maintain the body of a guy in his 20s?

According to one world-renowned exercise scientist, the inventor

of a proprietary formula that assigns you a fitness age, the answer is:

Absolutely. And its going to change the way you trainforever.

By Eric Benson

Photographs by Dylan Coultier

body clock
mortality than established risk factors such age, essentially defined as the average VO2
as smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, max of healthy people at any given age.
and type-2 diabetes mellitus. That 34-year-old with a VO2 max of 52?
But as Wislff knows all too well, CRF is According to Wislff s calculations, hes in
difficult to measureand even more difficult fine shape. Generally speaking, the average
to make sense of once you have it. healthy guy in his 30s has a VO2 max of
The surest way of gauging CRF is to roughly 49, so the 34-year-olds fitness age
calculate your VO2 max, the maximum is close to his real age. But he could be doing
Like most fit guys, youre probably amount of oxygen you can process during an better, and with the right training regimen,
addicted to numbers. activity. (The average person has a VO2 max he could easily bring his fitness age down
Chances are you know your max bench and of 30 to 60, with some elite athletes, such to something on par with a healthy man in
squat, and you might have a pretty good fix as pro cyclists, reaching the 90s.) Since the his 20s. (Twentysomething males have an
on your body mass index, too. If youre super- Nobel Prizewinning physiologist A.V. Hill average VO2 max of 54.) But if that same
hardcore, you might even know your basal introduced the concept in 1923, the only 34-year-old found out that he had a VO2
metabolic rate (for the uninitiated, thats the reliable way to measure VO2 max has been max of 39? Well, hed have the same fitness
amount of energy your body churns through with an exercise test, which asks subjects to age of your typical 60-year-old. Hed be
when youre at rest). And no doubt if youre push their bodies to exhaustion on a tread- out of shape, with a dangerously elevated
an endurance guy, you can list your PRs in mill or a stationary bike while breathing risk of developing cardiovascular disease
everything from the 5K to a Spartan Race. into an ergospirometry system. Even if you and, according to some studies, cancer and
But before you get too confident in the endured the process, the larger question Alzheimers.
story that these numbers tell, especially as remained: What does it even mean? If But I know what youre thinking. I work
they pertain to your long-term health, Ulrik youre, say, a 34-year-old guy with VO2 max out. I run. I lift. Surely my fitness age is
Wislff, Ph.D., a professor of physiology at of 52, how does that inform your health superyoung! Well, not necessarily.
the Norwegian University of Science and and your training? When we started this When Wislff began to measure the fitness
Technology, has an important question for [research] many years ago, Wislff says, ages of his test subjects, he encountered
you: What is your fitness age? we always told people that they had many people who looked fit and worked out
Wait, you dont know? Well, according a VO2 max of 30 or 40 or 50, and then but had practically geriatric fitness ages.
to Wislff, a 48-year-old former semipro theyd always look at us and ask, OK, well, One group of bodybuilders were lean and
soccer player who is also one of the what is that? muscular, but their fitness in terms of peak
worlds top exercise scientists, thats deeply So Wislff set off to find a way to do two VO2 was scary low, Wislff says.
unfortunate. Because your fitness age things simultaneously: 1) easily and accu- When he tested amateur endurance
even more than your real ageis the key rately calculate VO2 max without the hassle athletesmany of whom trained up to 10
to providing confirmation of your physical of equipment, and 2) translate the findings hours per weekhe also found unexpectedly
prowess or exposing a gaping void at the into something the average athlete can high fitness ages. Thats because, as Wislff
center of what you thought was a solid understand and use to his advantage. has consistently found, great CRF is achieved
training program. Enter fitness age. through high-intensity exercise, not long,
Whats more: Paying special attention to In 2006 he and his colleagues began slow jogging.
your fitness age, which you can maintain conducting an enormous study of cardiore- This has not gone unnoticed by Wislff s
with a very targeted HIIT training regimen, spiratory fitness and other health indicators peers, who believe his greatest accomplish-
might just save your life years down the road. in 4,637 Norwegian men and women, and ment might not be in creating the fitness-
devised a proprietary formula, which you fill age algorithma simple way to estimate
FITNESS AGE, DEFINED out on his website, that assigns you a fitness VO2 maxbut in devising an easy, efficient
Fitness age, which Wislff introduced to the way to dramatically improve it. Carl Chip
world in a 2014 study, is rooted in your bodys Lavie, M.D., a leading cardiologist and
level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF)its the author of The Obesity Paradox, told
ability to disperse and consume oxygen. In me that he revered Wislff for expanding
fact, having great CRFnot to be confused our knowledge of the importance of
with cardiovascular fitness, which refers only higher-intensity exercise and its impact
to the heart and blood but not the bodys MANY GUYS WHO on improving fitness and reducing the risk
breathing apparatusis such an important LOOKED FITAND WORKED of cardiovascular disease. When Wislff
factor to your longevity and your long-term OUT A TONTURNED pioneered fitness age, he didnt just create a
health that a recent scientific statement from OUT TO HAVE GERIATRIC diagnostic tool; he laid the groundwork for
the American Heart Association described FITNESS AGES. developing what might just be the worlds
it as a potentially stronger predictor of most useful exercise cure.

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There are a lot of factors that go
into calculating your fitness age
by far the most important of them is
cardiorespiratory fitness, says
Ulrik Wislff, Ph.D.

SO DO YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER? reduce fitness age, he asked himself one of your heart. The heart is like any other
To calculate your fitness age, visit fundamental question: What limits the muscle, Wislff says. It must be loaded
worldfitnesslevel.org to fill out Wislff s bodys ability to uptake oxygen? to get trained. And the only healthy way to
detailed online questionnaire (and be sure Wislff knew skeletal muscles werent challenge the hearts pumping capacity is
to read How to Calculate Your Fitness Age, the principal problemthey can handle to fill it with maximal amounts of blood for
on the next page, for our analysis of the more blood than they can possibly get. He long periods of time.
questions). Once youve got your fitness age, also knew that the lungs, while crucial, The heart achieves maximum stroke
you can supplement your training program couldnt be dramatically altered with volume when its pumping at 8595% of
with a scientifically proven fitness-age- training. But the heart is highly train- its maximum beats per minute. (For most
reducing intervention. able, and increasing the hearts pumping people, the 8590% range is sufficient.) So
Even if you dont calculate your exact capacitythe amount of blood it can if you want to boost your VO2 max, Wislff
fitness age, you can still follow these six pump in a given amount of timedirectly says, youll want to work out within that
tips to boost your bodys cardiorespiratory increases the bodys ability to uptake range of cardiorespiratory intensity for as
fitness, bulletproofing your health while and distribute oxygen. In other words, a long as you possibly can. If you do it right,
leaving plenty of time to do all the activities more efficient, more powerful heart leads youll end up with an athletes heart, one
you love: pick-up hoops, distance running, directly to a higher VO2 max. thats bigger, contracts more forcefully, and
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or improving those max bench and squat But how exactly do you train your heart to relaxes quicker. As Wislff puts it: Youll
numbers inside the power rack. Whatever be more efficient and powerful? Two factors have a better motor.
your goals are, here are the six ways to keep govern pumping capacity: maximal heart
your body young. rate and stroke volume. Your maximal heart STAY YOUNG TIP NO. 2:
rate is inborn. (Whats the best formula? FOUR MINUTES IS YOUR INTERVAL
STAY YOUNG TIP NO. 1: 211 minus your age multiplied by 0.64.) No SWEET SPOT
SUPERCHARGE YOUR HEART matter how hard you train, that number So how exactly do you get your heart rate to
When Wislff began to design a training will tick down throughout your life. But you the 85% threshold, and how long can you
program that could boost VO2 max and can do a lot to increase the stroke volume (and should you) keep it there?
It usually takes more than a minute
HOW TO of vigorous exercise before you reach
CALCULATE YOUR maximum stroke volume. Thats easy
FITNESS AGE enough to dotry running, cycling, or
rowing really hard for 60 secondsbut
Youll need to fill out a questionnaire the trickier and more exhausting part is
devised by exercise scientist Ulrik keeping your heart rate and stroke volume
Wislff at worldfitnesslevel.org. locked at that rate. The key to mentally
Here Wislff walks a casual lifter
and physically sustaining that kind of
and an erstwhile CrossFitter through
each question. workload, Wislff says, is to use interval
BY MICHAEL RODIO training.
It is obvious that one cannot exercise
STEP 1 for very long periods of time at 8595% of
Where are you from? Ethnicity? maximal heart rate, he says. But intervals
Highest level of education? get you up to that needed intensity and
W I S L F F S A Y S : We use that only for
give you enough rest in between to get
research purposes so we can compare
Norway, USA, Japan, etc., and different rid of lactic acid that builds up during the
ethnicitiesnothing of this is used in the interval.
algorithm. But not all interval training is equal.
R O D I O S TA K E : I type in Brooklyn. Sprint intervals of one minute or YOUR HEART IS
less can get your heart rate past the 85% MORE TRAINABLE
AND ADAPTABLE
STEP 2

threshold, but they just dont give your


Gender, age, height, weight.
W I S L F F S A Y S : Height/weight is just heart enough sustained work at THAN YOU
for calculating BMI, which goes into its maximum stroke volume. Tabata IMAGINED.
the algorithm. But gender matters a training with 20-second maximum-
lotwomens values tend to be about
20% lower.
intensity intervals followed by 10 seconds Gang] presented this program on their
R O D I O S T A K E : Im 26, 5'9", 175 pounds. I
of rest can work, but be aware that your online version, Wislff says. That story
enter twice, because I accidentally type heart rate drops as soon as you stop is the most visited story in that newspa-
in my weight in kilograms the first time. moving. (And the more fit you are, the pers history. Now there are even training
STEP 3 faster your heart rate plummets.) If your groups and training centers around
Whats your maximum heart rate? goal is to improve VO2 max, then its Norway that are using this. Its used a lot.
W I S L F F S A Y S : Its a common means
better to keep your heart pumping consis-
of denoting intensity for endurance tently at 85% of its maximum rate than STAY YOUNG TIP NO. 3:
training. for it to be yo-yoing from 75100% DONT TRAIN FOR A MARATHON
I had no idea, but the
R O D I O S TA K E :
of its max rate throughout your active Ask a random sampling of men and
site computes it for me. (Its 196 bpm,
apparently.)
workout time. women to name the kind of athlete with
How long is the ideal stroke-volume the best cardiorespiratory fitness, and
STEP 4
maximizing interval? In theory, make youll almost certainly get answers like
Exercise: How often, marathoners, triathletes, and Tour de
it as long as possible. (If you can push
how long, and how intense?
out 30-minute intervals at 90% of your France cyclists. While this may be true at
W I S L F F S A Y S : All these factors matter
in a balanced way, but exercise intensity max heart rate, go ahead and do it. Also, the elite level, its often not the case for
is the most indicative of fitness age. congratulations, your VO2 max is almost weekend-warrior endurance athletes, and
R O D I O S T A K E : I pick little hard breathing certainly spectacular.) Wislff and his the reason is simple: Running, cycling, and
and sweating, because theres no op- colleagues found that four minutes is a swimming for long distances wont push
tion for vigorous swearing or crying.
length most can manage. It lets your heart your heart to its maximal stroke volume, so
STEP 5 pump at its maximum stroke capacity for they wont do a lot to improve VO2 max if
Whats your waistline? an extended time, and its sustainable for you are already in good shape and go hard
Whats your resting pulse? untrained individuals and beneficial to for four minutes.
W I S L F F S A Y S : A low resting heartbeat
elite athletes looking to boost their already I know a lot of endurance athletes on
is the sign of a fit heartworld-class
endurance athletes use it to see if theyre excellent CRF. a really high level, Wislff says. Even in
ready for their next exercise session Wislff s recommended program is those people we have been able to improve
but we do know that its not enough to simple: A 10-minute warmup, followed by fitness a lot by exchanging two to three
predict fitness on its own. Hydration can
four four-minute intervals of large muscle hours of running for periodization of 4x4
sway it, for example, so make sure
youre hydrated when you take your mass exercise (running, cycling, rowing, intervals or even 3x3 intervals.
measurement. swimming, cross-country skiing) broken Wislff himself is a runner. He likes to go
My belt suggests a 31-inch
R O D I O S TA K E : up by three minutes of active rest (a very on 45-minute runs through the forest near
waistline. My Fitbit says 55 bpm. low-intensity version of whatever youre his home in Trondheim, Norway. When
T H E TA K E A W AY doing). The results can be dramatic. After he does, he makes sure that he is giving
Even though Im 26, with an expected the seven-week program, Wislff has seen his heart extended periods of time above
VO 2 max of 53, I have the fitness age spikes in VO2 max and benefits that go the 85% threshold by working in long,
of someone under 20 years old, with beyond CRF into weight-loss and lean- steep uphills. I would like to say that low-
an actual VO2 max of 60.
muscle gain. In Norway the response has intensity long distance is the best, because
W I S L F F S A Y S : Thats not bad for a
26-year-old. Its about the same as been ecstatic. I like to do that, he says. But its surely not
mine. The biggest newspaper here [Verdens the best.

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STAY YOUNG TIP NO. 4:
FORGET BEETROOT JUICE
AND HYPOXIC MASKS
Youve seen those heart-healthy labels
at the supermarket, and you know that
eating clean is a good thing for your
health. So can you eat your way to a lower
fitness age? Nope.
Indirectly, its important to have a
good diet, because if your diet is better,
you adapt better to exercise, Wislff says.
There have been some reports that if
you drink beetroot juice or stuff with a
lot of nitric oxide in it, that may help your
cardiorespiratory fitnessand that may
be true with untrained people. But as you
get fitter, that supplement doesnt seem to
work a lot.
What about training at elevation or
working out on the treadmill with one of
those Predatorstyle hypoxic masks? After
all, dont all the top endurance athletes run
high up in the mountains? Wouldnt just
living at altitude boost your VO2 max and
reduce your fitness age?
Nope again. The science on hypoxic
masks is thin. Even though there are
some believers out there, I know that
world-class endurance athletes in, for
instance, some cross-country skiing do
not use them, Wislff says. While some
world-class endurance athletes travel
to high altitudes to train, the effect on
performance is tiny. If youre the third-
best half-miler in the world and you
want to become the best half-miler in the
world, then by all means move to La Paz,
Bolivia (altitude: nearly 12,000 feet).
But if youre something other than an
Olympian, youre going to make the same
THE 7-WEEK oure a 35-year-old desk jockey

Y
gains if you do all your interval training with the heart of a 60-something
in Miami.
ADD-YEARS- couch potato? Join the club,

TO-YOUR-
Jack. But theres hope for you:
STAY YOUNG TIP NO. 5: Wislff has created a seven-week
SAVE TIME FOR CROSS-TRAINING LIFE INTERVAL program that primes your heart for a better
fitness ageand burns plenty of fatin just
You might expect that Wislff would advise
those looking to reduce their fitness age WORKOUT minutes of sweat. Its all built around Wislffs

to do nothing but lung-busting sessions PLAN lab-tested 4x4 interval training workout: four
minutes of high-intensity exercise, followed by
of 4x4 interval training. But he knows Lower your Fitness Age three minutes of active recovery, repeated four
personally that such a course would be with just two interval workouts times. The core concept is to blast your heart
a week to 8595% of its maximum ratenot quite all out
counterproductive.
BY MICHAEL RODIO but intense enough that youll be able to say only
I cant just do 4x4, he says. I think its a few four-letter words by the end. Then youll
you ll
totally boring to do just that. downshift to a three-minute active-recovery
In his fitness-age-reducing fitness phase at 70% capacitystill moving, but moder-
program, Wislff reserves days for ately enough to catch your breath and scrub
lactic acid from your muscles. The best part?
fun runs and 60-minute activities like
You can do any kind of exercise you wantswim-
five-a-side soccer, and he practices what ming, cycling, rowing, and running are popular,
he preaches. He performs 4x4 interval but anything will work, as long as youre pushing
training only a couple of times per week. your heart to the limit. With just two of these
(One session is always a lab-wide workout 4x4 workouts a week, Wislffs lab has made
progress with everyone from untrained shlubs to
in which he leads his 60-person staff in
elite athletes. After the fourth round, you should
exercises.) The rest of the time, he works feel like you could have done another round. For
out like an outdoorsy and not especially Wislffs seven-week workout routine, check out
fitness-obsessed man. He plays a weekly mensfitness.com/4x4plan.

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The truth
By Bruce Falconer

Photographs by Christopher Griffith

about
testosterone
Thanks to the explosion of testosterone-replacement therapy, which is officially a $2 billion industry, its never been
easier for men everywhere to flood their bodies with mans fountain of youth. Is easy-access testosterone good, bad,
or simply benign? Here, one man suffering from the gnarly effects of low T searches for answers.
Middle age,
according to several dictionaries and the American Psychiatric Association, begins at roughly 45 and runs all the way to 65. But

for me, it actually came earlyat 38. Until then, Id always been an active guynot a star athlete, to be sure, but someone who did

calisthenics every morning, walked to work, and ran about 10 miles a week. I ate a balanced diet and was naturally slim. But then,

last year, I inexplicably started gaining weight and feeling exhausted most of the time; mysterious, often-debilitating aches and pains

began shooting through my muscles and joints. For much of the past 12 months I couldnt even walk without the aid of crutches or an

orthopedic boot, having developed an excruciating case of tendinitis in both feet simultaneously. It felt as if the bottom had fallen out

of my lifelike age had finally caught up to me and run me over. I fell into a depression.

To fight back, I sought out Michael Matthews


2014 book, Bigger Leaner Stronger: The
Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male
Bodyan Amazon top sellerand read it with
highlighter in hand. Following Matthews
program, I switched to a high-protein diet
of clean foodslean meats, Greek yogurt,
fruits, green vegetablesand made sure I got
eight hours of sleep a night. I even lightened
my schedule to reduce stress. NEVER BEFORE
In the gym, I became an early-morning IN HISTORY HAS
regular, doing heavy compound lifts three TESTOSTERONE
days a week. I lost some fat, sure, but made BEEN SO
only negligible gains in muscle mass. If READILY
anything, all that pumping iron caused my
AVAILABLE.
body to hurt only more. Nothing I did seemed
to work; I didnt feel any better. In fact, I felt
only more exhausted, particularly at night,
which, lets just say, isnt exactly great for a
marriage. That was the final straw.
Frustrated and confused, I scheduled an
appointment with my primary care doctor
for a blood test. Reviewing the results, he did
a double take: This cant be right, he said
never something you want to hear from a
doctor. Your testosterone is superlow.
He referred me to an endocrinologist, and
two more blood tests confirmed it: My blood
testosterone level was just 133 nanograms
per deciliter (ng/dl), well below the generally
agreed-upon normal range of roughly 270
to 1,070. To put that into perspective, even the
average male octogenarian in a nursing home
scores in the upper 300s.
As his words sunk in, all I could think about
were those ubiquitous low-T ads on TVthe
ones featuring handsome middle-aged men
astride motorcycles in the desert, staring
longingly into the distance, while voice-overs
promising a new T therapy as a fountain of
youth play on loop. Like just about every guy,
Id made fun of those commercials for years.
I wasnt that grizzled old dude already...
was I?

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THE MAGICAL WORLD OF LOW T
10
Like it or not, I was about to find out. The
endocrinologist couldnt say for sure whether
all my symptoms were the fault of testos-
terone deficiency, but he nevertheless recom-
mended testosterone treatment, and I agreed.

The importance of testosterone to male health


has been understood since at least the 1930s.
A steroid hormone produced in the testicles,
T encourages the expression of male sexual
Sorry, supershredded fellas, but thats the baseline percentage of body fat you
need if you want to maximize your baseline testosterone, according to Bradley
Anawalt, M.D. If your body fat dips below 10%, it creates the canary in the coal mine
effect, he says. In other words: Your body senses an imminent death. The brain
thinks youre starving, so instead of vamping up reproductive function, it turns it
down. T is the first of the hormones to fall out.

IMS Health, a health-care research firm. The


total value of the global TRT market already
stands in excess of $2 billion but is anticipated
taneous pellets, and even suppositories, all of
which have their pros and cons. But by far the
most popular form of TRT prescribed both by
characteristics like big muscles, body hair, an to reach $6.5 billion by 2020, according to a low-T clinics and doctors is AndroGel, a clear
Adams apple, and a deep voice. It also boosts recent report by Global Industry Analysts. gel you rub on your shoulders and upper arms
self-confidence, focus, motivation, aggres- TRT can take many forms, depending on once a day, every day, for as long as you want,
sion, andperhaps most important to many the prescribing doctor: injections, adhesive even forever if you so choose.
men who dont have enough of itlibido and patches, nasal sprays, oral ointments, subcu- The reality is, these days you can get T from
the ability to get an erection.
As males, most of us reach peak T by age 20,
after which our levels tend to remain steady.
After age 30, however, testosterone begins to THE HIDDEN
decline by up to 1% per year. Scientists dont TESTOSTERONE KILLERS
know why, but as we grow older, T begins to The four things you need to
recede like an outgoing tide. And as it falls, steer clear of for the sake of your T levels
G r o o m i n g b y W i l l i a m M u r p h y/A t e l i e r M a n a g e m e n t u s i n g D i o r H o m m e ; T h i s p a g e : S a m K a p l a n

men experience a cascade of negative effects:


depression, hot flashes and sweats, exhaus- Heated plastics Products labeled
Plastics contain a lot high fragrance
tion, forgetfulness. Declining T also means
of chemicals that work The label fragrance
declining muscle mass and bone density, and, as estrogen mimetics means it contains a
of course, trouble getting it up. and can be bad for your phthalate compound,
Which is why, more and more in this day T, says Brian St. Pierre, says St. Pierre. Your
and age, the push forand ready availability CISSN, C.S.C.S., of skin is your largest
P r e v i o u s s p r e a d : A r i a n a S a l v a t o /A p o s t r o p h e ; O p p o s i t e p a g e :

Precision Nutrition. organ, and it absorbs


oftestosterone-replacement therapy,
When heated, plastics what is put on it. Look
or TRT, has become an issue. can release phthalates for phthalate-free
Never before in the history of medicine has and BPAboth bad. soaps and deodorant.
testosterone been so abundant and readily
available, from physicians as well as any Excessive booze Painkillers
number of low-T clinics that have sprung up Yes, consistent Men who are on
across the country and online. The business of heavy drinking lowers chronic-pain meds
your T, says St. Pierre. (especially opioids like
T is booming. Those low-T ads I mentioned?
For the record, its the oxycontin) can have
In 2012 alone, T-related advertising skyrock- ethanol that hurts, superlow testosterone.
eted from $14.3 to $107.3 billion. By 2013, the but that doesnt mean According to Abraham
FDA reported that 2.3 million American men you have to cut it out Morgentaler, M.D.,
completely. Have Some of these guys
had received prescriptions for supplemental limits, says St. Pierre, have the lowest T we
testosterone. Only a year later, that number advising a max of one to seeits a poison for the
nearly tripled to 6.5 million, according to two drinks per day. hormone system.
anyone who can prescribe medication. constantly tired and depressed. Plus, youre
Primary care doctors have proven them- losing muscle mass and your bones are
selves all too willing to hand it out on only becoming brittle and prone to fracture. For
their own authority: According to The New you, TRT is a sensible option.
York Times, theyre responsible for upwards But if youre a normal, healthy male
of 60% of all TRT prescriptions. in your 30s or 40s, you probably dont
It all begs several questions: Who really need TRT.
needs testosterone therapy? Should it If you go in and say, Well, you know, in
be readily supplied to men who dont the past 10 years Ive gotten more tired, Im
medically need it but want it? And could having trouble keeping weight off thats
T therapywhich was designed to help simply not enoughits a natural phenom-
youactually harm you instead? enon! explains Jacques Baillargeon, Ph.D.,
an epidemiologist at the University of Texas
THE TROUBLE WITH TRT Medical Branch at Galveston.
Once youve started on T therapy, the results Thats not to say young men never need
dont take long to appear. CAN YOU a T boost. According to Swerdloff, perhaps
After only a week or two of TRT, many MENTALLY PSYCH 5% of men suffer from a condition known
patients, even those of advanced age, expe- UP YOUR as hypogonadism, which prevents these
rience a significant increase in libido as well
as a sunnier mood and a general sense of
TESTOSTERONE? unlucky few from producing enough T on
their own. For them, therapy makes sense.
well-being, says Ronald Swerdloff, M.D., In the near term, its not as crazy as it sounds Bottom line, if youre unhappy with
chief of the division of endocrinology and your daily life due to a possible lack of T,
metabolism at Harbor-UCLA Medical our mind is more powerful than then TRT is something to consider. But,
Center. Of course, not everything happens
so fastother benefits, including improved Y you think. Yes, this sounds
ridiculous, but your T responds
leading experts agree, first you need to
visit a urologist or an endocrinologist
strength and bone density, may take six to to a lot of social and psychologi- specialists more adept at diagnosing and
12 months to manifest. cal forcesincluding, amazingly, psyching treating hormone deficiencies than the
Butand its a big butalong with the yourself up. According to Emory University average family doctor or low-T clinic
benefits of TRT come health risks as well. neuroendocrinology researcher and to have your blood-testosterone level
former D-I cross-country runner Kathleen
Physicians caution that taking T could checked. Doing so requires at least two
Casto, a sport psychophysiologist, Your
hasten the growth of preexisting cancerous blood tests, ideally after fasting for 12 hours
T is constantly ebbing and flowingit
cells. Other documented side effects include, and as close as possible to 8 a.m., when
doesnt stay one way. All kinds of social and
ironically, testicular shrinkage and infer- psychological forces are at play. Casto oft-fluctuating T levels are at their highest.
tility. TRT can also be dangerous for men recommends positive self-talk to boost it A physician should have chemical

D y l a n C o u l t e r ; G r o o m i n g b y W i l l i a m M u r p h y/A t e l i e r M a n a g e m e n t u s i n g D i o r H o m m e ; O p p o s i t e p a g e : F o o d s t y l i n g b y L a u r a K i n s e y
with sleep apnea, worsening its symptoms. in the near term. Tell yourself, I want to be evidence that a patient has a measur-
But by far the biggest concern is that the best, Im a winner. Belief in self and the ably low testosterone level before TRT is
taking T may increase red blood cells, which degree to which you feel you are born for administered, says Swerdloff.
could lead to heart attack or stroke. For this correlates to increased T. She also Shockingly, about one in four men
decades, drug companies pushed estrogen suggests imagining success in a contest undergoing TRT never seeks a blood test,
pills as an anti-aging elixir for menopausal against an opponentstudies show that meaning that up to a quarter of low-T
women until, in 2002, a federal study found for some people, anticipating success patients are treating a condition they may
that estrogen therapy placed patients at may boost your T and could even lead to a not even have. Nevertheless, T prescrip-
short-term athletic and mental advantage.
significantly greater risk of breast cancer, tions are being handed out left and right.
heart attack, and stroke. As of yet, no such A lot of people are walking into doctors
far-reaching clinical studies have been offices and asking for prescriptions, and
performed on TRT, leaving many questions no matter how TRT is delivered, it doesnt doctors are complying, in part because
about its safety and efficacy unanswered. cure low testosteroneit simply supplies they dont want to lose patients, says John
Less serious, but still a concern, is the a hormone your bodys already producing, Hoberman, author of Testosterone Dreams.
fact that TRT temporarily stops your body which makes your natural tap shut off. A lot of sloppiness and fraud comes when
from producing T naturally. The fact is, TRT also causes your sperm count to you just slosh this stuff out there and let
crash to near zeroa critical consideration every Tom, Dick, and Harry try it.
for younger men who might want kids. And its not just old Toms, Dicks, and
Harrysthose guys in the commercials
SO, WHO SHOULD AND SHOULDNT trying to get their sex lives back on track
TAKE TRTAND HOW DO YOU KNOW? who are seeking out prescriptions for T.
According to the leading experts I spoke Theres a big interest in testosterone
with, if youre an older guywell north of treatment among young, relatively healthy
50and you suffer daily from those nega- men, in order to enhance both appearance
NORMAL, HEALTHY tive effects, seeking out TRT is a reasonable, and strength, says Swerdloff.
35-YEAR-OLDS healthy course of action. Lets say youre a healthy 35-year-old guy
DONT TYPICALLY For example: Youre 65 and your testos-
terone has plunged to 250 ng/dl. Youve
with an average T level of 668 ng/dl, and
you want some AndroGel to get jacked: You
NEED TESTOSTERONE most likely lost your sex drive and your should definitely think twice about it.
THERAPY. ability to get a hard-on, and you feel Sure, TRT can boost your testosterone

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by hundreds of points in as little as a few
weeks; but it can take you only so far.
Landmark studies at the Charles R. Drew
University of Medicine and Science and
McMaster University showed that if a mans
T levels are relatively higher but still in the
normal range, he wont build muscle any
faster than a man with lower levels.
No, if you really want to see huge muscle
gains, youll have to push your T well into
the thousandsfor which youll need some-
thing a lot more potent than AndroGel.
In other words, in no way should TRT be
considered a legal alternative to steroids.

OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO TRT


The good news is, if you feel your testos-
terone could use a boost but arent consid-
ering TRT, you can increase your levels
naturally by adjusting your workout, diet,
and lifestyle habits.
At the gym, do more deadlifts and
squatsleg-heavy exercises known to
boost T. Eat more foods high in protein
and vitamin D, such as steak, eggs, oysters,
salmon, nuts, milk, and yogurt, and get a
good nights sleep, all of which help build
muscle and up T production.
Not surprisingly, raising T naturally takes
work. While TRT can raise testosterone in a
matter of weeks, changes in habits may take
months or even years to achieve the same
result. But consider the other benefits your
healthier lifestyle will bringnot the least
of which will be better overall well-being
with no fear of side effects.
In my case, my blood tests actually saved
me from TRT.
A month after my initial visit, I was back
in my endocrinologists office for the results
of a follow-up blood test. Put off by the pros- Raise your T
levels by bulking
pect of infertility, Id been very reluctant to up on vitamin-
go the TRT route, and opted instead for a rich foods.
clomiphene citrate, or Clomid. Designed
to stimulate ovulation in women, the pills
have also proven effective at raising T levels THE One glass (8 ounces) organic skim milk
Skim milk contains less estrogena testosterone downerthan
in men with secondary hypogonadism ULTIMATE full fat but still has T-building protein.
that is, men whose difficulty producing
T-BOOSTING
testosterone stems from problems in the
hypothalamus or the pituitary gland. In
MEAL 2 to 3 cups freshly chopped kale and spinach
Spinach and kale have plenty of magnesium, an essential mineral
many cases, Clomid can prod the body into for maintaining high amounts of T.

upping its production of testosterone. To boost testosterone


naturally, opt for foods rich tossed with 1 cup cooked butternut squash,
For me, it worked with a vengeance: A chopped (skin removed)
in B vitamins and minerals
daily 25mg brought my masculinity roaring Slow-digesting carbs from starchy plants like squash tamp down
like zinc. This menu has them
back. My T level nearly sextupled to 772 ng/ blood-sugar levels, keeping T topped off.
all, in spades.
dla dramatic enough improvement that
topped with 5 to 6 ounces steamed oysters, marinated
my endocrinologist lowered the dose.
in lemon juice and roasted garlic (2 garlic cloves per
Most important, I now feel better. 5 ounces)
My aches and pains havent gone away Oysters are packed with zinc, a mineral that increases levels of
completely, but theyre less noticeable than testosterone and growth factor-1.
before, and overall I feel more energetic,
D R E S S I N G : Use oyster marinade, plus 1 to 2
confident, and, well, happy. teaspoons of walnut oil
Thankfully, I wasnt that low-T guy Nuts, and their oil, have good amounts of zinc and B vitamins,
after all. both essential for building testosterone.

LEVI BROWN
Life in spacewhere your bodily fluids go haywire, your bones become brittle, and a your
y
muscles weaken at an astonishing rateis pretty grim for us earthlings. Thats why, y as
a NASA
sets its eyes on taking that next giant leap into the futuredeep spaceits getting behind
astronauts with a different kind of right stuff: crazy hardcore fitness regimens.

By Ron Berler
Photographs by Dan Winters

Rocket

Shane Kimbrough trains for his expedition,


an international mission, at
Johnson Space Center, in Houston.
power
Miraculous things
happen in space,
roughly 220 miles
above the Earth, youre reading this, its likely that Kimbrough is on his way or just back

where the
to Earth from the International Space Station, where since October
2016 he commanded Expedition 50, whose stated mission was, in
part, to study the effects of microgravity on the bodys ability to heal

International and to research how lighting can change the overall health and well-
being of crew members.
Once the Soyuz Descent module has parachuted onto the steppe of

Space Station Kazakhstan in central Asia, Kimbrough will return to NASAs Johnson
Space Center, where researchers will subject him to months, even

(ISS) speeds years, of testing, evaluation, and rehabilitation to gauge the long-term
effects of living in microgravity.
What kind of extreme training does it take to endure, much less

across the sky thrive, in space for monthsand possibly yearson end?
More important, what kind of man?

at about five miles Except by express invitation, only astronauts and


support staff can enter Building 26 at the Johnson Space Center in

per second. Houston.


Hidden inside this nondescript, buff-colored cinder block structure
on the northeast side of NASAs 160-acre campus is a high-tech, state-
Here, where the ISSs constant free fall over the planets horizon simu- of-the-art fitness center where Americas 44 current astronauts train
lates the conditions of microgravity, you can twirl weightlessly, launch for their missions into space. Half the length of a football field, the
a 500-pound object with a small flick of a finger, and fly across the gleaming, airy gym is as spotless as a showroom floor, with row upon
room, arm outstretched, like Superman in full save mode. In fact, visit row of resistive machines, stationary bicycles, free weights, treadmills,
Mission Control at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston, with its and elliptical trainers, as well as a half-court basketball floor and a
theater-size video screen showing live whats happening in space, and 25-yard, two-lane lap pooleverything a fitness junkie could desire.
youll sometimes see firsthand an astronaut doing exactly that. On this warm May morning in 2016, several months in advance of
But terrible things also happen to your body theresome cata- his autumn space shot, Shane Kimbrough, an energetic, military-fit,
strophic, some even irreversible. Spending just weeks floating out of 49-year-old retired U.S. Army colonel, is grinding his way through a
the reach of gravity is equivalent to being in a lengthy hospital bed cardio-and-weightlifting regimen designed to place as much stress on
rest: Your blood volume drops, which means the heart has less blood his body as possible and hammer his skeleton and musculature into
to pump and begins to atrophy. With that go your stamina (from VO2 near-superfit form. Kimbrough has been performing the routine for
loss), your aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and your strength. Some of almost two years in preparation for his upcoming flight mission; in
the bodily fluids in your lower extremities shift to your head, swelling that time, hes done enough running, lifting, and squatting to satisfy
your face and causing bruising headaches. One of those liquids, spinal the most demanding of professional trainersnot surprising, since
fluid, flattens the back of your eyeballs and inflames your optic nerve, Mark Guilliams, who worked with the Houston Astros, is now NASAs
which may cause blurry vision and could even cause farsightedness, lead specialist on astronaut strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation.
new research showsin fact, almost two-thirds of astronauts whove At this moment, Kimbrough, dressed in gray and black workout
spent months at the ISS have reported problems with their eyes. You clothes, is standing astride a futuristic-looking universal gym,
also run a heightened risk of kidney stones. a piston-pulley-and-bar contraption called ARED (short for
As if thats not devastating enough, in a reduced-gravity environ- Advanced Resistive Exercise Device). He steps into its steel platform,
ment, your bones lose minerals and begin decreasing in density at a slips beneath a weight bar attached to a pulley, spreads his feet
rate of more than 1% per month. (By comparison, elderly men and shoulder-width apart, and does a set of squats. He sets down the
women on Earth lose density at 1% to 1.5% a year.) This makes the weight, spreads his feet as wide as he can manage, into a sumo squat
bones weak and brittle and puts you at greater risk of osteoporosis- one of the most demanding, full-body-blasting moves a human can
related fractures later in life. Oh, and your muscles, including those in dothen resumes lifting.
your spine, wither rapidly. He follows this with a third set of squats, this time standing on one
Few know this better than astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough. As foot. Then another set, balanced on the other, to work the hip-adductor

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Kimbrough on the COLBERT
treadmill. In 2016 one astro-
naut actually competed
in the London Marathon on
it during a space mission.

Its
Its really
challenging to
move a big,
white suit that
weighs about
300 pounds.
Being able to
control one takes
strength and
technique.

True believers say acupuncture


increases blood flow and boosts
recovery. Though no credible
studies support that, none really
dispute it, either.
muscles. He sets the weight down, changes the load,
and does a set of punishing shoulder presses. And on
and on until sweat is dripping off him, his workout gear
soaked through.
Its all part of the targeted, intensely rigorous regimen
that NASAs physical training staff has devised in hopes
of keeping the bodies of astronauts like Kimbrough
from essentially deteriorating while being subjected to
the harsh realities of space travel.
Which is why, the day we meet him, Kimbrough is
here sweating through yet another training session,
readying his body for Expedition 50.
Though, in truth, hes been preparing to go into space
his entire life.

From a very young age, Shane Kimbrough


wanted to be an astronaut. His grandparents, who
lived in Florida, would take him to the nearby Kennedy
Space Center to watch the Apollo astronauts blast off.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were his first heroes.
For college he chose West Pointfor the challenge,
the same reason he yearned to fly Apache helicopters.
Eventually he served as a platoon leader in Operation
One astronauts lifting gloves after a regimen dominated by squats and heavy deadlifts.
Desert Storm in Iraq and was put in charge of six
Apaches. He and his group flew nightly missions deep
behind enemy lines, videoing the terrain that U.S.
ground troops would cross when they eventually attacked. It was his joints in as many different planes as we could, so we threw him
perilous work. Ive always been one of those guysI just want to do everything just in case, so hed be prepared. Maybe Soyuz lands five
what people think I cant do, Kimbrough says. If somebody says I hours away from where Mission Control thought you were going to
cant, Im going to do it. land, and you have to get out of the capsule, and its 30 below zero. You
When he returned home, his flying experience got him a job training have to be ready for anything. An astronaut doesnt have to be a great
astronauts to land the space shuttle. Three years later, in 2004, NASA athlete, but he has to be fit overall. Youre better off being good at many
chose him for its astronaut corps, where he began working with trainer things than really good at one.
Guilliams, who saw Kimbrougha star pitcher during his years The big lifts are also important for astronauts not just while theyre
at West Pointas a good athlete of average size who needed to get in space, but once they return home. For some, it takes months, even
stronger if he wanted to actually fly missions. He came from a military years to restore their bone mass. For others, it never fully returns.
background and hadnt done a lot of weight training, Guilliams says. Kimbrough never wanted that to happen to him.
We taught him the squat, the deadlift. In 2007, Kimbrough was assigned to his first mission, STS-126,
Why those lifts? Its a question of gravity, he explains. slated to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space
When gravity is virtually absent, as it is in space, demands on the Station in 2008. As is the case with every astronaut, at that point his
body change, as do the bodys responses. Watch any video of an astro- training regimen became targetedmeaning, Guilliams and his team
naut maneuvering about the space station and youll see that he or designed a fitness program specifically for his body type and needs.
she is like a monkey swinging through treesall shoulders and arms. Because the reality is, just as you need to top off your gas tank before
With any muscle, if you dont use it, the body just says, OK, I dont you start a road trip, you need to be jacked before you start a space
need it, Guilliams says. Its the same thing with bone. If theres no flightyour bone strength and musculature demand it.
stimulus on the bone from standing or walking around all day, the Mentally, being a guy who works out a lot, it just gave me some peace
body says, Well, I dont need bone, and it starts withering away. of mind, Kimbrough says of the workouts he did to prepare preflight.
Countering the risk of bone loss means emphasizing load-bearing Yet, even though the 16 days he spent in space werent enough to cause
exercises. Most of the bone loss we see is in the lower back, the femoral him noticeable bone loss, he did lose muscle strength that took him
neck, and the greater trochanter, which is in the hip, Guilliams says. several months of dedicated gym time to recover.
So we focus on hip-dominant exercisessquats and deadlifting. If that kind of damage can be done in just 2 weeks, imagine the
Those are the main exercises we build the whole program around. pummeling a body will take in expeditions that are more than five
Theyre also multijoint, multiplanar movements. We wanted to move months long.
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Ive always been one of
those guysI just want
to do what people think I
cant do.

The COLBERT treadmill is the easiest device to


operate but also the most boring. (Unless youre a
runner. In April 2016, while aboard the space station,
British astronaut Tim Peake competed in the London
Marathon in real time.)
For many, the CEVIS bike is the most difficult
device to adapt to. Its hard to ride a bike in space,
Tweedy says. Youre unstable, and you dont have
gravity. Youre not holding on to handlebars, and
you dont have any leverage to push the pedals down.
Youre using the muscles of one leg to push that pedal
down, and the muscles of the other leg to pull that
pedal up. Its a push-pull action, not push-push, like
it is on Earth.
Needless to say, though astronauts may grumble
about the machines, they dont skip their daily work-
outs. They know the risks if they do.
NASAs detailed plan for Kimbrough during his space
station stay: lifting 45 minutes to an hour at least six
days a week, as well as adhering to a strict regimen of
exercises designed by Guilliams and his team to mini-
mize muscle atrophy and thinning bones. They recon-
figured his routine every week or two to emphasize
Former U.S. Army colonel and Apache pilot Shane Kimbrough, currently a NASA astronaut.
exercises that strengthen the body parts (hips, pelvis,
lower back, legs, heels) most at risk for bone-mass loss
and swapped out exercises in each routine every three
Fortunately, since 2006, NASA has gotten better at not days or so, mainly to avoid boredom. They changed reps and loads
only training astronauts until theyve reached a level of superfitness daily. Finally, they assigned him 45 to 60 minutes of cardio work on
preflight but also helping them maintain their muscle and bone the bike and treadmill to increase the stamina needed to do tasks such
strength while theyre on the space station itself, via regular, hyper- as making repairs outside the space station.
specific exercise regimens using high-tech equipment that allows for The biggest thing, physically, that we did in 2008 was space-
complete, efficient workouts. walking, Kimbrough says. Its really challenging to move this mass
Astronauts use three primary machines for the bulk of the workouts the big, white space suits we have that weigh about 300 pounds. Being
they do while living on the ISS: One is the ARED, the sci-fi-looking able to control one takes strength and technique. Every time we open
weightlifting contraption Kimbrough is pumping away at the day we and close our hands were fighting the pressure of the space suit, so
meet him. The othersone a treadmill, the other a stationary bicycle they get worn out. We really do everything with our hands during a
are also installed in both the NASA gym and the space station, so astro- space walk and very little with our feet.
nauts can get accustomed to them before they rocket into space. One big hole in NASAs space fit plan for the future: Unfortunately,
At the NASA gym, the bike, a Cycle Ergometer with Vibration its still designing and testing exercise equipment compact enough to
Isolation and Stabilization Systemor CEVISis stationary. In fit in a spaceship that will eventually carry astronauts to Marsesti-
orbit, CEVIS is little more than a box bolted to the floor with pedals mated to take place around 2030.
protruding from each side, with a seat and handlebars. Thanks to For example, at NASAs Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, project
microgravity, the version on the space station doesnt have a seat or manager Gail Perusek and her Human Research Program team are
handlebarsinstead, crew members just wear a pair of bicycle shoes, developing compact devices that are a fraction of AREDs mass and
clip into the pedals, and pedal away, as if riding a unicycle. volume, while improving on performance and making them capable
The exercise surface of the treadmillthe Combined Operational of supporting both short and long missions. The larger of them will
Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, for the be about a tenth of AREDs size and suitable for a Mars mission. The
talk-show host, a huge NASA fanconsists of a series of hard rubber, smaller will be slightly larger than a shoebox, and support missions
tanklike slats, rather than the bouncy belt loop youd run on at a will be up to 21 days. Basically, big enough to stand on for a wide
fitness club. squat, with good form, Perusek explains.
According to Bob Tweedy, who trains crews on the use, maintenance, Crew members would be able to accessorize the new machines,
and repair of the three exercise machines, most astronauts prefer the
ARED in space, because so many of them are into lifting. Continued on page 124
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Rest: 60/120 sec. Sets: 4 Reps: 10, 10, 6, 4, 4 Sets: 3 Reps: 25 per VARIATION Rest: 60 sec.
Directions Rest: 60/120 sec. variation (3) Rest: 60 sec. Sets: 3 Reps: 30
Grasp the bar just Suspend yourself
sec. per variation (3)
outside shoulder Set an adjustable Place your hands on Rest: 60 sec. over the bars of a dip
width and slightly bench to a 30- to the floor at shoulder station and lower your
Rest 90-120 sec. arch your back. Pull 40-degree angle and width. Keeping your Tuck your elbows body until your upper
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Do these workouts your elbows about 45 your back, and pull it lower your body until ating alternate waves by holding a dumbbell
on nonconsecutive off the rack. Lower the your chest is an inch in the rope. Switch to
degrees to your sides. between your feet.
days for two to four a double wave, where
When the bar touches bar to the upper part above the floor.
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the bench and alternate two dumbbells.

PULL AND CARDIO


1) DEADLIFT 5) DUMBBELL
Sets: 6 Reps: 10, 10, 6, 4, ROW
2, 1 Rest: 60/120 sec. Sets: 5 Reps: 15, 10, 10, 8,
8 Rest: 60 sec.
Stand with your feet hip
width. Bend your hips Rest your right knee
back to reach down and and right hand on a
grasp the bar, hands bench and grasp a
just outside your knees. dumbbell with your left
Keeping your back in its hand. Let the weight 2
natural arch, drive your hang straight down.
heels into the floor and Retract your shoulder
pull the bar up along and row the dumbbell
your shins until youre up and to your side.
standing with hips fully Squeeze your shoulder
extended and the bar is blades at the top and
in front of your thighs. hold for one second.
On the final two sets,
2) BENTOVER choose a heavy weight
ROW and cheat it up,
Sets: 5 Reps: 10, 10, 6, 4, 4 performing your reps
Rest: 60/120 sec. explosively and with
Exercise 1: Deadlift. If youre having trouble with a loose form. Switch
Grasp the bar overhand slipping bar, try an overhand and underhand grip.
at shoulder width and sides with each set.
let it hang in front of
your thighs. Bend at
2 1
the hips and lower your
torso until its nearly
parallel to the floor.
Bend your knees a bit
to take tension off your
hamstrings. Squeeze
your shoulder blades
together and pull the
bar to your belly.
Exercise 3: Sled pull and push. Keeping your
3) SLED PULL weight on your heels will engage your legs, saving
AND PUSH your arms from fatigue.
Sets: 4 Reps: 20 yards
down and back Rest:
60 sec.

Facing the sled, pull the


straps taut with straight
arms. Slightly bend your
knees as you pull the
straps in a row move-
ment toward you. Then
move behind the sled
with your arms straight
and flexed and drive
it forward using slow,
controlled steps.

4) PULLDOWN
Sets: 5 Reps: 10, 10, 8, 6, 4,
Rest: 60/120 sec.

Reach up and grasp the


handle at a cable sta-
tion. Pull it down to your
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1) SQUAT
Sets: 7 Reps: 15, 10, 10, 8, 6, 1 3
4, 2, Rest: 60/120 sec.

Set up in a squat rack or


cage. Grasp the bar as
far apart as is comfort-
able and step under it.
Squeeze your shoulder
blades together and
nudge the bar out of
the rack. Step back and
stand with your feet
shoulder width and
your toes turned slightly
outward. Take a deep
breath and then bend
your hips and knees 2
to lower your body as
far as you can without
losing the arch in your
lower back. Push your
knees outward as you
descend. Extend your
hips to come back up,
continuing to push your
knees outward.

2) HANG CLEAN
TO FRONT-RACK Exercise 2: Front-rack walking lunge. Foam-roll shoulders/triceps before this move.
WALKING LUNGE
Sets: 3 Reps: 10 with 20-yard
walks Rest: 60 sec.
Exercise 3: Trap bar deadlift with walk. For more
3) TRAP BAR
Holding a barbell at of a challenge, try the suitcase deadlift. Place two DEADLIFT WITH
shoulder width in front loaded barbells side by side; lift and walk. The exercise WALK
of your thighs, bend has four points of instability you must balance. Sets: 5 Reps: 10 with 20-yard
walks Rest: 60 sec.
your hips and knees so
that the bar lowers to Stand with feet hip
just above your knees. width. Bend your hips
Now explosively extend back and grasp the
your hips as if jumping handles. Keeping your
while at the same time lower back in its natural
shrugging your shoul- arch, drive through
ders and pulling the bar your heels to stand up
straight up in front of straight and extend
you. As the bar reaches your hips and knees.
chest level, quickly Walk 20 yards.
slip under the bar and
catch it at shoulder level 4) JUMP SQUAT
with your upper arms. Sets: 4 Reps: As many
Complete 10 repetitions. reps as possible in 30 sec.
Then step forward into a Rest: 60 sec.
forward lunge. Continue With your feet shoulder
walking for 20 yards. width, squat down
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2 slices sprouted-
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1 tbsp natural almond
butter
4-inch fresh banana
1 cup skim milk

MIDMORNING SNACK

cup trail mix made


with:
Raw almonds, walnuts,
pistachios, raisins
1 cups fresh pineapple
1 protein shake made
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20g protein powder

LUNCH

34* oz pan-seared
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topped with:
1 tbsp BBQ sauce
1 cup mashed sweet
potatoes topped with:
2 tbsp raisins
1 cup brussels sprouts,
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20 whole-grain
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2 oz favorite cheese
3-4 oz wild-caught
1 cup strawberries, salmon fillet
grapes
Salt and pepper
DINNER 1 tbsp BBQ sauce
34 oz grilled marinated INSTRUCTIONS
chicken breast
1 cup tabbouleh 1) Spray a nonstick
pan with cooking
2 cups salad made with: spray and heat pan
Tomato, cucumber, on medium-high.
onion Season salmon with
a pinch of salt and
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3 to 4 minutes.
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continue cooking
for about 1 minute,
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Drink 16 oz water

BRE AKFAST

1 cup low-fat cottage


cheese topped with:
1 cup mixed berries
cup low-sugar,
low-fat granola
10 walnut halves

MIDMORNING SNACK

1 cup quinoa
topped with:
avocado
2 boiled eggs
1 tbsp fresh salsa

LUNCH

Burger bowl
made with: Muesli
1 lb ground chicken SERVES 11
onion, diced
INGREDIENTS
1 garlic clove, chopped
bell pepper, chopped 2 cups old-fashioned
rolled oats
1 bunch Tuscan kale
1 cup chopped almonds
Favorite spices
1 cup ground flax seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup raw pumpkin
1 cup farro seeds
1 cup Tuscan kale Sweet spot.
1 cup chopped walnuts
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1 cup black beans in water 1) In a large mixing bowl,
Chocolate-PB BRE AKFAST topped with: combine all ingredi-
protein shake made 2 cups fresh spinach ents and stir.
2 tbsp salsa
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2 tbsp cheddar 2) Store in an airtight
20g protein powder muesli topped with: container at room
cheese DINNER
1 tsp cocoa powder cup blueberries temperature.
cup brown rice
1 tbsp peanut butter cup milk Bison burger 3) When ready to eat,
1 whole egg + 2 egg
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How long after the press. Honestly, I


attack did it take for started off at about
you to hit the gym? 95 pounds for squats,
It was about a week. but my max now is
My brother Joel and 300. For bench press
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me with good cross-country skiing conditions here now! detachable Swiss Army knife. Its functionality as a universal gym
Wislff views the 4x4 training as a key fitness intervention, would remain; it would also include a rowing-machine element
something everyone should and can integrate into the fitness that would replace, aerobically, the stationary bike and treadmill.
routine that theyre already doing. The plan, according to Perusek, is to develop an International
When I stopped playing soccer, and I got kids, I became more Space Station version and transport it there in 2020 for testing.
inactive. But when I started to become active again, I would do
interval training two times one week, then three times the next, Unfortunately, physical decline isnt the only
and thats a really good way to improve fitness quickly, Wislff hazard of life in microgravity. Even if perfect exercise equip-
says. Its an oxygen cure. ment is invented and optimized for the space station and longer
missions, unsolved and unavoidable hazards remain. On the
Stay Young Tip No. 6: Choose Your Devices Wisely space station youre exposed to 10 times more radiation than on
By now youve probably realized that many popular device-based Earth. And the farther out you venture, the worse the threat from
approaches to improving fitness just dont pass muster when treacherous (NASAs word) galactic cosmic rays, which can
youre trying to reduce fitness age. Walk 10,000 steps per day? increase your cancer risk, damage your central nervous system,
Why? Your heart rate is never going to get anywhere close to and cause heart disease. Case in point: Apollo astronauts who
a range where you can lower your fitness age. Exercise for 150 went to the moonthe only humans whove flown past the Earths
minutes per week? Sure, that sounds good. But whats your real protective magnetic shielddied of cardiovascular disease at
output going to be? Heart rate is a better measure, but Wislff a significantly higher rate than astronauts who flew only low-
realized that on its own, it didnt mean a whole lot. Earth orbit or never flew at all, a recent study found. Other new
Ive been struggling and trying to find how we can translate research suggests that the radiation on a planet as far away as
changes in heart rate into a meaningful index that actually tells Mars could even cause brain damage and cognitive impairment
me if Im doing enough exercise per week to be protected against similar to dementia.
lifestyle-related diseases, Wislff says. Not surprisingly, its this radiation that could eventually turn
What he came up with was a new metric called Personalized out to be the deal breakerthough we wouldnt bet against NASA
Activity Intelligence (PAI), which is basically Wislff s fitness- finding a solution for even that. For the time being, it works to
age calculator in weekly-exercise-plan app form. Your PAI goal is continually improve anti-radiation shielding in the space station,
to maintain a weekly score of more than 100. Thats the point at monitor crew members levels to keep them in the best-shielded
which Wislff s studies show that a mans risk of cardiovascular locations, and put them on a diet rich in antioxidants to further
disease gets reduced by 17%. (After that point, youll get fitter, but reduce radiation risks.
your risk of cardiovascular disease wont significantly decrease.) Kimbrough, who plans to remain in the astronaut program
A couple of exercises per week that in total raise your heart rate so following his mission, is focused on the things he can control
you breathe heavily for about 40 minutes will give you 100 PAI. now and in the near future. Hes an evangelist for NASAs fitness
You can get it also by exercising at moderate intensity for a few research findings. All the data we get from all these people whove
hours. The higher the intensity the more PAI you earn. It abso- flown have shown we need to do this full-body workout. You
lutely can be achieved by low to moderate intensity as well. dont need to have this giant chest and nothing else. You
Daily workouts are not required. The data is so clear. You dont dont need to have giant legs and nothing else. You need to be
need to exercise every day; you just need to have 100 PAI per well-rounded.
week, Wislff says. So superintense workouts like 4x4 interval Guilliams concurs. Theres a ton of science to this, he says. A lot
training can easily be spaced out with rest days or days of low- of what were doing is trying to figure out the best way to train in
intensity workouts, and youll still be bulletproofing your body flight, so when astronauts do get to Mars, they can continue to do
and health. By that point, you might even be able to compete with their job. That will be part of Shanes mission. We hope to learn a lot
Wislff. His fitness age, he told me, is below 20. from what he experiences.

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Well, lets look at the facts. On paper, Apple CEO Tim Cook has had a great seem to agree that we should
run since taking over in Cupertino, CA, after the death of longtime CEO abolish the corporate income tax
Steve Jobs in 2011. At press time, shares are up well over 100% since then. completely. Is that as crazy as it
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income tax? Yes. One of the rea-
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countries have higher corporate
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The economic legacy of the Obama era will be something the Obama era foreign company to buy their oper-
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years to come. President Obama came to office in the economists for bill, and keeping trillions of cash
years to come. in overseas accounts. President
middle of an economic crap storm. But he also had the
tools available to make things betterhe couldve cut Donald J. Trump made lowering
taxes so businesses could hire more, he couldve tried not the corporate tax rate one of his sig-
to demonize all rich people through his words and his nature economic issues. Now that
tax policies. Instead, he passed the well-intentioned Republicans control the House, the
but misguided Obamacare, which created additional Senate, and the White House, look
tax burdens and regulations and ultimately led to mas- for corporate taxes to get reduced
sive premium increases paid not just by the rich but by significantly as part of a broader
middle- and working-class people. He passed a major tax-reform effort. The point man
stimulus bill that didnt do much to create shovel-ready on this will be Wisconsin Congress-
jobs. However, President Obamas biggest economic man and House Speaker Paul Ryan,
accomplishment, no doubt, was a raging stock market, who knows every inch of the U.S. tax
which climbed from about 8,000 on the Dow just after code. But to return to your ques-
he took office to nearly 20,000 as of this writing. And tion: No, you dont want to abolish
yes, the headline numbers look pretty good as Obamas the corporate tax rate. You want to
term comes to an end: some GDP growth, low unem- lower it in a way that doesnt bust the
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numbers become more suspect the closer you look. interest rates to spike, and then the
In some part unemployment is declining because economy to stall. But if lawmak-
people are dropping from the workforce, GDP ers find the right rate, look for busi-
growth is pretty low by historical standards, nesses to stay here in the U.S. and
and the stock-market boom has, unfortunately, repatriate trillions of dollars from
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