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Magazine Recap (in 426 words): Men’s Health March 2010

Working in the magazine industry, I’m all to familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that go into making each issue. That being said, I can also appreciate the sometimes-ridiculous advice that is doled out. So in case you haven’t been able to pick up your March 2010 copy of Men’s Health magazine yet (and please do, my industry needs all the help it can get!), here are some of the issue’s highlights in 426 words:

Paul Walker on Men's Health March 2010

The ideal protein amount for muscle building is 20 grams, half before and half after your workout. Good sources include eggs (19 grams) and Greek yogurt (15 grams). Stand up to annoying coworkers to lower risk of a heart attack. Women find hypermasculine features unfriendly. The BMI scale doesn’t hold much weight for muscular guys. Don’t use your mother’s maiden name as a password. Peanut butter can last 3 months once opened. There’s an ad for the Warrior Dash, which looks like a blast. For recreational cyclers, lower-cadence training is better because of the muscle-building boost in testosterone it provides.  Free weights work your muscles harder (vs. machine assistance). People who train in groups can boost their pain tolerance more than those who work out alone. Front lat pulldowns are better at working back/chest muscle where behind-the-shoulder pulldowns are better for rear shoulder/bicep activation.  Athletes aren’t born; their built – build leg power, size and strength and build NFL muscles with moves like the box jump. Want strong pecs, develop your upper back muscles as well. Frensno, CA is the drunkest city. Upgrade your workout by focusing on details in form. Take a cue from Paul Walker and build an arsenal of training options. First impressions count but it’s the follow-through that really matters – after the first date, sending a text the following day, mid-morning shows interest but allows the girl to reply on her own time (which we like). When deadlifting, imagine shaving your legs with the bar (bruises and cuts on shines is a sign of good form). Roughly half of doctors’ appointments last less than 15 minutes so prioritize your questions. Successful people lack cynicism. The thermic effect of food proves that consuming several small protein meals over the day can help keep your metabolism elevated. The modern gentleman needs at least two watches. Research shows that a single weight-training session can spike your calorie burn for up to 39 hours after you lift. Teriyaki scallops and spiced sweet potato chips are healthy snack options. Want to add some spice to your sex life – kink starts with communication and too much intimacy can de-eroticize your romance. Reduce your risk of prostate cancer by drinking more coffee, having lots of sex (seriously), eating tomatoes and exercising. Guys think Brad Pitt is the luckiest man. When front squatting with a barbell, make sure your upper arms/elbows do not drop, I know someone who broke her wrist when her elbow accidentally slammed into her knee — form is key! Avoid brass buttons on navy blazers.

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Hot Off the Bench Press – Bring Your Sexy Back With This Exercise, Use Kettlebells To Blast Calories, Get Jennifer Aniston’s Bikini Body and More!

Hot fitness news you don’t want to miss!

Slimmer Doesn’t Always Mean Fitter – NYTimes.com – See how bodyweight affects sport performance.

How to Get Jennifer Aniston’s Bikini Bod
– UsMagazine.com – Marco Borges (who has whipped Beyonce Knowles and Gwen Stefani into shape) and trainer Joy Di Palma (creator of Core Conditioning Cross Fit) gives UsMagazine.com the step-by-step.

Motivations, Affirmations and Mantras – Oh My! –  Cranky Fitness –Keep up your New Year resolutions to stay in shape by developing these healthy habits.

Was Bethenny Frankel Wearing Spanx on the Runway? – The StyleList – Marissa Gold gets the skinny on whether the NYC Housewife had extra support during New York Fashion Week.

The Best Back Exercise You’ve Never Done – Men’s Health – Get your sexy back.

Back.the.EFF.up.dude – Fired ‘n’ Fabulous – See what happens when personal trainers creep at the gym.

Kettlebell Workouts Burn Calories Fast – WebMD – Study backs up claims that swinging kettlebells pays fitness dividends



Twitter To Get Fitter

A round-up of a few of my favorite fitness Tweets from experts, celebrities and health fanatics!

@BodyForWife Fitness Fashion: How to Dress for Success – http://bit.ly/bipW3N

@NerdFitness Who wins in the Fat Loss Royal Rumble? cardio vs. interval training vs. weight-lifting – http://su.pr/2w6fWZ

@WomensHealthMag Are your friends a fat influence? Having a buddy who packs on pounds makes you 57% more likely to do so yourself. http://bit.ly/8ff2oA

@FitSugar How and When to Fuel Your Workouts http://fitsu.gr/7246275

@neversaydiet Is Whole Foods’ BMI For Bucks Program Discriminatory?: One day, when I make lots and lots of money and shed my tig… http://bit.ly/dtAWwe

@GalsGuide New on GG: “How can I get motivated to go to the gym… especially in this cold?” http://bit.ly/9GI05M

@lululemon Curious to know which yoga is right for you? Here a guide to different styles of yoga: http://bit.ly/c7Rjgb (via @MindBodyGreen)

@LaceyStoneFIT “Short Cut Story” and Motivation Lacey Stone Fitness Style! http://sweatcity.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/february-2010-blast/

@neversaydiet What’s your favorite workout? Find out what your workout says about your personality. http://bit.ly/cdpIlb

And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @FitChicNYC



Hot Off the Bench Press – Can Weight Loss Help Your Bottom Line, Resistance Training Keeps Your Mind Sharp, The Sports Bra Breakdown and More!

Healthy headlines you don’t want to miss!

Resistance Training Can Save Your Brain – Rodale News – Feel great, look good and stay sharp! New research shows that weigh lifting can improve brain function.

Are Your Weight Loss Costs Tax-Deductible – Fit Tip Daily – It’s time to file taxes, see how staying healthy can save you money.

Actress Tanna Frederick To Run LA Marathon – FitCelebs – Get the skinny on Tanna’s marathon goals.

Find the Best Sports Bra For You – That’s Fit – It’s a sports bra breakdown.

Take it Outdoors – Vitamin G – It may be cold outside but Vitamin G breaks down the three top reasons why taking your workouts outside is a good idea.

Flying the Healthy Skies – Fit Bottomed Girls – Secrets for a healthy flight

Plus: This weekend is Equinox’s Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling fundraiser to benefit cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and you can still donate online.



Fit Fundraiser: Helping Haiti

The fitness industry has quickly rallied its support for Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit the nation on Jan. 12th. Here are some fitness-inspired ways you can aid in disaster relief efforts.

Spinning

Join Chelsea Clinton and SoulCycle for a special 90-minute ride on Thursday, January 21st to benefit The Clinton Haiti Relief Fund. All proceeds go towards helping Haiti. Stacey Griffith and Laurie Cole will lead the evening in the new TriBeCa studio at 103 Warren Street. Activities start at 6:30pm, please RSVP to: kaili@soul-cycle.com.

PRICES:
$1,000 – Front Row & Side Pod Bikes
$500 – Second Row
$100 – All Other Bikes
* Please have payment be made via check upon arrival Thursday night. Make checks directly out to: “The Clinton Foundation” and write “Haiti Relief” in the memo section of your check

The evening will also feature a multimedia presentation of Kym Perfetto’s 2006 photo journal of the Haitian Medical Mission. The Medical Mission established mobile clinics every four months in rural areas of Haiti. In June of 2006, Kym traveled and worked with the Mission. The images in Kym’s photo journal feature colorful Haitian landscapes as well as an intimate look at the resilient rural communities there.

Yoga
Yogis for Haiti with Latham Thomas and Tigist Selam on Saturday, January 23rd from 6-8pm at the Om Factory (265 West 37th Street). Suggested donation $20.

Latham Thomas writes: Join us for an incredible evening of grounding meditation, soulful music, inspired asana and healing vibes to benefit our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This special practice will honor those who have passed away and our efforts will serve those who have survived and need our help. Latham and Tigist will guide you through a meditation and Vinyasa class with live music from Yoga Organix, Tom Rossi, and special guests. Suggested donation is $20, please feel free to give more if you would like. Thank you for your contributions and your support. (This is a Vinyasa yoga and meditation practice open to all, regardless of your level or ability.)

Proceeds will benefit the Cine-Institute and the Yele Foundation

Run
And from my friend at Fiterati, if you’re in the Los Angeles area you can join Josh Duhamel (When in Rome, Fergie’s husband) and The American Red Cross Youth Run 4 Haiti on Saturday, January 23 at 9am for a two-mile run on the beach at Santa Monica Pier. Click here for more information.

If your organization is holding a fitness-inspired fundraiser to aid in disaster relief efforts in Haiti please leave information about the event in the comments.



Hot Off the Bench Press – Tips to Blast Extra Calories, The Debate Between Diet vs. Exercise and More!

Healthy headlines you don’t want to miss!

12 Creative Ways to Burn More Calories – Health.com – From what time to workout to what (and when!) to eat, see 12 tricks of the trade that will help you make the most of your exercise

Best Workout for Your Body Type – Women’s Health – Tailor your workout and eating plan to your body type

Shave Off Shin Splints – The Beauty Bean – Tips to help reduce a common injury in runners

Diet vs. Exercise: Where to Start With a Complete Body Overhaul – ThatsFit – Which came first in body transformation, the diet or the exercise? James S. Fell (Body for Wife) weighs in



Traditional weight loss formula given a modern twist, courtesy of Kate Moss … WWKMD?

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” – Kate Moss reveals a motto to WWD.

Cue thousands of impressionable females (and males) developing eating disorders. But I find a lot of the backlash she’s received for her statement is undeserved. Isn’t this motto just another way of stating one of the most widely used weight loss formulas available calories in < calories out?  I understand this isn’t the healthiest ways of conveying the message, but it is Kate Moss we’re talking about.

Best said by the British Timesonline.co.uk

As such, Kate’s apparently simple philosophy is wonderfully advanced and extremely timely. To every action there is a consequence, that is all she is saying. But it is something that is being increasingly forgotten in our instant-gratification, bling-bling, X Factor, fizzy pop, white-bread world. Kate owes all she has to her shape, and she accepts the acts of denial on which that shape depends… Kate is only being honest. She is admitting that to look the way she does she has to eat less.

And by this nicely spun logic used by the Times Online, Kate’s statement actually serves as a lesson to that impressionable youth – in order to achieve a goal, you must work at it; each action has a consequence and each action requires a conscious decision.

Kate Moss is the 5’7” 105lb. model that started the ultra-thin waif look. She is known for being exceptionally thin – not the normal Hollywood thin, but the unnaturally supermodel thin. For Kate, her motto makes sense – and thankfully I can now go to sleep assured that she too must work at keeping her body, well the size that brings in her income.

While I don’t endorse/suggest/recommend anyone starving him or herself to achieve a slender figure, I do acknowledge the concept of actively working towards your goal. There is something to be said for delayed gratification, especially when it comes to one’s physique – no fat-blasting drug, supplement or miracle machine can magically transform your body in mere days, nor is whatever you’re injecting into your body safe.

Infuse a healthy mindset and goal and make Kate’s thin-spiration work for you. If you find yourself asking if you should hit the gym after work even though you’re tired… yes, think WWKMD? Because even she has to work at keeping her body.