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NUKE BELLY FAT! MARK CUBAN’S

HIGH-PROTEIN, LOW-FAT, ZERO-BELLY MEALS!

UNCONVENTIONAL RULES OF SUCCESS

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27 POWER FOODS

SEX WHERE SHE WANTS YOU TO TOUCH HER—TONIGHT!

247 BEST NEW FITNESS, SEX, STYLE & GAMING SECRETS

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92 How many superfoods can you fit into a single “supermeal”? A lot.

Breakthroughs 15 Top News Aerobic exercise can literally heal a broken heart.

16 Fitness Why lifting lighter may be your best plan.

15 Get a jump on keeping your heart healthy.

28 Muscle Up A more efficient way to pyramid train.

32 Eat Lean Your new tailgate treat: Buffalo cauliflower.

34 Sweat Smart

She wants it as much as you do—seriously.

42 Bring It How Mark Cuban came to rule the Mavs, the Shark Tank , and the world at large.

56 Learn It! Moving in with your girlfriend? Read this before you kill each other.

44 Go Fast Up close and personal with the brand-new Corvette Stingray convertible.

60 Burn It! Every man needs an ice-crushing blender. We found the best.

47 Play On

How to use mobility balls for gains.

A crucial gameplay tip for Mafia III .

37 Lose It

48 Get in Gear

Eat for rippedness—and cut rice calories in half!

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8 Fitness on the Go 10 View from the Top

38 Work It Our new health expert puts a whole new spin on working out.

40 Suit Yourself Sartorial wisdom from the Obi-Wan Kenobi of men’s tailoring. 6

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50 Turn the Page Ex-Bronco Nate Jackson on everything fantasy football.

52 Make a Splash Groom your way to ultimate freshness. OCTOBER 2016

12 Dave’s Take Healthy lifestyle tips. How to approach the hot girl in class, per an instructor who’s seen it all. p.38

128 Before You Go Is your broker ripping you off? Our money mentor weighs in on that and more.

105 Serious Muscle Get a body that’s nothing to laugh at with the workout that transformed Kevin Hart.

110 15-Minute Feasts Make unforgettable ab-friendly meals in less time than it takes to read this article.

116 Move Your Butt, Lose Your Gut Burn off your belly— between sets—with this revved-up circuit routine.

122 Coming Back to Life A loss that inspired a huge metamorphosis.

127 Step on the Gas How BCAAs can take your performance to the next level.

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What’s up with gluten? And why you should grease up and go drink in the sun (sort of).

20 Brain

Game Changers 23 Sharpen Your Skills

18 Nutrition

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As publisher of the world’s leading fitness magazines, I could easily drop a TED talk on you about the daunting nature of change—how, over time, trillions of firing synapses in your brain form an interconnected circuitry that fundamentally shapes your habits. Want to stick to a new diet? See your abs? Bust into a new line of work? You’ve got to want it so much you actually rewire your neurological business—for good. Change takes fierce motivation, practice, and repetition. The science of it almost guarantees most of us will fail. Then again, some of us won’t. The reality is, there are countless men out there challenging the very nature of their being, constantly changing themselves for the better, and reaching all-new levels of success. We call them the Game Changers, and every year we here at Men’s Fitness doggedly scour the world to find them and bring you their inspiring stories. Take this month’s cover guy, Kevin Hart, the buff, arenapacking funnyman who’s so prolific at making movies that, at this year’s Oscars, Chris Rock joked, “Kev makes movies every month. Porno stars don’t make movies that fast.” Hart could easily coast now. But as he told us in an interview at his gym at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning—“which is late for me ” he said—he’s actively pursuing a new job: leading-man ac hero. “Where’s my Mission Impossible?” he asks. We’re pretty sure if anyone can find it, he can. We’ve also got a surfer who swims with killer sharks on be of science; a trainer who’s redefining exercise through so media; the first African-American man to get his own sta alone Marvel franchise; and 19 more, all of whom will ins you to see yourself—and your life—with a fresh new attitud Finally, check out page 42 for our newest columnist, lionaire Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star M Cuban. After all, he’s the unrivaled master of change—a investor turned pro sports disrupter turned TV guru tur mega-entrepreneur. Cuban challenges himself so often become part of his marrow. When a reader asked him, “Wh the real key to your success?” he said simply, “I grind ha than anyone.” Now he’s a Game Changer. Are you? Enjoy the issue.


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SEE THE FUNNIEST (& FITTEST!) COMIC EVER QDon’t miss this month’s cover guy rolling solo in Kevin Hart: hat Now?, a film of his sold-out tour gig at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field. (Yes, Hart sold out an NFL stadium—he’s officially more popular than the Eagles.) It’s an instant classic. I watched it and completely lost it twice—when he talked about his fear of animals, and when he admitted his father thinks “Siri” is a tiny person living inside his iPhone.

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QOn a recent business trip to L.A., I ducked into one of Hollywood’s hottest new restaurants, Gwen Restaurant and Butcher Shop, for the 5-course tasting menu of lots (and lots) of lean protein, served in a supercool gangster-era setting. I was blown away by Gwen’s signature dish: a perfectly brined, roasted, and smoked lamb. If you’re not cruising the Sunset Strip anytime soon, whip it up yourself at home (the recipe’s at mensfitness.com/gwenslamb).

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Aerobic exercise Q can heal your heart

Running, rowing, cycling, skipping: They may not just strengthen your heart, they may also actually repair it when it’s damaged. ¶ Proteins that help keep cells healthy usually mend themselves when they get degraded from normal wear and tear. Sometimes, though, as in heart failure, damaged proteins accumulate and cause heart disease—and there’s no drug that can restore these essential cells to their previous grandeur. ¶ But here’s where aerobic exercise—which we already know strengthens lungs, lowers cholesterol, reduces blood pressure, and improves the immune system—comes in. ¶ New research on rats found that when rodents with damaged hearts were put on a steady routine of intense cardiovascular exercise (no doubt wearing tiny little leg warmers and sweating to a Jane Fonda’s Workout tape), their cardiac proteins were restored, making their broken tickers healthy again, the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine reports. ¶ It’s an amazing discovery, because it shows just how powerful exercise—specifically, aerobic exercise—is at boosting heart health. And though the findings will be most immediately beneficial to people already dealing with heart failure, they also reinforce how important working out is to our cardiovascular system. ¶ So get in at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity three days a week (the American Heart Association’s recommendation) and add at least two days a week of resistance exercise to keep that pump primed. — A D A M B I B L E

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Q With so many great wearables on the market now it can be tough t choose the best for your lifestyle you really need drop $500-plus fancy watch, or w a $60 tracker do just fine? Now, with rent service Lumoid (lumoid.com), yo can try up to thr devices at home one week, from t well-designed A Watch down to t sleek and slim Fitbit Alta. And you

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Q If you live in a big, dense, pedestrianSmarter friendly metropopeople lis instead of a carwalk more. based city whose Duh. citizens drive half a block to the store, you’re probably smarter than average. ¶ A report by Smart Growth America found that the most walkable of the 30 biggest U.S. cities, including NYC, D.C., and Boston, have 33% more educated people than those that are less walkable (heads up, Orlando, Tampa, and Phoenix). ¶ Makes sense: The more you learn, the more you know about health and fitness, and the better you understand the need to get off your ass and—hey, buddy, stay in your own lane!

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Q Often feeling like you’ve got ADHD— anxious, depressed, and unmotivated—after trying to multitask your ass off every workday? A study from the U. of Georgia’s Exercise Psychology Laboratory found that exercising (in this case, cycling at moderate intensity for 20 minutes) before tough mental tasks can part the clouds of confusion and fatigue, while also upping energy.

Q If you like a little cannabis with your cardio, former NFL running back Ricky Williams and snowboard exec Jim McAlpine are opening Power Plant Fitness in San Francisco this year. Members (you need a medical marijuana prescription to join) will be allowed to toke up, nosh on edibles, and apply topical gels to get high while working out. Blaze on, bro.

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Pumping light weights puts Q on real muscle

Busting out big weight at the gym can be addictive—it’s so satisfying to finally get to the point where you can start moving real weight and build massive muscles. But new research from McMaster U. in Canada has shown that

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¶ Scientists challenged the traditional weightlifting notion of “go big or go home” by dividing up two groups of experienced lifters and having them either hit lighter weights (up to 50% of their one-rep max) for sets of 20–25 reps, or go for weights up to 90% of their max for just 8–12 reps. Each group was instructed to lift till failure. ¶ After 12 weeks, the researchers found that gains in muscle mass and muscle fiber size were basically identical. ¶ The key to it all is making sure you lift to the point of fatigue, no matter the weight you’re throwing up. ¶ And, bonus: If you have a nagging injury like tendinitis, adjusting the weight down can alleviate or eliminate the discomfort. Sure, going light could be a bit of an ego deflator, but you’ll still end up with bulging muscles, so who cares? JAMES MICHELFELDER


YOU MAY NOT BE IMAGINING YOUR PROBLEMS WITH GLUTEN. Q Seems every “Funny, insulin dependence wasn’t on the drive-thru menu…”

e longer, and get k in the sun y, that’s not y what new ch says, but se. rding to a ust out in ular Psyy, there are hings you more of daily to keep the Grim Reaper cooling his heels: omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in oily fish; resveratrol, found in wine and dark red fruits, like grapes; and vitamin D, from either supplements or the sun. Scientists believe these compounds— which are easily gotten by sticking Q

Wheat takes another beating Ask why someone’s banned wheat from their diet, and nine times out of 10 they’ll proudly A proclaim they’re “gluten intolerant.” ¶ But doctors have stayed skeptical, maintaining that the only people who really need to avoid gluten—the protein “glue” that holds wheat grains together—are those actually diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes gluten to attack the small intestine. In fact, reports show that if a person doesn’t have celiac (and less than 1% of Americans do) yet follows a glutenfree diet, it could raise their risk of obesity and insulin resistance by steering them toward higher-fat, highersugar “gluten-free” packaged foods. ¶ But a new study out of Columbia U. Medical Center may be what the antigluten warriors have been waiting for: It found that a significant number of people complaining And processed food of celiac-like symptoms may gets kicked in the gut, too really have a weakened intestiQ Yet another reason to back away from any nal barrier, which can lead to an food born or raised in a factory: It turns out immune response that can create that the emulsifiers—the ingredients added to the problems. ¶ So if you do sufprocessed foods like ice cream and peanut fer from the symptoms linked to butter to improve texture and extend shelf life— dramatically increase gut inflammation, which gluten intolerance—upset stomthen ups your risk of developing a chronic ach, gut pain, diarrhea, bloating— condition like inflammatory bowel disease avoid gluten and see your doctor. or metabolic syndrome. Thanks for the tip, It may not be all in your head. Georgia State U. researchers! 18

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Grease is the word. Oily fish like sardines and anchovies can help you live longer.

month another bit of smart research craps on fast food’s head—and this month is no different. A new study in Experimental Physiology has tied fast food to the type of kidney damage seen in folks with type 2 diabetes. Supersize that insurance plan!

to a healthy Mediterranean-type diet (or, of course, trolling the Mediterranean itself on your well-stocked yacht)—may positively affect genes that promote longevity.

...and finish that glass of wine! Q To superstar antioxidant resveratrol’s long list of bennies (better blood flow, less oxidative stress, improved insulin resistance), Georgetown U. has just added another: “It limits the negative effects of a high-fat/highsugar diet on muscles.” ¡Salud!


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She wants it as much as you do (You’re Just Too Much of an Idiot to Realize It) Women want to have sex. Like to have sex. May even crave sex more than we do, a new study says. So why does it seem like they couldn’t care less? ¶ Because we’re morons. ¶ The study, in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, asked 229 hetero couples (average time together: six years) how often they want to have sex, as opposed to actually have it. The startling conclusion: Women want sex

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Workaholics need their heads examined

Q Aerobic exercise

doesn’t just fix heart tissue (page 15), it grows brain cells, too. ¶ The Journal of Physiology reports that in an experiment in Finland, rats that ran on a wheel showed the most braincell growth (their brains were dissected after), followed by those prodded to sprint (to simulate HIIT). Oddly, neither rats who climbed with their tails weighted (to mimic weightlifting) nor those who just sat on their little rat asses grew any new brain cells at all. ¶ [ Your punch line here.]

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Remember. Eating more curcumin-filled dishes can fight memory loss.

a bright orangeish spice that’s found in turmeric and is integral to most curries and many other Asian foods (not to mention good old American mustard!) has already been shown to be a powerful

anti-inflammatory. Now evidence is growing that it also stymies the destruction of brain neurons—meaning it may combat dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in a yearlong study at Australia’s Edith Cowan U. gave cognition tests to 96 middle-aged and elderly subjects, then sent half of them home with concentrated curumin pills, and e other half with placebo. When all were tested just six onths later, those ho’d been taking e placebo showed decline in verbal nd memory skills— ut the ones taking urcumin showed o such decline. Though the study

can’t be considered conclusive, it helps explain why many of India’s urban and rural populations have some of the lowest Alzheimer’s rates in the world.

How to get more curcumin into your diet QPop it. Get 400 to 600mg of turmeric extract in tablets/capsules three times a day. QCook with it. Curcumin is an unstable chemical, so store turmeric in darkness and add to an acid like lemon juice when cooking. QMarinate in it. A turmeric-garlic mix can cut carcinogens in grilled steak, the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii says.

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Using standard psychological protocols, the researchers surveyed more than 16,000 online respondents over six months and found that those who met the criteria for “workaholic” also met the criteria for ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), anxiety disorders, and/or depression much more often than nonworkaholics. In short: Go home!


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1) Funkify Your Meat Q Dry-aging a steak gives it such an incredible boost of flavor that restaurants typically sell aged steaks for twice or even three times the price of nonaged. So aging your own is a sure way to show off your chops. It may seem extreme, but do you want to hit the grilling heights or not? It’s fairly simple. The goal is to dry out the meat’s exterior— so bacteria forms and imparts flavor—but avoid rot-causing moisture, says The Food Lab author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of Serious Eats (serious eats.com). Start with a bonein prime rib (with the fat cap intact), which will make about six rib-eye steaks. While it’s a bit pricey (about $46/pound at omaha steaks.com), it has enough fat to protect

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2) Master Your Reverse Sear Q To give steaks maximum flavor, learn the art of reverse-searing to minimize the risk of overcooking, says Lopez-Alt. First, blanket the steaks with kosher salt and pepper (½ teaspoon of each on both sides), which will help the meat stay moist as it cools. Let it rest for about an hour. Next, fill and light a chimney starter; once the coals turn gray (about 20 minutes), spread them under half the grill and place the steaks on the grill’s other (cool) side. Cover and cook them, flipping occasionally, for about 20 minutes, till the meat’s internal temp is within at least 10° of the final desired temperature. For medium-rare, that would be 115°; for medium, 120°. Add fresh coals to the hot side of the grill, and when it begins to scream with heat, transfer the steaks and sear. Rest the meat for at least 10 minutes.

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3–5) Pamper Your Burgers Even if you’ve got the perfect burger recipe (and who doesn’t think they do?), you could still screw it all up with a few silly mistakes. Here’s how not to.

season the meat before you form the patties. Salt dissolves meat proteins, which makes the texture too springy. Mold the patty, then season.

Q Flip burgers often—every 15 to 30 seconds— while cooking and they’ll be done 30% faster.

Q Upgrade your cheese. A few slices of provolone—or our go-to, BelGioioso’s soft blue Gorgonzola Dolce—will pair harmoniously with the burger’s wellsalted crust.

Q You don’t need to drop thousands of bucks on equipment to become an awardwinning smoker— take it from Billy Durney, who had only his backyard grill to train on before opening his Hometown Bar-BQue in Brooklyn in 2013. His simple tricks: Start with cherryand apple-wood chips. “Together, they’re the PB&J of smoking,” he says. To set up the smoker, arrange a 50/50 mix of wood chips and coals under half of a grill’s rack (similar to the reverse sear, left) and place the ribs on the cooler side; cover and cook for three hours, or till the smoker’s internal temp is 250°. “If the temperature isn’t consistent,” Durney says, “the water in the meat won’t combust, so the collagen and fat won’t break down”—meaning the ribs won’t fall apart in your mouth. Next, spray the ribs with apple juice, wrap in foil, and cook over indirect heat for one more hour. A minute-long sear on a separate grill or chimney will add a satisfying char.

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the interior from bacteria—cheaper cuts don’t. All you need is a mini fridge (“The meat will pick up too many aromas in a regular fridge,” says Lopez-Alt), a cooking rack, a small fan, and some time. The steps:


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Q Use a charcoal

but never after 8–10) Hack Your Grill

and flavorful over an open flame.

Save yourself a ton of grilling heartache with these handy tips.

chimney to get a great (superhot) sear. Once the coals are extremely hot, top the chimney with a rack and sear off the steaks for just a minute.

Q A blow-dryer can be a griller’s best friend, especially if you don’t have a chimney. Duct-tape a foot or so of zinc piping (available at hardware stores) to the dryer’s mouth. Use it to blow the coals (wear a grilling mitt!), so they burn hotter.

Q Cooking a fatty fish like salmon? Line the grill with foil to reflect heat back into it. This overheats the grate and flashcauterizes the fish’s skin so it doesn’t stick to the grill.

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greens with water (to speed up the cooking time). “Once you see the first wilt, flip them and cook them till they have a bit of char,” Cohen says. It takes just a minute or so: “They’ll continue to cook once you take them off the grill,” she explains, so don’t overdo it. If you shy away from greens, cut sweet potatoes into wedges, parboil for a couple of minutes, add a bit of salt and olive oil, and grill for a savory treat.

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Get hopped up. A stout marinade makes a robust cancer fighter.

Even More Jesus, an imperial stout that finishes with notes of caramel and licorice. In a pan, combine the beer, apple-cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and spices (like chili). Set the steaks, burgers, or pork chops in it and marinate in a sealed bag in the fridge for a day.

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chini, and onions are the oldies but goodies of the grilling scene. But that’s the problem—they’re dated. So why not try something new? There are very few veggies that Amanda Cohen, head chef at NYC’s vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy, hasn’t tried to grill at the eatery, from avocados (“not my favorite,” says Cohen) to baby artichokes (a seasonal treat)

to lemons (a simple trick to boost lemonade’s flavor). Her recommendation: Create a uniquely delicious salad by grilling up some dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards, or Swiss chard (the blend of smoke and crispness unlocks different flavor profiles, she says) and pair them with fresh fruits and a cheese like feta. And the grilling is a snap to do: Toss them with olive oil and salt, place over the flames, then briefly spritz the

7) Update Your Veggies

marketing campaign to sell more suds. According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, marinating raw meat in dark beer, like a stout, for at least four hours before grilling reduces by more than 50% the presence of carcinogens that form when meat is cooked over an open flame . Daniel Burns of Brooklyn’s Luksus restaurant recommends making a marinade using Evil Twin’s


12–16) Debunk Your Barbecue! It pays to get your grilling facts straight before you start cooking. Here, the five top myths, busted: No, you should not spray flare-ups with water. Q Yes, you’ll kill the flames—but

you’ll also lose all that heat you’ve built. Instead just close the lid and starve the flames of oxygen. No, you should not presoak your wood chips. Q “This is ridiculous,” says Durney.

“If the wood is wet, it’ll take longer to dry out and burn, creating smoke.” Yes, you should clean your grill. Q Would you cook with a dirty pan in

your kitchen? Then why grill with a caked grate? “People say it gives the meat flavor,” says Durney, “but it just adds more carcinogens.” No, you cannot tell if meat’s done by touching it. Q “The touch test is for people who

want to feel macho,” says Lopez-Alt. Both he and Durney recommend using a digital meat thermometer, like the Maverick Bluetooth Barbecue, which has two probes to measure the temperature of the meat and the grill. And it’s Bluetooth-enabled, so you’ll get an alert if the fire isn’t hot enough. No, hatch marks are not the sign of a properly cooked steak. Q The result of prolonged contact

with the grill, cross-hatching is thought by many to be the sign of a grill master, but the practice leads to uneven levels of doneness—and that makes for an not-so-pleasurable meal for both you and your guests.


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Muscle up

The great pyramid Pyramid training is the most popular muscle-building method in history—but are you getting the most out of it? Probably not. BY SEAN HYSON, C.S.C.S. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICK FERRARI

Arnold did them. Physique models do them. You’ve done them, too, whether you realized it or not at the time. ¶ Yes, if there’s one skill likely to be found in most gymgoers’ repertoires—besides posing their biceps in the mirror afterward—it’s pyramiding. Undoubtedly the most intuitive way to train, pyramiding usually means starting with light weight and doing high reps (usually 12–15), then increasing the load and reducing the reps. Sets usually total four or five, and reps typically descend from 12 to 10, eight, six, then four. As the weight goes up, the reps go down—which, if you visualize it, makes a pyramid shape. ¶ The advantage of the classic pyramid is that the warmup is built in. The first, higher-rep sets prepare your body to handle the heavier sets safely. And as you tire, you do fewer reps, so it’s a very natural way to train. Pyramiding also exposes your muscles to a wide range of reps, which trains all types of muscle fibers for optimal growth. ¶ But surprisingly, as good as it sounds on paper, pyramiding this way isn’t the best strategy for most people. You’re about to learn how to make this ancient training idea more relevant—and effective—than ever.

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The main drawback to pyramiding is the fatigue it produces. “If you’re doing sets of 12 down to two,” says Don Saladino, a NYC trainer to celebrities and athletes (drive clubs.com), “by the time you get to the double, you’re smoked.” A very strong, experienced lifter might squat 135 pounds for 12, then jump to 225 for 10, 315 for eight, and 405 for six, getting the full benefit of loads that suit each of those rep numbers. But most of us aren’t strong enough to make such big jumps in weight. For example, your squat day might look more like 135 for 12, 155 for 10, 165 for eight, and 185 for six. In that case, says Saladino, “your loads


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are so close together, you’re not getting the effect you think you are.” You’re too tired to lift what you could normally do for six reps once you get there, thereby reducing the challenge to your muscles. The New Architecture of Muscle

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A better way to pyramid, for regular guys and beginners in particular, is to focus on the weight, not the reps. Saladino likes another classic routine, five sets of five, for these purposes. Do five sets total, gradually increasing the weight you use until you arrive at the heaviest load you can complete

five reps with. This approach gives you the volume to make size gains but also practice handling heavier weights so you can build a base of strength. Because all the sets are low rep, you don’t burn out before you reach the most challenging load. Another option is to do what’s commonly called a reverse pyramid. Here, you warm up and then do your heaviest set first, followed by a few lighter sets for higher reps. “You could do two feeler sets,” says Saladino, which are light but low rep to prepare your body for heavy weights, “and then do work sets of two reps and four reps. Then

back off with sets of six and eight.” Still a third type of pyramid is a combination of the classic ascending version and the reverse style. Start with light weights and higher reps and work up heavy, then back off to high reps again. A 2012 study from the University of Guilan in Iran examined the effect of an ascending and descending pyramid model versus a reverse pyramid on wrestlers. One group who used the former approach made slightly greater gains in bench-press strength, while those who did the reverse pyramid experienced a bit more growth in

leg muscle size. The researchers concluded that “both training models were suitable for increasing strength, endurance, muscle mass, and muscular power…However, if the aim is increasing strength along with increasing muscular endurance, the [reverse pyramid] model is more appropriate.” Saladino also cautions that going up and down a pyramid is more work than most people need. If you miss your target number of reps on any set, end the exercise. FOR MORE TIPS ON BUILDING STRENGTH AND MUSCLE, GO TO MENSFITNESS.COM.

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Muscle up

Hard Facts Our training director, Sean Hyson, solves your workout conundrums

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Q First, do as many exercises as you can that work your grip automatically while you’re training something else. Start doing deadlifts, one-arm dumbbell rows, farmer’s walks, and shrugs. Avoid using straps on these exercises so that your hands have to work their hardest. Focusing on making your training harder rather than easier is probably enough alone to remedy the problem. If after a few weeks

you still can’t crunch your empty proteindrink can, add some moves that train your grip directly, like plate pinches: Squeeze two 10-pound plates together, smooth sides facing out, using just your fingertips and thumbs. Hold for as long as you can; repeat for three sets. Work your way up to more plates and longer times until your handshake can crush bone.

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Eat lean

Buffalo gets buff Q Cauliflower bumps off chicken to become fall’s top tailgate treat BY PAU L U N D E RWO O D PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLIAM & SUSAN BRINSON

No harm, no fowl. Buffalo cauliflower bites add heat—not weight—to your game-day feast.

Deep-fried buffalo wings are a tailgate staple. But at about 100 calories each (not counting blue cheese dressing, which can run 600 calories for little more than a third of a cup!), just a few wings—and who eats just a few?—can wreck your pre-game-day workout. ¶ That’s why chefs and tailgaters alike are ditching the fowl and turning fresh, crunchy, nutrient-loaded cauliflower into a healthy, low-cal, vegetarian spin on the classic. ¶ Sure, cue the eye rolls—but hear us out. Baked buffalo “bites” like these, a slight variation of the dish served at L.A. restaurant Mohawk Bend, taste seriously incredible, so crisp and deliciously spicy you can’t just eat one—which is fine, since they rack up only 145 calories per serving. Oh, and Mohawk’s leaner buffalo dip is amazing, too (you know you can trust a veggie-centric spot that also serves bacon and has 70 craft beers on tap).

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3) Remove cauliflower from oven, place in a mixing bowl, and toss with Frank’s Red Hot sauce. Once the cauliflower is coated, bake for 10 more minutes. Serves four.


Sweat smart

Meet the press. Putting pressure on tight muscles tells your nervous system to relax them.

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“You can change the shape of your muscles with certain exercises.”

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Q The shape of your muscles—their length, structure, and where they attach—are all determined by your genes and can’t be trained. When bodybuilders (or infomercial gurus who want your money) say they can help you get the “shape” you want, what they’re really saying is that you can build muscles in proportion to one another so they create a particular visual effect. For example, if

Ball busters Open up gains with mobility balls

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The reason you can’t seem to get stronger or add more muscle is rarely that you’re not training hard enough. More than likely it’s that SEAN HYSON, C.S.C.S. PHOTOGR APH BY your form is breaking down when the weight JAMES MICHELFELDER gets heavy. ¶ The solution? Use balls to improve your mobility. We like the specially designed mobility balls from Acumobility (acumobility.com), but lacrosse or tennis balls work, too, to help open up every muscle group. ¶ For example, here’s how to use them if your bench press is stuck, according to orthopedic acupuncturist and Acumobility CEO Brad Cox.

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Build wings like Batman Widen your back with more pullups

QIf you want a wide set of lats, why not ask the man who helped Batman spread his wings? Walter Norton Jr. ( ipfitness.com ) trained Ben Affleck for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with special focus on the actor’s back. “We had three pullup days a week, usually paired with other torso work or squats,” he says. Affleck rotated types of pullups, including parallel-grip (palms facing each other); alternating grip (one palm away, one facing); and chinups (palms facing you). Intensity varied, too, as he sometimes worked up to heavy sets of just 3 reps and other times did higher reps with slow negatives (taking several seconds to lower his body to the bottom of a rep). It worked!

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you want your waist to look smaller, you can build up your shoulders and lats so your body is wider on top. If you want thicker arms, you can focus on the brachialis muscle that lies between the biceps and triceps (reverse curls). But if you have genetically short bi’s with flat muscle bellies and you want mountainous peaks like Arnold in his prime…you’d better go back in time and find different parents.


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spinach Trick yourself into eating more (weight-loss-inducing!) veggies by hiding greens in a fruit-and-nut-butter smoothie BY ADAM BIBLE

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The more vegetables you eat, the less weight you gain over time, a recent Harvard study found—so there’s no healthier diet hack than “eat a veggie at every meal.” Not a huge fan? There’s a painless way to do it: Hide frozen spinach in a smoothie. ¶ The operative word here is hide: Into a powerful blender (see our roundup on page 60), toss a package of frozen spinach (kale and Swiss chard also work well) , a banana, 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter, ½ cup water or almond milk, and a scoop of protein powder, and pulverize. ¶ Believe it or not, you’ll barely even taste the spinach. ¶ We thought our group training director, Sean Hyson, was nuts when he gave us this tip, but damned if it doesn’t work.

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starchy calories per cup—a new cooking method can cut that number in half. Just add 1 tsp coconut oil and ½ cup white rice (brown won’t work) to boiling water and simmer 40 minutes. Refrigerate for 12 hours, and—skinny rice! The starch in cooked white rice quickly raises blood sugar and leads to weight gain if not burned off immediately through exercise. The fat in the coconut oil provides a barrier that makes the starch less digestible.

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Work it

“If I don’t spin,” says Barnet, “my day just doesn’t feel the same.”

Why did you initially choose to stick with cycling classes?

Do you have advice for how to stay motivated through a ride?

I realized: This is it. My body, my mind, my soul—I felt fulfilled, the same way I felt as a kid. If I don’t spin, my day just doesn’t feel the same.

There’s a red knob in the middle of the bike. That’s the resistance, and it’s your best friend. Whether you’re a newcomer or an advanced rider, go at your own pace. Everybody in here knows their body better than I do, so it’s fine if you feel tired and need to lighten the resistance. But when you feel some energy, crank it up and get out of that saddle. It’s like life—when times get tough, do we give up or do we keep going?

Was that when you realized it was time to open your own spin studio?

I’ve always dreamed of that ever since I started being a rider. Spinning is happening all over the world right now. Women are loving it. Men are loving it. But there wasn’t a cycle studio in Las Vegas when I came here two years ago. I thought that was so bizarre. For someone who hasn’t spun before, what are some basics for good form?

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When Jen Barnet, our newest Men’s Fitness health columnist, first started to spin, she hated it. “You walked into a room. You got on a bike. There was no vibe,” she remembers. But after an eye-opening session at a boutique studio some years back, she was hooked. This year, almost a decade of experience in the saddle, Barnet decided it was time to branch out on her own and opened XCYCLE, a spin studio in Las Vegas. In the midst of a spinning revolution that’s clearly swept the nation off its feet, Barnet explains how and why she decided to bring her version of power pedaling to Sin City—and how you can get in on the fun.

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Once class is over, everyone’s more friendly. They’ve accomplished something amazing together. That’s when guys feel a little more fearless, in a good way, so of course they’ll have more confidence to talk to girls. I tell them just to go for it! Everyone’s feeling so good after class, and women are much friendlier and possibly open to the banter. Has anyone flirted with you after a ride?

They have, but I think my big engagement ring gives me away. If they have the confidence, though, and want to flirt, I say go ahead and try.

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If you’re not in the right form, you’re not going to have a good ride or get good results. You need to be coordinated—keep your core tight, your back straight, and your shoulders down. Make sure your booty and hips are back over that saddle. If those hips aren’t engaged, they’ll begin to hurt. A lot of men tend to stand up straight, which doesn’t work your glutes or your core. It takes a conscious effort to lay off the handlebars so much, and stay in the right form.

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Suit yourself

Bespoke big shot Umberto Pitagora is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of suit making: One of the few bespoke tailors left in the United States, the 75-year-old has a clientele that’s among the 1% of the 1%. When the Connecticut-based tailor was a teen, he wanted to be a mechanical engineer, but once he’d sewn his first pair of pants, he was hooked. Here, Pitagora dispenses 60-plus years’ worth of sartorial wisdom. BY MARTIN MULKEEN PHOTOGRAPHS BY WILLIAM AND SUSAN BRINSON

Q You never finish learning. Nobody wants to learn anymore because it takes a long time. I started when I was 10 years old in my hometown of Nicastro, Italy. I used to go to the tailor shop after school to stay away from the streets. When I finished eighth grade, I went to work in the tailor shop to learn. I’m still learning after 63 years. Q You feel good when you create something yourself—like a sculptor or a painter. I made my first suit in 1959. I was 19. First, you learned how to make the suit, then you learned how to cut. It was a gray and black suit with pin dots for my sister-in-law’s brother. I’ll have to ask him if he still has it. Q If you came of age with the iPhone, there’s no way you could be a tailor. For the new generation to learn would be near to impossible. It’s a dying art. Very few of us are left—most are in the cemetery. When I was 28, there were 49 tailor shops in my hometown. Today, there’s one left. 40

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“You feel good when you create something yourself. I made my first suit in 1959. I was 19. First, you learned how to make the suit, then you learned how to cut it.”

Q With a good custom suit, you feel the difference. It feels free. The way I see it, 75% of the human body is not perfect. Everybody has some problem: big shoulders, big chest, small waist, whatever. It’s cutting for the contours of the person that matters. Q Suits used to be very boring; 45 years ago, the OCTOBER 2016

uniform used to be a blue suit, white shirt, and blue tie. I called it the IBM uniform. But it’s changed— there are so many colors and patterns now, it’s much better.

Q You need more than one suit. The finest material is not necessarily the strongest. In fact, something like Superfine 210 wool is good to wear only

Pitagora, who has made thousands of suits during the past 63 years, stocks his sartoria, or tailor shop, with more than 500 swatches of shirt fabric, each in different styles and colors.

once in a while, on a special occasion. It’s like having a Lamborghini when you need to go to the mountains—you need a Jeep for that.

Q A classic suit never dies. It will be good for the next 20 years. If you always go for the newest style, in a few years, it will look terrible. Q The customer is always right—at my approval. I don’t want anyone coming here to tell me what to do. I become

their adviser—let’s put it that way.

Q The weirdest thing I ever had to make was a long-tail coat for a magician. I had to sew in all the pockets for a rabbit and a pigeon. He even brought two pigeons to the store to check the size for the pocket. Q The best advice I ever received was to be humble. My father told me that. Be nice to people. If you can help a person, do it.


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Bring it

The Cuban advantage In his debut monthly column for Men’s Fitness, everyone’s favorite billionaire investor, NBA owner, TV star, fitness fiend, and all-around guy’s guy reveals the very high-level secrets behind his winning ways By MARK CUBAN

What’s the best decision you ever made? TOM C., GREENVILLE, SC

Careerwise, it was learning how to sell, which meant I could always find a job. It also meant that any company I ever started would always have a chance of survival. What’s the smartest thing you ever spent money on? The dumbest? DAN S., CHICAGO, IL

Smartest? A plane. It is obviously brutally expensive, but time is the one asset we simply don’t own. It saves me

If you could live your 20s or 30s again, what would you do more—and less—of? MASON O., COLUMBUS, OH

Are you kidding me? Wouldn’t change a damn thing. What things have you found are important in life, and what really aren’t? SVEN E., SAN JOSE, CA

Family, time, being nice, not being stressed are things that make a difference. Trying to have more than the next guy isn’t. What do you say to yourself when you fail at something? C A D E N C . , D E T R O I T, M I

“Nice always works better.” How much money is “enough”? CORY D., DALLAS, T X

an I learn? ass am I going in business to k in the win ? What do you do when you get mad? N O A H T. , B O S T O N , M A

askets. How do you choose your friends—what’s most important? JACKSON D., SAN ANGELO, T X

choose new I’ve had mine What are the best things a boss can do to run a healthy company and have happy employees? B E N S O N W. , A U S T I N , T X

How can you tell the difference between a good idea and a bad idea? M A R K W. , N E W O R L E A N S , L A

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vision for the ny. Know what to get there, are that with mployees and ers. Realize esponsible for ing. Be involved . Understand ur employees als that may tch yours. You give them a to adapt to the Be nice and the stress of round you. Nice works better.


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Go fast Road rocket. The Stingray reaches 60 mph in nearly four seconds, slicing through S-curves thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

THE CAR COACH All things speed, from an auto engineer and lifelong racer BY JOHN DINKEL (AKA @CARMUDGEON)

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dream to drive, with or without a hot girl riding shotgun. Unlike my ’69 ’Vette, whose four-on-the-floor transmission often forced me to steer with my knees, it has an eight-speed automatic transmission you can paddle-shift whenever you please. There’s also a head-up color instrument display projected on the windshield that lets you keep your eyes aimed at the road ahead. I whipped it through S-curves without a hint of shudder or rear-end slippage while blasting Beyoncé on the ninespeaker Bose audio system. I thought about calling my old girlfriend, if only because I knew she’d eat her heart out.

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I once owned a silver-andblack 1969 Corvette Stingray convertible, and I just hated the thing. I still blame my girlfriend at the time. She loved the vintage sexy lines and insisted I buy it, but the car couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a pedalto-the-metal race car or a prissy love buggy. It cornered like a cement truck, while the 427-cubic-inch engine, which was overloaded with an air-conditioning unit and an eight-track tape player, couldn’t reach its full 430 horsepower. The new Corvette Stingray convertible doesn’t have the same identity crisis as my previous ’Vette. I recently test-drove a silver-and-black stunner on the back roads of Southampton, NY, and discovered that this ride knows exactly what it is: a grown man’s 21st-century streetwise sporting machine. The 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine is smaller than the one in my ’69, but it puts out 460 horsepower and leaps from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds. Dollar for get-up-and-go dollar, the Stingray, at $73,655, is a much better value than roughly equivalent Lamborghinis or Ferraris, which retail for three times the price. Best of all, the Stingray is a top-down


O Game Changers

Play on

Mafia III is set in a gritty, politically charged New Orleans in 1968.

THE FIT GAMER Optic Gaming’s Halo master and resident gym rat MICHAEL “FLAMESWORD” C H AV E S

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Own the Big Easy Mafia III isn’t just a first-rate shooter in the vein of GTA . (Which, to be clear, it is.) It’s also an incisive commentary on our times.

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The Mafia franchise has lived in the shadows of its firstperson, drive-anywhere-and-do-anything big brother Grand Theft Auto for more than a decade. But with the arrival of its third incarnation—a beautiful open-world shooter set in a gritty, politically charged New Orleans in 1968—little brother is finally a juggernaut in its own right. ¶ Developed by the brand-new Hangar 13 studio—and helmed by acclaimed comic-book writer Haden Blackman (of Star Wars comics and Master of Kung Fu fame)—it’s got killer game play and an edgy, gripping story that touches on controversial themes of race and income inequality that will ring all too familiar today. You play a biracial mob enforcer and Vietnam vet who returns home to find that his largely African-American mob has been supplanted by the new guys in town: Italian gangsters. ¶ You? You’re out for revenge. ($60, available Oct. 7; for PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Mac OS X.)

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Stretch Before You Catch! Even if you’re walking 15 miles a day hurling Poké Balls in Pokémon Go, we seriously doubt you’ll injure yourself— unless you walk into traffic. But for the sake of comfort and recovery, it’s smart to stretch your muscles before logging such arduous mileage. So consider this your essential pre-Poké routine.

1) Walking Lunge

2) Butt Kick

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W H Y : Since lunges are an exaggerated version of the movement of walking, they’re great for warming up the muscles you’ll use while gaming.

W H Y : You probably suffer from what’s been named “dormant butt syndrome,” which means your glutes “fall asleep” and are largely inactive. Butt kicks help wake them up.

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Get in gear

Pass the smell test Stink-free workout gear will get you out of some very sticky situations BY MICHAEL FR ANK PHOTOGR APH BY JAMES MICHELFELDER

Exercise clothing is a magnet for smelly bacteria that multiply in the fibers and drum up all manner of foul odors, making your sweat sessions less than pleasant for you and everyone around you. That is, until naturally occurring silver salts came on the scene. The fitness industry is using these as its best weapon in the fight against stench. Fabrics are washed and coated in the particles, which bond to clothing and slow bacterial growth to a creep, prolonging the life of your favorite gear. And not only are these high-tech shirts odor repellent, they’re also cool enough to wear outside the gym—certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

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merino wool act as antibacterial agents. This jersey is a lightweight, durable polyester-merino mix that dries more quickly than wool alone. Three rear pockets can hold a wind shell, mini pump, and a spare tube.

Q This ultrafastdrying shirt stays comfy thanks to its chafeproof, silklike 100% polyester composition. The shirt’s underarm design also vents excess body heat, and the added Polygiene is a plus for odor control. Simply put, this is the best all-weatheranytime running top.

Q This polyester tank is infused with Polygiene, a pioneering silver salts treatment. The cut allows full range of motion in the shoulders, and it dries almost instantly, so it’s perfectly suited for drenching CrossFit sessions or circuits.

Q The fleece lining, a mix of recycled polyester and Polygiene, uses a patented “waffle” grid for better breathability, which is key when the mercury drops and you work up a sweat. An elongated front zipper provides additional venting.

Q Sometimes you’re too busy to change into street clothes. This plush merino shirt doesn’t look like workout gear, even if you biked 20 miles in it, and a polyester coating also keeps you dry during your ride’s freak rainstorm.

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O Game Changers

Turn the page

Ex- Bronco Nate Jackson takes on fantasy football in his hilarious new book, Fantasy Man.

Your can’t-miss fall reads A long-awaited memoir from the Boss, an entertaining story of millennial angst, and a true-science thriller featuring—among other curiosities—a fungus that creates zombies out of ants. Dig in!

Cannibals in Love BY MIKE ROBERTS

Q This debut novel starts post-9/11 and blends several vignettes of a millennial dealing with dead-end jobs, last-call nights, and the knowledge that, thanks to their predecessors, this lost generation will never attain true happiness. “How do you live in a world that won’t live up to its promise?” the narrator asks. But the book is no self-pitying lament for thwarted ambition. It’s a funny, minutely observed look at the way we live now. The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar

Fantasy suite

BY DARREN REIDY

You’ve won your fantasy football league twice. What’s your secret?

Play with your heart and draft the people you want. Forget about the advice of the little experts. They don’t know what they’re talking about. I just like to draft guys I like, guys I used to play with—my buddies. In your first book, Slowly Getting Up, there are a lot of willing women. Has fantasy football ever gotten you laid?

[Laughs] No, not at all. At least not yet. I guess now that I’ve written a book about it, that might change. You have the best take on fantasy I’ve ever heard: “If you have something better to do, you will fail.”

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But you still keep fit, even describing the gym as your “church.” What’s your workout like?

When you play in the NFL, you’re a trained killer. Now, going to the gym can remind me of that power. I lift weights and do a lot of core work, plus the jump rope, punching bag, intervals on an uphill treadmill…No matter how bad my body hurts, when I make the decision to exercise, this switch flips in my mind and I lose myself in the workout. It can be very meditative. How do you handle the chronic pain?

Pain has been a constant in my life. Pain is my best friend, and it’s also a teacher. It’s given me something to overcome, and made me mentally strong. Football players are all like that, because how you react to pain determines how far you make it.

Q It’s been 150-plus years since Darwin introduced the theory of evolution. Some animals, though, evolved in ways that would’ve surprised even him. Simon, who writes about evolutionary oddities for Wired, dives into nature’s most extreme examples, like salamanders that can regenerate parts of their brains and pint-size shrimp with claws powerful enough to break glass. Born to Run BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Q Fans of the Boss have waited four decades for this memoir, and the famed musician doesn’t disappoint, delivering on his promise “to show the reader his mind.” With never-been-told anecdotes about his childhood in Freehold, NJ, his beginnings in a bar band, and the personal demons that inspired “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road,” this riveting memoir will thrill anyone who blasts “Rosalita” out on the back roads or hums “I’m on Fire” in the dark.

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Former NFL pro Nate Jackson spent nearly a decade in pads before becoming a full-time writer. His lauded first book mixed snarky prose with insider knowledge, while his latest read, Fantasy Man , probes his allnew obsession: fantasy football.

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Learn It!

Tips and tactics for living smarter

By Jeff Wilser

How to LIVE WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND

Because love really isn’t all you need. (Though it’s not a bad place to start.)

Fifty-plus years ago, the American male went to college, found a wife, then immediately jump-started a family—going straight from the dorm to the den. In 1960 the average age of marriage was 22; now it’s nearly 30. The upsides to this trend are obvious and well-documented: a longer, richer single life, more time to learn what you like (and what you don’t) in relationships, more boozy trips to Vegas. Yet there’s one sneaky catch: After years of living alone, men who do finally move in with a woman, be it a girlfriend, a fiancée, or eventually a wife, have the cohabitation skills of a 7-year-old. ¶ The change can seem daunting. “I was worried we’d end up hating each other,” one friend tells me. Another confessed, “Doubling down on the time we spent together seemed like asking for trouble.” Or, as a third put it—speaking, no doubt, for legions of guys everywhere: “There’s only one ideal living arrangement for any couple: separate but adjacent mansions.” ¶ So on the off chance you can’t swing the whole mansion thing, follow this advice from the experts when moving in with your squeeze.

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The sex will no doubt change when you move in together…and that’s a good thing.


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Curb the man cave crashes

You’ve had a long day. Deadlines at work, a stressful commute, a punishing trip to the gym. Now at home, you just want to shut down your brain and relax. “Maybe in your world it’s cool to just zonk out and ignore someone, but most likely in hers, it’s not,” says Matt Lundquist, L.C.S.W., a psychotherapist in New York. That doesn’t mean zero downtime. But it’s crucial—especially when you’re first establishing the norms of cohabitation—to be mindful of, well, keeping her in mind. Luckily, there’s an easy hack for this:

“Because things can get very routine very quickly, a regular date night can work wonders,” says Lewandowski. Close the bathroom door!

“Just because you’ve moved in together, that doesn’t mean all romance and excitement should go out the window,” says relationship expert Andrea Syrtash. “You’re not just roommates— you’re lovers. Something as simple as closing the bathroom door matters.” Also, bonus tip: “Please don’t go to the toilet in front of each other,” says Syrtash. “Separation of bed and bath is a good thing.” That said…

Maintain a coming-home “ceremony”

Brace yourself for heightened intimacy

Even if the night’s plan is to chill and grab takeout, “take the time to charm her a bit, to make the moment of coming together again feel special,” says Lundquist. His trick: After work, when he gets to his door and reaches for his keys, he “presses pause” on whatever he’s thinking about and takes a moment—just a moment—to “honor” the person he’ll see inside, thinking, “How do I want to walk through the door? How can I make her feel valued and important? “In reality it takes about 20 seconds,” he says, “but it sets a tone for the night.”

“Everyone farts, and all women get their periods,” says Lundquist. “And of course, everyone has hair that inexplicably piles up in every corner of the bathroom. Get over it, be respectful, and you’ll be fine.” Groove the move

Moving-in chores, like hanging curtains or painting the bathroom, can feel like a burden. So reframe the task. “Try to see your new household duties as interesting and challenging activities you can tackle together, not tedious chores,” recommends Lewandowski.

Communicate your expectations Carve out enough space for yourself

Talk about moving in before you actually move in. She has anxieties, too. Let her share them. “Talk extensively about expectations ahead of time, and come clean as much as possible,” suggests Gary Lewandowski, M.D., chair of psychology at Monmouth University. Do you want a weekly night out with the guys? Will you split the grocery bill fifty-fifty? “One of the most taboo topics in a relationship is the relationship itself, so you need to spend time talking about cohabitation ahead of time.” Get out of the house together

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“The two of you have to literally get out, have drinks, go to the park—whatever you gotta do, as long as you get off the couch,” one of my close friends advises. And as cloying as it might sound, a “date night” can do wonders. Cook an elaborate dinner together. Splurge on a new restaurant. See a play. The spark of romance takes effort.

One typical blunder men make when cohabitating, according to Lundquist, is not setting aside enough time to be their “old” selves. “People give up their friends and their activities, then once the move-in honeymoon is over, they wonder why they’re bored. One person isn’t a life.” The fix: “Short of bringing home another woman, do what you’ve always done—the trick is moderation.” For example, explains Syrtash, “you may need a little more balance with some of your hobbies. You can still play video games, for instance, but probably not all weekend.”

The days of “monogamous-ish” relationships are over. Commit or break it off.


THINK OF THE GLASS AS HALF (OK, 75%) FULL Everything in life is a trade-off, so your mindset matters. “Focus on what you’re gaining, not what you’re losing, when you move in with her,” says Syrtash. “It’s nice to have a Sunday-night Netflix buddy, it’s fun to have regular sex, and it’s comforting to have a supportive person to vent to after a bad day at work.”

Don’t play fast and loose with monogamy

The days of “monogamous-ish” relationships are over. Commit or break it off entirely. After moving in with his girlfriend, one guy I know confessed, with just a touch of remorse, “I know I can never go out for a bender, grab some bird and bang her, and bask in postcoital bliss from stranger sex the next day. I mean, I probably don’t even want that anymore, but I still mourn its loss.” If you’re suffering that kind of grief, do the following:

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Focus on your other relationships

Don’t become one of those couples who lose touch with their old friends. “Relationships with other people are key,” says Lundquist. Hang out with other people, go to parties, squeeze in a regular “guys’ night.” “Creating experiences outside the relationship gives you stuff to talk about. Part of what makes a roommate/ partner interesting is that she doesn’t spend the whole day with you.” Don’t think you always have to be in the same room together

This sounds trivial, but it’s a real game changer—not to mention, it fills me

with massive relief. During normal dating, when she’s over at your place, or vice versa, you feel obligated to hang out together. But when you’re cohabitating, spending time in separate rooms or areas is a must. “You have to be OK with being apart,” another of my friends observes. “You don’t always have to watch the same shows. She feels like watching TV but you feel like reading? Cool, split up.” Remember, the sex will change… and that’s a good thing

“People who tell you that sex automatically becomes less frequent, less exciting, or both once you move in—they can go fuck themselves,” says Lundquist. “Sex changes, absolutely; but if you embrace that change, it doesn’t have to be less good.” How does it change, exactly? As one of my shacked-up friends says, “The animal stuff has mostly gone, but the soft, gentle stuff works as well. And sometimes it’s not full-blown sex but just a wee bit of something here and there that keeps things ticking nicely.” And if all else fails, splurge on the two mansions. Q Jeff Wilser is the author of Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life (Three Rivers Press).

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The guy’s guide to spending money

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Our guide to buying man’s favorite kitchen appliance and healthy-eating status symbol: the all-powerful blender

IF YOU ASKED ME what my favorite moment in a

Will Smith movie was (because, why wouldn’t you?), my answer wouldn’t be the time he flashed his inner bad guy in the summer hit Suicide Squad. It wouldn’t be when he played a certain pugilist named Ali, either. ¶ No, it would be a forgettable scene from the forgettable 1998 thriller Enemy of the State. When his house gets ransacked by government agents, Smith is incensed. “They took my blender!” he gasps, before explaining his attachment to the kitchen appliance: “Some people meditate. Some get massages. I blend.” ¶ It’s like he was speaking directly to me. ¶ I swear by my blender, regardless of whether I’m making margaritas, banana smoothies, or tomato soup. But the big problem with blenders? Choosing one. There are more than 3,000 on Amazon right now, all of varying degrees of power and quality. So I gave the top-of-the-line best sellers a rigorous testing and decided on my favorites.

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1) The Oster Heritage Blend Beehive $60, oster.com

The minimum you should pay for a budget countertop blender is about $60. Why? Well, a countertop blender’s overall performance comes down to three components: the power of the motor, the construction of the blade, and the design of the jug—also known as a “carriage.” The only way to make a cheaper version is to downgrade all three, which is far from ideal. The old-school Oster Beehive, meanwhile, is a bargain buy. It has almost 1 horsepower of crushing strength, which will easily pulverize leafy greens into a smooth purée. The grooves on the carriage aren’t cosmetic details, either: They help keep the mixture moving while the blades spin, so the blending’s even. It’ll look great JARREN VINK

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on a kitchen counter, too, thanks to its retro styling and stainless steel finish. The catch: It loses marks for the twospeed setting with a high-low toggle switch, making the Beehive slightly less easy to control. F O R : T H E D A I LY S M O O T H I E F A N A T I C

2) Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System BL 492 $170, ninjakitchen.com

When it comes to high-caliber, dependable blenders, smoothie elitists are divided into two warring camps: Vitamix guys and Nutri Ninja guys. “If you’re a member of either team, you’re going to brag about it,” says Lauren Slayton, nutritionist of Foodtrainers. At first glance, I can see the appeal of both. The Vitamix 7500, for instance, is a high-quality, American-made product with the power to pulverize just about anything—nuts, dates, fibrous greens. It comes equipped with a hefty 2-horsepower motor. The company also boasts an excellent customer service apparatus if anything goes wrong or you have a question about how to use it. The problem, however, is the cost: around $500. It’s for that reason alone I’m staunchly Team Ninja. Its comprehensive BL492 system, which is both a blender and an extractor (which keeps nutrients in the final smoothie), costs less than a third of the comparable Vitamix. Its 1.6 horsepower motor is plenty powerful. And if you break the carriage, replacement parts are easily available online. Finally, it’s generously packaged with accessories, notably the doublewall stainless steel “go-cup,” which will keep your smoothie cold on the drive to work. The catch: It needs a thorough cleaning each time, because the stacked blade setup traps food easily. F O R : T H E AT - H O M E C U L I N A RY G O D

3) The NutriBullet Pro 900 $100, nutribulletpro.com

Make no mistake: This Infomercial Hall of Fame-worthy blender really is a badass. But if you go for the NutriBullet, eschew the entry-level model and opt instead for the Pro version. At 900 watts, the Pro’s motor is 50% more powerful than the basic version, so you’ll have greater control and make lesslumpy concoctions. It has two carriages

Clean your machine! Q Prolonging the life of your blender means keeping it gunk-free—but that doesn’t mean putting it in the dishwasher, as prolonged exposure to water can rust the bottom couplings of the container. But don’t worry, scouring it is still nearly effortfree: According to Tess Masters, author of The Blender Girl cookbook, just squirt a little dish soap into the carriage, add water, and blend it till it froths. Then empty, rinse, and air-dry it.

instead of one, which is useful if you’re planning on impressing overnight guests with your breakfast finesse. Bonus: That second carriage is also 32 ounces, or exactly double the standard quantity of most online smoothie recipes. The catch: Thanks to the inverted design, it’s almost impossible to avoid leakage, so stick to thicker recipes if you can. F O R : M U LT I T A S K I N G G O U R M E T

4) The Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender $100, brevilleusa.com

Immersion—aka handheld—blenders are multifunctional tools you can use in myriad ways. (That “whisk” attachment? It’s a nifty way to make an extrawet cappuccino at home, or churn up a frothy cocktail.) They’re also much smaller than countertop blenders, making them easier to stow away. Because of its ergonomic design and precise control, the Breville is the best of the bunch. It’s strong enough—280 watts—to crush ice, and comes with a 42-ounce cup, roomy enough to serve a crowd. Bonus: It has a built-in scratch guard so the blade doesn’t damage the container it’s blending in, either. The catch: The price is higher than some other brands. But for quality alone, this is the one to beat. Q Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.


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way Seinfeld could do this. Or Aziz. And definitely not Louis C.K. When you hear “a stand-up finishing his set,” the last thing you think of is a ripped guy hanging from a pullup bar and busting through a set of brutal elevated crunches. But that’s exactly what Kevin Hart is doing at a gym near his house in Los Angeles—at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday. When I ask him if any other comedian he knows would even consider getting up this early on a weekend to train, he laughs. “No way,” he says, but adds that, for him, “this is late.” And this isn’t a bit; he’s not putting me on. When it comes to fitness, Kevin Hart doesn’t play around.

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But he’s not just a sidekick. Without question, these are Kevin Hart movies that wouldn’t work without him. His massive appeal as the nonstop yapping underdog who thinks he’s the swaggering overdog—the Chihuahua that barks like a pit bull—has made him one of the most successful comedic stars in Hollywood. So big, in fact, that Lionsgate recently partnered with him to launch his own digital comedy network (à la Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die) called Laugh Out Loud. So yeah, Kevin Hart’s day job is still making us laugh, and he’s in no danger of losing it. And yet…the training, the shoes, the shredded physique. These are all part of a strategy—a pivot. If Hart has his way, 2016 will be the year we stop thinking of him as a guy who can spend 90 minutes getting verbally bitch-slapped by Ice Cube and start thinking of him as a guy who can do the slapping. That’s not saying he wants to morph into a muscled monster. “I don’t want to be the guy with the neck,” he says so Boss can hear him. “I told him that the day I get a neck is the day he’s fired.” But he absolutely wants to do action movies—as the starring hero, not just the comic foil. “What’s my franchise?” he asks. “What’s the Kevin Hart version of Mission Impossible? What’s my Bond?” AN ORIGIN STORY PERFECT FOR A HOLLYWOOD

film, the journey of “the comedian with his own sneaker deal” starts with Hart, now 37, selling shoes when he was 19, working at City Sports in his hometown of Philadelphia. He was, no surprise, the funny guy on the sales floor, so a couple of co-workers told him about an open mic at a local comedy club. “If they hadn’t,” he says, “I would’ve just been the funniest guy at work, the funniest guy in my family, the funniest guy on the bus.”

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Hart’s joined by his trainer, “Boss,” a former college football player who started working with the comedian three years ago, when Hart first got serious about fitness. “Before that I was in fake shape,” he says. “I looked like I was in shape, but then you’d take off my shirt and it was like, ‘No, no, no.’ ” Hart and Boss wear nearly identical monochromatic outfits— wicking shirts, shorts over leggings—in different colors: Hart in red, Boss in blue. They didn’t plan this, but Hart gets a huge kick out of it, posting a twinsies pic to his nearly 40 million Instagram followers. The only thing that seems to delight him more is the fact that Boss has a tiny tear in his leggings. “Cover that shit up,” yells Hart, straight-faced. “I can’t stand to look at it; you’re killing me. Put some tape on it.” Boss’ comeback is pretty straightforward: “Shut up and lift.” But first Hart wants to grab one more pic for his followers, a close-up of his shoes. And by “his shoes” we don’t mean just the shoes on his feet, we mean his shoes, as in, the shoes with his name on the side—the Nike “Hustle Harts.” Because this comedian has a shoe deal. It makes a compelling case for never again viewing Hart as simply a comedian. That may seem strange given his current domination of the comedic landscape. Kevin Hart: What Now?, his 2015 stand-up tour, is projected to be the highest grossing of all time; it also spawned this month’s film release of the same name, shot at a sold-out show at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—a football stadium. Then there’s Hart’s box office ubiquity, starring mostly in buddy comedies: Ride Along and its sequel, both with Ice Cube; Get Hard, with Will Ferrell; and this year’s Central Intelligence, with Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, which raked in nearly $125 million domestically.


If he hadn’t become a stand-up, Hart might He took the mic and killed. Five weeks in a row he won, each time bringing home the have made it as motivational speaker. Even $75 prize. “People were loving my style of comedy,” Hart says. “Granted, I was awful, but it’s amateur night, so it’s like, ‘What level of awful are you?’ ” The streak gave him in casual conversation he’s prone to dropping the cojones to quit his sales job. Problem is, he was too good. The club, tired of paying lines like “You get one life—respect it” and “No him, stopped amateur night the next week. “All my eggs were in this one basket. I was short cuts!” He also loves pushing people— like, ‘Shit! I can’t go back to the job. I love this.’ So it was about me latching on to the including his kids, who run with him, “someother comedians I’d met and just saying, ‘Take me with you.’ ” times eating my dust,” he says. “I don’t baby They did—to New York City. Hart sometimes commuted from Philly seven days them.” On social media he regularly implores a week, just to give NYC club owners the impression he lived there, that he was in it fans to join him on impromptu 5Ks. for real. And he found he had to make a choice: “The clubs were divided. You had the Hart says one reason he lives so much of his urban rooms, where you could go and make money, and the more mainstream rooms, life on social media is so he can inspire and where they wouldn’t pay you unless you were showcase level.” motivate. “I do let people see behind that Still, he saw the level of comics coming out of those mainstream rooms. Legends curtain. I let you see me with my kids, with like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn, Patrice O’Neal. “I wanted to be a comemy wife. I want you to see the importance of dian,” Hart says. “Not a black comedian. A comedian. Granted, there was nothing family, of spending that quality time. When wrong with being a black comedian. I embrace my race and ethnicity. But there was a guy who’s not the best dad sees it at my a different goal—to make the world laugh.” He points to one of his biggest idols and level—sees my [family’s] Game Night or my inspirations, Eddie Murphy. “Even if some people looked at him as a black comedian, Taco Tuesdays—it may make him want to be his crossover was huge,” Hart says. “I felt I shouldn’t have to be stereotyped or pigeona better dad.” holed.” So he made his choice: He’d play both Sure, it’s easy to roll your eyes at what could types of rooms. seem like self-promotion peddled as inspiraSpending time with “comics’ comics” had tion. But there’s something about Hart—a another advantage: They tore his act apart. benevolence that makes you give him the “It was hacky—midget jokes, shit jokes, black benefit of the doubt, a likability that lets him versus white jokes,” he recalls. They pushed get away with the high-flying selfies, the bling, him toward the more confessional-style the naked ambition that in other comedians comedy that still dominates his act. In fact, if would seem douchey, self-obsessed, or worst of you want to trace the ups and downs of Hart’s all, unfunny. His openness doesn’t feel braggy life, just watch his comedy specials. He mines or spiteful. It’s like he’s having a blast, feeling his childhood growing up with a drug-user proud of where he is but also a little amazed by father, his first marriage and the cheating that it and just taking fans along for the ride. ended it, and even his well-reported DUI. It feels a little ridiculous to say this about But unlike many of his peers, Hart doesn’t just such a hard-working, high-energy guy, but dwell on the lows, downplaying his success or Kevin Hart is remarkably Zen. Case in point: glossing over what’s awesome in his life for fear Asked about hosting the Oscars, a gig his name of alienating his fans. “I think when you’re fake, has come up for but that hasn’t been offered to being one person onstage, then coming over here and being who him, he simply says: “They’re in my sights, you know? Is it going to you really are, people go, ‘Wait a minute.’ ” So some of the funniest happen tomorrow? No. Is it going to happen? Yes.” He’s not worried. moments in Kevin Hart: What Now?, a film shot at that stadiumAnd he won’t get bogged down in speculation over who might get filling stand-up gig in Philly, which opens in theaters this month, it instead—not because he’s scared about pissing anyone off, but are about privilege, too—jokes about the downside of living in hills because he truly doesn’t see the point. Hart doesn’t waste time on surrounded by wild animals, his long rich-person’s driveway, his bitterness, even when he has every right. “I don’t hold grudges,” he worry that his son is growing up like a white, hair-flipping preppy. says. He has even reconciled with his father. “The most important And you can bet future specials will touch on recent high points like thing my mother, rest in peace, taught me was, ‘Look, life goes on with or without you. Being angry does nothing.’ ” It’s like he lacks his second marriage, to Eniko Parrish, in a lavish ceremony that the one thing that unites almost all comics—demons. turned him into a groomzilla, and his Vegas bachelor party, where It’s a fact that hasn’t escaped him. “I know some dark dudes,” he friends who promised to “go huge” fell asleep in the club instead. says. “And I love them all.” As for himself, he says, he’s “100%” the And of course, he says, there will be material about what a fitness most positive comic he knows. “To some of these guys, it’s a dognut he’s become. eat-dog world, and I don’t understand that. I feel like if there’s a AS THE MORNING PROGRESSES, MORE world where we could create another Harlem Nights, oh my God, it people file into the gym. Instead of absconding would be epic. If there’s a world where we could do another Coming to an out-of-view corner, Hart stays front and to America, with this generation of comics, oh my God, it would be center, greeting them, joking around, pushing epic. We should be a fraternity of brothers who want to pull each them to do more reps. He feeds off their energy. other up, not push each other down. I want everybody to win.” And even though he’s considering putting a That right there is why it’s so hard to root against Kevin Hart. private gym in the new house he’s building, he says he’ll probably You want him to win. And isn’t that the most important quality in still work out at a public spot like this. “I love to see people go after a modern action star? That, and a serious six-pack. it—all ages, all shapes and sizes. These are my people.” And he’s got that covered, too. Q

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known for his big-wave surfing, but that actually undersells his unique abilities in the ocean. ¶ The 34-year-old is perhaps the only human alive who can paddle into and ride 60-foot waves, free-dive 135 feet under the ocean without oxygen, and ride great white sharks—as in, wait for one to cruise by, then grab its dorsal fin and rip through the water on the back of the ocean’s apex predator. ¶ In 2016, when scientists needed someone to tag a number of Japan’s elusive hammerhead sharks, they called Healey, who swam into shark groups and applied the tags. “It’s a very unusual, broad-spectrum water and troubleshooting skill set,” he explains. ¶ Healey’s daily life is a workout in itself, but when he’s not in the water he does ginastica natural, a Brazilian blend of martial arts and yoga that makes him more “fluid and powerful” while also improving his deep breathing. ¶ He has a growing list of sponsors, and is also the proprietor of Healey Water Ops, a company that offers “exclusive access to experiences in, on, under, and around water, globally.” In other words, he’s the guy CEOs and sheikhs call when they want to swim with a shark or tackle a big wave, because he knows how to achieve the absurd, safely. ¶ “Fear is going to keep you alive,” Healey says. “If you’re fearless, you step off a building and explode on the pavement. Obviously I’m not going to do that.”

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vision was always much bigger. Brothers Raan and Shea Parton, 34 and 32, respectively, founded their company, Apolis—a Greek word that roughly translates to “citizen of no country” (or, as the Partons prefer to interpret it, “global citizen”)—in 2004 to make clothing for a profit, but also to be a force for good. ¶ They design clothes for the kind of man who travels far and lives hard, who wants durable, stylish stuff that’s been made the right way—which also describes them to a T. “Our parents thought we’d be Southern California monsters if we didn’t see the rest of the world,” explains Shea, who’s the CEO and business guy. ¶ Raan, who handles the creative side, and his team co-design their wares with artisans from Peru, Portugal, and Bangladesh; one such product, the company’s famous jute-fiber “market bag,” has employed a group of Bangladeshi women for three years now. Apolis was the second clothing manufacturer ever to be named a “B-Corp”—which is like LEED certification for architecture, but with focus on environmental and social standards. ¶ The roots of the brand lie in travel, and the brothers both get out on their road bikes as much as possible. Seeing the world and experiencing life, Shea says, “is what convinced us to start Apolis. It’s very entrenched in our brand to be a participant and not a spectator.”

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to play a Marvel superhero who’s a superhuman blue-collar joe able to lift 25 tons and punch through four-inch steel plates? If you’re Mike Colter— whose starring vehicle, Luke Cage, just debuted on Netflix last month— you start by packing on 30 pounds of muscle. Colter, who first brought stoic Cage to vivid life in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, has long known very physical roles, having played a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. But the superhero character demanded even more of him. “Cage hearkens back to the time of Shaft,” he says. “He’s a badass dude.” At first Colter went hard on cross-training workouts. “I felt like I needed to shock my body,” he says. “I overlifted and, because of that, ended up hurting OCTOBER 2016

my shoulder.” So he rethought both his gym and diet regimen, adding swimming into the mix, downing two vegan plant protein shakes a day, and taking glutamine to stop muscle breakdown once the barbell is down. “When I take the supplements, they definitely help me recover,” says Colter, who admits the rigors of a proteinheavy training diet can get tiresome. While waiting for the premiere of Luke Cage, Colter—who’s also a new father—stayed limber by filming Girl Trip alongside Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith in New Orleans. The comedy, directed by The Best Man Holiday ’s Malcolm Lee, will be in theaters next year. Hey, Mike: Hope you stayed away from the beignets, dude. MEN’S FITNESS

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first NHL goal, in March 2016, was something of a family affair. The electric Swedish forward caught a pass off the face-off from Brooks Laich and buried a lightning-fast wrist shot into the Ottawa net. But it wasn’t the first Laich-to-Nylander connection: Laich had assisted William’s father, Michael, on his final NHL goal, in 2009. Today, William and his younger brother, Alexander, are following in Dad’s footsteps and hope to light the lamp in the NHL for years to come.

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Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Michael Nylander honed his craft at the city’s picturesque outdoor rinks. “I remember at our school, as soon as the ice was frozen out there, we were playing all the time,” he says. “Even at lunchtime!” He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in 1991, and made his NHL debut the following year, scoring 11 goals in 59 games. The center bounced around the NHL, doing stints with everyone from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and was playing for the Calgary Flames when William (1996) and Alexander (1998) were born. Fast forward to 2014: William was taken eighth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two years later, Alexander was selected eighth by the Buffalo Sabres. Just like Peyton and Eli Manning, these two brothers will battle in the pros instead of the driveway. “I think it’ll be a blast,” says William of their new Eastern Conference rivalry. (Though,

ever the older brother, he adds jokingly: “Of course, I beat him at everything.”) The two credit growing up around the pro locker room with their dad as essential to their game today. “Just being there with him at the rink, and seeing what the dream was—it put in your head a goal to strive for,” says William. And, as he notes, it’s not like they were just watching scrubs on a perennial cellar dweller: When Dad was playing for the Washington Capitals in the mid-aughts, a young Alexander Ovechkin put up 65 goals. William and Alexander picked their father’s brain after games, but Michael never bombarded them with X’s and O’s. Instead, he let them move at their own speed. “As they got older, that’s when the language of hockey developed,” he says. “It’s hard to talk to a 10-year-old about system, or forechecking! When the time was right, we started doing that.”

Michael put them in the gym when they each turned 12, practicing Olympic lifts—but with no weights. “We were working on technique, which I think was very healthy for me and my brother,” says William. “That helps us now when we’re doing lifts and squats. It gave us the right form from the start, which wouldn’t have been the case if we’d just hit the gym and started squatting heavy.” These days, William and Alexander are highly skilled, cerebral players in the Swedish tradition: They can skate, pass, shoot, and play both ways. They spend their summers in Sweden with their dad, who works them hard both in the gym (with single-leg lifts, squats, cleans, deadlifts, core—everything needed to be a successful hockey player) and on the squash court, which the Nylanders swear is the ideal cross training for hockey. “In squash you have to read what’s going to happen before it happens,” says William. And when the weather is nice? The Nylander boys like to hit the links. But while his sons might be able to deke him on the ice, the old man, at 43, can still hit it long and straight. “I’ve been winning by a stroke here, a point there, so it hasn’t been like, a domination,” he says. “But a win is a win, right?”


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Q Peter Kim once tested a prototype pair of jeans by wearing them to the Long Beach Grand Prix, where he tried to vault over a barricade from the pit onto the track. Bad idea. “I lifted my leg up to jump, but the fabric was so stiff, my knees smashed into the concrete, I flipped over onto the track, and all I could think was, ‘Oh, crap.’” So it’s no surprise that Kim—who founded the Los Angeles–based Hudson Jeans in 2002—is weaving flexibility into his denim. “Stretch is the biggest thing for me right now,” he says. It’s not just the cloth that sets Hudson apart, he insists—it’s the brand’s passionately anti-BS culture. “For example, our moto-style jean needs to be an authentic piece, because a lot of us here ride motorcycles”—in his case, a rebuilt ’99 HarleyDavidson FXR. Which means he crafts jeans for guys who live like he does, “constantly In the gym, doing MMA, rockclimbing, surfing as much as possible.” His next denim test? “I’ve thought about running a marathon in them.”

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amazing,” says star Philadelphia-via-Israel chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov, who credits his un-chefly physique to boxing workouts, year-round surfing, and hotel stairwell laps, not just his vegetable-forward diet. ¶ And having a career peak after a decade-plus in the fickle restaurant world probably doesn’t feel so bad either. ¶ Last May, Solomonov’s first cookbook—titled Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, for the flagship restaurant he started with partner and co-author Steven Cook—won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, establishing him BY NILS BERNSTEIN as the key player in bringing the eatery’s lesser-known cuisine, a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits and vegetables, to mainstream mouths. This year he also opened a restaurant outside Philly, the first offshoot of Dizengoff, his hummusiya (hummus stall) in New York’s Chelsea Market, with more to open nationwide in the coming year. ¶ Giving back is also important for Solomonov, who almost lost everything in 2008 due to crack and heroin addictions. So this fall he and Cook, along with partners from Federal Donuts, are opening Rooster Soup, a luncheonette that will use his restaurants’ leftover chicken backs and bones, and donate 100% of its net profits to Philadelphia’s Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative—so your smoked brisket-fat matzo ball soup won’t only taste good, it’ll do good, providing food and services for the poor. “ NOTHING’S MORE ¶ Solomonov says it’s his intensive regimen at Philly’s Joe Hand Boxing Gym INTENSE THAN A that’s given him the physical and mental fortitude to beat down his demons and BOXING WORKOUT,” maintain seven years of sobriety. “Nothing’s more effective than a boxing workSAYS SOL OMONOV. “ AND YOU GET TO out,” he says. “It covers everything—coordination, speed, dexterity—which helps PUNCH SHIT.” with the intensity of my job. ¶ “And you get to punch shit.”

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When Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, 44, created his first form-fitting performance undershirt back in 1995, he couldn’t believe how obvious the opportunity was. “I was like, why has no one else done this? It makes so much sense!” he says. Recently, the former University of Maryland football player had another one of those moments. As everyone was obsessing about fitness-tracking wearables and apps, he says, he realized no one was doing much to help users understand and act on all their data. “I thought, imagine if I could actually solve people’s health and fitness problems.” So the self-made billionaire went out and bought three of the leading fitnessand diet-tracking apps—MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, and the Copenhagen-based Endomondo; integrated them into Under Armour; and this year started an aggressive push to release new “Connected Fitness” products—including a wrist-strap fitness tracker, an Internetconnected scale, connected running shoes,

and a new app called UA Record that’s like a central clearing house for all your fitness and wellness data—that deliver on his dream. And though Plank’s still just getting started transforming Under Armour, the U.S.’s second-largest sportswear maker, into a tech company, he already has 170 million users across his apps—“the world’s largest fitness community,” he boasts— and mountains of data about their fitness habits. That means he knows when a customer needs a new pair of shoes, what kind of shoes might work best for him, and even whether he needs to drop a few pounds. Plank, who in the company’s early days was its one-man focus group, still works out like an elite athlete. He runs three times a week, he lifts, he cycles—and, of course, he tracks everything with his apps. He built a mammoth gym on the ground floor of his waterfront Baltimore headquarters, and hired world-class trainers so his employees can keep up with him. “Winning is a part of our culture,” he says. “It’s who we are.”

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Hamlet reference, but considering how depressing superhero films have become, it’s pretty apropos. This year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was, as many reviewers noted, basically two and a half hours of moody he-men brooding in the rain. And though this summer’s Suicide Squad didn’t thrill critics quite as much as it did fans, the box office recordbreaking hit full of DC supervillains did wonders to lighten the mood. And no one electrified the screen like the perennially jacked, feral-eyed Jai Courtney, whom The New York Times singled out as “scene-stealing.”

If one thing is true of the 30-year-old Aussie actor, it’s that his mere presence seems to lift any project he takes on. With his near-trademark villainous sneer, he thrilled opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher and shone as Bruce Willis’ son in A Good Day to Die Hard. He “popped” on-screen as a sinister baddie in the sci-fi Divergent films. Then came 2015’s Terminator Genisys, which asked little of Courtney but to get lean fast (he dropped to 6% body fat in just eight weeks); and though the film wasn’t exactly Oscar material, Courtney was singled out for his performance. But it’s as the lethal Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad that he really busts out, delivering a deranged, hilarious performance one could call “Tom Hardy-esque.” Before filming, director David Ayer offered him one piece of advice. “He said, I want you to find your inner shitbag,” Courtney says, laughing. “I’m not sure he knew

just how close to the surface my inner shitbag really was.” Courtney—whose first name, Jai, comes from a character in Tarzan—grew up in the suburbs of Sydney, where his father worked at the local high-voltage power station. As a teen he got into his share of bar fights. “I guess it was just the marriage of testosterone and ego and fucking beer and stupidity,” he says. “I was never a thug. We were just idiots.” He played rugby and cricket as a kid but had as much fun playing dress-up, an interest that led him to the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Asked if his bros gave him shit about acting, he says: “It probably wasn’t as bad as Billy Elliot, but yeah.” In the DC Comics universe, Flash nemesis Captain Boomerang is a jewel thief who hurls razorsharp boomerangs—that is, when he’s not knocking back cans of beer or unsuccessfully hitting on

Katana, the film’s silent assassin. “He’s part class clown, part pit bull—a conniving backstabber,” Courtney says, “and a handy guy to have on your team.” No stranger to getting ripped for roles (“For Terminator I was literally drinking salmon through a straw,” he says), Courtney logged mega gym time for Suicide Squad. “I’d never done clean-and-jerks and snatches and that sort of shit,” he says. “I did a lot of back squats, deadlifts, old-school moves that were great for when you’re packing in the calories and really fueled up. I probably put on about 20 pounds of muscle. I was 230 pounds and 6.5% body fat.” He was also “eating unbelievable amounts of flesh every day” to pack on the protein. But Courtney will leave pumped-up villainy in the rearview altogether for the upcoming The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, a film about a German soldier who falls for a Jewish woman in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. “It’s a complete departure from boomerangs,” he says. And even though the guy who once crashed on his manager’s couch just bought his first house, on the hip east side of L.A., his success still hasn’t sunk in. “I don’t I feel like I’ve made it yet,” he says. “But every job elevates your confidence and your ambition. What’s dangerous is comfort.”


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Thomas Wesley Pentz) in L.A., the electronic-music trailblazer and one of today’s most influential producers, he’s just finished helping his 6-year-old son build a Millennium Falcon. It’s a rare domestic moment for the music mogul, who’s had a monster year and shows no signs of slowing down. The previous week, he’d spent time here in the studio, then was flown out to do shows in Las Vegas, Surrey, B.C., and Alaska—where he played the state’s largest outdoor electronic-music show ever (dubbed “Diplaska”)—then back to Vegas again. Tomorrow he’s heading to Europe to play 17 shows in 14 days, sometimes doing two a day: a concert with his band Major Lazer, then a solo Diplo set in a nightclub. He’s psyched to have a day and a half off in Ibiza— “That’s a big deal,” he tells me—but says he’ll spend it shooting a music video for his record label, Mad Decent. It’s a pretty standard schedule for the 37-year-old, who’s also won two Grammys for his DJ collaboration Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü (including one for the track “Where Are Ü Now,” which finally made Justin Bieber cool); released Spotify’s most streamed song ever with Major Lazer & DJ Snake with MØ (“Lean On”); played historic concerts in Pakistan and Cuba (the latter for 450,000 people); invested in the pro Arizona United soccer team; run a traveling music festival, produced two tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album… Well, you get the idea. Physically, he works out six days a week. “I’ve been doing Bikram yoga for 10 or 15 years,” he says. “No matter where I go, there’s always a studio, and I don’t need to know the language because I know the moves.” He does yoga about twice a week and mixes in some strength training on the remaining days. “My favorite place to work out is Parque de Arpoador, in Rio—a little beach between Copacabana and Ipanema with an outdoor gym that has weights made of concrete and metal poles. You don’t need much.”

TOM HIDDLESTON

AH, TOM HIDDLESTON. NOT SINCE BENEDICT

Cumberbatch has a British actor with a name that sounds like a Hogwarts House had such a massive year. ¶ Best known as Loki, Thor’s Norse nemesis (you know, with the greasy Van Helsing hair), Hiddleston, 35, also turned heads through the years in bit parts as a kindly soldier in War Horse and the dandy F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. ¶ But in 2016, he went from smarmy villain to bona fide badass. In the addictive AMC miniseries The Night Manager, he played the title soldier-turned-spy tapped to crack an evil arms dealer’s inner circle. The performance proved why Hiddleston is in the running to succeed Daniel Craig as the next 007 (earmuffs, Idris Elba)—and won him throngs of new “Hiddlestoners,” the name for his army of “stans.” Revealing his bare buttocks in a memorable sex scene helped, unleashing the #hiddlesbum. ¶ What was I saying? Sorry, I got distracted. ¶ Throw in an eerily good starring turn as country legend Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw the Light (he ran grueling 7-milers through the Tennessee hills to get lean for the role) and a whirlwind romance with a certain pop star with the initials T.S. and we’re all getting a little Hiddlestoned. ¶ “In an industry that’s feast or famine,” he’s said, “I’ve got no complaints.”

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L ORENZO FERTIT TA

The biz guy who bought the UFC for $2M—and sold it for $4B BY SEAN HYSON

In 2001, Lorenzo Fertitta—co-owner of the Station Casinos in Las Vegas—bought the Ultimate Fighting Championship for $2 million with his brother, Frank. The fledgling mixed martial arts organization was facing bankruptcy, a victim of its own aggressive marketing, which promised brutality and aroused Sen. John McCain to call for its dismemberment, branding it “human cockfighting.” The Fertitta brothers, along with high school pal Dana White, whom the brothers installed as president, rebuilt the business of ultimate fighting, changing its image as a bloody spectacle to that of a legitimate sport with top-notch athletes. With Fertitta as the UFC’s chief executive and OCTOBER 2016

main power, the trio expanded the promotion abroad, and negotiated to get its biggest stars from rival organizations. In July, the Fertittas sold the majority of their stake in the UFC for a reported $4 billion to sports/entertainment management group WME-IMG. Eclipsing even the $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers in 2014, the deal was one of ”the largest ever in the history of sports,” Fertitta crowed. To further put it into perspective, it rivals the price George Lucas got from Disney when he sold the entire Star Wars franchise in 2012. Fertitta isn’t wistful about parting with the organization. “When you take something from nothing to [$4 billion], I don’t think you should have regrets.” MEN’S FITNESS

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JIMMY CHIN

THE M O U N T A I N C L I MBER WHO MA D E I T T O S UNDANC E T H I S S U M M E R , W H E N T H E N E W Y O R K T I M E S M AG A -

zine needed someone to climb the spire atop the Freedom Tower (1 World Trade Center), the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, to capture an image of the men who have the preposterous job of actually fixing things up there 1,792 feet over lower Manhattan, the editors knew there was only one man for the job: Jimmy Chin.

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Chin, 43, is one of the most esteemed and talented photographers in the outdoor-adventure realm. He’s also a world-class athlete who’s climbed every one of the planet’s 8,000-meter peaks. (And skied down a few of them, including Mount Everest.) North Face signed Chin to its athlete team 14 years ago for his skill on big walls, but he was already well on his way to becoming the guy adventure magazines called when they needed a photographer to ac-

company the world’s top athletes into the field. Fast-forward to 2016, and he’s a full-blown movie mogul. This winter he co-directed a film with his wife, E. Chai Vasarhelyi, called Meru, which chronicled the story of Chin, cinematographer Renan Ozturk, and longtime climber Conrad Anker attempting—and succeeding at—ascending the 1,500-foot “Shark’s Fin” granite wall on the 21,000-foot Meru Peak, in India. The movie

won the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award this year, proving that Chin’s just as adept with moving images as he is with still photos. Today he’s busy churning out new films and commercial projects for major brands like Apple and Land Rover. But that doesn’t mean he’s sedentary. “I love being a climber and a skier and a surfer,” he says, from Sayulita, Mexico, where he’s decamped for the

powerful south swell. “The most important thing for me is getting out. The mountains and the ocean provide so much inspiration and life force.” He splits time between Wyoming and New York, where his wife is based, but he can handle the latter for only a short time. “I function better in difficult situations than in normal life,” he says. “Going to the DMV is far more painful than hanging on a wall in minus-20 weather at 20,000 feet. I’m way more chill up there.”


GAME CHANGERS 2016

MARK BELL

The “Meathead” who’s huge on social media BY SEAN HYSON

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Every fit guy knows the gym attracts odd characters here and there—the dude who yells at his weights, or doesn’t wash his socks. But Mark Bell takes eccentric to an all-new level. Case in point, his voice mail greeting: “You’ve reached Mark Bell, owner of Super Training Gym and inventor of the Sling Shot—and the question mark.” Huh? Who knows. But, as strange as he is, it’s clear that Bell isn’t your average trainer—or CEO. With 250,000 followers on one of his Instagram accounts alone (@marksmellybell) and nearly 180,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel (supertraining 06), Bell is one of the most visible fitness gurus on the web. A world-class powerlifter with a 1,080-pound squat to his credit, Bell, whose nickname is “Smelly,” first shot to fame as a candid, larger-than-life trainer in the 2008 hit documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster. In 2010, he invented the Sling Shot, a broad elastic band with sleeves that helps you bench press more OCTOBER 2016

safely. The company he founded to sell it, Super Training Products LLC, is projected to make eight figures this year. “My slogan,” says Bell, “is ‘Make the world a better place to lift.’ ” Bell’s meteoric rise owes much to his endless supply of charisma—and, specifically, his ability to make the niche world of bodybuilding appealing to outsiders. Catchphrases he’s dropped in his YouTube vids have become T-shirts and hashtags—“strength is never a weakness,” “I’ve got 99 problems but my bench ain’t one”—and the campy music video he released this spring, titled Meathead Millionaire, in which he raps about his gym (celebrating its 10-year anniversary), products, and passion for lifting. Bell’s COO, Will Erb, says Bell is working to make strength training the next yoga. “No matter who you are, there’s a yoga for you. It’s not a workout any more; it’s a lifestyle. The same with lifting. How can we make it palatable or interesting to the everyday person?” MEN’S FITNESS

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GAME CHANGERS 2016

B. BONIN BOUGH

T H E C R E AT I V E G E N I U S WHO’S TEAMED WITH LEBRON TO RAISE CLEVELAND’S GAME BY MICHAEL RODIO

That time a single Oreo tweet owned the Super Bowl XLVII blackout? That was B. Bonin Bough’s idea. And when Gatorade launched its real-time “Mission Control?” Yup, Bough again. As chief media and e-commerce officer of food giant Mondelez International, Bough is an advertising titan who’s overseen billions in marketing and ad dollars for some of the world’s biggest brands. But this past summer, the tireless, whip-smart marketing whiz outdid even himself by creating a once-in-a-lifetime publicity stunt even most daredevils considered simply insane: He paid professional skydiver Luke Aikins, a grizzled dude with 16,000-plus jumps to his name (and a credit on Iron Man 3 ) to leap out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute, hoping (and, we’d guess, praying) he’d land on a net suspended 200 feet above the California desert. And of course the entire spectacle, to

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100-by-100-foot net. “At the end of the day, we made history,” Bough says. But the unrivaled master of grabbing the public’s attention isn’t just an ad king—he’s forayed into publishing and made waves there, too. For example, on the cover of his book Txt Me —which came out in August and explores how texting has revolutionized everything from youth rebellion to political engagement to sexual behavior—he printed his actual phone number so readers could give him one-onone feedback. Bough’s also stepped into the TV spotlight as host of a CNBC series produced by LeBron James, Cleveland Hustles, a sort of Shark Tank -meets- Our Town in which he mentors local entrepreneurs hoping to achieve their dreams in Believeland— the nickname Cavaliers fans have bestowed on their city. “Small businesses need to think bigger,” Bough says. “Most people find millions of reasons why they can’t do something. Very few people say, ‘I can, and I’m gonna find out how.’ ”

STEPH CURRY

The baller who’s truly a Warrior B Y JA S O N A DA M S

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being a thing of fanboy fantasy and move into the realm of plausible argument, you know you’ve become one of a handful of basketball players touched by the hand of God. When you start to beat the greatest player ever at his own game—like, say, leading your team to the best single-season NBA record ever—you know God is now using that hand to shake yours, with an added pat on the back for a job well done. ¶ Steph Curry, the three-point sharpshooter who’s racked up back-to-back MVP nods, All-Star games, and All-NBA first-team honors these past two seasons, also became the regular-season scoring champ in 2016, all the while leading his Golden State Warriors to that unprecedented 73 wins. And all this just a year after helping them clinch their fourth championship. ¶ Off the court, Curry trades hustle for humility, playing another pivotal role: that of doting father and in-this-together husband. He’s also been a staunch advocate, from ESPYs stage to public service announcements, in the fight to stop gun violence. No wonder fellow MVP and All-Star Kevin Durant decided to join him for another run for a ring in the Bay Area next season. ¶ God, we’re betting, will, too.


SCOOTER BRAUN

THE MUSIC BOSS WHO BECAME THE BIEBER WHISPERER B Y K A R E N VA L B Y

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Braun made the same promise to himself we all make: The 206-pound businessman behind Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and many other artists swore he’d hit the gym and get his body right. ¶ Except he actually did it. ¶ Now clocking in at 178 pounds, the former college basketball player finally recognizes himself when he looks in the mirror. “For 10 years I let myself go because all I was focusing on was my career,” he says. ¶ And what a career: The party promoter–turned–record label owner was the steady tether during Bieber’s spiraling out, guiding him back to his comeback tour last year, he also joined forces with West in 2016 to orchestrate the hip-hop megastar’s groundbreaking Adidas Yeezy deal. ¶ The foundation of Braun’s recent successes is his fitness, he says. He circuit-trains five days a week, plays basketball once a week, and meditates. He credits his newfound motivation to a doctor’s warning that his LDL cholesterol levels were through the roof. “He told me, ‘With your stress levels and lack of sleep, I can guarantee you a heart attack within the next five to 10 years.’ ”

BRENT SAUNDERS

THE PHARM BOSS WHO DECLARED WA R O N FAT BY MICHAEL RODIO

Back in 2003, Brent Saunders took the biggest risk of his career. Then a young dad with a baby at home and a new house, Saunders walked away from a partnership at PricewaterhouseCoopers, accepted a 66% salary cut, and started over again in the business world. Smart move: Now CEO of Allergan (most famous for Botox), Saunders is following up the pharmaceutical giant’s blockbuster cosmetic drugs by introducing Kybella, the first FDAapproved injection to destroy double chins (OK, “submental fat”) without surgery. “It’s a stubborn area—even some guys who are quite fit have it,” says Saunders, who, at a fresh-faced 46, is one of the youngest Fortune 500 chief executives in the country. “I think it’s going to be a real door opener for men looking to enter the facial-aesthetics market.” You won’t find much cellulite on him, though. When Saunders isn’t with his family or working on the next wonder drug— mental health is his next big focus—he’s at the gym by 5 a.m. for functional strength and cardio. Everything else, he says, is secondary. “You can’t be great at everything,” he explains. “So you have to pick the most important things and do them exceedingly well with tremendous passion. Without sacrifice, you’ll never reach excellence.”

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The HBO star who got jacked in jail BY JULIAN SANCTON

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Riz Ahmed. “Bowie, Prince, Brexit, the American presidential election, Iraq…” Frankly, I’d expected the 33-year-old actor and rapper to instead list the many blessings 2016 has conferred on him: roles in two major franchise films (Jason Bourne and December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) a critically admired album (“Englistan,” about the complexities of being a British Muslim), and a smash-hit HBO series, The Night Of. But not that he doesn’t appreciate how transformational this year—particularly The Night Of—has been, both for his career and for his body. To grow from a scrawny, naive Queens kid into a Rikers-hardened badass over the course of the eight-episode season, Ahmed worked with trainer Ben Glassman of The Lab in New York. “I switched from metabolic conditioning workouts—with a ketogenic diet to burn fat and get really trim—into big compound lifts and almost no cardio,” says Ahmed. He also relied on yoga and Pilates to maintain good posture and avoid injury while training six days a week, often after a full day’s shoot. As for mental fitness? “The Headspace [meditation] app that Andy Puddicombe developed,” says Ahmed. “It’s a really effective tool not just for relaxation but also focus.” To tune out everything that’s going on in his life—and in the world. Q OCTOBER 2016

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they pack more health benefits into each serving than other foods you might think are healthier. With the help of some of the country’s top nutritionists and the most recent research, we put together lists of the most nutrient-dense foods—that is, those that give you the most nutritional bang for your caloric buck—in six categories, and show you how to combine them into delicious, nutrient-packed meals every single day.


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SALMON ( L E F T ) WITH:

Acorn squash, chard, pistachios, parsley, lemon

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1) Oily fish (salmon, anchovies, sardines, mackerel) So-called oily fish has a higher fat content, which means more omega-3 fatty acids, as well as lots of protein and high vitamin D levels. Additionally, some studies have shown oily fish to have beneficial effects on heart disease, prostate cancer, vision loss, and dementia. ¶ It’s easy to use in meals: Salmon, for example, works with any cooking technique and seasoning; anchovies dissolve into sauces (making them taste balanced and robust rather than fishy); and high-quality canned sardines and mackerel, which are becoming increasingly available, are great snacks—just drain well and serve with a squeeze of lemon. 2) Chicken

3) Grass-Fed Beef

4) Eggs

5) Greek Yogurt & Kefir

High in protein but relatively low in fat and calories, chicken is a dietary staple that is easy to cook and takes to just about any seasoning. You can even grind it in a food processor and use in place of ground beef.

Grass-fed beef has more vitamins (e.g., up to 10x more A), minerals, and omega-3s than grain-fed. Don’t buy preground, which may come from hundreds of cows; have a butcher grind it, or pulse cubed meat in a processor.

Egg whites are almost all protein, with minimal calories. But the yolk is where all the other nutrients are. For scrambled, use one whole egg for every four egg whites. (Add turmeric for flavor and extra nutrients.)

Greek yogurt (which has had the whey strained out) has fewer carbs and more protein than regular yogurt. Use kefir, a fermented milk product similar to thin yogurt, to replace milk in smoothies and on cereal.

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SCRAMBLED EGGS ( R I G H T )

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Q Deconstruct your omelet: Pairing scrambled eggs with a fresh tomato-oregano salad looks heartier—which means psychologically it’ll seem filling—than a watery tomato omelet.

Q Kefir makes a rich dressing to add to berries and walnuts to create a satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dessert dish (honey optional). It even doubles as a nutritious pickme-up after a grueling workout.

Super vegetables 1) Cruciferous greens (Chinese cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, collards)

If anything deserves the term superfoods, it’s cruciferous vegetables. They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and sulfuric compounds called glucosinolates, which have shown promise in reducing lung and colorectal cancer risk. They can be eaten raw or cooked; try using Chinese cabbage (aka napa cabbage and bok choy) or brussels sprouts in place of regular cabbage in coleslaw. 2) Leafy greens (chard, spinach, watercress)

Super fruits 1) Blueberries Blueberries have it all: mega antioxidants (organically grown berries have even higher levels), anthocyanins, resveratrol, quercetin. They’re also superlow maintenance: You can eat them by the handful fresh from the farmers’ market, add them to oatmeal and smoothies, or freeze them for later use—they’ll retain virtually all their nutrients.

4) Winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, kabocha)

Always choose darker greens like spinach, chard, and especially watercress, which is high in vitamin K, beta-carotene, and the cancer-fighting compound PEITC.

A top source of carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin), roasted or boiled squash boosts salads and pastas. And don’t forget edible seeds, like pepitas (pumpkin).

3) Seaweed

5) Onions

Seaweed is full of iron and vitamin C. Get premade seaweed salads, add spirulina powder to offset smoothies’ sweetness, and shred toasted nori sheets over eggs and salads.

Onions have more antioxidants than other veggies, mostly in the outer layers, so peel off only the papery coating and sauté or roast whole at 400° for 1 hour to eat in place of baked potato.

Strawberries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tart green strawberries have also become a trendy addition to salads and savory dishes.

tomatoes. Swap watermelon cubes for tomato in green and grain salads, toss minced watermelon into any salsa, and serve grilled watermelon slices topped with watercress.

3) Watermelon

4) Tomatoes

This high-fiber, low-cal summer staple has more lycopene than

Tomatoes (yes, they’re really a fruit) are high in dozens of phytonutri-

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ents and are perhaps the most heart-healthy vegetable. 5) Lemons A prime source of the anticancer compound limonin, vitamin C–rich lemons can be squeezed over everything; or blend one—peel and all—with parsley, oregano, and garlic for a marinade.


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GRILLED CHICKEN ( R I G H T ) Quinoa, tomato, parsley, almonds, watercress, lemon juice, garlic, yogurt

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Q Garlic-andlemon-spiked yogurt makes a quick sauce for grilled chicken. Adding tomato, parsley, and almonds to quinoa evokes the Middle Eastern salad tabbouleh. Garlic slices fried quickly in olive oil add a surprising twist to peppery greens like watercress— and almost anything else.

Bulk up the nutrients of a plain chicken breast with garlic, lemon, and almonds.

Super herbs and spices 1) Parsley Think of parsley as an herb and a salad green. Italian parsley dressed with olive oil, salt, and a squeeze of lemon adds a refreshing contrast to rich grilled salmon or steak. Parsley and garlic form the basis for many easy no-cook all-superfood sauces: Blend with olive oil and oregano to make the Argentinian steak sauce chimichurri; chop with lemon zest for a Milanese gremolata; add anchovies and lemon juice and you’ve got a powerhouse salsa verde for fish; and blitz with walnuts for a twist on a tasty pesto.

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2) Turmeric

3) Cinnamon

4) Oregano

5) Garlic

Its earthy, peppery flavor comes from curcumin, a phenol with antibacterial properties. The spice pairs well with scrambled eggs, salad dressings, and even dessert.

Cinnamon, with its essential oils full of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, boosts both savory dishes (like steak or cooked grains/ lentils) and desserts.

Oregano’s bacteriafighting oils kill some infections faster than drugs, one study found. Use it to season meats, or mince it with tomato, garlic, and anchovies for a quick Italian salsa.

Slice the tops off heads of this virus-/bacteriafighting, cholesterolcutting herb; roast at 400° for 1 hour. They keep in the fridge for a week and add buttery flavor to dishes.

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Q Egg whites and hard- boiled eggs Q Chicken breast Q Beef sirloin (a lean but tasty cut)

Q Greek yogurt Q Black beans Tip: Blend black beans with onion, garlic, and lemon juice as a dip for steamed broccoli.


Super grains and beans 1) Barley You love it in beer—but make it one of your whole-grain staples, too. Barley has a nutty flavor and is packed with nutrients like manganese, selenium, vitamin B1, and a type of fiber that digests slowly to help stabilize glucose levels—and keep you feeling full longer. Eating it regularly can also lower blood cholesterol, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported. 2) Oats

4) Navy and Black Beans

Oats are tops for manganese (crucial for bone health and glucose control) and fiber. Swap steel-cut oats for risotto.

Navy beans are high in omega-3s; black are a rich protein source. BTW, canned beans are as nutritious as fresh.

3) Quinoa

5) Lentils

The rare grain with all nine essential aminos, quinoa’s also packed with antioxidants.

High in omega-3s/fiber, lentils cook quickly and pair well with turmeric and cinnamon.

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CHIA PUDDING ( R I G H T ) Chia seeds, almond milk, dark chocolate, strawberries

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Q Scrap the tapioca mix: This raw pudding is just chia seeds soaked overnight in almond milk and garnished with fresh strawberries and the darkest chocolate you still like. No extra sweetener needed!

Super nuts and seeds 1) Cacao nibs and dark chocolate (the darker, the better) Yep, chocolate. Cacao nibs, the unsweetened, plant-based source of prepared chocolate, have a high flavonoid content—comparable to that of tea, grapes, and berries—as well as fiber, iron, and copper. They’re subtly bitter but contrast well in sweets and even on pasta (in place of bread crumbs) or in salads for a nice crunch. With prepared chocolate, the key is finding the darkest chocolate you can still enjoy, then eating it daily in moderation as a snack or dessert.

2) Pistachios

4) Almonds

A very low-calorie nut (30 pistachios have only 100 calories), pistachios are one of the only nuts to contain the antioxidant carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin (also found in winter squash).

Along with tomatoes, eggs, and onions, almonds—the seed of the fruit of the almond tree—are a good source of biotin, a B-complex crucial for fat/sugar metabolism. Unsweetened almond milk (sub it in for dairy) is almost as nutritious as whole almonds.

3) Chia Seeds An Aztec staple, chia seeds have lots of calcium, omega-3s, and antioxidants. They can absorb about 10 times their weight in liquid, so they make a great pudding. (Mix with coconut or almond milk and let sit overnight.) Tiny and almost tasteless, they can also be sprinkled on anything or coated on meat/fish as a crust.

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Ask Men’s Fitness Can I eat cheese and still be fit? Man, I do not want to give it up! L E S F. , C A S P E R , W Y

Yes, you can have your cheese and stay fit, too. According to sports dietitian Christina Strudwick, C.S.S.D., founder of The Fueled Athlete, “Cheese can be part of a healthy lifestyle when it’s unprocessed and eaten in moderation.” Just think natural (like everything from our favorite family of cheesemakers—the BelGioiosos). That’s not all. “Cheese has lots of nutrients, like filling protein and bonebuilding calcium,” says dietitian Amy Gorin, R.D.N. Its biggest plus is by far its protein content. Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella have 7–8 grams per ounce, which can help pack on muscle. Hard cheeses can also lower blood pressure—especially Grana Padano, a new study has found. And ricotta is packed with whey, the most satiating of all proteins, Finally, always go for quality cheeses. Just watch the quantity, and err on the side of “Damn, that tasted great,” not “Damn, I can’t buckle my belt.”

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sets of three reps using 50–60% of your one-rep max, resting one minute between sets. Do these reps as explosively as you can, lowering and pressing the bar fast. On both days, after benching, “do either dumbbell pressing or some pushup variation,” says Morris. “I’d also hammer triceps and upper back to death.” For reference, the combine record since 2000 is 49 reps, done by 303-pound Oregon State University defensive tackle Stephen Paea. So, yeah, good luck!

have seen better days, it’s easy to get them looking—and smelling—like new again,” says cleanandscentsible .com’s Jenn Lifford. First, remove the laces; use a dry brush to loosen dirt, debris, and mud in the grooves of the soles; treat major

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stains with a laundry stain remover; and take a wet Magic Eraser to the dirty, nasty-looking rubber parts. (And when you’re done with that, use it on your golf clubs, bike helmet, tire rims, even a scummy bathtub—the thing’s amazing, and we’re not getting paid to say that.) Put the shoes and laces in the washer with detergent, plus a cup of vinegar if the shoes are extra smelly. For dark or colored shoes, use cold water to avoid fading; otherwise, wash on warm. But never use hot—it’s likely to weaken the glue on the shoes. When the cycle’s done, do not put your Chucks in the dryer—just let them dry naturally. If you’re in a real hurry, stuff the insides with paper towels and they’ll dry faster.

Shorty the barber Enlightened advice from grooming expert Shorty Maniace

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Shorty Maniace is the owner of J.P. Kempt Barber & Social in San Francisco. E-mail him at askshorty@mens fitness.com.

If you get out of the shower and can’t figure out where your beard ends and your pubes start, it’s too long. If people start asking you for your autograph, thinking you’re someone from Duck Dynasty, it’s too long. Longer beards—lumberjack beards—are out of fashion. Yeah, there are still guys who carry on with it, but supertrendy it’s not. But if that doesn’t bother you, and you don’t have really thin facial hair that makes you look like Che Guevara, grow it as long as you want. Join one of those beard competitions. Have fun with it. Just take good care of it. You can use normal shampoo on it—do that once every two weeks, or even every week, just the way you wash your hair: Use a moisturizing shampoo, and definitely condition it, preferably with a conditioner that has spearmint or peppermint, which is really good at getting the natural oils to come out of your skin and into the beard. Then there are beard oils, balms, and waxes (not just mustache waxes) that are really good for shaping a beard— just don’t make it really thin and raspy at the ends. And Proraso has a great hot-oil treatment. And keep it shaped nicely. Bottom line, no matter how long it is, if your beard’s looking really scraggly and sparse and broken at the ends, trim that sucker.

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deeper penetration. And bone up (so to speak) on your oral skills for clitoral stimulation.

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Having a smaller penis doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy a lover. During sex, the walls of a woman’s vagina close just a third of the way into the vaginal canal; that means it’s the girth or movement—not the depth of penetration—that matters. But stimulating the clitoris and the G-spot (1 to 2" in, on the vagina’s front side) is what will give her a mind-blowing orgasm. Be aware: It can take 17 minutes or more (not four, as some men think!) of clitoral stimulation for a woman to come. Master that and you can be a great lover despite the size of your man parts. DR. NELSON:

I’d love to try a threesome with two women. But how can I bring up the idea so it won’t upset my girlfriend? And if she does agree, are there certain ground rules we should stick to? TA D R . , B A N G O R , M E

Sex with a third person is tricky because it brings a potentially destabilizing element into the relationship. So when you discuss it with her, I’d focus on 1) creating a new fantasy experience with her and 2) her needs and pleasure. That is, be sure it’s about bringing you closer, not providing a guilt-free way for you to have sex with another woman.

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D R . A A R O N : You may not be as small as you think. In a recent British study of more than 15,000 men, average penis size was 5.16"—and more than half of the men were within just an inch of each other. But assuming you are actually smaller, there are still many ways to satisfy a woman. In terms of positions, try doggy style for

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You know how most women judge whether a man they meet is date-able? They wait till he opens his mouth. A gorgeous guy can be boring once he starts talking, and a not-as-good-looking guy can be a total turn-on because he’s incredibly interesting—and nothing’s sexier than that. So it sounds as if you’ve answered your own question: “Try it anyway?” Yes! You know you’re being superficial, so give her a chance and see if there’s chemistry. She might be truly fabulous—and think you are, too. DR. NELSON:

D R . A A R O N : We can’t control whom we’re attracted to, so there’s no use feeling guilty about it. Your dad might like your mom’s body type, but that doesn’t mean you will—or should. Physical appeal is an important part of attraction. Some people may find this view politically incorrect, but who’s going to be in your relationship—you or them?

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To avoid jealousy, tell her you think a threesome could be really hot for her, not just for you. But: It’s best to avoid doing it with someone she knows or you could set yourself up for a problem: Are you comparing her with her friends? Do you desire someone else? Instead, let her pick the girl so you both feel secure. Also, set the rules for kissing, oral, and intercourse before you get into bed. You could find that after all this talk, you’re so excited you don’t even need a threesome!

film with beautiful (but awful) actors about a threesome that goes badly awry—and float the idea then. Worst case, she laughs it off but you guys still get off to the porniest film on Netflix! JENA

When I meet a girl from Tinder and see she’s a little overweight, I get really turned off. But my mom’s chubby and my dad always loved her…So should I just close my eyes and try it anyway?


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It’s refreshing to see a simple workout. These days most trainers go the trendy route, with routines that are more “YouTube blooper reel” than “proven muscle builder.” Kevin Hart’s trainer, Ron “Boss” Everline (just-train.com), on the other hand, is defiantly old-school. His routine has no Bosu ball squats, no Olympic lifts, no fancy machines—it’s nothing dangerous and nothing you can’t do at home. But it’ll build you an incredible upper body, as Hart’s physique in Central Intelligence proves. And it takes just 30 minutes per workout.

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Get ripped 1A BENCH PRESS Lie back on a bench and grasp the bar with hands just outside shoulder width. Arch your back and tighten your glutes and abs. Plant your feet firmly. Pull the bar out of the rack and lower it to your sternum. Push your feet into the floor as you press the bar back up.

How it works Q Hart’s routine focuses on the most basic upper-body builders known to man: the bench press, pushup, row, curl, and dip. Group them and perform them as circuits, and you’ll work the muscles as well as the heart, promoting both size gains and fat loss in a short workout.

Directions Perform the exercises marked with a letter (“A,” “B,” and “C”) as a circuit. So you’ll do one set of each in sequence before resting as prescribed. Repeat for three circuits each (three sets of each move). Complete all the circuits for the first group of exercises before going on to the next one.

ts: 3 Reps: As many possible Rest: 0 sec.

Place your hands on the floor at shoulder width and extend your legs behind you. Brace your abs. Lower your body until your chest is about an inch above the floor. Press back up. Do as many reps as you can with perfect form, but stop two reps shy of failure.

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1C SLED ROW/DUMBBELL ROW Sets: 3 Reps: Pull the sled 20 dumbbell rows Rest: 90 sec.

Attach a suspension trainer or other straps with handles to a sled loaded with moderate weight. Grasp the straps with palms facing each other; step back so the straps are fully extended. Explosively row the handles to your sternum, pulling the sled. That’s one rep. Back up and repeat for 20 yards. If you don’t have a sled and straps, do one-arm dumbbell

2A INCLINE DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS Sets: 3 Reps: 10 Rest: 0 sec.

Set an adjustable bench to a 30- to 45-degree angle and lie back against it with a dumbbell in each hand. Press the dumbbells from chest level to straight overhead.

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2C BENCH DIP Reps: As many ble Rest: 90 sec.

Place your hands on a bench behind you at shoulder width. Rest your feet on another bench or box in front of you. Slowly lower your body until your upper arms are parallel to the floor, and then extend your elbows.

2B DUMBBELL CURL Sets: 3 Reps: 10 Rest: 0 sec.

Stand holding a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing your sides. Without letting your upper arms drift forward, curl the weights, rotating your wrists outward so that your palms face you in the top position. Hold for a moment and squeeze your biceps.

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15-minute feasts Make delicious, unforgettable, ab-friendly meals in less time than it takes to read this article BY MEGHAN LEHMANN PHOTOGR APHS BY WILLIAM AND SUSAN BRINSON

We have a confession: We titled this “15-Minute Feasts” because it sounds catchy. But most of these recipes don’t take 15 minutes to make…they actually take less than that. OK, if you lost one or both hands in a vending-machine accident so you’re cooking with hooks, you may need longer. But barring that, we’re talking an average of eight to 10 minutes, start to finish. And they taste fantastic: creamy pasta, gravy-soaked beef, rich chicken stew, spicy buffalo chicken rolls. Oh, and did we mention that they’re superhealthy—low in fat, high in protein—too? Your days of being so tired you “have to” order in pizza are over. These meals will land on your plate a lot faster—and treat your body a lot better.

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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp with Pasta MAKES: 2 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 2 MINUTES COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1 3

tsp coconut oil tbsp garlic, chopped Crushed red-pepper flakes

2

cups organic zucchini washed and cut into ¼-inch half moons

16 oz shirataki noodles, rinsed, drained, and cut into 3- to 5-inch pieces 12 oz peeled and cooked white shrimp ¼

cup fresh lemon juice Salt

DIRECTIONS

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Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat and coat with oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring until it turns golden brown. Add a pinch of red pepper and zucchini; cook until zucchini is soft (2 minutes).

2) Add noodles and shrimp and cook, stirring gently until excess water has evaporated (about 2 minutes). 3) Once all liquid has evaporated, add lemon juice and turn off heat. Season with salt to taste, and serve immediately. N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

Buffalo Chicken Rolls (page 110) MAKES: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 3 MINUTES COOK TIME: 5–6 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

2

tbsp coconut oil

3–4 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded ½

cup wing sauce

4

whole-wheat rolls

1

cup blue cheese, crumbled

2

celery stalks, cut into 3-inch pieces

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Pour oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add chicken and wing sauce and cook to warm (3 to 4 minutes).

2) Evenly divide chicken between rolls. Sprinkle blue cheese on top (2 minutes). Serve with celery. N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

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Salt and pepper 5

garlic cloves, crushed

14 oz bag frozen pepper-and-onion mix (We like Trader Joe’s.) 2

cups canned whole

Heat a skillet and coat with oil. Season both sides of pork with salt and pepper. Place it in skillet and brown each side evenly over high heat, about 1 minute per side. Remove browned pork and set aside.

2) Reduce heat slightly and add garlic to

skillet and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Add onionand-pepper mix, tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a simmer. 3) Once simmering, add pork and cook until cooked through (at least 3 to 4 minutes). Once pork is cooked, meal is ready to serve. N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

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White Bean and Chicken-Sausage Stew MAKES: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 4 MINUTES COOK TIME: 7–11 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1

tbsp coconut oil

4–6 fully cooked plain chicken sausage links 2

garlic cloves, sliced thinly

1

can low-sodium cannellini beans, rinsed

1

14.5 oz can low-sodium organic chicken broth

1

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes Thick handful of kale leaves, torn into 2-inch pieces Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

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Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot or pan. Add sausage and cook until browned (2 to 3 minutes).

2) Add garlic, beans, broth, and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil (3 to 5 minutes). 3) Lower heat to a simmer and add kale. Stir occasionally until kale has wilted (2 to 3 minutes). Add salt and pepper. Serve immediately. N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

252 calories, 20g protein, 25g carbs, 9g fat

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Salt and pepper, to taste 6

MAKES: 4 SERVINGS PREP TIME: 2 MINUTES COOK TIME: 6–8 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

1

tsp coconut oil, divided

12 oz grass-fed beef tenderloin, sliced into strips

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cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets (if frozen, set out to defrost)

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cups frozen, precooked rice

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cup cold water

2½ tbsp instant brown gravy mixed with 1 cup cold water

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tbsp sugar-free, reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

DIRECTIONS

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Pour ½ tsp oil in a skillet over high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Then add half the meat to heated skillet and stir, browning evenly (about 1 minute). Remove beef and set aside on a plate.

These recipes average just eight to 10 minutes to make. Use the extra time to tear up your takeout menus.

2) Add remaining oil and repeat the process with second half of beef. Reduce heat in the now empty pan and add broccoli and rice. Cook until all water has evaporated (2 to 3 minutes). 3) Add water, gravy, and teriyaki sauce to pan. Simmer until thickened into a

gravylike texture, stirring as needed (1 minute). Season with salt and pepper and serve. N U T R I T I O N (PER SERVING)

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Circuit training gets you ripped by keeping you busy between sets By Chris Doukakis Photographs by James Michelfelder

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Want to burn more calories? No need to get stuck on one particular exercise or train for twice as long—just don’t sit down. ¶ Simply keeping your body moving during a workout, especially between sets, raises your metabolism and promotes fat loss better than any gimmick. Follow this program for four weeks and you’ll get the results you’ve been restless for.

How it works Q These routines use circuits— exercises done back to back without rest—to train the whole body, making the most of every second you spend in the gym. The key is to vary the intensity, mixing hard moves with easier ones so you burn the most calories without burning yourself out. (After all, a workout is no good if you can’t finish it.) So between sets of squats and rows, for instance, you’ll do rope jumping, which will keep you moving but not completely exhaust you. You’ll stay energized enough to give subsequent sets your best effort, while also making your downtime between sets work for you—and your abs. Perform each workout Directions (Day I, II, III, and IV) once per week. Rest a day between workouts II and III. Exercises marked with a letter are done in sequence without rest in between. Complete them and then rest a minute afterward, and repeat for the total number of prescribed sets. So you might do one set of A, then immediately a set of B and then C before resting. Complete all the exercises in one group before moving on to the next.

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1A FRONT SQUAT Grasp the bar with hands at shoulder width and raise your elbows until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. Take the bar out of the rack and let it rest on your fingertips. Step back and set your feet at shoulder width with toes turned slightly out. Squat low, but don’t lose the arch in your lower back.

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1B BENTOVER DUMBBELL ROW Sets: 4 Reps: 8 Rest: 0 sec.

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and bend your hips back until your torso is about parallel to the floor. Keep your lower back in its natural arch. Row the weights to your sides with palms down, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top.

Attack your fat 1C ROPE JUMPING

2A LAT PULLDOWN

Sets: 4 Reps: 50 jumps Rest: 60 sec.

Sets: 4 Reps: 10 Rest: 0 sec.

Make sure the handles of the rope measure up to chest level. Swing the rope, using only your wrists, and jump just high enough to clear it.

Grasp the handle with hands outside shoulder width and pull it to your collarbone. Drive your elbows down and back, and allow the weight to pull you slightly forward and stretch your lats at the top of the lift.

2B BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT Sets: 4 Reps: 10 (each leg) Rest: 0 sec.

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand lunge length in front of a bench. Rest the top of one foot on the bench behind you. Bend both knees and lower your body until your rear knee nearly touches the floor. Keep your torso upright.

2C ROPE JUMPING ets: 4 Reps: 50 jumps est: 60 sec.

3A ICE SKATER HOP ets: 3 Reps: 20 (each g) Rest: 0 sec.

From a standing position, jump to your left a few feet and stick the landing as you reach the trailing leg behind and to the outside of the front leg, like a skater on ice. Repeat on the opposite side.

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3B BACK EXTENSION Sets: 3 Reps: 20 Rest: 0 sec.

3C TRICEPS PUSHDOWN Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Rest: 60 sec.

Attach a rope handle to a cable station and hold an end in each hand. Extend your elbows, pushing the handle down and away from your body.

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Use a back extension bench and set the pad to just beneath the crease in your hips. Bend your hips and lower your torso as far as you can without losing the arch in your lower back. Squeeze your glutes as you extend your hips to raise your torso back up.


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Sets: 4 Reps: 50 jumps Rest: 0 sec.

1A DEADLIFT TO TOE SHRUG

See directions in Day I.

Sets: 4 Reps: 8 Rest: 0 sec.

1C INCLINE DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS

Stand with feet hip-width apart and bend your hips back. Grasp the bar just outside your knees and, keeping your lower back in its natural arch, drive your heels into the floor to lift. Come up explosively, so that you’re standing on the balls of your feet at the top of the movement and shrugging your shoulders.

Sets: 2 Reps: 8 Rest: 0 sec.

Set an adjustable bench to a 30- to 45-degree angle and lie back against it with a dumbbell in each hand. Press the dumbbells from chest level to straight overhead. Perform the incline press for the first two sets of the circuit; do the dumbbell bench press for the last two sets.

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1D DUMBBELL BENCH PRESS Sets: 2 Reps: 8 Rest: 60 sec.

Perform as you did the incline press but flatten the bench. Do this for the last two sets of the circuit only.

2C LEG CURL

3A PLYO PUSHUP

3B DEADBUG

Sets: 3 Reps: 12 Rest: 60 sec.

Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Rest: 0 sec.

Lie down on a leg curl machine and line your knees up with its axis of rotation. Hook your feet under the ankle pad and curl your heels up. Avoid extending your lower back. Hold at the top for a second.

Place your hands on the floor at shoulder width and extend your legs behind you. Do a pushup, pressing back up explosively so that your hands leave the floor. Catch yourself on the way down and lower into the next rep.

Sets: 3 Reps: 20 Rest: 0 sec.

2A JERK PRESS Sets: 3 Reps: 10 Rest: 0 sec.

Place the barbell on a rack set to shoulder height. Grasp the bar with hands outside shoulder width and take it out of the rack. Split your stance so one leg is forward and the other trails. Press the bar overhead.

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3C DUMBBELL CURL Sets: 3 Reps: 15 Rest: 60 sec.

Hold a dumbbell in each hand with arms at your sides and palms facing forward. Keep your upper arms still and curl the weights up.

2B JUMP ROPE Sets: 3 Reps: 50 Rest: 0 sec.

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Sets: 3 Reps: 12 Rest: 0 sec.

Sets: 3 Reps: 50 Rest: 0 sec.

Grasp the bar as far apart as is comfortable and duck under it; rest it on your traps or rear delts. Nudge the bar out of the rack and set your feet shoulderwidth apart; turn toes out. Bend your hips back and squat without losing the arch in your lower back.

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Lie on your back on the floor and bend your hips and knees 90 degrees. Raise your arms to the ceiling. Brace your abs and flatten your lower back into the floor. Reach one hand behind your head while extending the opposite leg, letting it hover just above the floor. Reverse the motion and repeat on the opposite side.

1C LYING TRICEPS EXTENSION Sets: 3 Reps: 12 Rest: 60 sec.

Lie back on a bench holding dumbbells in each hand. Press the weights over your chest. Bend your elbows, lowering the dumbbells behind your head, then extend them. Your arms should be angled enough that you feel tension on your triceps—not your elbows—at lockout.

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Hold a kettlebell or a dumbbell in one hand and stand with feet at shoulder width. Bend your hips back, then explosively extend your hips and pull the weight up in front of your body and overhead.

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Sets: 3 Reps: 12 Rest: 60 sec.

Sets: 2 Reps: 15 Rest: 0 sec.

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and shrug your shoulders as high as you can.

Pull your body up until your chin is over the bar.

3A JUMPING LUNGE Sets: 2 Reps: 20 Rest: 0 sec.

Stand in a lunge position and explosively jump as high as you can, switching your legs midair. Land softly and repeat, switching your legs back. That’s one rep.

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3E BALL SLAM Reps: 20 sec.

Hold an eight- to 12-pound medicine ball with both hands; stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Brace your core and reach overhead. Explosively throw the ball into the floor, then catch it.

3F ROPE JUMPING Sets: 2 Reps: 25 jumps Rest: 0 sec.

3G LATERAL RAISE Sets: 2 Reps: 15 Rest: 60 sec.

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Suffering a loss can leave you scrambling to fill the void. For S some, the filler is food. That was the case for New Jersey podiatrist Scott Shrem. ¶ “I’d just opened my own practice and was trying to make ends meet while also going through a tough breakup,” he says. Then his father passed away from cancer. Through it all, Shrem self-medicated with food, ballooning up to 228 pounds. ¶ Finally, with his dad’s death as a wake-up call, he found new purpose. In less than 12 months he got down to 178—his lowest weight ever.

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How did you train to lose the weight? I started lifting weights with a “bro split” [body-part training] five to six days a week. I also used the elliptical, because it hurt my knees and feet if I tried to run.

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What made you stick with it? I saw how my dad ate and how he lived with diabetes and blood pressure issues. Then, his cancer diagnosis really shocked my world. I knew it was a death sentence—I had to change my lifestyle. Yes, at OCTOBER 2016

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back on cardio and revamped my diet to include more lean meats, Greek yogurt, avocados, and carbs from sweet potatoes and whole grains. I was doing cardio six days a week after lifting, which is too much. Now I keep it to three, max. My bench press went up from 185 to 275 for 4–6 reps. I can squat 275 for four. What has this journey taught you? That I can accomplish anything I put

my mind to, and the only one limiting me is myself. Any advice for others who might be in your situation? Start small, then every couple of months reassess your goals. What are your goals now? I hope to get down to 8% body fat for next summer. I want to help motivate my patients in their own weight-loss journeys.

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I feel like my broker is “churning” my account, buying and selling things to generate fees for himself. But I don’t have enough experience to invest on my own. What would you suggest? L AW R E N C E C . , S E AT T L E , WA

My advice? If you see something, say something. One of the major positives to come out of the post-financial crisis regulatory framework is that brokerage firms now take consumer protection much more seriously. Regulators basically camp out at every major bank, and the fines imposed for misbehavior are more onerous than ever. But let’s be clear: There are bad actors out there, real wolves of Wall Street hiding in the dark corners of the finance world, working at obscure brokerages known as “bucket shops,” where investors continue to hand their money over for promises of immense riches that never materialize. (Truth be told, big Wall Street brokerage firms aren’t perfect either.) These outfits

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An argument can be made that it really doesn’t matter who’s in the White House when it comes to the economy. After all, it’s the Federal Reserve’s economy to run. But don’t buy it. Indeed, the Fed gives the economy a jolt. As the nation’s central bank, it “prints money” or buys securities in the market. When banks are flush with cash, interest rates are lower and businesses borrow more cheaply and expand hiring. Average people also borrow more easily; the stock market takes off; and investors buy stocks. All of this happened during the past eight years under President Obama. The economy recovered from the 2008 financial crisis and the stock market soared to record highs. But the reality is much more complicated. An unemployment rate of 5% is usually a great thing. But the stats show that the unemployment rates have dropped in large part because so many people have dropped out of the workforce. Meanwhile, the Obama administration imposed massive regulations on business, and countless small businesses escaped Obamacare health insurance mandates by keeping their hiring low. Don’t forget his rigid tax policy, either. As for the stock market, the rise without a true economy recovery means people are buying stocks not because they believe the economy and corporate earnings are expanding, but because there’s nowhere else to put their money. That means we could be in the middle of the mother of all stock market bubbles, which never ends well. Hillary Clinton promises to expand Obamacare and raise taxes. Her GOP challenger, Donald Trump, says he’ll tamp down Obamacare mandates and lower taxes on individuals and businesses. But Trump may also incite a trade war by imposing tariffs on foreign goods—that’s never a good thing for the economy, either. So, yes, presidents do matter.

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