Eight ways training your abs improves your life.
The dream of washboard abs is probably the ultimate reason why you suffer through long planks and endless sit-ups. But along the way to that six-pack, you’ll see even bigger benefits. Here are eight great reasons to stay motivated on abs day.
1 OWN YOUR SPORT
Core training makes you a better athlete in just about any strength or speed sport, says Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. That’s because a strong core lets you transfer more power to your limbs so you can punch harder, smash a drive farther, and kick a ball with more force.
2 BOOST BALANCE
“A strong core keeps your torso in a more stable position whenever you move, whether you’re playing sports or just doing chores,” says sports medicine specialist Dr J. Christopher Mendler. That helps you avoid injury and makes your movements more efficient. Test your balance: Stand on one leg with your arms extended. If you last 60 seconds, you pass.
3 BEAT BACK PAIN
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Meet Your New Captain America
Once he was handed a certain shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Anthony Mackie became the next evolution of superhero star. He’s been working toward it for 20 years, and, as Brian Raftery learns, we’re only just catching up.
How To Make Sex Even Better
Snack on these foods to get a boost below the belt.
How To Get Her To Make The First Move
Lauren Larson figured out how some men get women to make the first move.
How To Get Superhero Strong
It worked for Deadpool. Now it’ll work for you.
What Is Strength For
For most of the past two million years, men and women needed strength for basically one reason: to not die. But as horse, machine, and computer power slowly replaced manpower, the meaning of strength began to evolve.
Thump-Thump. Thump . . . Thump. (Thump.)
Pro athletes and coaches are using new technology to optimize training according to signals from your heart. Michael easter investigates whether you should, too.
Are You “Manvising” The Woman In Your Life?
Giving advice without being super condescending is an art. Lauren Larson shares the right way to do it.
What We Gain From Pain
We spend millions to escape discomfort, so why do we also shell out for races, workouts, and other events that hurt so bad? Jamie Millar explores what we get from all that agony.
Tune-Up Your Car Knowledge
These routine maintenance checks will keep your ride running smoothly.
Who's More Solid Than Terry Crews?
Who’s more solid than Terry Crews? Who?! Actor, author, fitness freak, spokesman, husband, father, grandfather(!), activist, possessor of a smile that makes a wrong world seem right. Who else shoulders more, does more, gives more? Lauren Larson shares a well-deserved cheat meal with the strongest man in Hollywood.
Win The Cold War
How to make sure winter doesn't freeze your fun and fitness
Bodybuilding Nutrition 101
Class is in session with professor Milos 'The Mind' Sarcev!
Never Giving Up! With Master Trainer Nhu Trieu
Model @nhu_trieu Photography by Vagabond Art Photography | @vagabond_art_photography PR by Ratnip Productions | @ratnipproductions
Are Carbohydrates Anabolic?
Carbohydrates alone won't stimulate protein synthesis. The increases in protein synthesis observed from eating a meal are most likely due to the dietary protein content of the meal.
The Butcher Slices Up Thighs
Leg training with brett wilkin
Active Recovery for the Mind
Your muscles aren’t the only things that need time to rest. Your brain performs better with a little active recovery—but some forms of r&r are better than others.
Join the Resistance
Portable. Cheap. Effective. Resistance bands aren’t just for rehab and warming up; they’re potent and versatile strength and power builders
Gym of the Month: April Fitness (Updated)
This revamped space has all you need to get fighting fit right now—and in the future.
Mind Over Matter
Cover guy Ryan Dugmore is proof that a bulletproof physique starts with an ironclad philosophy.
Optimising the human growth hormone (HGH) can naturally build muscle and cut your gut