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Contents
MEN ’ S JOU RNAL + MARCH 2017
VO L U M E 2 6
NUMBER 2

REAL STRENGTH
BEGINS WITH
THE CORE
Stay in shape for life:
Our annual fitness special
shows you how.
page 37

Find It First
We all crave the next perfect
beach. Here, 15 unspoiled
spots — from Greece
and Nicaragua to the Arabian
Peninsula — that won’t be
a secret for long.
page 48

Jacked
Inside the shadowy and
illicit world of muscle-
building supplements, and
the gym-rat chemists
who are making a killing.
BY GORDY MEGROZ
page 56

Trigger Man
No one trains more cops
than self-described “killologist”
Dave Grossman. But is he
sending the right message to
America’s police?
BY JOSH EELLS
page 62

p h o t o g r a p h by K A R A N K A P O O R MARCH 2017 9 MEN’S JOURNAL


Contents 28
Great flasks
26
The Giulia
and cocktails Quadrifoglio,
to fill them a true stallion

Notebook
16 Travel & Adventure
An inside look at one of the wildest
motocross races in the world.

18 Record Book
What it took to break America’s
coast-to-coast running record.

24 Style
Socks that make a statement.

30 Dispatch
Is Bureau of Land Management director
the toughest job in government? 34
How filmmakers
pulled off the
Health & Fitness incredible shots in
Planet Earth II
45 Grooming
The newest trend in skin care: cleaning
your face and body with charcoal.

46 Health News
How to treat an ankle sprain, the upshot
of heart disease, and more updates.

Gear Lab
68 Trail Running
Everything you need to take your
run off-road.

70 Batteries
Stay juiced wherever you roam.

71 Backpacks
Five bags that carry it all.

72 Cameras
The essentials for an epic action video.

74 Cycling
Bike tools to fix it yourself.

75 Performance Apparel
The vest, spring’s perfect layer.
COURTESY OF ALFA ROMEO; ELIZABETH WHITE;
CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEFT: NICOLE FR ANZEN;

76 Home Appliances
Healthy fried food? Air fryers almost
make it possible.

The Last Word


COURTESY OF MTNLOGIC

78 Carlos Ghosn
The CEO of Nissan and Renault
on competing with Tesla, the key
to living like a Brazilian, and the most
20
Putting new
prized car in his garage. mountain gear
to the test
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by Noe Dewitt. Le Guanahani is a French-Caribbean
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“You never know what
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throw at you. We’ve
seen flood, fire, sandstorms,
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But it’s a beautiful place that
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IS FOOTBALL FOR KIDS? someone who was involved


In sports, as in life, risk is in youth football for more
inevitable no matter what than 25 years, both playing
you’re doing. But after and coaching, I’ve learned
reading “Game Over?” [by so much from the game —
Daniel Duane], I have to teamwork, respect, and Challenging addicts It’s a beautiful place that
wonder why more parents discipline. If it wasn’t for mentally and physically you can’t fully appreciate
aren’t choosing an alterna- football, Levy may not with new adventures helps from an air-conditioned
tive to football, where have had the opportunities wean their minds off 4WD.
devastating neurological he’s been given. Does he drug-related thoughts and BRONWYN STEPHENS
injuries, like what happened think that the wing walking habits. Once someone PRESIDENT, SIMPSON DESERT
to young Brogan in this and skinny-dipping he is inspired to do something BIKE CHALLENGE
story, are far too common. does in the Amazon aren’t great, there is no turning
When even pros like Brett things that pose possible back. I think Burke’s story BEST SUPPORTING ROLE
Favre and Troy Aikman are health risks? proves that. After reading Elizabeth
hesitant to sign up their CHAD MCDEVITT GIANNA MARINARI Weil’s article [“Is Bill Our
own kids for fear of head TAYLOR MILL, KY PHILADELPHIA New Model Husband?”],
trauma, you’ve got to I must admit I feel sorry
ask yourself if the risk is ATHLETES KICK OPIOIDS THE OUTBACK, ON FOOT for couples who are still
worth it. Ryan Burke’s passion for I’ve been going to the having these issues in 2016.
ANDERS GEIPEL assisting people who Simpson Desert for over I’ve been married to my
NEW YORK CITY struggle with addiction, 30 years, and I could wife for 38 years, and we
along with the unorthodox draw many similarities started child-rearing on an
While I understand DeAn- method he uses, is next- between my bike rides and equal footing, so I can’t
dre Levy’s views on the level [“A Climber’s Cure for the crossing of Mark and understand men who seem
health impact of playing Addiction,” by Gordy Sebastian [“Across a to be clueless when it
football, I’m a little taken Megroz]. By summiting the Thousand Dunes,” by comes to raising kids.
aback and sad to see him Tetons’ 50 highest peaks in Sebastian Copeland], Really? Still? When my kids
state that he wouldn’t let his just seven days, he shows right down to the shining were young, I had peers
own children do it [“The how beneficial channeling beacon that is the Birdsville who were proud of the
Most Interesting Man in the pent-up energy into a Hotel. You never know fact that they’d never
NFL,” by Mike Rubin]. As healthy activity can be. what the desert will throw changed a diaper. They
at you; we’ve seen flood, seem to be the type of
fire, drought, headwinds, husband this article
sandstorms, and everything was about. I guess not
in between. Those guys much has changed in the
were nuts for dragging last 38 years.
that much water by cart, ERNIE VAUPEL
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NOTEBOOK

TRAVEL
&ADVENTURE

RED BULL CONTENT POOL

p h o t o g r a p h by JA R N O S C H U R G E R S
Dutch Sandstorm
FOR JUST ONE DAY each November, the sweeping shores of the Hague, in the
Netherlands, transform into the world’s wildest racetrack, with tabletop
jumps, a minefield of ditches, and a thousand pro and amateur motocross
riders vying for a shot at glory. All at the same time. “The feeling of that many
riders all getting ready to start is crazy: You get goose bumps watching it. And
then the gates go down,” says Jarno Schurgers, a local photographer who
snapped this photo from the relative safety of a dune near the starting line as
the bikes came screaming down the beach. The Red Bull Knock Out, as it’s
called, is as much an endurance race as it is a demolition derby, pitting com-
petitors against one another in a series of three 90-minute heats. The final
heat is for the top 750 riders. “People get their bikes completely dug into sand
pits as riders jump over them nearly two at a time,” says Schurgers. Many
thousands of people look down on the pandemonium from the iconic
Scheveningen Pier, as the three-mile track loops several times down the
beach, with race leaders hitting speeds of up to 90 miles per hour on the sandy
straightaway. For those at the back of the pack, it’s total chaos. “The whole
field is completely filled, it’s such an immense mass of riders,” says Schurgers.
“It’s mayhem.” — S H AW N M c C R E E S H

MARCH 2017 17 MEN’S JOURNAL


NOTEBOOK TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

A RECORD DIET
Breakfast was instant
oatmeal, toast, and
a banana, often
FINISH followed by a
New York McDonald’s breakfast
sandwich — no coffee
START 5 but lots of V8 and
Sep. 23
San Francisco Oct. 24
the occasional Diet
Mile 775 4 Mile
1 Coke. During his runs,
2 Oct. 20–21 3,067
Kostelnick threw
Sep. 12, 2016 3 Mile 2,774
Mile 1 back trail mix and
Oct. 11 Gatorade. In his RV
Mile 2,187
at night, his team
prepared homemade
meals, especially red
meat to stave off
anemia. He consumed
10,000 to 14,000
calories daily.

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IN 1980, FRANK GIANNINO JR. ran across the U.S. in (and the same number
46 days. Since then, dozens have tried and failed to beat of socks), which

to Coast that record — three attempts in 2016 alone. Then came


29-year-old Nebraskan Pete Kostelnick, who decided
to take a data-fueled approach. Using Google Maps, he
Kostelnick alternated
throughout. “Most
were straight out of
the box, and I’d

in 42 Days devised the shortest route that would avoid most high
mountain passes. Once on the road, he and his crew car-
ried GPS trackers to make sure they were on the correct
route. His sister even drove ahead to scope out potential
break them in and
rotate them,
especially on a rainy
day. Also I wanted to
How a 29-year-old financial make sure I wasn’t
hazards. “We had our routine down in the second week,”
analyst broke one of America’s says Kostelnick. “A lot of people are less consistent when
getting any overuse
injuries by wearing
oldest running records. they do runs and not as scientific as we were.” Here’s the same pair.”
by DAV I D B R OW N E how he topped a record that once seemed unbeatable.

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LAUNCH Kostelnick had a RAGING THE RAIN By day 43, Kostelnick
Kostelnick trained strict regimen: wake One constant danger Three vehicles had suffered through
by running 30 miles up at 3 AM, eat was narrow or followed Kostelnick, a swollen knee,
every day for three breakfast, run 40 nonexistent road including the RV in aching hips,
months. Upon setting miles, take a lunch shoulders. “You’re which he slept and hamstring issues,
out, he immediately break, then run basically swimming got nightly massages. and tendinitis (which
realized he hadn’t another 30 to 35 with sharks,” he But the car roof over flared up in Yosemite,
counted on one thing: miles. He ended says. “Thousands his head couldn’t forcing him to stop
Bay Area congestion, around 5:30 PM to get and thousands stop him from being for a day). But his
which held up his a full night’s sleep. of cars were driving pelted with two reception in New
support crew and But delays were by, and it would days of precipitation York made up for it.
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created a series of inevitable, including take only one person while running across “We were running
dicey situations. a storm in Utah that to be distracted. Pennsylvania. through Times
“I felt like I wasn’t forced him to walk Sometimes there “Constant heavy Square, and people
getting anywhere the for miles in up to four was nowhere to run rain,” he says. “That were cheering me
first day,” he says. inches of powder. but into a ditch.” was the worst.” on,” he says.

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NOTEBOOK TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

Peter Whittaker,
here on Mount
Rainier, and his
guides have logged
more than a million
vertical feet to
test his new line of
gear, including the
jacket below.

A Mountaineer’s
Gear Gamble
How the scion of the first family of American climbing is
risking it all on a line of guide-designed apparel. by T I M N E V I L L E

I
T ’ S S H O R T LY B E F O R E midnight, at “Are you stoked?” Whittaker booms. “I’m
around 10,000 feet on Mount Rainier, stoked! Let’s finish this thing off in style!”
when a shooting star rips across the sky The 58-year-old has every reason to be
so close you can almost hear it sizzle. Groggy amped. This is the first time he’s had both
climbers are fidgeting with headlamps and of his children clipped into the same rope
harnesses on the edge of Cowlitz Glacier. with him. Kristian, 19, is a freshman at the
Above us, 4,000 vertical feet of steep, icy University of Colorado Boulder and has never
terrain separates the huts at this way sta- climbed Rainier. Whittaker’s 18-year-old
tion, Camp Muir, from the 14,411-foot sum- daughter, Gabriella, has been up the moun- the last of hundreds of ascents that Whit-
FROM TOP: COURTESY OF MTNLOGIC; SHANA NOVAK

mit of Washington’s highest peak — and tain twice, as well as up Kilimanjaro once. taker and his 60-odd guides have made to
Peter Whittaker, co-owner of the guiding “Hope you’re OK with being on the Whit- test and tweak the prototypes for the line of
service Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (RMI), taker rope,” Whittaker says to me. I am, of climbing jackets, pants, and shirts — a stag-
knows every inch of them. The son of moun- course, and I clip in, falling in line behind gering 1.2 million vertical feet of evaluating.
taineer Lou Whittaker, who formed RMI America’s first family of mountaineering as They filled out hundreds of surveys and cre-
in 1969 (and nephew of Jim Whittaker, the we spool off into the night. ated massive spreadsheets to track data. No
first American to summit Mount Everest, Whittaker’s stoke also hinges on the fact decision, from a simple seam placement to a
in 1963), Peter Whittaker has been climbing that this climb puts him one step closer to cuff length, was even considered before the
this peak since his father dragged him up the launch of his outdoor-apparel company, garment had gone through at least 100,000
it in a frigid whiteout when he was 12. He’s MtnLogic Global, which he believes will pro- vertical feet of testing.
been guiding it since he was 16. Tonight will duce a level of designed-in-the-field expertise “We are doing 10 times the testing that
mark his 249th ascent. not seen in years. Tonight’s climb is one of any other company is doing,” says Whittaker.

MEN’S JOURNAL 20 MARCH 2017


I spy, with my little eye,
something beginning with “S.”
Who knows what you’ll see in the backup camera1 of your new 2017 Corolla, but that’s
kind of the point, isn’t it? That’s why it comes standard, along with Toyota Safety Sense™ P.2
Because, even though you might see almost anything, one thing we think you should
definitely see is safety. How many things can you spy that start with the letter “S”? Toyota Safety Sense™ Standard
“Our decisions, the process, have to come 100
percent from being in the mountains.”
For Whittaker, MtnLogic — whose prod-
ucts are made almost entirely from Polartec
fabrics — is a way to finally resolve all the nig-
gling apparel problems he’s encountered over
a lifetime of mountaineering. Whittaker can
cite countless examples of clients shivering RMI guides assessing
snowpack, and
at 13,000 feet because the zippers on their their gear, slopeside.
puffy jackets snagged on bulky materials. Below left: sketches
He’s tired of poorly placed seams. Sleeves for a new jacket.
that are too tight to pull over his altimeter Below: Whittaker.
watch ma ke him
seethe. “Why have
we b e en put t i ng use, even though it’s 40 to 60
up with this shit?” times more expensive.
he says. “We’re like What g uides liked
pilots, constantly and didn’t like was rarely
monitoring our ele- unanimous, but they did
vation and time, and “align,” as Whittaker says.
you can’t even get to As a result, jackets will have
your watch? How is none of those wind flaps. To
this happening?” reduce bulk, pockets and
Whittaker is an seams on outer layers won’t
ox on t he moun- st ack atop pocket s and
tain, but he keeps seams on inner layers. If a
the pace mellow as zipper couldn’t be zipped in
we push our way three seconds or less, Whit-
up Disappointment cuts were clean taker redesigned it. And snaps: “They have no
Cleaver, a fin of rock and lean w it h business being on anything you plan to take
not far from where arms and waists above tree line, because they’re impossible to
he watched an ice tailored to a reach- use with gloves,” he says.
wall collapse and ing body. Hoods fit What is less certain than the quality is
crush 10 of his cli- hats and helmets whether consumers will be willing to shell
ents (plus one guide) equally well. The out a premium for the clothing. Nothing in
to death in 1981. He line they created the 19-item line is cheap. T-shirts with Power
and two other guides had unclipped from the won 14 industry awards, and in four years it Wool start at $80. Jackets with NeoShell, a
rope to assess avalanche conditions above. As was raking in $45 million in annual sales. breathable windproof fabric, will go for $500.
they scouted, the glacier fractured, releasing While nothing went to market without For now at least, Whittaker’s plan is to
thousands of pounds of ice and entombing his approval, Whittaker says the process left keep things small and rely on his in–house
their crew. It remains the worst mountaineer- him wanting to make something free from distribution channel: More than 3,000 people
ing accident in American history. cost concerns — a guide’s dream getup. “It’s climb with RMI every year, and 70 percent of
“The bodies are still there, but they’ll all really easy to make a $3,000 jacket,” says them have never been in crampons. Whit-
melt out in my lifetime,” Whittaker says. Scott Trepanier, director of public relations taker intends to stock his clothing-rental pro-
“When they do, they’ll find a rope with a knot at Columbia Sportswear, “but what’s really gram with MtnLogic, and his clients will see
in it that was meant for me.” hard is making a $500 jacket that competes his guides wearing the same stuff.
In 1984, at 25, he had a shot at becoming with that $3,000 jacket.” “If you’re going to trust us with your lives,
the youngest American to climb Everest, but MtnLogic is essentially Whittaker’s First you’re probably going to trust us when it
his father, now 88, took him off the summit Ascent 2.0, but this time he can do whatever comes to gear,” he says. “We can’t take away
team: Two years earlier, a friend and mentor he pleases, prices be damned. Polartec is foot- the suffering, but we can reduce it.”
of Peter’s, Marty Hoey, had fallen 6,000 feet ing the bill for a year’s worth of design help, As for the Whittaker clan and I, we make
to her death on the same peak, and it spooked but Whittaker is using his own money to the summit after five hours of what proves
Lou. “I was pissed he took me off the team at make the products, so the company’s success to be the least amount of suffering I’ve ever
the time,” Whittaker says. “Today I under- (or failure) rides entirely on his shoulders. had on this mountain. We take pictures. We
stand. I’m a father now, too.” For the past few months, Whittaker and his hug. Kristian does just fine. In a few months,
Despite never having been to college, guides have sometimes actually lived in their Gabriella will request to climb it all over
Whittaker has a keen business sense. When prototypes while working. One guide, Jess again. But we can’t linger, not with 9,000 feet
Eddie Bauer wanted to return to more-hard- Matthews, spent 250 hours straight on Denali, back to the car, so we rope up and head down.
core apparel in 2008, the company partnered wearing a sun hoodie made of Power Dry, a The sun is out, and the views of the toothy
COURTESE Y OF MTNLOGIC (3)

with Whittaker to help launch its mountain- synthetic weave. “I didn’t stink! Or, rather, the valleys and plains below are even more spec-
eering line, First Ascent. He assembled a team shirt didn’t stink,” she says. Other guides over- tacular in the searing light, but it’s the joy of
of some of the best climbers on the planet, whelmingly preferred Power Wool, a blend of exertion in an extremely beautiful place that
including Everest legends Dave Hahn and merino and synthetic fibers, for its ability to makes us glow. And that feeling, of course, is
Melissa Arnot, to design and test the gear. The keep them cool, so that’s what Whittaker will what the best gear is for. Q

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NOTEBOOK

STYLE
&DESIGN 2

Sock
and Awe 4
That space between your
cuff and shoe is the new 1 2 3 4 5
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NOTEBOOK STYLE & DESIGN

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The Italian antidote to Euro-sedan ennui is the stunningly fast
and uncommonly lively Giulia Quadrifoglio, the
Hero first Alfa Romeo sedan sold in the U.S. in 20 years.
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Chrysler, so you might expect a modest project four-door on the road. In comparison with its multi-material body, designed by Ferrari
like the Giulia to borrow a powerplant from German competition, the Giulia feels more engineers, includes weight-saving carbon fiber
one of its other brands. But mille grazie to the reactive and direct, the result of its race-car- in the hood, splitter, spoiler, and driveshaft. An
suits in Turin for letting Alfa develop its own. like steering ratio (11.8:1). Even micro- aero front splitter on the Quadrifoglio moves
The top-tier Quadrifoglio model ($72,000) movements at the wheel alter the car’s course. up and down to improve stability at high
packs an all-aluminum, 505-horsepower, Also invigorating? Its rigid chassis and speeds. And despite the Giulia’s tack-sharp
2.9-liter bi-turbo V6. The lower-specced Ti torque-vectoring rear differential both seem focus on driving at the limit, there are
model ($39,995) gets a two-liter turbo-four to shrink the car around you, making handling accommodations for the real-world commute:
that yields 280 horsepower. Both have an extremely predictable and responsive. As The top-tier model can run on three cylinders
eight-speed automatic that could make you a result, you feel comfortable taking the next to save fuel, and an optional dynamic cruise
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the meaty, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (and its massive red ignition button) and a
triumvirate of digital panels beyond, including a seven-inch color display. The Giulia’s
old-school leanings end at the dash, apparently. Its particular brand of exuberance isn’t
reserved for what’s under the hood: The car’s sheet metal features plenty of flair, too. Up front,
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NOTEBOOK

DISPATCH

Kornze, left, at Nevada’s Red Rocks,


was tested repeatedly by the Bundy crew,
above, after their showdown at the
family’s ranch in Gold Butte.

gloated soon afterward. He added, “The war


has just begun.” Less than two years later,
Ammon and his brother Ryan would lead the
armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National
Wildlife Refuge, escalating an ongoing battle
over the fate of America’s public lands — one
that’s primed to take center stage under the
incoming Trump administration.
Now on his way out of office (he resigned
at the end of Obama’s presidency), Kornze
would still rather not talk about the most
contentious event of his three-year tenure.
In November 2016, after hiking with him at
Colorado’s Browns Canyon National Monu-
ment — one of nine protected areas created
on BLM-managed land during his direc-
torship, I brought up the Bundys. Kornze,
now 38, paused behind the driver’s seat of a
rental car. His normally restrained cadence
tightened even further as he spoke about
lessons learned: The BLM needs to tell “our
own story” before others portray the agency’s

Public Lands Czar work as federal overreach. That way, he says,


“when we have difficult moments, it’s not the
first time or the only time the public hears
about their public lands.”
The Bureau of Land Management is an afterthought
He seems frustrated to be reminded of the
for most Americans. But few people have had more sway over standoff, which is natural. For three years the
how we play outside than its outgoing director, Neil Kornze. guy ushered in a significant shift on 245 mil-
by A B E S T R E E P lion acres of public land, an area that is larger
than Germany and includes Utah’s Grand

T
A L K A B O U T A TO U G H first week cattle, and Bundy’s camo-clad supporters Staircase Escalante Monument, Washing-
on the job. In 2014, just hours after were growing increasingly antagonistic. ton’s San Juan Islands, and Browns Canyon,
Neil Kornze was sworn in as the Kornze, then 35, the eloquent son of a gold a rafting and hiking paradise just outside the
youngest director in the history of the Bureau miner, received a startling phone call from adventure hub of Salida, Colorado. Few peo-
of Land Management (BLM), the federal one of his agents in the field. The deputy said, ple have wielded as much power over the way
agency that manages one-tenth of the nation’s essentially, We’re surrounded. Bundy’s crew Americans recreate and consume energy as
surface area, he found himself facing a vola- confronted BLM workers at a corral holding Kornze has, and directing the BLM is excit-
KEITH RIDLER /ASSOCIATED PRESS

tile standoff in his home state of Nevada. the cattle, and from a highway overpass, men ing as far as government work goes. (Kornze
Militia members in support of rancher Cliven aimed rifles at the agents. Kornze conferred once ate reindeer with a Siberian Yupik tribe
Bundy were threatening BLM agents tasked with his boss, Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, in the Bering Sea.)
with rounding up and removing Bundy’s and told his deputy to do whatever necessary But the job is also somewhat akin to presid-
cattle from public land, where the govern- to avoid bloodshed. The agents walked away, ing over an endless divorce case. The BLM
ment contended they were illegally grazing. and Bundys’ supporters released the cattle. serves ranchers and oilmen, environmental-
The agents had conf iscated hundreds of “We sent them packing,” Bundy’s son Ammon ists and raft guides, loggers and coal miners:

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a diverse constituency that doesn’t often agree


about the direction of America’s vast public
estate. Ask public-land advocates about his
record, and you’ll hear a version of the same
refrain: Kornze drastically improved an
agency that has been derogatorily called the
“Bureau of Livestock and Mining.”
According to Nada Culver, the director
of the BLM action center at the Wilderness
Society, Kornze has led “the transformation
President Barack
of what the agency stands for. It’s no longer Obama created nine
just there to approve permits to drill. It’s also BLM-managed
there to protect wilderness and be a primo national monuments
recreation destination across the West.” during Kornze’s tenure.
In just three years, Kornze led an ambi-
tious effort to create a renewable-energy
program, facilitating the nation’s largest ulation in terms of waste prevention, noting Kornze recalls, “I almost ended up rearrang-
solar project (in California) and wind farm that enough methane is squandered to power ing my face.” More significantly, he oversaw
(in Wyoming). At the same time, he vastly “two Denvers.” a monumental 10-state effort to create a con-

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expanded oil and gas production. “We have And to the delight of the $600 billion servation plan for the greater western sage
more than two years of drilling permits that outdoor-recreation industry, Kornze is the grouse, thereby preventing an endangered
are approved and ready to go,” he says. Yet f irst BLM director to acknowledge what species listing that could have hindered eco-
the BLM also passed a landmark regulation mountain bikers, climbers, hunters, and nomic development in the West.
requiring all oil and gas operators to cap- anglers have long known: Many of the “He was able to bridge some seemingly
ture the methane (a greenhouse gas some 25 nation’s greatest playgrounds exist on BLM- unbridgeable gaps between Congress and
times more damaging than carbon dioxide) and Forest Service–managed lands. In 2013, the Obama administration,” says former
normally lost to venting and f laring. Meth- the BLM turned a largely forgotten parcel of BLM director Pat Shea.
ane is also a large component of natural gas, land on Oregon’s Mount Hood into a world- To steer through that gridlock was a feat;
used across the country for home heating, class mountain-bike destination that receives those familiar with Kornze, a Democrat who
and Kornze is careful to speak about the reg- 100,000 visitors a year. While riding there, previously served as an adviser to former

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of Elko, Nevada, also helped. He spent his is a critical one, no less than a proxy fight for
youth hunting sage grouse and riding ATVs the fate of America’s public lands, given that
and mountain bikes in Nevada’s high desert. the younger Bundys were shockingly acquit-
“I could get to the edge of town in five min- ted for their role in the Malheur takeover. In
utes,” he says, “and have the entire world to recent years, a group of Republican lawmak-
explore.” That world was public land. ers has led a call to “take back” America’s vast
No one knows the Trump administra- public estate and transfer it to the states — an
tion’s plans for those lands, but there’s rea- eventuality that would likely lead to massive
son for concern, especially when it comes to sell-offs. The Bundys represent the most
the BLM’s recent work on renewable energy. fringe element of the take-it-back movement,
Trump’s prospective interior secretary, Ryan but the issue has recently gained a remark-
Zinke, has said that climate change is “not a able level of mainstream acceptance.
hoax, but it’s not proven science, either,” and Suffice it to say, this is not an eventuality
is bullish on fossil-fuel development. Korn- Kornze would welcome, but he doesn’t think
ze’s cherished methane rule will likely be tar- privatization is a clear and present danger.
geted by oil-friendly Republican lawmakers. “I spend a lot of time in the West and a lot
Still, Kornze is circumspect about the of time with community leaders, and I just
new regime. At one point, over pizza, he don’t hear that rhetoric on a personal level,”
Kornze, here in says, “I’m not excited to comment on the next he says. Still, he acknowledges that all the
Moab, is an avid administration.” He reveals little about his messages can have an effect.
mountain biker. plans beyond a desire to spend time with his “If the airwaves are filled with discourse
wife, a First Amendment attorney, and their about privatizing, that should raise real
one-year-old son. “I just hope I have enough questions for folks who love public lands,”
COURTESY OF IBIS CYCLES

Senate minority leader Harry Reid, cite his time,” Kornze says, “to show my son all the he says. “One of the terms I cringe at is when
centrist political skills. To him, the oil- and amazing things that our country has.” people say ‘Forest Service land’ or ‘BLM land.’
gas-industry groups that regularly blast and The Trump administration has now We’re not the owners. We’re the managers.
sue the BLM are just “folks” who are “hav- inherited the awkwardness that is the The American citizens are all public-land
ing their voices heard.” That Kornze grew Bundy trial — Cliven and Ammon are both owners. I only wish that more Americans
up in a family beholden to western extrac- scheduled to face felony charges for the Gold had the opportunity to get out and see and
tive industries in the gold-mining boomtown Butte episode. Close observers say the case experience and be awed by what they own.” Q

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TV

The incredibly
rare snow
leopard returns
in a most
unusual way in
Planet Earth II.

Return to Earth
How an all-star film crew pulled off the most epic nature
documentary of all time. by DAV I D B R OW N E

A
N YO N E W H O ’ S E V E R T R I E D sign that the animal was near. If and when
filming his dog catching a Frisbee the spotter made a discovery, the film crew
knows how tricky it can be to get would rush up a slope with the hope of a quick
decent animal footage. But few know this glimpse, a process that resulted in cases of
better than Justin Anderson, one of the seg- bad altitude sickness that sent Anderson
ment producers of Planet Earth II, the highly down and off the mountain at least once.
anticipated sequel to the BBC’s blockbuster “It wasn’t life-threatening,” he says, “but it
series of nature docs. took me out of the field for a while. It was
Anderson, a part-time mountaineer, had frustrating.” It would require several visits to
been one of the crew who, 10 years ago in the the remote Ladakh mountains — one month-
mountains of Pakistan, captured on video a long trip each year for three years — to nab
snow leopard hunting — the first ever foot- the footage they needed.
age of its kind — for the first Planet Earth. In this case, the footage was unprece-
For the sequel, he was expected to pull it off dented images of a mother snow leopard offer-
again, this time tracking down those rarest ing herself up sexually to two intruding males
of central Asian predators in the mountains so that her young cub could escape unharmed.
of Ladakh in India. “It was such a big char- (Male snow leopards kill cubs who aren’t their
acter [in the first Planet Earth], and we knew own.) Hysterical articles in the U.K. (where A cameraman
we’d have to do something different.” So early the first episode drew 12.3 million viewers, inserts himself
each morning, Anderson and his crew would more than the first series) referred to it as the in possibly the
largest locust
sit, shivering, at a base camp 13,300 feet up, “rape” scene, which left some, like Anderson, swarm ever
awaiting word from local spotters who had scratching their heads. “Saying it was rape, in caught on film.
ventured into the mountains in search of a some of those clickbait headlines, was a little

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The world’s
largest penguin
colony, near
Antarctica

Drones were
used to film a
series of new
sequences.

paraglider was hired to film from behind;


during one attempt, he crash-landed in snow
(without injury, thankfully).
Among their achievements is rare foot-
age from Kazakhstan of the saiga ante-
lope, a species that has the snout of an alien
and dates back millions of years but is now
largely extinct. Recruiting a retired boatman,
“SIXTY CAMERAMEN another crew ventured to the remote island
SHOT FOR A TOTAL of Zavodovski, near Antarctica, to shoot
OF 2,089 DAYS the world’s largest penguin colony. “There’s
nowhere to land for a helicopter, and you’re on
IN 40 COUNTRIES.”
PREVIOUS PAGE, FROM TOP: DAVID WILLIS; ED CHARLES . CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEFT: BBC 2016; ED CHARLES; EMMA BRENNAND

the island with no support, an active volcano,


and a million penguins,” says Gunton. “It was
one of the toughest trips.” A crew in West Afri-
A paraglider
was employed can grasslands wound up pushing their boats
difficult,” he says. “They’re no more capable to film golden barefoot through weed-infested waters in an
of that than a bobcat is capable of murder. I’m eagles attempt to film lions searching for food. They
well versed in the natural world, but I guess swooping. were initially reluctant to take off their shoes,
some people are surprised by what they see.” until they were told why. “You need to be able
to feel the crocodiles before they feel you and
F I R S T B R OA D CA S T I N 2 0 0 6 , the origi- the planet. “We wanted to tell this from the take a chunk out of you,” says Gunton.
nal Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenbor- animals’ perspective,” says executive pro- Changes in technology notwithstanding,
ough in the U.K. and Sigourney Weaver in the ducer Mike Gunton. “Here are the animals the makers of Planet Earth II adhered to the
States, upped the cinematic ante on nature and the landscapes, and how do they deal same approach as the first series: not to inter-
photography, adding to the genre dramatic with those habitats?” fere with animals’ often nasty and shocking
story lines (animals as characters) — whether This animal’s-eye view of the world was life-and-death struggles. With one excep-
a fight between a polar bear and a walrus possible in part to updated technology: cam- tion — rescuing a sea turtle that had flipped
colony, or grizzly bear cubs emerging from era-adorned drones; night-vision cameras, onto its back on the beach, thereby saving it
their den for the first time. Broadcast in hun- for moles and leopards that come out only from a slow, painful demise — the crews had
dreds of countries since, the series naturally after dark; and cameras that were smaller, to sit back and watch as hawks (their claws
called for a sequel, and hence Planet Earth II more portable, and had much sharper resolu- looking Godzilla-like in close-ups) swooped
(the show premiered in early February). Fea- tion than the more cumbersome tripods of in on adorable ground squirrels, or snakes
turing about 60 animal species, from pygmy a decade ago. To capture what could be the swarmed around a panicked iguana. “We
sloths to spider monkeys, the show became largest locust swarm on film, cameramen don’t shy away from the realities of nature,”
an unearthly undertaking: Sixty camera- in Madagascar placed themselves inside the Gunton says. “They’re on their own, and this
men shot in 40 countries for a total of 2,089 swarm, ending up with footage that makes is the life they lead. It can be shockingly bru-
days, making for 400 terabytes of footage. viewers feel as though they’re f lying along- tal at times.”
As with the original, the sequel devotes epi- side the bugs after they lift off. “The camera- Gunton believes Planet Earth II has
sodes to specific topics: deserts, mountains, man was able to run like a lunatic across the returned at the right time, with climate
islands, grasslands, jungles, and cities. But land with the locusts, so you feel like you’re change even more prevalent and disturbing.
rather than repeat the approach of much of the in the heart of this plague of locusts,” recalls “Not unlike in the first program, the wheel
original, which focused on panoramic, big- Gunton. “It’s like a Peter Jackson production.” of the zeitgeist has turned, and it feels like
picture nature footage, the producers of the For additional footage of a golden eagle in the there is again a sense of the fragility of the
new series decided to dive deeper into the lives Alps, an animal that can swoop at speeds of planet,” he says. “People want a sense to look
of creatures tucked away in various corners of up to 200 miles per hour, a world-champion out again and understand our place.” Q

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knee. That’s not just trainer-speak, either. A folding. Which means that your butt, your abdominals — not just the six-pack, either, but
2012 study in the journal PLOS ONE found back, and even the muscles at the top of your the deep, thick ab muscles like the transverse
that targeted core training produced quick shoulders are all part of your core. These mus- abdominis — which let the pelvis tilt forward,
relief from back pain. And a 2013 Japanese cles fall into two categories: stabilizers, which and which cause your leg bones to rotate
study showed substantial gains in vertical hold your spine and pelvis in healthy and com- inward, putting a twisting force on the knees.
jump among soccer players who performed a fortable alignment and allow you to brace Back pain from tennis can be a simple matter
basic core workout three times a week. and stay steady when, say, you catch a heavy of lower-back, glute, and hamstring muscles
And while you can find dozens of different medicine ball or hold a plank. And mobiliz- weakened by sitting all day. And the bench-
(and conf licting) methods to help you put ers, which get your torso twisting, turning, press issue — or any example of abandoning

PRODUCTION BY JESSIK A SIEWICKI FOR PBNY; MODEL WEARS SHORTS BY UNDER ARMOUR AND SHOES COURTESY OF NIKE. ILLUSTR ATION BY JASON LEE
on more muscle or run a faster marathon, flexing, and folding. If any of those muscles an upper-body exercise because of shoulder
when it comes to strengthening the trunk, become weak, tight, or out of balance with pain — is a classic case of weak upper-back
there’s one clear road map. Top strength the other core muscles — pretty much guar- muscles allowing the shoulder blades to drift
coaches and physical therapists alike now anteed if you spend all day between a car and out of position, making your shoulder joint
tend to agree on the most effective exercises a desk and a dinner table and a couch — the vulnerable. Good posture and a strong core
to build the core you need. And you can get entire system can fall out of alignment. Keep cure all these ills and more, which is the rea-

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that job done without doing a single crunch. those muscles talking and working together, son FIFA, the international soccer federation,
But first you’ll need to know what it is though, and you get a trifecta of benefits. designed and implemented a basic core-train-
you’re actually working. “Think of the core ing program that a 2014 study in the Interna-
as your entire torso,” says physical therapist Instant workout gains tional Journal of Environmental Research and
David Reavy, who works with NFL and “Every bit of force you generate — I don’t care Public Health found reduced injury risk by 35
NBA stars at his Chicago clinic, React. That if that’s pushing off the f loor to jump for a percent in players all over the world.
basketball or lifting a barbell overhead — has
to get transferred through the core,” explains Life gets easier
Ryan. “Think of the core as a transductor of Upper-back tension from staring too long at a
DIY force, a conduit.” So each time you plant a computer or knee pain from squatting to play
foot during a jog, muscles in your foot and leg with a kid — these stem from bad everyday
TEST YOUR push at the ground to create a force that trav- posture and not knowing how to fire the core
CORE STRENGTH els up your leg and through your hip joint into muscles that support the right positions.
There’s a simple way to know if you have your pelvis and spine. If that force encounters “The positions you put yourself in dic-
a rock-solid trunk: Get into a pushup a pelvis and spine held tight in good align- tate your core function, and that dictates the
position with a PVC pipe or a broomstick ment by strong core muscles, the energy does way you feel in your body,” says Ryan, who
resting on your back, so that you have
what it’s supposed to: propel you forward. But recommends learning what he calls core
contact at your head, between your
shoulder blades, and on your butt. Perform if that force encounters bones left wobbly by awareness: the conscious ability to maintain
a pushup with back and hips aligned until weak, soft core muscles, much of that energy good, healthy posture by firing the right core
chest hits floor. “To keep the stick in place, dissipates. And the result? You’re slower. (A muscles. For example, when sitting at your
you need every core muscle to engage,” 2009 study in the Journal of Strength and computer, consciously remind yourself to pull
says Equinox Tier X coach Michael Ryan. Conditioning Research conf irmed this by your chin back so your head is stacked directly
Your goal: five perfect reps. If the stick
wobbles or falls off, you’ve got work to do.
putting a group of healthy adults through above your spine (which might eliminate any
a core-stability training regimen. After six headaches you’ve been having) and to pull
weeks, the runners had sliced 47 seconds off your shoulder blades down and squeeze them
their 5K times.) This same concept applies to together to eliminate a slouch. Or when you’re
strength training, too. Build a stronger, more standing in line or walking up stairs, concen-
stable core and you’ll squat, push, pull, and trate on contracting your glutes and tighten-
row more weight, more efficiently. ing your abs to put your pelvis in a neutral
alignment; this takes pressure off your lower
Fewer injuries back and keeps your glutes firing properly. All
If you’ve ever had to quit running because of these simple adjustments make it clear why,
knee pain, take a few weeks off tennis because when Reavy has a client ask what he can do
your back hurt, or abandon the bench press to keep his body healthy, his reply is always,
thanks to an aching shoulder, you’ve already “Start by focusing on your core.”

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MEET THE POSTURE REGULATOR

THE
“The trapezius muscle connects your spine
to your shoulder blades,” says Chicago physical
therapist David Reavy. “It stabilizes the upper
body for everything from good posture to

(WHOLE)
a powerful bench press.”

CORE
It ain’t just abs. The core makes up nearly
half the body and includes all muscles THE REINFORCEMENTS
that attach to the pelvis and spine. Running along the spine
Run, jump, twist, bend, or brace and from your glutes to your
those muscles must fire in concert. head, the spinal erectors
allow you to stand up
straight and rotate, and
they work with the glutes
THE BODY’S STABILIZER to power upward-pulling
The ability to do any downward pulling motions like a dead lift or
movement, like a tennis serve or a pullup, a kettlebell swing.
comes from the latissimus dorsi, or lats. This
muscle also links the shoulder blades, upper
arms, spine, and pelvis, which makes it a critical
stabilizer for the core — and the entire body.

THE CORE’S CORE


What we think of as the core muscles — the rectus
abdominis, or six-pack, and the obliques, which span
the entire side of your torso — are essential for bending
and twisting. Even more crucial for a solid center is the
transversus abdominis. Buried under the other
abdominals, this thick muscle wraps around your torso
and acts like a girdle, keeping your core tight and aligned.

THE BACK PROTECTOR


Located in your lower back, the
quadratus lumborum is a muscle
most of us don’t even know
we have — until we neglect it
so long that it goes into spasm
and causes that familiar back
pain and tightness.

THE SUPPORT SYSTEM


Hip adductors attach to the inside of
your pelvis, and they’re what keep THE POWERHOUSE
you stable and aligned when you walk The strength to sprint or squat comes via the
or run (which also makes them saviors gluteus maximus, one of the body’s largest
for your knees). Sit all day and these muscles, and the ability to balance on one leg
thin muscles can shorten and tighten, from the gluteus medius. Both connect to the
pull your pelvis forward, and make pelvis, which means that as with the adductors,
your hamstrings seize up. if you’re sitting all day in the same position,
these muscles stop firing properly.

A connected chain of
muscles, the core is
only as strong as its
weakest link.

i l l u s t r a t i o n by M I C H E L E G R A H A M
Health
&Fitness

YOUR CORE CURRICULUM


The chain of core muscles may be complex, HOW TO DO IT First, take two minutes
but strengthening them doesn’t have to to foam-roll your legs, glutes, and back.
be. This trunk-focused routine, created by Then do this dynamic warm-up twice
Equinox coach Michael Ryan, covers through: 30 seconds each of air squats,
essential functional movements — push, walking lunges, pushups, and bear crawls.
pull, squat, hinge, and walk — in just six Finally, perform the six moves below in any
exercises that keep your entire torso order, no rests. It’ll take about 30 minutes.
engaged. The beauty? Do it right and you’ll Do the workout three times a week as a
build every muscle in the body. The bonus: stand-alone routine, or twice a week if
You’ll need only one kettlebell. supplementing with other strength work.

SIDE PLANK
Get into a side plank position: forearm down
with hand in a fist, elbow directly under
shoulder, feet stacked, and hips lifted to create
a straight line from head to ankles. With control,
lift your top leg as high as you can; hold for
a beat, then lower leg back to start. Repeat for
12 reps, then switch sides. Do three sets.

SINGLE-ARM
STRICT PRESS
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart,
a kettlebell racked at right shoulder,
left arm extended at side; shoulders
should be down and back, abs and
glutes tight. Press kettlebell straight
overhead, elbow to ear. (As you press,
push feet into the floor, squeeze
glutes, and engage abs as though
defending a punch; your torso should
be rigid, with no swaying to one side
or the other.) Hold for a beat and
return to start. Repeat for 12 reps,
then switch sides. Do three sets.

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KETTLEBELL CARRY Have access to
Hold a heavy kettlebell by the horns
more than one kettlebell?
at chest, elbows tight to body Go heavier for the
(picture holding a towel in place goblet squat and
between your ribs and arms),
shoulders pulled down and back. carry.
Keep this exact form and walk
forward. Continue for 30 seconds.
Put the kettlebell down for 30
seconds. Repeat six times total.
SINGLE-LEG (Your goal: Work up to carrying
HIP BRIDGE the bell for 90 seconds.)
Lie faceup with knees bent, feet
STAGGER-STANCE
planted on floor near butt, arms out SINGLE-ARM ROW
to sides on floor with palms up. Press
Start with feet staggered, right foot
through heels to lift hips up as high
in front of left, with a kettlebell on
as possible, then extend left leg;
the floor on left side. Hinge forward
drive hips up, and squeeze inner
from the waist, pushing hips back,
thighs together. Hold this position
and pick up kettlebell in left hand.
for three beats, then lower back
Raise it to rib cage on left side,
down to start. Repeat on opposite
driving elbow up toward ceiling
side. Do three sets of 15 reps.
while simultaneously extending right
arm at right side. As you lower the
weight back to floor, drive right
elbow toward sky. Repeat (hinging
and reaching down to grab weight)
for 12 reps, then switch sides. Do
three sets.

GOBLET SQUAT
Hold a kettlebell by the horns at chest, elbows tight to body, shoulders
pulled down and back, feet hip-width apart with toes slightly turned out.
Squat, pushing hips back to sit deep while maintaining a long spine and
lifted chest; lower as far down as possible while keeping good form. Push
through middle of foot to rise up to start; repeat. Do three sets of 12 reps.

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questioned the color of my panties. So be


it.) “We’re not annihilating, we’re stimulat-
ing,” says Mike. “The workout takes you to a
threshold, but you’re walking away when you
feel like you could keep going. We want some-
thing you can sustain for the rest of your life.”
This means basic, compound movements
that never isolate one specific muscle. Train-
ing the core means targeting a whole chain of
muscles that work together: A strict overhead
press is a chance to stabilize my torso and
press my feet into the floor to push the barbell
up. A carry (no matter how I do it, and I do
a lot of them — with a kettlebell by my side,
overhead, at my chest) is just a walking plank,
a chance to lock in my postural stability. Pull-
ups are powered more by my pelvic floor and
lats than brute arm strength. While I move,
Mike ticks off a laundry list of the planes of
human motion and multijoint actions that I’m
working through — horizontal push and pull,
vertical push and pull, keeping my trunk tight

THE WORKOUT I’LL DO FOR LIFE


to resist lateral movement — but it’s easier to
say that now I can move weight powerfully in
every direction a human body should be able
to, and stay stable doing so. All that without a
single reverse biceps curl.
After these sessions, I feel mildly spent
and invigorated, relaxed and recharged. And
The best thing about my new exercise routine? Learning that it because I’m not pummeling my body, I’m
needn’t be punishing to be rewarding. by MARK HEALY never so sore I have to skip the next workout,
either. The aesthetic results aren’t as startling
T O DAY I S N O T a legs day, a chest curls and f lyes, the singularly focused form as the photo you see here (though obviously
day, or an arms-and-back day. of strength training that worships at the altar he’s found the time to hit the core). I’m not
And it’s def initely not an abs of size and targets vanity first. But then Mike busting out of my sweater or ripped and ropy
day. In fact, it’s never an abs day. saved me from all that. Mike Ryan is what like an MMA fighter starving down a weight
Today, like every day I go to the gym, is for a Equinox gyms call a Tier X coach, a seriously class, but there is muscle amassing and mak-
workout with no isolated target and no eas- qualified and knowledgeable instructor who ing itself known. And the gains I’ve made are
ily discernible goal. These days the question walks like a martial artist and talks like a phy- the kind you can imagine lasting a while: I
“What do you do at the gym?” requires an sician. Mike has me on a regimen that is use- put on five pounds of lean mass while losing
explanation so complex that it’s simple: “I’m ful to anyone envisioning a future in which four pounds of fat, bringing my quite typical
just working on my core.” Sure, my shoulders he’ll want to walk, climb body fat percent-
and forearms, chest, and legs flourish in the stairs, put on pants, and age from 16.3 to
process, but my target is the core — that cru- bathe himself, and also IT’S INVINCIBILITY 14.5. And that
cial chain of muscles that runs from the hip squat and lift and do the I’M GUNNING FOR: improved ratio
adductors deep inside the inner thighs to the occasional box jump. All is just enough to
trapezius that climbs the upper back and neck. of which are easier with NO WOBBLING. hack my metabo-
Core training is the key to a strong, durable a beast of a core. NO IMBALANCES. lism, helping my
body. Or so I’m told, which is why I’ve devoted Mike mandates that body to process
three days a week for the past three months to we start every workout
NO INJURIES. sugar more effi-
doing a version of the workout you see on the with foam-rolling the ciently (which
previous page. But why stop at durability? It’s trunk — hamstrings, may be why I’m
invincibility I’m gunning for: No wobbling. quads, glutes, lats. (The eating more than
No imbalances. No injuries. And for a long, case for this is well-documented and ironclad, I probably should and remaining relatively
long time to come. so trust me: A muscle that’s loose and ready lean). I’ve built something solid in there, and
Rest assured, I didn’t come up with this to fire is a muscle that’s going to get stronger, I can feel its worth on the pullup bar, where
myself. In the not-so-distant past I labored, faster.) Then we do a light dynamic warm-up my reps have doubled, and at the kettlebell
as maybe you have, on bench presses and — pushups, lunges, bear crawls — to get mus- station. But also in smaller, less remarkable
cles talking to one another and ready to work. moments — while easily scrambling down a
The routine itself is more intelligent than rocky trail, balancing on ice skates, or hauling
Get More Core Intel Find additional it is macho. I never “crush” anything or push overloaded grocery bags in a double-suitcase
torso-building workouts and advice at
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just tossed this magazine in the trash and abs, naturally, fired. It is a core day, after all. Q

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Black Magic
The newest (and most unlikely) grooming trend: Using soot to remove dirt from skin. b y K AT I E B E C K E R

Think of charcoal and you care products. “Activated charcoal pull dirt and bacteria out of the pores of
may picture briquettes in has little holes and picks things up your skin or scalp before getting rinsed
your Weber. But pump oxygen like a sponge,” explains New York away. (Just don’t go overboard; using
into those same black lumps and you dermatologist Whitney Bowe. Use multiple products a day can strip oils
have the porous substance — activated a soap or shampoo that contains the from skin.) Here are four products that
charcoal — that’s now in a slew of skin- stuff and the charcoal particles will do the dirty work.

FOR A DEEP CLEANSE


Spread a blob of Beau Brummell The
Gentlemen’s Facial Mask all over your face
and leave it for 10 minutes. The charcoal will
sop up dead skin cells and dirt, and leave
your face looking brighter and healthier.
To ensure your skin doesn’t get dry, use just
FOR HEALTHIER HAIR
once a week, and skip any other cleansing
that day. ($26; beaubrummell.com) Think dandruff comes
from a dry scalp? Nope.
It happens when your
scalp overproduces oil,
clogging the pores, and
that creates flakes,
says Bowe. Which is
why an oil-sucking
charcoal shampoo is
genius. Plus, she says,
the shampoo can pull
out particles of
pollution that collect
on your scalp and may
stall hair growth. Our
pick: Apotheke
FOR A DAILY FACE WASH Charcoal Shampoo.
($24; apothekeco.com)
This Brickell Purifying
Charcoal Face Wash uses
natural moisturizers like
olive oil to hydrate skin
while the charcoal purges, FOR A FULL-BODY BAR
which makes the formula a
In colder months, skin becomes dry and the body
good day-to-day cleanser.
overproduces oil to compensate; this can gunk up
Just be sure to skip scrubs,
pores on your chest, back, and arms and cause acne
exfoliants, and rough
and body odor. Use the Yes to Natural Man Charcoal
washcloths when you use it,
Bar Soap to draw away the excess oil. Tip: Step
so you don’t strip good
out of the water while you lather up so the charcoal
oils from your skin along
can get into the skin and actually cleanse before
with the bad, says Bowe.
it’s rinsed off. ($5; yesto.com)
($25; brickell.com)
PROP ST YLING BY PETER TR AN FOR ART DEPARTMENT

!
WHAT TO AVOID: Charcoal toothpastes
These powder-based pastes aren’t worth the
trouble, says New York City dentist Gregg
Lituchy. “They don’t contain fluoride, they can wear away
enamel, and if you accidentally ingest some, it can interfere
with medication or digestive bacteria,” he says. You’ll also
have to deal with a mouthful of messy black suds.

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Health For Heart Disease, Genetics Aren’t


Destiny, Researchers Say

News
That’s the takeaway from a new study of more
than 55,000 adults published in the New
England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found
that if you’re genetically predisposed to coronary heart
The month’s disease — the most common type, which often results in
most important heart attacks — and you don’t exercise, eat poorly, and are
discoveries, overweight, your heart attack risk over the next 10 years
updates, hovers at 11 percent. “If you have a high genetic risk and a
and advice. favorable lifestyle, the risk is only 5 percent,” says lead
researcher Dr. Sekar Kathiresan. (With no genetic risk and a
good lifestyle, that number goes down even further.) “This
shows you really do have control over your health.” Below,
a snapshot of what you’re up against — and the simple lifestyle
changes that this study found will make a big difference.

THE GRIM THE GOOD


STATS NEWS

25
Percentage of
Exercise

1 DAY
deaths caused by a week
heart disease in the
U.S. each year
+
Keep BMI below

1 IN 5 30
Can The number of +
Vegetarians Americans geneti-
cally predisposed to
Eat a clean diet:
more veggies, fish,

Be as Strong as heart disease and nuts; fewer pro-


cessed meats, refined

Meat Eaters? 49%


grains, and sugar

=
52%
According to an Arizona State University study of 70 endurance athletes, Share of people
eating animals isn’t required to fuel fitness gains. Vegetarians actually who have one of
had higher VO2 max scores (a measure of cardiovascular endurance) and three key
risk factors: high The potential drop
equivalent muscle strength compared to meat eaters. The vegetarians ate in heart disease risk,
more carbs per day — which researchers say may benefit training — and both groups blood pressure, high
LDL cholesterol, even if you’re geneti-
consumed about the same total calories and protein. “People often think they need meat cally predisposed
to get big and strong,” says lead author Heidi Lynch. “This suggests you can get ade- smoking
quate protein from a plant-based diet.” The best options: lentils, legumes, tofu, beans.

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BELIEVE YOU SLEEP WELL AND, published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers
RESEARCH SHOWS, YOUR COGNITIVE AND looked at more than 500 patients who had stretched or
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE WILL REFLECT partially torn an ankle ligament; everyone was instructed
to rest, ice, elevate, apply compression, and restrict
HAVING GOTTEN SLEEP, no matter how weight-bearing activities. Additionally, half the patients
much you really slept. Believe you’re a bad received physical therapy. At one, three, and six months,
sleeper, and that colors how you feel the next the researchers assessed both groups’ recovery. At no
time were those getting physical therapy faring any better
day — not how much you actually slept.” than those who did self-care alone. Everyone’s ankle
—W. CHRIS WINTER, NEUROLOGIST, SLEEP SPECIALIST, AND AUTHOR OF THE SLEEP functionality, on average, progressed about equally.
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We all crave the next sweet spot,


that unspoiled getaway that no one
else knows about. Here are 15 beaches
where you’ll be one step ahead
of everyone else. At least for now.
Playa Kenepa
Chiki, Curaçao
CURAÇAO,
DUTCH ANTILLES

CARIBBEAN’S
BEST-KEPT
SECRET
I H E A R D I T B E F O R E I saw it, the thunder of
the sea pounding the jagged shore. Shete
Boka, “Seven Inlets” in Curaçao’s creole lan-
guage of Papiamento, is inaccurately named.
The waves have carved out way more than
seven in this national park on the island’s
northern coast. I made my way down a nar-
row path to a hidden cave, the slick footing
threatening to send me headlong into a sharp
coral wall. It was a forbidding place and not
exactly what one expects on a Caribbean
vacation. But Curaçao is full of surprises.
Part of the “ABC” islands in the former
Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao splits the
difference between glitzier Aruba and more
spartan Bonaire. Its charm is best described
by a versatile word in Papiamento: dushi,
which means many things but most often
“sweet” or “beautiful.”
After my heart-pounding hike at Shete
Boka, I made a detour to Playa Kenepa Chiki, a
crescent of secluded sand and turquoise water
thought by some to be the most beautiful
beach in the Caribbean. I could have lounged
there all day, but cold Heinekens and live jazz
were waiting back at the island’s capital, Wil-
lemstad. While wandering through the city’s
historic Pietermaai District — designated a
UNESCO World Heritage site for its collection
of brightly hued 18th-century Dutch build-
ings — you could almost imagine you were
in Amsterdam, albeit with steamy weather,
scurrying geckos, and plaintive birdcalls.
Curaçao boasts some of the Caribbean’s
clearest waters, so the scuba diving is world-
class. At Director’s Bay, you can swim through
the remains of a shark-proof fence erected
years ago so, it is said, the Dutch queen Juli-
ana would feel safe while swimming. On
days when there are no cruise ships in port,
it’s possible to dive the wreck of the Superior
Producer. It sank in 1978, overloaded with
cargo bound for Venezuela, and was quickly
plundered. Today it’s a fascinating dive, with
a massive fantail where schools of barracuda
and huge tarpon hover in the shadows.
After 40 minutes of exploring the wreck,
I surfaced, ecstatic. My dive guide asked me
how I liked it. I smiled as I peeled off my wet-
suit: “Dushi,” I told him. “Dushi.”
—JA S O N H E AT O N

49
NEW SOUTH WALES,
AUSTRALIA

Escape
From
Sydney
Nearly 20 percent of Australians
— some 5 million people — live
in Sydney. And at the city’s
iconic beaches and surf breaks,
it can feel like they’re all there
with you. Far better to head 18
miles south, to Royal National
Park, a 39,500-acre swath of
coastal cliffs and deep river
valleys crisscrossed by miles of
eucalyptus-lined walking paths
leading to some of the
dreamiest beaches in New
South Wales. It’s spartan and
off the grid, so pack your
essentials: surfboard, cooler
of Victoria Bitter, some
prawn-and-fennel sammies,
fishing gear.
Garie Beach, a half-mile
stretch of sand fringed by spiky
kangaroo grass along the park’s
coastal road, offers the
convenience of showers and
a parking lot. Consistent swells
make Garie a board- and
Sunset at bodysurfer’s playground, while
San Pancho surf casters hook bream and
kingfish right off the beach. If
you’re feeling adventurous, hike
in from the park’s Bundeena
mation of what Sayulita was like when it was entrance, a 12-mile trek that
SAN PANCHO, first discovered by surfers back in the 1960s. winds past dramatic coastal
In other words, there’s not much there: Kick crags, cool swimming holes, and
MEXICO

PREVIOUS SPREAD: ZACH STOVALL . FROM TOP: GREG VAUGHN; JASON FRIEND PHOTOGR APHY LTD/AL AMY STOCK PHOTO
back in a hammock, eat really well, do battle waterfalls. The panorama from
Garie North Head affords one of
with some rough waves (the surf is stronger the best vistas of the coastline
here than down the coast), or simply wander — from there it’s all downhill to

MEXICO’S on a gorgeous and virtually empty wide sandy


beach where horses gather to drink from a
freshwater lagoon. Pretty much the only grin-
the beach. Local tip: Reserve
a permit (nationalparks.nsw.gov
.au) and pitch a tent at North

NEXT BOHO gos you’ll meet are the artist or musician types
who came for a week and never got around
to leaving.
Era campsite. Limited facilities
mean you’ll be full-on Aussie
bush camping, but come first
light you’ll have the place

HAVEN You can f ind tiny boutique hotels like


Casa San Pancho or Cielo Rojo, but there
are no resorts here. Instead, the lush jun-
almost entirely to yourself.
—JEN MURPHY

gle serves as a backdrop for local homes


Garie Beach
for rent, some with pools, most with bal-
conies. Buy fresh produce — cucumbers,
tomatoes, g iant white onions — of f a
farmer’s truck and prepare meals at your
to call the Mexi-
I T WO U L D B E A S T R E T C H house, or head to the small beachside
can beach enclave of Sayulita overdeveloped, village for delicious carne asada, coconut
but there’s no question that it’s been discov- shrimp, or chilaquiles at La Ola Rica and
ered: The funky Pacific coast village north Maria’s. If you’re feeling adventurous,
of Puerto Vallarta remains a respite from take a jungle hike to an even better beach,
reality, but its cafes, surf shops, and public or get a local fisherman to take you out to
beach now crawl with faux-hippie tourists. watch whales breach.
Our advice: When you get to Say u- Of course, it may just be a matter of time
lita, keep driving. Just three miles farther before San Pancho begins to resemble its
north along the Riviera Nayarit you’ll find neighbor down the coast. So enjoy it now.
San Francisco — or as it’s known by locals, And when you return, just drive a little far-
San Pancho — which is a pretty good approxi- ther north. — A R I B E N DA R S K Y

1 BEACH INTEL DRIVE A LITTLE UP THE ROAD | THE NEXT GREAT SPOT ISN’T NECESSARILY A WORLD AWAY. OFTEN IT’S RIGHT AROUND THE BEND.

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Cruising down
Haleakala
volcano PAIA,
MAUI

DO HAWAII
LIKE A
HAWAIIAN
Puka Puka,
a Paia store
and gallery

O N T H E N O R T H S H O R E O F M AU I , you won’t
Kaihalulu find family-friendly resorts or mega-hotels
Beach, near with golf courses or bronzed beachboys
Hana teaching surf lessons. What you will find,
especially in and around the artsy little town
of Paia, is a remarkably high concentration
of people who treat health, f itness, out-
door sports, and the tropical good life like
a religion. Tow-in surfing was practically
invented around Paia, at the nearby legend-
ary break Peahi, a.k.a. Jaws. Paddle-in surf-
ers and windsurfers flock to Ho’okipa Beach
Park, and the endurance cycling and running
crowd comes for the seemingly endless road
from the ocean clear up to the summit of the
10,000-foot volcano called Haleakala.
Of course, you don’t have to be an Iron-
man to enjoy Paia. “It’s just a very free and
earthy town,” says Makenzie Berg of the Paia
Bay Coffee Company, where locals head for
a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs with
smoked salmon, cream cheese, and mint-
lemon mayo. Haleakala National Park sus-
tains a miraculous high-altitude wilderness
in the tropical sky where you can stroll around
a crater that resembles Mordor. Private van
services like Haleakala Bike will drive you up
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there for the sunrise and let you coast more


than 5,000 feet back down — along 25 miles
of smooth asphalt — on a rented bike.
Accommodations are modest — it’s a
choice between the Nalu Kai Lodge, the
Mangolani Inn, or, even better, an Airbnb,
which means you’ll be hitting the local
market for organic groceries and fresh fish.
Baldwin Beach Park, at the edge of town,
doesn’t look like much until you walk out
onto the soft white sand lapped by warm blue
water and realize that it’s the perfect place
for a lazy swim. And if you get an itch to see
more country, all you have to do is head east
out of town onto the 65-mile Road to Hana,
which will take you to the red-sand beaches
of Kaihalulu, past innumerable waterfalls in
dense rain forest, with every turn offering
a glimpse down some mountainside to yet
another secluded beach that may or may not
have a name. — DA N I E L D UA N E

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PL AYA ASERR A DORES,
NICARAGUA

THE NEXT
COSTA RICA?

DIE-HARD SURFERS always seem to be


several steps ahead of other travelers, their
constant search for empty waves leading them
to special, unspoiled places. Shay O’Brien is
one of those surfers, and Playa Aserradores
is one of those places. Back in 1999, O’Brien
stumbled upon this lonely stretch of sand 1 | Surfcentric
on the Pacific coast of northern Nicaragua. The area’s five-mile-long
Sure, the beach was beautiful and empty, but coastline has a wide
it was a hollow, barreling wave they dubbed variety of waves, including
“the Boom” that kept O’Brien coming back the quick and hollow
barrels of the Boom, a
for years. In 2003, he made it permanent —
peeling left-hand point
he purchased a 27-acre oceanfront farm right break, as well as a small
on his favorite break and built the Chancletas bay with a reeling A-frame
Beach Resort, where he lives with his family. wave and more mellow,
“If we had shown up that day back in 1999 and beginner-friendly surf on
the waves weren’t perfect, who knows where the inside.
I would’ve ended up,” he says. And you don’t
have to be a surfer to enjoy it here: There is 2 | Explore
great fishing and paddleboarding and about the Shore
two hours inland is Cosigüina, an inactive The Boom and other
nearby surf spots tend to
volcano with a mile-wide crater lake.
be tide-sensitive: When
O’Brien cringes when he hears someone the tide goes out, the
describing his adopted country as “the next waves shut down. I shed
Costa Rica.” But the description is pretty the low-tide blues by
accurate. While the beaches in southern Nica- using an SUP to explore
ragua have been found out, those near Aserra- the town’s tiny fishing port
and mangrove swamps,
dores remain pure, with untapped potential. where I spied exotic birds
MARK ANDERS (3)

In November, I took a last-minute trip to the and turtles, which nest on


town and was welcomed with a strong, clean the sandy banks.
south swell, friendly locals, and a little taste of
what makes northern Nicaragua a must-visit
spot. — M A R K A N D E R S
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with no questions asked, a beach resort for
ORACABESSA, people too cool for resorts.
JAMAICA And now that may even include you. Last
spring, the 52-acre property (located in Ora-
cabessa, less than two blessedly inconvenient
hours from Montego Bay) added a cluster of

A ROCK-STAR wooden huts around its Snorkler’s Cove. And


while the huts share the rest of GoldenEye’s
louche-luxe appeal, with prices starting at

TRIP FOR THE $425 a night they’re more affordable than the
main cottages (which start at $660). Not that
you’ll feel like a roadie among guitar gods.

REST OF US Blackwell himself lives in a hut that served


as the prototype. “You really feel like you’re
living outdoors,” he says of them.
2 And of course they got the details right.
The huts are open, breezy octagonals, some
with a bamboo-enclosed outdoor bath and
shower and Smeg refrigerators. None of
them have AC, which Blackwell says would
or maybe
N O P L AC E I N TH E CA R I B B E A N , drown out tropical night noises that “make
the world, better defines the low-key luxe you really feel like you’re in nature.” The
beach experience than Chris Blackwell’s duplexes are perfect for families; imagine
GoldenEye. It has the pedigree of being Ian your sandblasted kids snoring away upstairs
Fleming’s estate (where all 14 Bond books as you unwind on the veranda. (“Unwind
were written). Then there’s the unmistak- from what?” you might ask. “Snorkeling?
able rhythm of a rock-soaked life from Playing backgammon at the bar?”) And
Blackwell himself, the founder of Island somehow, the expansion hasn’t been a buzz-
Records who signed Bob Marley and U2, kill to the GoldenEye vibe: There’s still the
among others. GoldenEye is the kind of original beach and lagoon-side bungalows,
place where an almost-famous bass player the famed Bizot Bar, and the walking bridge
might sleep it off at the palm-ringed infin- to the reading room, where you can pore over
ity pool as a rebel heiress mixes a dark a stack of the hippest coffee-table books in
and stormy with a fat spliff at the bar. To the Caribbean. The two worlds mingle — you
Blackwell, the right type of guests “enhance and them. And if you’re worried about your
the property with their very presence.” If kids waking up the bass player by the pool?
the Caribbean were a high school cafete- Send them off to the new wooden jungle gym
ria, GoldenEye would be the table where just off the beach bar on the lagoon side.
you most wanted to be: barefoot opulence They thought of that, too. — M A R K H E A LY

3 | The Locals
Are Stoked
Traditionally, people in
this town of 1,200 earned
their living by working
in nearby sugarcane and
peanut fields, raising
cattle, or fishing for red
snapper. Then, in 2000,
Shay O’Brien gave a
handful of old boards to
local fishermen and began
teaching village kids how
to surf. Today there’s a
healthy crew of surfers,
and tourism (especially
from visiting surfers) has
become an important
part of the town’s
economy. “Before surfing,
there was no fun in this
place,” says Oscar Moises,
a fishing-boat captain and
one of Aserradores’ first
surfers. “Now everybody
enjoys surfing, and it
changed a lot of people’s
AL AN SMITH

lives because there’s


more money and a lot
of people are working
just for surfing.” One of
GoldenEye’s
new, lower-
priced beach
huts
The beach at
Muscat’s
Shangri-La Barr
Al Jissah resort

Catch of the
day: fresh
mahimahi

eager to go out of their way for newcomers. red-rock ravines just offshore, towering over
OMAN, Visiting the villages that dot Oman’s coast- streams of cool springwater. A local favorite,
ARABIAN PENINSULA line feels like taking a giant step back in time. Wadi Shab, provides the chance to climb a
But getting to the country is simple enough, rope-line rock course and then plunge some
with short daily f lights from Dubai, Abu 60 feet into a crystal-clear freshwater pool.
Dhabi, and Doha to the capital city of Muscat. Other wave junkies bring their boards about

PEACE IN THE Swanky resorts and chic boutique hotels line 100 miles inland to surf the giant dunes of

INTERSECTION PHOTOS (2); JOHN SEATON CALL AHAN/GETT Y IMAGES


the city’s waterfront, yet Muscat retains an Wahiba Sands.
authentic vibe that’s been largely paved over From Sur, head back through Muscat to

MIDDLE EAST in its Gulf state neighbors. But what you really
want to do is head about two hours south, to
Sur. A cluster of fishing towns on a rugged,
Musandam, a jaw-droppingly verdant pen-
insula known as the Norway of Arabia for its
beautiful khors — steep, rocky inlets formed

CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEFT: CEDRIC ANGELES/


sandy shore, Sur is an ancient Arabian Sea port where the Al Hajar Mountains plummet into
probably best known as one of the last remain- the Persian Gulf; think of them as the Middle
ing shipyards for building dhows, the tradi- Eastern cousins of Norwegian fjords. The
tional wooden sailing ships; a local fisherman peninsula, separated from the rest of Oman
will be happy to take you for a cruise. More by the United Arab Emirates, juts into the
A C O U N T R Y W E D G E D B E T W E E N Saudi recently, Sur has been discovered by surfers. Strait of Hormuz, just miles from Iran, and
Arabia, Yemen, and Iran is not an obvious “There are some great swells along Aseelah the adventure options there are considerable:
vacation spot. But Oman is something of a beach,” says Amro Othman, a Dubai-based Paraglide a thousand feet off a mountain
Switzerland among the region’s political pow- kitesurfer. “I love walking there late at night, onto the powdery beach of Zighy Bay. Or
der kegs — serene and topographically gifted, when all you see is the blue-green waves glow- plunge underwater to explore vibrant coral
with the vast deserts you’d expect to find but ing with the phosphorescence of the plankton.” reefs teeming with turtles, rays, and eels.
also with stunning, transparent waters and When the winds are not blowing, Oth- You’ll almost forget that the Arabian sands
dramatic fjords. The locals, meantime, are man can be found exploring the wadis — dry, are right next door. — AY E S H A K H A N

Desert surfers at
Wahiba Sands

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PLAYA ANCÓN, CUBA

Cuba As It
Should Be
Finding the ideal beach in Cuba
is a lot harder than you’d think.
At one end of the spectrum are
the overpriced, overdeveloped,
all-inclusive resorts of Varadero
and Cayo Coco, with their
swarms of wintering Germans
and watered-down mojitos. At
the other are the countless
unspoiled small beaches that
dot the country’s 3,500-mile
coastline — which,
unfortunately, are so remote
and inaccessible that enjoying
them can feel more like an
ordeal than an escape.
For the sweet middle
ground, rent a car in Havana and
make the four-hour drive on the
Autopista Nacional (six lanes,
no traffic) to the charming city
of Trinidad, a cobblestoned
colonial gem on the island’s
south coast. That’s where you’ll
find Playa Ancón — possibly
Cuba’s prettiest beach. A
two-mile ribbon of white sand
10 minutes from the city (30 if
you bike), Ancón offers diving
and kayaking in crystal-blue
waters, fresh-caught lobster
Sunset at
under thatched-roof cabanas,
Taverna Mira
and some truly stellar sunsets.
The great thing is that when
the sun goes down, you’re still
in Trinidad, one of Cuba’s best athlete. But everyone is the same barefoot.”
cities. Try dinner at La PÁROS, Located about 30 miles south of Mykonos,
Redacción, an inventive Cuban
spot that wouldn’t feel out of GREECE Páros is just 75 square miles, and it basks in
place in Brooklyn or Portland, its refined, pretension-free charms. “We have
Oregon. And when you tire of our parties, too,” says Tsounakis. “But we
the sun and sand, find time for a aren’t Mykonos.” Páros wakes earlier than its
day hike at Topes de Collantes,
a stunning nature preserve
featuring the 200-foot Salto del THE SECRET wild-child sister, thanks largely to kitesurfers
drawn by the strong winds. Kites can be seen
flying offshore from dawn to sundown, giv-
Caburní waterfall. When you’re
ready to cool off afterward, the
beach will be right there.
—JOSH EELLS
CHIC GREEK ing the otherwise cosmopolitan spot a dis-
tinct surfer-chic vibe. Páros has something
else other islands lack: actual beaches. Unlike

Playa Ancón
ISLAND its craggier neighbors, Páros is encircled by
sand, and around every bend, it seems, there
is a dirt road leading to a cove worthy of a
FROM LEFT; J CARILLET/GETT Y IMAGES; GABRIEL A HERMAN

movie set. As it is throughout the Aegean,


the best ones are hard to find — expect to
abandon your car for a daunting walk down
or around a cliff. Once you’re in the water, the
clarity of the sea is endless.
A M O N G T H E G R E E K I S L A N D S , Páros is Don’t expect to see many people as you
something of an outlier: It’s the one that drive the unmarked road to Laggeri, a
somehow managed to avoid the marauding Caribbean-worthy beach usually devoid of
DJ set from London, Paris, and Berlin that’s tourists. But do expect your rental car to get a
overrun nearly all its neighbors. “Nobody few nicks from the thick bush along the way.
cares who you are here,” says restaurateur “Did you find the beach?” your rental agency
and Páros native Petros Tsounakis, raising will ask, prompting you to nod, and then an
a shot glass of his home-brewed souma, the immediate “Yes? Bravo!” will follow.
ouzo-like concoction that’s the island’s all- Translation: “Don’t worry about the car —
day spirit of choice. “At one table could be I am happy that you found the beach.”
an Oscar winner; another, a model or pro — A N D R I A M I T S A KO S

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BY
GORDY MEGROZ
PHOTOGRAPH BY
EMILY SHUR

MUSCLE-BUILDING
POWDERS. LIBIDO-
BOOSTING PILLS.
BRAIN-ENHANCING
SMOOTHIES. HOW
TWO FLORIDA
GYM RATS MADE
TENS OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS IN
THE SHADOWY
WORLD OF DIETARY
SUPPLEMENTS.

Photo for
illustrative
purposes only

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FROM TOP: TK TK T

Ja(ck)ed
A
AT T H E FA R E N D O F A PA L M - L I N E D strip
mall in Boca Raton, Florida, a crowd waits
in line for a miracle. Roughly 300 people —
mostly men, from high-school jocks to pot-
bellied dads — know just what they’re here
for: more muscle, more energy, more libido.
“I want to get really vascular,” says a guy in
his thirties, referencing the pipelike veins
coursing beneath the skin of pro bodybuild-
ers. He has short brown hair, hairless arms,
and a T-shirt that reads, I MAY LOOK ALONE,
BUT REALLY I’M JUST THAT FAR AHEAD. An older,
Braun, left, and
balding man next to him says he just wants Singerman turned
to feel younger. Blackstone Labs
Working the line is a bouncy brunette into a powerhouse
pouring plastic shot glasses full of Windex- earning more than
$20 million a year.
blue liquid. Most of the guys grab one and
toss it back, no questions asked. “It’s a pre-
workout,” she says, “and it’s $35 inside.” By
“preworkout” she means it’s designed to give this a mischaracterization: “We have always Brett, who drove four hours to attend the
you a jolt of energy before the gym. Exactly tried to produce nothing but cutting-edge event. “I couldn’t help but show my support
how it does this isn’t a question anyone seems and compliant products. As soon as we have for PJ and Aaron,” he says. A personal trainer

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to be asking. Inside the store, Boca Nutrition any direction from the FDA on an issue it has from Palm Coast, Florida, Brett has used a
& Smoothie Bar, are pills and powders that not spoken on before, for better or worse, we wide variety of Blackstone products, includ-
claim to do everything from boost sex drive respect its statement and adjust our prod- ing one called Ostapure, a supplement that
to increase muscle mass and dissolve fat. ucts accordingly.”) Blackstone has grown contained steroid-like drugs called SARMs
Boca Nutrition’s owners, PJ Braun and by 100 percent every year since opening shop (selective androgen receptor modulators).
Aaron Singerman, are greeting customers five years ago. Its sales now top $20 million The unlicensed drugs were developed by
like old friends, with bear hugs and hand- annually, and it’s featured in Inc. magazine’s pharmaceutical giant Merck as a potential
shakes. Both men are absurdly muscular. list of 500 fastest-growing companies. And treatment for muscle wasting in cancer
Singerman, 36, is 6-foot-2 with slicked-back Braun and Singerman are far from done. patients. But it was the drugs’ muscle-mass-
brown hair. He has a goatee and narrow- “I am not even fucking close to satisfied building properties that made them a big hit
rimmed glasses, and his bulky frame fills with Blackstone Labs,” Braun boasted in a among weightlifters like Brett. Blackstone
out his blue T-shirt like an overstuffed bag. video posted to Facebook last year. “I want recently stopped selling Ostapure after being
Braun, 35, who has black hair gelled into to be the biggest company in the world.” sued by another supplements maker hoping
short spikes, is shorter and bulkier. Stretch Boca Nutrition & Smoothie Bar is their to clean up the industry. “The strongest prod-
marks scar his arms. newest venture, a retail store that serves uct of theirs,” Brett says a bit wistfully.
In addition to Boca Nutrition, the pair up various protein-packed shakes and sells Inside the store, Braun shows me one of
owns the supplements manufacturer Black- Blackstone’s full line of supplements. The his latest creations, muscle-building pills
stone Labs, which they started in 2012. Since sleek space, with shelves full of oversize bot- inside a black bottle labeled BRUTAL 4CE in
then the company has hawked tens of mil- tles and racks of workout gear, is like a Whole blocky letters that drip with blue icicles. “It’ll
lions of dollars’ worth of products promising Foods for gym rats. They opened the first make you a lot stronger and more aggressive
to make men stronger, bigger, last longer in store seven months ago in West Boca. Today in the gym,” he says. “Let’s say you’re 35, 40
the sack, and even gain a mental edge. For is the grand opening of their second location, years old and your testosterone isn’t as high
the most part, their over-the-counter pow- and devotees have shown up for discounted as it used to be. This will keep your testoster-
ders do exactly what they claim to do, in part supplements and to meet a handful of celeb- one so high that you’ll be like an 18-year-old!”
because they sometimes include compounds rity bodybuilders flown in for the occasion, When I ask Braun how, he launches into
not approved or even banned by the FDA. It’s including Kai Greene, the most famous a chemistry lecture. “Your body converts
a legally dubious but common practice — weightlifter since Arnold Schwarzenegger. it into 4-andro [a testosterone booster], so
and an easy way to make a killing while giv- But among this crowd, Braun and Singer- it’ll bulk you up,” he says, noting that Brutal
ing people the results they want. (Braun calls man are the real stars. They pose for photos 4ce has the side effect of creating estrogen,
and hype their cars, a Corvette and a Ferrari, which could give you what bodybuilders call
Gordy Megroz is a writer based in both black and parked prominently out front. “bitch tits.” This can be countered, however,
Jackson, Wyoming. One of the fanboys is a 24-year-old named by taking an estrogen blocker. “Most of our

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17b-dimethyl 5a-androstan 3-one azine. Beauty & Braun, which covers the daily lives
“We’re talking about experimental com- of the couple, from gym sessions to discus-
pounds never tested in humans,” says Dr. sions about breast implants. Until recently
Pieter Cohen, a Harvard professor who pub- he also hosted a daily question-and-answer
lished a 2015 study that found two-thirds of session on Periscope called “Cardio Q&A,”
over-the-counter supplements contained one featuring Braun on a treadmill, chugging
or more pharmaceutical adulterants, making orange Pedialyte and answering a wide
them illegal. “The more likely it helps your range of queries from Blackstone users. One
workout,” Cohen says, “the more likely it’s time he doled out advice (“No matter how
going to adversely affect your health.” mature you think they are, it’s not good to
The FDA oversees the industry, but it’s settle down with a 19-year-old girl”), but
woefully outmatched. For starters, it employs usually he just hyped his products. During
only around 25 people in its dietary-supple- one appearance, Braun announced the “dick
ment division, which is responsible for polic- pills” Blackstone was working on weren’t
ing thousands of companies, many of which coming along the way he wanted. “I’ve been
don’t bother abiding by the few rules cur- working on that for a long time,” he said.
rently governing the market. Making matters “But they will eventually come out.”
worse is a confusing web of overlapping com-
panies: One brand will buy its ingredients T WO DAYS A F TE R the Boca Nutrition open-
from another company, which in turn buys ing, I visit Braun and Singerman at Black-
its raw ingredients overseas. stone HQ, an unbranded, 8,000-square-foot
Manufacturers are supposed to register warehouse in Boca Raton. The office walls
their ingredients with the FDA, but there’s are covered in photos and framed bodybuild-
effectively no punishment if they don’t. And ing-magazine covers, several of which fea-
customers are pretty knowledgeable,” he the murky production chain provides a layer ture Braun in full flex. On Singerman’s desk
says, “so they know they need to do that.” of deniability. The FDA sends out warning is a bronze statue of a seminude Adonis-like
As the festivities wind down, I grab letters threatening to prosecute companies man holding a barbell. It’s a first-place tro-
a $46.99 bottle of Cobra 6 Extreme, an selling products with pharmaceuticals, but phy from the Mr. Olympia contest, which
amped-up version of their top-selling Cobra the agency rarely acts on them. Several com- Singerman got at auction. “You hate to see
6, a preworkout supplement formulated with panies, including Blackstone, stay ahead of that, because it means the guy who sold it
various stimulants. At the checkout, a slim the FDA simply by creating new supplements was struggling financially and was forced to
guy in his twenties, part smoothie barista, with altered formulas or even launching a sell it,” Singerman says. “But I love it.”
part pharmacist, looks at what I’m buying new company to proffer the same old ingre- Braun and Singerman each have a long
and asks me if I’ve tried it before. No, I say. dients. (“Blackstone continues to innovate history in bodybuilding. Singerman, from
“So you don’t know what you’re getting by researching new products and new ingre- New Orleans, started hitting the g ym
yourself into?” dients,” says Braun. “If anything, we would when he was 13 and kept working out, even
“What do you mean?” I ask. welcome clearer guidance from the FDA so through a cocaine and heroin habit he picked
“If you’re not used to taking a lot of stim- we don’t have to discontinue any products.”) up after dropping out of high school. At 27 he
ulants, you should start with the regular “It’s the Wild West,” says Dan Fabricant, witnessed a friend overdose and die, so he got
Cobra 6. You might not like the way this who was the FDA’s director of the Division of clean and doubled down at the gym. In 2005,
makes you feel.” Dietary Supplement Programs from 2011 to he got a job as a personal trainer and started
2014. “In weight loss, sexual enhancement, writing thousands of posts on bodybuild-
I N T H E U . S . , dietary supplements are a and bodybuilding categories, if it sounds too ing message boards and eventually became
$38-billion-a-year industry. Sixty-five per- good to be true, it probably is.” marketing director for Ironmag Labs, a sup-
cent of men in America take one, whether to
lose weight, grow hair, gain muscle, or keep

( )
an erection long into the night. There’s a wide
range of products, and most veer toward “IF YOU’RE NOT USED TO TAKING STIMULANTS,”
opposite ends of a spectrum. On one side are A SALESCLERK WARNS, “YOU MIGHT
the homeopathic cures and the herbal rem-
edies like echinacea, products that may not
NOT LIKE THE WAY THIS MAKES YOU FEEL.”
do much of anything besides drain your bank
account. On the opposite end are the prod-
ucts that work precisely because they rely on Blackstone, according to its critics, has plements company owned by businessman
pharmaceutical ingredients, many not listed exploited this system better than most, and Robert Dimaggio, who had become notori-
anywhere on the label. In 2014, for example, exactly how it does this is a case study in how ous for selling sketchy supplements. Singer-
the FDA recalled several weight-loss supple- to game a failing regulatory system. For one, man convinced Dimaggio to bring on Braun,
ments with names like Super Fat Burner Braun and Singerman aren’t shy about mar- whom he’d met at a bodybuilding competi-
because they contained the prescription drug keting their legally ambiguous products: tion, as the company’s top sponsored athlete.
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sibutramine, as well as phenolphthalein, a They often advertise the active ingredients Braun, who grew up in Connecticut, had
banned laxative linked to genetic mutations right on the label and promote them with taken to the gym in order to try to impress
— but not before a rash of hospitalizations. ads full of young women who could moon- his absentee father. “My father wouldn’t be
It’s the supplements laced with prescrip- light in beer commercials. They’re also con- proud or say, ‘Good job,’ ” says Braun. “He
tion drugs that are more troubling. They stantly active online. Blackstone has some would just say, ‘Oh, you know, there’s always
result in 23,000 emergency room visits every 25,000 Instagram followers; Braun has somebody better. You can do better.’” Braun
year, and more than 2,000 hospitalizations. over 100,000. His account is littered with went to the University of Connecticut but
The supplements are often sold under names shirtless selfies and videos of him driving dropped out to become a personal trainer.
like Lean FX and Stiff Nights, and the ingre- his Ferrari or pimped-out Jeep. He’s also the Then he took up professional bodybuilding.
dients are a list of acronyms only a chemist star of a weekly YouTube show with his wife, Blackstone’s genesis was in 2012, when
could decipher: DMAA, 17b-hydroxy 2a, or the former pro wrestler Celeste Bonin, titled Braun helped Singerman sell 7,000 units of

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something called Super DMZ. The product B A C K I N T H E I R warehouse, Braun and drug, the law also prevents the government
contained two designer steroid-like ingre- Singerman lead me up a f light of stairs to from prescreening and preapproving supple-
dients, dymethazine and methylstenbolone, an open space with a long brown table and ments. So supplements don’t require FDA
that few outside bodybuilding circles knew black swivel chairs. Here they’re formulat- approval the way, say, a cancer drug might,
much about. Braun and Singerman, how- ing the “next best thing.” Another muscle- even though they may have the same active
ever, recognized that these prohormones, as bound man, this one with a pink Mohawk ingredient. Utah is one of the major produc-
they’re called, were groundbreaking at help- and a lip ring, is scribbling symbols and ers of supplements. In fact, it is the state’s
ing gym rats get ripped. Their boss, Dimag- numbers on a whiteboard. “This is our third-largest industry, earning $10 billion
gio, had helped create Super DMZ but turned chemist, Bryan,” says Singerman. “We’re per year. Back when the law was written, the
it over to Braun and Singerman to hawk. doing some really cool stuff with Bryan.” industry was mostly homeopathic products,
“We were able to sell those 7,000 units in five Bryan Moskowitz joined Blackstone in but it has since boomed, and the law created
weeks,” Singerman explained in an online early 2015. Before that, Braun and Singer- cover for aggressive manufacturers willing
interview. “We gave Robert his money back man formulated all the company’s supple- to flaunt the regulations.
and each made $75,000.” But prohormones ments. Neither of them has any formal Also written into DSHEA are a series of
hadn’t yet been banned, so the pair ordered education, so they hired Moskowitz, who loopholes that allow steroids sold prior to
more and continued selling under the name has a master’s degree in organic biochem- the law’s passing to be grandfathered in, like
Blackstone Labs. In just 10 months they istry from Georgia Tech and calls himself the DHEA in Blackstone’s Brutal 4ce — even
made hundreds of thousands of dollars and the “Guerilla Chemist.” Moskowitz counts though it’ll get you banned by nearly every
moved operations from a makeshift office in among his role models Patrick Arnold, who’s sporting league on the planet, including
Braun’s townhouse into their current ware- infamous for creating three hard-to-detect MLB, the NFL, and the NCAA.
house. “We bought more of the Super DMZ, steroids, two of which were distributed by “That’s one of those things,” says Sing-
sold it, and created a second product, third BALCO, the lab linked to disgraced athletes erman about sports testing. “When a high
product, fourth product, fifth product, etc.,” Jose Canseco and Marion Jones — and school athlete asks if it’s OK to take [Black-
Singerman says in the same video. By the whose founder, Victor Conte, was sentenced stone’s] Dust V2, I go, ‘No, probably not.’”
time prohormones were finally banned, in to four months in prison. Moskowitz looks Braun and Singerman are similarly
2014, Blackstone was up and running with up to Arnold enough that he even posted an unfazed about SARMs, the unapproved
a full line of supplements, from postworkout Instagram photo of his and Arnold’s faces cancer drugs in Ostapure. “If you look at the
muscle builders to meal-replacement formu- Photoshopped onto an image of Breaking actual literature,” says Singerman, “it’s all
las. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be the Bad’s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in positive. I’ve used it plenty of times, and I
hot company,” says Braun. hazmat suits, having just finished cooking like putting out products that I actually use.”
In their office, Singerman points to a a batch of crystal meth. When I ask them whether they’re wor-
small photo of the two men leaning against Arnold is also credited with introducing ried about the potential side effects of their
brown shipping boxes piled up to their arm- the powerful stimulant DMAA to the sup- products, Singerman is quick with a scripted
pits. “That’s all Super DMZ,” Singerman says plements market. Eli Lilly created the drug answer. “We go through the available litera-
proudly. “This was our original shipment.” in 1944 as a nasal decongestant but removed ture and studies,” he says. But when I press
The reason Super DMZ and prohormones it from the market in 1983 because it caused him, his next response seems more honest.
finally became illegal has something to do headaches, tremors, and increased blood “I am a libertarian,” Singerman says. “I
with Blackstone’s supplier. The product was pressure. Arnold reintroduced it years later, believe that it’s the person’s decision. As long
being manufactured by a New York company in 2006, as a way for its users to get a jolt of as they’re an adult.”
called Mira Health Products. In 2013, at least energy before the gym. In one month alone, But they have no way of knowing how
29 people developed varying levels of liver in 2013, the FDA received 70 reports of liver different people might react. “One person
disease after taking a vitamin called B-50 disease and one death caused by OxyElite could be fine, and another person could have
sold by the company. After investigating, the Pro, a popular supplement with DMAA. a heart attack,” says Dr. Armand Dorian,
FDA discovered B-50 and many of Mira’s In the boardroom, Braun explains that an ER physician in Los Angeles who often
other products included high levels of pro- Moskowitz helped design the company’s lat- treats patients injured by dietary supple-
ments. “It’s rolling the dice.”
Take Jesse Woods. In 2009, the 28-year-

( )
old went online and ordered a bottle of
“I NEVER FELT OLD UNTIL AFTER THAT.... M-Drol pills from a Texas-based company
MY LIVER HAS SCAR TISSUE ON IT. DOCTORS called TFSupplements. Woods, who weighed
150 pounds, was looking to add muscle. “I’m
CAN’T SAY HOW LONG I’LL LIVE.” a small-framed guy,” he says, “so I was trying
to bulk up.” He did. In just four weeks, he’d
packed on 20 pounds of muscle. “I got big for
hormones, which were not listed anywhere est product, Brutal 4ce. The steroid that pow- a minute,” he says. “Then I got sick.”
on the label. The FDA forced Mira to recall ers it, DHEA, is banned or prescription-only Five weeks into taking M-Drol, Woods
all those pills and officially banned prohor- in just about every country except the United left work early because his stomach was
mones, including the ones in Super DMZ — States. When I ask Oliver Catlin, the presi- bothering him. When his wife came home,
which Blackstone listed on the bottle. None dent of the Anti-Doping Sciences Institute she noticed his eyes were yellow. “I’m taking
of that stopped Blackstone from continuing and the Banned Substances Control Group, you to the emergency room,” she said. Doc-
to sell them. In fact, at nearly the same time, why it’s still legal, he simply says, “I don’t tors performed a battery of tests, ultimately
the company released a new product called know. Ask Orrin Hatch.” determining that Woods was experienc-
Metha-Quad Extreme, which contained pro- Orrin Hatch is the powerful seven-term ing liver failure. What Woods didn’t know
hormones. It wasn’t until September 2014 senator from Utah who pushed through a is that M-Drol contained the steroid-like
that Blackstone stopped selling prohormones 1994 law in Congress called the Dietary Sup- prohormone Superdrol.
altogether to abide by FDA regulations. plement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). Woods spent 32 days in the hospital. He
“We lost 30 percent of our total revenue,” The bill defines what a dietary supplement threw up nearly every meal he ate, lost 30
Singerman says. “But the following month is: a vitamin, mineral, herb, or amino acid pounds, and developed a pungent odor, a
we went back up, because the truth is that (basically, anything found in nature). And common side effect of liver disease. “I never
people always want the next best thing.” while it explicitly states that it can’t be a felt old until after that,” says Woods, who’s

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How easy is STIMULANTS 2. L-Citrulline, 3g
it to create your An amino acid
own illegal, 1. DMAA, 50mg that draws water
DO NOT dangerous SIDE EFFECTS into muscles,
TRY THIS preworkout
juice? We
Increased blood
pressure, cerebral
increasing volume.
SIDE EFFECTS
AT HOME had an hemorrhage, heart Headaches, but
anti-doping attack, stroke. generally regarded
expert give as safe.
us a sure-to- 2. Powdered
get-you-ripped Caffeine, 300mg 3. Creatine, 4g
recipe, then we SIDE EFFECTS A natural body
went shopping Anxiety, sleep chemical thought
to find out. disruption, overdose. to improve
It took muscle function in
only a few 3. Yohimbe, 300mg the short term.
emails with SIDE EFFECTS SIDE EFFECTS
a Chinese lab Stomach upset, tremor, Muscle cramping,
to purchase anxiety, high blood nausea, diarrhea.
the illegal pressure, dizziness.
stimulant 4. Silica, 700mg
DMAA. The 4. Vitamin B12 Boosts nitrous
rest we picked SIDE EFFECTS None. oxide in the body
up at a few and is a possible
name-brand AMINO ACIDS bone strengthener.
grocery SIDE EFFECTS Can
and supple- 1. Beta-Alanine, 4g lead to dehydration
ment stores A nonessential without water intake.
on a two-hour element that helps
shopping buffer acid in muscles. FILLERS
spree. Drinker SIDE EFFECTS
beware. Tingling in body when Niacin and
—Keith Bearden taken in large doses. Sugar-Free Flavor.

now 35. “Now I feel sluggish. I just feel like I seized 200 cases of supplements valued at $3 man leaves Blackstone to pursue other proj-
aged. My liver has scar tissue on it. Doctors million, and in 2008 Wheat pleaded guilty to ects. “But he still owns half the company,”
can’t say how long I’ll live.” selling adulterated supplements and commit- Braun explains, insinuating that the split is
When he was released from the hospital, ting mail and wire fraud. He was sentenced amicable. But the tone of their relationship
Woods sued both TFSupplements and its to 50 months in prison, but he continued to quickly changes. “When the companies first
supplier, Competitive Edge Labs, settling operate Hi-Tech from his cell. split, I hoped we’d be friends again,” Braun
for an undisclosed amount. But the lawsuit When I ask Pieter Cohen how Hi-Tech says during one of his online Q&A sessions.
didn’t stop companies from selling Superdrol. continues to conduct business in such a man- “But he did too many things.”
Blackstone has yet to be sued by any of ner, he says that allowing any company to Braun has since divested himself of Boca
its customers, and the FDA has generally regularly sell synthetic ingredients as supple- Nutrition, and Singerman has gone on to
left the company alone. “We haven’t really ments is due to a major failure on the part of start a supplements company called Red-
had problems with the FDA,” says Braun. the government. “They’re not doing their Con 1. He is also rebranding another, Prime
But that may be simply because the agency job,” he says. Nutrition, with none other than Hi-Tech’s
is backlogged. It’s also far more effective to For their part, Braun and Singerman Jared Wheat, who was released from prison
go after the companies supplying the illegal maintain that everything in their supple- in 2011. Braun has taken over day-to-day con-
ingredients than the ones marketing the ments appears right on the label. trol of Blackstone, and despite the schism, the
final product. It’s the former that are deal- To test that claim, I sent the Cobra 6 company is thriving. Blackstone has moved
ing with the overseas suppliers that produce Extreme I purchased at Boca Nutrition to into a much larger, 14,000-square-foot space,
the untested or illegal drugs. Singerman Oliver Catlin’s Banned Substances Control and Braun has introduced several new prod-
admits to purchasing Chinese ingredients Group. When I received the test results, it ucts, including a long-awaited libido booster
but says it’s something that’s taken care of turns out Braun is right: The product is now called Entice. But the most surprising of his
by the plants that manufacture Blackstone’s devoid of the banned DMBA, a stimulant new releases is Dust Extreme, a preworkout
products. I ask him who they are. very similar to DMAA, that powered it. supplement with DMAA, the infamous,
“Well, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is one.” “So is it safe to take?” I ask. banned stimulant popularized by chemist
“Not necessarily,” says Catlin. The read- Patrick Arnold. It’s a curious decision to sell
H I -T E C H P H A R M A C E U T I C A L S I S the best ings revealed a powerful mix of new stimu- the illegal ingredient, but Braun justifies it in
example of a duplicitous company thriving lants. That could be due to a combination a long video on Facebook.
in a broken system. Its founder, Jared Wheat, of the ingredients listed on the label — a “I believe that people should be allowed
has a history of hawking high-demand sub- formula that includes caffeine and theobro- to take what they want to take,” he says. “Are
stances. In the early ’90s, he ran a high mine (an alkaloid of the cacao plant that you completely safe if you have health con-
school ecstasy ring in Alabama and served can be deadly in large doses). “Or it could be ditions? No. If your blood pressure is high,
32 months in prison for it. He started Hi-Tech something else,” he says. “We target drugs should you be taking a product like this?
in 1998, and by 2003 the FDA had already we are concerned about, like DMBA, when Probably not. But these are things you should
warned the company about its dietary we screen products like these. But sometimes look at yourself. I believe we should all have
supplements, some of which contained an there are new, unknown compounds present the choice to put what we want in our body.
unlicensed drug similar to the one used in that we can’t see.” You can go and buy cigarettes at any fucking
SHANA NOVAK

Cialis. But that didn’t stop Wheat. By 2005 gas station and they’re guaranteed to kill you.
he was selling supplements that contained SOON AFTER MY visit to Blackstone Labs, You will die. So how dare the FDA come in
the banned stimulant ephedra. In early 2006 and after four years of working together, and take away ingredients from us that give
government officials raided his offices and Braun and Singerman are at war. Singer- us awesome workouts?” MJ

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62
NO ONE HAS TRAINED
MORE COPS THAN
SELF-DESCRIBED
“KILLOLOGIST” DAVE
GROSSMAN. BUT
IS HE SENDING THE
RIGHT MESSAGE TO
AMERICA’S POLICE?

O N E M O R N I N G IN Octo-
ber 2016, Lt. Col. Dave
Grossman was in a Red
Lion Hotel conference
room in Sacramento,
California, preparing
BY JOSH EELLS • PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN MIDGLEY to speak to a group of
st ate t roopers about
what it’s like to kill.
Grossman, 60, is a
former West Point psy-
chology professor who’s
spent much of his career
studying killology — his
term for the psychology
of taking a life. Among the military and law
enforcement, he’s a revered figure. His first
book, On Killing, is part of the curriculum at
the FBI academy and on the Marine Corps
Commandant’s Professional Reading List.
Its follow-up, On Combat, is probably best
known for his assertion that people can be
divided into three groups — sheep, wolves,
and sheepdogs — and it’s the sheepdogs,
“blessed with the gift of aggression,” who
are responsible for protecting the sheep from Grossman
speaks to law
the wolves. The analogy has been adopted by enforcement at a
various military and gun-rights groups; in prayer breakfast
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, the father in San Diego.
of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle gives a (fictional)
dinner-table speech about sheepdogs taken
directly from Grossman’s writings.
Much of Grossman’s work draws on his
study of killing in combat — specifically,
the psychological and physiological effects a
person experiences upon taking a life. Since
retiring from the Army 19 years ago, he has
worked with hundreds of agencies, includ-
ing the FBI, the DEA, ATF, the Secret Ser-
vice, the Diplomatic Security Service, the
U.S. Marshals, and U.S. Special Forces. But
these days Grossman’s real bread and butter
is local police. Over the past two years, he
has spoken to more than 100 departments
around the country. There’s probably no one
in America who trains more cops; there’s
almost certainly no one who trains cops who
is better known.
The Sacramento event was for the Cali-
fornia Highway Patrol, part of an annual We’re trained to protect
three-day conference for “peer-support” and serve. We don’t train
officers, who help others after traumatic to just kill people.” In the
events such as shootings and mass casual- aftermath of the shooting,
ties. “There are some big challenges facing Greg leaned heavily on
law enforcement,” CHP Capt. John Arrabit Grossman’s On Combat. “It
said. “There’s a lot of negative press. Dave really helped him under-
reminds us that the vast majority of the pub- stand his mental state and
lic supports law enforcement personnel. His how to deal with the anxi-
message is: ‘What you’re doing is making a ety he was going through,”
difference. It’s noble and vital. Be proud of Andra said. “Had he not
who you are and what you do.’” read the book, he would
There were 200 or so CHP employees in have thought something
attendance, from undercover investigators wa s t r u ly w rong w it h
with grizzled, meth-dealer beards to sweet- him.”
looking dispatchers who might never hold a “God bless you,” Gross- A West Point
weapon. As they sipped free Starbucks and man said, putting a hand cadet with
Grossman’s 1996
waited for the day to start, dozens lined up on her shoulder. book, On Killing
to get books signed by Grossman, who sat Andra gave him a hug.
at a table offering merch for sale, including “Thank you for everything
a children’s book ($15) and a SheepDog- you do.”
branded knife ($240). In America’s current debate over polic- did Grossman become so sought-after in the
Between autographs, Grossman intro- ing, many observers have expressed con- first place? And if our cops are really at war,

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duced me to a trooper named Andra Eddy. cerns about the “militarization” of cops as he believes, then whom, exactly, are they
Andra’s husband, Greg, is also a trooper, — their evolution from a traditional, defen- at war with?
assigned to a canine unit in the Bay Area. In sive “guardian” model to an aggressive,
the fall of 2012, Greg took Grossman’s class, “warrior”-style one. Grossman is not one vaulted onto
AT 8 A M S H A R P, G R O S S M A N
and a few months later, he and a partner shot of them. With increased dangers at home the Red Lion stage. He wore his standard
and killed a suspected car thief who’d aimed and the Posse Comitatus Act preventing the uniform: black long-sleeved button-down;
FROM TOP: APRIL POPADITCH; SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

a gun at them. “The guy was loaded, one in military from operating on U.S. soil, he says, Levi’s with ink-stained pockets (due to
the chamber, pointed at my husband — the cops need to act more like soldiers. “We are the permanent markers he keeps stuffed
whole nine yards,” Andra said. “Had things at war,” Grossman likes to tell the people in them when he teaches). His high-and-
not lined up properly, he would have died.” he trains. “And our cops are the frontline tight haircut was combed just right, and he
Greg, his wife told me, had spent eight troops in that war. You are the Delta Force. prowled the stage with a marksman’s squint.
years in the Army before joining the CHP You are the Green Berets. It’s your job to put Grossman tailors his classes to his audi-
and served in the Balkans in the mid-’90s. a piece of steel in your fist and kill those sons ence, so today’s — which he calls “Bul-
“He was deployed to really shitty circum- of bitches when they come to kill our kids.” letproof Mind” — would focus largely on
stances, and he killed quite a few people,” “Cops fight violence,” Grossman often threats to law enforcement. He spent the
she said.’ “But this was totally different. says. “What do they fight it with? Superior first few hours laying out a frighteningly
In the military you’re trained to do what- violence. Righteous violence.” At a time dark vision of the world, from elementary-
ever you have to do to protect the United when a growing number of police officials school massacres in Israel and schoolgirl
States. Here we are not trained to do that. believe cops should be less eager to embrace beheadings in Indonesia to our own trag-
the use of force, Grossman is teaching the edies in Orlando and San Bernardino,
Contributing editor Josh Eells opposite. Which prompts a few questions: California. He warned of potential threats
wrote about Liam Neeson in the January/ Is an expert in “killology” the best person to everywhere: a nuclear bomb in a boat off
February issue. be training domestic police right now? How the coast of San Diego, Ebola-infected

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“suicide bio-bombers” sneaking across the officer with the Tallahassee Police Depart- defecate — what Grossman calls “taking a
Mexican border. He spent more than 10 ment, calls the emphasis on threats and battle crap.” There were more dangerous
minutes on the Beslan school massacre, a fear in police training “scaremongering.” physical side-effects, too, such as the loss of
2004 Russian terror attack in which more “The idea that the world is under siege from complex motor skills, and the possibility of
than 330 innocents were killed, 189 of them the forces of evil and you are the only thing seeing things that aren’t there. Grossman
children. “They believe 49 terrorists were standing in the way — that’s an awfully also provided tools for staying calm in an
neutralized . . . and 12 escaped,” Grossman attractive message, and it makes an audi- emergency, such as drinking a sip of water
said. “You can make a very good argument ence feel good,” he said. “But it also happens or taking deep breaths. The troopers lis-
that they will be the cell leaders for an attack to be bullshit, and potentially destructive tened intently, many nodding their heads
on America.” bullshit. It increases the risks that officers in agreement.
Next came the internal threats, specifi- and civilians face.” In some ways it’s helpful to think of
cally in America’s urban centers. “The level Filmmaker Craig Atkinson agrees. Grossman not so much as a professor but as
of day-to-day violence in our cities has never Atkinson is the director of Do Not Resist, a a motivational speaker. He dispenses lots
been a fraction of what it is today,” he said. new documentary about police militariza- of facts and figures, perhaps not all of them
And then he turned to what he describes as tion. He spent three years filming 18 differ- accurate, but mostly he is paid to encourage
an even more urgent crisis: the so-called war cops to feel good about what they do. “You
on cops. “The number of cops murdered in man the ramparts of civilization at a desper-
the line of duty has skyrocketed,” he told ate and violent time,” he told the CHP. In
the troopers. “The systematic murder, an age when many police feel criticized and
ambush, and execution of cops has become underappreciated, Grossman provides some
the norm.” He blamed “cop-haters” like welcome moral support.
civil-rights protestors and the news media, As it neared 5 PM, Grossman f inished
as well as “sick” TV shows such as Break- the day by reminding the officers of their
ing Bad and Sons of Anarchy for breeding “a fundamental mission. “Our goal is never to
generation of gangbangers who sincerely kill,” he said. “Our goal is to save lives. Our
believe cops are the bad guys.” strength comes from that. Our purity comes
Grossman, it must be said, has a pen- from that.” At the same time, he countered,
chant for hyperbolic sound bites and stats they shouldn’t err too far in the other direc-
that don’t quite stand up to fact-checking.
That Russian terror attack? According to the
“Cops fight tion. Not pulling the trigger when you’re
legally justified, he said, could be just as bad
Russian government’s official report, there violence. What as shooting when you’re not: “Fail to take
were 32 terrorists, of whom 31 were killed
and one was captured. The exploding mur- do they fight action when you should — what do they call
that? Cowardice. Negligence. Dereliction
der rate? According to the FBI, the number
of homicides did indeed rise dramatically in
it with? Superior of duty.”
“Don’t be afraid of getting sued — it’s just
a handful of cities in 2015 — but nationwide
it’s still roughly half of what it was for much
violence. a chance for overtime,” he said. “Be afraid of
getting successfully sued.”
of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Violent crime is
also historically low.
Righteous Grossman and I went
A F T E R H I S TA L K ,
As for the systematic murder of police, violence.” for dinner at a nearby sports bar, where he
according to the FBI, 2015 was one of the told me about his life. He lives with his wife,
safer years for cops in recent memory, with Jeanne — his high school sweetheart — and
41 officers “feloniously killed” in the line of their two dogs in a small town outside St.
duty — under the 10-year average of 48.8 Louis, Missouri (as it happens, 45 minutes
and well below the 35-year average of 64. from Ferguson). He spends almost 300 days
The 2016 numbers, which won’t be released ent departments, going on ride-alongs and a year on the road, usually coming home one
until later this year, will almost certainly SWAT raids, where he often heard Gross- night a week for what he jokingly calls “a
show an increase — in part because of man’s name. “He was always billed to us conjugal visit and clean underwear” before
ambush attacks on cops in Dallas and Baton as one of the number one trainers in all of heading out again. His oldest son, Jon, runs
Rouge, Louisiana — but the total will still be law enforcement,” Atkinson said. Then he a family-owned gunsmithing company; his
in line with the statistical norm. filmed one of Grossman’s workshops. “We youngest, Joe, helps manage the speaking
Seth Stoughton, a professor of criminal were absolutely shocked to hear the messag- business. His middle son, Eric, is an Air
law at the University of South Carolina, ing of violence going out,” he said. Force combat controller with nine combat
acknowledges that targeted assassina- Atkinson also questioned Grossman’s use tours and three Bronze Stars.
tions of police officers, such as those that of data. “A lot of police officers aren’t coming “The military was all I ever wanted to
happened in Texas and Louisiana, have from a scientific background,” he said. “So do,” Grossman said between sips of beer.
increased. “But the increase isn’t huge when Grossman — a professor — presents The son of a cop from Cheyenne, Wyoming,
in terms of pure numbers — it’s like from something as fact, they take it as fact. But he left school at 17 to work in the Nebraska
five to 10,” Stoughton said. “In a popula- when you really drill down into any of it, oil fields and enlisted in the Army a year
tion of more than 300 million, with more it’s basically a small bit of reality blown up later. He graduated from Ranger School
than 700,000 state and local officers, that to justify his thinking. He’s cherry-picking in 1978 and became an infantry platoon
doesn’t look like a war to me. It looks trou- ideas to illustrate his point.” leader, eventually working his way up to
bling. It looks scary. But let’s not blow it out After a lunch break, Grossman spent the company commander with the 7th (Light)
of proportion.” second half of the day on coping strategies, Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California.
Yet Grossman sees those ambushes as a in the unfortunate event that the troopers But he never had the opportunity to serve
chilling sign of things to come. “When you were someday forced to “embrace a dirty in a Ranger regiment, and though he liter-
hear about the f irst American cop being word: kill.” He spoke about phenomena ally wrote the book on combat, he never got
beheaded,” he told the CHP, “say, ‘Gross- they might experience in a gunfight, such to see action himself. The first Gulf War
man said that was coming.’” as “auditory exclusion,” in which they don’t started just after he arrived at West Point.
Stoughton, who spent five years as an hear their own gunshots, and the urge to Grossman had 14 years in the Army

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when he applied to teach at West Point and
got selected to teach psychology. He’d never
had any training in psychology: “What

WOLVES VS. SHEEP


West Point does is it selects people as pro-
fessors, then sends them to grad school en
route,” he explained. “I would have stud-
ied underwater basket weaving if it got me
to West Point.” He earned his master’s in Grossman has struck a chord with his idea that people can be
education psychology from the University divided into three groups — sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.
of Texas at Austin and spent a year intern- Here’s how he breaks it down in his 2004 book, On Combat.
ing as a counselor at a local middle school. One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to
He taught at West Point from 1990 to 1993; me: “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind,
the rest of his professorial experience came gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by
at Arkansas State, where he spent four accident... • “Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran
said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” • Do
years teaching military science and over-
you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the
seeing the ROTC program. flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and
It was at Arkansas State that Grossman they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not
published On Killing, in 1995, to much so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. • “Then there are
acclaim. The Washington Post called it “an sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and
illuminating account of how soldiers learn confront the wolf.” • If you have no capacity for violence then you are a
healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no
to kill and how they live with the experi- empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive
ence of having killed”; the New York Times sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love
called it “powerfully argued” and “full of for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is
arresting observations and insights.” The walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness,
book even made fans in Hollywood: While into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.
promoting his World War II movie Fury
a few years back, Brad Pitt told an inter-
viewer, “If you want to better understand
the accumulative psychic trauma incurred
by our soldiers, read On Killing by Lt. Col.
Dave Grossman.” or sued — for what he sees as the surging him. “That one’s borderline. I’m not giving
Though Grossman calls himself a behav- homicide rate. “The mayor of Chicago said you that one.”
ioral scientist, he is not a researcher in the cops are in the fetal position — well, you put When it comes to improving policing,
traditional academic sense. He wrote On ’em there,” Grossman said. “That’s the price Grossman strongly disagrees with prevail-
Combat, a study on how soldiers and police we pay for cutting the legs off our cops.” ing theories, such as that cops who shoot
off icers cope with the stress associated In his famous sheepdog essay, Grossman unarmed black citizens may be falling
with deadly conf lict, using what he calls talked about how sheepdogs can sometimes prey to “implicit bias.” “I don’t think there’s
an “interactive feedback loop” — gather- accidentally scare the sheep. The sheepdog much of that,” he said. “The far greater bias
ing stories from combat veterans, then “looks a lot like the wolf,” he wrote. “He has in our society today is a bias against cops.
presenting the information to people he fangs and the capacity for violence. The In 10,000 TV shows and 500 movies, black
trains. He’s more of a Malcolm Gladwell difference, though, is that the sheepdog people are almost never the bad guys. Name
type, compiling anecdotes and fashioning must not, cannot, and will not ever harm me one cop movie in the last 30 years that
them into a digestible narrative. As his chief the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally didn’t have a bad cop.”
qualifications, Grossman cites the “body harms the lowliest little lamb will be pun- Grossman does admit there’s one area of
of information I’ve crafted over the years” ished and removed.” law enforcement that could be improved.
and his ability to “speak from the heart.” “I The system, in other words, depends on “When people tell you law enforcement is
truly am one of the best people on the planet zero tolerance and accountability. Which, broken, they’re right,” he said. “And what’s
in a couple of areas,” he told me. “Whether it could be argued, is exactly what’s miss- broken is sleep.” He believes when cops
it’s preparation for a life-or-death event or ing nearly every time a cop kills an innocent shoot wrongly, it’s not because they’re
walking the sheepdog path, I really feel like citizen without repercussions. biased or scared or in need of better train-
I’m the preeminent authority.” In 2015, 991 people were fatally shot by ing. It’s because they’re physically and men-
Since leaving the Army, Grossman fre- police officers, according to the Washington tally exhausted. Long shifts and overtime
quently introduces himself as a reserve Post; 94 of them were unarmed. Yet only 18 lead to tired cops, and sleep deprivation, he
cop. (He’s a reserve deputy coroner for St. officers were charged in fatal on-duty shoot- said, “is the number one predictor of judg-
Clair County, Illinois.) “I think a lot more ings. Of all the recent high-profile police ment errors, ethical problems, and use-of-
like a cop today than I do like a soldier,” he killings, Grossman sees almost none that he force problems. If I could change one thing
said. As such, he tends to take a ref lexive believes were unjustified. Take Eric Garner, in the world right now to make law enforce-
stance against anyone he sees as harming the Staten Island man who died after an ille- ment better,” Grossman added, “it would be
cops. He likens protest groups such as the gal choke hold from the NYPD and whose mandating sleep.”
Black Lives Matter movement to “treason” last words were “I can’t breathe.” “If you Frankly, I’m a little surprised by this.
and says “it has blood on its hands” for can talk, you can breathe,” Grossman said. Grossman has spent two decades train-
emboldening killers of police. He calls the “The guy had a heart condition. The lesson ing law enforcement personnel and has
media “dirtbags” and “bastards” for their is, don’t fight cops when you have a heart published four books on the psychology
coverage of Ferguson, and he accuses the condition.” Or take Tamir Rice, the 12-year- of killing. Surely he has more insight into
Obama administration and other politicians old Cleveland boy who was fatally shot in a police shootings than this. But over and
of “pandering” to the police-reform move- park while playing with a toy Airsoft gun. “If over again, in several conversations, he
ment. He also cites the so-called Ferguson you had a gun pointed at you...” Grossman returned to this answer. “In every case I’ve
effect — the hypothesis that cops aren’t says, sympathizing with the cop — who, for been able to look at, we keep coming back
doing their jobs for fear of being prosecuted the record, did not have a gun pointed at to sleep deprivation,” Grossman said. “This

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is a moment that’s ripe for change — and if tor Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater divorce’ — it comes right up.” After finish-
you want to make a difference right now, the Horizon, Patriots Day), was trying to start ing he said he’d take a few questions, which
place to aim for is sleep.” a new guest-speaker series — his version he normally does not do. “We’ll see how it
of TED Talks — and Grossman was his goes,” he said uncertainly.
G R O S S M A N A L S O H A S written extensively f irst speaker. A few dozen guests min- The second question came from Ari
about video games and the role they play in gled around the boxing ring, sipping beer Emanuel. “Since we’re in the political season
contributing to mass shootings. In his new and wine and nibbling on catered hors right now,” he asked, “I was wondering what
book, Assassination Generation, he argues d’oeuvres. Berg’s frequent collaborator Mark your opinion is on gun control.”
that first-person games like Grand Theft Wahlberg was there, in a Red Sox cap and Grossman nodded. It was clear he didn’t
Auto — which he calls “a cop-killing murder a T-shirt that showed off his biceps, as was know who Emanuel was. “Folks, I’m a
simulator” — have trained millions of Amer- Berg’s agent, Ari Emanuel — the brother behavioral scientist,” he began. “I try to stick
ican children to be ruthless killers. “We have of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and one with the science. I’ve got a lot of conserva-
raised the most vicious generation the world of Hollywood’s most powerful executives. tive friends who are global-warming skep-
has ever seen,” Grossman said in his lecture Berg climbed into the ring and told the tics, and it’s embarrassing. What you’ve got
to the CHP. “Thousands of Americans see is called confirmation bias. The data is over-
video of ISIS cutting heads off and say, ‘I whelming. They see one study that shows
want a piece of that.’ ” some doubt, they twist the data, they twist
Assassination Generation revisits ground the application. But when it comes to the
Grossman originally covered in his 1998 gun issue, it’s almost the other way around.
book Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, in I’ve got left-wing antigun people, and it’s
which he first laid out his ideas about media kind of embarrassing.”
violence. Many of his claims were litigated He went on to say that more than 90 per-
18 years ago, when America had this debate cent of cops favor gun rights, and that 42
in the wake of Columbine. But Grossman states had instituted loose concealed-carry
is more adamant than ever. At one point laws, “and every time, crime is down.”
he writes that experts who deny the link But this crowd was somewhat more
between video games and adolescent vio- skeptical than Grossman’s usual audience.
lence will someday “be viewed as the moral
equivalent of Holocaust deniers.”
In 2015, 991 “There is research,” Emanuel countered. “In
countries that don’t have guns, there is less
Near the end of the book, Grossman
highlights some practical steps parents can
people were violence, less murders. . . .”
“The seven most violent nations on the
take to battle video-game-inspired violence: fatally shot planet are all in Latin America and the
more sleep, less screen time, more family Caribbean,” Grossman said, “and every one
meals, more time in nature. But nowhere by police, while of them has those gun laws.”
in his list of solutions does he mention the
word guns. One anecdote is particularly tell- 41 cops were “But you could make the other side of that
argument, too,” argued Emanuel. “We can
ing: Grossman writes about a 16-year-old
in Cleveland whose parents took away his
“feloniously go to Israel. They don’t permit guns — only
the military.”
copy of Halo 3 because they thought it was
too violent. His father locked the game in a
killed” in the “Oh, no.” Grossman shook his head.
“That’s not accurate.”
lockbox, which also held a 9mm handgun. line of duty. “That is accurate,” said Emanuel.
The boy stole the key, took the game and the Grossman chuckled sarcastically. “Yeah.
gun, and shot both his parents in the head. Do some research on that one.”
Grossman blames video games for the mur- “I have,” Emanuel said.
der; he says nothing about the pistol. Another man raised his hand. “Where
Grossman grew up around guns and can I find the studies on those 42 states?”
nowadays fully embraces gun rights. He’s crowd about how he f irst came across “The 42 states?” said Grossman. “The
a popular speaker on the NRA circuit and Grossman’s writing. While preparing to NRA — nra.com. I think there’s some good
last year spoke at the organization’s national shoot Lone Survivor, he’d embedded with a info there.”
meeting: “All three days. Standing-room SEAL team in Iraq, and all the SEALs had Berg stepped in. “Why don’t we take two
only every day.” A big proponent of the good- copies of Grossman’s books. (Standing in more. . . .”
guy-with-a-gun theory of crime prevention, the back, several large, bearded men nod- Grossman answered two more questions,
he calls the right to concealed carry “the ded in agreement.) Then Berg introduced one about veteran suicide (his solution:
greatest grassroots issue of our time” and Grossman, whom he mistakenly referred more sleep) and one from a woman asking
says its implementation is a matter of to as “Dr.” “Thanks, folks,” Grossman said advice about being married to a sheepdog.
urgent national security. He wants Amer- to applause. “One thing right up front — Emanuel cut out early, raising a skepti-
ica to have more gun owners, with effective appreciate the intro, Pete, but I’m not a doc- cal eyebrow at Berg as he left. Grossman
background checks and rigorous training. tor, I always try to correct that. Reasonable wrapped up to applause, and the audience
He’d also like to see some kind of manda- assumption.” stood to leave.
tory national service, as in Switzerland or For the next hour or so, Grossman At some point in the evening, two uni-
Israel. “I want us to be a nation of marks- delivered an abridged version of his lec- formed cops from Santa Monica PD had
men,” Grossman said. “As long as we’re an ture, touching such greatest hits as “Israeli drifted in. They were young, probably mid-
armed nation, we’ll be a free nation. Israel school massacres,” “you are the frontline to late twenties, one white, one Hispanic.
has found the only possible answer: armed troops,” “left-wing blogs,” and, of course, They watched Grossman’s talk from the
people everywhere.” “sheepdogs.” He cited one of his favorite door, hanging back as if not to intrude. After
statistics — that 15 percent of divorces are Grossman worked his way to the lobby,
Grossman was at Wild
A W E E K L AT E R caused by video games — and the crowd shaking hands and saying thank-yous, he
Card West, a boxing gym in Santa Mon- laughed before realizing he wasn’t joking. set up a table to autograph some books. The
ica. The gym’s co-owner, the movie direc- “Google it,” Grossman said. “ ‘Video games, two cops were the first in line. MJ

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G E A R L A B
Ditch the 1

Pavement
Tired of running the same car-
clogged roads? Hitting the trails lets
you commune with nature while 2
adding juice to your daily jog. But
unpredictable weather and terrain
mean you’ll need versatile new gear.

We love trail running because it


gives us a little peace and a
chance to enjoy the beauty of
the woods. Well, it turns out that trail
running can make you a better
runner, too. “Your body is forced to
learn how to stabilize itself, enhance
balance, and quickly change on the 3
fly,” says Steve Magness, running
coach and author of The Science of
Running. But the key to switching
from road to trail successfully is the
right kit — including shades to protect
your eyes from sun and debris, and a
watch that can guide you home.

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by JEREMY BERGER & ADAM CHASE

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G E A R L A B

Trail
Taming
Terrex Agravic Shorts are a perfect
1 I The Protective Lid layer over tights. The fabric is light
Gear Roka Kona
Lose the visor or that camo Tough The Kona looks Hollywood but is
and fast-drying, a bonus when
Mudder headband and replace it packed with features that perform
those unexpected clouds roll in.
with a GoCap from Montreal-based on the trail: an ultralight and
A zippered rear pocket is ideal for
Ciele Athletics. The five-panel cap durable nylon frame, everything-
stashing keys and an ID. And the
is made of a powerful wicking proof Zeiss lenses, resilient spring
stretchy waist stays tight without
fabric, has UPF 40 sun protection, hinges, and sticky Geko pads
confining — the shorts never
and brings a touch of streetwear to keep them in place when you
budged when we had to make a few
to the trail. We especially like the sweat. $190; roka.com
unplanned leaps over fallen trees.
way the flashy colors stand out
$109; adidasoutdoor.com
in a crowd and the pliable brim
that always bounces back after
we stuff it in our race bag.
Osprey Duro 1.5
With a 1. 5-liter reservoir, two chest
$40; cieleathletics.com
5 I The Leg Warmers pockets for soft flasks, and multiple
Forget everything you think you nooks for gels and snacks, the Duro
know about capri pants: The is ideal for a run far from civilization.
stitchless North Face Flight Series We love the trim silhouette, which
2 I The Barely-There Warp Capris provide support allows you to snake tight singletrack
Jacket with no restrictive feeling, thanks to without catching branches.
The freakishly light Patagonia a warp-knit fabric with strategically $90; ospreypacks.com
Airshed Pullover weighs just placed venting. We like that they
four ounces, so you’ll hardly notice offer protection on narrow trails
it over a base layer. What you with sharp brush without sacrificing
will notice is the extra warmth ventilation; if things really heat up, On Cloudventure
and weather protection that the we just fold them up over the knee. Designed for the Alps, this shoe
DWR-coated, stretchy soft-shell $120; thenorthface.com deflects mud nicely, owing to a
fabric provides when you’re uniquely designed tread that closes
cruising along a ridgeline or on impact with the ground. The
bombing down a fire road. On artfully constructed dual-layer
sweaty technical ascents, we 6 I The Ultimate upper offers comfortable support
packed the Airshed into its Pair of Socks and is great for wider feet.
pocket and attached it with the Smartwool’s newest innovation $150; on-running.com
carabiner clip-in loop to our — also found in a custom
shorts. $119; patagonia.com mountaineering sock for Conrad
Anker — is a layering of merino, Tracksmith Mission
nylon, and elastane. In the PhD
Run Ultra Light Logo Crew,
Top Loader Bag
This retro-style bag has a separate
3 I The Navigating it creates a super-durable, pocket for your dirty shoes and
Watch comfortable, and breathable sock. tons of space inside for gear. Plus,
Designed for multisport athletes, The new colors look good, too. the waxed canvas and leather
the Suunto Spartan Ultra tracks $20; smartwool.com bottom can handle being stashed
barometric altitude, has GPS route
in the bushes at the trailhead.
navigation, and offers sport-
$168; tracksmith.com
specific metrics for trail running.
Heading to a new city on business? 7 I The Sturdy,
Connect to Suunto’s Movescount Lightweight Shoe
online platform for local trail Hoka One One dialed back its Salomon S-Lab
info that you can download to thick insole for the Speed Instinct. Sense Ultra
the watch. $749; suunto.com But even with a more traditional More plush than previous versions,
profile, this shoe still packs in the the new Sense has the same firm
cushioning via materials that midsole as the shoe that won many
balance absorption and bounce. 100-milers, so you know it’s terrific
4 I The Weather- The multidirectional lugs are for long distances. It has added
Repelling Shorts shallow enough to go from road to traction for both wet and dry
Without a liner, the Adidas Outdoor trail. $130; hokaoneone.com surfaces. $180; salomon.com

TIPS TO GET VERTICAL


“The biggest challenge for runners
BUY NEW SHOES
“Though they’re often similar, trail
READ A MAP
“Learn to read maps and get
TA C K L E transitioning from roads to trails is shoes and road shoes serve different comfortable with navigation. Trail
TRAILS becoming accustomed to hillier purposes. Runners transitioning running can take you to some
terrain. Most trail races have a lot from the road will probably notice a amazing but unfamiliar places. It’s
Professional more vertical gain and loss than need for more foot protection due to important to have a resource in
ultramarathoner races on the road. This requires rocks, roots, and other hazards. Trail case you get turned around. Often
Dylan Bowman different muscle groups, which take shoes are usually made with a more there are unmarked intersections
explains how a road time to develop. The best thing to durable, rubberized outsole and on remote trails and it’s hard to
warrior gets ready do is run hillier routes a few times often feature rock-plate technology know where to go. The best thing to
for the woods. per week. If it’s flat where you live, to provide better grip and prevent do is to familiarize yourself with the
seek out a treadmill and do foot injury. I find that road shoes route the day before and then bring
workouts on an incline.” tend to break down more quickly.” a small map with you on the run.”

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BEST FOR CAMPING
1 I BioLite Base 1
Lantern XL
A 500-lumen LED lights up
a campsite for up to 78 hours,
and two USB ports provide
All-Star
juice for that phone or speaker
you can’t leave at home.
$130; bioliteenergy.com
Power
Plays
Portable high-
capacity batteries
mean there’s
no excuse for
getting stuck with
a dead device. Here
are the best ways
to stay juiced —
no matter
where you roam.
by JESSE WILL

BEST FOR TAILGATING


2 IGoal Zero Yeti
1400 Lithium
In lieu of a gas-powered generator
that stinks and chugs along
annoyingly, the silent Yeti 1400 is a
46-pound lithium-ion unit capable
of firing up a flatscreen TV or even
a fridge. $1,999; goalzero.com

To maintain the
health of a battery,
make sure it has
some charge before
storing it for an
extended period
of time.

6
4
3 PROP ST YLING BY PETER TR AN FOR ART DEPARTMENT

BEST FOR HEADPHONES BEST FOR LAPTOPS BEST FOR CARS BEST FOR PHONES
3 I Mophie Power 4 I ChargeTech 5 I Cobra JumPack 6 I Anker PowerCore
Capsule Portable Outlet XL Speed 10000 QC
Bluetooth earbuds have eliminated Off the grid? Plug any device You don’t want to rely on a stranger Supersmall and superfast,
wires, but they’ve added a power directly into the ChargeTech’s appearing with cables: The the PowerCore fully restored
dependency. This clamshell case standard three-prong outlet, and JumPack fits in a glove box and our iPhone 7 three times. And its
has a built-in battery that recharges the 27,000 mAh battery will run it stores enough power (for three charging time for most phones
headphones on the go. for up to three times its regular months) to jump a car three times. nearly rivals plugging in at home.
$40; mophie.com charge. $185; chargetech.com $150; cobra.com $36; anker.com

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G E A R L A B

Master the
Everyday Carry
Packing right is essential, but you’re nowhere without the right bag.
These smartly designed backpacks make it easy to lug what you need.

BEST FOR AIR TRAVEL BEST FOR PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS


Thule Subterra 23L Peak Design Everyday 20L
Here’s a bag born to minimize headaches at the With bombproof construction, easy-access side
airport, thanks to ultralogical organization cues zips, and plenty of padded divider panels, this
like a pocket for your phone and tablet charger backpack is targeted at photographers with
that helps fight first-class cord tangle. We plenty of gear. (We comfortably fit a DSLR, along
used the bag’s pass-through pocket to attach it with three extra lenses.) But anyone with lots of
to the extended handle of a wheeled carry-on, stuff to carry will appreciate the magnetic
consolidating all our luggage on two wheels. closures and hidden exterior compression straps
Also awesome: The interior is Day-Glo orange, that let you affix odd-shaped objects. Another
so it’s easy to quickly ID what’s what as you’re bonus: Rain rolls off its tough, slick nylon fabric.
boarding. $100; thule.com $260; peakdesign.com

BEST FOR IN TOWN

The Urban Bag


With Wilder
Leanings
One look at the sturdy waxed-canvas
Mountain Khakis Flat Pack and
you’ll want to go bag a peak in
old-school style — the cotton canvas
is tough enough to fend off brush and
bramble, and its back straps are
comfy even on a demanding climb.
But the compact, just-the-essentials
13-liter size will serve you best on BEST FOR BIKE COMMUTERS BEST FOR RUGGED USE
quick jaunts to the coffee shop, where Showers Pass Transit 5.11 Rush24 Backpack
more folks will appreciate aesthetic Waterproof The 5.11 was built to take abuse — the heavy-
details like the recycled-climbing- We had trouble finding a commuter backpack gauge nylon outer and burly, contoured shoulder
rope handle. The 15-inch laptop sleeve that could adeptly carry two U-locks (a must for straps practically beg you to throw it into battle.
is padded to protect from bumps, and quick-release wheels) — until now. Locks fit to But it’s become our go-to pack for the daily
is easily accessible through a side straps on either side of this waterproof pack, grind, thanks to ample space and dedicated
leaving plenty of room inside for a laptop, change pockets for everything from pens to sunglasses.
zipper. $150; mountainkhakis.com
of clothes, and even a sixer. Other bike-friendly On more demanding missions, you can attach
features include a front pocket that zips out extra gear like a flashlight, a rope, or a two-way
to hold a helmet, and four LED lights that slip into radio to its outer webbing via mounts (sold
by JESSE WILL built-in inserts. $264; showerspass.com separately). $180; 511tactical.com

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G E A R L A B

Get a Little
More Action
The secret to brag-worthy footage? Knowing what to
do with the video after it’s shot. by ERIK SOFGE

Q: What if I
shoot mostly
Q: Everyone seems to say GoPro makes the underwater?
best action cameras. Is that true? A: Most action cameras are waterproof
(or come with a waterproof case), but
A: Pretty much. The company that practically
invented the category was briefly out-
Do I need optional mounts? Yes. We
relied heavily on a mount — a $30 the Sony FDR-X3000 ($350; sony
innovated by rivals, but its latest model, add-on that can also clamp onto a seat .com) has an incredible depth rating
the HERO5 Black ($400; gopro.com), post — and you should plan to buy at of 196 feet — good enough for scuba
below, dominates the competition all over least one, depending on when and where divers — and its image stabilization
again. It’s waterproof up to 33 feet without you shoot. For example, surfers should is even better than the GoPro’s. For
an additional case, has a color touch- look into the $60 wrist strap or $30 great underwater footage, invest in
screen, and responds to voice commands floating handgrip, and a $40 dog harness a compact floodlight, like the Knog
(such as “GoPro shoot burst”) to capture can turn your pet into an unwitting Qudos Action Video Light ($100,
12 megapixel stills or 4K video. In a wide director of photography. knog.com.au). It’s compatible with
range of tricky lighting conditions, the What if my budget is slightly lower? GoPro and Sony mounts, and it’s so
image quality remains superb. In GoPro’s still got your back: The HERO5 bright and rugged we use it camping.
our tests, it cut through a surprising Session costs $100 less than the Black,
amount of gloom during twilight, and and its footage is only slightly less
adjusted quickly to transitions between impressive. Plus, it’s a 1.5-inch cube,
well-lit and shaded areas while clipped compact enough to mount in more places
onto a bike’s handlebars. and slip into a pocket.

Q: What’s the
easiest way to
edit my footage?
A: For instant movie magic, try Quik.
Just choose a clip (or clips) in the free
app by GoPro and it will automati- Q: Are 360-degree
cally turn your footage into a mobile
version of a shareable highlight reel, cameras really
complete with cuts and effects, set to
your choice of music. For traditional
worth it?
editing and more control, Apple
iMovie ($5 for iOS) and CyberLink
A: They’re starting to be: The Nikon
KeyMission 360 ($500, nikonusa
PowerDirector (free) both offer .com) just might be a peek at the
uncluttered, clean interfaces, letting future of action cams. With lenses
you isolate and drag clips to create on two sides, this rugged waterproof
your own narrative. camera shoots VR-ready footage
that can be watched with a simple
cardboard viewer and a smartphone.

Action-cam video
piles up fast. Invest
in an external
storage device to
keep all the
footage from
clogging up your
laptop.

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Bring the Bike


Shop Home
With a few key items you can get your ride
ready for spring and keep it tuned up all year
round. Here’s how. by BERNE BROUDY
Otto Tuning System
If your shifting is clunky, just clip
these two plastic gauges onto
your derailleur and cassette, and
You will lose
a bit of air from your an app can walk you through
tires each day, so be the adjustment using your iPhone’s
sure to have a good camera. PRO TIP: If you are not
pump (digital is shifting smoothly after using the
best) and fill them Otto, chances are you have a bent
up often. derailleur hanger and will need
a mechanic. $39; ottodesign
works.com (plus in-app
purchase)

Pedro’s Essential
Bike Care Kit
A key part of bike maintenance is
regularly cleaning and lubing; this
kit from Pedro’s has some of the
best products we’ve tested. Most
notably, the biodegradable Green
Fizz attacks dirt, but doesn’t impact
the lubed parts. PRO TIP: Once a
month fully clean your bike, and
make sure to get between chain
rings. $25; pedros.com

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Park Tool Home


Mechanic Starter Kit
You can remove pedals, pull your
chain and cassette for cleaning,
swap in new cables, true your
wheels, and fix a chain with the
high-quality tools in this box set.
PRO TIP: If you’re new to bike
repair, see if your local shop offers
a basic bike maintenance course.
$100; parktool.com

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G E A R L A B

Performance
Vests
In changing weather, the vest is the perfect
layer to keep you warm where it counts. And
thanks to thinner technical fabrics, it’s
now great for high-intensity activity — or
2 just hanging by a fire. by BERNE BROUDY

BEST FOR CHILLY HIKES


Rab Neutrino
If your late-winter stroll is going to take you to
1 elevation, stash a Neutrino in your bag. The
hydrophobic 800-fill down is more than toasty, but
we didn’t find it overly bulky. The elasticized armholes
and a drawstring hem seal out weather and seal
in warmth. And zipped pockets provide plenty of
storage. $225; rab.equipment

3 BEST FOR OUTDOOR WORKOUTS


Dynafit Mezzalama
When you’re working up a sweat, it’s a dance
2 to figure out the perfect balance between
staying warm and staying dry. This stretchy vest has
highly breathable Polartec Alpha front and back to
combat the cold while also dumping heat. A hood
keeps the wind off your neck. $180; dynafit.com

BEST FOR CAMPFIRE NIGHTS


Flylow Larry
With its western styling, the Larry was our go-to
3 on the mountain this year, whether we were
skinning on warmer days or drinking beer by the fire.
It’s lined with 800-fill European goose down, then
4 enhanced with an extra 40 grams of synthetic
Spaceloft Micropuff in the shoulders for water and
wear resistance. And the pockets fit our iPhone
6 Plus and a wallet. $150; flylowgear.com

BEST FOR EMERGENCY LAYERING


Stio Azura Insulated
This highly packable Stio has just enough
4 insulation to take the chill off. And because it’s
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synthetic, it stays warm even when you sweat. The


neck and hand-warming pockets are both fleece-lined
— a small but delicious detail — and big zipper pulls
are easy to operate with gloves on. $155; stio.com

Without arms, vests BEST FOR CYCLING


naturally offer
better mobility and Velocio Ultralight Vest
still manage to No activity demands an extra layer like long
5 rides, but where to stash it? This ultraminimalist
keep you warm
5 where it matters — wind layer fits in a jersey pocket — you’ll never be
in the core. chilled switchbacking down a mountain pass again.
The full-zip, barely there, windproof nylon shell is
waterproof, too. $125; velocio.cc

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The New Fry Guys


Healthy fried food sounds too good to be true, but these air fryers use little to no oil and promise exactly
that, with less mess, too. We asked chef Jeff Mahin if it tastes as good as it sounds. by JESSE WILL

RATED (1 to 10)

CRISPY
THAI
CHICKEN
W I N GS
“These are an easy
attention grabber
for game day,” says
chef Jeff Mahin,
of the four Stella
Barra Pizzerias.

INGREDIENTS
1 lb chicken wings

Marinade:
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp sambal chili
sauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
DeLonghi MultiFry Classic Black+Decker 2L PuriFry 3 tbsp lime juice
The MultiFry uses two heating elements and a mixing paddle “This was the most simplistic of the fryers,” says Mahin. Two 1½ tsp minced garlic
(like a bread machine’s) that moves food around to help it turntable-style knobs control cooking time and temperature 1 tbsp sugar
crisp evenly. It produced consistently cooked french fries and (from 175 to 400 degrees). Fried chicken and french fries 2 tbsp chopped
brought an even char to brussels sprouts. “I’d recommend came out a tad crunchier — and not in a good way — with a cilantro stems
this one to chef friends — you can get adventurous with it,” harder texture than in other units. Mahin found it to be a 8 tbsp peanut oil
says Mahin. One qualm: Unlike with other machines, the passable budget option and liked using it to crisp up some 2 tbsp sesame oil
temperature dial on this one isn’t in degrees but in frozen foods. The two-liter basket has room for about
8 power levels, forcing you to rely on trial and error
when adapting some recipes. $250; delonghi.com
6 eight cups of food — enough for the whole family.
$150; blackanddeckerappliances.com
Sauce:
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sesame
seeds, toasted
10 cilantro leaves
1 tbsp sliced jalapeño

1. Wash chicken under


cold water and drain.
2. In a medium bowl,
whisk fish and sambal
sauces and lemon
and lime juices. Add
garlic, sugar, and
cilantro stems.
3. Whisk in peanut
oil, followed by
sesame oil.
4. Add chicken wings
to bowl and marinate,
covered, for 20
minutes.
5. Preheat air fryer
to 360° (or level 4 on
the DeLonghi).
6. Add ¼ cup
marinade and wings
GoWise 10.5 Qt Turbo Philips Avance Collection XL to fryer; cook for 20
The largest, most decked-out of the fryers has more buttons A simple touchscreen thermostat and timing controls, minutes. Skin should
and presets than the others, and Mahin was intrigued by its along with a streamlined design, instantly gave the Philips be caramelized.
turning basket, baking rack, and rotisserie, with which you machine an edge in Mahin’s kitchen. And the results were 7. Remove wings,
could roast a small chicken. But “the problems come when even better: The Avance consistently turned out the best drizzle with honey,
you actually use it,” says the chef. Challenges included chicken wings and french fries of the group — moist inside, and sprinkle sesame
myriad controls and a slew of parts to keep track of. Its fries with a crisp shatter. “I would never imagine they were seeds, cilantro leaves,
and chips were crispy, says Mahin, “but the end result anything other than deep-fried,” says Mahin. Bonus: and (if you want it
6 was too much gadget and not enough ease of use.”
$140; gowiseproducts.com
9 It’s painless to clean and doesn’t take up too much
counter space. $400; usa.philips.com
hot) jalapeños.

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The
Last
Word

You were born in Brazil and raised in


Lebanon. Which culture has the right
approach to life?
Obviously there is not one best approach. I’m
very connected to Brazil because it’s made
up of people from all over the world living
peacefully together — there’s a respect for
other people and cultures. The Lebanese part
is also important because it’s a very old coun-
try — people of different origins and beliefs,
Venetians, Arabs, Jews, and Christians. It’s a
place of perpetual conflicts and wars. Living
there, you have a completely different view.
For you, the world is not one. Diversity is a
given. But when I go to Japan, I see one cul-
ture, one people, one history, a country that
has never been invaded or colonized. It’s a
shock. But it’s a refreshing shock.

What’s the most striking difference in


lifestyle between Japan and Brazil?
Punctuality. In Japan you invite people to

Carlos Ghosn
dinner 7 to 8:30 PM , everybody’s waiting
before 7. At 8:30, everybody leaves. That’s
Japan. In Brazil, you invite people for 7 PM,
the first guy shows up at 9, and then you have
some people come at 10:30 and people leaving
The man who runs three car companies on the value of sleep,
you at 3 o’clock in the morning. But this is
the limits of recognition, and the spoils of a globe-trotting life. expected. So you have to adapt to both.

What does every CEO need to have? “OK, what’s this guy gonna do? What’s gonna What’s the most prized car in your
Unfortunately, to do this job there are happen over there?” personal collection?
a couple of preconditions: No matter how Well, the car I’m most attached to is the 350Z
smart or gifted you are, you cannot do the You’re responsible for roughly 100 because it was the first year of the new Z and
job if you’re not able to sleep anywhere, any- million of the cars on the road today. it was a symbol of the revival of Nissan. We
time. If you can’t do that, don’t even try to be How do you handle that? brought the Z and the GTR back again, and
a CEO. You’re gonna have a hard time. It’s heavy, but at the same time some people I have both. I also have a Leaf, which was
have more responsibility than you. But it’s the avant-garde of the industry. The first
What are the other prerequisites? not only about how many cars are on the road. mass-market zero-emission car.
You also need to be extremely organized and It’s also about the 450,000 people who work
disciplined. People think if you’re disciplined in your companies. You have to remember Does Nissan get enough credit for
that means you’re programmed, but no. You that your responsibility is to your company being early on electric?
also have to be able to make U-turns and first and everything else after. No, I don’t think so. But it will happen one
listen to a lot of different ideas. day. We were the first to produce a mass-
You split your time between Paris and market electric car, then we were followed
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When was your toughest time as CEO? Tokyo, two of the world’s great by Tesla as a niche, premium brand, and now
Probably the first three months at Nissan in culinary cities. How does that affect everyone else is coming to it. We’re very proud
Japan because I had to learn the company your diet? of that, but we’re not looking for recognition.
very fast. It was on the verge of a cash crunch, It’s a mixed blessing — because we are in two We’re looking for competitiveness. Somebody
and we didn’t have much time to fix it. And capitals of good food, and not only French said, “If you want recognition, get a dog.”
I had to do it with all of Japan looking. I was and Japanese food but some of the best Chi- —INTERVIEW BY MARK HEALY
the ultimate outsider: I was not Japanese. I nese, Thai, Korean, and Italian restaurants
was not part of Nissan. I was just arriving in in the world. The bad thing is, if you are used Carlos Ghosn is CEO of Nissan and Renault
the country, and I had three months to to this high standard, when you go to other and the chairman of Mitsubishi. He’s the
announce my plan. Everybody was saying, countries you are always disappointed. first to run three Fortune 500 companies.

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