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February 2017

Updates Personal Best


p11 Take it outside p29 Eyes on the prize
Outdoor running burns more Stay alert under the winter sun with
calories and gets you fitter faster the new Oakley Radar sunglasses

p15 Fix your work-life balance p30 The best new running shoes
Get your life back in 2017 with We review the latest and best
these six productivity tips trainers to help you find the right
fit and set even faster times
p21 Beat the winter blues
If cold and dark mornings are getting p38 Roll back the years
you down, we have the solution Start 2017 looking younger than
ever with our round-up of the
p23 Build will of steel best new grooming gear
Cover model David Gandy Get better at ignoring your sweet
Cover photography Glen Burrows tooth cravings to fight off belly fat p40 Never go out of style
Styling Lee Holden Ensure your hair stays thick and
Grooming Lilli Bridger
p24 New muscle moves stylish with our expert advice –
T-shirt by David Gandy for
Autograph at M&S. Trousers by Build size and strength faster plus the best new fragrances
Maison Martin Margiela at Liberty

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Features Fuel Trainer


p42 101 ways to get lean in 2017 p69 Torch fat with food p91 The complete guide to the gym
The first part of our definitive The second part of our 101 Ways Ever had questions about the gym?
guide to torching body fat To Get Lean in 2017 special You’ll find the answers here
focuses on the best ways to explains why your kitchen habits
train smarter in the gym are critical to faster fat loss p100 Build lean abs in 20 minutes
Try this six-move abs workout
p48 Nutrition myths you can ignore p78 Eggs made easy to sculpt a hard six-pack
Constantly confused about the right Make this quick dish any time of day
and wrong things to eat for a better for a delicious and nutritious meal p107 Get over the hill
body? Wonder no more – we reveal Cycling up hills is horrible, but
the facts and expose the fiction p81 The new rules of booze follow these tips and you’ll soon
behind the most common diet advice You don’t have to give up alcohol - be sailing over them at speed
just follow these five guidelines
p54 The man behind the model p110 Get smart with dumbbells
David Gandy has been the world’s p85 Get bigger and stronger now This circuit will get you ripped
number one male model for a With these muscle-building supps
decade. He talks exclusively to p117 Workout of the month
MF about work, workouts, life p88 10 prebiotic foods You’re just four weeks away
goals and his true passion Give your gut the nutrients it needs from your best ever body

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Photography Ben Knight

Turn to p91 to find out


what to do with a barbell
– and all the other key
bits of training kit

Newyear,
The best thing about the start of a new year is together the definitive guide to gyms (p91), so
the opportunity it offers to wipe the slate clean whether you’re a first-timer or want to find new
and start afresh. We say we’ll go to the gym and better ways to train, we’ve supplied the

newyou
more and the pub less. We’ll eat more salad answers. There’s also 101 instantly-applicable
and less pizza. We’ll get that promotion and tips on how to blitz your belly fat (p42), as well
save more money and start to live the fitter, as all you need to know about how to undo all
healthier and happier life we deserve. The that festive season indulgence quickly (p81).
trouble is that, most years, most people find In short, we’ve sorted it. So sit back,
their attempts to turn their lives around are read on, then put our advice into action.
Let’sbehonest,2016wasabitofashocker. a distant memory come the end of January. You’ll be amazed by what happens next.
This year is going to be different, because
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Updates
02
17

What matters now


I admit this doesn’t exactly
contradict the main story but it
doesn’t fit very well with it

1%
Forced indoors by
bad weather? Set the
treadmill incline to
1% – this helps you
burn as many calories
as running outdoors,
according to the Journal
Of Sports Sciences

Takeitoutside
Exerciseoutdoorstoloseweightandbehappy
One effective way to make 2017 your fittest year ever is to get
out and start pounding the pavements. You could run on the
gym’s treadmills, true – but if you want to lose weight, get
fitter and feel happier faster then the great outdoors is where
you need to be. Research from the University of Exeter has
found that road runners burn more calories when running
at the same speed than treadmill runners, mainly because
of the wind resistance they encounter. And additional
research found that exercising outside, especially in green
Photography Getty

environments, made people feel more positive and more


energised, with a decrease in levels of tension or anger.
Turn the page to discover how you can get fitter faster by
running outdoors

February 2017 | 11
Updates | Fitness
Staveoffastroke
withfreshoranges

Eating more foods rich in


vitamin C, like oranges and
other citrus fruit, can protect
you from one of the most
deadly types of strokes. A

Torch
deficiency in this important
antioxidant – which is also
found in abundance in red

fatin
peppers and strawberries – is
a risk factor for haemorrhagic
strokes alongside high
blood pressure, drinking

your
and obesity, according to
the American Academy of
Neurology. Unlike most
mammals, humans can’t

trainers
synthesise vitamin C so it
must be consumed through
our diet. The NHS advises
adults to consume 40mg of
the vitamin a day – because
it can’t be stored, you need to
replenish your levels daily.

Running can be
great for your HIIT FARTLEK HILL
physical and SESSION SESSION SESSION
mental health, but
if you want it to be High-intensity Fartlek – Swedish These burn fat fast

<40%
a legitimate fat- interval training for “speed play” and improve cardio
torching workout (HIIT) is a structured – means a run in fitness – but they’re
you need to train run during which you which you alternate tough. Find a hill,
smarter. That alternate between between periods of sprint up it, then
means that your different intensities. intense effort and walk back down to
Want to lose fat and build
runs, whether You maintain a slower recovery recover and repeat.
muscle? Cutting calories by
in the gym or set pace (fast, periods. It’s like a The steeper the
40%, while still eating lots of
outside, must be moderate or slow) HIIT session except hill the harder it
protein, could be the fastest
short and intense for a set amount it’s not structured, so will be and so the
way, according to a study in the
to elevate your of time. After a you can change your shorter the duration
American Journal Of Clinical
heart rate so you 10-minute warm- pace based on how of each sprint. You
Nutrition. Two groups cut
leave your comfort up, try alternating you feel. Next time can do this type of
calories by 40% but the one
zone well behind 30 seconds of you’re pounding session for time,
on the high-protein diet lost
Photography Getty, iStock

you. Try these moderate, then the pavement, or do a set number


4.8kg of fat and gained 1.1kg of
three sessions by fast and then slow do faster running of sprints. After a
muscle in four weeks. The other
elite runner and running. As you between every 10-minute warm-
group lost 3.9kg but added no
coach Shaun Dixon get fitter increase other lamppost that up hit the hill hard,
muscle although all the subjects
(letsgetrunning. the fast spells lines the road, or walking back down
followed the same training plan.
com) and burn and reduce the trees that line the slowly to catch your
fat faster. recovery spells. path in the park. breath and recover.

12 | February 2017
Updates | Work

Getawork-
lifebalance
Followthesesimple
strategiestospendmoreof
2017doingwhatyoulove

1 2 3 4 5 6
Starttheday Goforawalk Turnoffemail Takeascreen Workfromhome Leavework
withato-dolist duringlunch andappalerts breakbeforebed whenyoucan intheoffice
As soon as you get If you’re swamped Having 24-hour The worst thing you Asking your boss if It can be hard to
to work, write a daily and not expecting access to their can do when trying you can work from disconnect from
to-do list with your to do more than eat work email to forget about work home one day a the day job, thanks
top priority first. a sandwich at your account though a is check your emails week, especially to the internet, but
Subjects who do so desk at lunchtime, smartphone app in bed. Around 95% if you have a long here’s one way: if
have better powers make time to get out was listed as the of people now use commute, will boost you ever have to
of memory and and go for a walk. number one most electronics in bed, your productivity work late, stay in
recall than those Research published stressful work- according to the and reduce stress the office rather
who don’t, according in the Scandinavian related problem Sleep Foundation, levels, according to than taking it home.
to the Journals Journal Of Medicine in a survey of and reading an research published Being physically
Of Gerontology, And Science In 2,000 people by anxiety-inducing in the Journal Of detached from
meaning they’re Sports found that the London-based email before bed is Applied Psychology. work at home lets
more likely to get people who went Future Work Centre. a good way to give A meta-analysis you switch off
them done. And use for a 30-minute The highest levels yourself a restless of almost 13,000 more quickly and
a pen and paper, walk three times a of stress were night. Even if your employees found completely than
not your computer week for ten weeks in those with the inbox is empty, those who could when you have
or an app: research reported feeling notification function exposure to the work from home work-related things
from the University more enthusiastic, turned on, sending blue light from the had greater job scattered around,
of Stavanger in productive and them an alert every screen will suppress satisfaction, less says research from
Norway found that relaxed and better time a new email levels of the sleep stress and less the Journal Of
writing by hand able to cope with arrived. About 30% hormone melatonin, family conflict. Occupational Health
instead of tapping afternoon stress. of subjects received meaning you’ll take There was also Psychology. If you
Photography Getty

it out with just your And use your stroll more than 50 far longer to fall no negative effect do work from home
fingers makes to pick up a protein- emails daily, costing asleep, according on the quality set up a dedicated
what you write packed salad them an hour’s work to the journal Sleep of relationships work zone where
more memorable. instead of a sarnie. time every day. Medicine Clinics. with colleagues. it all stays.

February 2017 | 15
Updates | Health

Stuboutbadhabits
Cutoutyourunhealthybehaviourtoday
bybuildingcast-ironwillpower
Eatmore,losefat
If losing weight is your
2017 fitness priority
then you need to start
eating more protein
in the form of eggs,
lean meat and fish.
Doing so can help
you shed fat faster,
according to research
from the Society for
Endocrinology, which
has reported that
a high-protein diet
increases the levels
of phenylalanine, a

1 2 3 4
compound created
as a by-product of
the protein digestion Haveaword Eatasnack Stopstressing Get more sleep
process. High levels
Got an unhealthy Self-control is at its Stressed subjects When tired your
of this compound craving? Talk to lowest ebb when in a diet study willpower can be
trigger hormones yourself in the our blood sugar faltered before non-existent and
second person. levels are low and non-stressed sleep-deprived
that decrease hunger Going over the our brain is short colleagues, subjects are more
levels, reducing the pros and cons in on fuel, according according to the likely to give
your head as a to research from New York Obesity in to impulses,
temptation to snack
Photography Getty

friend would do Florida State Nutrition Research according to the


and over-eat and helped subjects University. Next Centre. Identify Frontiers In Human
make healthier time you wobble, your biggest source Neuroscience
thereby accelerating decisions in a study grab a banana or of stress, then take journal. Buy a
your loss of body fat. at the University some nuts to feed steps to minimise blackout curtain
of North Carolina. your brain fast. its impact. and sleep deeper.

3 Stress According to the UK’s Health


and Safety Executive, in the 1 Seaweed 2Avocado 3Almonds
busting past year stress, anxiety and
depression accounted for 37% of
Hailed as a
“superfood” thanks
The favourite
breakfast of
These nuts are
packed with the
snacks all work-related illness cases and
45% of all working days lost to ill
to its high mineral
content, seaweed
Instagram foodies
is high in folic acid,
essential element
magnesium, which
heath. Feed your head with these also contains which supports the plays a big part in
three mood-boosting snacks. iodine, which can regulation of happy the development
fight depression. hormone serotonin. of serotonin.

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Updates | Nutrition

7.6kg
Weight lost by people
who ate whey protein
at breakfast for 12
weeks, compared with
3.1kg in those who had
carbohydrates, according
to the Endocrine Society

Makeahealthydessert
Whenyoursweettoothneedssatisfying,
fillabowlwithGreekyogurtandthesefive
toppingsforadeliciousandnutritioustreat
Thefood Theeffect Thescience
Diced Combats Cherries are a good
cherries cell source of fibre and
damage vitamin C, one of
the most potent

Supplementsmarter
antioxidants that fight
off the cell-damaging
free radicals caused
by intense exercise.

andsavemoremoney
Chocolate Builds Mixing in a big scoop of
whey lean flavoured whey protein
protein muscle powder will sweeten
the yogurt and up the
count of muscle-building
protein by around 40g.
It’s tempting to think that upping your dose of protein
Sliced Burns Bananas are an excellent after a weights workout will help you build lean muscle
banana body fat source of vitamin
B6 – 100g contains mass faster. Or that the more muscle you have, the
almost a third of your
recommended daily
more protein you need to maintain and build new
intake – which is muscle tissue. But according to new research from the
essential for improving
fat metabolism. University of Stirling, that’s not the case: it found that
post-workout protein intake has the same impact on
Chopped
peanuts
Makes
skin look
younger
Though technically
legumes, peanuts are
like nuts in that they’re
high in fat-soluble
8% muscle protein synthesis - the process that makes
new muscle - regardless of the size of the participants.
vitamin E, which your
The average
The study also found that while 40g of protein
body needs to repair
damaged skin cells.
annual compound after exercise was more effective at stimulating
growth of the
Dark Lowers Chocolate with a high
sports nutrition muscle growth than 20g, the response was uniform
market in the
chocolate blood cocoa content (above
UK, which would
regardless of the subjects’ muscle mass. The results
Photography Getty, iStock

sprinkles pressure 80%) has the short-term


effect of lowering blood
make it worth suggest all you need is a “minimum effective dose” of
more than £527
pressure. The best bit?
It’s really quite tasty.
million by 2019, sports nutrition products to get the nutrients required
according to
nutrition-group. to recover faster, and anything above that dose has
co.uk
no impact – aside from hitting your wallet harder.
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Updates | Health

3waystosave
morecash
rightaway
7
The average time in weeks
Makeyourmoneygo
furtherwiththese
wallet-wideningtips
before a flight out of the UK
when airline prices are at
their cheapest, according
to skyscanner.net. Long-
haul flights are best booked
even more in advance, with
flights to Bangkok cheapest
Don’tshophungry
Food shopping when

+
18 weeks before departure
starving is bad for
your waistline - you’re
more likely to buy
high-calorie snacks
- as well as your
wallet, with hungry
subjects spending
21% more than full
ones in a University
of Zaragoza study.

Getcoffeetogo
Grabbing a £3
cappuccino on your
way to work each day
will cost you around
£60 a month. You
don’t have to give up
coffee – just switch to
a white filter coffee
for £1 to save nearly
£500 a year (and 190
calories a day) – or
buy a flask and bring

Getawaytobeatthewinterblues
your own brew to save
even more moolah.

Bookyournextbreak Startplanningyourtrip Getawaynow Moveyourmoney


It’s no wonder the start of the year Another reason to book your If you can’t face waiting until the
Financial gurus say
can be depressing: it’s cold, it’s break now is that people who give summer for your holiday, you
you should put 20% of
dark and it can feel as if there’s themselves more than a month to could still get the benefits from each pay packet aside
not much to look forward to. plan their holiday report higher booking a last-minute short-haul for the future. If you
Which is why you should book happiness levels and lower stress trip. Flight cost comparison want to, or just want
your next holiday now because levels – before, during and after site skyscanner.net crunched to save for something
the anticipation of getting away the trip – than those who leave the numbers on more than 250 fun, set up a direct
debit on pay day to
can lift your mood. A Dutch study it to the last minute, according million flights out of the UK over a
transfer funds from
of 1,530 people published in the to the Institute of Applied three-year period and found that
your account straight
Photography Getty

Applied Research In Quality Of Life Positive Research. And put some January is the cheapest month to to a savings one. If
journal found that we derive the distance between you and home: fly to most European destinations, you don’t see the cash
most happiness from anticipating the research found 84% of the with each-way savings of up to you won’t spend it.
a getaway – even more than subjects’ best holidays over the 30% to the likes of Copenhagen,
actually being on holiday. past five years were abroad. Milan and Amsterdam.

February 2017 | 21
Updates | Fat Loss

ASK THE EXPERTS 800


What’s thebestwayto The additional calories the
average UK commuter consumes

startsnackingsmarter?
through snacking each week
on the way to and from work,
according to a study by the

Weaskedthreefitnessexpertsfortheir Royal Society for Public Health

tried-and-testedhealthy-snackstrategies
+
“When I am dieting I
always carry a couple
of squares of dark
chocolate in case
I get the urge for
something sweet. It’s
sweet enough to curb
the cravings but the
Eat some bitterness stops me
antioxidant-rich wanting more. Dark
dark chocolate chocolate rice cakes
when you get a also work because
sweet-tooth craving they’ve got a crunch,
to satisfy it fast, says which is something
trainer Tom Wright you tend to miss when
(wrightfit.co.uk) eating healthily.”

“Unhealthy food is
desirable because
of the way it makes
you feel so try not to
attribute feelings to
it, especially if you
are on a restrictive
diet. It’s just food. But
Stay strong and stick
even if you can’t ditch
to your healthy-

Hidesnacksoutofsight
those feelings, eating
eating plan because
‘bad’ food will feel
the short-term high
good only for a second
isn’t worth it, says
until the guilt hits. Be
trainer David Arnot
strong and don’t let a
(evolve353.com)
doughnut beat you!”
We’ll come clean: if a packet of biscuits gets opened in the
MF offices at 11am, by midday all that remains is a couple of
“I plan my meals in
crumbs… and sometimes even they get hoovered up. If, like
advance but leave us, you sometimes have trouble controlling your workday
around a quarter
of my daily calories
snacking – especially the tasty things you know should only
from carbs and/or fats be an occasional treat – then all you need to do is create a little
unaccounted to give
me leeway for snacks
distance between you and the forbidden foods. Subjects who
Planning your
without affecting my were seated 70cm and 140cm away from a bowl of snacks
overall daily calorie
meals in advance
intake. This gives me
ate significantly less than those who were sat within arm’s
is the best way
to stay on top of
freedom so nothing reach at just 20cm away, according to research published in
is ‘restricted’ and I
your snacking,
find it easier to make
the journal Psychology Health. An even better strategy is to
says Andrew
place the forbidden food both out of reach and out of sight,
Photography Getty

better choices. A
Tracey, founder
zero-calorie fizzy
of The Nomad Way
drink is a great way to
at the back of the cupboard or fridge, so that you don’t see
(wayofthenomad.
co.uk)
get a sweet fix too.” it every time you go looking for something healthy to eat.

February 2017 | 23
Updates | Training

Yournewmusclemoves
Addthesesixunderusedexercisestoyour
arsenaltobuildall-oversizeandstrength

1
Single-leg
2
Barbell
3 4
Inclinedumbbell Standingcable
5
Straight-arm
6
Garhammer
glutebridge lunge bicepscurl cross-over latpull-down raise
Why “This will boost Why “This is a big Why “This move Why “Your pec Why “Control Why “This move
your hip power player in the leg eliminates the bad muscles get a far with this move is guarantees tension
and stability,” says strength game,” arm curl habits that greater stretch paramount for a is fully on the abs
David Arnot, PT and says Arnot. “It’ll can stop your biceps and contraction strong back,” says and they aren’t
director of Evolve challenge your from growing,” with this flye-type Arnot. “Mastering being overridden
(evolve353.com). glutes, quads, core says Arnot. chest move than it will bolster your by your hip flexors,”
“They’ll benefit and back muscles How Lie back on the classic bench lats, lower back says Arnot. ‘The
anything that throughout.” a bench set to a press, and that and triceps and result is robust
Words Sam Rider Photography Mark Harrisson

involves sprinting, How With a bar 45˚ incline, holding means they’ll grow boost your max core control.”
jumping or across your rear dumbbells in each quicker,” Arnot says. chin-up total.” How Hang from a
squatting.” shoulders, squeeze hand. Keep your How Keeping your How Hold the long pull-up bar with
How Lie down your core muscles shoulders back as arms straight, bring bar attachment knees together and
with a dumbbell and lower into a you slowly curl the both hands together with a wide grip. thighs horizontal.
in your right hand lunge. Keep your weights through a in front of you, Keep your body Slowly raise your
and drive down back upright, then full range of motion. pausing for a second stable and pull knees to your
through the heel drive off the front Start light to get the to really squeeze down with straight armpits, then back
of your left foot to foot to stand. Aim form right and target your pec muscles arms, then slowly down. Continue until
raise your hips. Aim to hit 50% of your four sets of 12. with each rep. Aim control the bar failure, rest, then
for four sets of ten squat one-rep max for four sets of 12. back to the start for repeat twice more.
reps on each side. for five sets of five. four sets of eight.

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PB | Running Shoes

Keep
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Anewpairofrunningshoeswillgiveyouthe
motivationyouneedtosmashyourfatlossgoals.
MF putsinthegroundworkbytestingthebestnewtrainers
Words Josh Cunningham

30 | February 2017
+ 1
NikeLunarEpic
FlyknitShield

WHAT’S IT FOR?
It’s a minimalist shoe, which means it’s designed to give you
the effect of running barefoot but with some protection.
STANDOUT FEATURE
Including all-weather properties (the upper
is water-repellent) is impressive in such a
lightweight and responsive shoe.
MF ROAD TEST
This is a shoe that feels like you’ve been wearing it for ages
the moment you put it on. The all-weather Flyknit upper is just
as comfortable as the version used in its fair-weather cousins.
Nike has also given the sole considerable attention, creating
an outsole that offers good traction and water resistance,
making it a reliable and stylish option for the inevitably
damp running conditions you endure as a runner in the UK.
£155, nike.com

February 2017 | 31
PB | Running Shoes

2
PumaSpeed500
IgniteNightcat
3 4 5
AsicsGel
Kayano23 Skechers 361Degrees
WHAT’S IT FOR?
GoRun400 Strata
Giving a little extra speed
and lightness of step to WHAT’S IT FOR?
the everyday runner. Providing support and WHAT’S IT FOR? WHAT’S IT FOR?
STANDOUT FEATURE cushioning to over-pronators. All kinds of training. Support, particularly for
This Nightcat variant of the Ignite STANDOUT FEATURE STANDOUT FEATURE high-mileage runners.
comes with a water-resistant The sole, which is packed The bulky 5GEN midsole, which STANDOUT FEATURE
and reflective upper, which with features designed to provides as much cushioning The midsole, with its
should help keep the elements aid your foot’s interaction as it looks like it should. range of layers designed
at bay and help you to be seen with the ground. MF ROAD TEST to provide support
on dark streets in winter. MF ROAD TEST The Skechers GoRun 400 throughout the gait cycle.
MF ROAD TEST As the name suggests, the is a shoe designed for a MF ROAD TEST
As the day-to-day shoe of one Kayano is now in its 23rd multitude of uses, rather than Even from the first few strides
Usain Bolt, the Ignite certainly iteration, and remains one of exclusively running, and that’s it’s immediately apparent how
comes with pedigree, and the the best shoes for runners apparent when using it. There’s much support there is in the
shoe, while not exceedingly light in need of stability. The huge stacks of cushioning in the Strata. Even though it’s still agile
itself, certainly feels it when amount of cushioning in the sole, which makes for a very and not at all clumpy, it probably
running. One stride is propelled sole was much appreciated comfortable ride, but there’s won’t find favour with those who
into the next effortlessly, which on longer runs, although if lots of movement in the upper, prefer the freedom of a more
Puma says is caused by the you’re not an over-pronator leaving your feet feeling a little neutral shoe. Our suspicion is
changes it’s made to the toe the reinforced midsole might unstable within the shoe. The that the sizing may come up a
area of the outsole. Great for feel like overkill. Also of note is GoRun 400 is great for warming little on the small side, so be
experienced runners in search the updated upper, which Asics up on a treadmill or running to wary of that, but otherwise
of a boost; less so for newbies has made seamless, boosting the gym, but it’s not suited to enjoy a shoe perfect what it was
training for their first marathon. the comfort levels still further. longer, more serious runs. made for - long, stable miles.
£85, uk.puma.com £145, asics.com £60, skechers.com £115, runnersworld.ltd.uk

TALK TO SOMEONE LOOK AT THE SOLES USE MULTIPLE PAIRS DON’T OVERTHINK IT
WHO KNOWS OF YOUR OLD PAIR “I have about six pairs “The most important
RUNNING SHOES “Wear on the outside on rotation: shoes with thing is how you run, not
“Go to a proper, dedicated rear of the sole indicates more stability for longer what you’re running in.
RUNNING running shop – not you land on the outside runs, lightweight neutral It has to be comfortable
SHOE Sports Direct or a similar of the heel and roll shoes for faster efforts, but a shoe won’t make
BUYER’S high-street chain. A inwards (aka pronation), more traction for off-road you run with better form.
GUIDE specialist shop will allow so you should aim for runs. It helps prolong That’s something you
you to have a run in them something with a bit more the life of all the shoes have to work on yourself
With advice from before you buy, which stability. If this is very and, I believe, keeps – possibly with the help
coach Shaun Dixon is very important.” pronounced, you should the feet ‘active’ as they of a running coach.”
(letsgetrunning.co.uk) think about doing some need to adapt to the
hip and glute strength differing challenges of
exercises to combat it.” terrain and support.”

32 | February 2017
+ 6 7
Adidas
UltraBoost BrooksGTS
Adrenaline17
WHAT’S IT FOR?
Long-distance running, but not WHAT’S IT FOR?
for those who need stability. A cushioned and supported
STANDOUT FEATURE yet speedy ride.
As always with Adidas running STANDOUT FEATURE
shoes, the Boost midsole, The diagonal roll bar within
made from congealed the midsole, discouraging the
foam “energy capsules”. foot from over-pronating.
MF ROAD TEST MF ROAD TEST
There’s no doubt that the Boost The GTS Adrenaline has long
midsole delivers on what it been a mainstay of the stability
promises: energy return and shoe options, and for good
comfort. We found every stride reason. Each layer of the sole is
was catapulted into the next packed with features to ensure
almost before we realised it your foot remains as supported
was happening, and the impact as possible throughout the gait
of a footstrike was nothing less cycle: we could feel this in action,
than silky. The knitted upper and the latest Adrenaline also
is also glove-like as it moulds has the benefit of feeling light
around your foot, but watch and springy in comparison with
out if you’ve got particularly other structured shoes. The
wide feet, as Adidas shoes upper - especially the tongue -
do tend to come up narrow. is exceptionally cushioned, too.
£130, adidas.co.uk £120, brooksrunning.com

INTERVAL SESSION FARTLEK LONG RUN TEMPO RUN


These are the ones This gets its name from a These are essential if In these sessions your aim
most people dread Swedish word meaning you’re training for a is to maintain a relatively
but they’re probably “speed play”. It’s an long-distance event fast and steady pace for
the most useful for unstructured interval like a marathon. Doing about 20-30 minutes.
KEY improving performance. session where your one long run a week This should feel quite
RUNNING You alternate short periods of intense effort is usually sufficient to uncomfortable but the
SESSIONS periods of high-speed and recovery vary. You make progress, and try idea is that you get used
running with periods can make it up as you to increase the distance to running at a pace that’s
Complete a mixture of recovery. A good go along but it helps to you cover each week by faster than one you could
of these training sample session would impose some kind of about a mile. Every six sustain for, say, 10km.
sessions to get fitter be to do one minute external system, such to eight weeks, have a You should be constantly
and faster than ever
fast with two minutes as saying to yourself recovery week where flirting with going too
of recovery running and that you’ll go hard until you do a shorter run so fast and you’ll feel tired
repeat that ten times. the third lamppost. that your legs are fresh at the end of the run.
for the next push.

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can get dull the winter, and keeping their skin guys prepare by
and dehydrated don’t forget that hydrated. That’s using a facial scrub
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There’s also a range of new products that you can use (see
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smarten up your grooming act too. “A big mistake made by a
lot of men is to rub hair with a towel after washing,” says male
grooming expert Jamie Stevens. “Hair should be patted dry to avoid
2
breakage. It’s also a myth that men with thinning hair shouldn’t
use conditioner. The assumption is that it weighs hair down and
makes it appear flat. Actually, using a conditioner is important
because it not only softens but strengthens the hair.” Stevens also
has some advice for next time you visit the barber. “As a rule in
hairdressing, the shorter the hair is, the thicker it looks. Men who
are thinning on top should opt for shorter styles. Avoid thinning
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By focusing your efforts on fat loss,
you’ll shed flab in less time

001
Have fun
Hitting a heavy bag is one of
the more fun ways of reducing
yourself to a big sweaty
mess. You feel great, you
lose weight and, thankfully,
they don’t hit back. Punch the
bag with alternating hands
002
Go big
This isn’t the time for biceps
curls. The more muscle
groups you can involve in
your workout, the more
work you’ll do. Kettlebell
swings hit almost every
muscle: do three sets of 25
PART 1
TRAINING
TIPS

003
Get strong
It’s tempting to put the deadlifts
on hold – that’s time you could
be spending on a treadmill,
right? - but the more weight
you can lift, the more fuel you’ll
burn. Spend some of your
training time getting stronger
and you’ll be able to do your
other work at a higher level.

004
as hard and fast as you can at the end of any session to Be inefficient
for 15 all-out seconds, then finish on a fat-loss high. Expertise is overrated. “The
move around the bag for 90 more efficient you get at a
seconds, shadowboxing at movement, the less energy
an easy pace. Do this routine you’ll expend doing it,” says
at least three times. For a strength coach Dan John. Don’t
tougher session, go for six. just stick to one form of cardio
finisher: rotate between the
bike, rower and treadmill.

42 | February 2017
005
Move fast
Sprinting’s one of the simplest
forms of high-intensity
exercise, but don’t overdo it.
“It puts your body through a
ton of stress,” says trainer
Zoran Dubaic. “Keep it simple
and build up gradually.” Start
with six 50m sprints with
a 30-second recovery, and
up it when you’re ready.

006
Unleash hill 008
Hill sprints automatically
force you into good running
Pair your moves
To do more work in less time,
form – and they’re nastier
pair an upper-body exercise
than doing it on the flat. “Find
with a lower-body move:
a good 30-50m hill and aim
a press-up with a squat,
for five sprints up – you can
or a curl with a lunge. It’ll
walk back down,” says trainer
up your heart rate without
and author Mike Campbell.
forcing you to stop when
“It’ll force every muscle in
your arms or legs get tired.
your body to work, leaving
you burning fat for hours.”
009
007 Keep rests short
Hold on “The main difference between
a muscle-building workout
Complexes - multi-move sets
and a fat-loss one is often just
where you don’t put the weight
your rests,” says Campbell.
down until you’ve finished
“Shorten them and keep
all the moves – will jack up
them strict.” Stay between
your metabolism so you keep
30 and 60 seconds.
burning fat long afterwards.
Got a kettlebell? Do six cleans,
six swings and six overhead
010
presses with each arm. Finish strong
Even if you’re focusing on
muscle, you can keep your
metabolism high with a burst
of all-out effort to end your
workout. A 500m row is perfect:
short, nasty and low-impact.
Sub-1min 40sec is the goal.

February 2017 | 43
Features | Get Lean In 2017

Uptheeffort
With the basics covered, it’s time
to be inventive. MF-approved
PTs explain their secret weapons

011 015
Speed up cardio Hit the mill
Long, slow distance work is One-speed treadmill plodding
the enemy - it’s inefficient, isn’t cutting it. “Change the
and it’s hard on the joints. resistance and incline for
“Intense cardio is a much more treadmill sessions,” says
effective way of losing fat,” Barry’s Bootcamp London co-
says trainer Tom Eastham. owner Sandy Macaskill. “Do
“Hit the bike or the rowing 6, 7, 8km/h bursts of effort
machine for ten one-minute at a 3% incline, then drop the
bursts of effort, giving yourself gradient and up the pace.”
a 45-second recovery period
between each effort. Be strict!” 016
012 Stick on 15
Less time can sometimes
Get a stopwatch mean more effort. “I like a
“It’s the easiest investment 15/45 work/rest split,” says
you can make,” says Nomad Roko Health club trainer
Way founder Andrew Tracey. Rachael Atkinson. “Do as many
“Having it in front of you forces chest-to-floor burpees as
you to keep rests strict.” And possible in 15 seconds, then
minimises the chance of a rest for a full 45 seconds.”
dropped dumbbell taking
out your smartphone.

013
Get up, get down Embrace(weird)science
“Getting down and then up
off the floor adds a metabolic Who are gastrophysicists? They’re the experts who 021
effect you won’t expect,” says
John. Do ten press-ups and
study “multisensory perception”, or how environment
and non-taste senses affect your perception of
Get nicer cutlery
Or at least, make it heavy.
ten kettlebell swings, then food. Harness their research to stay off the pies
According to research
nine press-ups and ten swings
and so on until you’ve hit one
017 019 by food scientist Charles
press-up and 100 swings total. Eat off blue plates Take a seat Spence, it gives food higher
perceived quality – yogurt,
Scientists theorise that it’s Even if you’re grabbing a Pret
for instance, tastes creamier
014 because your mind doesn’t lunch, get a table or a park
– and increases feelings of
Carry on associate the colour with food.
It genuinely seems to work - in
bench rather than eating that
Swedish meatball wrap (the
fullness so you eat less.
“Loaded carries are among
a study carried out by Swiss only sane option) on the go.
the best fat burners you can
researchers, subjects eating People who sit down to eat
022
do,” says Results Inc founder
Joe Lightfoot. “They’ll use
from blue tableware ate 40% consume fewer calories than Eat with friends
less than a control group. on-the-go eaters, according to It’s the exception to the
every muscle in your body.”
a University of Toronto study. no-distractions rule – a
Finish your session with 200m
of farmer’s walks, using the
018 spirited chat/row will give
heaviest dumbbells you can. Keep it upbeat 020 your brain time to register
In a study from the Cornell ...but not that your stomach is full,
according to the Journal Of
Brand and Food lab, people who
watched Solaris ate 55% more
at your desk Physiological Behaviour.
According to a University of
popcorn than people watching
Bristol study, eating lunch
My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
while you browse online
Goggling while dining is usually
will leave you distracted,
bad - it distracts you from how
less full, and more likely to
much you’re eating - but if you
snack in the afternoon.
must, pick a nice bromance.

44 | February 2017
Changeyourroutine
There are 168 hours in a week –
if you spend four in the gym,
you’ve still got 164 left to work

025 030
Sleep tight Shop hard
Skimping on sleep messes “Think of shopping as your
with your brain’s ability to week’s most important
make decisions and exercise workout,” says nutrition coach
impulse control, and revs up Josh Hillis. “Take an hour
reward-seeking behaviour. on Sunday to get it done.”
According to a study published Automate healthy choices by
in the American Journal Of saving a shopping list on your
Clinical Nutrition, it increases phone or online, and keep
high-carb snacking. Aim the processed stuff off it.
for eight hours a night.
031
026 Stay busy
Get outside Not every fat-burning
Research suggests that session has to be intense.
exercising in sunlight boosts “Active recovery is a nice
fat-burning potential by 20% way of burning calories
by increasing your production without thinking about your
of leptin, the hormone that diet or the gym. It could be
controls your body’s fat a casual kickabout in the
stores. In the summer, it’ll park – it’s better lying on
also boost vitamin D. the sofa,” says Eastham.

027 032
Keep water handy Prep if you can
It regulates your body’s If your weeknights get hectic,
functions, helps appetite and they’re not the time to chop
improves your liver’s ability veg. Chop onions and cube
to metabolise fat. “Keep a carrots while you’re listening
glass within arm’s reach at all to a podcast on Sunday: they’ll
times,” says Brian Wansink, keep until at least Wednesday.
former president of the US
Society for Nutrition Education 033
and Behaviour. “You want to
make hydration automatic.”
Change your
patterns
028 If you’re used to stopping
023 Get on your feet in Starbucks for a morning
frapp, change your route to
Chew slower You call it a lunchtime stroll;
trainers call it low-intensity
work. You “outsource” much
A University of Birmingham of your behaviour to your
steady-state cardio, or LISS.
study found that focusing environment, so making
Either way, it burns a handful
on the texture and flavour better associations will help.
of calories and helps to
of food reduces hunger
regulate stress while keeping
later. But taking the time to
fat-storing cortisol low.
034
liquefy your food inside your
mouth also aids digestion.
Get help
029 Partnering up will boost the
024 Calm down chances of sticking to your
resolutions, according to
Hit rewind Stress messes with tissue
repair, leads to fat storage, ruins
research from the University of
Tempted by the biscuit aisle? Leeds. Friends not interested in
sleep and plays havoc with
Think back to what you had fat loss? Sign up to stickk.com
immunity. If it’s all getting too
for lunch. Psychologists at to commit to the process.
much, take a deep breath and
the University of Birmingham
blow it out slowly: it’ll activate
found that thinking about what
your body’s parasympathetic
you’ve eaten earlier in the day
nervous system.
can reduce the urge to snack.

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Features | Get Lean In 2017

Liftbigtogetlean
In a 2013 study, high-
intensity resistance training
– or HIRT – beat traditional
lifting by 450% for post-
workout calorie burn. Use
these rep/set schemes, and
038
you’ll burn as you gain Drop sets
In drop sets, you go until
“technical” failure (the point at
035 which you can no longer do the
Rest-pause move with good form), reduce
It’s a classic bodybuilding the weight, then get some more
technique making a comeback. reps. Dumbbell moves are
“Pick a weight you could easiest, because using the rack
lift for ten reps and do eight lets you switch weights quickly.
reps,” says Motus Strength
coach Bruce Butler. “Rest 20 039
seconds and do as many reps
as possible, then rest another
50-rep
20 seconds and repeat.” Bench challenge sets
presses, rows, squats and “At the end of a leg day put
overhead presses all work well. 40% of your max on the bar
and monster out as many
036 squat reps as you can, resting
Back-off sets at the top if you need to,”
suggests Campbell. “Shoot for
These “groove” your technique
at least 50 reps in as few sets
while taxing your muscles less
as possible.” Walking might
than a rest-pause set. When
be challenging, but you’ll be
you’ve finished your last set of
able to rest in the knowledge
bench presses, immediately
that you’re a fat furnace.
strip 50% of the weight off
the bar and do as many reps
with the remaining weight
as you can: 20 is the goal.

037
Cluster sets
Cluster sets let you add volume
with big weights. “Let’s say
you can get four reps at 90%
of your one-rep max weight,”
says strength coach Ben Coker.
“If you ‘cluster’ those sets by
taking ten seconds’ rest after
each rep, it’s likely you could
manage six reps total. Across
several sets that’ll make a
huge difference.” This works
better on moves with minimal
set-up time - think deadlifts.

46 | February 2017
HIITitlikeyoumeanit Yourhome
Yes, it works – in a study from the journal
Metabolism, a group doing 20 weeks of
bootcamp
Having a kit-free go-to means
HIIT training lost nine times as much fat
you can lose fat anywhere,
as a group doing traditional endurance.
anytime. Trainer and Jimbag
The catch? You need to do it right
founder Anthony Bingham has
040 your prescription: do each
Ease in move for 30 seconds, rest for a
minute, and repeat five times
Whatever you’ve heard, HIIT 042
isn’t for beginners. If you’re
unused to training, an aerobic
Stretch 044
session with intervals sprinkled
If you’re sprinting it’s crucial;
for most other things, it’s highly
Narrow-to-wide
in will offer bigger benefits with
less stress. Do 20 minutes on
recommended. The slo-mo jump squat
burpee is your ideal all-purpose “Alternate between narrow
the rower or bike, with three or
dynamic stretch: from a press- and wide stance, to a depth
four 30-second bursts of effort.
up position, bring one knee of 90°. Explode out of each
as high as possible (ideally by squat with feet off the floor.”
041 your hand), then bring up the
Warm up other to get into a low squat. 045
You can’t hit top speed by
Stand up, then reverse the
movement into the next rep.
Plank pike
skipping all the lower gears. “Get into a low plank on your
Spend five to ten minutes forearms. Lower your hips to
warming up at low intensity –
043 the floor, then crunch your abs
either by doing the cardio move Cool down to move the hips as high as
you’re going to use in your Flopping straight back on the possible in a pike position.”
workout, or on a general warm- couch post-workout won’t
up like skipping, jogging on the help recovery. After you’ve hit 046
spot or low-intensity burpees. your intervals, spend five or
ten minutes moving around
Tuck burpee
“Go chest to floor. On the
to keep your blood circulating,
jumping section drive your
cutting down on lactate build-
knees up in a tucking motion.
up and minimising soreness
Use your hands as a measure to
for your next session.
keep consistency of tuck height
and really push your limits!”

Retrainyourbrain
Adopt better thought processes and you’ll make fat loss automatic. Here’s how it’s done

047 048 050


Remember it’s 80/20 Don’t use willpower Pride, not shame
“The general rule is that for “Each of us makes more In studies at USC Marshall
a fat loss-focused exercise than two hundred near- School of Business, volunteers
plan, only 20% is down to subconscious food choices who focused on the pride they’d
exercise, with 80% down to a day,” says Wansink. “And feel from sticking to resolutions
diet, sleep and stress,” says most of our environment reported less desire to break
trainer Sean Lerwill. “The way nudges us to eat too much.” them than a group focusing on
to see results is to come to the Don’t rely on willpower. how ashamed they’d be to fail.
mindset that neglecting the Always think of the upside.
non-workout stuff undoes all 049
your hard work in the gym.”
Focus on the ‘wills’ 051
Focusing on what you aren’t Not now, but later
going to do can lead to a It’s called “postponement
“behavioural ironic rebound” – strategy”. When you’re tempted
in studies, participants asked by cake, promise yourself
not to think about a Coke ad you’ll have it later in the week
tended to dwell for longer than – it’s unlikely you’ll cave at
a control group. Instead of some unspecified future time
negatives, focus on positives. when the craving passes.

Eattogetlean
Part 2 explains how to eat for fat loss.
Turn to p69 for 50 more tips

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FOOD
MYTHS
SMASHED
Whenyou’retryingtoeatbetter,soundnutritionknowledge
canmakethingsmucheasier. MF exposesthemostpersistent
mythsaboutdietwiththehelpofcutting-edgeresearch
Words Joel Snape

1 2
THEREISONE ALLCALORIES
‘PERFECT’DIET
WHAT’S THE IDEA? It’s unspoken, but enduring: the
AREEQUAL
WHAT’S THE IDEA? You know this isn’t true, but
idea that, if science could just decide on whether you every so often, a man comes along who’s reshaped
should start eating like an Inuit/caveman/Viking/ his body using nothing but Subway sandwiches, pizza
Cretan villager (delete depending on whatever’s most or Freddos. A related, but slightly more complex
fashionable) you’d melt fat, slash your risk of heart idea is the “If It Fits Your Macros” diet: the idea being
disease and live to 110. And so would everyone else. that, if you get your daily allowances of fat, protein
IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? Well, there are definitely and carbs right, everything else is fair game.
common threads between demographics that live IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? Well, yes. Anecdotally, it’s
longer lives. The most researched are populations that possible to drop weight (especially in the short term)
live in “Blue Zones” – including Okinawa, Sardinia and by restricting calories whatever you eat, and it’s even
Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula – where longevity is high more true that you can get ripped eating a tub of Ben
and dementia rates are rock-bottom. The groups eat & Jerry’s a day if you do your sums right. But if losing
different foods according to their cultures, but they all weight in the short term is less important than doing it
keep it varied and plant-based. But there’s a caveat: in a sustainable way, and being ripped isn’t as important
the researchers also point to the fact that all the Blue as not having a heart attack in your 40s, you should
Zone cultures emphasise family, social ties and stress probably reconsider. There’s evidence that short-term
reduction, which is at least as important as diet. calorie restriction can near-permanently mess up your
THE REALITY Whatever your friendly local Paleo-lover metabolism, as well as interfering with your body’s
tells you, there are documented differences between production of hunger-regulating hormone ghrelin.
demographics that mean what suits one group won’t THE REALITY Nutrition’s still an imperfectly
work for another. Lactose intolerance, for instance, understood science, with more and more elements
tends to be lower in northern European countries, where being better evaluated every year. Phytonutrients
drinking milk without being ill would have provided huge from plants, for instance, are now seen as hugely
benefits as little as 6,000 years ago. And you’re right important, while the role of gut microbes is being
to treat anyone touting their protein-only Inuit Diet with given more and more importance. But those in
caution: a 2015 study suggests that Greenlanders have the know agree you can look great on a diet that’s
genetic adaptations that make it suitable for them. playing havoc with your insides. For long-term health,
THE EXPERT VIEW “Natural diets that are based on though, focusing on calories alone won’t cut it.
geography and landscape work in situ,” says nutritionist THE EXPERT VIEW “Aim to eat nutrient-dense food,”
Photography Getty

Yolanda Hinchcliffe. “Inuits eat a certain way that allows says Hinchcliffe. “That is, food that delivers maximum
them to thrive in their surroundings. That doesn’t nutritional content per calorie. What your body gets
mean the same diet would help you thrive in, say, from a pumpkin latte is not the same as what your body
central London.” The big lessons: eat mostly plants, gets from eggs on rye toast, even if the calories were
try to stay stress-free – and give your mum a call. equal. And there’s more to it than just calories alone.”

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NUTRITION
TRUTHS #1
YOU CAN’T OUT-TRAIN
A BAD DIET
Yes, you can get abs eating
almost anything – cake
included – but at some point,
the lack of decent fuel will
damage your performance.

‘IT’SPOSSIBLETODROP
WEIGHTINTHESHORTTERM
BYRESTRICTINGCALORIES
–BUTNOTSUSTAINABLY’

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Features | Food Myths Smashed

‘FANCYANALL-DAYKALE
BENDER?HOWEVERHEALTHY
YOURDIET,TOOMUCH
ISSTILLTOOMUCH’

3 4
IFIT’SHEALTHY,EATAS HIGH-PROTEIN
MUCHASYOULIKE
WHAT’S THE IDEA? Sometimes hinted it, we trick our bodies and override the
DIETSAREBAD
WHAT’S THE IDEA? This one’s slowly being
at by diet plans, sometimes just stated mechanisms that we’ve evolved to signal killed as supermarkets put protein bars by
outright: if you’re sticking to the good stuff, fullness.” That’s why nobody cracks open the counter, but for the man who brings
there’s no reason to limit how much you the fridge and then finds themselves multiple Tupperware boxes of chicken breast
eat. Fancy an all-day kale bender? A family surrounded by broccoli stalks an hour later. to work, the supposed dangers still get
bucket of sweet potato fries? Go nuts. THE REALITY However healthy your trotted out: kidney damage, liver damage,
IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? Generally, diet, too much is still too much. Recent heart disease and osteoporosis are among
it’s true that it’s harder to overeat non- studies on fasting suggest there’s some the issues blamed on high protein intakes.
processed, plant- and animal-based benefit to being in a mild calorie deficit IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? The kidney
foodstuffs than the goodies in the biscuit more often than not. Also, it’s still possible myth is the most prevalent, and there’s
aisle. For one thing, volume is key – which to overdo the calories with healthy a reason for that. “High-protein diets can
means that, for instance, you’d need to eat foods – get through 100g of brazil nuts change the filtration rate of your kidneys,”
about a metre’s worth of raw sugar cane and you’ve eaten 656 calories, about says Hinchcliffe. “You can see that as stress
to get the same sugar hit you get from a a quarter of your daily requirement. to them, or it could be seen as your kidneys
can of Coke. Secondly, processed foods are THE EXPERT VIEW “You can certainly eat as increasing their function based on demand.”
designed to be easily overeaten, with their much as you want of some healthy foods like THE REALITY One study on lifters with
salt, sugar and fat ratios calculated to hit dark green leafy vegetables – they’re almost protein intakes of 2.8g/kg of bodyweight
what food scientists call the “bliss point” that impossible to overeat,” says Hinchcliffe. per day showed no significant differences
encourages binges. As microbiome expert “But if you start eating too much avocado in kidney function from athletes on a more
Dr Christina Warinner puts it: “By decoupling or oily fish, it could cause a problem.” moderate intake, and a review of multiple
the whole food from the nutrients inside Keep it varied, and stop when you’re full. studies concluded that there’s no reason to

50 | February 2017
NUTRITION
TRUTHS #2
RED WINE IS GOOD
(SORT OF)
It’s certainly high in resveratrol,
which has been linked to
anti-ageing effects. But you
can also get it from grapes,
while alcohol has been linked
to five types of cancer.

5
SATURATEDFATIS
BADFORYOURHEALTH
restrict protein in healthy people. Meanwhile, WHAT’S THE IDEA? Saturated fat’s found between amounts of saturated
several studies have found positive demonisation comes from the 1990s, when fat and heart disease or stroke. There’s
connections between protein intake and trials on overfed mice suggested it put also an argument to be made that certain
bone mineral density, and there’s evidence them at higher risk of heart disease, and saturated fats have concrete health
that replacing some carbs with protein “observational” studies seemed to show benefits: traditional French cheeses and
might decrease the risk of heart disease the same thing in humans. The problem? some yogurts host thriving communities
by improving your levels of “good” HDL Mice aren’t men, and the human studies of gut-friendly microbes that are wiped
cholesterol. One disclaimer: if more than a have enough Swiss-cheese-sized holes out by the processing methods used to
couple of your weekly protein feeds are from that researchers have used the same data make American-style cheese. Bring on the
processed red meat, the WHO wants you to come up with the opposite conclusion. Roquefort and pass on the Kraft slices.
to know you’re increasing your cancer risk. IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? There’s THE EXPERT VIEW “There has never
THE EXPERT VIEW “For most people, a certainly an argument to be made that been a more misunderstood nutrient
high-protein diet isn’t harmful at all,” says saturated fat doesn’t offer the benefits than fat,” says Wilkinson. “We need fat
nutritionist Shona Wilkinson. “If you have of the monounsaturated kind, so most in our diet and that includes saturated
any form of kidney health condition, your experts recommend a mixture of both. fats. The problems come with trans fats
body may struggle to eliminate the waste As MF went to press, a new large-scale and processed foods. Saturated fats
products from protein metabolism, but Harvard study was published indicating from foods such as grass-fed meat,
even then it’s only with fairly high intakes. that reducing saturated fat consumption eggs, coconut and butter are good for
Remember, though, that you should aim to could lower heart disease risk. us. Fats from hot dogs and pizza aren’t.
get protein from a variety of sources – not THE REALITY In the biggest meta-analysis The basic message is to avoid fats from
just red meat, but eggs and plants too.” of 21 large studies, no associations were processed sources – and get a variety.”

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6
CHEATDAYS
WILLHELPYOU
TOBURNFAT
FASTER
WHAT’S THE IDEA? If you’re dieting,
the theory goes, spiking your calories
once a week will cause a cascade of
hormonal changes that are beneficial
to fat loss, including causing an uptick
in “fullness hormone” leptin. So that
doughnut isn’t just a break from your diet
– it’s actually helping you to lose fat.
IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? Maybe if
you’re already very lean, or training in a
severely calorie-restricted state. Some
coaches prefer to call cheat days “refeeds”
or “spike days”, where they suggest extra
carbs as a way to promote muscle growth
– and if your body fat is under 10%, there’s
NUTRITION
some evidence that cheat meals will
TRUTHS #3
AN APPLE A DAY…
actually keep your metabolism ticking over.
…won’t entirely replace the
If you’re just eating relatively healthily all NHS, but apples contain fibre
the time, though, there’s no physiological and polyphenols that fight
need for a biscuit-and-booze binge. obesity and its related diseases.
THE REALITY For most people, cheating Granny Smiths have the highest
is more valuable as a psychological tool fruit-fibre ratio: one a day is a
than a physical one. Studies suggest that good place to start.
“never again” thinking when it comes
to food is more likely to cause relapses
than a “not now, but later” attitude. That
means if you’re desperate for an All-The-
Meatiest-Meats pizza, scribble it down
on a bit of paper marked “cheat day” and
you’re less likely to break down and binge.
Also, does it really need to be a full day?
“I tend to have one or two planned cheat
meals a week,” says body composition
expert Nate Miyaki. “The rules are, when
you get up from the table, you throw
away all the bad stuff and the cheat time’s
over.” It’s better than an all-day licence.
THE EXPERT VIEW “There are solid
arguments for including cheat days in
your diet,” says Hinchcliffe. “But there
are also arguments that your diet should
be such that you don’t need them.” The
ultimate goal is to get to a point where
you don’t even crave the bad stuff.

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‘IFYOU’REDESPERATEFORA
PIZZA,SCRIBBLEITDOWNON
ABITOFPAPERANDYOU’RE
LESSLIKELYTOBINGE’

7
YOUSHOULD
EATLOTSOF
SMALLMEALS
WHAT’S THE IDEA? Every time you eat, your
metabolism spikes slightly so by eating six
or seven small meals a day, you’ll keep the
fires burning all day long, aiding fat loss. A
related theory (favoured by bro-scientists) is
that you can only absorb 20-30g of protein
in one sitting, meaning that thrice-daily
infusions of cod beat one all-out feast.
IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO IT? Sort of. It’s
NUTRITION true that your metabolic rate increases
TRUTHS #4 after you eat, as your body uses energy
to break down and absorb your meal – it’s
YOU CAN DRINK TOO
called the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). The
MUCH WATER
misunderstood part: TEF is proportional
Hyponatremia, as it’s known, is a
problem, especially among long-
to the amount of calories you eat, so an
distance runners. Your best plan: 800-calorie meal will cause double the
500ml before bed, 500ml when metabolic spike of a 400-calorie one. In
you wake, and 500ml an hour other words, you burn the same amount of
before you train. calories digesting your food either way.
THE REALITY No serious research has
found any difference between grazing
and gorging in terms of fat loss. A 2010
study compared a three-meal-a-day-
schedule with a six-meal one, and found no
difference in fat loss or appetite control.
THE EXPERT VIEW “You should eat the
way that works for you,” says Hinchcliffe.
“Grazing can help keep blood sugar
levels more constant but it can also
lead to overeating. For some people,
three big meals a day is enough but for
others, a planned snack or two will help.
It’s most important to pick a schedule
that works in the context of your life.”

February 2017 | 53
The
man
behind
the
model
David Gandy has been the world’s number one male model for the
past decade. Here he reveals how you can dress to impress, how he
maintains his cover model body, and why he’ll never take a selfie

Words • Joe Warner


PhotograPhy • Glen Burrows
Creative direCtor • Ash Gibson
styling • Lee Holden
hair and Make-uP • Lilli Bridger
Cardigan by Tom Ford
at Mr Porter
Long johns by Dries
van Noten at Liberty
is one of a select group of British men - alongside Daniel Craig
and Idris Elba (essentially anyone who has, or should have, a
licence to kill) – who both you and your significant other would
quite like you to be for a day. And probably for that night too.
The Essex-born 36-year-old first caught the nation’s eye back
in 2006 when he became the face – and, more significantly,
the body – of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance.
With a single shot – lying back in a rowing boat in nothing more
than a pair of white trunks – Gandy was catapulted into the spotlight,
transforming his career
and sending shockwaves
throughout the fashion world
as the biggest houses followed
D&G’s lead and ditched
the skinny, androgynous
look for a more muscular,
masculine aesthetic.
His career had started
five years previously when
he won an ITV model search
(his flatmate had entered
him without his knowledge)
and since then Gandy hasn’t
looked back. And, as he tells
Men’s Fitness in our exclusive
cover feature, he’s really
only just getting started…
Behind the scenes at
Gandy’s exclusive MF
cover shoot, London,
November 2016

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Features | David Gandy
T-shirt by David
Gandy for Autograph
at M&S
Jeans at Balenciaga
by Liberty

You’ve been at the top of your


industry for more than a decade.
What still motivates you?
I think a passion for what I do, and the
competitiveness that I have with myself.
No-one can criticise me as much as I
criticise myself and I am constantly
trying to achieve more and push myself
forwards. I have a five-year plan of where
I want to be and I know what I need to do
to get there. It’s like a game of chess, you
build up to it, moving the right pieces at
the right time to get to the end point.

You’ve moved away from


modelling of late – why?
I have been moving away from modelling
over the past two to three years. My
plan is to spend less time in front of
the camera, and a lot more in creative
design. I’ve been creative director on a
lot of shoots now. One of things I hate on
shoots is that there is still this idea, this
stigma that as a model you are there to
be told what to wear and where to stand
and what to do, and people don’t think
you can contribute creatively. Now on
every shoot I do, I try to come up with
the creative concept and work with my
team. That’s what I’m really enjoying
and I hope that’s what the future holds
for me. As you saw on this shoot I had
some input and a bit of a say, and that’s
the side I enjoy. After all, if I can’t get
it right after 15 years then I may as well
pack up now and go do something else!

So what’s your next move?


I’ve been building up the David Gandy
Autograph range with Marks & Spencer,
and that’s been doing very well. So I’m
hoping that either I’ll expand that, and
have a greater say in the range and the
whole process of it, or I’ll expand my
knowledge and my input elsewhere. I want
to learn – I didn’t just want to turn up and
say “right, now I am a designer”. I had a lot
of respect for the designers out there and
it’s a hard game. But I’m designing now
and have already signed off a few designs


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Features | David Gandy

“To walk into a room knowing


that you are well dressed is
such a confidence boost”

Coat by All Saints



Features | David Gandy
like to be in the pack and wear the same as
everyone else. Like a uniform to fit in.

What are the essential pieces every


man should have in their wardrobe?
A good dark blue or navy three-piece wool suit.
Spend some money on it and get it tailored.
for November 2017. In this industry we are
constantly working 12 to 18 months ahead.
That is the most versatile suit and it will go “There is no right or
with everything. It’s formal, it’s informal, you
can dress it up and you can dress it down.
wrong in fashion...
So with all your experience,
do you feel ready to make your
If you get everything tailored right, and the have the confidence
mark as a designer now?
legs tapered, then you can separate it out,
with the waistcoat, and wear the trousers to find the look you
It’s been hard but it’s been a great learning
curve for me, learning about materials, the
with a T-shirt and the jacket with jeans. want to have”
factories, everything that’s involved. There’s
What else?
been times I wanted to change aspects of the
Good T-shirts are essential. Why grown men
range but you can’t once the materials have
still walk around with slogans on T-shirts is
been ordered… there are so many factors in
beyond me. It’s a mystery. Do you think that
play which mean you have to work hard to get
putting on a tee with a funny slogan or picture
it right. And you have to learn the hard way
is going to get you laid? Believe me, it won’t.
because I absolutely believe that you only learn
A good plain white or black T-shirt is a hugely
from mistakes. But as long as you learn from
versatile piece. Also get a good leather jacket
them and don’t make them again, that’s one of
– it will go with absolutely everything – and
the best things about life, learning and moving
a good pair of shoes. Shoes are one of the
on. If you keep making the same ones over
first thing women look at – it’s true. A pair of
and over then it’s a sign of insanity, isn’t it?
shoes can make or break an outfit. Chelsea
boots or Oxfords are good choices, and
What is it about good clothes that you love?
make sure they are shiny and looked after.
It’s how they make you feel. To walk into a
room knowing that you are well dressed is
You’ve been in the public eye for
such a confidence boost. There are so many
years. Does it get easier to deal
great brands out there now, doing cheaper
with the longer you do it?
fashion, that there’s really no excuse any
I think some people are naturally OK with
more for not trying to find your own style.
being in the public eye and like being the
Remember, there is no right or wrong in
centre of attention. Today everyone is posting
fashion. Someone might criticise you, but
every aspect of their life on social media,
who are they to do so? Have the confidence
and they are very comfortable doing so – but
to do something slightly different. A very
I have never been comfortable with that. I
British thing is sarcasm and dry humour,
have always kept it at a level where all my
so of course you’re going to take some stick
work and charity work is widely published
from your boys if you do look different, but
and it’s on my social media accounts, but
you can take that as a compliment for having
my private life is just that – private. No-one
the confidence to do your own thing.
knows about that. I am very protective
of my friends, family and loved ones and
What advice would you give to the guy
make sure they are never photographed.
looking to make a big first impression?
You can’t always stop that but you can
People ask me about trends, but trends are
speak to the papers and get it taken out.
on the runway. You have to find out what
you’re comfortable in and find the look you
Is that why we’re yet to see a
want to have. In many ways the English have
David Gandy selfie…?
gone down the very American route of always
[Laughs] Yeah. People ask me why I’ve
dressing down – I hope that’s going to change
never posted a selfie or a picture of family
soon. In England we have the tradition of
and friends. I find it weird when you’re an
the English gentleman, in the sense that we
oddity for keeping your private life private!
were always well dressed and took pride in
I am not saying I am right or wrong, but
our clothes and our appearance. We knew
that’s the way I’ve always wanted it to be,
what we were doing and we had confidence
and I think it’s important to keep some
in it. Even if that’s just a T-shirt and jeans,
things back and protect the people closest to
it would have been well fitted and looked
great. There was that uniqueness that we
had over the rest of the world. Of course we
are still known for tailoring, and Carnaby
Street and Vivienne Westwood, but I think
men have moved away from taking pride
in their appearance. Maybe it’s because we

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you. Social media presence is so important
now and I’ve been told that if I post this
or that my numbers would go through
the roof – but I am not willing to do it.
think having a training partner helps to really
push you and bring out that competitiveness.
You have to be in great shape all year
round, so how do you achieve that?
There’s the old line that models
My approach to training is not complicated,
live off cotton wool and cigarettes…
to be honest. It’s a simple approach and one
what’s your diet like?
I’ve kept to for many years. Quite often I’ll week, with one run a week as well. But it’s so
[Laughs] I have always been careful with what
superset two moves and go up to four sets per important to change things up so you don’t
I eat, but I do think people would be shocked
superset. I focus on lifting in a high-intensity stop progressing. I am always changing reps,
by how much I eat! But I don’t eat a lot of
way, like in circuits. I prefer to use free changing weights, every couple of weeks. Right
bad stuff. I eat a lot of lean protein, chicken
weights, so my workouts are based around now my focus is on moderate weights and
and especially fish, and a lot of vegetables
dumbbells, barbells or bodyweight moves. higher rep counts. But if I am in training for
and salads. Protein balls are my go-to snack.
Some machines are great and I do sometimes something, say a shoot, sometimes I go to the
But I will never shy away from having a good
use them – mainly the cable machine – but I gym in the morning for an intense 40-minute
roast dinner or a lean burger – my approach
prefer free weights and bodyweight training session and then again in the evening for
isn’t as strict as people think. I am a typical
because I can feel it more in my muscles, another intense 40 minutes, because I’ve
English guy so I love my booze: I love a gin
especially in my core. I think everyone has found that so much more effective than
and tonic, and love my whisky. A nutritionist
to go though a period of trial and error doing one longer but less intense workout.
once told me you need to think about the
to find out what works best for them.
maths, the equation involved in it. That means
What do you do now in the gym you
working off what you’re putting into your
How long did it take you to discover wished you’d learned sooner?
body. You can’t eat exactly what you want,
how your body best responds? How important it is to focus on contracting the
but so long as you are getting down the gym
It took me a long time and I made a lot of right muscles and then squeezing that muscle,
and having a good intense session, then you
mistakes before I found what works for me. and making your muscles do all the work.
can be a little flexible with the foods you eat.
We live in a world now where there is so Form is so important too. I grew up watching
much information out there about exercise Arnold Schwarzenegger in Pumping Iron and
So, like training, the best diet is about
and training – there’s magazines, websites, films like that, and a lot of people watching
finding an approach that works for you?
apps, Instagram, YouTube… When I first those films saw them lifting the heaviest
Yeah, I think so. For instance, I eat biscuits,
properly starting training when I was about possible weight, so we thought that’s what
but I don’t eat a triple-chocolate cookie.
20 or 21 there wasn’t much information you have to do get a better body. Probably
I eat oat biscuits or jaffa cakes, and other
out there. So I went through a long process like every guy my focus was on how heavy I
types that aren’t packed with sugar. If I am
of trial and error to see what worked. could lift. So the weight went up and the reps
drinking it’s not beer – the beer belly isn’t
went down because that’s what I thought
a myth, after all. I’ll drink a clear spirit and
Has fitness always been a you had to do. I’m paying for that now with
mixer, like a G&T or a vodka soda. I haven’t
big part of your life? the aches and pains and injuries I’ve had.
really ever eaten junk food or fast food and
Sport has always been a huge part of my life.
I dread to think what it would do to my
As a kid if I saw a ball I would try to kick it, or if How do you stay motivated to train when
stomach. After eating pretty well for a while
I saw a bat I would try to hit something with it. you’re so busy with other things?
my body doesn’t know how to deal with all
These days what I love is working on my chest In the gym I have a competitive edge with
the sugar and fats in heavily processed foods.
and back. I hate doing arms and abs – I don’t myself. I want to find ways to improve, just to
If I ever do have any sweets or things like
know why but I never have enjoyed training get to the next exercise and perform it better.
that, it tastes overwhelming sweet to me – if
arms, and I don’t look forward to arms day. Take the barbell roll-out. At first I could do
I crave anything it’s freshness, it’s veggies
Actually I don’t mind triceps exercises, it’s about five, starting on my knees. Then I built
and salads. That’s what my body wants.
just the biceps moves I don’t like. For me that up to ten, and then 20. And then I could do
might be because my abs and my biceps take a two full roll-outs from a standing position,
It seems that a lot of people in the UK have
lot more work than any other part of my body, and then I could do three, and then five and
a very poor understanding of nutrition
which is why I’m always constantly changing then ten. And then I could do three sets of
– is that true in your experience?
what I do, so they’re forced to respond. One ten. Being in constant competition with
Yes, we are very nutritionally unaware in this
of the important things I say to people is that yourself is very important, I think, otherwise
country. It’s something Jamie Oliver has tried
if you’re not enjoying training then you need it’s so easy to become stagnant and just do
to change, and it’s why he wants to educate
to change it to something you do enjoy. It the same things the same way. When you do
our children about nutrition. I have had to
shouldn’t be a chore to go to the gym or train. that you’ll never see any improvements.
learn myself about the best way to eat, and
ignore all that low-fat cobblers. Plus I’m very
How often do you change things So would you say working hard but
careful about the supplements I use. I see
up to keep training fresh? not seeing progress is the worst thing
guys taking all kinds of supplements, and
If I’m not in training for anything in particular from a motivation point of view?
even if you read the ingredient list you would
then I’ll probably go to the gym four times a Absolutely – when you just go through the
have no idea about what you are putting into
motions doing the same old thing, it’s not good
your body. I use Wellman and have done
for you mentally. That’s when you stop getting
any enjoyment out of going to the gym. The
mental benefits are a big part of training for
me. That’s why I say that everyone can find
half an hour to do some exercise, because you
always feel so much better afterwards. Also I

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since I was 20. It was funny because one
day I went into my management’s office for
a meeting and there were some guys there
from Vitabiotics, who make Wellman, and
I told them that. And that’s what ended
a lot but it’s actually a bargain because the
up in the ad campaign I did for them.
originals are worth more than £15 million.

You eat well so do you really


And you’ve ended up writing about cars?
need to take supplements?
No-one at school said I should get into
With the lives we lead today it can be tricky to
motoring journalism, or engineering or
get all the vitamins and minerals I need from
mechanics for that matter – I’ve always been
my food – I think that’s true for most modern
a pretty decent writer so I had to make it
men – and Wellman has always been there for
happen myself. When you love something
me to keep my levels of those vitamins topped
like I love cars, it’s easy to write about it, and
up, helping to support my energy levels and
now I write about cars for GQ, the Telegraph
everything else. They are made for men, with
and Vanity Fair. Some people say they enjoy
the correct clinically-proven amounts. Your
what I write because I give them a different
body is like a car, and its performance will only
take from a true motoring journalist. It’s a
be as good as the quality of fuel you put in it.
little less technical. But I know my stuff, I’ve
got my racing licence, so I take the car out
Speaking of cars, is it true that you’re at
and tell people about how it looks and feels.
your happiest when behind the wheel?
That’s true, yes. I drive around London.
Is Top Gear still looking for a host..?
Some people think that’s a bit peculiar. But
It will be interesting to see where Top Gear
it’s the one thing I love to do and want to do
goes from here but, well, it wouldn’t be a bad
every day. If there’s ever the chance to do a
gig, would it? I don’t think any guy would
road trip then I am there, because that’s my
turn down that job. It’s like playing James
ultimate relaxation. There’s one coming up
“If there’s ever the
Bond in that way. I think [ Jeremy] Clarkson’s
in South Africa, and I think my girlfriend is
new show The Grand Tour looks awesome
already a little bit worried about the number
of miles we are going to do… I love it. When I
already – they had me in stitches. Top Gear
is such a hard format to keep up without
chance to do a road
was growing up, as a family we loved a road
trip – you could have called us the Griswolds
those three guys [Clarkson, James May and trip then I am there
instead of the Gandys! We’d just pack up the
Richard Hammond]. I was surprised they kept
almost everything the same. I think if they – that’s my ultimate
family Jag and off we’d go around Europe.
had changed a few aspects of the show the
viewers would have been more accepting of it.
relaxation”
As a young man you did work experience
at Auto Express, our sister magazine
Finally, what’s the best thing about being
at Dennis Publishing – be honest,
the world’s number one male model?
was that because of a passion for
I have been very fortunate, and that’s why
journalism or your pure love of cars?
I try to give back as much as I can through
[Laughs] I should have stayed in that job, to
charity work. Anyone in this business knows
be honest! That might sound strange but I
that we’re not curing cancer or doing brain
was 18 and between school and university
surgery. I live a very privileged life and
and went there for a couple of weeks of work
there’s no denying that, but that’s given me
experience and ended up staying the whole
a certain profile and the good side of that
summer. I was driving all the cars to the test
is I can help raise an awful lot of money for
track for the guys to test. And I was getting £50
some really great causes. That was one of
a day to do it! It was a dream job at that age.
my aims ten years ago – to get into a position
where I could give something back.
What it is about cars that gets you going?
I do not know. No-one in my family is
What about the worst part?
particularly passionate about cars but I
There’s no bad side. If I said there was,
used to carry a car mag around with me
you’d think I was mad! I probably moan as
ever since I can remember. I would read
much as anyone else, I have bad days, but
every word of every page. It’s just something
you have to put things into perspective.
that gets me, a bit like some women are
As long as you have your health then
with shoes – and I know it’s not rational,
you can’t end your day too down.
but it’s a real passion. Jaguar is currently
recreating my favourite car ever, the XKSS.
I was hoping I might get you
It’s over a million pounds a car. It sounds
moaning about something!
Well, I could moan about the cycle lanes in
London! They are winding me up a little bit.
There’s a little cut-through I use in Hyde Park
and the bike lanes haven’t reached it yet. Let’s
just say that I’m in no rush to take up cycling!

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Be smart with carbs
Startinthekitchen “Don’t overcomplicate things,”
says strength coach Chris
You might be able to out-train your worst habits – but
Burgess. “On non-training days,
why bother? Fixing your diet makes everything easier
keep the carbs low – 60g or
061
less – while upping your fat Don’t drink calories
052 intake so that you’re getting It’s too easy to overdo it with
Be inclusive enough calories to recover. On
strength training or sprinting
sugary drinks. For serious fat
loss, stick to black coffee, tea
Instead of concentrating on
days, you can eat more carbs and water with lemon or lime.
what you’re going to stop
to help your recovery.” They can be acquired tastes –
eating, focus on adding foods to
but they’re worth acquiring.
your diet. Gradually, the good
stuff will push the bad stuff out.
058
Go for taste
053 Eat more taste-intensive foods
Keep a food diary 055
and you’ll need less of them to
feel full. Dark chocolate, aged Fatlossinaglass
…but only for a week. You might
be surprised by how much sugar Eat more protein cheese and extra virgin olive
oil all pack a flavour wallop.
No more sugary shop-
there is in innocuous-seeming It’s filling, so you’ll get hungry bought smoothies – this
foods, or how little protein less, and it also has a mild has everything you need
you’re eating. Use MyFitnessPal thermogenic (fat-burning)
059
to track everything you effect. Eat protein-rich Aim for fibre 062
eat for seven days, then foods like meat, fish or eggs It aids digestion, improves Kefir
you’ll be ready to wing it. at every meal, aiming for gut bacteria and makes you “As well as containing less
roughly 2g per kilo of your feel full for longer. Vegetables sugar and more protein
054 target bodyweight per day. are the best source. than yogurt, it’s packed with
Eat green 056 060
probiotics that aid digestion,”
says nutritionist Christine
Vegetables should be the
foundation of your diet – eat …and more fat Eat for your bacteria Bailey. “That means better
nutrient absorption and
a wide range of colours with Counter-intuitive, but dietary Fermented foods like natural
fewer hunger pangs.”
as many meals as possible. fat’s not the enemy. “Increase yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut
How much? 250ml
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Apart from being packed with your fat levels and drop your improve your microbiome – the
antioxidants and essential sugar intake by eating fish, makeup of bacteria in your gut
vitamins and minerals, avocado, oils, nuts and seeds,” that help to digest food and
063
they’re fibrous and filling. says trainer Tom Eastham. use it better. Eat a variety. 50g spinach
“This’ll help to ‘teach’ your body “It provides alkalising greens,”
to use its fat stores as fuel.” says Bailey. Swedish research
also suggests that its leafy
membranes can curb cravings.
How much? 50g

064
Pineapple chunks
“It contains a digestive enzyme
called bromelain, which
eases digestion.” It’s also an
excellent source of vitamin B6.
How much? 75g

065
Banana
Go underripe if you can
– the resistant starch has
a positive effect on body
fat levels by helping to
metabolise fats after eating.
How much? Half a banana

066
Chia seeds
“They add fibre to kick-start
your digestive system in the
morning.” And they’re the best
plant source of omega 3s.
How much? 1tsp

067
Lemon juice Rethinkyourspicerack 073
It helps stabilise blood-
glucose levels, killing
Apart from making your food more exciting, the right
combinations will jolt your metabolism into overdrive
Cumin
cravings, and it’s also a In a three-month trial,
good source of vitamin C. volunteers at Iran’s Shahid
How much? 1tbsp
068 Sadoughi University dropped
Cinnamon three times as much body fat as
It regulates blood sugar, a control group by eating 1tsp a
though sprinkling it on your day mixed into yogurt – and also
morning latte still doesn’t lowered “bad” LDL cholesterol.
justify a muffin. It also reduces Add it to roasted veg, or put a
total cholesterol levels and 071 dash in hummus or guacamole.
triglycerides – helpful for
health as well as fat loss.
Cayenne pepper 074
Capsaicin, the compound
069 that gives peppers their Cardamom
heat, triggers fight-or-flight It’s been used in Indian cookery
Black pepper hormones including adrenaline for centuries, and recent
A substance called piperine in and norepinephrine, helping studies suggest that it’s a
pepper blocks the formation to regulate your heartbeat potent thermogenic. Smash
of new fat cells. Bonus: it also and breathing, and mobilising the pods in a mortar (or a
increases the bioavailability of fat for your body to use. coffee grinder) and throw the
other nutrients, making the rest result in curries and stews.
of your meal more worthwhile. 072
Ginger 075
070 It’s been used as a digestive aid Mustard seeds
Turmeric for centuries, with good reason: Cook with the seeds, not
Curcumin, turmeric’s active it steadies over-active stomach the sauce. A study in the
ingredient, reduces the contractions, and aids protein Asian Journal Of Clinical
formation of fat tissue by digestion. Fresh is better, Nutrition found that eating
suppressing the blood vessels but dried still works. Use it in them concentrated in oil
needed to form it. It’s more dressings, tea or smoothies. lowered visceral fat in rats.
effective in the presence of fat, Blitz them in a food processor
so cook your curry with ghee. with chilies for a paste that’ll
add kick to your curries.

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Time to streamline your supplement
cupboard – you don’t need much
080
L-carnitine
076 Research suggests it helps your
Vitamin D body to mobilise fat stores as
fuel, but there’s also evidence
In a University of Minnesota
study, subjects with adequate
078 to suggest that it improves
D levels lost weight faster than Creatine insulin sensitivity. Supplement
with 500-2,000mg a day.
people who were deficient, It’s the back-up generator
even eating the same calories. for muscle and lets you push
The researchers theorised harder in short, high-intensity
081
that it releases hunger- efforts. Take the monohydrate Magnesium
regulation hormone leptin kind - in studies, it’s performed It improves sleep and insulin
– and you almost certainly better at increasing the body’s sensitivity – both helpful for fat
aren’t getting enough. stores. The dose is 5g a day: loss – but a study published in
Supplement with a spray. it’s less grainy in hot water, Cardiovascular Drugs Therapy
so have it with green tea. also suggests that it has huge
077 benefits to aerobic activity,
Fish oil 079 letting you train for longer.
Anecdotally, it’s worked CLA 082
forever, but now scientists A naturally occurring fatty acid,
are working out why: a 2015 CLA diverts calories you eat Multivitamins
study on mice suggest that away from fat storage and into They may not torch fat stores,
it increased calorie-burning muscle tissue, reducing body but a quality multivitamin will
brown fat in the little chaps, as fat and increasing the amount fill in any gaps in your eating
well as regulating their insulin of fat used for energy. It’s non- plan, keeping your bodily
and fasting glucose levels. stimulant-based, so won’t functions online and helping
make you as jittery as other your sleep, stress and training.
supps that claim to burn fat.

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Forget needlessly complicated multi-stage recipes 090
– for fat loss, all you need is to make simple foods
taste better. With an MSc in nutrition science, 087 Meat
“You don’t need much. Buy less,
cordon bleu chef Toral Shah has the recipe
Cabbage buy good-quality – grass-fed
“It’s so underrated. Slice up is much better for your health –
083 some Savoy or Asian Red in and bulk it out with lots of veg.”
Beetroot the food processor and stir-fry
It’s low-calorie and high in iron it for an Asian-style slaw.” 091
and potassium. “Spiralise it or 085 Oliveoil
cube it and roast it,” says Shah.
Tomatoes 088 “It’s great, but if you’re trying to
“You can eat it raw, but you
just need to take the edge off.
“They can be really flavourless Kale lose fat it’s easy to load up on
in the winter, when they’re out “Long before it was fashionable calories. Buy the good-quality
A bit of thyme works well.”
of season and get hothoused it used to be a British staple. extra virgin stuff - you’ll be
or imported. Slow-roast Massaging it really does work: able to get away with using
084 them at 160˚ for about 40 a bit of good-quality olive oil less, because the flavour’s so
Cauliflower minutes to concentrate the and lemon juice does the job, intense with even a little bit.”
“It’s much more versatile than flavour – do a load at once and it keeps as a salad for
you think. Stir fry it with chili, and you can use them in a couple of days.” Throw in
garlic, cumin seeds and lemon.” recipes through the week.” some red onions and pine nuts
It’s low in starch, high in fibre: Cooking also releases more if you’re feeling ambitious.
you can also blast it in the food cancer-protective lycopene.
processor and sub it in for rice. 089
086 Squash
Peppers “Chop it into 2cm cubes and
“Roast up a whole bunch roast it for about an hour with
at a time, and keep them some olive oil, salt and pepper.
in a jar to use throughout It’ll add bulk to anything.”
the week,” says Shah.
Try to eat red, green and
yellow for an improved
array of antioxidants.
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Fatlossswaps
096 Ditch Beer
Ditch Peanuts Switch Red wine
Clean out the cupboards – make these simple
changes and you’ll switch fat loss to autopilot
Switch Brazil nuts There’s evidence from a
They’re packed with Washington University study
magnesium and selenium, that resveratrol – a fruit
092 which aid the metabolising of polyphenol also thought to
Ditch Black tea fat. Have a handful with a piece
of fruit for a mid-morning snack.
have anti-ageing effects – can
improve the oxidation of fat by
Switch Green tea turning white fat to beige, which
The green stuff has two
094 097 is involved in heat regulation.
thermogenic compounds
– caffeine and catechins – Ditch Soft drinks Ditch Oranges 100
and in a 2009 study, it also
Switch Lime Switch Kiwi fruit Ditch Muesli
reduced cravings in subjects They’re lighter on fructose,
on a calorie-restricted diet. and soda but just as packed with vitamin Switch Oats
Add a dash of lemon for Even “diet” drinks will trigger C - 500mg a day will help you They’re high in soluble fibre and
improved insulin regulation. an insulin response thanks burn fat during workouts. help fill you up, and they’re also
to their sweet taste, and can digested slowly to keep blood
093 make you hungry by messing 098 sugar under control. Cook them
Ditch Salad dressing with your body’s perceived
energy levels. Lime will keep
Ditch Milk chocolate with almond milk, and throw
in a scoop of protein powder
Switch Apple your blood sugar in check, Switch Dark to control hunger until lunch.
cider vinegar while fizzy water has a mild
alkalising effect on your body.
chocolate 101
It’s ultra-low in calories by Low in sugar, high in fibre
comparison, but also aids
095 and antioxidants, it’s also Ditch Biscuits
satiety and helps keep blood
sugar under control. Mix it Ditch Cereal
less moreish than your Dairy
Milk, thanks to the intense
Switch Granny
with extra virgin olive oil, salt,
Switch Eggs taste. Cocoa solids at 85% Smiths
pepper and an optional dash of or more is the golden rule: if All apples contain pectin,
Heat the pan, add a dab of
honey for an easy vinaigrette. it’s too bitter, a dash of salt which regulate blood sugar
butter, crack the eggs, swirl
(really) takes the edge off. so you’re less hungry. There’s
them around until they’re nearly
also evidence that Granny
done, and take them off the
Smiths specifically improve
heat for the last bit of stirring.
obesity-regulating gut bacteria.
It’s 60 seconds, tops, and gives
you a hit of protein and omega
3s – plus feeling full until lunch.
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of sweet-tasting cured meat, it’s sure the oil covers the asparagus evenly.
1-2 fresh duck eggs
actually just Italian for ham – in Italy Good-quality chicken
2 Cook the asparagus on the grill (with the
lid down if you have one) for five minutes,
they distinguish between cotto eggs are an acceptable
turning it just once –you want some char
substitute
(cooked) and crudo (cured), with marks from the grill bars to help cut the
4-6 thin slices richness of the eggs and cheese.
the most famous variety of the duck prosciutto 3 Place a large cast-iron or nonstick pan
later coming from Parma. But the Ham prosciutto may over a medium-high heat, add the butter
be substituted
and heat until it begins to foam. Crack the
crudo method can be applied to eggs into the pan and sprinkle with salt
30g freshly grated
other meats, and duck prosciutto parmesan
and pepper. Cook them until the whites
are opaque but the yolks are still runny.
retains the rich but delicate flavour Plus 5g unsalted butter
Remove the eggs to kitchen paper.
and chopped garlic
of the bird as well as the high levels 4 Remove the asparagus from the
1tsp olive oil grill, put on a plate and sprinkle with
of protein. Make the effort to find Plus more for drizzling, parmesan. Lay the fried eggs on top and
duck eggs, which are packed with sea salt, freshly ground sprinkle more parmesan, followed by the
black pepper, ¼ lemon
prosciutto and a final layer of parmesan.
quality fats and nutrients, to go Drizzle the dish with extra virgin olive
with the duck prosciutto – you oil and add a dash of salt, a grind of
pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
won’t regret it. (Although you
can use hen’s eggs and regular
prosciutto and it’ll still be delicious.)

3 reasonsto The beauty of this


simple dish is that it can
1 Asparagus 2Eggs 3Prosciutto
makethis
Very low in calories All eggs are high in It is a processed
be eaten as a delicious
- 100g contains protein but high- meat because of
and nutritious breakfast,
mealtoday lunch or dinner. Here’s
why you should keep the
just 20 - but high in
vitamin B6 and fibre,
quality, organic,
free-range ones (as
how it’s cured, but
when it’s high in
and the essential duck eggs usually protein and tastes
three key ingredients in
elements iron, are) contain more this good it’s worth
your fridge or cupboard
calcium, magnesium brain-boosting it. Just cut down on
for when hunger strikes
and zinc. omega 3 fatty acids. less worthy meats.

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Taken from Cooking, Blokes & Artichokes by Brendan Collins
(£20, Kyle Books) Photography Jean Cazals, iStock

You can buy duck


prosciutto online at
delifarmcharcuterie.co.uk or
rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk.
Adventurous types can
try to cure their own
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“I
t’s been a busy six months,” HIS CAREER HIS DIET
says Henny Seroeyen, who “I used to do martial arts training for the “I eat a lot of green vegetables: broccoli,
triumphed over a supremely military. I’d also teach people the basics – asparagus, avocado. I keep to very low
dedicated field of competitors in some shooting, some tactical stuff – before carbs for maybe seven weeks before a
last year’s Fit Factor challenge, and they went to their specialised training. In competition. Lots of white meat and
came away with a stack of new job the military I teach a mix of martial arts: fish, with red meat maybe once every
offers. “I’ve had a lot of publicity, I originally started by doing karate and couple of weeks, just to make sure I’m
a lot of work to do. I’ve got one of judo, then expanded my interest into Thai getting different sources of protein. As
the leading roles in a Belgian cop boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, all kinds far as supplements go, I take BCAAs,
show, and I’ve also been doing a of mixed martial arts. I’ve taken a career some whey, micronised glutamine, pro
lot more work with my supplement break now, which means I’m still in the aminos, and then booster – plus my
sponsors – I’m basically a full-time military but I’m inactive, doing other stuff vitamins, and ZMA just before bed. Really,
ambassador now. I’m doing more – TV, modelling for Armani, travelling a lot. though, it’s about food – no pizza, no
modelling, more filming, social I’m always pushing, always keeping busy.” fries, just lots of good, healthy stuff.”
media and promotions. There’s a lot
to fit in.” For Seroeyen, a trainer for HIS TRAINING HIS FOLLOWING
the Belgian military, the BodyPower “I do a lot of bodyweight training – I “If you want to be a success on social
Expo at the NEC Birmingham was think it’s something a lot of men miss. media, just getting the pictures right is
his first time on a fitness competition Something I see with a lot of guys is that part of it – a lot of guys have very dark
stage – but a single-minded regime they don’t have a strong core, or they pictures. But also some guys post ‘Go
of eating right, training hard don’t use their core well. My muscles work out!’ and that’s not enough. If you
and being smart on social media are developed differently because the want not just to win competitions but to
helped him rise to the challenge. bodyweight work means my muscles are get the sponsors, you need to give them
Here’s his roadmap for success. always working: just a simple plank, or a reason to hire you. I tell people a story:
something like an L-sit pull-up, makes I went from a guy who was being picked
a big difference in muscle definition. on at school to where I am today.”
Sometimes, I work with CEOs who can’t
leave their office to train. With them, HIS VICTORY
I’ll do roll-outs with an office chair, “One thing I tell anyone who asks me
starting on the knees and working up about competing in next year’s event is
to standing. Also, a lot of guys don’t do that the judges don’t want guys who are
cardio – I go running every day. I run too muscular, like bodybuilder muscles.
anything from five to 15 kilometres, or It’s about being lean and in good, healthy
short distances, sprinting until I almost shape – keeping everything in proportion.
collapse and then walking to recover.” It’s the kind of body you’d aim for if
you want to look good on a beach. It’s
a condition that everyone can achieve
by training in a healthy, sensible way.”

To follow the BodyPower Model Search 2017 (castings take place


nationwide) or to get tickets for the show, visit bodypower.com
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220
CALORIES IN A
TYPICAL PINT OF
5% ABV LAGER
Any health benefits
of boozing are
outweighed by the
negatives - but if
tipping back a cold
one really is the only
thing that suits, at
least choose wisely.
Pale ales, for instance,
tend to be higher in
hops than lagers,
which translates to
more phytochemicals,
while Guinness is
lower in alcohol than
premium beer and
high in antioxidants:
researchers from
the University of
Wisconsin found
evidence linking it to
reduced blood clotting
and lessened risk
of heart attacks.

Thenewrulesofbooze
Bad news first: no, you don’t need alcohol as part of your healthy
diet. Yes, some studies show a link between drinking and longevity
or fat loss, but most of the beneficial effects come down to (a)
the plant compound resveratrol, found in red wine, or (b) being
sociable, so you’d get similar effects from a pistachio-and-grape
Photography Danny Bird, iStock

Red wine is good, everything else is bad… right? night with your mates. Forget lording it over the teetotal: booze is
Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Here’s your bad. So what do you do? “If you’re serious about getting results
template for (almost) consequence-free indulgence fast, you’ve got to cut it out,” says body composition expert Luke
Leaman (musclenerds.tv). “Once I created a booze-and-lose diet,
and it worked, but… it hinders sleep, and it causes inflammation and
issues with digestion.” But if you’re not going to give up altogether,
Words Joel Snape
you need a practical solution. Turn the page for your five-step plan.

February 2017 | 81
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126
CALORIES IN A
GLASS OF RED WINE
Swap lager for red
wine and you save
almost 100 calories
per drink. Another
reason to switch is
that the hops in beer
can increase levels
of oestrogen, the
primary female sex
hormone. Too many
pints too often? Say
hello to man=boobs.

STEP 1 DRINK BETTER WINE


The red wine advocates are right – up
to a point. Resveratrol has anti-ageing
effects, and there’s speculation that sirtuin
activators in wine can also aid health by
mimicking the effect of fasting and exercise
on the body. But your bottom-shelf
browsing doesn’t cut it. “You want a better-
quality wine that doesn’t contain sulphites,”
says Leaman. “They cause a lot of issues,
including allergies. There’s speculation that
they also cause headaches, though medical
evidence is basically non-existent.” Most
stores sell sulphite-free options; if in doubt,
look for an organic label on the bottle.

STEP 2 PREPARE FOR THE WORST it’s leaching out of your bones. So, yeah, it’s keeping ADVANCED BOOZING
Lining your stomach has science to back it up, but not the it constant, but the way it does that isn’t helping you. (NOT RECOMMENDED)
way most men do it. “You want to eat things that’ll delay Sparkling water will help your body’s processes.” Love the buzz but
don’t want the units?
gastric emptying, like good fats,” says Leaman. “A lot of
Your chemistry-
guys will eat a ton of bread, which is going to jack their STEP 4 MITIGATE THE DAMAGE backed cocktail is
insulin up, and that makes them drink more because as Whether things get out of hand or not, you can undo grapefruit with soda
their blood sugar drops, the alcohol will raise and lower some of the damage after you binge. But it’s better water and vodka.
it again really quickly. Your best option is to have a steak to be prepared. “Before you go out, put a couple of “You’ll get drunker,
and some potatoes, so you have something that’ll soak vitamin B capsules next to a litre jug of water right faster, because you
up a lot of that in the stomach.” And, while you’re eating, next to your bed and see it off before you go to sleep,” won’t be able to
break the alcohol
glug some water – it’ll slow your drinking down later. says Leaman. “You body loses a lot of vitamin B when
down so quickly,”
you’re drinking, and you’ll be super-dehydrated.” says Leaman. Why?
STEP 3 RETHINK HAPPY HOUR “Grapefruit inhibits
When you’re reaching for the mixers, steer clear of STEP 5 DON’T DO IT OFTEN the P450 family
soft drinks – even the diet versions. “The standard is “You can get away with a lot when you’re young, but at proteins, which you
vodka with sparkling water. I like carbonated water, some point your body stops being able to cope,” says need for phase one
because the carbonic acid will get transported into Leaman. “Sleep gets impaired, immunity suffers and detoxification of the
liver. And soda water
your bloodstream and get converted to bicarbonate, recovery gets hurt.” Enough booze also curbs fat loss
will get the grapefruit
which helps keep you alkaline,” says Leaman. “You hear and impedes muscle gain. The NHS recommends 48 in you faster.” The
people say, ‘Oh, alkaline diets are bullshit because your consecutive hours off the sauce to allow your liver to result? You get
blood maintains a steady pH on its own’, but nobody’s recover, and 14 units a week as the top end to stave smashed on minimal
explaining how it does that. It maintains that pH level off your cancer risk. The limits are science-backed, booze. Don’t operate
by using things like calcium and magnesium which not just nanny-statism, so stick to them if you can. any heavy machinery.

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Add lean size in less time with these
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Adding a lot of lean muscle quickly requires you to do


three things perfectly. One: work out multiple times
per week following a structured and progressive
resistance training plan. Two: follow a varied and
balanced nutrition plan that provides enough protein,
fats and carbs in the right amounts to give your body
all the essential nutrients it needs to recover and grow.
Three: get at least eight hours of deep, good-quality
sleep every night, because this is when your muscles
grow back bigger and stronger. If you’re doing those
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can play a role in accelerating your muscle mass gains.


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Fuel | Supplements

1 2
PROTEIN POWDER CREATINE

Why do I need it? Why do I need it?


Considering your muscles are made of protein it’s no surprise that A naturally occurring organic compound, creatine is a source
eating more of it will enable you to add lean muscle mass faster. of ATP, the main form of energy your body uses. It’s found in
The UK government recommendations say an adult needs 55g of certain foods, such as red meat, and stored in your muscles, so
dietary protein a day, but if you are serious about adding muscular unless you are vegetarian or vegan you should have adequate
size to your frame you need to aim for more than double that levels. However, a lot of strong research indicates increasing
target. Most experts advise eating around 1.5-2g of protein per your creatine levels via supplementation produces significant
kilogram of bodyweight, which means an 80g man needs 120- increases in muscular size, strength and power output.
160g over the course of every day. The best way to do this is to eat
a diet that contains the right types of protein, which include eggs, The supplement solution
red meat, white meat and fish, because they contain the complete According to independent nutrition research body Examine.com,
profile of nine essential amino acids - aka the building blocks of the evidence shows that supplementing with creatine is safe
protein - that our bodies can’t synthesise and so need to be eaten. and improves muscular performance, especially power output.
It also increases anaerobic endurance by acting as fuel for your
The supplement solution cells, because muscle cells will use creatine for energy before
The problem? A lot of people find it very hard to eat that much they use glucose, enabling your muscles to lift for longer.
high-protein food each day. And there are times – like immediately Creatine will cause a slight water weight gain in the first few
after training when you can’t stomach a full meal, or when you’re weeks of supplementation, but its ability to aid performance to
out and about and don’t have time – when a protein shake is a good build new muscle will cancel out the temporary disadvantages.
alternative to supply your muscles with the essential nutrients they It can cause nausea, cramping and diarrhoea in some people.
need to recover and grow. Whey protein, the most popular sports
nutrition product in the world, is perfect for these situations because How to take it
as a fast-digesting protein it gets to your muscles quickly. Other Examine.com says the most effective form is creatine
types, such as casein, which is a slow-digesting protein, are better monohydrate, and a daily dose of 5g is enough to improve
before bed so they drip-feed amino acids into your muscles as you power output. People with more muscle mass may benefit
sleep. More kinds of protein, including soy, pea and rice, are available. from as much as 10g, although this is not fully supported by
the evidence. If you want to take 10g, split it into two daily
How to take it 5g doses. Always take it with water, and with a meal if you
After a weights workout, a shake made by mixing 30-40g of experience stomach problems. You may have heard of “creatine
whey protein with water will kick-start your body’s recovery loading”, which means taking a high dose for a short time then
process by delivering amino acids to your muscles when they lowering to a smaller maintenance dose, taken indefinitely.
need them most. You can also have a whey shake at other times It’s not necessary, but you’ll see performance benefits
of the day to ensure you hit your daily protein intake target. sooner – although they will normalise after a few weeks.

86 | February 2017
‘AFTERTRAINING,WHEY
ISPERFECT…ASAFAST-
DIGESTINGPROTEIN,ITGETS
TOYOURMUSCLESQUICKLY’

3 4
BETA-ALANINE CAFFEINE

Why do I need it? Why do I need it?


Beta-alanine is a naturally occurring type of amino acid and We all know the stimulating effects of caffeine to help us get
a common ingredient in sports nutrition products designed out of bed in the morning and stay awake at work. Caffeine
to be taken before your workout. When consumed, it binds can also stimulate the release of the hormones adrenaline and
with another amino acid, called L-histidine, to create a new dopamine. But the main benefit when you want to add muscle
compound called carnosine. You know that deep burning feel is that it significantly increases muscular power output.
you get in your muscles during intense exercise? That’s a build-
up of lactic acid, a by-product of exercising at high intensity, The supplement solution
and carnosine acts as a buffer that prevents such a build-up Before you go and put another pot of coffee on the hob, you
– and therefore enables you to train harder for longer before need to know that frequent caffeine consumption severely
your muscles hurt too much to continue. In short, beta-alanine limits your body’s ability to exert more power. That means the
improves muscular endurance, but only during intense key to using it as an effective muscle-building supplement is to
exercise, such as a 400m sprint or a set of heavy squats. limit your daily use and save it for those really hard sessions.

The supplement solution How to take it


Taking beta-alanine, on its own or as part of a pre-workout formula, Caffeine is most effective as a supplement when used by people
can improve your muscles’ ability to perform intense exercise who are rarely exposed to it. If you get excitable after a single cup
for longer because it delays the onset of muscular fatigue. That of coffee, you’ll probably benefit from having a cup before the
makes it a beneficial supplement to take ahead of short and gym. If you don’t like coffee, then take a caffeine supplement
intense training sessions, whether they’re based on weights or containing 400-600mg 30 minutes before a workout.
high-intensity cardio. Start with a low dose to test your body’s Do so twice a week at most, and save caffeine
response, and then gradually increase it if you feel a positive supplementation for your hardest workouts of
effect. It’s worth noting that a very common side effect of beta- the week. If you already have a high caffeine
alanine supplementation is paraesthesia, which is the medical tolerance, or develop one, reduce your
name for a tingling sensation that typically affects your face and intake of coffee and other caffeinated
fingers. Don’t be alarmed – it can feel slightly unpleasant but it’s drinks. It may be necessary to
totally safe and wears off very quickly once you start training. stop all caffeine use for at
least a month to regain
How to take it caffeine sensitivity.
If taking beta-alanine in a pre-workout formula you should consume
it between 20 and 40 minutes before your session. The amount
of beta-alanine in a serving of pre-workout will depend on the
brand or product, but the standard dose is between 2g and 5g.
Fuel | Nutrition Tips

Buildbetterbacteria
Think prebiotics, not probiotics, and the
little chaps will take care of themselves

Not all bacteria are created equal.


Some are better for your health than
others, and making your gut into an
appealing home for the “right” kind
is a fast, effective way to improve
everything from body fat levels to
migraines. So how do you do it?
Probiotics – like the ones in those
“healthy” miniature yoghurts - can
top up the good ones, but prebiotics
(technically, non-digestible plant
fibres) act like fertiliser for the
ones that are already there, giving
them the environment they need
to thrive. You already get some
prebiotics from your diet – even
sliced white bread has them – but
Words Joel Snape Photography iStock

topping up with these ten foods


can lead to radical changes in
your gut microbiome, meaning
results in days, not months.

88 | February 2017
01
NUTS
02
DANDELION
03
LEEK
04
JERUSALEM
05
RED ONION
GREENS ARTICHOKE
Most are good but High in vitamins Not just a prebiotic
in a 2014 study, They’re full of K and C, but also Not to be confused – it’s a source of
almonds and vitamins K and A, almost 12% fibre by with artichokes – oligofructose,
pistachios had a calcium and iron, weight – if you eat it’s a relative of the which helped
noticeable effect as well as inulin, a them uncooked. sunflower (the name regulation of hunger
on beneficial fibre that helps fight They’re technically is from the Italian for hormone ghrelin in
bacteria, the latter unfriendly bacteria. a sweeter variety sunflower, girasole) a Canadian study
also offering lots of Blanch them for of onion, so you that looks like ginger – but also packed
protein and healthy 20 seconds, then can use them the by the time it gets with chromium,
fat. Eat them raw add them to stews, same way – chop to the supermarket. which helps regulate
or crumble them casseroles or salads. them raw and throw They’re one-third insulin production.
over salad. If you’re If you can’t get them, them into salad fibre by weight, Eat it raw to keep the
an almond fan, eat spinach contains or use them as a which is ideal for gut sulphur compounds
them unprocessed molecules that feed garnish. There’s also health and satiety. intact – even a sliver
– the skin has fibre good bacteria in the evidence from the You can sauté or in your burger does
that helps improve intestine, providing American Journal roast them, but raw you good – and
your gut’s levels of a protective Of Clinical Nutrition is better for prebiotic remember there’s
good bifidobacteria barrier against that they aid calcium content - slice them more goodness in
and lactobacilli. the bad ones. absorption. thin to go with salad. the outer layers.

06
GARLIC
07
ASPARAGUS
08
CABBAGE
09
BROCCOLI
10
BANANA
It’s packed with Packed with B Forget the drooping It already makes A source of fructo-
manganese, vitamin vitamins potassium boiled version: a cancer-fighting oligosaccharides,
B6 and selenium, and inulin (which is eating it fermented agent called a type of fructose-
and there’s some also available from as sauerkraut or sulforaphane, molecule cluster
evidence that it has coffee-substitute kimchi keeps its fibre but when cooked that feeds obesity-
anti-cancer effects – chicory root) but intact and, according alongside other fighting bacteria.
but its antimicrobial also with around to some studies, prebiotic foods Underripe ones
properties help 5% fibre by weight, allows its bacteria to its effects are have more resistant
maintain a healthy uncooked. It’s not thrive and multiply, enhanced, according starch, making them
microbiome easy to eat raw, but making it more to research from the a better source
profile by hurting the less you cook it gut-beneficial than University of Illinois. of prebiotics, so
clostridium while the more fibre and the raw variety. Just To eat it raw and take snack on them or
leaving lactobacilli prebiotic content slice it up, squeeze advantage of its full mash a small one
alone. For prebiotic it retains. For taste some salt in, then effects, toss it in a with 100ml of egg
power, it’s better and health, part-fry submerge it in salt bowl with yogurt, white, a scoop
raw - blend it with it in a saucepan, then water and seal it in sunflower seeds and of whey protein
chickpeas, tahini toss in a sprinkle of a jar. Fermentation lemon juice, then let powder and 1tsp
and lemon juice to water and steam it takes up to ten days it sit for a couple of flaxseed to make
make hummus. the rest of the way. – look out for mould. hours before eating. protein pancakes.

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02
17

Your blueprint for success

THE
INSIDER’S
GUIDETO
Words Joel Snape Photography Ben Knight Model Greg Cornthwaite

THEGYM
Readytotaketheplunge?Seasoned
squat-rackveteran?Eitherway,
bytweakingyourgymexperience
you’lltrainmoreefficiently–and
getbettervalueformoney
February 2017 | 91
Trainer | MF Guide To The Gym

Chooseyourgym
Thefirstchoiceyoumakedefinestheexperience
youhave–andthere’snosinglesolutionthatfits
everyone.Sowhereshouldyoutrain?
BUDGET
WHAT TO EXPECT Keycards to get in, bring-
your-own-towel requirements and minimal
staffing. Budget gyms typically cost around
£20-30 a month, and aim to pack in the clients
– but that doesn’t make them a bad option.
PROS Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean ill-
equipped, at least when it comes to the basics:
EasyGym and Pure Gym, the main contenders,
have all the dumbbells, machines and Olympic
lifting platforms you’d expect of a more expensive
option, and a healthy selection of classes if that’s
your thing. Some are 24-hour, so you can train
at the most anti-social hours that suit you.
CONS Competing on price and not facilities
means you’re unlikely to see state-of-the-art
suspension trainers and curved treadmills.
Ski-ergs (if you’ve never heard of them,
don’t worry) might be thin on the ground.
GO IF… you want to get in, train hard and get out,
with the minimum of faffing about and expense.
Or you mostly train at home or on the road, but
need a standby for the odd lunchtime session.
AVOID IF… you want a pampered gym
experience with free moisturiser by the sinks.
THE TYPICAL MEMBER… used to be “skinny-
fat” (noodle arms, beer belly), wants to be a bit
better at five-a-side, and works out in a T-shirt
that he got free for doing a Tough Mudder.

MID RANGE MAX YOUR person using it is resting). Or you want a never-
WHAT TO EXPECT Free towels (mostly), a solid MEMBERSHIP ending parade of gym classes of varying quality.
array of whatever the latest kit is (gymnastics rings BENCH ON FRIDAY AVOID IF… watching under-qualified apparently-
are hot right now) and a variety of ever-morphing Everyone benches on teenage trainers let people get away with
classes with names like Core-Blast and Yoga- Monday. Everyone. “In half-rep squats brings you out in hives.
the industry, it’s called
Punch. Expect to pay anywhere from £50-100. THE TYPICAL MEMBER… owns at least one
International Chest
PROS Showers, saunas and swimming pools Day,” says trainer
wicking compression top, has a favourite abs
means it’s easier to build a gym routine - if James Adamson. move and knows exactly what to do with an
you can’t be bothered with the heavy weights, “Monday’s the day unwashed protein shaker (kill it with fire).
just pop in for a couple of laps and a steam to everyone comes in and
lock the habit into your pattern-loving brain. does incline, decline PRIVATE
CONS Peak times at these chain gyms - Monday and flat bench to get a WHAT TO EXPECT PT-only gyms, where all
pec pump.” Shift your
nights and weekday lunchtimes, for instance - can sessions are overseen by a personal trainer, were
upper-body day to
mean queuing for kit. Trainers typically “rent” their Friday, and you’ll never
once the preserve of the wealthy. Now they’re
spot on the gym floor, so they’re often hovering fight for a bench again. an affordable option, using small-group training
around looking for business – and while some and “pods” of kit - usually a power-rack, a barbell
are very good, the entry-level qualifications and a cardio machine - to ease the process.
required for a slot are no guarantee of quality. PROS You’ll never have to wait around for
GO IF… you train better around like-minded people, kit, and your every move’s supervised by
and you don’t mind being reasonably assertive a trainer who’s likely to be more qualified
about asking to “work in” (share kit while the than the average chain-gym floor-filler.

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PROS Being immersed in the culture of a place
- whether that means chalkboard records to
beat or regulars to fight - can be addictive,
as well as encouraging swift progress.
CONS Depending on your choice, it can
be restrictive. And adding a pair of tiny
dumbbells to your spin workout doesn’t
make it any more upper-body specific.
GO IF… you know you’re going to be able to commit
to whatever the speciality is for three sessions a
week, for whatever the minimum membership is.
AVOID IF… you thrive on variety – or you’ve never
actually tried the thing in question before.
THE TYPICAL MEMBER… sweats less than you
would have ever imagined possible (in any lady-
based gym) or much more (in the men’s).

CROSSFIT
WHAT TO EXPECT Intense workouts based on
basic barbell movements, Olympic lifts, bodyweight
moves and some gymnastics. CrossFit “boxes” – as
they’re usually called – tend to offer a selection
of group workouts every day, with programming
that varies from serious to moves-pulled-out-
of-a-hat. Quality varies, so read some reviews.
PROS You’ll work hard. Also, though the basic
CrossFit coaching qualification is only a weekend
course, coaches are usually keen on expanding
their own knowledge, and some are excellent.
CONS They’re often quite expensive, and short
on amenities. You’re unlikely to find anything
not used in CrossFit workouts of the day
(WODs), so treadmills are usually out – and
even dumbbells can be thin on the ground.
GO IF… you work better with a bit of camaraderie,
or in competition with other people.
AVOID IF… you just want to put your
headphones on and grind out some curls.
THE TYPICAL MEMBER… carries chalk, Oly lifting
shoes and an ultra-thin skipping rope everywhere,
occasionally eats spinach out of a bag like crisps,
knows the names of at least three Russian
weightlifters and loves high-fives. Loves them.

BODYBUILDING
WHAT TO EXPECT Gyms at the more hardcore end
of lifting – they’ll have names that involve metal,
CONS It’s still expensive, and you’re limited graffiti on the walls and Metallica on the stereo – are
to training during pre-set sessions: so you still the best place to go if muscle’s your main goal.
can’t pop in for a swift 20-minute arms- PROS You’ll find a community of like-minded
blast on the spur of the moment. and knowledgeable lifters – as long as you can
GO IF… you train better when you’re being coached, weed out the all-talkers and prove to the rest
or you want to know you’re following a structured that you’re there to train hard. Also, you’ll find
routine that includes planned progression. kit you won’t get elsewhere, like monolifts,
AVOID IF… you’re on a tight budget, or safety squat bars and 80kg dumbbells.
you sometimes want to just hit the gym CONS The atmosphere can be intimidating if
for some banter-free stress relief. you’re not prepared to embrace it – and there’s
THE TYPICAL MEMBER… talks a good game, likely to be little tolerance for any animal
but equally isn’t averse to buckling down flow/gymnastics-based shenanigans.
when it’s time to get some reps done. GO IF… size matters, and you’re prepared
to throw yourself into the fire for it.
SPECIALIST AVOID IF… you want an almond-kale
WHAT TO EXPECT Gyms completely devoted to smoothie and a load of validation from the
one discipline - whether it’s spin-biking, Pilates front desk when your workout’s over.
or MMA - have the advantage of being able to THE TYPICAL MEMBER… has one favourite
gear everything to their speciality, whether that singlet, can quote chunks of Pumping Iron
means cast-iron water troughs, pastel colours verbatim, and has very strong opinions on the
on everything or punchbags everywhere. benefits of conjugate vs linear programming.

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Knowyourkit
Everybitofkithasprosandcons.Here’showtogearupforbettergains
BARBELL DUMBBELLS MEDICINE BALL MAX YOUR
WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR MEMBERSHIP
Pure strength. “You’ll be able Improving body composition. Explosiveness. “You’d need to TIMING TWEAK
to lift more weight with a “They’re ideal for moves be training somewhere pretty The gym’s ebbs and
barbell than any other way,” that target specific muscles, tolerant to start throwing flows are strange.
“Everywhere gets
says trainer James Crew. “Aim like lateral raises and biceps dumbbells around,” says Crew.
crowded at different
to master at least the basics: curls,” says Crew. “But they’re “So you’ll lose some power in times,” says Adamson.
the squat, deadlift, bench also manageable enough to decelerating them, whatever “Some gyms are
press and overhead press.” use in fat loss workouts.” move you do. With medicine packed until 8am and
WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD FOR balls, you can slam or throw then empty out. Others
FOR Cardio conditioning. Explosiveness. Snatches, cleans them as hard as you like.” Maybe get crushingly busy
Sure, it’s possible – multi- and swings are all possible, check with the gym staff first. at lunch but are like a
ghost town from 2pm
move barbell complexes are but much easier – and safer – WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD FOR
onwards.” If you’ve
an option - but as a rule, the using kettlebells and barbells. Isolation moves: sure, you can got any leeway on
less co-ordination required, KEY MOVE The Zottman curl make do, but the lack of a handle your working hours,
the harder you can work. works your biceps, forearms to grip when things get sweaty is experiment to see
KEY MOVE If nothing else, and grip, with a twist on the pretty much a dealbreaker. when you get the most
you should be able to deadlift traditional curl that’s impossible KEY MOVE If your gym takes a breathing room.
your own bodyweight for five to mimic with other kit. Do dim view of slams, the wall ball
reps. Start with the bar on the a normal biceps curl, rotate is your full-body back-up. Squat,
floor and a double shoulder- your hands so your palms face then drive up and throw the ball
width grip, and drag it up your downwards at the top of the at the top, aiming to hit a wall or
shins, keeping a flat back. move, lower slowly and repeat. target. Catch and repeat.

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Knowyourkit
BOX KETTLEBELLS
WHAT THEY’RE GOOD WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR
FOR Sports performance. Fat loss and conditioning. “You
“Plyometrics training will can do full-body movements
improve explosiveness in for ultra-high reps with
almost any sport,” says Crew. kettlebells,” says Crew. “That
WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD means packing a lot of work
FOR Cardio. Box jumps are a into a very short timeframe.”
popular fixture in high-intensity WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD
workouts, but by doing them FOR Pure strength. Most
repeatedly, for high reps, you’re gyms top out at 32kg: fine for
increasing your chances of a heavy goblet squat or swing,
catching a shin on the box or but not Olympic-calibre.
blowing out an achilles tendon KEY MOVE The basic swing
through fatigue. To minimise the builds explosiveness and cardio:
risks, step – don’t jump - down. stand with your feet slightly
KEY MOVE The box jump is outside shoulder width, bend
best, but if your box isn’t tall your knees slightly as you
enough to test you, make it swing the bell back, then pop
tougher: drop into a squat and upright to swing it up to eye
pause before you explode up. level. Don’t worry about the
You’ll remove the stretch reflex, overhead version – if it’s getting
making it more challenging. too easy, grab a heavier bell.

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BATTLE ROPES PULL UP BAR MAX YOUR
WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR WHAT THEY’RE GOOD FOR MEMBERSHIP
Upper-body conditioning. “Battle Building back strength. Pulling SPEAK SPOTTER
ropes are one of the few bits of moves – from the pull-up to the Even if you train alone,
cardio kit that work your pecs, muscle-up - are among the don’t be afraid to ask
for a hand on your final
biceps and triceps harder than trickiest to do without kit, which
one or two sets. “Just
your legs,” says Crew. “Use is why there’s a case to be made be specific with your
them as a finisher on chest day.” that the pull-up bar is the most instructions,” says
WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD essential bit of kit in any gym. Adamson. “If you’re
FOR Planned progression. It’s WHAT THEY AREN’T GOOD FOR asking for a spot on the
difficult to quantify reps on Isolation moves. By definition, bench, for instance, tell
the ropes – the closest you almost any move you do on a them how many reps
you’re trying to get,
can get is making sure every pull-up bar will work a huge
and make sure they
“wave” reaches the anchor array of muscles – so if key body don’t touch the bar
point – so there’s little incentive parts need attention, focus on unless you specifically
to push yourself to new them with dumbbells. ask for help.”
heights each session. They’re KEY MOVE The pull-up – that’s
best for the self-motivated. palms facing away, not towards
KEY MOVE The full-body wave. you - is a classic for a reason: it
Bring both ropes up and down builds your back, biceps and
together, like you’re ending an core. Do it with hands shoulder-
exuberant drum solo. For extra width apart, feet together, chin
effect, add a jump to each rep. over the bar at the top.

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Howtopickapersonaltrainer
AaronDeereofLondon’sexclusiveKXLifeexplainshowtofindatrainerwho’sinitformorethanjustthemoney
ASK ABOUT THEIR QUALIFICATIONS
“Be wary of PTs who have more than 12 months’ experience but haven’t added to their
education. The Level 3 REPs [Register of Exercise Professionals] qualification is the
bare minimum for an in-gym job, but it only represents about six weekends’ worth of
training. Look for university qualifications: if they have the letters BSc this means they
have invested three years and more than 3,000 hours studying in their industry specific
qualification, and their knowledge will be based on science, not the latest fads.”

BE REASSURED BY A DEGREE IN EXERCISE OR SPORTS SCIENCE


“If they have an MSc, it means they have devoted at least an extra year to their education on
specialist topic. Also, ask what it’s in – it could potentially help you greatly. For example, someone
with an MSc in Exercise Rehab could be the right person to help you if you have back issues.”

NOT ALL QUALIFICATIONS ARE EQUAL


“If you’re looking for results in athletic performance then look for a trainer with the Accredited
Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) certification. This means they have passed one of the toughest
exams in the UK fitness industry, the UKSCA Level 1 exam, which only has a pass rate of 10%.”

WORKSHOPS AREN’T ALWAYS ENOUGH


“Avoid PTs who have only have ‘workshops’ listed on their education list – they’re
often only one or two days with no exam. Similarly, PTs who advertise themselves
as ‘celebrity trainers’ don’t have access to a set of special exercises or training
methodologies. You’re better off looking for great testimonials with photographic
evidence from real people, who’ll have similar time and budget constraints to you.”

Whatyour personaltrainerthinksaboutyou
Aretheylaughingatyoursquatform?Saddenedbyyourdiet?Notreally.Threetrainerssharetheinsideview

TOM WRIGHT JESSICA WOLNY TOM EASTHAM


@TomWrightFit @JessWolny @EasthamsFitness
“The best people to work with “Some of my best clients are “The ideal client is someone MAX YOUR
are the ones who are there for the ones with the most who is open to ideas, is willing to MEMBERSHIP
a reason that matters to them. working against them: they learn and understands that it’s LEARN TO “WORK IN”
When you have a strong goal, haven’t got much free time, crucial to focus on sleeping, If someone’s doing
like wanting to lose 10kg, or a and they have a lot of hydration, eating and then ten sets of squats in
the gym’s only rack,
strong purpose, like wanting to responsibilities, but that means moving – ie working out – in that
that’s a 30-minute
be able to run around with your that they’re used to planning order. Too many people want wait. “Never be afraid
kids, you work harder towards it. and working around things to unrealistic results through crazy to ask to share the
We understand that sometimes achieve their objectives. Also, workouts without an kit,” says Adamson.
life gets in the way, but it can because they’ll sometimes appreciation of the whole “Most people are
be frustrating when clients only see me once or twice a picture. I like my clients to ask pretty reasonable
prioritise things like work drinks week, they’ll work hard during questions as it shows they don’t about it.” They have to
rest, and that’s when
over their training –they miss a sessions, and do any think they already know
you can swap in and
session, we miss an hour’s work, ‘homework’ I give them - everything –. I would much bang out a set. That
and nobody wins. Clients who including mobility work or extra rather work with someone who said, it’s worth having
ask questions will always do training. Everyone slips up is new to training and doesn’t a back-up plan in case
better because they are learning occasionally - I work with a lot bring their ego into the gym than you’re out of luck.
how to do it for themselves, so of City traders, so lunchtime or someone who has been lifting or
use your trainer to get all the after-work drinks are part of running for years and thinks they
information you can and you’ll the job - but that’s acceptable. know it all. But in the end, what’s
have that knowledge for the rest It’s what you do 80% of the most important is that you give
of your ever-increasing life.” time that defines your results.” every effort you can manage.”

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Staymotivated …anddon’tgiveup
Awell-definedgoalbeatswingingitineverysession. Becausealltheplans,personaltrainersandkitknowledgein
Here’swhatbehaviouralsciencesayswillwork theworldmeannothingwithoutconsistency
BE HONEST MAKE IT FOCUS ON THE GO IN WITH A PLAN JUST GET THERE KEEP AT IT
…with yourself, if MEASURABLE PROCESS “Even if it’s just “Can’t face the “In any five
no-one else. If you Specific and …because this is moves and sets workout you’ve got workouts, one is
want a six-pack, Measurable are the the key. Instead of scribbled on a bit planned?” says going to be great,
that’s fine – just hallmarks of SMART “end result” goals – of paper, you’ll be Wolny. “Head in, do one is going to
don’t pretend you’re goal-setting (the adding 5kg to your more focused, more some stretches, suck, and three are
in it for the health other letters stand bench or seeing efficient, and less and leave. It’s more punch-the-clock
benefits (at least for different things, your abs – focus on likely to bail out important to keep workouts where you
for now). Write depending on the things that you have halfway through the habit of training just keep going,”
your goal down, system you’re complete control your workout,” says than to do every says strength
and check in every using). Make your over: doing 20 Wolny. “Also, do I session as planned.” coach Dan John.
couple of months to goals as concrete as pull-ups a day, for need to say that you No heroic one-day
see if it’s changed. possible. “Lose 2kg instance, or learning should check that effort is going build
of fat” is better than one new healthy you know how to do your six-pack. So
“Lose weight”. But breakfast recipe a all the moves before just keep going.
it’s still not ideal… week. If you mess you go to the gym? I
up one week, don’t probably do, right?”
worry – just restart
as soon as you can.

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Trainer | Body Part Workout

Getrock-hardabs
in just20minutes
Trythischallengingbutrewardingsix-move
workouttosculptasolidsix-pack
In the pursuit of rock-hard abs a lot of people still
think you need to bang out hundreds of sit-ups
morning, noon and night. But the fact that so many
people can knock out triple digits for the move, yet
still don’t have impressive abs, shows that they’re
doing little more than wasting time and energy.
So what is the best approach? We’re glad
you asked. The short answer is the following six-
move workout. The exercises are divided into
two tri-sets, which is when you do three moves
in succession with only minimal rest in between.
The first tri-set hits your upper, lower and side
abs from multiple angles to work them harder
than ever. The second tri-set is made up of three
plank variations, which will further tax your abs
as well as the deep-lying muscles of the core.
Hitting the entire muscle region in this fast, intense
way will expose many muscle fibres to a huge amount
of tension and workload. And because your abs are
like every other muscle group, the more you make
them work, the more reason they have to grow.

Howtogetthemostoutofthisworkout
TENSE BEFORE USE A FULL RANGE KEEP YOUR
EACH TRI-SET OF MOTION HIPS UP
Photography Tom Miles Model Richard Scrivener

Before you start The moves in the In the second tri-set


each tri-set take first tri-set require all three moves are
a second or two a lot of side-to-side plank variations.
to inhale and rotations. This will It’s crucial that you
fully engage your work your side abs keep your hips up
core. Starting with harder, but only if and glutes engaged
tension on your you rotate back and for the whole set.
abs will make it forth through a full Letting your hips
easier to maintain range of motion. sag is bad form and
this tension for the Focus on form and disengages your
duration of the first keep the reps slow core muscles, which
move and the two and controlled for need to be activated
moves that follow it. maximum impact. at all times.

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Doeachtri-setinorder,
stickingtotherepsandtempo,
andyou’llhityourentire
corefromvariousangles
todevelophardabs

GETMOREBANG
FORYOURBUCK
Followthesethreetipstomake
everysetaseffectiveaspossible

KEEP BREATHING
Why? When the going gets
tough during abs moves it’s
tempting to hold your breath to
grit it out. Don’t. It’ll send your
blood pressure sky-high. Keep
breathing deep and controlled.

FORGET ABOUT PAIN


Why? By the final move of each
tri-set your abs will be on fire.
That’s bad for you at the time,
but means your abs are well out
of their comfort zone. Ignore the
pain - it’s only for a few seconds.

ONLY DO GOOD REPS


Why? With any exercise, only
quality reps count towards
building muscle definition. As
soon as your form suffers,
stop, take a breath, then go
again, if you can do so safely.

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Trainer | Body Part Workout
1A Tempoexplained
FirstdigitSecondstolower
SecondPauseatbottom
GYM BALL ThirdSecondstolift
TWIST FourthPauseattop
Sets 3
Reps 12 each side
Tempo 2011
Rest 10sec
Lie with your upper
back supported on
a gym ball and feet
flat on the floor.
Use your abs to
raise your torso.
Rotate it to one side,
then back down.
Repeat to the other
side and continue
alternating sides.

1B
GYM BALL
RUSSIAN
TWIST
Sets 3
Reps 12 each side
Tempo 1111
Rest 10sec
Still on the gym ball,
hold a weight plate
above your chest
with straight arms.
Lower it to one side,
back to the top, then
down to the other
side. Continue
alternating sides.

1C
GYM BALL
JACKKNIFE
Sets 3
Reps 12 each side
Tempo 2111
Rest 2min
Get into a press-up
position but with
your feet on the
gym ball. Bring your
knees to your chest,
then to one side.
Return to the start,
then repeat to the
other side. Continue
alternating sides.

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T H E
D I F F E R E N C E

P E R F O R M A N C E N U T R I T I O N

P h D - S U P P L E M E N T S . C O M

D R I V E N T O A C H I E V E
Trainer | Body Part Workout
2A
Keepyour
GYM BALL entirecorefully
DECLINE engagedforthewhole
PLANK ofthisisometric
Sets 3 movetri-set
Time 30-60sec
Rest 10sec
Start in the plank
position but with
your feet on the gym
ball. Raise your hips
to keep your body
straight from head
to heels. Hold for
as long as you can,
up to 60 seconds.

2B
GYM BALL
INCLINE
PLANK
Sets 3
Time 30-60sec
Rest 10sec
Start in the plank
position but with
your hands on the
gym ball. Raise
your hips to keep
your body straight
from head to heels.
Hold for as long
as you can, up to
60 seconds.

2C
GYM BALL
SIDE PLANK
Sets 3
Time 30-60sec
each side
Rest 10sec
Start in the side
plank position but
with one elbow on
the ball. Raise your
hips to form a
straight line from
head to heels. Hold
for up to 60 seconds
then switch elbows.

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Trainer | Cycling

Howtoride
There’s no two ways about it: cycling up What gearing should I use on hills?
a hill is an endeavour that will always “If you find you can’t get into a low enough
come with some physical hardship. gear for very steep climbs, do some

fasteruphills
Gravity set those rules long ago. But hills research into the gearing on your bike,”
and mountains form the basis for many says Matt Green, a pro cyclist and coach
people’s love of the sport of cycling – (procoaching.us). “Check the front chainring
they’re big, fearsome, epic challenges, sizes - the smaller the smallest front
and when they are overcome, the sense chainring and the bigger the biggest rear
It’s a necessary evil if you’re a cyclist. of achievement makes every drop of cog, the easier it will be to pedal on climbs.”
Here’s how to master the dreaded inclines sweat expended to get to the top worth it. The right gear enables you to find the
If you’re finding the going too right cadence – basically pedal revolutions
Words Josh Cunningham
tough, fear not – we’ve enlisted per minute – which is particularly vital on
experts to help you get the better of climbs. “It’s all about cadence,” Green says.
those topographical monsters with “About 90-100 revolutions per minute
no superpowers other than a bit of is optimal.” A higher cadence means
smart training and preparation. greater pedalling efficiency, so you want
So, what do you need to remember to find the sweet spot: a gear that gives
the next time the road goes up? you both high cadence and speed.

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Trainer | Cycling

If you can only just


manage to pant a few
words on a climb,
you’re going too hard

How should I pace my cycling experience” provider of the saddle at higher speeds he says, “and tell yourself
effort on a climb? Velusso (velusso.co.uk), says, on a shallow gradient, and that’s everything will be just fine.”
“It may sound basic, but a good “Some climbs are too steep to less efficient,” says Bowtell. “For
measure of pace is whether pace – you simply need to get maximum efficiency, ride in the How should I position
you’re able to talk,” says Green. over them. But on shallower, saddle on shallower hills and my hands when riding
“If you feel you could utter longer climbs, pacing is key.” out of it on steeper gradients.” uphill on a road bike?
a few sentences but you’re “You don’t need to worry about
too out of breath to hold a full Is it better to stay in the saddle What should I do if I start aerodynamics when riding uphill
conversation, that’s a good pace or stand when climbing? to struggle halfway up? because speed isn’t important,
for riding up hills. If you can “Being out of the saddle ‘If you start to struggle it means so this boils down to what feels
only muster the odd word, that provides you with extra you have built up too much most comfortable,” says Green.
indicates you’re going too hard.” torque [rotational force] on lactic acid and your body can “Keeping your hands on the
That applies mainly to long the pedals,” says Green. “You no longer metabolise all of it,” hoods or on the top of the bars
climbs – if an incline is short need a lot of torque for short, says Green. “It means you need are both good ideas though.”
enough, it can be more efficient steep climbs, or you’ll simply more oxygen in your system Why is that? Efficiency, again.
to put in a harder effort, ensuring fall of. When going up longer, and you need to decrease your “Placing your hands on the
you get up and over the climb steadier gradients, stay in the intensity for a while. Shift down hoods opens up your chest and
quickly, maintaining speed into saddle and concentrate on that a few gears, and just be patient lungs, and it also allows you
the descent. As James Bowtell, cadence target of 90-100rpm.” until you’ve caught your breath.” to easily stand up out of the
Race Across Europe record “Heart rate and oxygen uptake Bowtell simplifies this saddle if the gradient changes
breaker and founder of “luxury are higher when pedalling out further. “Step off the gas,” suddenly,” says Bowtell. “Hands

108 | February 2017


power, that essentially means body and mind of fuel. Your in body fat and improve
five three-minute intervals brain is what motivates you to your hill climbing times.”
at close to maximum, then train and if you starve it of food
20-minute intervals at a everything will suffer - not Is there any mental
pace you can just about just your ability to exercise.” preparation I can do to help?
sustain for the full duration. One thing you shouldn’t “It’s arguably the main
You don’t need hills for do is cut your intake of fats, component of any ride,” says
these sessions, but you’ll feel which Green calls “the most Green. “There is no other
the effects when riding them misunderstood of the food immediate way to increase
because you’ll increase your groups”. “Increase your your potential performance
power-to-weight ratio (how consumption of healthy fats before a climb – besides
much power you produce for and reduce carbohydrate intake, maybe a cup of coffee –
how much you weigh). “For a and you should start to see other than to visualise it.”
Tour de France rider this figure some weight loss,” he advises. So how do you do that? “Close
is absolutely key,” says Bowtell. Bowtell recommends “a your eyes and run through the
“Chris Froome’s power to healthy diet with a minimum climb in your mind. Feel the
weight ratio, as an example, is of sugary and processed gradients, feel the road surface
about 6.3watts/kg when he’s foods” to reduce body fat and through your handlebars, feel
climbing at full capacity.” stresses that you must also the temperature of the air
retain muscle mass. “To do and the burning of your lungs.
So losing some weight this, take in 1.5g of protein per Chemicals like dopamine,
will help too? kilo of bodyweight each day, serotonin and endorphins
“Slow and smart weight loss is which is 120g of protein for are released and they prime
crucial,” says Green. “A month- somebody weighing 80kg. This you, leaving you ready to
long crash diet will deplete your will complement the decrease perform at your very best.”

on the tops will help relieve


pressure off your back, though.
But for style: on the drops and
out of the saddle – like the great
Marco ‘The Pirate’ Pantani.”
Photography iStock

How can I train to become


better at hills?
“You need to increase your
ability to work aerobically,”
says Green. “If I was coaching
1 GET READY 2 USE THE 3 DON’T GET 4 DON’T PEDAL
a rider to climb, we would do TO DROP WHOLE ROAD OVERCONFIDENT IN CORNERS
five three-minute intervals
Keep your hands Use the road’s Just because Keep your outer
where they’re working at about
on the drops. width to your you’ve nailed leg down. You
95-100% of their threshold
This lowers your advantage. Get a few corners, don’t want to
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Trainer | One-Kit Workout

Smartcircuits
Makecannygainswithdumbbellsin
thisfive-movemuscle-buildingcircuit
Dumbbells may have a stupid name,
but if you use them smartly they can
be your secret weapon in adding lean
mass to all your major muscle groups.
The beauty of this five-move dumbbell
circuit is that it’s both easy to follow
and quick to do. And because it only
requires a single dumbbell, which you Pick a weight that
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All five moves in the circuit are with perfect form
challenging, working multiple muscle
groups at once and raising your heart rate,
(you may need a lighter
because that’s the only way to build new one for move 4)
muscle and burn belly fat so you make
big changes to your body in the shortest
possible time. Do this circuit three times a
week, or once a week for a high-intensity
session as part of a wider training plan.

POWER UP
This workout has five dumbbell
exercises that you perform
in order in a circuit. You only
rest - for two minutes - at the
end of the final exercise. You’ll
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do four circuits in total. To


make this workout as effective
as possible, follow the form
guides closely to ensure your
muscles work hard. That’s
the key to breaking down the
maximum number of muscle
fibres so that they grow back
bigger and stronger. And keep
your abs engaged for the
duration of the entire circuit.

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A B

1 SQUAT TO UPRIGHT ROW HOW WHY


Reps 12 each side Hold the weight in one hand and Stand up and row the dumbbell This compound lift works
Rest 0sec squat down until your thighs up, leading with your elbow. your legs, lower back, abs,
are at least parallel to the floor. Lower back into the squat. shoulders and traps.

A B

2 WOODCHOP HOW WHY


Reps 12 each side Hold the dumbbell in both Stand up and raise the Another multi-muscle
Rest 0sec hands, then squat down and weight across your body move that targets your
take the weight out to one side. until it’s above your head. legs, core and shoulders.

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A B

3 ROMANIAN DEADLIFT HOW WHY


TO OVERHEAD PRESS
Hold the weight in one hand. Stand up and row the weight This lift hits your hamstrings
Reps 12 each side Bend at the hips and lower up to shoulder height, then and glutes, as well as your
Rest 0sec it down your standing leg. press it directly overhead. core and shoulders.

A B

4 OVERHEAD PASS HOW WHY


Reps 12 each side Hold the weight up in one hand. Raise it to the top, then pass This move is harder than it looks
Rest 0sec Lower it to one side until your it to your other hand and because your shoulders work
arm is parallel to the floor. lower it to the other side. overtime to manage the weight.

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Trainer | One-Kit Workout

A B
Keep your heels off the
floor for the duration of
the set to keep your lower
abs engaged, making
them work far harder

5 SEATED RUSSIAN TWIST HOW WHY


Reps 12 each side Sit holding the weight in Rotate the weight to one side This will work your deep-lying
Rest 2min both hands with your torso then rotate back into the middle core muscles as well as your
upright and feet off the floor. then out to the other side. upper, lower and side abs.

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Trainer | Body Work

TEMPO
TRAINING
To get the full effect
from these workouts,
you need to stick to
the four-digit tempo
code for each exercise.
The first digit indicates
how long in seconds
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you take to lower the


weight, the second
how long you pause
at the bottom of the
move, the third how
long you take to lift
the weight, and the
final digit how long
you pause at the top.
X means that part
of the move should
HOW THE PLAN WORKS be done explosively.
This four-week training plan for your best ever body metabolic environment for your body to burn away The accumulated
couldn’t be easier to follow. Simply do the following excess fat. All of the four weekly workouts are made up time under tension
four workouts each week - sticking to the exercises, of five moves. The first two moves of every workout are increases your heart
sets, reps, tempo (see panel, right) and rest periods big, compound lifts done in a superset, which means rate to burn fat and
break down muscle
detailed - for a month. The first workout of each week you do all the reps of move 1A then go straight into
tissue so it’s rebuilt
targets your chest and triceps, the second your back all the reps of move 1B, resting only after that set is bigger and stronger.
and biceps, the third your legs and abs, and the fourth complete. The final three moves of each session are all Keep each rep smooth
your shoulders. This strategy will ensure all your major straight sets, which means you do all the sets and reps and controlled so
muscle groups get enough dedicated training time each of move 2, then move on and do the same for move your muscles – not
week to stimulate the process by which your muscles 3 and then finally move 4. This will enable you to lift momentum – do
get bigger and stronger, while also creating the right heavy and with intensity to make big changes fast. the work.

Yourfour-weekbesteverbodyplan Here’showeachsessionoftheplanisstructured
Here’s how each session of the plan is structured

Workout1 Workout22
Workout Workout3
Workout 3 Workout4
Chestandtriceps Backandbiceps
Back and biceps Legsandabs
Legs and abs Shoulders
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Workout1

CHESTANDTRICEPS
CHEST AND TRICEPS

1A
BENCH PRESS
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2010 Rest 0sec
Lie on a flat bench holding a
barbell with your hands slightly
wider than shoulder-width apart.
Brace your core, then lower
the bar towards your chest.
Press it back up to the start.

1B
TRICEPS DIP
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2110 Rest 90sec
Grip rings or parallel bars with
your arms straight. Keeping your
chest up, bend your elbows to
lower your body as far as your
shoulders allow. Press back up
powerfully to return to the start.

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2
INCLINE DUMBBELL PRESS
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2010 Rest 60sec
Lie on an incline bench holding
a dumbbell in each hand by
your shoulders. Press the
weights up until your arms are
straight, then lower them back
to the start under control.

3
INCLINE DUMBBELL FLYE
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2010 Rest 60sec
Lie on an incline bench holding a
dumbbell in each hand above
your face, with your palms facing
and a slight bend in your elbows.
Lower them to the sides, then
bring them back to the top.

4
TRICEPS EXTENSION
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2010 Rest 60sec
Stand tall holding a dumbbell
over your head with both
hands, arms straight. Keeping
your chest up, lower the
weight behind your head,
then raise it back to the start.

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Trainer | Body Work

Workout2

BACKANDBICEPS
BACK AND BICEPS

1A
PULL UP
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2011 Rest 0sec
Hold a pull-up bar with an
overhand grip, hands shoulder-
width apart. Brace your core,
then pull yourself up until
your lower chest touches
the bar. Lower until your
arms are straight again.

1B
BENT OVER ROW
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2010 Rest 90sec
Hold a barbell with an
overhand grip, hands just
outside your legs. Bend your
knees slightly and brace your
core, then pull the bar up,
leading with your elbows.
Lower it back to the start.

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2
CHIN UP
Sets 4 Reps 6-12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Hold a pull-up bar with hands
shoulder-width apart, palms
facing you. Brace your core,
then pull yourself up until your
chin is over the bar. Lower until
your arms are straight again.

3
STANDING BICEPS CURL
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Stand with dumbbells by your
sides, palms facing forwards.
Keeping your elbows tucked in,
curl the weights up, squeezing
your biceps at the top. Lower
them back to the start.

4
SEATED INCLINE CURL
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Sit on an incline bench with
dumbbells by your sides, palms
facing forwards. Keeping your
elbows tucked in, curl the weights
up, squeezing your biceps at the
top. Lower them back to the start.

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Trainer | Body Work

Workout3

LEGSANDABS
LEGS AND ABS
1A
BACK SQUAT
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2010 Rest 0sec
Stand tall with a bar across the
back of your shoulders. Keeping
your chest up and core braced,
squat down as deep as you
can. Drive back up through your
heels to return to the start.

1B
GOOD MORNING
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2010 Rest 90sec
Stand tall holding a light
barbell across the backs of
your shoulders, feet shoulder-
width apart. With your core
braced, bend forwards slowly
from the hips, as far as your
hamstrings allow but not past
horizontal. Return to the start.

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2
GLUTE BRIDGE
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Sit with your upper back
supported on a bench, holding
a barbell across the tops of
your thighs. Thrust your hips up,
squeeze your glutes at the top,
and then return to the start.

3
FRONT SQUAT
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2110 Rest 60sec
Stand tall with a bar across the
front of your shoulders with
elbows up. Keeping your core
braced, squat down as deep as
you can. Drive back up through
your heels to return to the start.

4
BARBELL ROLL OUT
Sets 4 Reps 6-12
Tempo 2111 Rest 90sec
Kneel on the floor holding a
barbell with both hands. Roll
the bar forwards so you lower
your torso, keeping your core
braced. Then use your abs
muscles to return to the start.

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Trainer | Body Work

Workout4

SHOULDERS

1A
OVERHEAD PRESS
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2010 Rest 0sec
Hold a bar in front of your neck
with your hands just wider
than shoulder-width apart.
Keeping your chest up and core
braced, press the bar overhead
until your arms are straight.
Lower it back to the start.

1B
RACK PULL
Sets 5 Reps 8
Tempo 2111 Rest 90sec
Stand tall in front of a barbell
resting on safety bars at knee
height. Bend and grasp the bar
with an overhand grip, then stand
up until your back is straight
again, squeezing your shoulder
blades together at the top.

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SEATED DUMBBELL PRESS
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Sit on an upright bench with
a dumbbell in each hand at
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chest up, press the weights
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arms are straight, then lower
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3
LATERAL RAISE
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Stand tall, holding a light
dumbbell in each hand with
palms facing. Keeping your
chest up and a bend in your
elbows, raise the weights
out to shoulder height, then
lower back to the start.

4
REVERSE FLYE
Sets 4 Reps 12
Tempo 2011 Rest 60sec
Bend forward from the hips
holding a light dumbbell in
each hand with palms facing.
Keeping a slight bend in your
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You’ve won Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth me to be fat, it seems. I have done a DNA test and I know if
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have achieved. What motivates you to keep coming back? sensitive. I spent my young career feeling really conscious of
I just love winning. I know that might sound crass but you don’t it. Until I was 23 I would never take my top off because I would
have very long at this job. I’ve just turned 30 and I want to look around and compare myself with other athletes. Only
achieve so much that I become synonymous with the event I do, later did I develop the skills and the education to eat better.
like Jonathan Edwards and Daley Thompson. You have to win But it is something a lot of people deal with and are hiding.
multiple things over a long time in order to do that. I’m not old in
the grand scheme of life but in track and field, I’m now a bit of an Is it true you have a long jump pit in your garden?
old man. So I want to achieve a bit more and then jump ship. Yes! I don’t think many people have taken it to the extreme
of having a long jump pit in their garden but I went there.
How do you psych yourself up for a major event? It was a challenge to my dad who is a builder but he said,
Fundamentally you have to have an inherent belief that you can “Yeah, I can do that”. We got it IAAF-accredited so I have
achieve what you set out to achieve. About 16 years ago I believed hosted a competition for the kids in Milton Keynes and next
I would become a professional sportsperson. You have to have year I can host a proper competition, which is amazing.
that self-belief because nobody else is going to tell you that
you will become an Olympic champion or do the hard work for What are your key gym exercises for explosive power?
you. Even when I was injured in Rio I still mustered up a medal There are two lifts I perform at least three times a week:
performance - purely because I wasn’t going to let it not happen. power cleans and box step-ups. I always share videos of
them on social media and I’ve become quite good at them.
Fans see you in those moments of glory, but are there dark days? You’ll also see me doing cleans, deadlifts, squats and a
The lows are very low. You can feel incredible then the next day you bounce squat as preparation for a lift because it helps
tear a muscle and all of that hard work has to start again. Rehabbing compress my spine - in a good way - before I lift heavy.
an injury is not fun. Three weeks before the Rio Olympics I tore one
of my adductors. So I either decide not to go or I work through it and How has your diet changed over the years?
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do everything I can to perform. That is why I was so disappointed I like being fit, lean and healthy and for me a high-protein,
afterwards because if I had been 100% fit there is that “what if” high-veg, low-carb diet is what my body responds to.
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champion? In my head I will always believe I could have been. in fad movements or the next big thing. I also now have
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CIRCUIT AGAINST WEEKLY
WORKOUTS THE CLOCK PROGRESSION
The plan involves doing The five-move circuits Each week involves doing
four circuit workouts are arranged so that the same four circuits but
a week. Circuits are you perform the first that doesn’t mean you
sessions where you do four exercises for time, get to coast through the
one set of an exercise as opposed to a set plan. For a start, we’ve
before moving on to the number of reps. There made weeks three and
next exercise without are two main reasons four more challenging
resting. You only rest at for this. First, it means because we’ve increased
the end of each round. that you can record the the duration of each set
This is effective because number of reps that you from 40 to 50 seconds.
the lack of rest forces perform and then try An extra ten seconds
both your muscles and to beat your score the may not sound like a
your cardio system to next time you do the big increase but it’s a
work hard, meaning you workout. That should substantial step-up in
burn off all those excess keep you focused when workload and you’ll
calories you consumed the going gets tough. notice a difference. The
over Christmas. Each And second, it means fact that you record
circuit finishes with a that this programme can what you do is also
“supermove” which be used by beginners aimed at providing
requires you to do as and experts alike. If added motivation to help
many reps as possible - you’re a beginner, you you keep progressing
maintaining good form may complete six press- throughout the plan. If
- in 60 seconds. These ups in a set whereas an you managed 12 reps of
supermoves ensure that experienced exerciser a certain exercise in the
you finish each round may do 30. You also get first week, your week
having given every to pick a supermove to two mission is clear: aim
last drop of energy. suit your fitness levels. to beat that number.

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CIRCUIT 1

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CIRCUIT 1
Do each move
1 SQUAT CURL for 40sec then
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simultaneously bend at the hips and knees to entire lower body. Holding the dumbbells for
lower towards the floor with your chest up and the duration of the set works your grip strength,
your weight on your heels. As you straighten and the biceps curl adds an extra muscle and
up, curl the dumbbells up to your shoulders. cardio challenge to raise your heart rate.

2 BENT-OVER ROW

HOW Stand tall with your chest up and core WHY Using dumbbells for this back exercise will
braced, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend ensure that you get equal muscle development
forwards – hingeing at the hips, not the waist – on both sides and gives you a big range of motion
then row the weights up to your sides, leading so you can concentrate on squeezing your
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CIRCUIT 1

3 ROMANIAN DEADLIFT

HOW Keeping your legs straight, lean WHY This deadlift variation shifts the
forward – hingeing at the hips – and lower emphasis to your hamstrings. Doing it
the weights down the fronts of your with dumbbells will ensure each arm
shins until you feel a good stretch in your gets to hold its share of the weight.
hamstrings. Then return to the start.

4 OVERHEAD PRESS

HOW Stand tall with your chest up and core WHY Following a legs exercise with a shoulder
braced, holding a dumbbell in each hand at move in a circuit allows you to keep your
shoulder height with palms facing forwards. intensity, and therefore your heart rate, high
Press the weights directly overhead until your because you’re working completely separate
arms are straight, then return slowly to the start. body parts. This will maximise the calorie burn.

8 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 1

Select the move


for your level and
SUPERMOVE do as many reps as
you can in 60sec.
BEGINNER PRESS-UP
Start in the press-up
position with hands
directly underneath your
shoulders, your core
and glutes braced, and
feet together. Bend your
elbows to lower your
chest to the floor, then
press back up powerfully
to return to the start.

INTERMEDIATE WIDE PRESS-UP


Start in the normal
press-up position but
with your hands out
wide. Bend your elbows
and lower your chest
down towards the floor.
Once you are as low as
you can comfortably
go, press powerfully
back up to the start.

ADVANCED DIAMOND PRESS-UP


Start in a press-up
position but with your
thumbs and forefingers
together to form a
diamond shape. Lower
your chest to the floor,
keeping your elbows
close to your sides,
then press back up.

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CIRCUIT 2

10 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 2

1 LUNGE CURL Do each move


for 40sec then
rest for 2min
between rounds.
Do 5 rounds.

HOW Holding dumbbells, take a big step WHY The lunge works every major muscle
forwards and lower until both knees are bent in your lower body while also providing
90°, keeping your front knee over but not in a test of balance and co-ordination. The
front of your ankle. At the same time, curl the biceps curl element makes it an extra-
weights up to your shoulders. Alternate sides. challenging start to the circuit.

2 RENEGADE ROW

HOW Start in a press-up position, holding WHY Think of this move as a brutal version
a dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your of the plank – it works your back muscles
core braced, row one hand up, leading while challenging your stabilisers to keep
with your elbow, then lower it back to the you level. Make sure you control the
floor. Alternate sides with each rep. movement to get the maximum benefit.

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CIRCUIT 2

3 PRESS-UP

HOW Start in the press-up position with hands WHY Press-ups offer a safe and effective
directly underneath your shoulders, your core way of working your chest muscles hard, but
and glutes braced, and feet together. Bend your only if you do them correctly. Concentrate
elbows to lower your chest to the floor, then on the quality of the movement, rather
press back up powerfully to return to the start. than bashing out lots of “junk” reps.

4 WIDE OVERHEAD PRESS

HOW Stand tall with the dumbbells by WHY Changing the angle of the press provides
your shoulders. Engage your core and a different challenge to your shoulder muscles
your glutes to give yourself a stable base from a conventional overhead press. Just
and simultaneously press both weights make sure the weights go more up than out,
overhead and slightly out to the sides. to avoid over-stressing your shoulders.

12 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 2

Select the move


for your level and
SUPERMOVE do as many reps as
you can in 60sec.
BEGINNER SPLIT SQUAT
Start in a split stance, with
one foot in front of the
other, holding a dumbbell
in each hand. Bend both
legs until your trailing
knee touches the floor.
Straighten both legs to
return to the start, then go
straight into the next rep.

INTERMEDIATE SQUAT
Stand with your chest up
and core braced, holding
a dumbbell in each hand.
Bend your knees to squat
down until your thighs
are at least parallel to
the floor, then press
down through your heels
to return to the start.

ADVANCED JUMP SQUAT


Squat down as described
above, then explode
upwards, aiming to get as
much height as possible.
Absorb the impact of the
jump as you land, sinking
into the next squat and
repeating the exercise.

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CIRCUIT 3

14 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 3

1 SQUAT PRESS Do each move


for 40sec then
rest for 2min
between rounds.
Do 5 rounds.

HOW Start with the weights at shoulder WHY This exercise provides a real cardio
height and your feet shoulder width apart. challenge because it takes a lot of effort
Squat down until your thighs are parallel to go from a deep squat to standing up
to the floor, then straighten up while with the weights overhead. Pace yourself
pressing the weights directly overhead. and make sure your form is good.

2 REVERSE-GRIP BENT-OVER ROW

HOW Stand tall with chest up and core braced, WHY Switching to a reverse grip provides
holding a dumbbell in each hand with palms a challenge to your biceps as you draw
facing forwards. Bend forwards from your hips, the weights in to your sides. This is
then row the weights up to your sides, leading useful because that muscle group isn’t
with your elbows. Lower back to the start. targeted elsewhere in the workout.

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CIRCUIT 3

3 ONE-LEG ROMANIAN DEADLIFT

HOW Stand on one leg, holding dumbbells. WHY This move challenges your balance and
Bend forward at the hips until you feel a strong proprioception – your body’s sense of where
stretch in the hamstrings in your standing leg, its different parts are positioned – while firing
then straighten back up to complete the rep. up your hamstrings. To get an extra benefit,
Do half the given time on one leg, then switch. squeeze your glutes at the top of the move.

4 LATERAL RAISE

HOW Stand tall with your chest up and core WHY If done correctly, this is a highly effective
braced, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Raise way of adding size and width to your shoulders,
the weights out to the sides, leading with putting you on the fast track to a great-looking
your elbows, until they reach shoulder height. upper body. Make sure you follow the form
Lower them slowly to return to the start. guide closely to maximise the benefit.

16 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 3

Select the move


for your level and
SUPERMOVE do as many reps as
you can in 60sec.
BEGINNER SIDE TO SIDE PRESS-UP
Get in a press-up position
with your hands slightly
wider than normal.
Lower to the bottom of
the move, then shift your
body to just above one
hand, then over to the
other. On the next rep, go
to the other side first.

INTERMEDIATE SPIDER-MAN PRESS-UP


Get into a press-up
position. As you lower to
the bottom of the move,
lift one foot off the floor
and raise the knee to
your elbow. Press back
up, placing your foot
back on the floor. Repeat
on the other side.

ADVANCED DIVEBOMBER PRESS-UP


Start in a press-up
position, then raise your
hips and bend your
elbows. Lower your head
and chest down and
forwards, moving your
torso in a smooth arc so
you end up with you head
and chest raised. Reverse
the movement to return
to the start position.

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CIRCUIT 4

18 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 4

1 LUNGE PRESS Do each move


for 40sec then
rest for 2min
between rounds.
Do 5 rounds.

HOW Holding dumbbells at shoulder height, WHY This move is a great co-ordination
lunge forwards so that your front knee is challenge and also a test of your
over your front ankle. As you lunge, press the shoulder mobility. If yours is poor,
weights directly overhead, making sure they you’ll find you hunch as you press
go up and not forwards. Alternate sides. and push the weights forwards.

2 RENEGADE ROW

HOW Start in a press-up position, holding a WHY As before, it works your back
dumbbell in each hand. Keeping your core muscles while challenging your
braced, row your right hand up, leading stabilisers. For an extra challenge, it’s
with your elbow, then lower it back to the even tougher on rounded dumbbells.
floor. Alternate sides with each rep.

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CIRCUIT 4

3 PRESS-UP

HOW Start in the press-up position with hands WHY Press-ups offer a safe and effective
directly underneath your shoulders, your core way of working your chest muscles hard, but
and glutes braced, and feet together. Bend your only if you do them correctly. Concentrate
elbows to lower your chest to the floor, then on the quality of the movement, rather
press back up powerfully to return to the start. than bashing out lots of “junk” reps.

4 REVERSE FLYE

HOW Leaning forwards at the hips with a weight WHY This move targets your rear delts, while
in each hand, keep your back flat and bring building stability through your shoulder region
the weights upwards as if you were spreading and rotator cuffs. It’s more important to focus on
your wings, aiming to bring your shoulder the quality of muscle contraction than to churn
blades together at the top of the move. out more reps by swinging the weights around.

20 MEN’S FITNESS
CIRCUIT 4

Select the move


for your level and
SUPERMOVE do as many reps as
you can in 60sec.
BEGINNER LUNGE
Stand with your chest up
and core braced, holding
a dumbbell in each hand.
Take a step forward and
lower until both knees
are bent 90°. Push back
off your front foot to
return to the start. Repeat,
leading with your other
leg. Alternate sides.

INTERMEDIATE REVERSE LUNGE


Stand with your chest up
and core braced, holding
a dumbbell in each hand.
Take a step backwards
and lower until both
knees are bent 90°. Push
back off your back foot to
return to the start. Repeat,
leading with your other
leg. Alternate sides.

ADVANCED LUNGE JUMP


Starting from a lunge
position, drive up into a
jump, switching legs in
the air and landing in a
lunge on the other side.
Try to absorb the impact
of the jump as you land
and go seamlessly from
one rep to another.

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Do exercises 1-4

Week 1 performance
for 40sec, then
do the supermove
for 60sec.

Recordyourrepstogiveyourselfatargetfornexttime
CIRCUIT 1
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat curl
2 Bent-over row
3 Romanian deadlift
4 Overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 2
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge curl
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Wide overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 3
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat press
2 Reverse-grip bent-over row
3 One-leg Romanian deadlift
4 Lateral raise
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 4
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge press
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Reverse flye
5 SUPERMOVE

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WORKOUT LOG

Do exercises 1-4

Week 2 performance
for 40sec, then
do the supermove
for 60sec.

Seeifyoubeatyourpreviousweek’sscore
CIRCUIT 1
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat curl
2 Bent-over row
3 Romanian deadlift
4 Overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 2
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge curl
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Wide overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 3
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat press
2 Reverse-grip bent-over row
3 One-leg Romanian deadlift
4 Lateral raise
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 4
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge press
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Reverse flye
5 SUPERMOVE

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Do exercises 1-4

Week 3 performance
for 50sec, then
do the supermove
for 60sec.

Thetimeincreasesto50secperexerciseinthisweek
CIRCUIT 1
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat curl
2 Bent-over row
3 Romanian deadlift
4 Overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 2
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge curl
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Wide overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 3
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat press
2 Reverse-grip bent-over row
3 One-leg Romanian deadlift
4 Lateral raise
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 4
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge press
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Reverse flye
5 SUPERMOVE

24 MEN’S FITNESS
WORKOUT LOG

Do exercises 1-4

Week 4 performance
for 50sec, then
do the supermove
for 60sec.

Youshouldbepostingyourbestscoresyet
CIRCUIT 1
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat curl
2 Bent-over row
3 Romanian deadlift
4 Overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 2
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge curl
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Wide overhead press
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 3
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Squat press
2 Reverse-grip bent-over row
3 One-leg Romanian deadlift
4 Lateral raise
5 SUPERMOVE

CIRCUIT 4
EXERCISE ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 ROUND 4 ROUND 5

1 Lunge press
2 Renegade row
3 Press-up
4 Reverse flye
5 SUPERMOVE

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26 MEN’S FITNESS
NUTRITION

Losefatwithfood
Followournutritionadvicetoshrinkyourbelly

Here’s the reality: it doesn’t matter how hard you train in


the gym if you don’t put the same time, effort and focus
into what you do in the kitchen. The old saying that “you
can’t out-train a bad diet” is something of a cliché, but
like all clichés it’s rooted in truth. And if you want to make
big changes to how you look with your shirt off – and
as quickly as possible – then you need to start thinking
more about mealtimes. Here’s our expert advice on how
you can start to eat smarter and torch body fat faster.

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NUTRITION

1 2 3
FUEL FOR THE SWAP SARNIES REFUEL DURING
DAY AHEAD FOR SALAD DINNER
When following this Swapping a pre-packed Your final meal of the
training plan breakfast is sandwich and crisps day needs to be high
the most important meal for a big bowl of green in protein, especially if
of your day because what leaves, mixed veg and you’ve just worked out
you eat first thing helps chicken, tuna or another to help the repair of your
dictate better eating quality protein will help damaged muscles. Baked
habits until bedtime. A shrink your belly fast. A salmon, grilled steak or
breakfast made from lean lunch like this will provide chicken breasts on top of
protein, healthy fats and muscle-building protein, a pile of grilled or roasted
fibre - think eggs, bacon, more stomach-filling veg will provide all your
and yes, some green fibre to ward off cravings, body needs. Add avocado
vegetables - provides and an abundance of or home-made hummus
a sustained release vitamins and minerals to for some healthy fats to
of energy, so hunger keep your fat-torching allow your body to better
won’t hit before lunch. mission on track. absorb certain vitamins.

4 5 6
BE CLEVER DRINK LIKE PICK THE RIGHT
WITH CARBS A FISH SNACKS
To lose belly fat quickly Being hydrated is crucial To burn fat you need
you need to be smart to getting lean quickly to be in a calorie deficit
with your carbs. A small because if your body (expending more than
amount of certain carbs, is struggling with the you take in) so inevitably
like sweet potato or mental and physical you will feel hungry at
wholegrain rice, with problems of dehydration, times. Nutrient-dense
dinner after training can it doesn’t have the snacks - nuts, natural
aid recovery and help resources or inclination yogurt, beef jerky - will
you get to sleep quicker. to burn fat. Aim to drink fill you up and top up
But the sugars and at least three litres of your intake of protein,
processed carbs found in water a day - carry a big healthy fats, vitamins
chocolate, cakes, biscuits bottle with you and sip and minerals. Avoid
and sodas should be frequently - and drink high-sugar nutrient-
avoided if you want to more on training days to light snacks, and watch
burn fat and not gain it. ensure you stay hydrated. your belly melt away.

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INTRODUCTION

Howtheplanworks
Here’sthetheorybehindyourfour-weekmuscleplan
1 2 3
BODY PART WORKOUT WORKOUT
SPLITS STRUCTURE VARIABLES
This four-week plan All four weekly sessions At the top of each
includes four workouts comprise six exercises exercise breakdown
a week. Each of the four divided into three for the first week are
hits a different body part. supersets, labelled 1A details about each
Workout 1 each week and 1B, 2A and 2B, and move, including sets,
targets your chest and 3A and 3B. In a superset rest, tempo and rest (for
back; workout 2 your you pair two exercises weeks two, three and
arms (biceps and triceps); and perform them back four this information
workout 3 your legs and to back, only resting is listed in tables). It is
abs; and workout 4 your after doing all the reps of imperative you stick
shoulders. The body- the second move. Once exactly to these workout
part workouts have been all the sets and reps of variables because this
selected to help you the first superset are plan has been designed
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muscle groups, so that supersets maximise both weeks. For example, in
while one body part the intensity and the week one you’ll do four
is working, the other quality of your sets. And sets of ten reps per move,
recovers, allowing you to the harder you can push which increases to four
keep the intensity level your muscles in the gym, sets of 12 in week two.
high and lift the heaviest the more damage gets In weeks three and four
weight possible with done to muscle tissue, you’ll do five sets of ten
good form to stimulate which is then rebuilt and 12 reps respectively,
the maximum amount bigger and stronger so every week is harder
of muscle growth. when you recover. than the previous week.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 1

CHEST + BACK
6 MEN’S FITNESS
WEEK 1 WORKOUT 1

1A FLOOR PRESS SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

TEMPO
2010 =
2sec to lower, 0sec
pause at the bottom,
1sec to lift, 0sec
pause at the top

HOW Lie flat on the floor, holding a WHY Lying on the floor puts you in a stable
dumbbell in each hand above your chest position so you can attempt to go quite
with straight arms. Lower the weights heavy with this move. The range of motion
towards your chest, then press them back is shorter than a bench press, so focus on
up powerfully to return to the start. contracting the chest muscles being targeted.

1B HAMMER BENT-OVER ROW SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms WHY This move hits the major muscles
facing each other. Bend forward, hingeing of your upper back, while your lower back
at the hips, then row the weights up to your gets worked to keep your torso upright.
sides, leading with your elbows. Lower the Using a hammer grip also hits your
weights back to the start under control. forearms and improves grip strength.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 1

2A DUMBBELL PRESS-UP SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Get into position with your feet together WHY You might think press-ups are easy,
and hands holding dumbbells shoulder-width but they are still a useful chest-building
apart. Brace your core so your body is straight move – especially when you factor in the
from head to heels. Bend your elbows to lower instability of the weights to work your
your chest, then press back up powerfully. chest, as well as your core, harder.

2B REVERSE FLYE SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Bend forwards from the hips with a WHY This move looks a lot harder than it is,
light dumbbell in each hand, palms facing. and it works wonders for your upper back and
Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, rear shoulders. Start with light weights and
raise the weights out to shoulder height, master the movement pattern to maximise
then lower them back to the start. muscle gain and minimise the risk of injury.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 1

3A WIDE DUMBBELL PRESS-UP SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Get into position with your feet together WHY Placing your hands in a wider position
and hands holding dumbbells wide apart. reduces the involvement of your triceps and
Brace your core so your body is straight from shoulders, so your chest has to do more of
head to heels. Bend your elbows to lower the hard work to lift and lower your torso.
your chest, then press back up powerfully.

3B RENEGADE ROW SETS 4 REPS 10 EACH SIDE REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Get into position with your feet together WHY It works your upper back one side at
and hands holding dumbbells shoulder- a time so you can fully engage each of the
width apart. Brace your core so your body is muscles, as well as recruiting your core and
straight from head to heels. Row the weight shoulder joints to keep your body stable.
up, leading with your elbow. Alternate arms.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 2

ARMS

10 MEN’S FITNESS
WEEK 1 WORKOUT 2

1A BICEPS CURL SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand with dumbbells by your sides WHY It’s the classic biceps lift for good
and palms facing forwards. Keeping your reason: performing this move perfectly is
elbows tucked in to your sides, curl the one of the fastest ways to add size to your
weights up, squeezing your biceps at the biceps. Just keep your reps controlled to avoid
top. Lower them back to the start. swinging the dumbbells up and down.

1B TRICEPS EXTENSION SETS 4 REPS 10 EACH SIDE REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall, holding a dumbbell over your WHY Working one arm at a time allows you
head with one hand and arm straight. Keeping to focus on making your triceps work hard to
your chest up, lower the weight behind your keep the dumbbell under complete control
head, then raise it back to the start. Do all the throughout the lift and lower, while your core
reps with one arm and then switch and repeat. must be engaged to keep your torso upright.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 2

2A HAMMER CURL SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand with dumbbells by your sides WHY Adjusting your wrist position so
and palms facing each other. Keeping that your palms face each other for the
your elbows tucked in to your sides, curl entirety of the set shifts the workload to
the weights up, squeezing your biceps at a different part of your biceps muscles,
the top. Lower them back to the start. as well as recruiting your forearms.

2B TRICEPS KICK-BACK SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Lean forwards from your hips, keeping WHY The key to making this an effective
your back straight and arm bent, holding a triceps-building move is to make sure you fully
dumbbell in each hand. Raise the weights contract the working muscle as you straighten
behind you until your arms are straight, your arm, and then to lower the dumbbell
then lower them back to the start. back to the start position under full control.

12 MEN’S FITNESS
WEEK 1 WORKOUT 2

3A SPIDER CURL SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Bend down and rest your elbows on WHY It may raise a few eyebrows in the
your thighs, holding a dumbbell in each gym, but this exercise works your biceps
hand with arms straight. Curl the weights through a full range of motion so you hit
up, squeeze your biceps at the top, then them from a slightly different angle, meaning
lower back to the start under control. even more muscle fibres are recruited.

3B NARROW DUMBBELL PRESS-UP SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Get into position with your feet together WHY Bringing your hands close together
and hands holding dumbbells that are touching. reduces the involvement of your chest
Brace your core so your body is straight from and shoulders so your triceps muscles
head to heels. Bend your elbows to lower have to do a lot more of the hard
your chest, then press back up powerfully. work to lift and lower your torso.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 3

LEGS + ABS

14 MEN’S FITNESS
WEEK 1 WORKOUT 3

1A SQUAT SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a dumbbell in each WHY It’s the classic lift for building bigger and
hand. Keeping your chest up and core braced, stronger legs and because it’s a big compound
squat down as deep as you can. Push back up lift that recruits multiple muscle groups, it’s
through your heels to return to the start position. also effective at torching belly fat too.

1B WOODCHOP SETS 4 REPS 10 EACH SIDE REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand holding a dumbbell in both hands WHY It’s not as well known as other abs
to one side. Squat down then stand back up exercises, but do it right and you will build
while raising the weight up and across your muscle across your entire core, as well as
body until it’s above your shoulder. Reverse the working your shoulders and lower back.
movement. Do all the reps then switch sides.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 3

2A LUNGE SETS 4 REPS 10 EACH SIDE REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand with a dumbbell in each hand. With WHY The lunge provides many of the
your chest up and core braced, take a big step same benefits as the squat but with even
forward with one foot until both knees are bent more core-sculpting advantages because
90°, then push off your front foot to return to the your abs must work overtime to keep your
start. Do all the reps with one leg, then switch. body stable as you lower and raise.

2B HALO SETS 4 REPS 10 EACH SIDE REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a dumbbell in WHY It will work your abs, which must be
both hands in front of your face. Raise fully braced and engaged to keep your torso
it and move it around your head in a stable and upright, and it will improve the
clockwise direction. Do all the reps, then strength and mobility of your delicate shoulder
repeat in an anti-clockwise direction. joints for added injury-prevention benefits.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 3

3A GOBLET SQUAT SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding one end of a WHY At this point of the session your legs
dumbbell with both hands. Squat down, will already be close to fatigue but this move,
keeping your back straight and core braced, with a single dumbbell as resistance, will tax
until the weight almost touches the group. a few more muscle fibres for growth and keep
Stand back up to return to the start. your heart rate high for fat-loss benefits.

3B CRUNCH SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Lie flat on the floor, holding a WHY The crunch is great for developing your
dumbbell across your chest. Engage your upper abs, but only if you do it right. And the
abs, then raise your torso off the floor. added resistance of the dumbbell will force
Squeeze your abs at the top, then lower those muscles to up their game to lift and lower
yourself slowly and under control. your torso without help from momentum.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 4

SHOULDERS

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 4

1A OVERHEAD PRESS SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a dumbbell in WHY The key to building bigger, wider
each hand at shoulder height. Keeping shoulders is to make these muscles work
your chest up, press the weights directly through their full range of motion, so make
overhead until your arms are straight, sure you lower the dumbbells all the way back
then lower them back to the start. to the start position at the end of each rep.

1B LATERAL RAISE SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand with dumbbells by your sides WHY This is a fantastic move for hitting
and palms facing each other. Lean forward your side delts – the section of the shoulder
slightly, then raise the weights to the sides, muscles that, when developed, creates
leading with your elbows. Slowly lower a strong and wide upper body to help
them back to the start under control. create the coveted V-shaped torso.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 4

2A ARNOLD PRESS SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall with a dumbbell in each hand WHY It’s a similar lift to the straight
at shoulder height with palms facing you. overhead press, except your wrists
Press the weights directly overhead, rotating rotate as you move the weights – and
your wrists as you lift, until your arms are it’s this added movement that will
straight, then lower them back to the start. fire up even more muscle fibres.

2B UPRIGHT ROW SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a pair of dumbbells WHY Building bigger shoulders means you also
in front of your body with straight arms. need to work your traps, which is what this lift
Keeping your chest up and leading with your does brilliantly. Don’t go too heavy at first – it’s
elbows, row the weights up until your hands better to perform quality reps than max-weight
reach chin height. Lower back to the start. ones – and never jerk the weights up and down.

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WEEK 1 WORKOUT 4

3A FRONT RAISE SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 0SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a pair of dumbbells WHY This lift hits the front of your shoulders
in front of your body with straight arms. predominantly and, as with all shoulder moves,
Keeping your chest up and arms straight, make sure you are controlling the weight
raise the weights in front of you to at all times – it should never be controlling
shoulder hit. Lower back to the start. you. You can’t add muscle if you’re injured.

3B SHRUG SETS 4 REPS 10 REST 60SEC TEMPO 2010

HOW Stand tall holding a dumbbell in each WHY It’s another great move for bigger traps,
hand with straight arms. Keeping your and the best thing about this move is that you
chest up, core braced and arms straight, can go heavy because its range of motion is
shrug your shoulders. Pause at the top, so short. Keep everything tight and shrug the
then lower the weights back to the start. weights up powerfully to make it more effective.

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Makeprogressfaster
Followtheweeklyworkoutchangestoaddmoremuscle
The only way to keep making fast progress volume. In week three the number of reps
when you’re aiming to add lean muscle mass drops back down to ten but the number of
is to follow a progressive training plan that sets goes up to five. In week four you’ll do five
keeps challenging your body in new ways each sets with an increase to 12 reps per set. What’s
week. That’s the key to keeping your muscles more, in weeks three and four the tempo (the
out of their comfort zone and working as hard time it takes to do the lifting and lowering
as possible so your body has no choice but for each rep) changes to make the exercises
to keep building back your damaged muscle more challenging, so your target muscles
fibres bigger and stronger. As such, week two experience more time under tension and
of this plan follows week one with the same workload. It’s this extra increase in muscular
moves but with an additional two reps per set damage that will help you add lean muscle
for every exercise to increase your training mass faster than you ever have before.

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WEEK 2 WORKOUTS

Week 2
WORKOUT 1: CHEST AND BACK
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Floor press 4 12 0sec 2010
1b Hammer bent-over row 4 12 60sec 2010
2a Dumbbell press-up 4 12 0sec 2010
2b Reverse flye 4 12 60sec 2010
3a Wide dumbbell press-up 4 12 0sec 2010
3b Renegade row 4 12 each side 60sec 2010

WORKOUT 2: ARMS
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Biceps curl 4 12 0sec 2010
1b Triceps extension 4 12 each side 60sec 2010
2a Hammer curl 4 12 0sec 2010
2b Triceps kick-back 4 12 each side 60sec 2010
3a Spider curl 4 12 0sec 2010
3b Narrow dumbbell press-up 4 12 60sec 2010

WORKOUT 3: LEGS AND ABS


EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Squat 4 12 0sec 2010
1b Woodchop 4 12 each side 60sec 2010
2a Lunge 4 12 each side 0sec 2010
2b Halo 4 12 each side 60sec 2010
3a Goblet squat 4 12 each side 0sec 2010
3b Crunch 4 12 60sec 2010

WORKOUT 4: SHOULDERS
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Overhead press 4 12 0sec 2010
1b Lateral raise 4 12 60sec 2010
2a Arnold press 4 12 0sec 2010
2b Upright row 4 12 60sec 2010
3a Front raise 4 12 0sec 2010
3b Shrug 4 12 60sec 2010

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WEEK 3 WORKOUTS

Week 3
WORKOUT 1
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Floor press 5 10 0sec 2010
1b Hammer bent-over row 5 10 60sec 2011
2a Dumbbell press-up 5 10 0sec 3010
2b Reverse flye 5 10 60sec 2011
3a Wide dumbbell press-up 5 10 0sec 3010
3b Renegade row 5 10 each side 60sec 2011

WORKOUT 2
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Biceps curl 5 10 0sec 2011
1b Triceps extension 5 10 each side 60sec 2011
2a Hammer curl 5 10 0sec 2011
2b Triceps kick-back 5 10 each side 60sec 2011
3a Spider curl 5 10 0sec 2011
3b Narrow dumbbell press-up 5 10 60sec 2010

WORKOUT 3
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Squat 5 10 0sec 3010
1b Woodchop 5 10 each side 60sec 1111
2a Lunge 5 10 each side 0sec 3010
2b Halo 5 10 each side 60sec 1111
3a Goblet squat 5 10 each side 0sec 3010
3b Crunch 5 10 60sec 2011

WORKOUT 4
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Overhead press 5 10 0sec 3010
1b Lateral raise 5 10 60sec 2011
2a Arnold press 5 10 0sec 3010
2b Upright row 5 10 60sec 2011
3a Front raise 5 10 0sec 2011
3b Shrug 5 10 60sec 2111

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WEEK 4 WORKOUTS

Week 4
WORKOUT 1
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Floor press 5 12 0sec 2010
1b Hammer bent-over row 5 12 60sec 2011
2a Dumbbell press-up 5 12 0sec 3010
2b Reverse flye 5 12 60sec 2011
3a Wide dumbbell press-up 5 12 0sec 3010
3b Renegade row 5 12 each side 60sec 2011

WORKOUT 2
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Biceps curl 5 12 0sec 2011
1b Triceps extension 5 12 each side 60sec 2011
2a Hammer curl 5 12 0sec 2011
2b Triceps kick-back 5 12 each side 60sec 2011
3a Spider curl 5 12 0sec 2011
3b Narrow dumbbell press-up 5 12 60sec 2010

WORKOUT 3
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Squat 5 12 0sec 3010
1b Woodchop 5 12 each side 60sec 1111
2a Lunge 5 12 each side 0sec 3010
2b Halo 5 12 each side 60sec 1111
3a Goblet squat 5 12 each side 0sec 3010
3b Crunch 5 12 60sec 2011

WORKOUT 4
EXERCISE SETS REPS REST TEMPO
1a Overhead press 5 12 0sec 3010
1b Lateral raise 5 12 60sec 2011
2a Arnold press 5 12 0sec 3010
2b Upright row 5 12 60sec 2011
3a Front raise 5 12 0sec 2011
3b Shrug 5 12 60sec 2111

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NUTRITION

Eatformuscle
Addleanmusclefasterbyeatingsmarter

Better and more muscular bodies might be finished


in the gym (or the garage if you’re following this
plan at home) but, make no mistake, they are built
in the kitchen. To transform your body quickly and
successfully it’s crucial to feed your muscles with all
the essential nutrients they need - especially protein
- to grow back bigger and stronger. For detailed
muscle-building meal plans, follow Men’s Fitness
online – but for the basics, turn the page to read our
six tips on how you can eat smarter and turn your
body into a 24-hour muscle-building machine.

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NUTRITION

1 2 3
EAT MORE BREAKFAST MAKE MORE
PROTEIN LIKE A KING MUSCLE MEALS
If you don’t eat enough Breakfast is the most Every meal you eat
quality protein – from important meal when needs to contain at least
meat, fish and eggs – trying to build muscle. A a fist-sized serving of
don’t be surprised if you high-protein breakfast protein - it’s the only way
don’t add lean muscle that includes quality to get enough muscle-
mass as quickly as fats - eggs and avocado, building amino acids
you’d like. The training say - gives your body into your system where
programme in this guide the nutrients it needs to they can be drip-fed into
is designed to damage build new muscle during your muscles. If you can,
muscle fibres, which the day. You need to buy organic and grass-
can then be repaired be in a calorie surplus fed produce because it
to build bigger and from quality produce to contains more vitamins,
stronger muscles – but build muscle, so don’t minerals and omega 3
without enough protein go hungry and eat more fatty acids, which will
this won’t happen. of what you need. also help you burn fat.

4 5 6
SNACK NEVER GO THE SUPP
SMARTER THIRSTY SOLUTION
To build lean muscle as Dehydration is a leading Sports nutrition
fast as possible it’s a good cause of poor mental and supplements aren’t
idea to start snacking physical performance, essential to your success
smarter so that your both of which you - if you eat a varied and
body always has enough want to avoid if you’re balanced diet of quality
high-quality energy going to stay focused, protein and plenty of veg,
coming in and can put it motivated and in shape you’ll be able to change
to the most effective use. to accelerate your lean your body for the better.
Nutrient-dense snacks muscle mass gains. That said, a post-session
(nuts, natural yogurt, Always carry a large protein shake can help
boiled eggs) will help bottle of water around your hit your daily protein
to keep you feeling full with you and sip from it target and initiate the
and increase your intake frequently throughout recovery process faster.
of protein, healthy fats, the day to keep Creatine and BCAAs
vitamins and minerals. hydrated at all times. can also prove helpful.

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