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I am back to recapping Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal for their early summer issues and as with last month—I need to pick a “winner.” This is not going to be easy as all three are great reads but let us see.
(Though I totally respect Mark Wahlberg as an actor & producer it is still hard for me not to say “and the funky bunch” when I hear his name.)
Feel free to debate my choice in the comment section below.
Men’s Fitness: July/August 2012
The July/August Men’s Fitness marks their 25th Anniversary issue and features several interviews with famous athletes and fit folks reflecting on the magazine and the current state of fitness.
• Mark Wahlberg: Though I totally respect Mark Wahlberg as an actor & producer it is still hard for me not to say “and the funky bunch” when I hear his name. (Am I the only one who remembers?) Anyhoo Mark works hard at everything in his life including being a good dad and giving back to the community. He also shares his own personal workout to get those amazing arms.
• Laird Hamilton: The impossibly young-looking Hamilton is still surfing as often as he can and the 48 year-old counts watching his daughters enjoy the ocean as a top thrill. Awwww.
• Denis Leary: Actor, writer, producer and proud of his native Boston—Leary loves the Red Sox thinks bubble gum flavored vodka is lame and dreamt of being a hockey player when he was a kid.
• "The 25 Fittest Olympians on Team USA" USA! USA! USA! Bring on the Olympics NBC TV!
• “Stay Alive” The tests you need to take when getting back into a healthy regime. (Quote from Men’s Fitness: Failing to visit the doctor vastly increases your chances of cashing out early.)
• “Fruit for Better Health” The healthiest fruits you should add to your diet.
• “8 Weeks to More Muscle” Heavy weight and high reps are the keys to this exclusive workout.
You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com
• Kenny Chesney: How much do you want to bet this skinny dude hasn’t touched a slice a pizza in at least a decade? Anyone? The cover interview basically confirms my suspicion that he is country music’s biggest fitness freak. (He also appears to be a really sweet guy.)
• “Life the Safe Way” Excellent advice on how to lift properly at the gym including bench dips and seated chest press.
• “Brain, Meet Brawn” Boxer Mike Lee offers tips for training “outside the box.”
• “Surveillance City” This month’s issue ranks the top American city you are most likely to really be watched by Big Brother. (Look over your shoulder Washington D.C.!)
• “Don’t Be a Credit Card Zombie” Tips on fighting off those expert retail salesmen plus how to notice extra little charges being applied to your card without your authorization.
• “The Best OTC Meds for Men” The best over-the-counter drugs all dudes should keep in their medicine cabinet.
• “Built for the Battlefield” The US Army is focusing more on core training and functional fitness and so should you. (Don’t make me SCREAM this at you!)
• “Beach Ready, Right Now” A muscle building and fat-burning workout to get you ready to meet your surfer girl.
• “Psych Out Fat” Weight Watchers CEO David Kirchhoff talks about how he lost weight taking his own company’s advice.
• “Guy Food Guide” Page after page of drool-worthy food and the best cities to get them that made me hungry (dammit!)
Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com
• Lance Armstrong: The most celebrated (and controversial) cyclist in American history graces the cover and gives a pretty damn candid interview. Lance is currently taking on his next challenge—Ironman. Something tells me he will succeed at it.
• “The Shark Whisperer” Fred Buyle is totally comfortable with killer sharks which makes me think he is insane. Read his story and decide for yourself. The pictures of him underwater scared the bejeezus out of me!
• “No Path, No Rules: The Wildest New Race” If your average “Tough Mudder” competition doesn’t make you feel like enough of a bad ass—try out Orienteering. Just you in the woods with a map and a compass. You will find me riding along the boardwalk with my GPS folks.
• “Whiskey, Guns, and the Restless Spirit of Richard Ford” Canada is on my Kindle right now and is my next big summer read. Great interview with the author in his Oxford, Mississippi home.
• “The Emperor of the Outdoors” The founder (Yvon Chouinard) of Patagonia has made millions as well as given them away in the true spirit of corporate responsibility. Men’s Journal interviews the “tiny terror” who explains his pessimistic view of the world plus his many, many adventures.
• “Winning Never Gets Old” Gorgeous photos of Dara Torres who has had the same physique as she did at her first Olympics over 20 years ago.
• “The Climber Who Refuses to Fall” One of the best climbers of all time, Jeff Lowe, has an illness that leaves him in a wheelchair but will not diminish his fighting spirit. Real inspiring stuff here!
• “Can America’s Most Toxic Town be Saved?” This is a really depressing and important article about the city of Libby, Montana. Read it!
Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com
So which magazine am I naming as my favorite this month? It was a horse race but in the end I picked (drum roll please……) Men’s Journal!
Bring it on next month Men’s Fitness and Men’s Health!
Until next time…
Brooklyn Fit Chick
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