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7 Mental Tricks to Help You Crush Every Workout

Crank up your performance with these simple motivational strategies<p>There’s a crucial piece of exercise equipment that doesn’t cost a thing, and it can help you perform your best every time you enter the gym.<p>It’s called your brain. Use these seven simple mental tricks from scientists and fitness …

Exercise

How Kettlebells Work Your Core

While the study’s program was not designed to specifically hit the core—which is made up of the more than two-dozen muscles between your shoulders and your hips—it was comprised of many multi-joint movements that involve lifting the weight from the floor to chest height or overhead. This requires …

The Best Sex She's Ever Had

<b>"Our coworkers could have caught us in the act."</b><p>This new guy and I had been casually flirting on the job for a couple of weeks. We worked at a photo studio that shot models and clothes and lifestyle products. One of my chores was to manage the product closet. One day I was inside cataloging when my …

Why Frozen Meals Can Be Good for You

Frozen meals’ portion sizes allow for fewer calories. Plus, if you grab a quick bite at a restaurant, you might simply eat what comes standard, says sports nutritionist Marie Spano, M.S., R.D. That can mean just a plain sandwich with nothing added to boost the nutritional value.<p>“But with a frozen …

26 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

The paranoid man's plan for making it to March without so much as a cough, shiver, sniffle, or gesundheit<p>We're going to go out on a limb here and predict that the zombie apocalypse will not happen in 2014. This doesn't mean, however, that hordes of shambling strangers can't infect you and make you …

Wellness

Should You Have Sex When You're Sick?

And sorry, dousing yourself in hand sanitizer won't help either. In a study published in <i>Clinical Infectious Diseases</i>, researchers found that applying an alcohol-based sanitizer every 3 waking hours over the course of 9 weeks still didn't protect people from the rhinovirus, the culprit behind many …

7 Reasons Why Men Will Never Be Replaced By Vibrators

It’s enough to make a penis shake in his briefs. But I’m here to tell peckers everywhere: Fear not, you’ll never be replaced (nor will the men attached to them).<p>Here’s why:<p><b>1. Orgasms Aren’t Everything</b><p>Sure, a vibrator can offer toe-curling ecstasy, but that’s it. It can’t flirt with you. It won’t …

The High-Intensity Cardio Workout That's Easy on Your Knees | Men's Health

"People have a misconception that low-impact means low-intensity," says Gaddour. "So they avoid moves that can preserve and protect their joints in favor of ones that cause them pain—just for what they perceive to be a better workout."<p>But whether you're performing a move like the speed-skater …

Turn Her Sex Fantasy into a Reality

The top three fantasy themes that women reported included specified locations, a spouse or current lover, and a focus on her own submissiveness. Those compliant fantasies ranged from being sexually dominated (64.6 percent), tied up for sexual pleasure (52.1 percent), and spanked or whipped (36.3 …

Make Missionary Sex Better

The Only Science-Backed Way to Make Her Orgasm Easier<p>This simple technique could transform your sex life<p>By The Editors of Men's Health, Photography By Thinkstock<p>Missionary is the gold standard of sex moves because it's easy, enjoyable, and highly effective. But what if you could make the position …

Jump Higher with ... an Upper Body Exercise? | Men's Health

The scientists discovered that guys who did the move—which combines a partial squat to the classic overhead press—put the same amount of force into the ground as they when performing the barbell jump squat. That latter exercise is a favorite among smart trainers looking to help pro athletes add …

Make Your Body-Weight Squat Instantly Harder

Try it with the squat. “By shifting your stance so it’s in the middle of a standard parallel stance and a split stance, you reduce your contact with the floor,” explains Gaddour. “This instantly increases the challenge to your muscles since you’re not as balanced, and forces one leg to take on more …

10 Perfect Gifts She Never Even Had to Ask For | Men's Health

Just by living her life and talking about her day, you can take what she’s telling you and turn it into a gifting epiphany.<p>Here at <i>Men’s Health</i>, we like to think of these weeks around Thanksgiving not so much as shopping season, but more like gift-brainstorming season. Because it’s still early …

3 Genius Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

The ball should hit a wall or the floor on every rep. " Be explosive," says Sean De Wispelaere, an elite coach for Thrive Training Systems. But don't start at full throttle. Instead, gradually add force to each throw to prime your muscles and reach max power.<p><b>Attack with Your Abs</b><p>Many guys throw …

The Simple Trick to Working Out Harder and Longer

That pressure provided a spark: On the second plank, those who heard the fib outlasted the rest of the participants by an average of 18 seconds.<p>How come? "Knowing that other people can do [the task] gives you the confidence to dig deeper, try harder, and recruit that extra effort," says study …

Watch Porn Together: A Guide to Questions She Might Ask

“WHAT? I'M NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU?”<p>“I thought it’d be fun.”<p>“It’s about time we tried something new.”<p>Success depends on seeing this as a boost to a healthy, thriving sex life—not an attempt to save one that’s sagging.<p>"NO WAY!”<p>“Cool.”<p>“Don’t be a prude.”<p>Porn is often linked to deep-seated feelings of fear …

5 Signs You Bore Her in Bed | Men's Health

“Boredom is more of an aversive state—like, ‘I’m not really feeling this at all.’”<p>So how can you tell when your girlfriend has drifted into “I could not care less about sex” territory?<p>Watch for these five signs—some subtle, others glaring—that she’s checked out in the sack, and learn how to …

Exercise of the Week: Dumbbell Squat

The Squat That Will Make Your Quads Quake<p>Ditch the barbell for a pair of dumbbells and accelerate your gains<p>It's not sexy, but the dumbbell squat is a surprisingly effective quad-crusher.<p>"Holding the dumbbells by your side causes your stance to narrow," says David Jack, owner of ActivPrayer in …

14 Sex Myths—Busted!

<b>Myth: Condoms take the fun out of sex.</b> <b><br>Reality:</b> The correct condom can enhance sex for both partners. A survey by luckybloke.com found that 68 percent of men select the wrong size or shape condom. When they sampled a variety of condoms and found the ideal fit, their pleasure skyrocketed.<p><b>Myth:</b> …

Race Pacing Strategies

“You want to establish an average for the 500s,” explains Johnson. Start conservatively with your first seven intervals. That way, you can run your last three intervals at a hard effort. Your average of the 10 intervals should help you identify your race pace within about five seconds, says …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Nutrition

The Reason She Fakes Orgasms

Why She Fakes It<p>Women confess the reasons they fabricate orgasms<p>Women who pretend to orgasm during intercourse are often trying to make you feel good or amp up their own arousal, a new Temple University study says. Or they're just tired. Check out this chart for some of the reasons women fake</b> …

Eat Better on a Budget

“Losing weight doesn’t need to be all about organic vegetables and grass-finished beef,” says Mike Roussell, Ph.D., a <i>Men’s Health</i> nutrition advisor.<p>Plus, many good-for-you foods such as lean meats, whole grains, and vegetables are rich in nutrients, like protein and fiber, that keep you fuller …

5 Reasons She Hates Oral Sex

<b>2. You fail to provide notice.</b> Few women enjoy having an unexpected surprise launched into the back of their throats. “It's polite to ask a lady if she enjoys swallowing and to give her some notice before ejaculating,” says Cadell. If your partner’s not interested in sampling your spunk, ask if you …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

Boost Your Libido for Hotter Sex

Discover the real reason you're not in the mood, and the best way to bring back your desire<p>By Andrew Daniels, Photography By Thinkstock<p>The thought seems unfathomable: Can a guy really grow tired of having sex? Sure, it's common to hear about women losing their desire to get dirty, but men can get …

6 Dirty Secrets She's Hiding from You

Her number of past partners might be higher or lower than she originally let on. How come? “She’s afraid you will judge her—and you probably will,” says matchmaker Rachel DeAlto, author of <i>Flirt Fearlessly</i>. “Having too few sexual partners makes her seem inexperienced and a prude, but too many can …

Running in the Heat

Women are better at pacing themselves during long, hot runs because their bodies process heat better, says the study’s primary investigator Nick Trubee, M.S., C.S.C.S., a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky. But anytime you run in high temperatures, you'll automatically be slower. The …

6 Foods with Stealth Health Powers

<b>Iceberg Lettuce</b><br>Conventional wisdom suggests this salad staple is nutritionally bankrupt. But as it turns out, half a head of iceberg lettuce has significantly more alpha-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant, than either romaine lettuce or spinach.<p><b>Mushrooms</b><br>This fungi's …

How One Man Lost 121 Pounds and Added 20 Pounds of Muscle

Rodriguez hadn’t visited his mother, who was living in Miami, in 7 months. In that time, he had lost 121 pounds of fat, taken 20 inches off his waist, and put on 20.5 pounds of solid muscle. He looked nothing like her big-bellied son. She thought he might be an intruder, and a well-muscled one at …