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The Most Effective Chest Exercise Is One You’ve Never Tried

You’ll feel a whole new kind of burn<p>You’ve done the dumbbell fly about a million times. But have you tried the batwing fly?<p>By stretching your chest muscles under load, the batwing fly creates a lot of muscle damage for serious gains, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S.<p>The key to …

Snapchat Is About to Get Less Raw — And Way More Addictive

Snapchat's new feature, Memories, brings big changes: It sacrifices some of Snapchat's killer "raw" element while enticing users to spend more time in the app.<p>You can still save snaps and Stories to your camera roll, but the tools inside Memories will give you a chance to edit your old stuff and …

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

‘Pardon Steven Avery’ Petitions Have Received 200K+ Signatures (And Other ‘Making A Murderer’ Updates)

Netflix’s <i>Making a Murderer</i> became something of a national obsession over the Christmas holiday, which is probably a good thing, people getting a good look at how the criminal justice system actually works and whatnot. Interest in the case has fueled follow-up stories, which are everywhere now, but …

Crime

The 1-Minute Drill That Will Help You Bench Press More Weight

4 moves, 60 seconds, huge gains<p>You’re 60 seconds away from your best bench press ever.<p>Performing this 4-move drill before your next bench press will help activate your arm, pec, and shoulder muscles so you can recruit more fibers.<p>“And when you can use more muscle, you can push more weight and build …

How to Do 50 Perfect Pushups

Set your standards high and tackle this killer bodyweight goal<p>For the average guy, it’s critical to carry your own engine. By that, I mean that you should strive to be strong relative to your size.<p>A good test of your engine is seeing how many consecutive pushups you can do in a row. I work with …

4 Ways to Become a Pullup Powerhouse

Every man should be able to perform 5 reps of the pullup. Here’s how to get there<p>The pullup is one of the best training movements you can do. It’s unparalleled for building grip, upper-body, and core strength, and should be a staple in your routine.<p>Your goal: five pullups with perfect form. That’s …

Arthur Darvill joins Flash/Arrow spinoff as one of DC's craziest time travellers

Arthur Darvill hasn't been the companion of the Last of the Time Lords since 2012, but his new role is a significant upgrade. Deadline reports that he'll be taking up the role of Rip Hunter, Time Master — quite possibly the coolest-named character in the DC Universe — for the CW's unnamed …

Nick Saban's Second Chance for Jonathan Taylor Backfires with Player's Arrest

<i>Update: Jonathan Taylor's accuser has recanted her story, according to Stephanie Taylor of The Tuscaloosa News:</i><p>TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Nick Saban knew exactly what he was getting into when he signed embattled defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor from the junior college ranks.<p>He had the history, but Saban …

52 Ways to Control and Conquer Stress

It's hard to say, exactly, what the worst part about stress is. Is it the tightness that starts somewhere around your solar plexus, then extends out to your toenails, earlobes, and cerebellum? Is it randomly snapping at innocent—and, occasionally, quite guilty—coworkers and loved ones? Is it …

Melt Away Fat with The Metabolic Supercharge

Crank up your calorie burn and shed stubborn pounds with this full-body fat fryer<p>You have to give those last 5 to 10 pounds hanging around your middle credit: They have real staying power. Like a cold, Madonna, and hipsters, they just won’t go away.<p>But now you can kick those pigheaded pounds to the …

3 Exercises + 75 Reps = One Hellacious Fitness Challenge

You must finish in less than 5 minutes. Are you game?<p>This weekend's fitness challenge is only three moves, but it calls for strength, endurance, speed, and a ton of willpower.<p>"You'll work your legs, arms, back, core, and lungs at an all-out pace with no break," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of</i> …

The Simple Secret to Maximizing Your Calorie Burn

This interval workout only takes 4 minutes, but you'll torch fat long after you leave the gym<p>Want to maximize your calorie burn? Then try shortening your workout. This interval routine from BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of <b>Men's Health StreamFIT</b>, takes only four minutes to complete, but it’ll torch …

The 2-Minute Body-Fat Detonator

Test your power with this 4-move challenge<p>Explosive movements take a lot of energy. That's one of the reasons why squat jumps often feel so much harder than a regular bodyweight squat.<p>"Exercises that require your muscles to fire quickly rely on your fast-twitch fibers," explains Todd Durkin, …

Build Your Chest with Just 3 Exercises

Try this intense new way to shred your upper body<p>Want to elevate your pushup game? Try this compound progression—a combination of exercises that targets the same muscle group with a few different moves.<p>Each pushup variation in this progression will work your chest in a slightly different way. …

New Study Shows How the Pushup Can Rival the Bench Press

You don’t need any iron to build serious upper-body strength and work your muscles from head to toe<p>Trade in your barbell for your body: The pushup is just as effective for building chest and arm strength as the bench press, finds a new study in the <i>Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research</i>.<p>Now, …

Test Your Strength, Power, and Conditioning in Under 4 Minutes

And ignite your metabolism, too<p>You can't often accomplish a lot in less than 4 minutes. Maybe you can draft a quick email or stand in line for a cup of coffee. But how about revving your metabolism while testing three of the most important elements of a well-rounded athlete—strength, power, and …

Build Boulder Shoulders

And chisel a rock-solid midsection with this simple exercise<p>The overhead press is a standard way to enhance upper-body strength, particularly in your shoulders and triceps. “But performing the movement also delivers a muscle-building hit to your abs,” says Sean De Wispealere, an expert trainer for</b> …

Fix Your Tight Hamstrings without Stretching

Loosen up fast with this cutting-edge technique<p>Sometimes it can be extra hard to get your muscles to loosen—particularly the hamstrings—no matter how much you work to foam roll or stretch them out. Why? Because the problem is actually in your torso, says James Cerbie, C.S.C.S., founder of Rebel …

Sculpt Your Abs With 3 Exercises

Deliver a serious punch to your gut—in a good way<p>If you're sick of performing planks for what feels like days, here’s a killer new way to sizzle your six-pack: the hollow body progression.<p>Andy Speer, winner of the 2015 <i>Men's Health</i> Next Top Trainercompetition, uses the drill in his workout program, …

The Workout That Burns Fat Seriously Fast

Can you keep up with the winner of Men’s Health’s Next Top Trainer?<p>Justin Miller<p>This high-intensity cardio challenge will give you a taste of The Anarchy Workout, the newest fitness DVD from <i>Men’s Health</i>.<p>Creator Andy Speer—winner of the first-ever <i>Men’s Health Next Top Trainer</i> competition—was able to …

How Often Do You Really Need to Exfoliate?

It's an essential part of your skin care routine. But how often you need to do it depends on your skin type<p>As we age, our skin takes longer to renew itself. Dead cells that stick around too long can clog pores and cause acne, ingrown hairs, dull skin, and wrinkles. To speed skin renewal, guys …

Skin Care

Rev Your Metabolism with Just 3 Moves

And say goodbye to belly fat<p>Performing exercises with explosive power is one of the best ways to blast fat. Why?<p>For one, fast-twitch fibers require more energy to contract than slow-twitch fibers. In fact, a Salisbury University study found that explosive training burns more calories than lifting …

Get a Perfect Fit without Going to the Tailor

Get that like-a-glove fit before you take it home<p>A snug, body-skimming fit can make a $150 suit look like a four-figure rig, and vice versa. But how do you get that tailored look without hauling it to and from your local tailor after each purchase?<p>Simple. Get a head-to-toe look that’s custom fit to …

Banish Your Belly BEFORE the Holidays

Drop pounds before the ball drops to get ahead of the game in 2015<p>The last few weeks of 2014 will be filled with family, friends, and festivities—but especially food. Rather than kick off the New Year carrying a belly like Santa’s, you should charge full speed into the holiday-eating season by …

Should I Use Wax, Pomade, or Gel?

Find the right product for your hair style and type<p>Nevermind anyone who says gel is for the Jersey Shore or wax is only good on surfboards.<p>Choosing the right hair product depends on the look you're trying to achieve, whether it's shiny or matte—flexible or firm hold.<p><b>Related:</b> The <i>Men’s Health</i> Better …

5 Proven Ways to Feel Happier

Boost your good vibes with these smart strategies<p>And now, the secret to happiness. Are you listening?<p>A Swiss study recently published in <i>Frontiers in Psychology</i> reveals that people with high levels of hope are more likely to score high in life satisfaction. Other traits, including zest, love, and …

5 Ways to Blast Your Abs—During Your Warmup

Ignite a burn in your six-pack that will sizzle through your entire workout<p>When you feel pressed for time at the gym, it’s tempting to skip your warmup and jump right into the tough stuff. Don’t.<p>“First and foremost, your warmup is important because it’s a chance to wake up your muscles so you can …

Can You Handle the Core-Crushing Trifecta?

Put your core strength to the test with these three abs exercises<p>If you do the same abs routine day in and day out, your gains will grind to a halt. "You need to challenge your core in new ways and with new exercises to strengthen your weaknesses and fill in holes," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., …