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10 free apps to build logic skills

3. Animal Sudoku<br>This twist on the classic Sudoku puzzles assigns an animal to each number, ramping up the concentration required to solve each puzzle.<p>…

Dictionary of a serious chess player

It always surprised me how many chess players are unfamiliar with chess terminology. I was recently talking with a player whose rating will hit the …

100 Reps: The Forgotten Plateau Buster

This workout is not for the faint of heart, but if you give it a try, you’ll realize that it is one of the best plateau busters there is. I'm talking …

Test Your Fitness With These Strength Benchmarks

When was the last time you tested your strength and flexibility? Hopefully it was within the past few months. Assessments should form the backbone of …

Gain 10 Pounds of Muscle in 4 Weeks

It’s a lofty goal: Gain 10 pounds of muscle in just one month. While such results are aggressive and can’t continue at the same torrid rate …

Top 4 Tri Moves for a Bigger Bench

Missing your bench press is never something you want to do. A lot of us have power off the chest but lack the tricep strength to lockout the weight. …

Jailhouse Strong Pushup Challenge

The Juarez Valley Pushup Challenge tests your testicular fortitude, provides a great “pump” and is a hell of a lot of fun.<p>What do you need?<p>Just you, …

Ranking The Best Muscle Building Exercises: From Beast To Least

It's time to tune up your training routine. This article will rate exercises for each muscle group from "beast" to "least." Here is the scale:<p><b>Beast</b> - …

6 Big Finishers for Every Major Muscle Group

Great endings—whether they occur in sports, on film or on your last date—are the memorable ones. Sure, what you do at the beginning of your routine …

The Fastest Way to Get in Running Shape

If your running game needs a tune-up, get a jolt with these speed drills<p>Usain Bolt isn't the only person who should be cranking into fifth gear. Adding a speed session to your running routine will get you back into shape faster, so you're ready for that 5K or marathon down the road. Plus, you’ll …

New Books Party: books received this week

This week, I tell you about a number of interesting books in a variety of topic areas, including ornithology, psychology, statistics, astronomy, and children's science books.<p>Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently, either as gifts or as review copies, or that I purchased …

Nine Ways to Build Triceps As Strong As They Look

Pressdowns are, by far, the most popular triceps movement used in gyms throughout the United States. They are easy to perform and are especially …

Enter The Ripped Zone: 10 Ways To Get Shredded

Enter The Ripped Zone: 10 Ways To Get Shredded!<p><b>Plus a secret from the pros your competitors don’t want you to know.</b><p>shredded: (ˈʃrɛdɪd/) adjective – …

The Build Muscle, Stay Lean Meal Plan

Matthew Leete / Getty Images<p>Bulking up: It’s a scary thought for many guys at the gym because it seems like there’s always a string attached. …

5 flexibility marks every man should hit

When it comes to desired physical characteristics, flexibility falls down the priority list, as most guys would much rather have killer abs and …

No-Nonsense Warm-Ups for Big Lifters

Here's what you need to know...<p>Athletes who sprint, cut, and jump require specific, detailed warm-ups. For lifters, the emphasis should be on extra …

Everyone should hope Obamacare works

By Editorial Board<p>THE AFFORDABLE Care Act’s market­places open Tuesday, even though the federal government has shut down. A lot of people don’t know what the opening means, let alone how the broader law is supposed to work. The political debate doesn’t help: It has become increasingly distorted …