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Everyone Should Use Creatine

The Hidden Health Benefits of Creatine Monohydrate<p>Creatine > Multivitamins<p>Despite little evidence to support their use, untold millions take …

How do I strengthen my hips?

Many North Americans, who are so used to having our hips at a 90-degree angle (sitting at desks, in cars, etc.), can’t bear the thought of sitting comfortably in a squat.<p>“There’s a reason our culture is so prone to hip replacements,” says Natalya Sebastian, pilates manager at Equinox fitness centre …

The Stretch You Should Do if You Have a Desk Job

Don’t let sitting impair your gains. Squat heavier, run faster, and jump higher with this simple pre-workout stretch<p>Parking your butt in a chair all day can wreak havoc on your gym routine.<p>“When you sit a lot, your quads and hip flexors tighten,” says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, …

The MATADOR Intermittent Diet

A Science-Approved Plan for Sustainable Fat Loss<p>Here's what you need to know...<p>The majority of diets don't work for long. Hunger pangs plague you, …

Tip: How to Improve Upper Back Mobility

Boost thoracic mobility, improve your squat and overhead press, and keep your shoulders healthy. Here's the warm-up you need.<p>If you want healthy …

Tip: Supine Band Shoulder External Rotation

Rotator cuff work keeps your shoulders healthy. Coach Tumminello discusses why a popular exercise doesn't do the trick and shows you a better one.<p>The …

The Science of Speed

5<p>Video Lessons<p>Substantial, easy-to-use content on all the do's and don'ts and fixing common faults.<p>19<p>Swing Thoughts<p>Simple tips and strategies to bring with you on the course. Click to email them to yourself.<p>5<p>Drills<p>Practice techniques guaranteed to make your range time more efficient—and more fun.

Science

Try These 3 Yoga Moves for a Healthier, Stronger Spine

Yoga 216's Nicole Katz demonstrates three yoga moves to strengthen the muscles around your spine.<p>When you think about building strength, your spine …

Try This Stretch To Open Up Your Chest and Shoulders

Keep injury at bay and get rid of soreness with this quick, chest-opening stretch<p>As a <i>Men’s Health</i> reader, you probably love to lift—and we do, too. The only problem is that lifting can put a lot of strain on your joints—particularly on your shoulders. Shoulder strains and injuries are depressingly …

Tip: Corrective Complex, Back

A corrective complex is where you find a restricted muscle, roll it, mobilize it, and then activate its antagonist. Here's one for your tight …

Tip: Over and Backs

It's hard to beat this simple drill for upper body mobility. Try 50 reps every day.<p>These really stretch out the biceps, anterior delts, and pecs …

3 Foam Rolling Moves Better Than Paying For A Massage

Despite the very many health benefits of massage, we can't all book regular appointments at the spa. But there's a basic (and cheap!) tool known to many regular runners and other athletes that just might be the next best thing. If you haven't already, it's time to get familiar with a foam …

3 Ways To Relieve Tight Leg Muscles With A Foam Roller

Calf/Hamstring Combo<p>Chelsea Streifeneder<p>Start by gently rolling out your calves. Place your calves on the roller and your forearms on the ground, then lift your backside up. If this is enough pressure hold here, or you can start to slowly roll back and forth. Try not to use your arms for support, …

Hips Don’t Lie: 4 Drills to Unlock Your Stiff Hips

<b>The hip joint is one of the most mobile in the body, so why can’t you move yours?</b> Most people I know waste their time with:<p>Foam rolling<br>• Couch …

This 11-Minute Foam Roller Workout Is One You'll Actually Want to Do

It's no secret that we love foam rollers over here. Not only are they <i>ahh</i>-mazing at relieving tight muscles, but you can also use them as part of your …

Exercise

3 Essential Exercises for Your IT Band—and Why You Need to Stop Ignoring It

How to prevent injury in this crucial body part.<p>There are few areas of the body as misunderstood as the IT (iliotibial) band. What is it, anyway? Though some think it’s a muscle, it’s actually fascia (a.k.a. connective tissue) that runs from the outside of your hip to the knee and down to your …

Exercise

Tip: The Child's Pose For Athletes

Improve upper back rotation and posture with this simple drill. Do 10 reps per side twice a day.<p>Our upper backs are meant to bend, twist, extend, and …

Tip: Open Up Your Hips

Neurologically locked hips can limit your lifting and athletic performance. Try these drills to feel better fast.<p>The hip complex consists of multiple …

Tip: T-Spine Rotation Sequence

Increase mobility at the thoracic spine with these corrective drills.<p>Many lifters don't have the coordination to execute sound rotational patterns. …

Unlock Your Shoulder Mobility With This Stretch

It's a worthwhile way to boost pressing performance and avoid annoying injuries<p>Shoulder injuries are commonplace among bench-pressing men, but they’re certainly not inevitable. With a little guidance, you can easily sidestep debilitating injuries while even improving your athletic performance in …

How To Use a Foam Roller To Roll Out Your IT Band

Lauren Williams shows us how to use a foam roller to massage and stretch the IT band and hip muscles. Simply face the side and rest your upper thigh …

Pain