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The Best Exercise For Skinny Calves

Take this advice from a trainer who’s genetically predisposed to tiny calves<p>Sure, calf raises are effective for building your calves. But donkey calf raises—a tweaked version of the classic move—work even better, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Fitness Director BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S.<p>To perform the exercise, …

Hermann Hesse on the Three Types of Readers and Why the Most Transcendent Form of Reading Is Non-reading

“At the hour when our imagination and our ability to associate are at their height, we really no longer read what is printed on the paper but swim in a stream of impulses and inspirations that reach us from what we are reading.”<p>Categories are how we navigate the world, for better or for worse — …

Literature

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

Mary Beth LaRue’s Favorite Poses to Trigger Creative Thinking

Finding ease and fluidity in your physical movements encourages flexibility and suppleness in your thinking. Try these three poses to open your …

Yoga

8 Best Anabolic Exercises

1 of 9<p>Best Anabolic Moves<p>Gaining size isn’t as easy as it sounds. Your body is built to survive, not to look like an Olympia competitor, so putting …

Bodyweight Alternatives for Common Gym Exercises

Why would you want to replace your current weight-based exercises with calisthenics?<p>Simple.<p>There are many benefits to calisthenics which I lay out …

The One Smartphone Hack Guaranteed To Make You More Productive

It's deceptively simple but extraordinarily effective.<p>The other day, around 3 p.m., I had one of those "moments" at work. You know--when you feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do, and at the same time frustrated at how little you've accomplished so far.<p>Just then, my phone vibrated--a text …

The Big Biceps Workout

<b>Exercises</b> 10<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>When it comes to arm training, one muscle in particular always seems to hog the spotlight. The biceps brachii is the large …

Exercise

How to Get Cut Between the Shoulders and the Biceps

Definition, or cuts, between muscles is best achieved through regularly lifting weights and performing exercises that target specific muscle sets. …

Nutrition

5 Unconventional Ways to Build Boulder-sized Biceps!

The art of training arms has grown throughout the years. I see more and more guys in the gym each day doing all sorts of bicep exercises, in hopes of …

How-To: Train the Most Important Core Muscles for Cycling

Don't let a weak core frustrate all the hard work your legs do on the bike. Here's how to make those important trunk muscles strong.

Cycling

7 tiny daily habits that can lead to huge results

Imagine that every choice you make in life is associated to a "bucket." Brushing your teeth goes in the "personal hygiene bucket."<p>Working on your novel goes in the "writing" or "creativity" bucket. Going to the gym goes in the "health" bucket. And so you have these five or six or 10 primary buckets …

Productivity

Fine-Tune Your Biceps in Four Weeks

Shutterstock<p>Shutterstock<p><b>Duration</b> 4 weeks<p><b>Exercises</b> 16<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>Of all the adjectives that describe your biceps, neglected probably isn’t one of …

Biomechanics

The Workout Program to Get Arms Like Mark Wahlberg

Jeff LipskyWahlberg's ArmsHow to get arms that match your favorite action star's.Mark Wahlberg started lifting weights in the ’80s. Back then, …

Mark Wahlberg

Tip: Do Reverse Incline Hammer Curls

This biceps exercise builds muscle 4 different ways. Try it if your arm growth has stagnated.<p>Fact: If your upper arm development has stagnated, then …

Health

Band-Only Shoulder Workout

<b>Duration</b> 1 day<p><b>Exercises</b> 6<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>The knock on lateral raises done with free weights is that the first half of the movement is easy. Your …

The 4 Most Damaging Types of Training

Here's what you need to know...<p>All types of training can lead to injuries, but some are much worse than others. With a few self-myofascial release …

Tip: Boost Strength Instantly With 2 Exercises

Take the brakes off your nervous system and you'll automatically be able to lift more. Here's how to do it.<p>The nervous system is akin to a parking …

Health

Neuroscience discovers 5 things that will make you happy

So what's going to make you happy? Let's get more specific: What's going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let's focus on things that are simple and easy …

Happiness

How the Universe Solved the 'Hard Problem'

For some inexplicable reason the most common element in every possible experience -- consciousness -- has kept itself a secret. How the human brain produces consciousness -- if it does -- is an age-old question, currently traveling under the name of "the hard problem." Philosopher David Chalmers, …

6 Moves to Build a Better Back

1 of 6<p>Tommy Garcia<p>BENTOVER DUMBBELL ROW<p><b>Works: Core, Back</b><p>Stand with your feet shoulder width holding dumbbells at your sides.<br>• Bend your torso forward …

6 Exercises You Should Be Doing for Maximum Gains

1) Squats<p>The squat is the cornerstone of any solid strength workout. It develops strength in the quads, glutes, lower back and abdominals. In fact, …

Health

The Single Best Exercise For Your Lower Abs

A bodybuilder with a Ph.D. in exercise science swears by this movement<p>The lower abs might be the hardest place on your body to chisel.<p>That’s partly due to the obvious reason: People tend to carry more fat on the lower part of their torsos than the upper part, says exercise scientist Brad …

Go Wide for Super-sized Shoulders

When fully developed, there are few things more impressive on the bodybuilder’s physique than big, well-rounded delts. Many trainees own a pair of …

Health

Row Your Way to a Leaner Body

Corey Jenkins / Corbis<p>The most overlooked—and underrated—cardio machine in the gym just might be the indoor rower. Also known as an ergometer (or …

Guns Times Five

The biceps and triceps (both relatively small muscle groups) respond well to going heavy, and using more weight can provide a good-size foundation …

Getting Big Vs. Getting Strong

Even your trainer down at the local franchise gym knows that hypertrophy is best had in the 6-12 rep range while strength gains are found in heavier …

Exercise

Should You Do Cardio Before or After Weights?

Cardio is maligned by so called "serious lifters" but done exclusively by 60 percent of those who set foot in the gym after 5 p.m. But who's right, and what is the best recipe for results?<p>Is there a magic ratio of weight training to cardio that should be done? Should cardio be cast aside for a …

Workout Plan To Gain 10 Pounds Of Muscle

Workouts