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The Insanely Tough 10-Pound Dumbbell Workout

Who says iron has to be heavy to get a good workout?<p><i>Men's Health</i> fitness advisor BJ Gaddour can overhead press 100-pound dumbbells and make it look easy. But that doesn't mean he won't use light weights too.<p>"Ten-pound dumbbells can challenge your muscles and cardiovascular system in ways that heavy …

5 Easy Steps to Reveal More Muscle

Show off your hard work with these tips<p>You love lifting. You love the plain challenge and the simple rewards—beating your previous best and feeling a great pump afterward. And maybe you hate cardio. Devoting gym time to cardiovascular exercise feels as if you're burning away hard-earned muscle. But …

38 Vintage Conversation Rules | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875:</i> A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette <i>by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley’s rules may be</i> …

How to Create a Lifelong Brotherhood | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Jonathan Mead</i>.<p>The responses from my closest male friends surprised me when I asked them this question: “What’s …

The 4-Minute Metabolism Booster

Rev your calorie-burning furnace with this lower-body weekend challenge<p>When it comes to revving your metabolism, one move reigns king. "The squat burns more calories per rep than almost any other exercise because it hits a lot of muscles, particularly big ones like you glutes, hamstrings, and …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

The Exercises That Will Fire Up Your Metabolism

Add these to your repertoire and watch it burn<p><b>Question:</b> What can I do to increase my metabolism? <i></i><p><i>(from reader Dean John Acut Martin)</i><p><b>Answer:</b> Fire up your internal engine by tweaking your diet and exercise routine. BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., CEO of <i>Men’s Health</i> StreamFit, recommends eating at least 20 to 30 …

5 Smart Tips from a Weight-Loss Expert

What's the best diet? How can you fill up faster? Our expert weight-loss coach has the answers<p>The question David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., hears most often is, "What's the best diet for weight loss?" His answer: The diet you can stick with.<p>"You can't strong-arm your way through meals you hate in the long …

Work Your Back and Biceps in One Go

Score the beach-ready body you crave with this barbell move<p>Sport a V-shaped torso by adding the underhand-grip barbell row to your routine. It hits your upper-back muscles and straightens your posture all at once.<p>"When pulling the weight to your chest, you have to rely on your rear deltoids, …

Beat Back Pain—and Stop Snacking, Too!

Eliminate two pesky problems at once<p>Beware a spinal trap: New research from Yale School of Medicine suggests that an achy back may make you overeat.<p>In a small study, people with chronic low-back pain enjoyed pudding less than pain-free people did. The study results also suggested that the …

The 3-Move Shoulder Scorcher

Put your strength and muscular endurance to the test with this upper-body weekend challenge<p>A 25-pound weight plate might not sound too heavy, but it'll feel like a ton once you're done with this shoulder-sizzling challenge. Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <b>The IMPACT! Body Plan</b>, chose three moves …

10 Overlooked Truths About Action | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder.</i><p>“This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as …

Conversational Narcissism: How to Avoid It | The Art of Manliness

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and …

How to Bet on Horse Races for Beginners | The Art of Manliness

Growing up, I never visited a horse track or saw a single horse race.<p>That all changed when I met Kate and married into a horse race-loving family. …

Why She Cheats

There's rarely just one reason behind a woman's decision to stray. To understand that itch, we went to the sources. These are the stories of four women who stepped out. Recognize anyone?<p>When Sam discovered that his wife had cheated on him, he was enraged. "He kept saying I ruined his world and …

Four Steps to Six Figures

David Johnson was working hard, and failing, until he developed a new game plan<p>David Johnson was working hard but falling short—until he learned to focus on his goals. The Georgia man shares his story—and the four keys to his career turnaround.<p><b>Bio:</b> David Johnson, 39, Suwanee, GA<b><br>Job:</b> Life insurance …

The Body-Weight Blitz

This challenge works all of your muscles, and you never have to lift a weight—except your own<p>No weights, no nonsense. "You don't need dumbbells, barbells, or machines to prove you're fit," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <i>The IMPACT! Body Plan.</i> "When you're on the road or don't have access to a …

The Men's Health Guide to Summer Movies

We help you decide which big flicks you need to see, and the epic failures you must avoid<p>Summer isn’t officially here for several weeks, but with the onscreen arrival of a certain web-slinging superhero this weekend, the summer movie season has arrived.<p>It can be an exhausting few months for movie …

Find Out if You Have a Strength Imbalance

Sculpt muscle and boost total-body mobility and coordination—one limb at a time<p>Think of these two body-weight exercises as performance audits. "Being able to do both the offset pushup and the single-leg squat with perfect form proves that you're strong and athletic," says Craig Ballantyne, C.T.T., …

Meet the Exercise That Will Make You Strong Enough to Do One-Arm Pushups

It builds the single-arm strength and upper-body power you need to crank out rep after rep<p>The single-arm pushup is the gold standard by which all other pushups are judged. Every guy wants to do them, but few can. The archer pushup can help you get there, though.<p>"It's an 'assisted' version of the …

Straight Razor Restoration | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Pisarcik and Sebastian Sandersius.</i><p>When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly …

Raw and Selvedge Denim for Beginners | The Art of Manliness

While denim jeans have been a clothing staple for men since the 19th century, the jeans you’re probably wearing right now are a lot different from …

80 Frugal Tips to Save Money | The Art of Manliness

The manliness of frugality cannot be overstated. Frugality cultivates the manly qualities of independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, …

How Often Should I Replace My Briefcase?

Consider these 3 variables—you might not need a new briefcase every season<p>A man’s accessories tell you a lot about his station, as well as his style. If you’re working in an industry that requires a briefcase, you should spend a little and invest in a well-made bag. How often you replace it depends …

Q: How can I give my cereal a nutrition boost?

Make these additions to your regular bowl and watch the health benefits soar<p>So you don’t want to give up your morning bowl, but you want to give an uptick to your nutrition. Then start at the bottom and work your way up.<p>When buying cereal, use the 5:5:10 rule: at least 5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of …

10 Books That'll Make You a Better Man

Learn major life advice from novels you tossed aside in college<p>The mere thought of the syllabus from your Intro to American Literature class might make you shudder. But college was a long time ago—and chances are, your tastes and habits have changed considerably since then. For starters, it’s cool …

Have the Best Sex of Your Life

Sixty-nine percent of women and 72 percent of men say sex is better on vacation, according to a survey by the dating site Zoosk. Here's how to up the erotic ante while you're away from home<p><b>If You're Single . . .</b><br>See that table of women? Some kind of reunion? Ignore them. Women are least likely to be …

The Simple Act That Strengthens Your Marriage

Make this move tonight to boost your satisfaction—and maybe get lucky<p>“If you put a penny in a jar every time you make love the first year of marriage, and then you take a penny out of the jar every time you make love in the second year, you know what you have? A jar full of pennies."<p>Fans of <i>Mad Men</i> …

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How to BS Your Way Through Any Conversation

Stuck in a Game of Thrones gab-fest and you don't have HBO? Follow this escape plan<p>The art of conversation is hard to master—especially when you know nothing about the topic at hand. While you’re probably happy to plead ignorance on things like celebrity pregnancies, it’s harder to justify knowing …

The Most Important Fat-Burning Exercise You're Not Doing

“I was once a fat dude with bad knees, then I experienced the awesome power of bodyweight training to shed weight and build a lean, strong body,” says BJ Gaddour, CSCS, who <i>Men’s Health</i> magazine calls “one of fittest men of all time.”<p>Gaddour says almost anyone can become as lean and fit as he is by …