Health & Sports

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Supplements to Boost Your Brain: A Primer on Nootropics

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mans Denton.  For all the discussion about health and fitness, the primary driver of the human organism is often left out: the brain. Since the 1950s, neuroscience has made discoveries that we can use to improve our memory, focus, alertness, and general cognitive abilities. The application of […]

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How to Perform a Muscle-Up: An Illustrated Guide

by AoM Team

During this Rings 101 week, we’ve covered the basics of equipment, how to grip the rings, and a beginner’s workout to get you started with using the rings to build strength and fitness. As you gain more skill and confidence on the rings, one likely goal you’ll start aiming for is successfully performing the muscle-up. […]

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Gymnastic Rings 101: A Beginner’s Routine & FAQs

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest series from Ryan Hurst.  Welcome to day three of our series on using gymnastic rings as part of your exercise routine. On Monday, we covered why to get into rings and offered tips on which rings to get and where to hang them; on Tuesday, we covered how to grip […]

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Gymnastic Rings 101: How to Grip the Rings

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest series from Ryan Hurst.  Today, we’re continuing our series on using gymnastic rings as part of your exercise and strength-building routine. Yesterday, we introduced you to the rings and offered recommendations on what kind to get and how and where to hang them. Today, we’ll provide a primer on […]

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Gymnastic Rings 101: Why to Use Them, How to Buy Them, and Where to Hang Them

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest series from Ryan Hurst. If you’ve been following the Art of Manliness for a while, you know how Brett and Kate have worked hard to bring us back to a time when the qualities of being a man meant strength, integrity, and pulling your own weight. And the last […]

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Know Your Lifts: The Power Jerk & Split Jerk

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Know Your Lifts” is an illustrated guide series that shows how to perform basic weightlifting exercises. Check out our previous guides on the High-Bar Back Squat, Deadlift,  Shoulder Press, and Clean. (They’re all available as posters in our store as well.) In today’s edition we take a look at another Olympic-style lift that’s become popular among average […]

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Ditch the Pavement: Trail Running 101

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Doug Hay. Running is the most primal of sports. Just you, your legs, and the distance they can cover. For many, it’s that simplicity that draws them in. When we strip away the smooth roadways, bike paths, and wide sidewalks, we’re left with something even more fundamental, […]

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An Ode to Spring Skiing

by Marcus Brotherton

When my cousin Wally first described the glories of spring skiing, I didn’t initially believe him. It seemed too good to be true. I was 6 and he was 15. He lived in Colorado and I lived in Canada, and he described sunny skies and crisp snow and skiing in a short-sleeved shirt and cutoff […]

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How to Poop Like a Samurai

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Will Black. So you have started shaving with a safety razor like your handsome granddad and taking James Bond showers to stimulate your muscles with a frigid rinse at the end. Maybe you have been building your bug-out bag and practicing tying knots underwater like a Navy SEAL, […]

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Unleash Your Inner Wolverine: How to Develop Superhuman Healing Power

by Brett

Editor’s note: This article was a collaboration between Brett McKay and Chad Howse. What man doesn’t want to be Wolverine? He’s super strong, sports awesome sideburns, and has retractable mother-freaking adamantium claws in his hands. While he’s famous for his beastly claws and manly sideburns, Wolverine’s primary mutant power is his accelerated “healing factor.” His […]

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How to Overcome Morning Peevishness: Advice from an Antarctic Explorer

by Brett and Kate McKay

There are many lessons to be learned from the divergent ways Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott led their teams in the race to be the first to reach the South Pole. Amundsen’s success was due to his attention to details and the way he extensively planned for every possible exigency, including his men’s morale. […]

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4 Bulletproof Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jason Fitzgerald. The percentage of runners that get hurt every year is staggering. Some studies even put that number at an eyebrow-raising 74% — or in other words, higher than professional football. Browse any running message board and the most passionate posts are cries for help from […]

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The Santa Claus Workout [VIDEO]

by Santa Claus

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus here. With just a week to go until the Big Dance, things are hopping here at the North Pole. While the elves make their final preparations, I’m busy preparing myself physically and mentally for my grueling 24-hour work shift delivering toys to boys and girls around the world. Yes, I […]

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How to Pull an All-Nighter: Tips from the Special Forces

by Brett & Kate McKay

The all-nighter. It’s kind of a rite of passage for college students, especially during finals. But even older adults sometimes need to pull one — finishing up a work project or driving through the night. Even I’ve pulled a good number of all-nighters these last six years, writing up a blog post for the next […]

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How to Tackle Like a Pro

by AoM Team

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. For many men in America, Thanksgiving Day not only means eating turkey and stuffing, it also means playing a pick-up game of football in the morning with friends and family. Last year, we covered how to throw a perfect football spiral. This year we look at how to tackle. Sure, most Turkey […]

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Know Your Lifts: The Clean and Power Clean

by Brett

“Know Your Lifts” is an illustrated guide series that shows how to perform basic weightlifting exercises. Check out our previous guides on the High-Bar Back Squat, Deadlift, and Shoulder Press. On the docket today is an Olympic style lift that’s become popular among football players and Crossfitters: the Clean (or Power Clean). The clean is a full-body […]

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Wind Sprints for Your Arms: 15 Battle Rope Exercises

by Brett

When it comes to cardio, I’m one of those people who like to get it done as fast as possible. Jogging long-distance or spending thirty minutes on an elliptical isn’t my thing. That’s why I love high intensity interval training (HIIT). The basic idea of HIIT is to alternate between periods of short, intense anaerobic […]

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How to Turn Your Garage Into a Home Gym

by A Manly Guest Contributor


This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at being one of three lucky winners. What’s this? How to turn your garage into a blacksmith and woodworking shop.

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You May Be Strong . . . But Are You Tough?

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by Khaled Allen. As a little boy, I was scrawny, weak, and prone to illness (much like a certain former president). For a long time, I thought I was just doomed to be pathetic, until my dad took me canoeing. In the mucky, hot, poorly maintained trails […]

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