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Know Your Lifts: Deadlift

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Know Your Lifts” is an illustrated guide series where we’ll show how to perform basic weight lifting exercises. Last time we covered the High-Bar Squat. On the docket today is another essential and beastly exercise: the deadlift. Thanks to Barry Schroeder and Jim Schoenberg of CrossFit Sandstorm for consulting on this post. Buy this guide as a poster! […]

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Burn Off That Pie, No Equipment Necessary: The Stair Workout

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. Did you wake up with a pumpkin pie-induced hangover this morning, feeling more like a butterball than a man? You’re ready to slough off that tryptophan haze and get yourself moving again. You want to do a full body workout that’s really going to make […]

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How to Throw a Perfect Football Spiral: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Thanksgiving is this week. 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. To help you quarterback your team to a Turkey Bowl victory, we put together this illustrated guide on how to throw […]

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Know Your Lifts: The High-Bar Back Squat

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Know Your Lifts” is a new illustrated guide series where we’ll show how to perform basic weight lifting exercises. While wearing an oldtime strongman single-strap leotard, naturally. Thanks to Barry Schroeder of CrossFit Sandstorm for consulting on this post. Buy this guide as a poster! Know Your Lifts Series:  High-Bar Back Squat Deadlift Overhead Press […]

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Fitness for New Fathers: How to Avoid Being a Fat Dad

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jon Finkel. It was the immortal Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School who said, “You gotta look out for number one… But don’t step in number two!” Yes, Dangerfield’s character in the movie was known for armpit farting and doing the esteemed Triple Lindy dive, but he […]

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The Woodsman Workout

by Brett

this content series is in partnership with smartwater. smartwater, live a life well hydrated. Click here to learn more.What’s this?A simple workout that you can do out in the woods with nothing but your body weight, a log, and a maul.

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The Desk Jockey Workout: 8 Ways to Stay in Shape at the Office

by Brett & Kate McKay

Your guide to staying fit at the office.

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Train Like a Fighter — Workout #2: Weight Training and Bag Work

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. Last week we talked about two components of a fighter’s training regimen: running/sprinting and plyometrics.  Today we’re going to talk about the two other main ingredients in a fighter’s fitness plan: weight training and bag work. There are a couple schools of thought in regards […]

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Train Like a Fighter — Workout #1: Cardio, Plyometrics, and Agility Training

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editors note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” -Muhammad Ali In a sport where livelihood and fitness are so closely linked, it’s no […]

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Barefoot Running: The FAQ’s

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Shaun Daws from Beginning Barefoot. For millions of years, our ancestors spread around the globe, treading the earth barefoot over all manner of terrain. As we walked and ran, our feet developed an intricate web of nerves, matched only by those in our hands, which allow us […]

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How to Make a DIY Prowler Sled

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jerred Moon. Want to expand your repertoire of handyman skills and get in the best shape of your life all at the same time? Then you, my friend, need to make your very own DIY Prowler. Never heard of a Prowler? Let me tell you what sort of […]

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An Introduction to Indian Club Training

by Brett & Kate McKay

I’m always looking for new exercises to throw into my workout routine. Recently, I’ve gotten into a training method used by ancient Persian wrestlers, Victorian gentlemen, and even members of the Band of Brothers. It’s called Indian club training. You’ve probably seen people exercising with Indian clubs in old photos. Or maybe in this episode […]

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Ready, Set, Fast: How Strategic Meal-Skipping Can Help You Lose Fat, Gain Muscle, and Get Healthier

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by John Berardi, PhD. When we were kids, Mom was always looking out for our health. Chew your food. Eat your vegetables. And always eat breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. As busy grown-ups, a good breakfast often falls victim to the time crunch. […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Long Distance Running

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matt Frazier. For the past few decades, running hasn’t seemed so cool. For most guys, the thought of running–not for another sport or because you’re being chased, but for its own sake–conjures up images of high school gym class. Or maybe a skinny guy in short shorts. […]

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The Ultimate Squat Guide: 35+ Squat Exercises

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joel Ohman. Ah, the squat. Certainly one of the manliest exercises around, and for good reason. You can make a strong case that the squat is the best exercise you can possibly do. In the old school weightlifting classic, Super Squats: How to Gain 30 lbs of […]

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A Grip Like a Vice: Grip Strength Training Tips

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jedd Johnson. In this day and age, we all know (or should know) how important it is to maintain a healthy level of physical fitness in order to live a good quality life, maintain our cardiovascular system, and keep our bodies strong in order to thrive into […]

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Minimalist Training: How to Make and Use a Bulgarian Training Bag

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Steve Nave Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Joe Hashey, CSCS. Are you sick of waiting for machines at your local commercial gym?  Perhaps you just want to spend more time at home and are looking for a workout solution.  Whatever your reason might be, making your own version of a Bulgarian Training […]

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Are You As Fit As a World War II GI?

by Brett & Kate McKay

Have men these days “gone soft?” Is our generation less manly than past generations? Are we less tough than our grandfathers? I see guys debate these kinds of questions all the time. Of course it’s hard to quantify “toughness.” But there is one area where we can definitively say we’ve slipped–the Army fitness test isn’t […]

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Become a Stand-Up Guy: The History, Benefits, and Use of Standing Desks

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the past couple of years, as studies have come out sounding the alarm on the ill-effects of excessive sitting, the popularity of standing or stand-up desks has soared. Those who have read much of the coverage of this trend might be forgiven for thinking that standing to work constitutes a new hip fad. But […]

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