Here at Men's Health, we've put together many a guide to getting fit and strong for summer. But this year is different. For the first time in living memory, summer is coming with the promise of much more than a few weeks of shorts and sunburn. It brings a promise of freedom. We may yet be a way off from "normality" and there are undoubtedly many variables still out of our control. But a little goes a long way, and what this gradual re-emergence from lockdown means is that we have more within our gift to change.
So, we say grasp those opportunities and exploit them to the max. Consider this issue your roadmap. From cool outdoor training kit to clever WFH workouts, and Zen advice from our cover star Michael B Jordan, we have you covered.
A Hero's Legacy: Michael B Jordan
Michael B Jordan came of age on screen, reinventing cinema for black actors and film-makers as he fought his way to the top. Now 34, the star of Creed and Black Panther is preparing to make up for the lost year that was 2020 with a series of explosive projects – which he hopes will leave a blueprint for success for those who follow in his wake. Meet Hollywood’s disruptor in chief.
6 Fitness Rules to Bet Your Life On
Staying fit is a numbers game, but with the news cycle constantly churning out new ones, it’s hard to know which of them count. Our experts have interrogated some of the most commonly cited – and often unquestioned – figures to see how they hold up against the science. Here’s all you need to know to look out for number one.
The Hidden Cost of Concussion
As we learn more about the link between head trauma and brain damage, contact sports have returned to the spotlight. Those crash tackles, headers and right hooks could be putting people in more danger than previously acknowledged. And while competitors’ physiques are growing more powerful, our brains remain as vulnerable as ever. Are we playing games with our lives?
High Steaks: The Truth about Sat Fats
More than 70 years since saturated fat was first cast as public health enemy number one, scientists are still struggling to agree on whether meat and dairy are unfairly maligned whole foods, packed with essential nutrients and vitamins – or a heart attack waiting to happen. With the publication of some surprising new research, the dispute is heating up.
The Ultimate Home-Gym Blueprint
Your local sweat box may have reopened, but with remote working showing endless stamina, an effective home set-up is both future- and excuse-proof. From the old-school to the hi-tech, and the economical to the aspirational, this is the kit that will support you in your pursuit of home-grown fitness.
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