All the Travel-Worthy Locations Where ‘The Batman’ Is Filming

When Matt Reeves’ The Batman hits the big screen in May 2021, the iconic Gotham City will likely look a bit different than we’ve previously seen

Director Christopher Nolan used combinations of Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York City for his Dark Knight trilogy with Christian Bale, while Tim Burton and Zack Snyder each had more stylized versions of Gotham. But this time around, it appears that Reeves is going for a more comic book-accurate look at Gotham, using the historical architecture of Europe to make it happen.

Filming is already underway in London and will continue through this year, with the movie hitting theaters in 2021. There likely will be more locations added as filming continues, but for now, Reeves’ home base for the production is taking place in England.

Here’s a look at where The Batman is filming—and guides to all the great stuff you can do if you visit those spots.

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Intermittent Fasting May Benefit More Than Your Physique


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Intermittent fasting is one of the many diets that tends to gain traction as gym-goers everywhere work toward their new year’s fitness goals. And whether weight loss or better overall health is what you’re aiming for, a new study review in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that intermittent fasting, unlike many other fad diets, has substantial scientific evidence to back it up. 

It can be done in different ways, but the two most common types of intermittent fasting are daily time-restricted feeding and 5:2 intermittent fasting, according to study author Mark Mattson, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Time-restricted feeding is when you only eat in a certain window each day (usually 6-8 hours), and the 5:2 strategy is when you’re limited to just one moderate-sized meal on two days each week.

Mattson has studied intermittent fasting for 25 years and has practiced it for 20, according to a release. He says the new article is meant to give some clarity to the science and uses for the diet. 

Cellular health is a notable benefit seen in animal and some human studies. That’s because alternating between fasting and eating causes the body to switch between using readily accessible, sugar-based fuel and burning fat for energy, according to Mattson. 

Studies have suggested that the aforementioned switch can help with blood sugar regulation and lower inflammation. In two studies of 100 overweight women, those who followed the 5:2 iteration of intermittent fasting lost more belly fat and had better insulin sensitivity than those who simply reduced their calories. 

Both human and animal studies have also shown that IF lowers blood pressure, blood lipid levels, and resting heart rates—all good things for long-term health.

“We are at a transition point where we could soon consider adding information about intermittent fasting to medical school curricula alongside standard advice about healthy diets and exercise,” Mattson says. 

Despite the benefits Mattson highlights in the article, he admits that more research is necessary and that intermittent fasting just isn’t a viable option for some people. But in a sea of diet trends, it seems that intermittent fasting may have at least some science to back it up.

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Get the February 2020 Issue of ‘Muscle & Fitness’


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The February 2020 issue of Muscle & Fitness has all the workout and nutrition tips you need to fill out that winter coat without adding any unwanted fat

Country superstar Tim McGraw has recently spent more time working on his six-pack abs than singing about and drinking six-packs of beer. The 52-year-old “Live Like You Were Dying” singer spoke to us about how his fitness journey started with his family worrying about his health, and the workout routine that’s turned him into a lean, mean country music machine. 

Steve Cook is working to change lives as the Blue Team’s newest trainer on the popular weight-loss program The Biggest Loser. But 10 years ago, it was this magazine that changed his. Cook recalls how an M&F male model search inspired him to work toward a Steve Reeves-esque physique, and how being on the cover helped him launch a career in fitness. 

We also feature one-armed Bellator fighter Nick Newell, The Gentleman star Christopher Evangelou, UFC legend Tito Ortiz, and Super Bowl champion Greg Jennings, who is now training to become a bodybuilder. 

In our Train section, we preach about the benefits of a cable preacher curl, compare three variations of the incline press to find out which one’s best for your goals, and break down Bruce Lee’s favorite ab move—the dragon flag. 

Find out how to drink while keeping your gains, and whether you should go for tofu or tempeh on meatless Monday in our Eat section. 

Sometimes you don’t have an hour to waste in the gym, so we provide you with ten 10-minute workouts to build strength in record time. Speaking of quick, we have a story with five soup recipes to keep you nourished without having to spend all day in the kitchen. And since Muscle & Fitness includes FLEX, you’ll also get the latest bodybuilding news, as well as even more workout and nutrition tips.

In honor of German bodybuilding giant Günter Schlierkamp turning 50 on February 2, we revisit how he managed to defeat “The King” Ronnie Coleman at the 2002 GNC Show of Strength—still considered to be the biggest bodybuilding upset of all time. 

 2019 Olympia Men’s Physique runner-up Andre Ferguson shares his simple ab routine; IFBB Pro League competitor Jeremy Potvin explains how fitness kept him grounded during his military service; the world record holder for raw bench press, Julius Maddox, breaks down his journey to 800; and Internet sensation Simeon Panda breaks down how to obtain a superhero-like look. 

Pick up the February edition for all this and more! Whatever your fitness goals are, we’ve got all the tips you need right here in Muscle & Fitness and FLEX.

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Julius Maddox Breaks World Bench Press Record Yet Again

No human has ever bench pressed anything close to 800 pounds before, but powerlifting sensation Julius Maddox looks primed to break that proverbial wall. 

The Kentuckian recently posted an Instagram video in which he set a new world bench press record at 755 pounds—11 pounds more than his last record. He’s simply not human. 

The lift wasn’t done in a powerlifting contest, so it’s technically not an official record, but we don’t think anyone’s going to argue semantics here. 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

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It’s a little disturbing how easy Maddox made that look. There was no wobble in his arms, and he got up from it as if he was just warming up with an empty bar. As 2017 World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall put it in an Instagram comment, “F*****g ridiculous.” 

This is now the third time Maddox has broken the world bench press record. In August, he benched 739.6 pounds, breaking the previous world record of 738.5 pounds held by Kirill Sarychev. Then in November, he benched 744.1 pounds at the Rob Hall Classic in Austin, TX. 

He’s been set on becoming the first person to bench 800 pounds. At this rate, it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll do it.

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The Best Snowboards for Groomers, Ice, and Deep Powder

When it comes to finding the best snowboards, we can recommend a bevy of options ranging from all mountain to alpine to freestyle. But you’ve got to consider a board’s construction, materials, camber, and feel. Do you want a certain length or flex pattern? Or maybe a board suited for specific conditions? If you’re new to snowboarding, here’s a quick primer:

An all-mountain board allows you to casually maneuver slopes and still execute those quick turns and aerials. These flat, directional boards can ride curves and tear powder with blunt power for smooth sailing. Most snowboarders use them.

The alpine board is less common but great for carving or speeding down slopes. These are top-speed, expert-handling boards meant for whipping downhill as fast as possible—not for tricks.

And freestyle boards are built shorter and lighter. They’re great for beginners—though more advanced riders can use them to explore new trails, due to their easy turning. And since you’ll have two tips instead of one, you can switch in mid-ride to practice stances and balance. While they aren’t speed demons, they’re great for tricks.

We surveyed a collection of boards to find the most optimal builds for each design. So whether you prioritize speed, turning, or deep-powder maneuvering, here are the best.

Aaron Paul on Bourbon, Salmon, and Why He Loves Traveling to Telluride

Aaron Paul is ready for a big 2020. After reprising his iconic role as Jesse Pinkman in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, the Men’s Journal’s January/February cover star will be appearing on Westworld Season 3 in a key role. On top of that, Paul is continuing to work with fellow Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston on Dos Hombres mezcal, which the duo launched last year.

“We went out to Oaxaca a bunch of times, and we were on the search for the best mezcal we ever tasted,” Paul told Men’s Journal. “Three hours outside Oaxaca, two hours on a highway, and an hour on the bumpiest road I’ve ever been, and we found it.”

While mezcal is obviously one of Paul’s favorite spirits, the actor revealed he’s a fan of some other libations as well. He sat down with Men’s Journal to talk about his go-to drinks, his absolute favorite place to travel, and more.

On his favorite gear: “A snowboard—is that gear? Yeah, I like my board.”

On his favorite travel spot: “I go to Telluride every year for my anniversary. It’s just one of the greatest, most picturesque little towns on the planet.”

On his favorite meal to make: “I love salmon. It’s super easy. Or pasta and wine.”

On his favorite drink: “Mezcal, bourbon neat, or just a good IPA. I like to drink [laughs].”

On the best advice he’s received: “The first piece of advice I was given when I moved to L.A.: This commercial actor I recognized, I was 17 years old, and he just said: ‘No matter what you’re doing, just remember the strong will survive.’ I never forgot that.”

Check out the rest of our MJ5 interview archives for more chats with Chris Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Russell Wilson, Michael Strahan, Ewan McGregor, P.K. Subban and more.

The Best Snowboarding Gear to Own the Slopes This Winter

It’s the peak of winter sports season. Have you hit the slopes yet? Maybe you’re a snowboarding dilettante, or maybe you’re new to shredding and want to invest in the right snowboarding gear. Either way, we’ve got the essentials that’ll help you own the mountain this season.

Our snowboarding enthusiasts tested enough gear to find everything you need. No matter where you decide to take your board, be it one of the best resorts in America or somewhere adventurously off the beaten path, this gear should get you through.

Our picks for the best snowboarding gear skew toward utilitarian pieces—a magnetic helmet, fog-free goggles, and versatile bibs. They’re not flashy, but they’ll keep you warm and protected. Every piece of gear we’ve assembled is fine-tuned to give you the most thrilling run possible down all that winter white. It’s worth noting that we also highlighted five of the best snowboards to get this season, including a freeride snowboard that’s smooth yet aggressive (pictured above). Now all you need to do is nab your lift tickets or pass.

Watch: ‘A Dog’s Life’ With Brendan Fairclough—Episode 1, Madeira

Following on from the huge success of DEATHGRIP, the new series explores the fun and stylish, zero-limits riding of Brendog and his crew. Jump on board and travel the world to some of the most unique and coolest riding locations the planet has to offer, from the French Alps to the South African wilderness.

In Episode 1, Brendan heads to Madeira, Portugal which is quickly becoming one of the world’s most sough after MTB hotspots. The crew explores explores the rugged and steep volcanic mountains with breath-taking sunrise sessions, high-octane riding and the classic travel misadventures that accompany any good MTB filming trip. Custom tracks, urban descents, and some backflips – “A Dog’s Life – Madeira.”

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“Since DEATHGRIP, I’ve been frothing to get out filming again. Going to the wildest locations with the best bike riders on the planet to film the ultimate sections is a dream come true. I feel so lucky to be doing this with my life!” — Brendan Fairclough

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This article originally appeared on Bikemag.com and was republished with permission.

Rob Delaney on His New Stand-Up Special and Why He Loves Yosemite National Park

Comedian, writer, and actor Rob Delaney just wrapped the final season of his award-winning series, Catastrophe. But maybe you know him from his recent roles in action blockbuster Hobbs & Shaw or political drama Bombshell. In any case, for as great a year as this was for Delaney, the future might be even bigger for the funnyman.

Later this year he’ll be appearing in an adaptation of the best-selling book The Good House alongside Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, as well as the live-action/animated comedy Tom and Jerry. He’s working on the new reboot of Home Alone for Disney Plus alongside former Office actress Ellie Kemper. And he just debuted his second stand-up comedy special Jackie on Amazon Prime Video.

In his new special, Delaney hits subjects he’s become best known for: politics, family, sobriety, fatherhood, and emotional hardships. Many of Delaney’s funniest stories come straight from his personal life (including the time he had to chaperone a field trip for his six-year-old son—only to have his son get sick the day of the trip, leaving Delaney solo).

“For me, my favorite stand-up specials that I’ve watched are often more collections of jokes and stories, and I wanted mine to be like that. ” Delaney tells Men’s Journal. “To me, that’s what I want to see and as long as people are laughing, you know you’re on the right track. I wanted to be sure there was no thematic through-line and no one learned anything [laughs].”

Here’s what Delaney has to say about his new Amazon stand-up special Jackie, working on his award-winning show Catastrophe, and why he loves Yosemite National Park.

How did you decide what to focus on in the special?

I typically start with smaller stuff, like observational humor, then [get] into bigger stuff, the more emotional stuff. The best stand up for me is judged by: “Did I laugh?” That’s a little bit of how I do things. I hope that people enjoy the special, I had a lot of fun making it. Life is difficult and I hope they can enjoy an hour and take some time off with my silly jokes.

Your show Catastrophe was very well received by fans and critics. How did that feel?  

I can’t believe we got to make that show—and, genuinely, I am so grateful for the response. Creatively, it was such a blast. We basically wrote whatever we wanted. We were able to tell the story we wanted to tell, espouse our views on family and kids, the challenges of that, the wonders of that, and so many other important topics. I am just very happy and 100 percent cognizant of how lucky I was to do it—and to do it with Sharon [Horgan], and work with so many great people.

You had a role in Bombshell. What was it like being in a film that was so timely and part of the awards conversation?

It was great. The team literally created the Fox News offices, and I got to work with so many great people. The makeup team for Charlize Theron—turning her into Megyn Kelly—was bananas. She looked just like her. The first time I saw her on set, I thought it was actually her. Jay Roach did an amazing job directing. He was really calm, cool, and collected. It was excellent getting to observe him work.

Is directing something you’d ever want to do?

Maybe I would in the future. I really love to write and produce. I like to hire directors. After writing something, I really like to hear what a director has to say about the material. One thing about TV that’s great is that it’s very collaborative. I’m very particular about what I write. I’m very specific about that—but with getting it on screen, I like ‘the more the merrier’ attitude. Maybe one day I’ll direct, but for now I’m loving writing and producing.

You have The Good House coming up with an incredible cast in Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. What was it like working on that project?

It’s an awesome cast and was an amazing amount of fun to do. I genuinely can’t wait for people to see it. It’s based on a book by Ann Leary, and it’s just such a potent New England story. It combines elements of a thriller comedy, mystery, and the supernatural—it’s a wonderful explosion of things. When I read the script, I was like, “I have to do this.” Being from Massachusetts originally, I’m comfortable in the New England area.

Did you enjoy your cameo appearances in Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw?

[That was] incredibly fun and a dream come true. I did get some great prep work acting alongside Sharon Horgan and Carrie Fisher on Catastrophe to get me ready to be opposite guys like Ryan Reynolds and The Rock [laughs]. They have a high power rating, but they’re funny. You can’t quantify that talent. In my own show I got to work with incredible people, so it made stepping into those a little less terrifying.

Are there any roles or archetypes you’re interested in portraying?

I’d like to play a bad guy one time. I really just want to do good stuff. It would be amazing to work with someone like David Lynch… in that realm where a filmmaker tells stories in such a unique way, a bit more oblique than other people. I’m always learning and trying to work with good people, but it would be fun to play a bad guy and get to mess around with a role like that.

Where’s your favorite place to travel?

I like France a lot. I speak French well enough that I can function there, and I’m doing a movie in Montreal now, so that helps too. I travel a bit more than some and less than others, but I really do love to be out on a beach or in the woods or mountains somewhere. Honestly, if I could live adjacent to Yosemite National Park, that would be amazing. My wife and kids would be ecstatic, although I’d have to travel for every job [laughs]. If you live in New York, London, or L.A., you only have to travel for half your jobs. But Yosemite, yeah, I just love it there.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I think my favorite one is: “It takes just as much time to be nice as it does to be an asshole.” That’s probably my operating creed. Just because it’s the high-rolling world of Hollywood, it doesn’t mean you can’t be nice, it makes everyone’s day easier.

Delaney’s Amazon Prime Video comedy special ‘Jackie’ is now streaming.

How an Inspiring Program Gets Rural Students Onto the Slopes

In rural Baker County, Oregon, many local children have a much different daily routine than your typical grade-schooler. With students growing up on farms and ranches, work duties call before the sun rises in order to maintain family operations. This leaves little time for these youth to even think about fun activities like skiing.

And when budget cuts in the Baker County School District reduced the scholastic week to just four days, students were left with a void. Thankfully, the Ski for the Health of It program filled it by offering lift tickets and rental gear to low-income area families to get them out on the local hill, Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, on the days that they would normally have been in school. The program is highlighted in the new short film presented by REI titled “Everyone Skis.”

The inspiring film is produced by Modoc Stories, a Hood River, Ore.-based outfit helmed by long-time Canoe & Kayak contributors, David and Michael Hanson. The talented brothers have previously highlighted the characters who define wild places from rivers in western Oregon to the Mississippi delta, and documented the contentious ownership rights of the rivers that drain the Southeast. The production team has now turned to the rural communities of eastern Oregon in this latest release.

The program is open to children from fourth to 12th grade, and is limited to first-come, first-served. You can check out all the details on its website, as well as apply for the program if you live in the area.

When it comes to helping the youth of today get active and outside, the Ski For the Health of It program is certainly doing its part in stoking out the kids in Baker County. After all, learning lessons outside is just as beneficial to child development as the ones they learn in the classroom.

If you’re looking for a feel-good little break to wrap up your workweek, check out how this rad program has found a way to fire up a community.

This Photo Gallery Is Guaranteed to Make You Crave Powder

Editor’s Note: The Shooting Gallery is the longest running department in POWDER Magazine. POWDER has published a selection of the best ski photography in the world in every issue, starting with Volume 19, in 1990. Every year, photographers submit thousands of images to POWDER. Director of Photography David Reddick handpicks the very best to run in the magazine.

The following photographs ran in the December 2019 issue of POWDER (48.3). Subscribe to The Skier’s Magazine to enjoy these photographs in print—because frankly, they look better on paper and they deserve your undivided attention. Thank you to all the photographers and skiers who put in the countless hours to make these photos happen.

This article originally appeared on Powder.com and as republished with permission.

Is the Northeast’s Sloppy Snow Season About to Turn Around?

After an unwanted January thaw, the snow gods are on track to finally bless New England

 

Last Sunday when Plymouth State University Meteorology Professor Jason Cordeira was in Boston, it was 74 degrees — an all-time January record. In town for the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Cordeira took his son outside for pizza in the North End, then went for an 11-mile run downtown.

That’s 74 degrees. In Boston. In January.

The unseasonable temps would have been idyllic for New England if the typical winter snow conditions weren’t so dire. What started off looking like a favorable season of early cold turned into a melting mess around the holidays, and then an unwelcome January thaw that has not helped.

“It’s been a rough winter so far with a couple weeks of decent conditions interspersed with unfortunate rain on snow, ice, and snow melting,” Cordeira told Men’s Journal on Friday. “The storm track has been pretty progressive, which from a meteorological perspective leads to fast-moving storms exiting out to sea without producing much big snows across interior Northeast.”

The Northeast forecast finally shows some love for New England. Photo courtesy of Wunderground.com

Cordeira is a downhill and cross-country skier. He also mentors Plymouth State students in making daily ski forecasts for OpenSnow.com.

Unless you’re messing around with a kicker and a six-pack on a warm April day, slush and bare patches are never welcome in the Northeast. But skiers and snowboarders here are about to lay into a hard turn for the better.

“I’m excited for a return to some great snow conditions for the upcoming week. And I bet a lot of resorts are also,” Cordeira added. “It’s a bit cold today to enjoy it, but the coming week should play out nicely.”

He admits that the forecast still isn’t optimal with daytime temps back into the 40s and chances of more rain on snow, but it’s still much better than the slop of late.

“At the very least, overnight temperatures look cold enough to support artificial snow making to help fend off daytime melt,” he explained,

But hard-core East Coasters aren’t really into token manmade flakes. They’re awaiting the big dumps that can turn New England’s high country into gleaming white glory.

“Our best winters, as far as snowfall, usually occur with big ridging, or blocking, over the North Atlantic, which slows storms down and allows cold air to take hold over the Northeast,” Cordeira adds. “Case in point: There has not been much lake-effect snow either over the Great Lakes Region.”

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Thursday’s snow in Vermont had Sugarbush locals floating in the clouds. Photo courtesy of John Atkinson/Sugarbush. Atkinson

Winter is far from over. The climatological peak for nor’easters is February. And March still has potential to be every bit as wintery as any other month. There’s hope now that a change in the pattern could rally a great season still for thousands in the Northeast’s cities and hills.

“They’re an optimistic bunch,” Cordeira concludes. “There is plenty of winter left and most resorts still have a solid, dense base. The snow yesterday and expected snow this weekend will bring a lot folks to the resorts.

“It’s perfect timing.”

Southwest Road Trip Planner: The Best Campgrounds, National Parks and Hidden Gems

If a cactus is the only thing that comes to mind when you think of the southwest, it’s time to hop in the car and explore. Sure there’s plenty of these spiny succulents along the way, but there’s also a lot more to see and do than you might realize. Are you ready to hit the road?

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Flagstaff Urban Trails System – Single Speed Coffee Café – Seven Sacred Pools and Devil’s KitchenBell RockWatson LakePapago ParkSaguaro National Park (West)Raijin RamenSaguaro National Park (East)Bonita Canyon Campground – Massai Point at Chiricahua National MonumentHabanero’s Fresh MexOrgan Mountains Desert Peaks National MonumentWhite Sands National Monument

The Best New Ski Jackets for Resort and Backcountry Performance

Whether you’re having a super cruisy day at the resort or doing vigorous laps in the backcountry, wearing a well-built ski jacket is imperative. Of course we all know a crusher who can shred in a denim jacket, or the friend who loves to rock their vintage snowsuit for irony. But for the rest of us, we want solid wind protection and a rugged waterproof-breathable outer layer that can perform in the worst conditions, featuring plentiful pockets and powder skirts. These are the latest and greatest ski jackets capable of ultra-light alpine ascents or insulated cozy on-piste days.

An Inside Look at Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s UFC 246 Training


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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more exciting fighter inside the Octagon than Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The 36-year old has created some of the most popular highlight reels in the UFC, and in the process has accrued the most UFC records of any fighter: 23 wins, 16 finishes, 18 post-fight bonuses, 20 knockdowns, and seven knockouts by way of head kick.

So you may be a little shocked to learn that when it comes to his strength and conditioning program, Cerrone is as dull as can be.

“I would say that my training [methods] are boring,” says Cerrone’s strength and conditioning coach, Shara Vigeant, who has played an integral part in Cowboy’s prep for his upcoming bout with “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, which will take place on Saturday, January 18 in Las Vegas

Vigeant has been working with fighters for over a decade and says that training for MMA used to be more rudimentary: “It was just conditioning, conditioning, and conditioning.” Nowadays, serious athletes like Cerrone know that investing in their strength and conditioning programs will only lead to stronger muscles, a better transfer of their skills, and longevity. And Cerrone is serious about his training.

Not only does the Albuquerque, NM transplant work with Vigeant, who he met in 2017 while filming a movie in Alberta, Canada, but he’s a co-owner of The Performance Ranch, a New Mexico-based training facility run by his other strength and conditioning coach, Lawrence Herrera. As a result, Cerrone is the most active and winningest fighter ever in the UFC.

Compared to McGregor, Cerrone has logged 15 fights since the Irishman’s career-defining win against Jose Aldo in 2015 and five since Mystic Mac’s last appearance in the cage. Vigeant attributes Cerrone’s shelf life to his work ethic, insane conditioning, and that “he’s a naturally strong guy, so we just build on that.”

In the gym, the Alberta, Canada-based strength coach sticks with what she calls the pillars: “pull, push, hinge, squat, lunge, and carry.” Those six movement patterns are in every one of Cerrone’s workouts, but how they’re applied depends on where he is in his training camp. Early on, for example, Vigeant is more focused on building his power and strength, so she’ll load those movements with heavier weights. As the fight approaches, maintenance and injury prevention is more of a focus, so she’ll ease up a little.

Cerrone works with tools like medicine balls, kettlebells, and dumbbells. For his conditioning, Vigeant says that he’s a beast on the Airdyne bike, working his way up to 130 RPMs with whip-fast recovery time. 

To get an idea of how Cowboy prepped early on for his scrap with McGregor, Vigeant provides two sample workouts from his UFC 246 camp. Give them a try yourself—the ability to kick ass not included.

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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s Training Plan

The Cowboy typically works out two to five days per week. Here are two examples of what Cerrone’s training looked like early on in his camp. Here, the focus is more on strength and power output. Perform one tri-set before moving onto the next, and feel free to rest a couple of minutes after each. 

Day 1

ExerciseSetsReps
 1A. Kettlebell Swing38
  tri-set with  
 1B. Medicine Ball Slam38
  tri-set with  
 1C. Shoulder Wall Slide312
 2A. Zercher Squat36
  tri-set with  
 2B. One-arm Dumbbell Row38
  tri-set with  
 2C. Kettlebell Deadbug312 (each side)
 3A. Dumbbell Floor Bridge Press36
  tri-set with  
 3B. Single-leg Deadlift38 (each side)
  tri-set with  
 3C. Plank Drag312

Day 2

ExerciseSetsReps
 1A. Split Squat Jump36
  tri-set with  
 1B. Sprinter Medicine Ball Chest Pass36
  tri-set with  
 1C. Resistance Band Pull-Apart312-12 (up and down)
 2A. Trap-bar Deadlift36
  tri-set with  
 2B. One-arm Landmine Press38
  tri-set with  
 2C. Side Plank Row312
 3A. Weighted TRX Inverted Row36
  tri-set with  
 3B. Rear-foot Elevated Split Squat38
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Rocky ‘Soul Man’ Johnson, The Rock’s Father, Has Died at 75


Rocky 'Soul Man' Johnson, The Rock's father, has died.

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Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson, an African-American trailblazer in the wrestling industry and father to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died on January 15. The WWE Hall of Famer, whose real name was Wayde Bowles, was 75.

Known as “The Soul Man,” Johnson began his career in the 1960s with the National Wrestling Alliance before signing with Vince McMahon’s World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1983. His death was announced on the WWE’s website

He and fellow WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas would go on to become the first Black world tag team champions in the WWE later that year by defeating the Wild Samoans. The Rock inducted his father into the Hall of Fame in 2008. 

He retired from in-ring action in 1991 and for many years helped train his son, who would go on to become one of the most successful WWE stars of all time. It was Johnson who introduced The Rock to the weight room, a place where the Hollywood juggernaut now spends a significant amount of time.

“Other dads took their kids to the playground,” Johnson once told Muscle & Fitness. “Mine took me to the gym, and the gyms he took me to were very hardcore. Weight rooms? Really? But it was important bonding time for us, and it was there that I learned at a very young age that there’s no substitute for hard work.”

The Rock always kept his father close to him. His original ring name was Rocky Maivia—a combination of his father’s name and his maternal grandfather’s name, High Chief Peter Maivia. 

As of this writing, The Rock has not yet commented on his father’s death. But he’s posted about him often on his Instagram page. On Father’s Day 2018, he posted a throwback picture of himself and “The original Rock” and spoke of the tough love his old man used to dish out. 

“Years later as a man and father of three girls, I know that tough love, is a helluva lot better than no love at all,” he wrote. “I’ll take it. It’s made me who I am today.”

 

 

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5 Habits That Lead to a Longer, Healthier Life


Here Are the Five Habits that Lead to a Longer, Healthier Life

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Diabetes and cancer have consistently been two of the biggest causes of death around the world each year, but luckily there seems to be a pretty easy way to ward off the diseases. A recent study by a group of international researchers, published in the British Medical Journal, pinpointed the five healthy lifestyle habits that could extend a person’s life by an extra 10 years and significantly reduce their likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. 

For the study, tens of thousands of UK men and women were asked about their lifestyle choices back in the 1980s, with follow-up questionnaires sent every two years asking the participants if they’d been diagnosed with any major diseases. Through the answers, the researchers were able to identify the five habits needed for a longer, healthier life.

If you’re a regular reader of this site there’s a good chance you’ve already adopted most of these. They are:

  1. Never smoking
  2. Having a healthy body-mass index of 18.5 to 24.9
  3. Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day
  4. Drinking alcohol in moderation*
  5. Eating a healthy diet

*Drinking in moderation was defined as three or fewer drinks per day for men, and two daily for women. 

Men and women who adopted at least four out of these five habits lived, on average, 10 years longer than those who didn’t, most of which were lived disease-free. The study noted that living a healthy lifestyle didn’t mean people were impervious from diseases, but it would take longer for them to contract any of them than unhealthy people. Furthermore, healthier people who were diagnosed with the diseases lived longer after the diagnosis than those who lived an unhealthy lifestyle. 

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“We observed that a healthier lifestyle was associated with a lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as mortality, with an increased total life expectancy and number of years lived free of these diseases,” the researchers said in a statement on the United Kingdom’s National Health Services’ website

There’s cause to be alarmed about the number of diabetes and cancer cases around the world. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, and in 2016 the disease caused 1.6 million deaths. In 2012, 2.2 million deaths were related to high blood glucose. 

Globally, one in six deaths are attributed to cancer, the WHO reported in 2018—with most cases being linked to tobacco and alcohol use, lack of physical activity, and high body-mass index. And that number is only expected to go up, the group states on its website. On heart disease, the WHO said cardiovascular conditions are the No. 1 killer of people worldwide, most of which were attributed to unhealthy lifestyle choices. 

The researchers did point out the study couldn’t definitively conclude that those lifestyle choices directly lead to a longer life, and said other factors (such as genetics) might be involved. However, it’s clear that abstaining from certain choices and treating your body right certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Robert Killian Discusses the 2019 Spartan Ultra World Championships

Find out what really happened to this Spartan champ after mile 50.

Robert Killian fell short at the 2019 Spartan Ultra World Championship, but he still completed 55 miles in less than 24 hours. Killian credits his family as his ultimate motivation to perform during one of the hardest Spartan races.

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Freeride World Tour Announces Equal Prize Money for Men and Women

Ski Women was added as a category to the Xtreme Verbier in 2006, two years after the Men joined what was previously a snowboard-only event. The Xtreme grew to become the Freeride World Tour, which has featured events from Alaska to Japan. Today, the FWT announced that for all future events, starting with Hakuba this weekend, Men and Women on the main tour will compete for equal prize money, rather than prizing calculated based on the size of the competing field.

The official press release from the Tour states that: “The FWT makes this milestone announcement today as a commitment to gender equality in modern sports, striving to keep inspiring new generations of freeriders to chase the ultimate dream of earning a spot on the FWT.

Two-time Snowboard Women World Champion, Marion Haerty (FRA) said, “competing since the age of 10, I have been able to observe positive developments so that women, too, have the means to create their dreams in this discipline. For my part, I was lucky to be surrounded by incredible men who served as role models and encouraged me to keep progressing. I hope that this sends a message of empowerment to the next generations.”

Manuela Mandl (AUT) continued, “equal prize money is a sign of respect towards female athletes. I hope more and more girls will compete in the future and push the level of freeriding higher and higher. Freeriding is such a fulfilling and exciting sport, where you can learn a lot about yourself and nature too.”

This year sees 24 Men and 11 Women scheduled to compete on the tour, and that money should, as stated in the press release, act as a significant incentive for the ladies coming up through the ranks of the qualifying tour to push towards making the big show.

*Update: Equal Prize Money rule applies also to Qualifier level, and all events, for all regions.*

But while equal prize money is a definite positive step, the numerical disparity between men and women on the tour appears to be largely a result of available spots rather than a lack of incentive or drive on the part of the women trying to make it. With only two qualifier spots available to female skiers, which this year went to Jessica Hotter and Emma Patterson, it’s tough to make it on to the tour in the first place.

Today’s move is undoubtedly huge progress, so credit must be given where due. Hopefully, we’ll see the FWT take the next step soon, and open up more spots for the women who are crushing it at the qualifications all over the globe, for an increasingly equal tour in years to come.

This article originally appeared on Newschoolers.com and was republished with permission.

First Impressions: Zachary Levi on the Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle

Zachary Levi is having his moment. The actor had a breakout 2019, earning kudos for his title role in Shazam! and gracing the cover of our April issue. He also resurfaced for a bit of closure as the jilted fiance in season three of the hit Amazon Prime show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And Shazam! 2 has already been announced for 2022. But the actor has always had a daredevil streak—for example, skydiving for his Men’s Journal cover story. And motorcycles.

As an up-and-coming actor in LA back in the ’00s, Levi quickly recognized the value of being able to zip through Southern California traffic on two wheels. He’s the proud owner of a Ducati Monster, as well as a Harley-Davidson Sport Glide, and loves the distinct sensation each bike brings to the road.

Levi recently got the opportunity to test ride the brand-new 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire—the electric motorcycle that the venerable company hopes will (ahem) spark a renewed interest in the heritage brand. Men’s Journal was also lucky enough to take the LiveWire for a spin last summer. Recently, we chatted with Levi about our shared experience aboard the groundbreaking motorcycle.

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Men’s Journal: What did you think of the LiveWire?

Zachary Levi: It’s fast, that’s for sure. I was pretty blown away. I can’t wait to get one of my own. I didn’t get to ride it long enough; took it out around my property. [Levi has a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.] But it’s super smooth, and gets up and goes real quick. To jump on and have immediate power like that, and not have to shift or do anything? You get to just enjoy the ride. It’s exhilarating.

Agreed. One of the more shocking aspects was the lack of feedback. Not just that distinctive Harley rumble, but the complete absence of sound or engine vibration. It’s jarring at first, but once we got used to it, we found it kind of liberating.

Exactly. It frees you up to just focus on the environment and what’s going on around you. At first, it’s very weird; your clutch hand is wondering what it’s supposed to be doing, your shifter toe is wondering what it’s supposed to be doing … you feel like you’re trying something completely new and different. But at some point, you realize it’s just motorcycling without all the distractions. You can enjoy being on the bike that much more.

It’s great on backroads because you can go out and not pollute the air or disrupt the wildlife. I went out back on my property and rode right past a deer. He just looked at me. Never even moved. If I was on a combustion bike, any sign of wildlife would’ve been long gone before I ever got within sight of it.

Harley’s betting big on this electric tech, and plans on releasing at least two more electric motorcycles soon. Is electric the future of motorcycling?

Listen, I’m a total futurist. I believe electricity is the future of all transportation. I mean, do I love the Harley rumble? Sure! It’s part of Harley’s DNA. But it’s nice to be able to ride along and listen to music or focus on nature, to just enjoy the environment and not contribute to noise pollution…or “pollution” pollution. Not trying to make some political statement. Although I do think it’s the right thing to do ecologically.

I’m just saying, from a performance standpoint, technology has gotten to where if you want top-level performance, you’ve gotta go electric. What Tesla’s accomplished in cars is incredible. The speed and power, the immediate torque. And with motorcycles, the simplicity is impossible to deny.

The writing’s on the wall, like it or lump it: The combustion engine is gonna go the way of the dodo. I don’t think it’s gonna be that long till we have hover cars and jetpacks and all that stuff.

At some point, we won’t even have rubber on the road.

There’s an old saying that there are two kinds of motorcyclists: Those who have crashed, and those who will crash. Which one are you?

Oh, I’ve crashed! Several times. Fortunately, none of them have been tragic, or even all that serious. Most were just rookie mistakes, those little drops when you’re learning how to ride.

But one of my buddies gave me the best advice when I was starting out: Always assume no one can see you. No one. Not the car next to you, not the car in front of you, not the pedestrian in the crosswalk. Not even that driver you’re positive you just made eye contact with! Just ride like you’re invisible, and take responsibility for keeping yourself out of danger.

Once you assume no one knows you’re there, you become a lot more aware as a rider. You get into an almost trance-like focus on riding. It’s really kind of Zen.

That’s one of the great pleasures of riding, that Zen-like state where you’re focused on the task at hand, and nothing else.

It really is. All the distractions in life just melt away into the background, and you’re just living in the moment. And trying not to die [laughs].

That said, motorcycle sales have been dipping for years, and it seems like young people aren’t taking up riding these days. Let me ask you this: Are motorcycles still cool?

Dude, I don’t know. I’m nearly 40 and while I still think of myself as a pretty youthful guy, the more you traipse around on Instagram, the more you realize you don’t know what the hell the younger generation is into.

Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available now on Amazon Prime Video. Shazam! can be purchased from Amazon Prime Video and the other usual companies that sell online movies (Apple, Google/YouTube, Vudu, etc). Look for Zachary Levi starring in Shazam! 2 in theaters on April 1, 2022. And if you see him riding his motorcycle, don’t be offended if he acts like you haven’t.

New 5-Acre Wave Pool Proposed for West Side of Oahu

Rumors of a new wave pool to be constructed on Oahu’s west side have been circulating for months. It turns out those rumors are grounded in reality, as just this week the Hawaii Community Development Authority announced they’re allowing big-wave surfer/Hawaiian legend Brian Keaulana (a partner in HK Management) to look into developing 19-acres of vacant state land in Kalaeloa, on Oahu’s west side. If the project gets the go-ahead, it will include a 5-acre wave pool, as well as a “lazy river, skate park, buildings and more.” And the proposed name? Honokea Surf Village.

While reporting this story, KITV Island News referenced sketches depicting Wavegarden technology (a map of Wavegarden’s locations on their site also shows a new park coming soon to Hawaii). Wavegarden or any other wave pool company’s involvement in the potential project hasn’t been announced explicitly, however.

Wave pools are already a polarizing subject. But, since they’ve (so far) shown to work as a business model in mostly landlocked places (see: Lemoore, California and Waco, Texas), it’s still to be determined how wave pools can compete with the actual ocean in surf-rich zones. Especially on Oahu, which enjoys not only year-round surf, but some of the best waves in the world during winter.

Many, like Oahu’s Beau Flemister, a former SURFING Magazine editor and current published author, are skeptical. “I think a wave pool in Hawaii, with the accessibility to such good waves and such a good variety of waves already, is unnecessary,” Flemister says. “Matt Warshaw has written extensively about why he’s kind of against wave pools, and it’s because they remove the surf and beach culture: knowing the tides, the winds, swell directions, ocean etiquette, even animals in the ocean, and that’s what makes surfing and surfers. And that’s especially true in a place like Hawaii, where there are already so many places to surf, and so much to learn about surfing.”

That said, Flemister does understand that the actual wave pool is only one piece of a much larger plan, and it’s a project that aims to inject jobs and stability to an area that could use it. And with Keaulana involved, Flemister trusts the development will be a positive overall addition to the area. “People could definitely use jobs over there, and so that’s a big plus, that they can hire local people,” says Flemister. “At this point, I’m mostly interested to see how it all comes together. But ultimately, the big unknown is: will people see the draw to a wave pool on an island with such amazing waves?”

Stay tuned. We’ll report on new information as it becomes available.

This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.

We Tested the Newest Crop of Smart Speakers

First-generation smart speakers were all about the convenience of using your voice to control your house, but the newest offerings go far beyond that.

The new breed packs in room-filling power and depth that does justice to your playlist. To find the best smart speakers among them, we held a sound off. We tested the newest models from Amazon, Harman Kardon, Apple, and Sonos, testing them across sound quality and ease of use—noting any nitpicks and quirks. 

Apple HomePod
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Best for Open Floor Plans: Apple HomePod

Sound

This small speaker delivers big, clear sound without much distortion. A ring of seven tweeters broadcast out in a full circle, so you can put HomePod in the middle of a room.

Ease of Use

Setup is easy but, being Apple, it doesn’t always play well with others: If not using Apple Music, you can AirPlay apps like Pandora or Spotify—you just can’t control them with Siri.

Field Notes

The clean design comes with one notable sacrifice: no mic mute button. While your “Hey Siri”s are encrypted, we’d like to see a way to disable them without voice commands or the Home app.

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Daniel Craig Will Always Be James Bond in New Heineken Commercial

Once James Bond, always James Bond. Daniel Craig learned that the hard way in a new Heineken advert themed around the upcoming Bond flick, No Time to Die.

In the ad, the people of Matera, Italy, can’t discern Craig from his M16 agent alter ego as he chases after a taxi that’s gone off with his passport and wallet. Although unlike Bond, Craig gets a little winded sprinting uphill.

The spot filmed in the southern Italian city where a key action sequence in the movie was shot (see it here in the trailer). Craig ultimately tracks down his taxi driver, then steals a tuxedo to blend into a fancy party (ever the classic Bond getup).

By the end of the journey, Craig sits down for a drink. When the bartender impulsively places a martini glass before Craig, he looks for a Heineken instead. Not exactly a classic Bond move—especially given the new Heineken 0.0 brews are alcohol-free.

Check out the fun video here:

No Time To Die will be in theaters on April 8, 2020.

WWE Hall of Famer and Dwayne Johnson’s Father, Rocky Johnson, Passes Away at 75

Rocky Johnson, longtime wrestler, WWE Hall of Fame athlete, and the father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has passed away at the age of 75. The WWE first announced the news on Wednesday.

WWE executive and wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque wrote that Johnson was a “barrier-breaking performer” and his passing is a “loss for every fan of the WWE. Dwayne Johnson has not yet commented publicly about the death of his father, who he followed into the pro wrestling realm early in his career.

Nicknamed “Soul Man,” Rocky Johnson first started wrestling in the 1960s in Canada and joined the WWE (then WWF) in the early 1980s. During his career, he had notable rivalries and matches with wrestlers like Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Don Muraco, and Adrian Adonis before retiring from the sport in 1991.

When Rocky Johnson was voted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008, it was his son Dwayne who inducted him at the ceremony. Here’s a look at the two at the ceremony:

WWE Hall of Fame, Show, Amway Arena, Orlando, USA - 29 Mar 2008 Rocky Johnson and Dwayne Johnson 29 Mar 2008
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Currently, there’s a movie project in the works based on Rocky’s life that’s being produced by filmmakers Jonathan and Justin Gajewski, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Read more about Rocky Johnson from the WWE here.

Visit Any National Park for Free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The new year always takes some adjustment. Now that the holiday dust has settled, job duties (hopefully) back on track, maybe even sticking to some resolutions, it’s time to plan some travel. If getting outdoors is a 2020 priority, we’ve got some great news: This upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 20), all entrance fees for every single national park will be waived.

As the National Park Service (NPS) does every year, it designates a handful of days throughout the year as “fee-free” days to all visitors. There are 419 National Park Service sites, and 110 of them charge an entrance fee (which ranges from $5 to $35). The free entry is a great excuse to get outside and explore “America’s Best Idea.

“Across the country, more than 400 national parks preserve significant natural and cultural areas, each one an important piece of our national identity and heritage,” says National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela. “Free entrance days serve as additional motivation for people to get outside and enjoy these places of inspiration and recreation.”

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And given that schools are out, and many businesses shut down for the holiday, chances are you have some free time to take advantage of this offer. From hiking to waterfalls in Yosemite, to wallowing in the wonder of Canyonlands’ arches, we can’t think of a better way to spend a day off.

Here’s the full list of all the fee-free days in 2020:

– Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
– Saturday, April 18: First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
– Tuesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
– Saturday, September 26: National Public Lands Day
– Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

*You can also see the full list of participating national parks here.

If having more outdoor adventures was a new year’s resolution, go visit a nearby national park this Monday. Check out the National Park Service website for full details.