‘Top Gun 2’: Everything You Need to Know

About 33 years after the original Top Gun hit theaters, Tom Cruise will be back in his flight suit as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for Top Gun 2, officially titled Top Gun: Maverick. Joseph Kosinski, who worked with Cruise on the sci-fi action film Oblivion, will be handling directing duties. Here’s everything about Top Gun: Maverick you need to know.

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one, but a progression for Maverick,” Cruise told Access Hollywood in June 2017 about the film. The story will be set in the present day and will deal with Cruise’s Maverick and his fellow group of fighter pilots as modern technology starts changing their jobs.

 

 

Crew members and actors from in front and behind the camera from Top Gun will be returning for the sequel, including German composer Harold Faltermeyer, who will be updating his now-famous film score. Also, just like in the first film, Tom Cruise will have a badass motorcycle, check out a look at the new ride here.

Top Gun has become a defining movie of the 1980s, and the music, sunglasses, and many of the lines from the film have become iconic in their own right. Now, a new generation will get to enjoy the aviators and high-flying antics in the sequel.

Cruise marked the first day of filming on the movie with a photo on Twitter:

Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters in 2020.

Now, here’s everything you need to know about the Top Gun sequel.

Chris Hemsworth Picked up a Hitchhiker—Then Took Him on a Helicopter Ride

Not every hitchhiker is lucky enough to be picked up by Thor himself—and transported across Australia in a private helicopter. In a video posted to his Instagram, Chris Hemsworth documents an adventure with his personal trainer, Luke Zocchi, and their new friend, a U.S. tourist named Scott Hildebrand.

After seeing the hitchhiker outside of Brisbane Airport, Hemsworth pulled over and told the traveler to hop in. Luckily enough, they were all headed to the same place—popular surf town Byron Bay. Little did the hitchhiker know that he’d be getting the ride of his life.

 

 

“They said, ‘we’re gonna make a quick stop and switch vehicles’, and at that point I was like, ‘oh, i can help pitch for gas’,” Hildebrand told local Australian radio station NOVA919. “And they’re like ‘you’re not gonna want to do that, it’ll be like four grand for that’. That was when I was like, who are you guys?’.

Hildebrand reposted the Instagram video to his personal account, writing, “When hitchhiking leads to a helicopter ride with Thor… So grateful for this crazy experience and the opportunity to share my music with so many beautiful people. Thanks guys!”

In his original post, Hemsworth says he’s just glad they didn’t pick up a serial killer. We are, too.

The Best Abs Move for Shoulder Day

Planks are a mainstay because they’re so effective: They tax your core and the smaller stabilizing muscles in your hips and shoulders. That there are so many variations on the move is, in large part, because planks are so tedious.

Enter the alligator crawl. It’s unusual in that it’s an active—rather than stationary— plank variation, so there’s no watching the seconds tick by on the wall clock. “This exercise adds work for major shoulder muscles that regular planks don’t hit,” says Matt Pudvah, the head strength coach of the Sports Performance Institute at the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. “And it teaches your limbs and core to work better together as you fight to stay tense.”

 

 

Start in a high plank wearing socks on a slick floor, or with toes on sliders as shown below, and walk hands forward while maintaining a perfectly straight line between head and feet. Adding in the forward motion forces your abs and glutes to work harder to keep your body in line, while the deltoid muscles at the top of the shoulder get some extra attention, too. Resist the urge to sway your hips as you go—that’s a red flag for a loose core. Your feet should drag in a straight line, not wriggle back and forth. Start with three sets of 20 steps before increasing difficulty or reps. When you’re ready to add intensity, try the alligator crawl in reverse (it’s a challenge not to fall on your chest), or intersperse some pushups as you go. Now snap to it.

How Milo Ventimiglia Keeps His Cool

THE STAR OF THE HOTTEST show on television lives in the hottest house—circa 1983. Kidding aside, this can’t be Milo Ventimiglia’s place, right? We expect our stars to live in sleek glass boxes with infinity pools and ocean views. Not in a three-bedroom ranch on a side street in—what is this neighborhood, exactly?—a modest suburb in west Los Angeles.

Ventimiglia bought the house 16 years ago, when he was a young actor fresh off a short-lived WB network series you never saw and a Mountain Dew commercial you probably did. (He wrestled a cheetah.) It’s a hot and lazy Sunday afternoon, and Ventimiglia, who just began working on Season 3 of NBC’s This Is Us, has returned from a nearby farmers market with a bounty of fresh pasta and heirloom tomatoes. The house is certainly nicer than mine, with a Viking range and a pretty awesome framed photo of the Clash in his office. But still. This Is Us is huge, a prime-time network hit watched by 16 million viewers a week, a massive number by 2018 standards. And much of the success is due to Ventimiglia’s star power. Hasn’t he thought about moving, maybe spending some of that big network TV money on something less modest?

 

 

“I don’t know if it’s big network TV money,” Ventimiglia says with a laugh. The dude is said to make $85,000 an episode, but the cast is reportedly renegotiating right now. And they’ve got serious leverage: This Is Us is the only network show nominated for a best drama Emmy Award this year, and Ventimiglia is the show’s moral center. This Is Us was an out-of-the-box hit in the truest sense: A three-minute trailer for the show did Star Wars traffic when it was posted online in 2016.

When asked why viewers connect so strongly with the show, Ventimiglia talks about family dynamics and how we’re all alike despite our differences, blah blah blah. But the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, has another theory: “Milo’s nudity.” No joke: In the trailer—and in the pilot—Ventimiglia’s bare ass is basically the first thing you see.

“My ass actually precedes my face,” he tells me. Still, he was nominated for lead actor in a drama series—twice—competing against Ed Harris in Westworld and Jason Bateman from Ozark, among others. Says Ventimiglia, laughing again: “I think my ass got nominated for the Emmy.”

IT MUST BE SAID: The dude is built like a Major League prospect, as if his biceps are actively trying to escape from beneath a snug black T-shirt. When he moved to this area in 2002, he fit right in. It was a sleepy, surf community then for people who couldn’t afford Santa Monica. Now it’s part of a booming tech corridor—Silicon Beach. He actually tried to buy the plot next door but got outbid by a developer paying in cash. “Google, Yahoo, all the tech companies from up north in Silicon Valley are moving down here. And all these kids—younger than us— have money to spend on whatever they think is fucking cool.”

He’s right. But that’s not why I’m laughing. I’m laughing because he basically sounds like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino, shouting: “Get off my lawn!”

He may not be so grizzled, but at 41, Ventimiglia’s already a veteran; he got his start playing the bad boy on Gilmore Girls. The left side of his mouth is famously pinched, due to dead nerves in his lip, but it’s the kind of perfect imperfection that made him memorable. And for years he paid his bills playing teenage heartthrobs in leather jackets. He actually got his motorcycle license while filming a TV show called American Dreams because—for insurance purposes—he wasn’t allowed to put the lead actress onto the back of a bike without a license. Now he’s got three custom Harley-Davidson bikes in his garage plus a classic, mint condition ’67 Chevy Chevelle that he rebuilt himself. The car looks like it just came from the showroom. He calls her “Evelyn,” maybe because of the vroom her engine made, he said, but really because she just felt like an Evelyn.

Ventimiglia's first star turn, as the brooding bad boy Jesse Marino, opposite Alexis Bledel's Rory, on Gilmore Girls, circa 2001.
Ventimiglia’s first star turn, as the brooding bad boy Jesse Marino, opposite Alexis Bledel’s Rory, on Gilmore Girls, circa 2001. Courtesy Image

 

He’s telling me this story while he’s doing laundry in his garage. In front of our eyes— or our screens anyway—he has seamlessly transitioned from the rebel without a cause to America’s Dad, or maybe America’s DILF.

This Is Us tells the story of the Pearson family and their three children, and it plays out Rashomon-style, with frequent time jumps from the 1970s to the present day. Ventimiglia plays Jack, a Vietnam vet and dutiful father who isn’t afraid to cry, a man struggling with alcohol addiction and marital woes as well as lingering ghosts from an abusive childhood. Jack makes mistakes, but he’s also a ride-or-die No. 1 Dad mug carrier, a picture of human decency at a time when Americans are wondering if there are any good men left at all. “I’m a huge fan,” says Jennifer Lopez, who stars alongside Ventimiglia in Second Act, a romantic comedy out this fall. “I think it resonates with so many people because it’s really a story about family, about love and the things that matter.”

That’s led some to call This Is Us housewife porn. But Ventimiglia isn’t complaining. His main ride is a Harley-Davidson, but there’s an Audi SUV sitting in the driveway because, he explains, Audi sent one over. “They were like, ‘We want to give you a car for a while. You OK with that?’ My friends were like, ‘Dude, no way.’”

Ventimiglia comes by his humble, generous bona fides naturally. He grew up outside Anaheim, where his dad worked in the printing business and his mother toiled as a teacher. The family lived 10 minutes from Disneyland, which is where Ventimiglia spent most of his teenage weekends. “Everyone would congregate around Tomorrowland,” he says. “There was this dance floor; every hour, a live band would pop up and play covers. That’s where you’d go to get in trouble, meet up with girls, things like that. You’d go surfing in the morning and go to Disneyland at night. It wasn’t bad, man.”

He started acting at a young age, spending summers in class at South Coast Repertory and later studying at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater, in San Francisco. After high school he briefly enrolled at UCLA but dropped out once he started booking jobs. The work wasn’t flashy—a bit part in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a commercial for Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. If he wasn’t a star yet, he could pay his bills in Venice—you know, the old Venice.

Ventimiglia (upper left) channels his inner Sonny Bono as Jack Pearson on This is Us, co-starring (clockwise from upper right) Mandy Moore, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, and Lonnie Chavis
Ventimiglia (upper left) channels his inner Sonny Bono as Jack Pearson on This is Us, co-starring (clockwise from upper right) Mandy Moore, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, and Lonnie Chavis. NBCUniversal Media

 

“My neighbors were drug dealers and gangbangers. Do you know the Brig?” he asks, referring to the notorious old-school dive bar where he used to hang out—before the “strollers and whitewashed-wood coffee bars” came to town. “Back in the day, there were two pool tables in the bar, and they had sawdust on the ground to basically mop up the blood at the end of the night from the fights and shit that would go down.”

That’s where you’d go to get in trouble, meet up with girls. You’d go surfing in the morning and go to Disneyland at night. It wasn’t bad, man.

Quaint stories about gentrification aside, what resonates as Ventimiglia speaks—training his patient, empathetic eyes on you—is his sincerity. In a way, it’s what made his questing heartthrobs so disarming (in shows like NBC’s Heroes) and may explain how This Is Us manages to walk an emotional tightrope that’s been doused in slippery tears. Fogelman tells me that he’d initially conceived of Jack Pearson as more of an out-of-shape Everyman, but after meeting Ventimiglia, he was convinced he had to redraw the picture. “Milo showed up wearing a motorcycle jacket, carrying a helmet under his arm, and I immediately knew this was a different version of Jack—this blue-collar, working-class, quiet stud,” Fogelman says. “He speaks to an old-school kind of guy who doesn’t necessarily wear his emotions on his sleeve. He loves deeply, he loves his family, he lives by a certain code—I think that informs a little bit of Milo and a little bit of the character.”

When the show returns this fall, we’ll learn more about Jack’s past, about his courtship of his wife, Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore, and—more notably—about his time in Vietnam. Ventimiglia pulls a photograph down from the wall and slides it across the table. It’s a black-and-white shot of his own father in Vietnam, dressed in uniform, sitting atop his jeep, taken when he was maybe 19. Milo did a deep dive on eBay to find a pair of boots just like his father wore. And when he went to Washington, D.C., to film at the Vietnam Memorial, the first thing he did was find the names in his father’s unit—to honor the men who perished so his dad could come home.

“My dad avoided the draft by enlisting in the Army,” Ventimiglia says. “He was like, ‘I’m probably gonna go anyhow…’ He was in Chicago. He went into the Army Corps of Engineers. He was building bridges and bases and roads and helping out in villages. But, you know, all his friends died.”

Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia cover our November issue. (Photograph by Beau Grealy) Beau Grealy

 

As he tells the story, I’m practically tearing up at his Danish modern kitchen table. I can only imagine what’ll happen on screen.

THIS IS WHAT spending time with Milo Ventimiglia is like: The guy is so sincere, so Zen, that it feels like it must be an act. I mean, when this guy calls an Uber, he sits in the front seat! “I don’t know why,” he says, attempting to explain himself. “I feel weird sitting in the back seat! I feel like, I’m in someone else’s car, I should have a conversation with them, thank them for the ride.” It’s not surprising that he was raised by vegetarians, whom he calls “incredibly decent people,” who meditate for more than two hours a day.

Ventimiglia relishes his Everyman status, and if it’s sometimes hokey, it’s also incredibly charming. He remembers how scorching hot his TV show Heroes was in 2006—and how quickly the viewers fled. In a two-hour conversation about a career that includes working with Nicole Kidman and Sylvester Stallone, he seems proudest of the fact that his friend’s kids call him Uncle Donut, because he always brings doughnuts when he comes to visit. The tykes once turned on the TV and screamed for their father to come into the room, because Uncle Donut was somehow on Ellen.

Fogelman isn’t surprised to hear about my Tuesdays With Milo experience. Fans are constantly asking him if Ventimiglia is as nice as the character he plays on TV. “Milo is a bit of a superhero guy in real life,” Fogelman says. “He rides his motorcycle and he fixes up cars and he’s an expert on cameras.” Fogelman continues, explaining that Ventimiglia, who is a serious photographer, recently loaned his wife a $10,000 Leica. “We’re on vacation,” Fogelman says. “I’m brushing my teeth in the bathroom, and I’m hearing Milo from the next room. I’m trying to think, ‘What episode is my wife watching?’ I come into the room. Milo has made her a series of text videos explaining how to load the film and properly change the exposure levels. This guy is one of the biggest stars on the planet right now and he’s sitting there making the equivalent of a YouTube tutorial for my wife.”

Milo is a bit of a superhero guy in real life. He rides his motorcycle, he fixes up cars, and he’s an expert on cameras.

This fall, Ventimiglia brings that same good-guy energy to Second Act. It’s basically an update on Working Girl in which Lopez plays a tough girl from the Bronx who fakes her résumé to land a big corporate job. Ventimiglia is the love interest—an assistant college-baseball coach who just wants to settle down and start a family. In a way, Ventimiglia is the film’s ingenue—he exists to look pretty and drive Lopez’s story. When I ask if he felt objectified on set, he laughs and says, “Maybe the first day of work when I showed up and they’re like, ‘So, Milo, you’re entering this scene from the shower, your shirt is off…’ I went, ‘I didn’t realize.’”

Lopez remembers that day well. “That’s always a stressful thing for actors,” she says. “He got whistles from a lot of the women, and even a few of the men, but he handled it like a champ. There is something about him as an actor that feels authentic and grounded.”

Milo Ventimiglia
Milo Ventimiglia Beau Grealy

 

VENTIMIGLIA AND I wrap up our interview—he’s looking forward to a rare day of doing nothing at all—and as I take my leave, he offers me some lemons from a tree in his backyard—a tree his father planted shortly after he moved here. It strikes me as a metaphor for his approach to life, a bounty of fruit appearing where so many seeds had been planted years ago. Looking at his neighbor’s McMansion, which stares directly down into his backyard, Ventimiglia finally admits he’s ready to leave this house. It’s not because he’s a star, he insists. It’s because he wants more space for his bikes. “I bought this house when I was 25,” he says. He may have gotten rid of the pool table that once decorated the living room. “But when I walk in,” he said, “I’m 25 years old, always.”

He got whistles from a lot of the women, and even a few of the men, but he handled it like a champ. There is something about him as an actor that feels authentic.

Time stands still for no one, no matter how deep you breathe. Ventimiglia is 41 now, and from the sound of it, his friends have mostly settled down. He’s famously dated co-stars before (Alexis Bledel from Gilmore Girls, Hayden Panettiere from Heroes), which is likely why he won’t comment on his personal life today. At the Emmys in 2017, he celebrated with a very beautiful marketing executive for Stella McCartney. When pressed, he will admit that like his character on This Is Us, many people have tried to set him up. “People try,” he says, “but I’m OK for now.”

He’s focused on work, seizing a moment that he knows may eventually cool off. He’s got another film in the can—the race car drama The Art of Racing in the Rain—but if he can find a long enough break in his schedule, what he’d really like to do is take one of his motorcycles on an epic road trip. He’s already biked from Portland, Oregon, down to L.A. with some buddies. Now he has his sights set on Japan, starting in Hokkaido and making his way 900 miles south to Osaka.

What does he love about riding, I wonder. What does he feel like when he’s out on the road? His reply is basically “Zen and the Art of Movie Star Maintenance.” “I feel like I’m on the Italian Riviera in one of those old wooden boats, cutting through the water. You don’t feel wind, you don’t feel anything. It’s nice to sit in my helmet, quiet, you know?”

Here’s How ‘The Rock’ Looks After 18 Weeks of Training for ‘Hobbs and Shaw’

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has always trained like a beast for his movie roles. Hobbs and Shaw, the upcoming Fast & Furious spinoff, was no different. Johnson revealed a photo on his Instagram page of what his body looked like after he finished off his training program for the film.

Johnson wrote that he spent 18 weeks prepping with a “disciplined diet” and an “intense training” program to transform himself once again into Luke Hobbs. Johnson has been called the hardest-working man in Hollywood for his dedication to his roles and his seemingly constant stream of movies, and this new post proves once again that he’s as shredded as anyone out there.

 

 

Here’s a look at Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Shaw training:

 

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Dialed in & hit the mark. 260lbs of attitude & classy cuss words. After 18 weeks of disciplined diet & intense training, here’s where I landed my carcass for shooting my FAST & FURIOUS spin-off HOBBS & SHAW. Always room for improvements, but not too bad for a scarred up surgically repaired Brahma Bull who’s injuries always tell the story. Huge THANKS to my strength and conditioning coach @daverienzi for his masterful strategies that’s constantly shifting daily based on how I’m looking/feeling to achieve our goals. THANKS to EVERYONE in my inner circle (including the NASA scientists ?) who support the big picture – my diet, training, health & wellness, balance, consistency and execution. Finally, THANKS TO ALL THE FANS. My people out there worldwide ? who buy into our grind belief and my philosophy that payin’ our dues is owed on a daily basis. Thanks for rockin’ with me — let’s have some fun and take this HOBBS & SHAW franchise to the next level. #HardestWorkerInTheRoom #Hobbs #NightlyTequilaDrinker ?

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In Hobbs and Shaw, Johnson will be teaming up with Jason Statham in the first-ever spinoff of the Fast & Furious franchise. Statham’s Deckard Shaw entered the series in Furious 7 as a villain who had a history with Hobbs, but in Fate of the Furious, Shaw teamed up with the Furious crew and now is basically a good guy. While plot details on the spinoff are being kept under wraps, one thing’s for sure: Johnson and Statham are going to have some badass fight scenes.

Johnson and Statham are joined in the film by Idris Elba, who’s playing the villain Brixton, while Vanessa Kirby is in as an MI5 agent and Shaw’s sister. Eddie Marsan was also announced in the cast, while his Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is behind the camera for it.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham from the Fate of the Furious, will star in ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ / Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

The spinoff will be the next Furious movie to hit theaters, with Fast 9 coming out April 20, 2020, and the 10th film in the series set for sometime in 2021.

Hobbs and Shaw will be released on August 2, 2018.

15 Incredible Private Beaches Around the World You Can Actually Visit

Here’s a little secret: You don’t have to be Richard Branson to take a trip to one of the best private beaches in the world. Just splurge on a nice-ass hotel (if only for a night) and make like Robinson Crusoe enjoying an endless day with the only three things man needs: sun, water, and a private plunge pool overlooking the sunset—sure, so maybe that last one isn’t a necessity.

 

 

Whether your travels take you to a private island in the Maldives or a sprawling resort in remote New Zealand or by bustling Cancun, you can’t go wrong with any of these incredible private seaboards.

How to Build Your Emotional Intelligence to Boost Athletic Performance

You’re toeing the line at a 10K. You’ve trained diligently. The conditions are ideal. Your running flats are barely out of the box. You are ready. But there’s one area of race prep you may have overlooked: your emotional intelligence.

 

 

Consider it the X factor, a hidden key to peak performance. Sports psychologists consider EI—a concept roughly translating to an awareness of your own mental state—to be game-changing. It’s the special sauce that has compelled professional athletes to take up meditation, which is a key component in honing your emotional wherewithal. Now weekend warriors are realizing that EI can be the different between a plateau and a PR.

To prove it, researchers at the University of Padova in Italy recently asked 237 half-marathoners to complete a questionnaire that, unbeknownst to the runners, revealed their EI scores. A postrace comparison revealed EI was a key factor determining finish times, after controlling for running experience and training load. The higher the EI, the faster they ran.

It’s not about being more positive; rather, it’s acknowledging emotions and using them to gain an edge, says study author Enrico Rubaltelli.

“Someone with high EI can control their nerves at race start, then tap into excitement near the end,” Rubaltelli says.

It helps especially at that inevitable point during a race when things get ugly.

“People with high EI anticipate the level of pain and think through how they will respond before it comes, which helps them regulate pace and ultimately go faster,” Rubaltelli says.

EI also teaches you to lean into discomfort. In fact, happiness is considered a “low arousal” emotion, lulling you into complacency.

“Unpleasant emotions like anxiety and uncertainty can help motivate someone to achieve better performance,” says Andy Lane, a professor of sports psychology at the University of Wolverhampton in the U.K.

As for team sports, EI allows you to intuit the emotional state of your teammates and opponents. Who’s fading? Who’s raring to go? Sensing when your rivals are strong or unraveling can give you a strategic edge.

You’re not trying to control emotions—confidence, worry, etc.—instead, you learn how to stop them from getting in the way. Make this how-to a normal part of your training, as valuable as leg day and long runs. You may just find it helps you in life, too.

Building That X Factor Muscle

These exercises may not torch calories, but they can help carry you through the hardest part of a race.

Meditate

This teaches the brain to stay focused. In a competition setting, a practiced meditator can usher out feelings of fear or self-doubt when they arise. It’s a challenge to access this level of focus when the going gets tough, so familiarize yourself now. Sit in a quiet room, eyes closed, emptying out thoughts (a work deadline, what’s for dinner) when they enter your mind. One method is to envision circling each and pushing them away, like balloons. It’s not easy, but a mere 5 to 8 minutes per day can have lasting effects on performance, Rubaltelli says.

Relax

The next step is being able to release tension in the body. Tightness is often a physical embodiment of mental stress, and staying loose in a race setting helps ensure you’re moving efficiently. Sit quietly and take inventory of areas in your body you store anxiety, like your jaw, shoulders, lower back, and pelvis. The goal is to get to a place when you can tell your body relax, and it responds.

Repeat

One of the most successful ways to handle tough emotions during a grueling race is to remind yourself why you’re there. Start by writing down your goal, and the motivation behind it. Repeat it, often. “During a race, it helps you overcome the ‘why am I willing to suffer?’ moment,” Rubaltelli says. Remembering the larger purpose can override a chorus of “stop the madness” when it inevitably arises.

The Minimally Informed Man’s Guide to the 2018 World Series

It’s time for the 2018 World Series. After all the tiebreaker games, wild finishes, powerful home runs, incredible catches, clutch hits, and controversial calls through the MLB Postseason, the 2018 Fall Classic is here. After starting off with 10 teams in the playoffs, it’s down to two: The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Boston Red Sox. The World Series is officially starting Tuesday, October 23 with TV coverage on FOX.

This is about as historic of a matchup in baseball as you can get. Both franchises date back decades, and they’ve faced off in the World Series before, all the way back in 1916 when Babe Ruth was still pitching for the Sox. Back then, the Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins, and the Red Sox won the title after taking the series 4-1.

 

 

The Dodgers are making back-to-back World Series appearances after losing to the Houston Astros in 2017, while the Red Sox are back after last appearing in 2013 when they won it all. The Dodgers haven’t won a championship in three decades, the last one coming in 1988 after the heroics of Kirk Gibson.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 World Series.

The Schedule

The World Series gets started with Game 1 at Fenway Park in Boston at 8 p.m. ET with television coverage from FOX. First pitch is scheduled for the game at 8:09 p.m. ET. The first two games of the series will be at Fenway Park, and will shift to Dodger Stadium for Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5. If necessary, Game 6 and Game 7 will be back at Fenway Park. See the full schedule at MLB.com.

J.D. Martinez #28, Mookie Betts #50, Matt Barnes #32, Brock Holt #12, Brandon Workman #44, Rick Porcello #22, Joe Kelly #56, and Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate in the clubhouse after clinching the American League Championship Series in game five against the Houston Astros on October 18, 2018 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Here’s the full schedule for the World Series:

Game 1 – Fenway Park, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 2 – Fenway Park, Oct. 24, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 3 – Dodger Stadium, Oct. 26, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 4 – Dodger Stadium, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 5 – Dodger Stadium, Oct. 26, 8:15 p.m. ET
Game 6 – Fenway Park, Oct. 24, 8:09 p.m. ET
Game 7 – Fenway Park, Oct. 24, 8:09 p.m. ET

How It Happened

Los Angeles Dodgers: This season the Dodgers started off slow, causing many in the baseball world to wonder if they could bounce back in a tough division to make the playoffs. As ESPN put it in May, “Are the Dodgers more likely to rebound or miss the playoffs? The team got off to a 16-20 start, and the team was even in third place in their own division at points in September. Clearly, the Dodgers completed that turnaround, making this run to the World Series even more impressive.

Clayton Kershaw #22 celebrates wtih Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after scoring in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Dodgers won the NL West by one game over the Colorado Rockies, who defeated the Chicago Cubs to make it into the playoffs. The Dodgers finished the season with a 92-71 record and a plus-194 run differential, by far the best in the National League. The team faced off against the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series, winning 3-1 before advancing to play the Brewers. Los Angeles advanced to the World Series after a strong performance in Game 7 to take the series 4-3 over Milwaukee.

Boston Red Sox: As the team with the best record in baseball at 108-54, the Red Sox were one of the favorites to make it to the World Series out of the American League. The team had a dominating offense that scored the most runs in the MLB with 876 and the second-best run differential in the league at plus-229.

The Red Sox won the AL East by eight games over the Yankees, then played the Cleveland Indians in the AL Division Series. Boston then advanced to play the defending World Series champions in the Houston Astros, and beat them in five games, winning the series 4-1. Boston entered the season with a MLB-high $223 million payroll, so it’s not a major shocker they’re here at the end to represent the American League.

The Pitching Matchups

Chris Sale is starting Game 1 for the Red Sox after getting some extended rest due to an illness during the American League Championship Series. (He blamed it on a belly button ring—although he likely was jokingread here for more.) This will be Sale’s first time pitching in the World Series. It’s possible that Clayton Kershaw could go in Game 1 after helping the Dodgers close out Game 7 against the Brewers, but if he doesn’t, expect to see the All-Star in Game 2. It’s likely that Kershaw will start Game 1 for the Dodgers.

L: Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale pitches i the first inning. Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game One of ALCS at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 13, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images,

Here’s a look at the other starters for both teams, plus the potential matchups that could go down in the World Series:

Game 2: Rich Hill against David Price – Price finally notched his first postseason win in the ALCS against the Houston Astros, and he’ll try and keep that momentum going with a likely start in Game 2. Hill was solid for the Dodgers during the season with a 11-5 record and 3.66 ERA, and he’ll be facing his old team in the Red Sox in this series.

Game 3: Walker Buehler against Nathan Eovaldi – Even though Buehler is a rookie, he hasn’t pitched like one this season. Buehler started Game 7 for the Dodgers against the Brewers and only gave up one run, and he has a sub-2.00 ERA at home for the Dodgers this season. Eovaldi can get his fastball up into the high 90’s, and that always makes him a dangerous starter on the mound. Eovaldi pitched well against the Yankees in the Division Series, and he likely will get at least one start for the Red Sox in the World Series.

Game 4: Hyun-Jin Ryu against Rick Porcello – Ryu didn’t pitch well against the Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS, but he will have a chance at redemption for the Dodgers in the middle of the series. Ryu likely would go up against Rick Porcello, who was hit around a bit by the Astros in the ALCS for the Red Sox.

The Top Hitters

Mookie Betts, Red Sox, Outfield – Betts put together an MVP-level season for the Red Sox, hitting for a .346 average with 32 home runs, 80 RBIs, 47 doubles, and 30 stolen bases. He’ll be the player the Dodgers worry about the most in this series.

Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox makes a leaping catch at the wall against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox, Outfield – Even though Mookie Betts got all the attention this season for his MVP-level play, it was Bradley who starred in the ALCS against the Astros. Bradley had 9 RBIs in the series, including a grand slam off Houston closer Roberto Osuna in Game 3, and earned ALCS MVP for his play.

Yasiel Puig, Dodgers, Outfielder – Puig can run hot and cold when it comes to his hitting, and heading into the World Series he’s on a hot streak. Puig is hitting for a .321 average in the postseason and has been an energy-boosting presence for the Dodgers.

Manny Machado, Dodgers, Shortstop – The biggest acquisition of the trade deadline made his way to the Dodgers, and Machado has provided a spark for the team through the second half of the season and in the playoffs. Machado had a couple “dirty player” moments during the Milwaukee series, and now the spotlight will be even bigger as Machado plays in his first-ever World Series. Machado has three home runs in 11 postseason games as the World Series gets started.

Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double to left field during the ninth inning of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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J.D. Martinez, Red Sox, Outfield/Designated Hitter – Martinez has also had an MVP-level season for the Red Sox, and to keep him in the lineup, the team likely will use Martinez as an outfielder in the games at Dodger Stadium. Martinez had an insane season for the Red Sox, swatting 43 home runs while putting up 130 RBIs, 37 doubles, and 111 runs scored.

Fun Connections

Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the William Harridge Trophy after defeating the Houston Astros 4-1 in Game Five of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts previously played for the Red Sox, and he was in the middle of quite the memorable moment for fans. It was Roberts who scored the tying run for the Red Sox against the Yankees in the 2004 playoffs that helped get them to the World Series, which they won to break their decades long curse. Funny enough, Roberts isn’t the only manager in this series that played for the opposing team: Alex Cora previously played for the Dodgers (and also the Red Sox) during the beginning of his career.

Raise a Glass to the 7 Most Stylish Cruise Ship Bars Sailing the High Seas

Let’s face it—when it comes to travel, the cruise ship industry doesn’t exactly get the best rap. When you imagine taking a cruise, chances are visions of overweight Americans sporting Hawaiian button-downs and fanny packs come to mind. That, or a spring break booze cruise to the Bahamas (guilty).

 

 

But in today’s day and age, that’s simply no longer the case. In fact, there’s actually never been a better time to cruise.

From ultra-luxe small ships to the world’s largest cruise lines, there’s a vessel to exceed every type of traveler’s expectations. And when it comes to the bar situation, these ships are here to impress. So join us as we raise a toast to celebrate some of our favorite cruise ship bars circumnavigating the globe.

Dolph Lundgren Talks About Reuniting With Sylvester Stallone for “Creed 2”

Five movies, 33 years of friendship—Dolph Lundgren talks about working with Sly again for "Creed 2."

Over their 30 years of friendship, Dolph Lundgren has co-starred with Sylvester Stallone several times. He teamed up with Sly for the fifth time for Creed II, also starring Florian Munteanu as his son Viktor Drago. Lundgren talks about squaring off with his longtime friend for the first time since Ivan Drago and Rocky Balboa first came to blows in Rocky IV in 1985. 

Catch Lundgren in Creed II when it hits theaters November 21, and check out the latest issue of Muscle & Fitness featuring him on the cover. 

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Watch This Exclusive Clip From the New PBS Doc ‘Wildland’

The era of megafires is here. In 2018, some 10 million acres went up in flames, owing, in no small part, to irregular season conditions and rising temperatures. This documentary, Wildland, part of PBS’s Independent Lens series, captures the trials one firefighting team must endure in this new reality.

We first meet the crew during training in Oregon. Among them: two Bible-school dropouts, a former meth addict, and a middle-aged father with a checkered past. The challenges they face are personal as well as environmental, as they struggle with their fears and interpersonal turmoil when confronted by the flames.

You can watch Wildland on PBS starting October 29 at 10 p.m. EST. In the meantime, check out an exclusive clip from the documentary above.

Please, Stop Asking Me If I Want a Son

I’VE GOT NOTHING against men. They’ve done many good things for society, like invent democracy and put the faces of other men on all the money. But please, stop asking me if I want a tiny one.

It started when my wife became pregnant with our first child, some 13 years ago. “I know you’re hoping for a boy, right!?” people exclaimed. Am I? I wondered.

This was in rural Mississippi, my tribal homeland, where all the men are strange, all the women are strong, and all the teenagers are pregnant, preferably with boys—according to the people I knew anyway. To be sure, there were once practical reasons for wanting a son. But was I some kind of Bronze Age farmer who needed the superior upper-body strength of boys to harness oxen? No. At the time, I taught high-school English.

Plus, my own football-coaching, gun-toting badass of a father had prayed for a boy all his life and ended up with me, a son born with a love for libraries and calligraphy. Any boy of mine, I reasoned, would just as likely disappoint me the way I had my own dad. And yet I did feel a deep, explicable compulsion to sire a male who might carry our surname to the precipice of human history. Maybe it’s primal?

Eventually, the baby came. And it was a girl! We were overjoyed! My wife and I vowed to give her as happy and healthy a life as we could. And most of our friends and acquaintances pretended not to pity us, even though the child would never have a chance to score a Sugar Bowl touchdown or be Pope.

TWO YEARS LATER, my wife became engorged again. “Dude, you know you want a boy,” friends insisted. But I still wasn’t convinced. I’d begun writing stories about my father, in hopes of redeeming the suffering we’d inflicted on each another. Would I warp a son in petty and ridiculous ways, despite my attempts to love him, as my father had me? I didn’t have a chance to find out.

“Another girl!” everybody exclaimed when Baby #2 showed up. “Welp!”

“Maybe your next one will be a boy,” old ladies would winkingly say to me as I pushed a double stroller through Piggly Wiggly.

I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt that they meant well with their remarks; perhaps it was reasonable to assume that for variety’s sake I’d want a son instead of another daughter. Still, what drove this tenacious preference for males? I wondered.

I scrolled through parenting discussion boards and discovered that some moms and dads seemed unable to tell the difference between their daughters and a baby jaguar. “Girls are like sneaky cats,” one comment read. “I find little girls are very high maintenance,” said another. “And I can’t stand the screeching!”

The remarks boggled me, as did a 2011 poll that found that about twice as many Americans want a boy over a girl. (A follow-up poll this year suggests that the percentage has dropped only slightly since then.) What does this preference say about us, as a people, and how we value the sexes? Probably not great things.

WHEN OUR THIRD daughter debuted, two years later, people’s remarks took on a pitying, sorrowful tone, the way you might talk about a puppy on the internet with wheels for legs. “You just wait!” people said. “One day!”

But as my girls have gotten older, a new sentiment has emerged from strangers—especially from the mothers and fathers of just boys. “Be thankful you have girls,” they say. “Boys are a handful!” This comment strikes me as a particularly transparent humble-brag, implying that boys are all-American rascals, whereas girls are tidier; better mannered; and, well, less interesting.

How can I explain to these parents that—though there’s a great deal of hair-related crying in our home—my daughters engage in all sorts of dangerous behavior, including topless whittling and frying sausage naked? They’ve broken arms in and outside the house, use knives to sharpen pencils, and can destroy a room with the facility of highly trained looters. We arm-wrestle at dinner, leg wrestle at dessert, thumb wrestle at church. I’ve taught them how to hold hissing bottle rockets and hurl them barehanded into the night sky.

And, sure, my daughters might never play starting quarterback, but all three can throw a decent spiral. I’ve seen to it.

AS I’VE GOTTEN OLDER, I’ve put to rest some demons about my father, and I’ve stopped getting angry when people ask me if I want a son. Which they still do. “We have three baby jaguars,” I say, “and they’re the best.”

Maybe a son will emerge from my wife one day. If so, we shall embrace the lad. But I no longer have urges to sire a male heir to keep my name alive. Because, really, who cares? (Besides, my name lives on in bookstores across the land, which requires not sons but editors.)

The truth is, I’ve dedicated my life to trying to be adored by women, and now that my days are filled with little women daring me to be adored by them, I don’t hate it. Of course, you’re free to want your child to be born a boy or a girl or a nectarine, if that’s your thing. But leave me alone about my daughters. I will cut you. Or they will. They have knives.

Harrison Scott Key is the author, most recently, of Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir, out in November 2018. Watch the trailer here.

 

The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

Every week, we tell you about some of our favorite pieces of gear that we tested. This week: There’s everything from bags and totes that made our adventures and travels way easier, a kickass pair of Bluetooth headphones we threw on during our workouts, plus a bottle of wine that’ll become an essential for your next party and a roof rack that can hold your kayak. Here are our picks for Gear of the Week.

 

 

Thule Hull-a-Port XT

It probably didn’t take long for Thule’s engineers to realize that kayakers have a knack for leaving their roof racks up even after the boats come off. So, they made the Hull-a-Port XT, a roof rack that folds flat in seconds, once the paddle session is over, and improves gas mileage, cuts down on noise, and helps with overhead clearances. I tested it during a two-hour car ride on Long Island while hauling a 12-foot-long, nearly 70-pound Hobie kayak and it is a rock-solid rack.

The Thule gripped onto the factory-installed crossbars on my Subaru Outback easily, using the hex wrench that locks into the base of the rack. Out of the box, the rack looks overbuilt in every way. But, the installation instructions reminded me of the directions that accompanied that Ikea bookcase I had in college—lots of illustrations with arrows instead of words (luckily there are a few decent install videos online). The Hull-a-Port XT can haul a 75-pound boat, or two kayaks that combine for 130 pounds or less, though loading a second boat would require a bit of effort to reach across the roof of the car. A sturdy cam locks the swing arm that supports the boat in place and that same lock allows the arm to fold down.

After loading the boat onto the rack (with help), I strapped it down around the cockpit, then finish it off by tying on the bow and stern. I used Thule’s Quick Loop Straps ($30), tucked in under my hood and trunk lid, instead of fishing for a spot to attach to underneath the car. Even at a brisk 50 mph, the rack held securely as the boat rested on the side of its hull. Once the trip is over, the arms swing down and keep a low profile and the rack can sit on the roof for the duration of the kayak season, though taking them off only requires a few turns of the hex key. About my only complaint is the straps that come with the rack: As someone who likes flat straps, I’d love to see some sort of line or marker that could help avoid twisting the lines. — Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor

[$190; thule.com]

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Eagle Creek Packable Tote

I recently came back from a five-day trip, which is a perplexing amount of time to pack for. Not quite a weekend bag, but doesn’t require a duffel bag, either. Plus, I would be taking a regional flight with strict baggage allowances, so my typical Tumi roller board was out of the question. Out of frustration, I started packing my clothes in what’s usually my farmer’s market bag, the Eagle Creek Packable Tote/Pack, which costs all of $30. It is simple beyond simple: a Nylon boxy sack that has a top zipper, one pocket, folds in on itself, and can be worn as a backpack or a sack. In it I fit: 3 summer dresses, 2 pairs of pants, 3 tops, a sweatshirt, PJs and unmentionables, workout clothes, a pair of sneaker, a pair of flip-flops, and a swimsuit. It’s like a black hole, thanks to tough seams. And it weighs a whopping 6 ounces. That, plus a handbag with toiletries, my iPad, and a book I didn’t crack open, made for easy travel. This sort of travel probably isn’t for everybody, but this is the sort of bag you should have hanging around—I guarantee you’ll find uses for it. — Majorie Korn, Senior Editor

[$30; shop.eaglecreek.com]

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JBL X Peloton Earbuds

There’s no way you’d have a hard time finding wireless workout headphones to try out there. Here’s another pair to consider: Whether you’re cranking out a 10-minute cardio workout on a Peloton or putting in some weight training, these JBL X Peloton Bluetooth headphones are a true workout gear upgrade. During my brief testing so far, they don’t slide when faced with what could possibly be described as one of the sweatiest workouts this world has ever seen. While the headphones are wireless, the cord that rests over your neck from ear to ear has a solid, rugged quality. It comes in handy when you don’t have any pockets: I let them hang over the top of my shorts or over the back of my neck so I don’t have to hold them in my hand. — John Lonsdale, Deputy Editor

[$119; onepeloton.com]

Spoken Barrel 2015 Meritage Red Blend
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Spoken Barrel 2015 Meritage Red Blend

When the cooler weather comes barreling in, so do invitations for game nights, dinner parties, and holiday get-togethers. Y’know what that means? You’re gonna need to have wine on-hand—pretty much all the time—to bring to your guests and to keep for your own boozy stockpile. We’re digging Spoken Barrel’s Meritage, which is made with a combination of Bordeaux grapes, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. The full-bodied Washington red blend shines as a wine-and-cheese pairing or a complement to red meat. It’s smooth, juicy, and has hints of leather, licorice, and red plum. — Brittany Smith, Senior Editor

[$20; spokenbarrel.com]

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Oakley Street Belt Bag

On a recent trip, I wanted a smaller bag that I could use instead of my backpack to take on a few different excursions, including a hike on a mountain, a 15-mile bike ride, and a sailboat ride. This bag ended up being a great option. You can wear it in a couple different ways, including over your shoulder and on your waist. The strap can be extended and tightened for however you want to wear it. The two spacious interior pockets let me store my cell phone, a GoPro camera, a small water bottle, a portable phone charger, an extra T-shirt, eye drops, a small bottle sunscreen, and a pair of sunglasses. It’s the perfect pack to take on your next camping trip or weekend getaway. — Matt Jussim, Senior Editor

[$40; oakley.com]

The Hardest Exercises for Men, According to 7 Trainers

If you’re confident in the gym, you’re likely familiar with bench presses, squats, and deadlifts. They’re hard, yes. But they aren’t necessarily the most difficult exercises. In fact, the moves that challenge you most might actually look easy—until you try to do them properly.

 

 

Because men like to focus on those heavy lifts or moves that specifically bulk up their chests or arms, they tend to skip over the moves that work on things like flexibility, mobility, and stability—all of which are crucial elements of being able to move well (and to perform those more ‘manly’ exercises). But because these sound like key elements of yoga, pilates, and dance classes, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a bunch of dudes, guys brush them off as no big deal. But if you don’t have good range of motion to begin with and you keep doing all those strength-building exercises, the tightness just keeps adding up.

The exercises below tend to be the toughest for men, not just because they’ll seriously tax your muscles, but because you need solid flexibility and mobility to do them correctly. Top trainers weigh in on why these moves are so challenging, plus how to make them easier so you can reap all the muscle-building rewards.

 

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Beth Bischoff

1. Single-leg Hamstring Curls

How to do it: Position a Swiss ball in front of your feet. Lie down with your back and palms flat on the floor. Place your heels on top of the ball, then lift one leg straight in the air (or bend it with toes flexed toward your head). Press your hips and glutes off the floor. Keep your back straight and abs engaged. Dig your working heel into the ball as you curl it toward your glutes. Reverse the motion, then press the Swiss ball away from your glutes to the start position. *Note: Image shows traditional Swiss ball hamstring curls.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Most men don’t work out their legs, and when they do, they opt for heavy lifting like deadlifts or leg press, because they look and feel manly,” says Alonzo Wilson, the founder of Tone House in New York City. “They don’t isolate one leg or do single-leg work, which neglects the hamstring.” And unilateral, or one-sided, exercises are so important because they make it harder for your dominant side to compensate for your weaker side, which can lead to muscular imbalances.

How to do it better: Form is crucial here. “Make sure you don’t arch your back,” says Wilson. “When your back is arched or if you drop your hips, you take most of the hamstring work out of the exercise—which is the point of the hamstring curl!”

Barbell Back Squat
Beth Bischoff

2. Barbell Back Squat

How to do it: Load a bar with 85-100 percent of your bodyweight. Place the barbell across the middle of your traps, and pinch your shoulder blades together. Inhale, contracting your abs tight, then lower into a squat. Then drive back up by pushing through your big toe and heel, exhaling at the top.

Why it’s so hard for men: The average guy struggles with this for two reasons, says Adam Rosante, trainer and author of The 30-Second Body. “First, most guys don’t train their lower body regularly with free weights. So when they attempt a loaded barbell squat, their legs start screaming, their hearts start pumping like crazy. and their balance is all over the place. The second issue is a lack of mobility in their hips and ankles. Most guys I see working out in the gym give almost zero priority to mobility.”

How to do it better: It’s time to start incorporating mobility work into your fitness regimen. “Give yourself 10 minutes of mobility work on your hips, glutes, quads, and ankles before you start your workout,” says Rosante. Try these five stretches to open up your hips before lifting. And if you can’t do a bodyweight squat with proper form, don’t throw a heavy barbell on your back. “Maybe you start with 4 sets of 12 reps of a bodyweight squat in your first 2-3 weeks, then progress to an empty bar, then start to incrementally load weight over time,” he suggests. “Start by nailing the form, and build from there.”

Tuck Planche
Jay Sulivan

3. Tuck Planche

How to do it: Place your hands on a set of parallettes or aluminum workout bars, then rock your weight forward onto your shoulders and hold your legs tucked under your body. Your pelvis should be on the same plane as your shoulders, parallel with the ground.

Why it’s so hard for men: “The planche is so challenging because it’s such a complex and advanced isometric move that engages a lot of muscles most men aren’t familiar with using—plus it requires mobility, strength, and activation in almost every muscle in your body,” explains Stephen Cheuk, the founder of S10 Training in New York City. The only people who tend to nail it consistently? Gymnasts.

How to do it better: “Start a prone full hollow back hold—like a plank with a rounded back—and get used to shifting your whole body forward so wrists are almost level with your hips,” says Cheuk. “Really focus on engaging your core and squeezing your glutes.” From there, you can move up to the bars and use an elevated surface (like a yoga block) to support your feel until you can master the whole hold.

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Ian Maddox

4. Lateral Lunge

How to do it: Step to your left side, and lower your hips by squatting back and down with your left leg, making sure to keep your right leg straight. Return to the starting position by pushing up with your left leg. Switch directions and repeat. Do with or without weight.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Most of our daily movements are forward and back, even though moving in different planes keeps us more mobile,” says Joey Thurman, C.P.T., author of 365 Health and Fitness Hacks That Could Save Your Life. “The side lunge is particularly hard for men because we don’t do them often; they’re looked at as a ‘girl’ move. Plus, they challenge our hip flexibility, which is generally crap because a) we sit all day, which causes the muscles in our hips to shorten and b) we overload our quads, which also causes our hips to tighten up.”

How to do it better: Foam rolling your hips, glutes, hamstrings, and quads will go a long way in opening up your hips. “Doing a deep bodyweight squat will truly help you with your hip mobility, too,” says Thurman. “This requires 90-130 degrees of hip flexion (how much your hips bend) and 110-165 degrees of knee flexion (how much your knees bend).” Once a day, squat down as low as you can without letting your heels come up, then hold for 30 seconds and rise up—keep doing this until your butt can almost touch the ground. “This will help you push your hips back enough in the lateral lunge that your hip bones touch your abs while maintaining a neutral spine,” he says.

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Pistol squat Edgar Artiga / Getty Images

5. Pistol Squat

How to do it: From a standing position, extend one leg out in front of you, keeping it straight. Bend your other knee and, with control, lower to the ground so your hamstring touches your calf. Press through your heel to stand up.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Guys rarely forget to train things like their arms and chest, but focus less on their legs and even less on unilateral, stability, and mobility challenges,” says Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab in New York City. “The pistol squat not only challenges the strength/stability of one leg to build muscle, but you also need sufficient lower back and ankle hamstring mobility to do it properly. Rarely do I see a guy who has good mobility—along with strength—in all these areas.”

How to do it better: Improving your pistol squat is all about progressive training. “You want to reduce the depth of your pistol squat until you can perform as least 3 rounds of 5 successful reps,” says Matheny. “Increase the depth when you can get 3 rounds of 10. To help with the motion, you can add a counter balance by holding a weight in front of you.” Including basic mobility work of your hamstrings and low back (like walkouts) will also help, Matheny says.

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Beth Bischoff

 

5. Strict Pullup

How to do it: Grab a pullup bar and hang so your arms are fully extended. Tighten your core and pull yourself up as hard as you can until the bar touches your collar bone. Slowly let yourself down while keeping your core and lats engaged.

Why it’s so hard for men: “Average dudes struggle with strict pullups—no swinging, no arching—because of limited shoulder and lat mobility,” says Angelo Grinceri, a trainer at Performix House in New York City. “This usually stems from three things: training partial ranges of motion adopted from the bodybuilding mentality, the lack of full-body exercises, and sitting too much, which creates tighter pecs and shoulders, as well as weak lat muscles.”

How to do it better: First, roll out your lats with a foam roller or use a Theragun to loosen them up. “Next, stretch the lats by hanging from a bar for 30-60 seconds at a time a few times each day,” says Grinceri. “Start with just one rep; when you can do that with perfect form, you can progress to more.”

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Male fitness athlete performing overhead squat with kettlebell svetikd / Getty Images

 

7. Single-arm Overhead Squat

How to do it: First, clean the kettlebell to the rack position. Then, with your palm facing forward and the kettlebell resting against the back of your wrist, lift the kettlebell overhead and lock your arm. Keep your arm steady with a few inches of space between your ear and bicep as you squat down as low as you can, while keeping your back flat, shoulders up, and knees out. Push through your heels to stand, and repeat on the opposite side.

Why it’s so hard for men: “This is particularly challenging for men because you need to have full overhead extension and flexibility in your shoulders and hips,” says Roman Siromakha, a Crossfit coach at CrossFit Outbreak in Brooklyn, New York. A lot of men are limited in overhead movements because of the bench press we love so much, and men tend to have tighter hips that they don’t spend much time stretching.”

How to do it better: To warm up your overhead flexibility and stability, Siromakha suggests overhead passthroughs: Stand holding a PVC pipe with a wide grip in front of you. Keeping arms straight, bring the bar over your head, then behind your back until it touches your glutes. Once that gets easier, move the hands in one finger-width. (Shoulder activation drills like shoulder touches and even downward dog also help with range of motion.) Then, “make sure you’re able to squat with your hips below your knees,” says Siromakha. “If you’re unable to, practice squatting onto a box or bench, slowly progressing to lower and lower surfaces in order to get that full range of motion.”

 

 

12 Awesome Fair Trade Grooming Products You Should Try

October is National Fair Trade Month. Why should this matter to you? If you’re making more ethical and informed decisions about the products you buy, whether it’s coffee or clothing, you should know the Fair Trade seal means that the farmers and workers behind the brands are paid fairly, fragile ecosystems are protected, communities are supported, and supply chains remain socially conscious. Add grooming products to your list.

 

 

Some of the best and most effective natural ingredients for your skin and hair, including coconut, argan, apricot, and brazil nut oils, are produced by small-scale farmers around the world. If you’re filling your body with organic food and drinking Fair Trade-certified beverages, consider taking the same care for the ingredients you’re slathering on your skin and hair. They’re often a healthier alternative—and easier to find than ever online and at your local stores. Here, a dozen of the best grooming products to treat your body—and your soul.

You’re Gonna Want to Eat Your Way Through Barclays Centers’ New Menu

There are two types of people in this world: those who go whole-hog when they enter a sports stadium or arena, indulging in classic fare like burgers, brats, and beer, and those who demand something more refined—healthier meals that stick to more manageable macros or dietary restrictions. Good news: The Barclays Center—home of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders—in Brooklyn, NY, is answering the cry for more food options with its Brooklyn Taste program.

 

 

You can eat your way through some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after staples—gorging on Nathan’s hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, and thick wedges of cheesecake. Or you can enjoy multicultural delights, like lamb meatballs, pollo asado tacos, and white cheddar brats.

Curious about those healthier options? Scroll through to see some of the newest options and collaborations, including Happy Cow vegan burgers and Weight Watchers’ Mediterranean Buddah bowl.

The Brooklyn Nets start off the 2018-19 home schedule tonight, Friday, Oct 19 with a matchup against the New York Knicks. You can get all of the following options starting today.

Section 3

Happy Cow
Vegan, plant-based options

  1. Happy Cow Vegan Burger: Beyond Burger
  2. Happy Cow Chili Cheese Vegan Dog
  3. Cat Cora’s Wild Mushroom Taco

Paisano’s Burger
Boureum Hill butcher shop (also available in Section 29)

  1. Butcher Cheeseburger
  2. Cat Cora’s Turkey Burger

Section 5

BK Ballers
Italian deli specialties

  1. Classic Beef Meatball Hero
  2. Italian Chicken Dip Sandwich
  3. Uncle Paulie’s Panini (mozzarella, prosicuitto di parma, cotto ham)

Section 7

Brooklyn Taqueria

Chicken, pork, and mushroom tacos

  1. Pollo Asado Taco
  2. Carnitas Taco

Section 9

Brooklyn Bangers and Dogs
Sausages and hot dogs from Saul Bolton, the Michelin-starred chef behind Saul and Red Gravy

  1. Beef Brisket Brat
  2. Smoked White Cheddar Brat
Fuku fries
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Section 11

Fuku
Menu curated by celebrity chef David Chang

  1. Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
  2. Fuku Chicken Fingers
  3. Fuku Fries
Table 87 pizza
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Section 15

Table 87 Coal Pizza
Coal-oven baked 10” personal pizzas

  1. Classic Margherita Pizza
  2. Wild Mushroom Taleggio Pizza
Nathan's hot dogs
Nathan’s hot dogs Courtesy Image

Section 17

Nathan’s
A Brooklyn original, serving its famous hot dogs since 1916

  1. Nathan’s Classic Hot Dog
  2. Nathan’s Chili Dog

Buffalo Boss

Wings and fries from the Downtown Brooklyn restaurant co-owned by JAY-Z

  1. Boneless Chicken Wings

Section 24

Kings County Dogs
Loaded hot dogs

  1. New York Street Dog (Dusseldorf mustard, ketchup, braised onions, sauerkraut)
  2. Full House Dog (cheese sauce, chili, onions)
  3. Two Foot Flatbush Dog (Nathan’s two-foot hot dog, Dusseldorf mustard, ketchup, braised onions, sauerkraut, chili, cheese sauce, and Greek yogurt-chili lime slather)
Habana Cuban Sandwich
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Section 25

Habana

Cuban sandwiches

  1. Habana Pressed Cuban Sandwich
Juniors cheesecake
Juniors cheesecake Courtesy Image

Section 27

Junior’s Cheesecake
Sandwiches and cheesecake

  1. Junior’s Twin Sandwiches (corned beef and pastrami)
  2. Turkey Reuben
  3. Classic, Carrot, or Chocolate Cheesecake
Weight Watchers Buddha Bowl
Weight Watchers Buddha Bowl Courtesy Image

Section 29

Weight Watchers

Healthy Mediterranean options from a menu curated by celebrity chef Cat Cora

  1. Mediterranean Buddha Bowl
  2. Zucchino Noodle Falafel Bowl
  3. Lamb Meatballs
  4. Grilled Chicken Skewer
  5. Grilled Street Corn

You Can Legally Smoke Marijuana at Campsites in Canada’s National Parks

If you’re thinking about taking a camping weekend in Canada’s National Parks, you’ll be able to add a new activity to your agenda. With marijuana legalization now in effect in Canada for recreational goods, Parks Canada has announced that campers will be allowed to smoke marijuana at “registered campsites” in the country, according to Global News Canada.

Parks Canada, the government agency in charge of national parks, confirmed on their official website that cannabis can be used legally at many parks and campground areas now that recreational marijuana has become legal.

 

 

The website states that the consumption of marijuana will be “limited to the visitor’s campsite,” and that use of cannabis on common areas like playgrounds, kitchen shelters, bathrooms, trails, or roads, is not permitted. There are some exceptions to that rule though. In areas like British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, campers will be able to use marijuana on hiking trails, but only if the trails “aren’t within the campgrounds themselves,” according to the Parks Canada website.

Canada's National Parks
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“While Parks Canada campgrounds are public areas, the agency treats individual campsites as temporary domiciles for our visitors. For this reason, at Parks Canada campgrounds, consumption of cannabis will be permitted in campsites,” spokesperson Marie-Hélène Brisson said, according to CBC.com.

While the use of recreational marijuana at campsites is now legal, the risk of starting a fire or having an accident regarding a fire remains as important to pay attention to as ever. For anyone thinking of lighting up in a Canadian national park—or any other park for that matter—here are some safety rules and tips to help you stay safe and keep fires from starting in the wilderness:

Who Should Be the Next Batman After Ben Affleck?

Batman is one of the most iconic characters in American history. Over the years, he’s been played by actors like Adam West, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and, most recently, Ben Affleck. But with rumors circulating about Affleck being recast as the Caped Crusader, everyone has been wondering the same thing: Who will be the next Batman after Ben Affleck?

Affleck starred as the Dark Knight in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but with the so-so box office and middling reviews of the films, it looks like it’ll be back to the drawing board for the DC film universe.

 

 

Director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) has been tasked with taking on The Batman, but it might not be with Affleck. While the news about Affleck leaving the cowl behind isn’t official, Variety recently reported that Warner Bros. is “not currently moving forward” with any new Batman or Superman movies with Affleck or Henry Cavill.

That obviously means some big changes for the hero, so we put out the question on our Instagram page about who you—the Men’s Journal readers—think should take over next as Batman. Some of these choices are admittedly funny and ridiculous and likely would never happen, but we wanted to honor the opinions of all you readers out there and feature them here on this list.

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Image via Warner Bros.

Here’s a look at who should be the next Batman, as voted on by Men’s Journal readers.

Behind the Scenes with Dolph Lundgren for ‘Muscle & Fitness’

The '80s action icon graced the cover of M&F for the first time in 1986, and he's back over 30 years later.

Dolph Lundgren is back over 30 years later as Ivan Drago in Creed II, also starring Florian Munteanu as his son Viktor and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. He’s also back to grace the cover of Muscle & Fitness again—something he has done multiple times since his first appearance back in 1986. 

Check out this behind-the-scenes video of his shoot and catch Lundgren in Creed II when it hits theaters November 21.

Get the latest issue of Muscle & Fitness featuring Dolph Lundgren on the cover. 

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Interview: ‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox Talks Eating Right, “Texas Workouts,” and Acting Blind


A production still from Marvel's 'Daredevil'

Courtesy of Netflix

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched The Defenders yet, be warned—we spoil the best part of it here. 

Daredevil is returning to Netflix on October 19, and for fans of the series, the wait has been excruciating. We haven’t seen the character in action since the cliffhanger that closed out The Defenders miniseries, which capped off with a broken Matt Murdock in the care of a group of nuns, one of which is called “Sister Maggie,” a name very familiar to fans of the comics. 

The moment was something of a callback to writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli’s seminal “Born Again” storyline from the comics. And if you’ve ever read that, then you know why season three of Daredevil should be a homerun.

We talked to Matt Murdock/Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox, about what it takes to physically pull off both the look of a hardened vigilante and the mannerisms of a blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen.

M&F: Last we saw Daredevil, he’d narrowly survived an exploding building. What can we expect in season three?

CHARLIE COX: The most interesting aspect for this new season is the relationship that Matt Murdock has with god and his faith, and how that has changed since everything that happened in season two and in The Defenders. He has to rediscover his understanding of what god is, which makes a big difference in how he operates as a superhero. That journey for me was one of the most interesting things about season three.

Between Matt Murdock and Daredevil, does it feel like you’re playing two roles?

Not in a schizophrenic way, but I do think of them as slightly different people. We all behave differently depending on what company we’re with. We’re different with friends in a pub versus in our boss’s office. I think of Daredevil in a similar way. When he puts on that suit and goes out at night to engage in vigilante justice, he’s metaphorically and literally putting on a mask. He has to access a different part of himself and his psyche to do it.

How do you stay in shape for this very physical role?

When I got the role in 2014, I had to completely reinvent how I live. At the time, I would run and do yoga, but I never had much interest in putting on muscle. Now it’s become part of my life.

How so?

Currently I’m going to the gym about four times a week. I do what my trainer calls a “Texas workout.” We choose three exercises—like shoulder presses, chest presses, and squats—and do five reps of each continuously for 20 minutes. Then I repeat that two more times with different exercises, for a total of nine exercises over an hour. When you’re only doing five reps at a time, you can go for a long time. At the end, I’ve done a couple hundred presses or squats, which requires so much physical exertion that it also gets in your cardio. On days when I’m not doing that, I like hot yoga, swimming, and running.

What about fight training?

I’m lucky because Daredevil is more of a pub brawler than a martial artist. He knows lots of different forms, but his dad was a boxer and he loves to use his fists. So from a technique point of view, learning the choreography isn’t too hard. It’s like a muscle—you get more competent the more you do it.

Does all that choreographed fighting translate to a real fight?

No, if anything I think I’d be more worried. Now I probably look like someone who can handle himself, which isn’t a good thing because I can’t. And all the training I’ve done has been about making it look like you’re hitting someone without actually doing it. So if I got into a real fight, I’d be really scared that I’d just miss them by a few inches each time.

What’s your diet like these days?

When I got the job I quickly became aware of my protein intake. I never used to think about that, but now I’m always thinking, “Where am I getting my protein?” I usually eat egg whites for breakfast, and I eat as much fish as I can. I’ll have a hamburger or steak maybe once a week, but I stick to fish and chicken mostly. Partly for health reasons and also for environmental reasons, I’ll usually have meat or fish one meal a day and the other two will be vegetarian meals.

Are there any acting nuances to playing a blind character?

The blind aspect of the character is fundamental, so it was very important to me to get that right—for the character, but also because Daredevil is immensely popular within the visually impaired community. I wanted to do him justice. I work with a gentleman who’s been legally blind for 20 years. We talk a lot, and he would show me different aspects of operating as a blind man. Questions come up all the time, so we have an ongoing conversation about it.

Do you have a dream role, or a Daredevil crossover you’d like to star in?

Daredevil the Musical. I’d love to do something big on Broadway or in London’s West End. But it’ll never happen because I can’t sing.

Anything else before you go?

Yeah, when you add my photo to the magazine, please just take a picture of Henry Cavill and put my face on it.

Daredevil season 3 premieres on Netflix on Friday, October 19. 

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