The OG “Triple White” 1.0 adidas Ultra Boost Sees a 4D Upgrade

Best of both worlds? The adidas Ultra4D Triple White merges the upper of the model that ignited the Ultra Boost wave with Futurecraft tooling. Giving Boost a break, this hybrid take sees a white Primeknit top contrasted by a slightly green 4D sole for a fresh take on the 1.0 favorite. View this post on … Read more

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“PHOSPHOR” adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Set to Light Up 2020

The sneaker previously known as the Yeezy 700 VX is starting to surface in new takes with real release dates. The latest? The adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN PHOSPHOR. Based in black and sporting lime green sidewalls, 3M branding identifies the model in the same manner as the Air More Uptempo for a loud look … Read more

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Grinch Kobe Vibes are All Over This Christmas Converse All Star Pro BB

Eric Avar is no stranger to delivering great Christmas gifts. After all, he gave us the “Grinch” Kobe VI back in 2010. Nine years later he’s ready to outfit Kelly Oubre in the Converse All Star Pro BB “Nocturnal” – a holiday homage to the brand’s glowing past. Back in 1987 – long before Oubre … Read more

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Jeff Goldblum Lace-Swaps His Sacai Nikes & Got the Triple S Months Before They Dropped

Jeff Goldblum. Actor. Style icon. Sneakerhead? The latter proves true in the latest episode of Sneaker Shopping. Linking up with Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods NYC, Goldblum discusses growing up on kicks at Sportie LA, getting the Balenciaga Triple S months before they caught on and lace swapping his Sacai Nikes. See what he’s … Read more

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The Carhartt WIP x Converse Chuck 70 Is Available Now

Carhartt WIP has joined forces with Converse for Fall/Winter 2019 as the two brands have cooked up collaborative renditions of the Converse Chuck 70.

First up we have an orange colorway which takes on a low top construction and is composed of a printed ripstop nylon upper which bears a seasonal real tree camouflage. Its counterpart comes covered in black in a fancy makeup up of an 8 wale cord and a robust cotton twill, essentially canvas and corduroy. Both pairs are finished off with off-white/cream detailing on the rubber toe and the rubber midsoles. A green rubber outsole on the orange pair and a black outsole on the black pair finish things off.

Look for both of these colorways of the Carhartt WIP x Converse Chuck 70 now at Carhartt WIP stores as well as online.

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Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation To Debut This Week

Heads up Curry fans! The newest colorway of the Under Armour Curry 7 drops this upcoming weekend. Dubbed (no pun intended) the Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation, this special colorway of the model is both a thank you as well as a badge of honor

The newest Curry 7 colorway from Stephen Curry and Under Armour is both a thank and a badge of honor; a way to show that pride – throughout The Bay and around the world. The inspiration behind the this Dub Nation colorway is centered on the electric vibes to celebrate the team’s new city and arena this season. This is done by giving the shoe a blends of Blue hues contrasted by the hits of Neon that amplify the energy of the original team colors. Just like ant other Curry 7, this pair also boasts a multi-layer upper placed on top of a sole with both UA HOVR and Micro G cushioning platforms.

Looking to scoop up a pair? The Under Armour Curry 7 Dub Nation drops on December 13th at select retailers and for the retail price of $140.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Pays Homage To Cleveland Animal Shelter With His Week 14 Nike Cleats

Another week of football and another eye-catching pair of cleats for Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ’s Week 14 cleats for a cause serve a playful take on the wide receiver’s support of an animal rescue shelter in Cleveland. This special iteration of the Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 3 OBJ Uptempo Cleat takes on a fuzzy fur upper that is meant to mimic the fur of a dog. The majority of the shoe is done in a yellow/gold while dark brown appears on the toe. OBJ wore these cleat for the Cleveland’s December 8th matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals both during pre-game and in game.

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The Nike PG 4 Is Expected To Debut In January

The Nike PG 3 is reaching its end as Paul George’s 4th signature basketball with the Swoosh is set to release VERY soon. According to Foot Locker’s release calendar, the Nike PG 4 is set to debut in its very first colorway some time during January 2020. This Nike PG 4 will come in a Black, White, and Smoke Grey color scheme (perhaps to match with the Clippers new “City” Edition uniforms?) While there are no leaked images of the Nike PG 4 yet, the shoe is expected to once again be a low and will be highlighted by a mesh upper with a zipper somewhere on the shoe.

Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for a first look as well as the official unveiling of the Nike PG 4.

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Black Patent Leather Hits The Nike Shox BB4

Made popular by Vince Carter during his day with the Toronto Raptors, the Nike Shox BB4 is returning in yet another OG colorway for the Holiday 2019 season.

The popular silhouette from Nike Basketball starts off with a white leather upper that is then contrasted by black patent leather on the side panel overlays as well as on the upper part of the tongue. For further contrast we see the addition of blue accents throughout the shoe along with a silver heel counter. The signature Shox unit on the heel wraps things up on this Nike Shox BB4 that will be releasing in the near future for $160. Will you cop? Stay tuned to Kicks On Fire for updates.

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The New Balance OMN1S City of Angels Releases This Week

New Balance Hoops returns this week with another new colorway of the New Balance OMN1s, this time with the City of Angels rendition. The sixth of seven colorways to release over the remainder of 2019, this New Balance OMN1S features a striking black & white colorway makeup with blue and red accents. This pair will be Kawhi Leonard’s sneaker of choice moving forward when the Clippers don the team’s signature black and white City Edition uniforms. Kawhi Leonard plans to wear the “City of Angels” colorway for the first time on Thursday, December 19th against the Houston Rockets.

Look for the New Balance OMN1S City of Angele to release this Thursday, December 12th at 10am ET online and at select Shoe Palace and Footlocker locations around the world.

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A Look At Beyonce’s First Sneaker Collaboration With adidas

Beyonce has just given us a first look at her first upcoming collection with adidas following the announcement of their partnership this past Spring. The forthcoming collection between Queen Bee and the three stripes will include apparel, footwear, as well as jewelry with a glimpse at the first sneaker seen above. The Ivy Park x adidas sneaker resembles a mix between the adidas Forum, Beyonce’s favorite adidas shoe, and the adidas Samba. The shoe features a white leather construction on the upper with burgundy leather detailing on the three stripes branding on the side panels and the heel, as well as grey suede overlays on the toe. Finishing off the sneaker is orange trim above the midsole with “IVY PARK” branding, IVY PARK branding on the tongues, and a chunky gum rubber midsole/outsole.

Look for the Beyonce x adidas Ivy Park to release on January 18th. Keep it locked to Kicks On Fire for updates.

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Light Up The Room With The Converse All Star Pro BB Nocturnal

Converse returned to the basketball world earlier this year with the arrival of the Converse All Star Pro BB, a creation done in collaboration with legendary Nike basketball designer, Eric Avar. Before the year comes to an end we’ll see the release of another new colorway that is sure to break a few necks left and right dubbed the “Nocturnal” colorway.

The Converse All Star Pro BB “Nocturnal” adds a fresh twist to the silhouette with the addition of a glow-in-the-dark sole unit. In vibe, it carries a cheeky nod to a previous holiday edition of an Eric Avar classic. In practice, the shoe also celebrates Converse’s two-decades-long legacy of experimentation with phosphorescence.

Converse initiated glow-in-the-dark designs in 1987, when both uppers and outsoles of the Chuck were first illuminated. This was a step in the continued evolution of the icon — pushing beyond prints to augment the presence of the sneaker on the streets. Now, with the All Star Pro BB, the luminous look adds to the energetic statements made on the shoe’s upper since the silhouette’s debut in April.

The Converse All Star Pro BB “Nocturnal” releases December 12 in China and December 15 in North America.

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adidas & Kanye West Officially Announce The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel

With the release date being less than one week away, adidas and Kanye West have finally official introduced the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel.

The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel” boasts a black/white Primeknit construction that is intertwined with glowing green accents. Finally, the model is topped off with a glow-in-the-dark translucent outsole encasing the signature Boost cushioning.

Retailing for $220, look for this adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 on December 14.
The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Yeezreel will be available on, on the adidas app in North America and Europe, on YEEZY SUPPLY, and in select retailers. A full list of retailers can be found at

Click and bookmark our adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Yeezreel + Yeezreel Reflective” hub page now for everything you need to know about the sneaker and where to buy it online. Always keep it locked to KicksOnFire for the latest in sneaker news, release dates and where to purchase your favorite kicks.

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Available Now: The Hundreds x Puma Clyde

For the first time ever, The Hundreds and Puma have teamed up for their debut collaboration.

Shown above, the The Hundreds x Puma Clyde honors the OG colors of the Clyde sneaker remixing them all in one shoe.

With “people over product” as their mantra, THE HUNDREDS aims to take a fresh perspective on streetwear and create products as unique as their consumers and is continuing that mission with The Hundreds x Puma Clyde.

Inspired by different cultural profiles from the ‘90s to today, this nuanced collection celebrates the ongoing development of streetwear culture with bold, diverse designs. Opting for a mismatched motif, this Puma Clyde is constructed using both leather and a hairy suede, while also using different colors on both the lateral and medial side of each shoe. It looks like you’re wearing two shoes, but it’s actually just one with a lot going on.

The Hundreds x Puma Clyde retails for $110 and is now available exclusively on and on and select global retailers on December 12th.

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Dave Bautista to be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

Dave Bautista to be Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

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Dave Bautista, a former WWE champion and Muscle & Fitness cover model, will be recognized for his countless accomplishments next year when he’s inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The Avengers star told People magazine it was WWE CEO Vince McMahon who asked if he’d accept the honor. “I wasn’t surprised, but I was pretty happy,” Bautista told People. “It’s a good feeling, it’s a really good feeling.”

The muscular star, who has also competed in mixed martial arts, began his wrestling career at the relatively late age of 30 in 2000, but quickly became a force to be reckoned with.                            

In 2003, he joined Paul “Triple H” Levesque, the Nature Boy Ric Flair, and Randy Orton to form the wrestling faction Evolution. Bautista remained a part of Evolution until 2005, when he betrayed Triple H and defeated him at WrestleMania 21 to capture his first world heavyweight title.

Throughout his career he had many memorable feuds with John Cena, the Undertaker, Adam Copeland, aka “Edge,” to name a few. In 2010, he left the WWE but returned in 2014 (right after his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Drax in Guardian’s of the Galaxy) for a few months.

He returned again earlier this year and feuded with Triple H, which culminated in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania that Levesque won. Bautista announced his retirement from wrestling the following day.

Outside the WWE, Bautista has become an accomplished actor. His biggest role has been Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saw him earn a small role in Avengers: Endgame, the highest-grossing movie of all time.


He has also starred in the James Bond film Spectre, in the iconic “Bond villian” role, and Blade Runner 2049 alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Muscle & Fitness readers are no strangers to Bautista—he’s twice been on the cover, revealing his secrets to getting shredded to play Drax and other characters. You can follow some of his workout tips here.

Lately, the former WWE superstar has been openly flirting with Ashley Sebera, a WWE superstar known as “Dana Brooke,” and former girlfriend of the late bodybuilder Dallas McCarver.

Sebera herself is an accomplished bodybuilder, having won the 2017 Female Image Award, an honor handed every year at the Mr. Olympia to athletes who best represent the IFBB Professional League and National Physique Committee by giving back to others.

The WWE also announced that the New World Order—the famous WCW faction that included Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman—will also be inducted into its Hall of Fame. The NWO rocked the wrestling world during the 1990s and early 2000s, and helped give WCW a ratings edge over the WWE for many years.


Jordan Shallow Is Looking Past the Conventional to Change the Future of Fitness

"It’s 2019, We Need to Update the F—ing Fitness Software,”

Powerlifter Jordan Shallow isn’t your typical personal trainer; He’s a fitness educator on a mission to update the antiquated information that has been passed around for decades.


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Lance Palmer grinds his way toward second PFL tournament finals


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New Year’s Eve is becoming an annual “Garden Party” for Lance Palmer, as the featherweight will throw down in his second straight Professional Fighters League tournament finals on Dec. 31 at Madison Square Garden.

Winning a PFL tournament is no easy feat, as competitors must fight twice in one day should they make it to the quarter- and semi-finals. Palmer hasn’t had any problems in that department, easily winning both fights en route to his 2018 championship victory. “The Party” repeated his success in the 2019 quarter- and semi-finals, and is in prime position to take home another belt and $1 million prize when he faces Daniel Pineda in this year’s finals.

Whether it’s facing one opponent or several in a single day, Palmer is used to the grind of tournaments. As a four-time All-American wrestler and former Big Ten Conference champion for Ohio State University, Palmer is comfortable with the PFL format due to his extensive wrestling background.

“There’s wrestling tournaments that I’ve done where I’ve wrestled eight matches in one day,” Palmer tells Muscle & Fitness. “So the playoffs wasn’t anything new to me. You get fatigued and things like that, but that’s when the training comes in,” he adds. “You’re kind of calloused to train through that and be prepared for that if it happens.”


Riding a 10-fight win streak going into his fight against Pineda, the defending featherweight tournament title holder has consistently trained at a championship-level throughout his MMA career. Palmer trains under coach Mark Henry out of New Jersey with the likes of Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez, both former UFC champions, and is used to getting into sparring matches so intense they’re pay-per-view worthy.

“I have all these guys that push me every day, and we push each other to get better,” says Palmer. “It’s like watching world title fights every round.”

Whether it’s in the gym or on a televised fight card, the key to performing like a champ, according to Palmer, is conditioning. During a typical day in fight camp, Palmer will run in the morning before taking part in a pair of morning and evening training sessions, usually consisting of sparring, jiu-jitsu or mitt work with his boxing coach. In addition to his usual training five days a week, Palmer also works with a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach that have him on “a strict plan” to ensure his body is “burning on all cylinders.”

“It consists of some sort of resistance training on a bike, and then it’ll go to some treadmill work,” says Palmer, who does strength and conditioning work twice a week. “Then it’ll go to some sort of either metabolic weight training or some heavy weight training, depending on what part of fight camp I’m in.”

Palmer credits his improved conditioning for his recent victories, including his third-round TKO win over Luis Rafael Laurentino during the second round of this season’s PFL featherweight tournament in July.




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“I finished the guy in the third round, and he clearly broke as the fight went on,” says Palmer. “You could tell he’s just not as fast with his punches and kicks and combos. And then the third round was the round that he wanted to be done, so a lot of the conditioning had to do with the pressure you’re allowed to, or able it put on your opponent.”

Recovery has become just as important to Palmer as conditioning, especially now that he’s in his thirties. These days, “The Party” makes sure to rest twice a week—once during the week and once on weekends—to recover from the grind of training

“Two days off a week is perfect, and splitting those days up throughout the week,” says Palmer. “Some guys will train hard five days straight, take two days off in a row. But that’s not the correct way to do it, if you look at it scientifically.”

“Your body can’t recover that fast in that period,” he adds. “You’re better to put a heavy workload on for a couple of days and then take that workload off for a rest day, and then put another heavy workload on for a few days, and take another rest day. And that’s kind of what I’ve implemented over the last couple of years, and it’s definitely helped me out a lot.”

Hoping to start the New Year off with a bang, Palmer is confident that he’ll take home his second straight tournament title.

“I feel more confident than I have in a long time,” says Palmer. “I know that I’ve done everything I can, and I’m the most prepared that I’m ever going to be. And that’s kind of what brings on a confidence that I know I’m going to win this second season.”


From Drug Addiction to Powerlifting, Julius Maddox’s Inspiring Story Is Sparking Change


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In the powerlifting community, there aren’t many athletes who have had to overcome the same obstacles as bench-pressing behemoth Julius Maddox.

The Kentuckyian set two bench world records in 2019, including a 744-pound raw bench press—meaning he didn’t use any gear other than wrist wraps. But to get his name into the record books, the 32-year-old had to first free himself from the grips of depression and addiction. “Opioids and benzoids like Xanax and things like that,” were Maddox’s drugs of choice. 

“I wasn’t just your average user. I would take it to the extreme,” Maddox says. “I lived the lifestyle of taking prescription pills and actually on the other side of it, too—trafficking drugs and pills. So it’s been a long journey to get to where I’m at today.”

For Maddox, hitting the weights wasn’t just an escape from drug addiction and depression—lifting became his means of survival. One day, following a recovery program session, Maddox, who has been powerlifting only for a little over seven years put his strength to the test in a dungeon-like basement gym with nothing but dirt for a floor. He and his workout partners put all the weight they could on the bar, and he pressed it for two.

“We added the weight up afterward, and it ended up being 525 pounds,” Maddox says. “The guys were like, ‘You realize that nobody is doing this type of weight like this.’ So it got me fixated on C.T. Fletcher and things like that. And I started watching those things, and I’m like, ‘I think I can get there.’” 

Today, Maddox, gets his endorphin rush by lifting heavy weights. When he’s not setting world records, Maddox is aiding kids in his community, helping them veer away from doing drugs like he did in his younger days and preaching the merits of physical fitness.

“If I can change one person or inspire one person to live a different life, then I’m fulfilling my purpose,” he says.

As for the future, Maddox has his sights set on breaking his own record, yet again. 

“I want to do something that no man in the history of the world has done,” he says. “I will be the first man on earth to ever bench-press 800 pounds raw.” He has the opportunity, and this time there’s nothing standing in his way. “I got a second chance at life, so I’m not going to waste it this time,” Maddox says. “I’m going to take full advantage.”


The 15 Best Gifts Under $100 for Everyone on Your List

Despite winter storms, the holiday season is coming in hot—and with it, the inevitable paralyzing anxiety of what on earth you’re going to gift your closest friends, families, and co-workers. Some people are easy—your dog-obsessed niece will drool over new toys for her pup, adventurers will light up at gear to keep them on the go. But the majority of people on your list are one big question mark. Sometimes all you need, though, is a little reminder that your cube-mate mentioned he’s been obsessed with speakeasy cocktails lately, or your brother-in-law really wants to get back into running next year. And if all else fails, there are certain tried-and-true gifts under $100 that never go out of style for someone who works in an office or relaxes in the kitchen.

We’ve got it all for you—super-cool cookware, soft pajamas, travel yoga mats. There are even ideas to make those family members you don’t know much about feel appreciated and seen, like nice leather gloves or cooking salts. And best yet, all the gifts on this list are under $100, which delivers something nice enough to say “I care” with enough dough left over to cover the other dozen people you also care about.

Check out our 15 greatest gifts under $100.

This Intense Full-Body Workout Keeps John Boreanaz Shredded for ‘SEAL Team’

David Boreanaz knew that when he signed on to lead the CBS military drama SEAL Team, he was also signing up to spend some serious time in the gym. The show follows Bravo Team, an elite sub-unit of SEAL Team Six, as they train for and execute dangerous missions all over the world. That’s not the kind of group you get to lead by skipping workouts.

“The kind of person that becomes a Tier 1 operator has tremendous drive,” Boreanaz told Men’s Journal.

He has portrayed team commander Jason Hayes for three seasons. On the surface level, the character is a highly decorated military stud, but the real story is much more complicated. He also wrestles with the emotional and physical toll from his service—this season more than ever before.

The biggest asset Boreanaz has is the series creative team, which is stacked with former special forces members. They offer a wealth of insight on the mental and physical aspects of the job, from getting through BUD/S, to deployments, to coping with the aftermath.

“I can’t explain how crucial they have been to the character,” Boreanaz said. “During these operations they can’t go below 100 percent, they are always going and burning. I get so much out of being around those guys, and it pushes me to work harder.”

One person who can attest to that is Boreanaz’s trainer Roy Paras, founder of EPX Training, who has spent the past year keeping the actor dialed in and fit for duty.

“These Navy SEAL guys are all true badasses, and there are no shortcuts to looking like a badass,” said Paras. “You have to train that way.”

So he designed a program to keep Boreanaz healthy and shred him up, too.

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Boreanaz reports to Paras six days a week. Since the show films so many days out of the year, there’s a trailer on set filled with gym equipment where the whole cast of SEAL Team can get their pump on. On days when they aren’t filming, Boreanaz drives to EPX, but no matter where they go, the program stays the same.

Their workouts are complete and multitiered, kicking off with a little cardio to get the heart pumping and the limbs warmed up. Before they exercise further, Paras puts Boreanaz through soft tissue work on the table, to identify any potential problem areas.

“Doing that kind of prep work is just as important as any other part of the session,” Paras said. “This is all about the long game, and whether you are out in the field or on the lot. You can’t do your job if you are injured.”

Boreanaz is no stranger to injury. He suffered a few over the course of previous seasons, and even went through platelet-rich plasma therapy—injections that stimulate the body’s natural healing functions—to bounce back after a substantial knee trauma. The show’s intense action scenes also placed a significant toll on his lower back, legs, and joints. He admits to being less disciplined in his past training, but now with Paras they have found a way to push it hard without those long-lasting consequences.

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That’s good, because the rest of the SEAL Team cast are younger guys who all like to get after it. Boreanaz not only plays their team commander, but he also serves as an executive producer and director on the show. For him, it’s not just about keeping up, it’s about leading. For example, he directed an episode that involves the group hustling up a hill while loaded down with packs.

“The scene started off with a rope exit out of the chopper and then we did an ascent up the side of this hill,” said Boreanaz. “I could probably have cut a few minutes in, but I didn’t want to. I just kept us going, harder and harder up the hill, with rocks falling all around us. By the time we were done, we were sucking wind. The guys didn’t love it, but it looked awesome.”

This season the cast traveled to Serbia, where they could be spotted jumping out of cars and chasing bad guys down alleyways with their full kits on.

“I really enjoy getting into the elements like that,” said Boreanaz. “Getting to run around Belgrade in a physical space rather than on a soundstage. Everything that we do is to serve the story of these guys better. That is why we put in the work.”

'SEAL Team,' starring David Boreanaz; workouts
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A Day in SEAL Team Training

Boreanaz stands at 6’1” with big shoulders, and he bulks up quickly. During his research, he noticed that a number of SEAL operators were wiry with great flexibility and athletic builds.

“On occasion they have to smash down doors,” says Boreanaz. “But there are also a lot of controlled movements, sitting low and crawling for their covert missions. All with their packs on.”

So Paras designed a high rep count program that would keep him lean and mean.


Bike or Treadmill: 5 minutes
Soft Tissue/Table Prep Work: 10–15 minutes


Band Hip/Glute Activation: 4 minutes
Band Shoulder Activation/Mobility: 4 minutes
Dynamic Warm Up (ham/hip/groin openers): 4 minutes


Circuit A

Complete 2 rounds of this circuit with no rest in between.

Lateral Side Coil/Crunches on Back Extension (full ROM): 12 reps
Back Extension (arms pull back into scapular retraction at top): 12 reps
Jump Rope: 1 minute

Circuit B

Complete 4 rounds of this circuit with a short rest in between.

HexBar Deadlift (increase weight with every set): 5 reps
Short Box Hop (full extension, float to the top, land soft, step off): 5 reps
Ipsilateral Walking Lunges (lunge 5 steps with left leg, holding weight on left side, then switch sides): 5 reps
Bike Sprint: 10 sec
Rhythm Run Recovery: 50 sec

Circuit C

Complete 3 rounds of this circuit, moving weight quickly with a short rest in between.

Mix Grip Bench: 15 reps
Pushup: 15 reps
Inverted Row: 15 reps

Circuit D

Complete 3 rounds of this circuit with a short rest in between.

Staggered Stance Single Arm Overhead Press: 12 reps
Pullup (hold at top w/ knees to chest 20 seconds): 12 reps
Tri Ext/Curl/Shoulder Raise Complex Circuit: 12 reps

Boxing Finisher

Flurry Finishers on Heavy Bag (punches and power hooks): 30 seconds

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Lawsuit Filed to Reinstate Ban on E-Bikes in National Parks

This past summer, the Department of the Interior signed a policy granting access to low-speed electric bikes (e-bikes) in national parks—giving them the same rules and regulations as non-motorized bikes. Naturally, in recent months, there has been much debate over whether or not this is a good idea.

On Thursday, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)—along with co-plaintiffs Wilderness Watch, Marin Conservation League, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, and Save Our Seashore—filed a lawsuit to rescind the National Park Service (NPS) order allowing electric bicycles in national parks, stating it “violates several federal laws.”

Back in August, a Secretarial Order by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt directed that all Interior Department agencies (which includes the National Park Service) immediately allow e-bikes “where other types of bicycles are allowed.” Human-powered bikes are currently allowed in roughly 40 national parks, but they’re almost exclusively limited to dirt roads or a small number of singletrack trails, according to BIKE Magazine. (What’s more, bikes were only permitted in select parks in 2010).

The latest PEER lawsuit cites several legal impediments to the NPS order. It violated NPS’s own regulations, evaded legally required environmental reviews, and reportedly came from an official who lacked the authority to issue such an order.

“This e-bikes order illustrates an improper and destructive way to manage our national parks,” PEER Executive Director Tim Whitehouse said in a press release. “Concerned groups and individuals are joining PEER in demanding that the Park Service follow the normal regulatory processes and assess the additional impacts that higher speed e-bike riders pose both to other trail users and to wildlife in the parks.”

The federal definition of e-bikes used in the Consumer Product Safety Act, is: “… a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph,” BIKE reports. This includes class 1, 2 and 3 electric bikes. Class 1 means a pedal-assist-only motor with no throttle that will cease to offer assistance at or below 20 mph (this includes most e-mountain bikes). Class 2 has a throttle, but other than that, it’s mostly the same bike as a Class 1. Class 3 has no throttle and the motor will cut out between 20 and 28 mph.

That said, the whole idea behind e-bike access in national parks is to open up more access throughout the parks for elderly or disabled people, as well as providing an alternative to cars. On the other hand, according to BIKE, some people fear that e-bikes and non-motorized bikes are classified under the same definition, if issues with e-bikes ever arose and were proved to be bothersome to national parks, the outcome could theoretically be the loss of access to any/all bikes.

How Ski Resorts Make All That Artificial Snow

Thank serendipity for artificial snow. In the 1940s, Canadian researchers were studying the way ice forms on jet engines when they decided to spray water through one in a refrigerated wind tunnel. The result was an indoor snow squall, which gave ski fanatics on hand an idea: man-made powder. Soon after, snowmaking machines began popping up in New England. These days, nearly every resort on the planet relies on artificial snow to boost its base depth—or allow skiing outright. In fact, 283 of the 319 ski areas in the National Ski Areas Association employ snowmaking. And machines are infinitely more sophisticated, pumping out feet of snow at a time.

As climate change intensifies, artificial snow is only going to become more critical for resorts—one reason they’re often secretive about snowmaking practices (and its cost). But we convinced Massachusetts-based HKD Snowmakers to give us an inside look at the Halo fan gun, its most advanced machine. Here’s how it’s done.

Snow maker
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Blowing It Out
A fan projects snow 60 feet in the air while the gun oscillates, spreading snow over an acre at a time. This machine runs on an electric 32.5-horsepower engine. On average, two-thirds of a ski area’s energy is devoted to snowmaking.

Tiny Flakes

Minuscule globules of water measuring just 30 microns are shot through four nozzles. These freeze instantly, then mix with larger droplets blasted through 24 other nozzles, creating snow. To cover an acre of terrain with a foot of snow requires 200,000 gallons of water, which often comes from a mountain reservoir or tanks.

Brain Freeze

Compressed air and water allows the machine to make snow at above-freezing temperatures. A computer monitors the conditions and automatically kicks in when they’re right. For example, if the humidity is at 10 percent, a snow machine can produce snow at around 37 degrees.

By the Numbers

  • $1.07: The amount annually, in billions, that U.S. ski resorts would lose without man-made snow, according to a nonprofit study.
  • 500: The number of machines at West Virginia’s Snow-shoe Mountain, which has one of the country’s most powerful snow-making systems.
  • 250 Million: Gallons of water used during a single season at most large East Coast ski areas.
  • 80% The amount of water used in snowmaking, on average, returned to the watershed.

We Traveled to the Rocky Mountains to Try Tincup Rye, a Brand-New Colorado Whiskey

When you think of American whiskey, Kentucky and Tennessee are likely the first places that come to mind. But you might want to look a little farther west for your next bottle: Tincup whiskey is making high-quality blended American whiskeys in the mountains of Colorado, and the company just expanded its portfolio with the new Tincup Rye. We headed out to the Centennial State to get the scoop on the label’s newest bottle.

If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Tincup was founded by Jess Graber, who has been distilling whiskey since 1972. He started out when he was bequeathed his first still, he told Men’s Journal. At the time, Colorado-made whiskey was unheard of.

“Nobody’d done it before,” he said. “I gave it a shot and it worked out pretty good.”

The company gets its name from the old mining town of Tincup, Colorado, and it’s a nod to both the town and the tin cups that miners used to sip whiskey from back in the day. The original Tincup whiskey is a blend of “high rye” bourbon and Colorado single malt, which is then cut with natural spring water. Tincup 10 uses the same formula but ages it in oak barrels for a decade (we’re big fans of that bottle).

According to Graber, the new, 100-percent rye whiskey presents tasting notes of wood and leather, with a smooth finish. The new bottle owes its robust, clean taste in part to the water that’s used to make it: It’s sourced from a natural spring outside of Boulder, Colorado.

“We cut all our whiskeys with that water,” Graber said. “We think it makes all the difference in the world.”

Tincup rye is now available in limited markets, including Colorado. Stay tuned for more updates in 2020, and get all the info on the new whiskey in the video above.