Get In Your Best Shape for 2014!

Get In Your Best Shape for 2014!
It’s a new year— a time for new beginnings. So get ready to put 2013 behind you, because 2014 is YOUR year. This is your chance to bulk up, get lean and ripped, build muscle and burn fat, AND finally get in the best shape of your life. Even if you feel that you worked hard and excelled in your fitness goals in 2013, there’s always room for more improvement. And we’ve got everything you need in this issue of FitnessRx for Men to help you get there.

Our cover model this month, James Grage, helped to start BPI Sports, one of the biggest supplement companies on the globe, so he knows all about staying fit. In “Executive Power: Lean, Ripped and In Charge with Cover Model James Grage,” James discusses how he rose up in the industry starting in the 1990s when he was living in California and working as a personal trainer. After being egged on by a member of the gym where he worked, James entered a bodybuilding contest, placing third. A serious car accident derailed his plans, but James came back better than ever— despite what the doctors told him— and he shares his workout and diet plans with us.

If you want out-of-this-world results in 2014, you’ll have to put in unreal effort. In “Five Workouts that Will Get You Ripped for 2014”, MusclePharm president Cory Gregory utilizes his expertise as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer to bring you five grueling and intense workouts that will blast fat, and get you ripped and lean in no time. “I’ve always believed in keeping an open mind and pushing myself to learn new things, whether it was learning from powerlifting icon Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell or doing online coaching with Frank Zane,” says Cory.

Possessing the ultimate combination of mind, body and character, elite track athlete Steven Benedict just may earn himself a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team as a sprinter competing in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games. In “Fast Track to Ultimate Fitness: High-Intensity Explosive Workout with World Class Athlete Steven Benedict”, Thomas Fahey, Ed.D, reveals Steven’s techniques for building speed and power, including his methods of strength training, plyometrics, speed training and skill work, and his full weekly training program. Steven’s techniques can help you take your own fitness to a new level! Also be sure to check out the sidebar “Building the New Super Athlete,” which takes a look at the role of genetics in athletic performance.

There have been many diets throughout the years attempting to reduce body fat and promote health. Unfortunately, many of these diets have been unsuccessful. But a weight-loss approach that involves intermittent fasting has recently been gaining attention. In “Ripped Abs: Cutting-Edge Diet and Hard ‘Core’ Training”,  learn about how this approach can improve weight loss as well as muscle growth by boosting the body’s response to the anabolic hormone insulin. So get ready to burn fat… and FAST!

This month, we’re also proud to introduce two new columns from fitness experts Cory Gregory and Greg Plitt. They’ve got lots of great advice to help you blast fat and get ripped, so be sure to check these guys out in this and every issue!

The rest of the issue is packed with the latest scientifically backed research to help you get ripped, blast fat and get in the best shape of your life for 2014— so check out our workouts, advice and tips, and get to work! And for new content daily, don’t forget to check out our website,