The summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should slow down on your training. To keep your workouts going strong throughout the fall, we’ve packed this issue with some of the most hardcore, performance-enhancing and fat-blasting workouts yet! So don’t take a break from your training when the summer closes— blast fat and get ripped with FitnessRx!
In “Hell Week With Mr. Intensity Joe Donnelly: 7 Maximum Performance, Fat-Incinerating Killer Workouts!” with our cover model Joe Donnelly on page 48, get ready for the ultimate hardcore program. These workouts are not for the faint of heart. It’s all about stepping outside your comfort zone, because that’s what will lead to results. Oftentimes, training for mental strength is just as important as physical strength in order to make gains in the gym. With Joe’s “Hell Week” program, you’ll be stronger, faster and increase your endurance like never before. Get ready to train hard!
We have been told for decades to avoid saturated fat found in meat, dairy and processed foods. And although the consumption of saturated fats did decline in the U.S., the rates of diabetes and heart disease continued to climb. And now, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that saturated fat may not directly cause heart disease. In “The Big Fat Lie?” on page 58, Dr. Victor Prisk takes a look at all the science in order to reveal the truth behind saturated fat and its role on cardiovascular health.
A huge pair of guns tells the world you mean business and are often the first thing that people notice about a well-developed physique. In “The 12 Best Lifts for Bigger, Stronger Arms” on page 62, we looked at the latest science on building muscle in order to come up with the best lifts. It’s all about electromyography, a tool used by scientists to measure the electrical activity of muscles that reveals how those muscles work during specific exercises. Using this knowledge, we created a workout with the best lifts to get bigger and stronger arms in the least amount of time.
Men’s Physique champion Sadik Hadzovic trains hardcore, and his impressive contest placement history is a testament to that hard work. In “Get Ripped To Shreds: The Ultimate V-Taper Workout With IFBB Men’s Physique Pro Sadik Hadzovic” on page 70, see how Sadik trains hard to get in ripped shape. It’s all about going “heavy and hard” when it comes to working abs, said Sadik, and not just relying on bodyweight movements. “To create dense abs, you need to use heavy weight,” Sadik says. “And as far as people saying that using heavy weight will make them appear blockier, I really don’t believe that the abs respond that much.”
This month we are proud to introduce a brand-new CrossFit column by journalist and author J.C. Herz on page 84. J.C.’s most recently published book, Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, explores the science of why CrossFit works by going behind the scenes with CrossFit’s founders, stars and everyday enthusiasts. J.C.’s column will provide a unique look at CrossFit, offering advice on how to make the most out of this training.
The rest of the issue is packed with the latest cutting-edge scientifically backed research on training, nutrition and fat loss to help you get in your best shape. And for more, don’t forget to check out our website, www.fitnessrxformen.com.