If you pick up a copy of any fitness or bodybuilding magazine you'll almost always see a headline like this: "Gain 15 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks," though adding muscle seems to be a mystery to most. If it were so easy there'd be millions of muscle-heads running around. Before we review the various muscle magazines keep in mind these two points:
1. The ludicrous assertions made by the majority of bodybuilding and fitness publications are only there to get you to buy that issue – nothing more.
2. If you are serious about strength training you need to be reading books and not tacky fitness magazines.
Nobody's perfect, and neither are the magazines. The top five faults of these publications are:
1. Too many advertorials
2. Distortion of top physiques.
3. Too much porn.
4. Too many ghostwriters.
5. Delusional new publishers.
That said, here's a rundown of the various publications:
Flex Magazine shows hard-core bodybuilders how to add size and symmetry with champion level workout routines, competitor profiles, scientific nutrition, and contest coverage. This is bodybuilding's biggest and most informative magazine. This magazine examines the various facets of both men's and women's bodybuilding and features nutritional discoveries, along with backstage coverage of bodybuilding events.
Muscle & Fitness
This is a lifestyle publication for dynamic, active men and women concerned with building their bodies and their minds. The mission of Muscle & Fitness is to provide its readers with the information they require, serving as the ultimate source on getting in shape and staying that way. It contains recommendations on getting in shape and staying fit. The editors describe it as the super fitness magazine aimed at the bodybuilder with articles about equipment, workouts and trainers, training, conditioning, pain, profiles and new products.
Muscle & Fitness brings you the basics of serious fitness training, aiming to help you make the most of your potential with strength and fitness workouts for every physique, diet plans for men and women, and professional tips and advice for every fitness level. This magazine will show you how to take training more seriously.
One reviewer on Epinions.com said that Muscle & Fitness was a staple in her house for years. After she became a personal trainer a few years ago she used to cut out articles she thought would help her train her clients. She stopped reading it on a regular basis partly because of the repetition of the topics, not unlike many magazines. She said that basically she just got bored with it.
Another reviewer, this time on ez-online-shopping.com, said that he has been reading this magazine on and off for the past 20 years. On the positive side, he says the photos are awe-inspiring. However, he thinks he is just reading the same tired stuff from two or three issues ago. He concedes that this is a magazine that has been around for decades upon decades, and there are only so many ways you can say "lift heavy, eat like a horse, and train like you have no other responsibilities in life."
Muscle & Fitness Hers
With Muscle & Fitness being a major publication in its genre, this spin-off aims to do what M&F did for men, to teach women about muscle and fitness, and why it is important. This magazine is geared for women and their unique ways of working out, nutrition, etc.
Men's Health is devoted to showing men the useful, achievable and constructive measures that make their lives better, with features covering fitness, relationships, diet, careers, grooming, travel and health topics. One reviewer on Amazon.com said that he likes Men's Health a lot, because it is one of the most practical magazines he gets. However, the same reviewer commented that in each issue there is at least one article on "how to drop five pounds this week," or "how to lose ten pounds by Easter," the effectiveness of which seem questionable.
Men's Health Muscle
You'd think to only motive to train is so you can pump your body to action-figure magnitude, shave it, slather it with barbecue sauce, and stand on a stage so people can congratulate your understanding of applied chemistry, if you took the average bodybuilding magazine seriously. If that does not describe you, now there's a magazine for you: Men's Health Muscle, which takes your workouts seriously.
Fitness is a lifestyle magazine for active, young women who want to look and feel great. It presents information and guidance on everything from beauty, style and relationships to diet, health, and exercises for women who want to achieve a healthy and well-rounded way of life.
This magazine is devoted to your total well being – mind, body and spirit. It offers a practical, objective approach to good health and wellness covering a wide range of topics that encourage total fitness.
This is another lifestyle magazine for today's woman. Each issue is dedicated to distributing information on the different facets of physical fitness and nutrition. If you are out of shape, Shape Magazine will get you into shape. If you are in good shape, Shape will get you into great shape.
One reviewer on ecbzz.com said that although Shape has some good information, it's awfully repetitive. Also, they have too much beauty stuff and not enough real fitness information. She added that when it comes to new routines to shake up her strength and cardio workouts, she prefers Oxygen and Fitness. If you want Cosmo with some diet and exercise information, she said, get Shape.
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