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Get Competitive to Spark Your Motivation

Get Competitive to Spark Your Motivation

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Find your fitness motivation starting to wane? Consider signing up for a workout that pits you against your peers. Research published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports found subjects who took part in competitive workouts went to 90% more classes than those whose workouts were more individually oriented. Try kickboxing, basketball, or even running a 5K.

SEE ALSO: 5 Reasons To Add Kickboxing To Your Cross-Training

 

 

 

Watch: Rogue Iguana Delays Miami Open, Poses for Selfie With Tommy Haas

Watch: Rogue Iguana Delays Miami Open, Poses for Selfie With Tommy Haas

Iguana Invades Tennis Court And Runs Across It At 2017 Miami Open, Delaying The Match.

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Large-scale sporting events are always subject to surprises from wild fans here and there—like that guy who ran onto the field during the 2014 World Cup and tried to kiss a German soccer player, or the dude who stormed the court at the 2016 NBA Finals. One “wild fan,” however, took the art of interrupting a game to the next level during a tennis match at the 2017 Miami Open on Wednesday. 

How? Well, for starters, the wild fan we’re referring to is actually an iguana.

Yep, you heard that right. One oversized, green reptile (who we’re also guessing is a tennis fan) snuck past security and onto the court midway through a match between Czech player Jiří Veselý and German pro Tommy Haas.

The scaly spectator first tried to get a better view of the game by hanging out on top of one of the scoreboards. And while Haas ultimately ended up losing the match, he at least managed to score an epic selfie:

 

A post shared by tommy haas (@tommyhaasofficial) on Mar 22, 2017 at 3:53pm PDT

 

But when someone tried to remove the iguana from the scoreboard, the critter took matters into its own hands (erm, claws, rather) and made its way to the center of the court, delaying the game for several minutes. Eventually, someone grabbed the iguana by the tail with a towel and escorted it off the premises, meaning the reptile didn’t even get to catch the end of the match.

Check out the hilarious video:

John Cena Really Wants You to Remember this Number

John Cena Really Wants You to Remember this Number

The Muscle & Fitness cover star proves once again he’s no one-trick pony. 

SEE ALSO: John Cena’s Upper-Body Workout Routine

While the WWE legend was on NBC’s The Tonight Show last night, he crushed the “Whisper Challenge,” and dropped off a Southpaw Regional Wrestling T-shirt to Jimmy Fallon in the process. Also while on the show he talked about his love for wrestling and how pumped he is for WrestleMania 33 in the clip below. He didn’t spoil any endings, but did mention that WrestleMania is where “Dreams will me made, and crushed.” 

SEE ALSO: John Cena’s 8 Rules Of The Gym

WrestleMania 33 is coming up on April 2—in case you didn’t get the memo—and here are the matches you should be on the lookout for: 

  • Undertaker vs Roman Reigns
  • Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar 
  • The Miz and Maryse vs. John Cena and Nikki Bella
5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet


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Spring is Here

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It’s spring, which means time for cleaning, tossing, and storing. Another area to tackle on your to-do list: your kitchen. Even if you’re into eating clean, there may be some unexpected diet saboteurs getting in the way of your fitness and health. Here, a few foods in most typical pantries that may be tripping up your better-body goals.

 


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1. Natural Sweeteners

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You already know to steer clear of the white granulated stuff. But even other so-called healthy or natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, Sucanat, or maple syrup have their dietary dangers. “High levels of excess sugar in your blood can result in elevated triglycerides, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease,” says Mary Jane Detroyer, R.D.N., a New York–based nutritionist. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than six teaspoons, or 100 calories, of total added sugar daily. And beware of the sugars you may not see. Flavored yogurts and fermented dairy drinks, for example, can have more than 25 grams of extra sugar per serving. Spaghetti sauce, salad dressings, cereals, and even protein bars are all also often laden with sugar, so check labels and stick to whole foods when possible.

SEE ALSO: Every Sweetener Ranked By Metabolic Effect


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2. Dairy

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A little Greek yogurt here and a little cheese there is fine, right? Dairy is one of the sneakiest culprits because it’s full of saturated fat. And while some saturated fat is OK, it’s not the most efficient form of fuel for your body, explains Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D., R.D., a nutritionist based in Manchester, CT. “Saturated fat is not burned as effectively for energy as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in foods like nuts and seeds.” You may also find yourself experiencing some intestinal discomfort after you consume dairy products like milk or cheese. That’s because adults can sometimes develop an intolerance to lactose (the natural sugars found in milk) as we age. If you choose dairy for the calcium it contains, try swapping it for nondairy options such as white beans, fortified tofu, flax, bok choy, broccoli, and kale.

SEE ALSO: The 6 Best Dairy Milk Alternatives


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3. Nuts

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Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and protein, but these nutrient-dense powerhouses can be dangerous to your diet in excess. One ounce of nuts (typically 10 to 14 nuts, depending on the size and type) contains 150 to 200 calories and 12 to 22 grams of fat. And while some fat is healthy, too much can have its drawbacks. 

“Fat is a necessary macronutrient. Without it, we are unable to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E found in food,” explains Detroyer. “However, a little goes a long way. Most of us only need about 50 to 70 grams of fat per day, which is equivalent to about 450 to 600 calories, or about a third of all the calories you eat.” Mindlessly snack on a few handfuls, then, and it’s easy to reach the upper dietary recommendations and beyond. Bottom line? Enjoy your almonds, pecans, walnuts, and the like, but limit your intake to one small handful a day.


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4. Gluten-Free Foods

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Groceries, restaurants, and even convenience stores all tout special “gluten-free” menus, but just because a food contains gluten doesn’t mean it’s dangerous. And on the flip side, if a food wears a gluten-free label, that doesn’t automatically give it a health halo. Many foods marketed as being gluten-free are also processed and made with corn, potato starch, and other fillers. “A gluten-free doughnut is just as unhealthy as the original kind,” says Forsythe. If you want to avoid gluten, don’t depend on processed replacements. Opt for naturally gluten-free foods like fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, or try wheat alternatives such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth.

SEE ALSO: The New Gluten-Free Grain To Snack On


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5. Cooking Oils

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While using some oils like olive, canola, and coconut can provide your body with healthy fats, it’s easy to overdo it—especially if you’re sautéing a bunch of broccoli or making a salad dressing from scratch. One tablespoon of oil equals 120 calories and 14 grams of fat, and most of us—unless measuring—use more than just one tablespoon for cooking. Forsythe suggests using a pump cooking spray filled with olive oil to reduce the amount of fat you need when cooking in pans or skillets.

Dana White: ‘You Never Know Who is Going to Win’ in Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

Dana White: ‘You Never Know Who is Going to Win’ in Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

Recently, Dana White chimed in on the inevitable matchup between UFC’s brightest star, Conor McGregor and one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Floyd Mayweather. This fight still, has no date, but is extremely close to happening according to McGregor

The UFC President pointed to some of McGregor’s strengths like his knockout power and youthfulness compared to Mayweather. 

SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather Is ‘Coming Out Of Retirement’ To Fight Conor McGregor

He also mentioned that there is too much money involved for this fight not to happen. 

Although the match has not been confirmed, McGregor’s profile has soared through the roof and he has been cashing in at every opportunity. He most recently landed a new advertisement for the Netflix TV show Ironfist. The clips below are two parody fight hype videos between McGregor and ESPN’s Stan Verrett. 

 

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Just because you don’t have a personal trainer certification doesn’t mean you can’t smell BS a mile away. This wasn’t the case for the producers of three local news programs. 

Pranksters Chop (Joe Pickett) and Steele (Nick Prueher) are actually hosts on thefoundfootagefestival.com, which is home to funny and unusual clips like the one above. 

SEE ALSO: The Stay Home, Get Ripped, Total Body Workout

Their segment is based solely around working out with things in or around your house, which alone is a decent concept, but their execution was hilariously terrible. 

What pushes this video into classic territory are lines from Chop like, “You have to let life bounce off of you.” before he allows Steele to throw twigs at his bare back. 

That was funny, but nothing tips the scale more than when they started crushing Easter baskets at the 1:10 mark and the anchorwoman proclaims, “Nice!” as if she’s witnessed a feat of strength. 

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate 6-Week Home Workout

Moral of the story: Do your research, and if you’re looking for at-home workouts, check out Muscle & Fitness instead. 

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Just because you don’t have a personal trainer certification doesn’t mean you can’t smell BS a mile away. This wasn’t the case for the producers of three local news programs. 

Pranksters Chop (Joe Pickett) and Steele (Nick Prueher) are actually hosts on thefoundfootagefestival.com, which is home to funny and unusual clips like the one above. 

SEE ALSO: The Stay Home, Get Ripped, Total Body Workout

Their segment is based solely around working out with things in or around your house, which alone is a decent concept, but their execution was hilariously terrible. 

What pushes this video into classic territory are lines from Chop like, “You have to let life bounce off of you.” before he allows Steele to throw twigs at his bare back. 

That was funny, but nothing tips the scale more than when they started crushing Easter baskets at the 1:10 mark and the anchorwoman proclaims, “Nice!” as if she’s witnessed a feat of strength. 

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate 6-Week Home Workout

Moral of the story: Do your research, and if you’re looking for at-home workouts, check out Muscle & Fitness instead. 

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Fake Strongman Duo Trolls Morning News Without Anyone Noticing

Just because you don’t have a personal trainer certification doesn’t mean you can’t smell BS a mile away. This wasn’t the case for the producers of three local news programs. 

Pranksters Chop (Joe Pickett) and Steele (Nick Prueher) are actually hosts on thefoundfootagefestival.com, which is home to funny and unusual clips like the one above. 

SEE ALSO: The Stay Home, Get Ripped, Total Body Workout

Their segment is based solely around working out with things in or around your house, which alone is a decent concept, but their execution was hilariously terrible. 

What pushes this video into classic territory are lines from Chop like, “You have to let life bounce off of you.” before he allows Steele to throw twigs at his bare back. 

That was funny, but nothing tips the scale more than when they started crushing Easter baskets at the 1:10 mark and the anchorwoman proclaims, “Nice!” as if she’s witnessed a feat of strength. 

SEE ALSO: The Ultimate 6-Week Home Workout

Moral of the story: Do your research, and if you’re looking for at-home workouts, check out Muscle & Fitness instead. 

Wolfgang Puck Recipe Series: Blueberry Pie

Wolfgang Puck Recipe Series: Blueberry Pie

Homemade blueberry pie.

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Food Styling by Jamie Kimm

Chinese five-spice powder, easily found in the seasonings aisle or Asian-foods section of your market, contributes a very pleasant, slightly exotic flavor to the filling.

Directions: 
In a bowl, whisk together spelt and teff flours, sugar, five-spice powder, and salt. Add sliced butter and toss lightly to coat them with the dry ingredients.
Turn out mixture onto a clean, floured work surface. With a rolling pin, lightly roll butter to flatten slices into flour mixture.
Using a dough scraper, gather up mixture into a pile. Then pound it with rolling pin. Repeat the process 3 or4 times, just until mixture looks dry and flaky.
Use scraper to scoop up and transfer mixture back into bowl. Add cup water and stir with a sturdy spoon or a rubber spatula just until a loose dough forms. Turn out dough onto the floured work surface and flatten and fold it over a few times by hand.
Form dough into a flat disc. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before rolling out.
For Pie: Prepare Teff Pie Dough as directed.
For Pie: Divide chilled dough in half. On a sheet of parchment paper, use a rolling pin to roll out 1 piece of dough into a 12-inch circle. Loosely roll it up around rolling pin, then unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently press dough into plate. Roll out remaining piece of dough, loosely roll it up around rolling pin, and set aside.
For Pie: Preheat oven to 350 ̊F.
For Pie: Put blueberries in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, tapioca, five-spice powder, lemon zest, and salt. Sprinkle this mixture over blueberries along with lemon juice. Toss thoroughly to coat.
For Pie: Transfer blueberry mixture to pie shell. Unroll reserved rolled-out round of dough over blueberries. With your fingers or the tines of a table fork, press down all around the rim to seal the top and bottom crusts together. With a small, sharp knife or kitchen scissors, trim the edge. Use knife tip to cut a few slits in the top crust to vent steam during baking.
For Pie: Lightly brush top of pie with a little cold water and then lightly sprinkle with sugar.
For Pie: Transfer pie to a baking sheet. Bake until crust is nicely browned and the filling is bubbling, 40 to 50 minutes.
For Pie: Set pie on a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before cutting into 8 wedges.
Conor McGregor Says ‘F**ck Floyd’ and Prepares to Shock the Boxing World

Conor McGregor Says ‘F**ck Floyd’ and Prepares to Shock the Boxing World

“I am boxing,” the statement Conor McGregor yelled into the microphones Saturday night when defending his boxing acumen against Floyd Mayweather.

For months now these two juggernauts have been rumored to be close to a mega-deal that would put UFC’s brightest star in the ring against the undefeated boxing legend. What makes this go around different is that dates for a fight are being mentioned as well.

SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather Is ‘Coming Out Of Retirement’ To Fight Conor McGregor

According to latimes.com, “McGregor said he’s aiming for a September fight date against Mayweather. McGregor is awaiting the birth of his first child, a son, with a due date in eight weeks.”

This doesn’t mean the fight is a done deal, but he did mention “we are very close to inking it” in the video below. He also couldn’t get through the entire interview without flexing his pricey jewels and clothing.

SEE ALSO: Dana White Says McGregor Is Waiting For His Kid To Be Born Before He Fights Again

Although nothing is written in stone at the moment, these two polarizing figures look to be on an epic collision course that every combat sport fan can’t keep their eyes off of.

Stay tuned to Muscle & Fitness for the latest in the developing mega-fight.