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Men's Health: What Do You Think?

Now I know the “general populations” opinion to Men’s Health in here, which is quite negative.

I’ll be honest, Mens Health was what turned me onto weights. I was sitting at the hairdressers (yes, it’s gonna get more and more gay by the moment) and I picked up a Men’s Health. I opened the pages and BOOM! I had a pair of weights at home, rarely used and suddenly I found a tomb of knowledge.

I was caught in a world which would eventually lead me here. I even got a link to T-Nation from the Men’s Health website.
Granted, that a lot of Mens Health readers only want to look like A&F models and want to “ripped, but not too buff”. But the magazine at least gives some guidance and can be a starting point for many youths like myself.

Without them I think this way of life would be in grave danger of dieying out as the cyclists and marathon runners take over.

But what do you guys think?

what’s the saying “Accept what is useful, reject what is not”

When I was more into general fitness for my goals I prefered Men’s Health over any other one out there, now that I’m going for more size, I can barely get through an issue. I’d much rather read M&F, Flex etc (only while on the shitter though) those still aren’t worth taking up my time elsewhere :wink:

I tend to agree with you. It was this site that got me into weights, but I have more than a few friends who started lifting because of magazines like Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness.

They have their place.

People complain about crossfit, men’s health, and about everything else. To be honest if it is getting people off their fat asses then it’s a good thing.

If they KNOW better and are taking the easier route because men’s health said so, then it becomes a problem.

EDIT: This is saying in general they’re better than nothing, the crossfit people that think they’re better than you still deserve to be ridiculed heavily.

I’m a bit torn on the subject.

While I personally don’t have much to gain from reading Men’s Health other than superficial reasons (colognes, clothes, chick advice,) it’s good that they at least advocate exercises like The Big 3, and give a lot of useful tips for newbies and beginners.

Unfortunately, their supplementation (for whatever it is,) nutritional guidelines, and frequent articles about things like cholesterol, “Getting Ripped in 12 Weeks!,” and and general dietary information is pretty suspect. Recommending <3000 calories for a bulk is absurd.

I’ve never read it. Does it have naked girls in it?

Seriously though I like Higgins POV - Anything to get people off their fat asses, especially since it will lead those who are predisposed to learning and bettering themselves here.

The rest can fuck off to bb.com

Just like the original poster, Men’s Health is what got me off my ass.
I’m still in no shape to show off anything, but sadly, I was way worse.

And it’s not really a “workout” magazine, hence it’s called Men’s HEALTH. It’s designed to let you know what you should do to keep optimal health, which certainly includes keeping your muscle mass on.
But yeah, some of the articles are ridiculous.

Overall, it’s a good read

It isn’t bad, some of their writers also write here. A bit too much fashion for my taste but I will read it occasionally.

My problem with most of the popular ‘mens’ magazines’ is the undertone agenda of “civilizing” its male readership, as if every one of them is a slob neanderthal who isn’t financially responsible enough to hold off on buying a new car vs taking care of his debts or even his family.

Oh yeah, and I never knew how to tie a tie or put together a suit. Or shave or polish a pair of dress shoes. Please, teach me how to do these things so that I can be a more ‘refined’ modern man.

About every third article is truly that condescending. They’ll occasionally pepper the issue with “Hot babes and 10 ways to survive a plane crash!!!” which is always just entertaining at best, but the constant flood of “How to dress like a man” or “How to get her to spend the night…hint: monogram your hand towels!” makes me wonder if the writers, editors and vendors whose products and services are shamelessly name dropped aren’t all just laughing at the naive college graduate who just picked up today’s issue.

Fuck them.

[quote]PonceDeLeon wrote:
My problem with most of the popular ‘mens’ magazines’ is the undertone agenda of “civilizing” its male readership, as if every one of them is a slob neanderthal who isn’t financially responsible enough to hold off on buying a new car vs taking care of his debts or even his family.

Oh yeah, and I never knew how to tie a tie or put together a suit. Or shave or polish a pair of dress shoes. Please, teach me how to do these things so that I can be a more ‘refined’ modern man.

About every third article is truly that condescending. They’ll occasionally pepper the issue with “Hot babes and 10 ways to survive a plane crash!!!” which is always just entertaining at best, but the constant flood of “How to dress like a man” or “How to get her to spend the night…hint: monogram your hand towels!” makes me wonder if the writers, editors and vendors whose products and services are shamelessly name dropped aren’t all just laughing at the naive college graduate who just picked up today’s issue.

Fuck them.[/quote]

I agree with most of what you said, but the pure entertainment value of that stuff is worth the read now and again.

I think it’s an okay mag. I don’t have a subscription, but I used to read it quite a bit at work. Made the time go by in the store where I worked.

My dad gets a subscription and i always read through it when he is done. There is definately some entertaining articles in there that are fun to read. I don’t read it for tips on working out. That is why it’s called Men’s HEALTH.

I’d rather read it then a bunch of stupid bodybuilding magazines. Those things are just packed full of supplement adds everywhere. While Men’s Health does have some, it’s not nearly as prevalent.

Doing something is far better than doing nothing.

Cosmopolitan for Men. Period.

If it wasn’t for Men’s Health, I wouldn’t have found T-Nation, so I’m partial to it.

i picked up a Men’s Health or Men’s Fitness before on an airplane ride from San Jose to Boston.

at the time i didnt have much acess to weights and didnt know much so i grabbed it up. i was still 170 pounds at the time and one of the general fitness people. but it only lasted until i found access to this site.

im indifferent though. i cant hate on it, theyre catering to their crowd. its not for me so i dont read it, that simple.

[quote]strungoutboy21 wrote:
My dad gets a subscription and i always read through it when he is done. There is definately some entertaining articles in there that are fun to read. I don’t read it for tips on working out. That is why it’s called Men’s HEALTH.

I’d rather read it then a bunch of stupid bodybuilding magazines. Those things are just packed full of supplement adds everywhere. While Men’s Health does have some, it’s not nearly as prevalent.[/quote]

My dad always had a stack of them too, i thought they were like the equivelant to pornography when i was like 10 lol.

I read it. I don’t get the hate.

I also read Men’s Journal, Best Life, Skeptic Mag, National Geographic, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, GQ, Esquire and a fuck load of other mags. I have around 25 magazine subscriptions.

Why do people give a fuck if someone reads Men’s Health?

Beware the man with one book. Or one magazine. Or one website.

Oh, right, Men’s Health isn’t “hard core” enough. LOL.

I’ve seen a lot of you fuckers in real life. Spare me the shit about how you’re too “hard core” to read Men’s Health.

Having a professional fight, entering a bodybuilding show, competing in powerlifting meet, or getting an M.D., Ph.D., getting out of the ghetto, or making a million bucks before 30 makes you hard core.

Reading a website does not.

[quote]CaliforniaLaw wrote:
Having a professional fight, entering a bodybuilding show, competing in powerlifting meet, or getting an M.D., Ph.D., getting out of the ghetto, or making a million bucks before 30 makes you hard core.
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Good thing I’ve already done all of those.

I dont get the hate at all. Most of its writers all write for T-Nation. I personally read mens fitness and mens health. I dont pay attention to the training advice because it has all been covered on here. I think Waterbury has a mens health book coming out or something. So I dont get why theres such hate for it with these same people doing 10x3 or lift fast or whatever. I still want to know if jimmy the bartender is really a bartender. If anyone knows please say so.