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I've had a subscripton to Mens Fitness for about two years, before that I had one with Mens Health and I have to say - there is little in between them. If I have to push it I would say MF is more health orientated whilst MF is a bit more laddish although that's being very picky, very as any month can see the balance sway completely.
Mens Fitness is, funnily enough, a magazine about Fitness for Men. More defined, it's a guide on how to get the ripped bodies displayed on the magazine cover.
Inside the main contents are features detailing how you can get a six-pack and big guns by following the laid-down guides. Diet advice and general medical advice is also provided to complete the loop of muscle building.
I'm not going to say the guides don't work. Because they do, they're just not very inspiring and go on the assumption you can find a gym where no-one ever hogs the equipment, you have your own super home gym, cost is no expense or you have a 100acre garage to do kit-free workouts. Another bug is the further assumption that everyone has the time to have six-meals a day, forgetting those who work shifts etc or have to eat when they can at their desk.
The guides are good if you can stick to them, most don't I suspect, but what you find is they are virtually repeated after a few months and although naturally these are the things people turn to first of all - it's the non-barbell features which I find far more entertaining. Articles exploring alternative sports, unique events and real-life achievements are very well written and it's a shame they don't get more of a push. Sadly the promise of giving a dream body is far more appealing to the buyer than a tale of a man running the length of China with a Tiger on his back (I exagerate).
Overall MF is decent value for money if you take it as a magazine. Considering it's in the same price bracket as say FHM you get the same level of entertainment from it minus the bikink clad ladies but men in shorts and no tops.
Buy this if you want to read about health and muscle building. Don't buy it if you think reading it will be enough to make you buff, that requires work and discpline.
I buy this magazine on a monthly basis (subsription) and I personally find it to be better than its main competitor (Men's Health).
I think this because it has more useful articles in it and although it does contain a lot of adverts it doesn't contain too many.
The articles are very varied too, so on one page you could be reading about nutrition and on the next you could be reading about running a marathon in the desert.
I also like the range of competitions that this magazine has with some fantastic prizes, unfortunately I haven't been lucky enough to win yet.
The advantage of having a subscription means the magazine is delivered directly to your door and it is done before it is released in the shops. So you don't have to go down to your local shop to buy it and you'll never miss an issue. Also there is an offer where you get the first three issues for a pound and you also get a free gift with it, which tends to be a drinks bottle and a protein shake.
I like that this magazine uses lots of different personal trainers for advice and it compares the advice of different ones.
Also regularly it has articles about famous film stars who have got in great shape and it tells you how they did this, showing their diet and their fitness plan which is quite interesting.
The magazine also has a fashion section which tends to be related to the current season, for example there was recently a ski fashion article in there as we are in the ski season now.
Quite often there is also a suppliment with this which tends to be a muscle guide on a specific area of the body. These are useful to collect for when you want to particulary work on one muscle group it is good to refer back to.
Overall this is a great magazine and I would strongly recommend you buy it over its competitors.
This is a magazine that I personally buy on a regular basis.
For anyone interested in either muscle building, fat loss or generally getting fit, this is the perfect magazine.
The first thing I did notice, compared to many other magazines like this, are there are no where near as many ads, which means there is more room for actual information.
Every issue there are a good number of workouts and plans from professional athletes and gym workers. However there are many cover stories which seem to get repetitive. For example most issues will have a way to see your abs and a way to get bigger biceps. Each way is usual just a slight variation.
There are big chunks on muscle and strength, while there is a small section on fat loss. Both of these each come with great diets, either for bulking up or rapid 4 week fat loss. These I have personally both tried and have worked very well. They tell you many new recipes which are also simple to make.
Once again however, these diet plans can also be a bit repetitive with very similar food plans just slightly mixed up.
A must read for anyone enthusiastic for new workout and plans however.
One thing I get really fed up with is the constant barrage of men's magazines which are full of smut, pointless pub ammo and page upon page of football results.
It's refreshing to see a magazine that is aimed at men, which provides useful advice on everything from losing weight and building muscle, to help in the bedroom, style and cuisine. They also offer a lot of gadget advice, as well as some interesting real life stories.
Every month they offer real workouts to experiment with, and also some really useful tips on things like stress busting and keeping well.
The best thing about Men's Fitness though is that they occasionally produce books, such as the complete training guide. This is basically a build up of all the exercises that have been published in the magazine, and has proved invaluable to me.
The great thing about this kind of mag is that you can read about how to improve yourself, and at the same time it keeps you motivated to get in the gym. Speaking of which, a lot of the exercises shown can be performed at home with a set of dumbbells usually, so it really is quite helpful.
It's probably around 160 pages in total, so plenty to keep you entertained for a while. At £3.70 it's about averagely priced, but if you subscribe you can save a great deal, around 30% or more I believe.
Personally I do prefer Men's Health, which I feel offers better all-round information, whereas Men's Fitness seems to be leaning more towards actually exercising, but that's just a personal preference, I tend to by both, as both magazines are good.
As a regular reader of Men’s Health, and with the latest copy sitting at home, I decided to stray by purchasing the rival Men’s Fitness. One would be forgiven for thinking the magazines are much of a likeness – they are only in that both are magazines aimed at young men. Unfortunately for Men’s Fitness, it does everything Men’s Health does poorly, throughout. Yes it might seem like nit picking because both magazines have an identical theme but this title is weaker than (its slightly more expensive but worth it rival) Men’s Health. Words are sparse in the magazine, favouring pictures, adverts and illustrations. There are no real in-depth articles for you to sit down and read. The health and fitness tips are for the more avid reader. Overall the magazine leaves an impression of cheapness – mere title-tattle (see what our nation puts in its sandwich), irrelevant crap (see what’s in your toothpaste) and quick fitness fixes. MF seems to be wildly swinging in the dark when aiming for its target audience. It can be too technical with detailed analysis of anatomy, then too flimsy/girly with page upon page of pictures of ‘stuff’ (shirts/shorts/aftershave/phones etc etc). I must concede this opinion is written on the basis of only one copy (June 2002) and it does include a useful, if again complicated, ‘get fit for summer’ booklet. One would hope it ups the price and pays some writers to include real articles and interviews. Another idea would be to stop the pay-per-photo scheme it must be employing to its pictures department. With all magazines of this nature, we get a re-gurgitation of ideas and stories but Men’s Fitness really emphasizes its own lack of originality. I will not be buying this again.
Most of the articles are just a rehash of information that has circulated fitness and men's magazines before. They have thrown in some eye catching titles on sex to make you notice it on the shelf, but fail to deliver on the inside. There seems to be no original material inside, but it is always promising quick fix exercise routines, when the only way to get fit is long term regular exercise and a healthy diet. There are no short cuts to being healthy as it has to be lifestyle choice, swapping beef burgers to chicken burgers is not the answer, avoiding burgers and this type of fast food is the answer. The rest of the magazine is adverts for fitness equipment of food supplements or annoying stories on how people how stopped drink 20 pints a week suddenly lost weight. All that is need is a bit of common sense and some determination. However, this magazines may be a good introduction for people who wish to start living a more healthy life style.
Not every guy who wants to be fit actually wants bulging biceps or has nightmares about whether or not his calves are 'defined' enough. This magazine, however, still seems to be strongly under that impression. Having eschewed the Weider-stable men's titles for that very reason it was a disappointment to find this magazine offering much the same content. Loaded has a lit to answer for, I think. Since its arrival on the market every mag thinks it has to appeal to 'lads' and this is no exception. Some of the articles are great, it's true. They are reasonably well-written and manage to be informative without blinding with science or assuming all blokes don't know a calorie from a coffee. That's rather spoiled, though, by the amount of utter dross, and the assumption that the reasons for wanting to be fit have something to do with the kind of performance that is preceeded by a nudge-nudge-wink-wink. Overall this is well worth a look for those with a general, but not fanatical, level of interest in the subject - and who can manage to ignore some of the assumptions and 'humour'
Do you like the normal lads mag, stuffed full of smut and innuendo? If you do, you'll hate this mag. If not read on and enjoy a mag that is well written, quirky and full of useful advice. There are good informative sections on fitness as you would expect from the title, and some bizarre sections. For example this months mag gave tips on how to wrestle an alligator, just what you needed to know on a holiday to Florida. For me the highlight of this months mag was James Baxter's account of a high altitude trek along the Inca trail into the High Andes, the photography complimented the article well.
Mens Fitness Magazine, was offerd on the net as a free sample so I ordered it for my husband who has recieved 2 copys and will get one more. So Far he has enjoyed both of them, and I have also read them from cover to cover. There are sections on workouts and fitness, and special interest articles such as hiking the Inca Trail or a weekend triatholon. Each issue there have been guides to things like mountain biking which was pretty comprehensive for a non biking mag. There are also reviews of things like cricket bats or tennis racquets. Each issue they have broken down a favourite meal, like the britsh Breakfast or an Indian Take away and annaylized how unhealthy it is ( this I could have done without ) Easy to read Mag, with in depth articles covering a broad interest.