How to Avoid Being “That Guy” in the Weight Room or the Gym

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I have a good friend that is pretty hot and for good reason, she’s a personal trainer. We often sit down over beers and bitch about our jobs. Well, I’m drinking the beer and she’s sipping on some low-carb libation but I digress.

This time of year also known as the New Year’s Resolution Rush gives her plenty of material to dump during our bitch fests. She also tends to throw back a few more than usual.

The gyms are not just crowded as hell but they are more crowded with people that usually spend more time at the smoothie bar than raising one with weights on it.

There is quite a bit of douchbag behavior happening on a normal day at the gym so use these tips from a professional and don’t be that guy.

Classes.  Before I go further, we are not talking Crossfit. That’s a whole different blog for a different time. We’re talking HIIT classes, spin or the kind of classes happening in tight spaces somewhere off of the main club’s floor.

One rule of thumb: avoid the front spots in any class. While these spots are not officially claimed by regulars they do belong to that crew and my hot trainer friend has literally witnessed a fist fight over who was supposed to have the bike in the front.

Also, don’t stroll in right as the class begins. If you are new to the class the instructor likes to meet newbies and you run the risk of a proper warm-up and machine calibration. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes to get ready and size up the rest of the class. Which brings me to the machines.

Machines.  Seriously, don’t be a sweat hog and park your ass on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes if there is a wait. Only have 30 minutes? Take it as an opportunity to cross train until the gym empties out after the end of February. Or whenever the resolution rush dies down. Everyone’s trying to get a rockhard bod and abs. And for the love of all that is holy, clean the damn machines even if you aren’t dripping in sweat.

Weights.  Don’t be a jerk and drop the weights. It’s loud, disruptive and can do damage to the gym itself. We get it—you can lift your ass off but it’s still a straight-up douchey move.

Germ factor.  Adding to the jam-packed environment at any gym in January is the germ factor. More body odor, more sweat and more ways to catch whatever strain of flu is being shared in small spaces. If you are too sick to workout then don’t. Take the time off to let your body fight getting better. Given that colds take around three weeks to go away, it’s not pratical to skip the gym that long. Instead, take the time to wash your hands frequently, wipe down surfaces that you have touched and prevent the further spread of fluids.

When all else fails, apply The Golden Rule. Need some additional inspiration? Check out these workout tips on getting rock hard abs.

Top 2018 New Year’s Resolution List for Men 

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There are quite a few 2018 resolution lists out there with the typical list toppers such as cutting back on crappy foods, drinking a smidge less or to stop watching re-runs of Jersey Shore and texting your ex.

Forget the usual tips. We’ve compiled a list of the top 4 things every guy needs to focus on to make 2018 the best year ever. From better performance in bed to how to dress, this list will be the transformation that you need to succeed in 2018.

So, without further ado…we give you the Top 2018 New Year’s Resolution List for Men:

  1. Have better sex. Forgot learning a new language. Why not invest in a skill that really matters such as better sexual performance. The best part? Practice makes perfect. Try on an all-natural male performance pill for size and see what happens.

2. Eat healthy and boost your immune system and stamina. One really awesome side effect to eating healthy is not just a healthy heart but the ability to last longer ni bed. Don’t get us wrong, health is very important but at least you get to have your cake and eat it too.

3. Bring home a six pack—a six pack of abs that is. Why wait till summer to get the body you have always wanted. Give this workout/diet routine a try before you hit the beach.

4. Dress to impress. Now that you are tackling your health, getting the abs of your dreams and have the stamina of a stallion, it’s time to dress the part. Follow this list of closet staples to keep you looking dapper.

Follow these tips and let us know how kick-ass your 2018 is going. Happy New Year and see you in 2018!

The Worst Holiday Gifts You Can Give a Guy

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I was recently at one of those white elephant gift exchanges where you open wrapped presents such as a Chia pet, The Clapper or basically any item that falls under the “As Seen on TV” category.

Naturally, I ended up with some crappy whiskey stones that I already had at home and never get used. The conversation took a turn towards the worst and most intentioned gifts that we guys at the party have ever received.

I felt compelled to share this list as a lesson to all the women out there to steer clear of these items when gift giving.

Handmade “love/favor” coupons.  First off, these coupons are never redeemable. Seriously, just try using the “free back massage at any time” coupons. I promise it won’t lead to a happy ending.

Books.  It goes without saying that self-help books are especially horrible but this goes for novels too. One of the worst gifts I have ever received was a book called, for one more day by the author, Mitch Albom. It was technically a guilt gift from my mother, not my girlfriend but it certainly wasn’t meant to bring me any pleasure. 

Ancestry/DNA kit.  The marketing departments for DNA testing kits seem to think that finding out that you’re just a standard Heinz 57 American is a great gift for the holiday season. Leave those kinds of gifts to their own personal sleuthing and interests and or some random aunt in his family.

Hair Trimmers.  Any hair removal system is just a bad idea. Although, one of the guys confessed that he actually uses the nose hair trimmer that his fiance bought him two years ago, but he hated getting it and already had one. Just let us do the hair trimmer shopping on our own.

Underwear.  NO, not the sexy kind that you get on Valentine’s Day that turns her on. No, I’m talking your standard 5-pack of cotton briefs, boxers or boxer briefs. It’s just a big buzzkill and it’s hard to hide your disappointment when you pick up the wrapped package and immediately identify its contents. Plus, most guys are hoping you didn’t buy them a small.

Bathrobes.  Unless it’s on our wish list and we specifically ask for it…don’t buy a new bathrobe for us. Chances are if we haven’t gotten one for ourselves, we prefer air drying in the buff or just want to wrap a towel around us. This goes double for towels.

Stationary.  No matter how fancy it is, unless he specifically asked for it, skip this bland gift. That’s all.

Tacky ties.  Bowties have made a fashion comeback, but unless he specifically asks for a set or a new one and you know him well enough, just don’t bother getting one. If your guy wants one bad enough he will pick up the snowman tie for himself.

Coffee mug.  I don’t care if your man consumes 10 cups of coffee every morning, he doesn’t want a coffee mug that says, “world’s greatest…”

If you need some inspiration on what you should buy check out this list of the Top 7 Insanely Cool Gift Ideas for Guys

Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Guys are NOT Being Big Babies When They Get Sick Suggests Study

Ask most guys how they feel when they catch a cold and they will describe it as being more intense for them than their female counterparts. Ask a woman and they would describe guys as “big babies” when they get sick. Sorry ladies turns out they might be right.

Commonly and not-so-affectionately known as the “man flu” is a phenomenon when a guy gets sick and seems to suffer more than a woman, according to Dr. Kyle Sue.

Dr. Sue arrived at this conclusion by compiling a mix of prior studies, a little science, and a little speculation. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” said Dr. Sue in a British Medical Journal article.

Apparently, guys hang onto those viruses a bit longer and even experience symptoms that are more intense than women. So, what’s the culprit and what makes guys different when it comes to the flu? Testosterone, of course! Well, at least that what some lab rats have suggested.

Guys can also expect to be hospitalized with the common cold or flu while women at the same age have an easier time fighting it at home.

The study’s results also focused on the length of time guys would also be sick which can last TWICE as long as women.

Some minor details that might have been overlooked didn’t take into account the overall health of men and women at the time of illness. Instead, it looked at the same type of viruses and the age of men and women with the flu.

Dr. Sue (who happens to be a man as well) admits that more studies need to be conducted before the “big babies” debate can finally be put to bed. Either way, go easy on your man when he gets sick—testosterone and our cave man ways still get in the way.

Singles Have More Sex During the Holiday Season According to Trojan

Singles Have More Sex During the Holiday Season According to Troja

Some 60% of sexually active singles will be hooking up during the holiday season, according to a study released by prophylactic giant, Trojan. It’s hard not to take the release of this new research seriously considering the source.

The data was based on 1,000 responses from singles between the ages of 18 and 24 having sex on a regular basis. Of those polled, two out of five plan to squeeze in a hookup with someone they don’t know while one-third plan on reaching out to an ex for sex during the holidays while visiting family back home.

This means that things are going to get hot in the surroundings of Dawson’s Creek posters and soccer trophies. We’ve all been there, but this next bit of feedback is a little odd.  A whopping 34% of those surveyed would not be thwarted from having sex while the whole family is over for grandma’s strudel and carols.

So, where are they finding these hookups? Thanks to technology, 73% will text or message them and 50% are using a dating app like Tinder.

However, what isn’t odd is what got these singles in the mood—watching romantic movies while curled up by a warm fire. If you need some inspiration, here is a list of 8 Netflix and Chill movies

Thankfully, 80% of respondents also claimed that they will be practicing safe sex or at least see the value in using one.

What’s your holiday hookup story?

7 Insanely Cool Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

7 Insanely Cool Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys

It’s the holiday season and guess what? Most guys still want cool gifts even if their interests still revolve around sports, grilling meats, sex or bigger TVs to watch NFL RedZone.

Here are 7 insanely cool holiday gift ideas for any guy in your life.

Officially Licensed NCAA Illuminated Trailer Hitch CoversThe perfect gift for the sports fan that has everything. Show your support for your favorite sports’ team whether it’s the NFL, NCAA, MLB, or the NBA TailTitans has got you and your trailer hitch covered. Available on TheTailTitan.com for $149 (when using discount code BLACKFRIDAY100). 

Star Wars BB-8 USB Car Charger—This is the droid that the Star Wars guy in your life is looking for. This officially-licensed Star Wars charger means that he can no longer use the excuse that his cell phone died so he couldn’t call you back. The two 2.1 Amp ports allow you to charge two gadgets at the same time. BB-8’s head moves, rotates and makes authentic sounds, but you can always mute the effects if it’s getting on your nerves. Available on thinkgeek.com $39.99 

Weber® iGrill® 3 Digital Bluetooth Thermometer—This gadget will have your grill master geeking out this holiday season. The iGrill® 3 digital Bluetooth thermometer means that you never have to leave the sofa to monitor your grilling temps. This little tool monitors meats using probes that send updates to your smartphone or device and lets you know when those ribs are at the perfect temp. Best of all, you have the option to connect up to four different probes so you can have the most kick-ass mixed grill on the street.  Available on target.com. $95.99

Cooper Cooler Tailgater Rapid Beverage and Wine Chiller—No time to chill that beer? No worries, because this beverage chiller brings bottles or cans of beer to the optimal temperature in just a few minutes. Key product features include setting for bottles of wine, soda or any standard-sized beer. Available at bedbathandbeyond.com $99

6DOLLARSHIRTS—We bet your guy doesn’t have these t-shirts. As the name implies, these unique and trendy tees start at just six bucks or you can score 10 for fifty bucks. Choose from one-of-a-kind designs including partying, graphics and vintage, TV and movies, gaming and more! Available on http://6dollarshirts.com/ $6

Exotic Meats Jerkygram—What mountain man doesn’t want a variety of dried meats. This sample of jerky comes with a ostrich, alpaca, alligator, wild boar and buffalo-trapper style jerky. Perfect for the outdoorsman junky this makes the perfect protein snack. Available on mancrates.com $39.99 In The Box

What Do You Meme? Party Game—Got a Cards Against Humanity ace? Get him to step up his game with this board game based on internet memes. Perfect for showing off or showing his ass at parties. Either way, enjoy with friends and booze. zapals.com $16.99

 Best Damn Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey

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I love the hell out of my turkey fryer and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to fry up a bird. It also gives me a good excuse to hang outside with a beer as early at 10am. Over the years, I’ve tried out a few rubs. Some too spicy and some too bland but this turkey rub is the most flavorful one, hands down. 

Just a couple of quick tips before I deliver this recipe. Unless you want the fire department at your house or a night in an emergency room, do NOT fry a turkey that is not COMPLETELY thawed. The grease temperature gets scorching hot and it will burst into flames. Also, don’t forget to pat-dry your turkey and invest in a good thermometer for the best cooking. 

In fact, watch this handy turkey frying safety video from firefighters. Hey, they would know. 

Ok, now you are ready for the recipe

Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey 

Ingredients:

2 cups Italian dressing—I use the pre-mixed, but you can make your own with this homemade Italian dressing recipe 

1/2 cup cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1/2 cup black pepper

1 cup Cajun seasoning. I like to use Tony Chachere’s but buy whatever you want h2 tablespoons garlic powder

Directions:

Grab a medium mixing bowl toss in your dry ingredients first including your cajun Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, whisk in your Italian dressing and melted butter and add to dry mix—making sure to completely saturate all ingredients. 

Rub mixture all over turkey making sure to completely coat it. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover ingredients such as Italian dressing, give the inside of the turkey a rub as well.  As with all rubs…allow to marinate at least 24 hours before cooking. 

Happy Thanksgiving and don’t burn the house down.