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Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds


Researchers found spraying oxytetracycline on orange trees didn’t halt a devastating infection called citrus greening, but a more expensive method — injecting the trunks — holds some promise.

Olympia Legend: Lee Haney


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It was a no-brainer to predict that the first NPC National champ was destined for great things when, in his rookie year of 1983, he won his pro debut at the Night of Champions and placed third at the Olympia. But no one could have foreseen just how “TotaLee Awesome” 23-year-old Lee Haney would become over the next nine years. At the 1984 Mr. O, the 238-pound, 5’11” sophomore started a win streak that remains unbroken to this day.

Soon enough, the comparisons with Schwarzenegger started. After all, the Oak’s record was supposed to stand for generations. But, taller and wider, with a chest, shoulders, and back leagues ahead of his contemporaries, the genetically gifted Haney removed any pretense of suspense when the big O rolled around. With the exception of 1989, when a considerably downsized and fat Haney was pushed hard by 5’5″ 180-pound Lee Labrada, there was never any real doubt who would be the last man standing.

Outside of his 1987 Grand Prix Germany win, Haney competed exclusively on Olympia stages post-1984, bringing his career win total to 11. One can only wonder how high that number would be had he competed more often.

Haney will not be remembered as the hardest-training or the most conditioned Mr. Olympia, but he will be remembered as possibly the most gifted next to Sergio Oliva. He continued to improve throughout his reign; some years he was fuller (1985), some years he was sharper (1986), and some years, much to the dismay of his competition, it was just a combination of the two. For his final and record-breaking eighth win, Haney tipped the scales at 252 pounds.

We didn’t know it then, but with his classic X-frame, beautiful shape, and overwhelming size, Haney was not only a hybrid in the mold of Oliva, but also a throwback to the classical bodybuilding ideal that the sport would come to miss.



  • BORN: Nov. 11, 1959
  • HEIGHT: 5’11”
  • WEIGHT: 252 pounds
  • MR. OLYMPIA: 1984-91


As with all of my training, my motto for triceps is “Stimulate, don’t annihilate!” Arm muscles, in particular, are relatively small and, as such, can be easily overtrained. The idea is to hit the muscles hard and fast, and then get out of the gym and enjoy your life.

During the offseason, I used two triceps training routines, phase one and phase two, which I would alternate as a way to keep my muscles from becoming comfortable with a single system of training.

This two-phase routine is somewhat advanced and should not be performed by anyone with less than a solid year of training under his belt. When followed twice a week for three months, it’s sure to add quality mass to that all-important 67% of your upper arm.

NOTE: Alternate between the two phases for each workout.


  • Triceps Pushdowns | SETS: 5 | REPS: 10–15
  • Lying Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4 | REPS: 8–10
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Extensions | SETS: 3–4 | REPS: 12–15


  • Triceps Pushdowns | SETS: 5 | REPS: 10–15
  • Lying Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4 | REPS: 8–10
  • Rope Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4–5 | REPS: 12–15
  • Reverse-Grip One-Arm Cable Extensions | SETS: 3* | REPS: 12–15

*Do three sets for each arm.


Here’s What The Rock Thinks About Being Called Hollywood’s Nicest Guy


Dwayne Johnson has been called Hollywood’s hardest-working man, and now, he has another title: Hollywood’s nicest guy. The Rock made it onto the cover of Us Weekly recently for a story detailing how the Hobbs & Shaw star has juggled his family life with being one of the biggest stars in the world.

Johnson posted on Instagram about being on the cover and how it feels to be called “Hollywood’s nicest guy.” In fact, he doesn’t think he is—someone else might already have that title.

“Cheers and thank you @usweekly for putting this kid on your cover. I’ve travelled a very long road from having $7bucks in my pocket to these pretty amazing headlines.  I take nothing for granted and treat success as if it has to be earned every single day,” Johnson wrote.

Here’s a look at the post:

As busy as Johnson is, he isn’t slowing down anytime soon: Coming up he has the next sequel to Jumanji being released in December 2019; Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt coming in 2020; he’s about to start filming the action comedy Red Notice with Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot for Netflix; he’s joining the DC superhero universe with Zachary Levi in the Shazam-related Black Adam; and he has a new season of Ballers coming to HBO on August 25. The hardest-working man just keeps on working.

Check out more on Johnson at Us Weekly here, and more on Hobbs and Shaw below:

This Is Why Halle Berry's Trainer Wants You to Do Cardio Before You Hit the Weights



One of the most-asked fitness questions is whether you start with cardio or strength training in a workout. Ask a group of trainers and you’ll probably receive a variety of answers, with different reasons based on your physical abilities and fitness goals.

Halle Berry and her trainer Peter Lee Thomas did a PhitTalk, during which they they answer follower questions for her Fitness Friday posts on Instagram. One fan asked: “Should I complete my cardio before weightlifting, or the other way around?” Peter replied, “Having cardio as a warm up; the first 10, 15, 20 minutes even – do that first before you do your weight training.” According to the trainer, “That’s a really, really smart way of integrating your cardio into your weight training, therefore you will get a killer warm-up and you’re not going to get hurt or injured.”

Peter acknowledged that some people prefer to do the strength portion of their workout first, followed by a cardio burnout, but he suggests starting with cardio “and then gradually moving into your weight training.”

If you typically feel stiff and tight when you start a strength session, begin with a dynamic warmup followed by some light cardio to ease your body into more intense movements. At the end of the day, we recommend doing what feels the best on your body or working with a personal trainer who can give your more guidance and instruction on how to program a quality workout.

The Revamped Trek Fuel EX Mountain Bike Is Ready to Rock Any Trail


Off-road bikes these days are pretty well segmented, and there’s a dizzying array of models suited to specific kinds of riding: Downhill bikes designed for bombing through rugged descents, light and fast cross-country bikes meant for racing, and fat-tire bikes for tearing up snow and sand. It’s hard to keep track of it all. Fortunately, with the new Trek Fuel EX, you don’t have to choose. The latest update to the company’s best-selling full-suspension bike is designed for maximum versatility in all kinds of dirt, whether you’re hustling up a fire road or bouncing down forested singletrack.

Trek Fuel EX 9.9
Courtesy of Trek

“Our goal here was to keep it at that sweet spot of capability, but also efficiency,” Travis Ott, mountain bike brand manager for Trek, tells Men’s Journal.

The Fuel EX is an ideal fit for someone looking for one bike that can do it all, Ott explains. The design tweaks in the latest version are geared to help it perform better on rugged downhills while preserving its ability to climb. Trek upped the bike’s front fork suspension travel to 140mm, and adjusted the frame geometry so it’s longer and slacker than the previous version. Both of these changes help the Fuel soak up rough descents and increase its stability, while a revised rear shock mount and steeper seat tube angle help maximize pedaling efficiency. For riders familiar with the earlier version of the bike, the new Fuel EX retains its strong climbing ability but is now more capable on downhill segments.

“You’re gonna notice the changes on this bike descending as opposed to climbing,” said Ott. “When you’re pointed downhill, you’re going to feel a lot more confident.”

The updated Fuel EX is also introducing two brand new features to the Trek lineup: in-frame storage and unisex sizing. The carbon fiber models of the Fuel EX come with a storage compartment beneath the water bottle cage on the downtube—a great spot for storing tools and snacks. In addition, the Fuel EX now features unisex sizing. Rather than picking from a limited range of women’s options, riders of any gender can explore the full range of models, says Ott.

“You’re no longer having to choose between that good, better, or best option.”

Courtesy of Trek

As for specs, here’s a taste of what you’ll get: The top-shelf Fuel EX 9.9 retails for $7,500 and comes with a Fox Factory Float front fork and rear shock, a 1×12 SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and tubeless-friendly Bontrager Line Carbon 30 wheels, available in 27.5-inch (for the smaller frames) and 29-inch sizes. There are several more affordable versions available, too. Ott points out that the Fuel EX 8, the most popular version, and Fuel EX 9.8 provide particularly good bang for your buck.

“You’re getting a lot of performance for the dollar there,” he adds.

Calling the Fuel EX a good starter bike for trail riding doesn’t really do it justice. You can ride the Fuel for a while, and on a wide variety of trails, before you bump up against the edges of its capability. Put it this way: If you only have room in your garage for one bike, and some cash to spend, start your search here.

Get it





Todo lo que tienes que saber sobre la lecitina de soja: propiedades, beneficios y su uso en la cocina


Todo lo que tienes que saber sobre la lecitina de soja: propiedades, beneficios y su uso en la cocina

La lecitina, o fosfatidilcolina, es una sustancia orgánica muy abundante en las membranas de las células vegetales y animales, especialmente en las del tejido nervioso. Este componente esencial se puede extraer de algunas sustancias comestibles, como la soja o los huevos.

En concreto, a la lecitina de soja se le atribuyen todo tipo de beneficios para la salud. ¿Qué tiene de especial esta sustancia? ¿De verdad puede ayudarnos a mantener un estilo de vida más saludable? ¿Cómo podemos usarla en la cocina?

Qué es la lecitina

La fosfatidilcolina es un fosfolípido que, junto con las sales biliares, ayuda a la solubilización de los ácidos de la bilis. Estos son importantes para el transporte de grasas. También es un componente esencial de las membranas celulares.

La lecitina es un extracto de esta molécula, aunque contiene también otros compuestos asociados a este componente esencial, a pesar de que a veces se use como sinónimo. Los humanos producimos fosfatidilcolina en el hígado de manera natural. ¿Por qué, entonces, es buena su ingesta?

Lecitina De Soja En Montevideo

Hasta donde sabemos, este nutriente ayuda a proteger los órganos y las arterias de la acumulación de grasa, y puede facilitar la absorción de algunas vitaminas del complejo B y de la vitamina A. También promueve la reducción de los niveles de colesterol y triglicéridos en la sangre. Todo esto no lo hace de manera directa, sino que afecta a medio y largo plazo.

La lecitina también es una fuente de colina, un nutriente esencial para el funcionamiento cardiovascular, cerebral y para la membrana celular. Forma parte del neurotransmisor acetilcolina. Especialmente positivos son los resultados obtenidos con la lecitina de soja. La fosfatidilcolina obtenida de este vegetal se extrae fácilmente y se concentra para venderse como un complemento alimenticio o como un emulsionante en cocina.

¿Qué beneficios tiene la lecitina de soja?

Existen diversas evidencias sobre el poder de la lecitina para contribuir a mejorar el perfil lipídico en sangre. Esto significa que ayudan a reducir la cantidad de colesterol y triglicéridos, previniendo el desarrollo de hígado graso y otros problemas relacionados con el corazón.

Por otro lado, la lecitina de soja contiene vitamina E, que actúa como antioxidante. Algunos atletas creen que ayuda a mejorar la concentración y la memoria, aunque no hay evidencias tajantes al respecto. Por otro lado, existen ciertas evidencias del papel de la colina en el factor fatiga: unos mayores niveles parecen relacionados con una mejora en el rendimiento, aunque en realidad se desconoce el mecanismo que podría justificar este fenómeno.

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Por otro lado, el déficit de fosfatidilcolina está claramente asociado a varias enfermedades, entre ellas el cáncer. Las razones son complejas, pero están ligadas al transporte de grasas y a la formación celular. Por último, como emulsionante, la lecitina parece ayudar a la digestión de comidas grasientas.

Esto ha servido de excusa para muchos productos que aseguran ser capaces de “capturar la grasa” de la comida o, incluso, ayudar a quemarla más rápido. Sin embargo, no existe ni una sola evidencia de ello. Además, insistimos, nuestro cuerpo ya genera lecitina por sí mismo, por lo que su aporte es innecesario, aunque pueda resultar beneficioso en ciertos casos concretos.

Lecitina de soja en la cocina

Como decíamos, la lecitina de soja es un emulsionante de las grasas. Este complemento se puede emplear para buscar una textura o sabor concretos. Los más creativos pueden llegar a utilizarla con fines más originales, como crear espumas de lecitina. Pero, además, esta sustancia se emplea para homogeneizar las mezclas de ingredientes, sobre todo de los hidrofóbicos e hidrofílicos.

Es común emplearla en salsas y acompañamientos. O, incluso, como un añadido a distintos postres, platos, batidos o snacks. Por otro lado, no es necesario tomar la lecitina separada. Podemos preparar un sinfín de platos sabrosos con soja, directamente. Obviamente, la soja ya lleva lecitina, más que de sobra.

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Esto nos ayudará a aumentar la variedad de combinaciones e ideas para degustar, especialmente en verano. La soja es una de las legumbres que más posibilidades tiene a la hora de hacer ensaladas o acompañamientos para todos los gustos e intenciones. Insistimos, con la soja natural tomaremos toda la lecitina de soja que pudiéramos necesitar.

Por último, seamos claros: no es necesario obsesionarse con las propiedades beneficiosas de esta sustancia. En primer lugar, porque casi seguro que no la necesitamos. En segundo, porque se pueden obtener con una dieta sana y equilibrada. Eso sí, en esta dieta podemos incluir la lecitina de soja o, mejor, la soja directamente, y disfrutar de sus bondades.

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Muscle & Fitness Podcast #027: Ethan Grossman


We sit down with the strength and conditioning coach to discuss his bodybuilding diet and workouts .

This week on the Muscle and Fitness Podcast, M&F executive editor Zack Zeigler (@zraz) and celebrity trainer Don Saladino (@donsaladino) speak with strength and conditioning coach Ethan Grossman about his aspirations to become a bodybuilder. Grossman breaks down his training program, including everything from the workouts he chooses to his daily macros and calorie needs.


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Eddie Hall Looks Unrecognizable in This Throwback Photo


At his peak, 2017 World’s Strongest Man and all-around funnyman Eddie “The Beast” Hall weighed in at more than 440 pounds. And while a good bit of that was muscle, a lot of it was fat, too. Since then, he’s slimmed down to 358 pounds and even sported some abs for a bit. 

Still, the Briton has never been what you could call “lean,” because lifting Atlas stones and pulling trucks on a regular basis requires being pretty massive. 

That’s why you may be surprised to learn there was once a time when Hall was not only strong, but also pretty svelte. He recently uploaded a throwback photo of himself at 16 years old, and you’d be hard-pressed to recognize him. 

Take a look: 


Hall said he weighed 224 pounds in the photo, and it looks like it was mostly muscle. That’s insane shape for a 16-year-old to be in, and it proves that Hall has always lived up to his nickname. 

He now weighs in between 358 and 380 pounds, and is on a mission to decrease his body fat while maintaining his body weight. Hall frequently uploads videos of himseld training alongside Irish comedian Paddy McGuinness and actor/gym owner Martyn Ford, documenting some absolutely brutal sessions. 

Here’s one where Hall encourages McGuinness through a set of leg extensions. 

“Every time he moves, he makes noises I have never heard before,” McGuinness’ wife joked in the comments. “I think he’s in pain today.” It’s no surprise that working out with the man who once deadlifted 500kg (1,102 pounds) isn’t easy. 

Hall recently starred in the History Channel show The Strongest Man in History along four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw, Robert Oberst, and Nick Best. The season finale of the show, which featured the quartet displaying brutish feats of strengths while trying to break longtime records, recently aired on the channel. 

You can see some highlights from the show on the History Channel’s YouTube.


10 Keto Snacks That Everyone Will Enjoy – Even Vegetarians!


The keto diet is back and better than ever; more and more people are interested in the eating plan that favors protein and healthy fats and advises you to cut down on sugars and carbohydrates. The goal is to put your body into ketosis, which means you’re burning fat for energy as opposed to carbohydrates. For us, no matter what we’re doing, we need to have snacks on hand. We get hungry throughout the day, and we like having something healthy and delicious to reach for. That’s why we’re into these 10 keto-approved bites.

Whether you prefer sweet or savory, you’ll find something in this list that speaks to you. We’re into these spicy almonds and cookie dough-flavored protein bars, and they’d be in our cart whether or not we’re following a keto diet. The best part? All these picks are at Walmart, which is convenient and great for our wallet. Are you ready to snack smarter? Just keep reading to shop our picks.