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I was recently given a copy of the latest issue of OnFitness magazine. Though I typically pass on these types of magazines as gimmick filled nonsense, I was intrigued at the headline on the cover “Does Stress Have Calories?” so I picked it up at gave it a read. To my surprise, the magazine is full of some very insightful and accurate articles that are free of the typical get-slim-quick trash that plagues magazine counters at health stores. From the opening pages I like it, with brief articles on avoiding cadmium in cosmetic products, about why squatting is better than doing crunches and why women should not be afraid of getting bulky. OnFitness is definitely on the right track.
In the article “Fat Wars,” the authors accurately and succinctly discuss the role of adrenal stress and excess cortisol on fat storage. The article is riddled with things that we discuss in BioSignature meetings as well as frequent posts on the CFW website. Next to the cortisol is an article on why eating fat will help you remain lean – maybe this magazine is on to something.
In most fitness magazines, the “Nutrition” heading tends to contain articles on low fat, high carbohydrate diets for the endurance type athlete, or full page advertisements for “Mega Mass Building Protein” designed make you gain 20 lbs in a week. Not so in OnFitness. The first nutrition article discusses the health benefits of the Paleo Diet and the rest of the nutrition articles follow suit. Discussions on quality supplements, the benefits of vitamin D and the glycemic index follow, all in layman’s terms and easy to follow and understand. OnFitness is ahead of the curve on its nutritional advice, much more so than comparable magazines Men’s Health and Muscle & Fitness.
The “Muscle Science and Exercise” section of the magazine offers great tips on training techniques and how to lose weight the right way. Many articles closely correlate with what we teach daily here at CFW. I especially appreciated the stance taken on long distance training versus interval training. In the study cited, more fitness gains and fat loss were generated through high intensity interval training than through continuous long distance running. Sound familiar? The article chronicles a total body workout performed by actor Jason Statham that looks remarkably similar to a Crossfit workout with rows, tire flips and body weight exercises.
The magazine is not without its flaws however. There is an article on side stepping and squatting on a treadmill which looks unsafe just from the picture. The headline “Pasta Benefits the Prostate” makes me cringe, but further reading indicates that Lycopene in pasta sauce is what benefits the prostate, not the pasta itself.
As a whole, I like OnFitness. With nutrition and exercise advice that is on point and in-line with what we teach at CFW, I would not have a problem recommending it to our members for a supplemental read on the “why’s” of exercise. While there are some points in the magazine that I disagree with, there is far less junk to sift through than most fitness magazines. Articles on cortisol and the Paleo Diet make the magazine stand out above the myriad of fitness magazines on the market today. I look forward to reading more of OnFitness in the future.