One of the most important coaches in every college basketball program is practically unrecognizable, even to the team's most diehard fans.

This person does not sit on the bench or show up on camera.

Rather this coach essentially lives in the weight room, where he or she helps athletes mature from scrawny freshmen to shredded seniors. Strength coaches may not bask in the glory on the court, but they are responsible for much of a team's success and failure.

As you can imagine, the field of strength coaches is largely male-dominated. Kansas' Andrea Hudy, however, is slowly but surely shattering that stereotype.

Hudy has been with Kansas since 2004, and in that time the Jayhawks have reeled off an unprecedented nine straight Big 12 championships, been to two Final Fours and won the 2008 NCAA tournament.

"I don't know where we'd be without [Hudy]," coach Bill Self told ESPN last year.

Hudy has done wonders for several current Jayhawks, most notably star center Jeff Withey. The 7-footer, who called Hudy the "secret weapon" behind last year's Final Four run, came in to Kansas as thin as a rail. Under Hudy's guidance during the past four years, Withey has gained 20 pounds and transformed into one of the nation's most dominant big men.

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Self was initially reluctant to hire Hudy, who had previously worked with the basketball teams at Connecticut. But now he looks back on the hire as one of the best decisions of his career, as Hudy has been one of the main driving forces behind Kansas' amazing consistency. Her willingness to embrace modern technology in the weight room, as well as her unending desire to help the athletes, has paid off big time.

"Andrea gets a lot of credit, and deservedly so,” Self recently told the Associated Press. "What she does with the guys isn't just from a weight gain, or things like that. It’s from a confidence, a flexibility. It’s from a core strength. It's from things you can't see."

Hudy, who played volleyball at Maryland, says she hasn't felt pressure as a woman in a male-dominated field. She is more focused on giving her athletes the tools they need to succeed on the court.

And so far, so good.

"I don't think I've ever felt the pressure of the glass ceiling," she recently told KCTV. "I think it's other people who tell me, or ask me, 'How have you gotten where you have?' I've never seen it. And maybe that's just me and how I look at things. I like to refer to myself as a chameleon. I can fit in anywhere and do anything that I need to do to get something done. I don't look at myself as a female. I look at myself as a teacher and coach. And I look at the athlete as a student."

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By James Fell
AskMen

It's time to proactively synergize your core competencies toward an optimized fitness paradigm! Or something. Welcome to James Fell's Strategic Fitness series.

Much of the focus on fitness is on micro details of sets, reps, nutrient timing, blasting bigger biceps and shredding that last gram of fat from your midsection. I don't play there but rise above it. I'm a certified strength and conditioning specialist with an MBA, and strategic fitness is about the big picture of fitness, health and physical performance. We'll work on making you pretty from the neck down in a way that takes your entire life into account. First up? Your fitness bucket list.

Stay active forever by creating an exercise bucket list
OK, so the movie The Bucket List was a bit of a downer, but it can still teach us a thing or two about establishing goals and then setting out to achieve them. There is an adage in business that says, "What gets measured gets done," so setting a goal that you'll measure yourself against is a great way to prompt you to action.

Have you ever heard about the "Yale Study of Goals"? It's a fascinating story about how the 1953 graduating class was interviewed and only 3 percent of them had written specific goals for their futures. Twenty years later, those 3% were worth more financially than the other 97 percent combined.

Amazing! And a total crock.

It never happened.
No such study ever took place. I also find it amusing that Bill Phillips mentioned it in his bestselling book Body for Life -- along with a lot of other myths -- yet he couldn't even get the name of the fake study correct. He used the exact same details but called it "The Harvard Study." Oops and double oops.

Guys like Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have been all over this mythical study, touting it as more motivational pablum to go along with redesigning your mental blueprint whilst walking on hot coals, or something.

Anyway, if you’re going to try and motivate people, perhaps you should make sure the study you reference actually took place. Does writing goals down mean they’re more likely to be achieved? Maybe. I don't know. I've never written a goal down in my life. Moving right along, let's talk about this bucket list that is stored either on a hard drive, your neurons or the back of a napkin.

I've got exercise things I want to do. These are things that I am not currently capable of doing. I need to train harder to achieve them, and I'm 44 for crap’s sake. I still want to get in ever better shape. It's probably going to hurt to achieve most of these. I might puke. My wife thinks I'm crazy. Hell, I think I'm crazy.

I'm still going to do them, though. Barring some type of debilitating injury or illness, here is what I plan to do before I die:

-Run 10K in under 40 minutes. I don't know if this one is ever going to happen. I tried a year ago; the training was brutal and the race damn near killed me. I think that, had I chosen a flat and straight course, I would have made it, but I’m still thinking of giving it another go. I'll have to do it soon, though, because age is rapidly making this goal less and less achievable.

-I had on my list to run a marathon in under four hours, and I actually managed to do that on my first try with a time of 3:52. Now I'm starting to think about a Boston Marathon qualification, which when I turn 45 next year, will be a time of 3:25 (It used to be 3:30, but buggers made it harder two years ago).

-Complete an Ironman. If you don't know, this is a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile cycle, followed by a full marathon (26.2 miles). In order to "finish" this race, you need to do it in under 17 hours. I'm shooting for under 14 hours, maybe even under 13. However, I'll consider just completing it in the required time a major accomplishment. As long as I finish it, I swear on a case of expensive beer that I only ever do one Ironman in my life. Oh, and did I mention that I suck at swimming? Yeah, there's that.

-Learn to surf, and at the same time hopefully overcome my fear of sharks, which developed when my parents dumped me at a movie theater when I was only 7 to see Jaws.

-Learn to snowboard. I fancy myself an accomplished skier, which I understand matters for diddly squat when you first strap on a snowboard.

-Do a 360 off a jump on skis. This one scares me more than anything else on this list.

-Do the Delirium Dive ski run at Sunshine Village. This is a ski run that requires you take a partner, an avalanche transceiver and a shovel. Don't tell my wife.

I've crossed a few other things off my bucket list, like doing a 20-foot cliff jump on skis, jumping off the “big one” -- which is about 50 feet high -- at Seebe cliffs into the Bow River in Alberta (this video says 90 feet, but it's not that high) and benching 315 pounds for one repetition.

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Doing those other seven -- making sure they get crossed off my mental list -- is going to take some work. It's going to keep me active and working hard for many years to come. This is why I think you should have your own exercise bucket list, because it's motivating.

It doesn't have to be as ambitious or downright stupidly dangerous as mine (or maybe it will be even scarier), but it's just got to be something you can’t do now. Something you need to reach for and train hard to achieve.

That way, when you finally do kick the bucket, you can look back on a life well lived -- as long as you don't die in the process doing one of the items on your list, that is. Yeah, be careful, OK?

Read more from James Fell: Mission Motivation: A Realistic Guide To Staying Fit

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An integrative physician to hard-driving Manhattan professionals, Dr. Frank Lipman encounters a lot of stressed-out patients. Some of them are stressed from working 12-hour days. Others are stressed from working 12-hour days while trying to fit in time for the gym. Still others are stressed from working 12-hour days, going to the gym when they can, and feeling guilty or anxious when they can't. "I try to get my patients to see exercise not as exercise but as movement," Lipman says. "To get them to move as much as possible in their everyday lives rather than feeling that they have to keep to a rigid exercise regime."

Lipman's perspective is informed more by traditional Chinese medicine than the latest sports science, but as it turns out, his view supports new revelations in exercise science. In the past several years, research has shown that exercise isn't just what happens when you sweat for at least a half-hour running, biking, or doing strength or cardio training at the gym. Exercise can also be any movement you do during the day – and it can be just as effective at improving health, controlling weight, and, in some cases, maintaining or even boosting fitness.

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The idea of exercise as a sustained activity separate from the rest of your day dates back to the 1970s, when the American College of Sports Medicine recommended continuous workouts of at least 20 minutes, based on research on elite athletes. "The implication was that if you didn't reach a certain number of minutes, it wasn't worth your while. But that's not true," says Glenn Gaesser, an exercise physiologist at Arizona State University.

Gaesser recently conducted a study to see if fractioned exercise -- short bouts of activity done throughout the day -- could deliver the same benefits as one continuous workout. He asked a group of people to walk briskly on a treadmill for 30 minutes or at the same pace for 10 minutes three times a day. He found that participants' blood-pressure levels were "significantly lower" on the 10-minute interval days. Previous studies have also shown that taking multiple short walks lowers blood sugar more effectively than sustained walking. Researchers think that being active more frequently throughout the day forces the body to shuttle sugar from food to working muscles instead of storing it as fat.

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Cumulative exercise contributes to weight loss in more significant ways, too. A recent Danish study found that when people didn't work out as long at the gym, they had more energy to move throughout the day, adding up to a bigger caloric burn. The science supports a concept called NEAT, shorthand for non-exercise activity thermogenesis – the number of calories we burn when we're not eating, sleeping, or doing sustained exercise. NEAT includes every movement you make, from momentary activities like bending over to tie your shoes and gesturing during a conversation to conscious activities like walking a few more blocks and taking the stairs instead of the escalator. When you do enough of these movements, NEAT can cause you to burn up to 2,000 more calories per day.

Consider an average day: Drive to work, sit at a desk, sit through lunch, sit in a meeting, drive home, watch TV. Then add intentional effort: Walk instead of driving or park farther away; use a standing desk or sit on a Swiss ball; take a walking lunch break; pace the office with your phone glued to your ear; do wall sits while watching TV. Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Dr. James Levine, who coined NEAT, thinks being proactive about intentional activity can add up – as shown by the Amish, who live without computers, cars, TVs, and smartphones. According to statistics, the average Amish man takes 18,500 steps a day while an American walks only 5,000. And research shows men need to walk only 3,500 more steps per day -- less than two miles -- to lose 8.5 pounds in a year without changing their diets.

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Yet the Amish, as healthy as they may be, don't produce a lot of strong recreational runners or tennis players. To be these things, you need fitness, which requires pushing the body beyond its comfort zone. When you stress or overload your cardiovascular system, it adapts to meet the increased load: The heart pumps more blood and oxygen to muscles, where muscle cells increase in number. But can you accomplish all this simply by walking and standing up more frequently?

Maybe. How much exercise a person needs to increase fitness is individual, dependent upon current activity and genetics. Yet some research shows that cumulative exercise can improve fitness. In a small Irish study, researchers asked two groups of people to either walk vigorously 30 minutes a day or split up the workout into three 10-minute walks at the same pace, similar to Gaesser's setup. After six weeks, scientists found that frequent short walks provided a bigger boost to VO2 max, or the ability to process oxygen – one of the classic measures of fitness.

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If you want to build strength without the gym, you can get similar benefits by doing some push-ups here, sit-ups there, and a little body squatting at random: Mini strength workouts done throughout the day can add up to more work than most people can handle in a single session, says Dr. Tim Church, a preventive medicine researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Better yet, they can be done at home, in a closed office, or in an empty conference room.

How can you tell if your "exercise" during the day is paying off? Monitor yourself. If, over time, you're accomplishing the same work – the same number of flights of stairs and push-ups – with less effort, you're getting fitter and stronger. If your weight drops or stays the same, you're also getting a similar caloric effect to the gym.

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There's another benefit to reducing the time you spend sitting: An impressive body of research now shows that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses, no matter how much you exercise, by slowing blood flow, heart rate, and cell turnover. USC professor of medicine Dr. David Agus has compared the risk incurred by prolonged sitting to smoking a pack and a half a day, while one study found that sitting for eight hours daily increases the risk of premature death by 15 percent, even for those who work out.

If science has loosened its grip on the five-days-a-week gym habit, it has also shown us that less time at the gym is more. Research on HIT, or high-intensity training, suggests that you can maximize exercise's payoff by working out at a higher intensity for a shorter time. Martin Gibala, a professor at Ontario's McMaster University, has published mind-blowing research that concluded that six to nine minutes a week of all-out pedaling on a stationary bike can produce the same fitness gains as five hour-long workouts conducted at a comfortable pace. As for weight loss, while short intervals don't torch as many calories per week as five hour-long workouts, caloric burn during and after doing intervals is significantly higher.

The message is this: Less is more. "There aren't many studies that have proved a minimum effective dose for exercise. But there are many studies that disprove the need to be in the gym for hours per week, let alone per day," says Tim Ferriss, author of 'The 4-Hour Body.' As the evidence in favor of shorter workouts accumulates, so too does data to suggest that long workouts make less sense for those of us who aren't elite athletes. Recent research has found that joggers who run fewer miles tend to outlive those who run more than 20 miles a week.

"There is a law of diminishing returns," Gaesser says. "My guess is that beyond 300 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise, the additional health benefits become rather negligible." So when you're at the office or home with the kids, don't stress about not being at the gym. Movement is movement -- and it all counts. "I coach my kid's baseball team, so I'm running around all over the place," says Church. "I work hard at not making it a sedentary activity."

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By James Fell
AskMen

Interval training causes a mega-caloric "after burn"

I'll make it simple: When you exercise, you burn more calories than you do sitting on the couch. The more intensely you exercise the more calories you burn.

Despite this reality, many look for tricks to increase resting metabolism and burn extra calories while doing nothing. Bill Phillips, author of Body for Life, endorsed High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), asserting, "Research indicates that not only does high-intensity training burn fat more effectively than low-intensity exercise ... It also speeds up your metabolism and keeps it revved up for some time after your workout."

Bill makes numerous references to "research" and "studies" in his book, yet doesn't actually name them, and there's no bibliography. Regardless, his exalting of HIIT as the ultimate fat-burner caught on with a vengeance. Personal trainers, websites, books, and magazines (including the highly popular Men's Health magazine) often recommend this training method for people seeking to accelerate weight loss. Anecdotally, I regularly see people at the gym constantly changing speeds between fast and slow on treadmills, bikes and elliptical trainers to get some perceived lasting metabolic boost from interval training.

It makes me shake my head.

Through an assistant, Phillips told me that he based his claims on a 1994 study in the journal Metabolism that examined exercise intensity and fat loss. But in that study, neither the people in the lower-intensity training group nor the HIIT group lost much weight at all, and measurements of fat loss in the torso were very similar for both groups. Members of the HIIT group had 20% more body fat to start with, and those in the lower-intensity group gained fat in their calves for some reason, which also skewed the data.

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Good for speed, but not for fat burning

Don't get me wrong; interval training is a useful method for improving athletic performance by enhancing both maximum oxygen uptake and anaerobic metabolism, and competitive runners, rowers, cyclists, and other athletes do use it to get faster. If you’re interested in speed, I do recommend engaging in it a couple of times a week. But know that it doesn't burn calories any better than exercising at a steady pace.

HIIT is mistakenly lauded by fat-loss "gurus" because of its alleged potential to dramatically boost Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). This is the caloric after-burn of a metabolism that stays elevated -- or "revved up," in Phillip's words -- and consumes extra calories after completion of an intense exercise session.

EPOC does exist, but it's been vastly overblown.

In a 2006 article in the Journal of Sports Sciences, researchers from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia did find that more intense exercise creates a higher EPOC, but even so: "EPOC comprises only 6-15% of the net total oxygen cost [calories burned] of the exercise." For example, if someone burns 1,000 total calories via intense and prolonged exercise, then at most an additional 150 calories result from EPOC.

What's more, the better shape a person is in, the lower the EPOC because the body's metabolism returns to normal sooner. In 1990 researchers from Flinders University's Exercise Physiology Laboratory studied nine men and reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology that in well-trained people, EPOC could be as low as 1%, and the mean was 4.8%. I'm in good shape, so if I fit into that "mean," then after my usual eight-mile run, EPOC calorie burning earns me about one-third of a beer. Don't wait up.

The modesty of EPOC in trained people appears logical, because the first time I tried running, my heart was ready to explode out of my chest, my lungs felt like I'd inhaled a bunch of fire ants, and for a long time afterward, I was ready to barf up my toenails. Now that I'm "well trained," I recover quickly, meaning reduced EPOC.

So what about HIIT? As I've already mentioned, EPOC is of little consequence, even for intense exercise, so does engaging in intervals somehow change this dynamic?

No, it doesn't. In reality, if you do the same amount of exercise "work" (i.e. distance traveled) using either a steady pace or via HIIT, you burn close to the same number of calories, including the minimal EPOC.

In 1997, the aforementioned Flinders University researchers took another look at EPOC and how interval training affected it. Using eight men, they compared 30 minutes of running at 70 percent maximal oxygen uptake vs. 20 rounds of one-minute running at 105 percent. The high-intensity sessions involved two-minute rest periods after each one-minute round, where I assume participants used the breaks to say things like "gasp" and "hack" and "please let me die."

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Caloric after-burn: Not all it's cracked up to be

Because of the rest intervals, the HIIT took twice as long to complete the exercise sessions, but it did pay off. And by "pay off," I mean running all the numbers of calories burned both during and in the nine hours after the exercise, the high-intensity training burned about half an Oreo cookie more worth of calories, which hardly seems worth it. I mean, I'm not even talking Double Stuff. Oh, and EPOC was again shown to be only a small portion of total calories burned.

Eight years later, researchers from the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta published a study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism examining 12 cyclists and asserted that "The magnitude and duration of EPOC were similar" for both interval and continuous training of the same total work. In other words, the minimal caloric after burn of exercise was the same.

Interval training is not some holy grail of fat loss; it is a tool for getting faster. As any teenage boy whose girlfriend's parents came home early will tell you, being quick is a useful skill, but the National Strength and Conditioning Association asserts that interval training is not for the out-of-shape and should be used sparingly because of its punishing intensity.

If fat loss is your goal, then the best pace to perform aerobic exercise at is the one you can sustain for long periods and therefore maximize caloric burn during the exercise. It helps if it's also a pace that doesn't make you hate your workout.

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If Prince Fielder looks a little slimmer than normal on Opening Day, Detroit Tigers fans can thank his grueling offseason MMA workout for their star first baseman's new body.

The 28-year-old Fielder, who stands 6 feet tall and has weighed as much as 275 pounds, has been working out at VI Levels Fitness in Orlando. Bas Rutten, a former MMA champion, recently posted a photo of Fielder on his Facebook page, and the 4-time All-Star is looking good.

Fielder has two stripes on his white belt, which means he's halfway towards earning a blue belt.

But staying in shape isn't the only reason Fielder was eager to try MMA. He told Click Orlando recently that he was bullied as a child, and he doesn't want his sons to suffer the same teasing. So he brings his boys along with him to VI Levels Fitness.

"I just never want them to feel, have their feelings hurt or lose confidence, just because of what someone says," Fielder said.

Maybe now that Fielder is a little lighter, he'll be on the right end of plays like this.

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Last time we heard from Maryana Naumova, the 13-year-old weightlifting sensation, she was putting up 198 pounds at the World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in Las Vegas.

And if you thought that was impressive, wait until you see a new video of Maryana that's circulating the Onternet.

In just a few short months, Naumova has apparently gone from bench-pressing 198 pounds to 240 pounds. And we've got video proof.

The clip below is taken from this video filmed at the 2013 Arnold Classic, which is a weightlifting expo named for, you guessed it, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The video has nearly half a million views in just a few days.

One recent online report said that Maryana weighs 114 pounds while another from last year had her pegged closer to 104 pounds. In either case, she is benching double her bodyweight, which is stunning.

This is one determined teen. Maryana, who has set more than 10 world records, recently discussed her motivation with Muscle and Fitness.

"When I'm holding the barbell, I feel like my body is changing," Maryana said. "Other girls my age are overweight and have cellulite. I want to be beautiful and strong. I want to be an example to other kids."

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If you thought running one marathon was hard, try completing 52. In one year.

That the feat Julie Weiss, also known as the "Marathon Goddess," recently pulled off. After finishing the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, the 42-year-old Weiss had run one marathon every week for the past year.

Weiss' inspiration was her father, Maurice, who died of pancreatic cancer one month after being diagnosed in November 2010. Weiss' goal during the past year was to raise money and awareness for the disease. And in addition to spreading the world in marathons across North America, she also raised upwards of $170,000 for charity.

"As I learned more about pancreatic cancer, I had to do something more to raise awareness and raise hope and raise money for this severely underfunded disease," Weiss told ABC LA, "so I decided to do something dramatic."

Making Weiss' feat all the more amazing is that she is a mother of two, and she managed to keep a 9-to-5 job for the past year. Each Friday, immediately after work, Weiss would board a plane to wherever her next marathon was. She would return to her home in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Now that she's accomplished her goal, she plans to take a short break from marathons. But she's still got work to do. Her ultimate goal is to raise $1 million for pancreatic cancer research, so she told the Today show that she may do another 52 marathons in 52 weeks at some point before 2020.

For more information about Weiss, and to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, check out her website.

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If you're searching for a way to spice up your workout, look no further than a new viral video.

You may have tried bench press, but have you benched the bar... while another person is sitting on it? You may have tried lifting free weights, but have you lifted weights... and then done a backflip?

Damien Walters and Tim Shieff, two amazing athletes turned weight room warriors, have released an incredible compilation of gym tricks. Convention be damned, these guys have thought of new and creative ways to use the equipment.

For the vast majority of people, these tricks would result in odd and severe injuries. For these guys, they don't even seem to notice.

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By James Fell
AskMen

A while back, I wrote a piece for AskMen called People at the Gym that describes some of the colorful characters we see pumping iron, riding the cardio equipment, doing silly stretches or just wandering aimlessly. Since then, with the help of friendly suggestions, I realized that I only covered about half of them. There are more. Oh, so many more.

The Abdominator
Usually a young male who has this odd habit of lifting up his shirt to wipe nonexistent sweat away from his forehead, revealing a chiseled six-pack. For some reason, this action always coincides with proximity to a young, attractive female.

Since his eyes are covered by his shirt, he cannot see that she is rolling hers.



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The Hoarder
I’ve seen women do this, but it's usually a guy thing. They're obsessed with multiple varieties of supersets and compound sets. Such an approach to exercise is admirable, but during busy gym times trying to carve out a fiefdom of several pieces of equipment that no one else is permitted to touch qualifies as douchbaggery. It's annoying to see one of the few bench presses abandoned for several minutes with plates still on it, and when you finally decide to go and use it, the Hoarder charges up, indignant, proclaiming, "I'm using that!"

Horders deserve to have a premenstrual crocodile shoved down their pants.

The Barracuda
Just like a cougar -- a prowler of young men -- except older.

And hungrier.

The Fisherman
This is the guy who considers the gym to be his personal Plenty Of Fish and hits on every person lacking a Y chromosome. He lives by the adage that it you fire off enough rounds, eventually you'll hit something.

The stench coming off him isn't B.O.; it's desperation.

Herculass
She is a female version of Hercules, and she can lift more than you. She's tough, focused and she doesn't want to talk to any fishermen. In most cases, she doesn't want to talk to anybody because she’s too busy kicking ass with the iron.

Try not to hurt yourself attempting to keep up with her. She is not impressed.


The Lost Boy
Young, skinny, pimply and clueless as to what to do in the gym. His face betrays one of constant confusion as he inspects the equipment. The only thing he seems to know how to do well is drool while wandering around looking at Hoop Earring Girls (see Part 1).

The Tongue Depressors
A couple joined at the hip, regularly engaging in public displays of affection between sets. A just and righteous god would cause his boner to get slammed between two 45-pound plates.

The Earthquake
He resembles an NFL offensive lineman. Two of them. When his mother gave birth to him, her screams shattered half the windows in the hospital. He eats large farm animals whole, and his workout regimen includes shoulder pressing the leg press, plates and all.

Give him a wide berth.

The Accessorizer
They're a virtual shopping center of weightlifting equipment: belts, gloves, straps, chalk, notebooks and bottles containing a milky purple liquid. They seem incapable of working out without this cornucopia of loot that they haul from station to station.

[Insert joke here about compensating for something.]

Captain Skull Candy
This is the person wearing headphones the size of a Smart Car while working out. They take rejection of crappy gym music to an extreme.

Helen Keller
Captain Skull Candy plus sunglasses. I have seen them. They exist.

One Size Fits Most
This is the guy who wears those super-tight Under Armour T-shirts to the gym despite sporting a belly that looks like he's well into his third trimester.

He needs a girlfriend, if for no other reason than to have someone help him with clothes shopping.

Not Quite Awake Yet
They wear pajamas to the gym. Apparently that's a thing now.

Can You Hear Me Now?
The person who occasionally lifts weights in between cell phone calls.

The brain tumor will get them before too long.

Altitude Sickness
The person who puts the treadmill on full incline and walks at a fast pace while hanging onto the hand rails for dear life.

Aka: Mountain-Climbing Wannabe.

Dromedary Phalanges
Dromedary: Noun. "The one-humped domesticated camel (Camelus dromedarius, widely used as a beast of burden in northern Africa and western Asia. Also called Arabian camel." Just think of this simply as "camel."

Phalanges: Noun: "Any of the small bones of the fingers or toes in humans or the digits of many other vertebrates." Think of this as "toe."

If you're confused, the meaning here is camel toe -- the people with pants so tight and so high you can basically see their ... You know. You try to avoid looking, but it's so hard to stop.

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We can't say that Men's Health "invented" the coregasm, but we were the first (as far as Lexis Nexis records it) to come up with a name for the phenomenon of a woman having an orgasm from exercise.

Back in March 2007, we blogged about a story in which one of our fitness advisers offhandedly remarked that an adult film actress he had trained would orgasm while performing hanging leg raises. When the post was published, the emails poured in from women who confirmed this did, in fact, happen to non-porn stars.

Thus was born Coregasm. (Years later, we even published a Coregasm Workout!)

But Coregasm -- like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and a decent Oscars host -- proved elusive. Six years later, Men's Health is once again in pursuit of the Coregasm, and a mystery man who just might be the key to solve the riddle. Watch the video below for a glimpse into his search.

Follow along with us at Men’s Health as we investigate to answer once and for all: Coregasm, Fact or Fiction?

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