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The best workout and training gear of fall 2017

Man training in Olivers Apparel

Demolishing a powerlifting session, crushing a spin class, and acing a WOD depends upon your brute strength, relentless endurance, and a fierce power of will.

But, hey: Cool workout apparel never hurts.

We won't pretend a T-shirt can boost your bench press, but ditching your squishy running kicks in favor of a lifting shoe can absolutely make a difference in your form, efficiency, and ability to move major metal.

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We've amassed 21 pieces of gear from some of our favorite fitness brands. With these clothes, shoes, and accessories in your arsenal there's no doubt you'll reach your potential—so now we're challenging you to smash past it.

Here's our favorite gymwear for fall 2017.



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Josh Brolin: 'I got beat to shit' filming 'Deadpool 2'

Josh Brolin: 'I Got Beat to Shit' Filming 'Deadpool 2'

There's no question that Josh Brolin underwent an intense physical transformation to get absolutely shredded for his role as Cable in Deadpool 2.

But it sounds like not even his impressive training regimen, which Brolin said got him into "the best shape of his life," could prepare him for the intense action sequences he'd have to do while filming, according to a new interview with Collider.

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In the interview, Brolin talked about the physical toll that shooting the recently-wrapped Deadpool 2 took on his body: "I got beat to shit on that movie. That's all I know," he said. "I had stuntmen throwing me all over the place. I've got a shoulder issue, I've got a knee issue that I've got to deal with now, but we got through it. We got through it. I pushed hard, and I suffered because of it."

And if the latest Deadpool installment delivers on even half of the action (not to mention R-rated laughs) it brought to the first film, it'll have all been worth it.

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Check out Brolin working his ass off in the gym to get jacked for the role in the Instagram pics below:

 

 

 

The camera really does add 10 pounds.

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Deadpool 2 is set for a June 1, 2018 release date.

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Watch: Ethan Hawke has '24 Hours to Live' in new, action-packed trailer

Ethan Hawke in 24 Hours to Live trailer

Can't get enough of the vengeance-themed flicks in which the (brooding, sharp-suited protagonist) unleashes his wrath against those who have wronged him? Looks like there's another must-see movie in the genre that you'll want to add to your list.

In this one, it's Ethan Hawke who takes the lead as the man on a mission to kill as many bad guys as possible before the credits roll.

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It's a familiar formula; the twist in this fast-paced action flick, though, is that time is ticking—literally—on Hawke's arm. 24 Hours to Live is about a career assassin (Hawke) who is temporarily brought back to life after being murdered, and is given just one day to clean things up.

The revenge-at-all-costs movie comes from the same folks who brought us the John Wick flicks. Check out the trailer below to see the similarities.

Along with Hawke, 24 Hours to Live stars Xu Qing, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer, and Paul Anderson.

While this polished action flick has all the ingredients for cinematic success—Game of Thrones fans will appreciate another appearance from the man behind Ser Davos Seaworth—24 Hours to Live is actually being released on VOD first, in early November, before hitting the big screen the following month.

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Jonah Hill looks leaner than ever in new 'Maniac' set photos

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Jonah Hill is coming to Netflix—but if you're expecting him to look like he did in Superbad or 21 Jump Street, you should probably go back to your DVD collection.

Hot off of his incredible weight loss transformation, Hill is currently filming a Netflix series, Maniac, and he looks leaner than ever. We've seen him looking thinner and more athletic recently, but he looked almost unrecognizable as a tattooed gangster in an earlier batch of set photos.

In the upcoming dark comedy, helmed by True Detective cinematographer Cary Fukunaga and co-starring Emma Stone, Hill plays a mental patient who dreams of exploring fantasy worlds—a kind of manic Walter Mitty, except not as cuddly. It's not exactly the kind of goofy buddy-comedy upon which Hill has built his career, but we're excited to see him try something new.

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Check out these photos of Hill from the set of Maniac, coming to Netflix in 2018.



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Peanut butter cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Instead of grabbing the preservative- and additive-filled peanut butter cups at the convenience store, you can easily make your own at home using four simple ingredients. Give these babies a try—you won't be disappointed.

Recipe and photo by registered dietitian and certified athletic trainer Dana Angelo White, M.S., R.D., A.T.C.

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Ingredients 
6 oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces
6 oz milk chocolate, broken into pieces
12 tsp peanut butter
Coarse sea salt
Equipment: Mini cupcake pan with mini-size paper liners
How to make it 

Place liners in pan, and set aside.

Place milk and dark chocolate in separate glass containers. To melt, microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring frequently until melted.

Fill each paper liner one-third of the way with melted chocolate. Add a generous half tsp of peanut butter on each piece, and top with remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt if desired.

 Place in the refrigerator until chocolate sets completely–about 45 minutes. Wrap peanut butter cups in cellophane bags or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Cook Time: 
1
Prep Time: 
15


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Chocolate peanut butter no-bake protein bites

Chocolate Oats

These bites are made from oatmeal, protein powder, milk, and peanut butter. To get the chocolatey flavor, cocoa powder, which doesn't have sugar but does provide a few minerals, is used.

And although butter is called for, the recipe yields 30 bites which means there is less than ½ tsp of butter per bite.

Recipe and photo by Rosanne Rust, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N., of Rust Nutrition Services.

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Ingredients 
1/2 stick butter
1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
½ cup 1% milk
½ cup sugar
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp salt
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
How to make it 

Prepare a large cookie sheet by lining with waxed paper.

Place butter, peanut butter, milk, and sugar into heavy saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and ingredients blended. Remove from heat, stir in cocoa powder, protein powder, vanilla, and salt. Mix in oats, stirring until combined.

Scoop teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let cool, then store in airtight container.

Cook Time: 
5
Prep Time: 
15


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No-sugar peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

No Sugar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Many desserts are now skipping the added sugar and using fruit for sweetness. This recipe uses sweet medjool dates to give these cookies just the right amount of sweetness—without the calorie overload.

Recipe and photo by Allison Schaaf, M.S., R.D., L.D. of prepdish.com.

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Ingredients 
1 egg
1 cup medjool dates, pits removed
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips, optional
How to make it 

Preheat oven to 350°.

Place the egg and dates in a food processor or blender, blend until smooth (3-4 minutes).

Add in peanut butter, blending until mixed smooth. If you're using a blender, you may want to stir in the peanut butter by hand.

Stir in optional dark chocolate chips, if using.

Drop by spoonfuls onto an oiled baking sheet.

Bake in 350° oven for 10-12 minutes.

Cook Time: 
12
Prep Time: 
15


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Creamy peanut butter pie

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

This light and luscious pie is made with a combo of peanut butter and dark chocolate. Even better, it's vegan and made with tofu, which gives it a whopping 12g of protein per serving.

*Chef's note: To make this pie gluten-free, choose Schar or Pamela's gluten-free graham crackers.

Recipe and photo by Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., from the book Plant-Powered for Life.

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Ingredients 
For the graham cracker crust:
22 graham cracker halves (whole wheat or gluten-free, if desired)
½ tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp wheat germ or ground flaxseeds
¼ cup melted soft dairy-free margarine
For the filling:
1 (12.3-oz) package extra firm silken tofu
1 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp unsweetened plain plant-based milk (like almond or rice)
For the garnish:
1/3 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
2 Tbsp chopped peanuts
How to make it 

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Add the graham crackers to a blender in batches, and pulse into crumbs or crush into crumbs using a rolling pin.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and wheat germ in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted margarine.

Press the crumb mixture into a 9" pie pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven, and set it aside to cool.

Meanwhile, place the tofu, peanut butter, vanilla, agave, and plant-based milk in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth, fluffy, and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Place the dark chocolate chips into a small, microwave-proof dish and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir the chocolate with a spoon until smooth.

Pour the tofu filling evenly into the cooled graham cracker crust.

Drizzle the chocolate over the top of the pie. Sprinkle with the chopped peanuts. Chill for 2 hours before slicing.

Cook Time: 
14
Prep Time: 
15


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Gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip bars

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These peanut buttery bars are made with almond meal instead of wheat flour. They also have 7g of protein per bar, and you can up the protein even more if you add nuts like chopped almonds or peanuts.

Recipe and photo by Lindsay Livingston, R.D. of The Lean Green Bean.

12
Ingredients 
4 Tbsp butter, melted
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup peanut butter
1½ cups almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
Chopped almonds, craisins, etc. are optional for mix-ins
How to make it 

Combine the butter, sugar, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large bowl, and stir until well-combined.

Add almond meal, baking powder, chocolate chips, and other mix-ins (if using), and mix well.

Pour into a greased 9x9" pan, and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Turn oven off, and let cook 5 minutes longer.

Cook Time: 
25
Prep Time: 
5


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Running During Pregnancy: Tips To Stay Safe

Going for a run is an easy and inexpensive way for pregnant women to stay active. The good news for running mamas-to-be is that women who ran regularly before getting pregnant can usually continue running at their normal pace for as long as it feels comfortable.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you're running while pregnant to ensure the health and safety of you and your baby.

1. Ask your doctor first

Before hitting the track, be sure to get the green light from your doctor. Most women who are in good health and have uncomplicated pregnancies are encouraged to stay active and can run during most of their pregnancy. However, if you have medical conditions or pregnancy complications, you may be advised not to exercise at all. Always check with your healthcare provider before starting to run – or do any kind of exercise – during pregnancy.

2. Invest in solid equipment

During my pregnancy, I had a trouble with swelling at the end of the second trimester. Buying the right running shoes can really help with this, especially since many pregnant women's feet go up a size or two. Choosing the right shoe can make all the difference, so choose something that offer lots of arch and ankle support, as well as excellent traction.

As far as clothing goes, wear loose-fitting gear made of light, breathable material to help you stay cool. To avoid the appearance of melasma, wear good sports hat if you are jogging during warmer weather or in the sunshine, and always use a sunblock with SPF 30 or higher. And of course, invest in an adjustable, supportive sports bra that can expand with your growing chest.

3. Take it easy

No matter which trimester you're in, it's important to take things slowly at first. Sure, there is a difference between running in your second month versus your sixth month, but either way, start gently and work your way up to a faster pace. Generally speaking, a moderate tempo is advised, so don't push yourself. The point of running while pregnant is not to prepare for a marathon or do suicide sprints, but to get your blood pumping and those endorphins going.

Pregnant or no, learn proper breathing techniques to help prevent painful cramping.

Be extra aware of your surroundings (and the weather)

No matter how well you know your running track, pregnant women should be on high alert for obstacles. A simple branch can cause you to trip, especially as pregnant women have changes in balance. Your centre of gravity shifts as your belly grows, leaving you more vulnerable to slips. A nasty fall can be a dangerous situation which every pregnant woman wants to avoid, so keep your eyes peeled and tread very carefully on unfamiliar terrain. Avoid running on trails with debris, rocks, tree roots, and other natural obstacles that could cause a fall. Run on pavement to play it safe, especially in your last trimester.

As for the weather, there are some benefits for people who work out in the heat, but for pregnant women, this should be strictly avoided.

It's always important to stay cool while exercising, but especially for pregnant women, who tend to overheat more easily. Avoid jogging in hot or humid weather and opt for jogging early in the morning or evenings if you're pregnant during the summer months. It goes without saying that running outside in very cold or freezing temperatures should be avoided if you're pregnant. Hit the treadmill or an indoor track instead.

5. Mind the date

In the first two trimesters, you'll be able to run faster, more often, and for longer periods of time than in your last. As labor approaches, you'll experience a lack of energy and you'll get winded a lot faster. Never run to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. Pushing yourself too hard will force your body to divert oxygen that should be going to your baby. Ease up if you notice any of the following signs:

  • You feel pain in your joints and ligaments.
  • You feel exhausted instead of energized after your run.

  • Your muscles feel extremely sore, weak, or shaky for a long period afterwards.
  • Your resting heart rate in the morning is more than 10 beats higher than normal – this is a sign that your body is overworked and needs rest.

Stop running immediately and call your doctor immediately if you feel dizzy or faint, have chest pain, contractions, or vaginal bleeding. And remember: A long, relaxing walk can be just as beneficial as a run in your later months, so don't be afraid to slow it down and go at a moderate pace.

6. Hydrate, then hydrate some more

The amount of liquid in your body increases during pregnancy, which can make you feel heavy or heavy-footed. This is not an excuse to take cut back on your water intake, but quite the opposite. Pregnant women need to take extra care to stay well-hydrated for them and their growing baby. Plain water is best, but if you're using an electrolyte replacement or sports drink, dilute it to cut the sugar content – two parts water to one part sports drink – and avoid any drinks with aspartame altogether.

There are several ways to determine whether you're dehydrated. The colour of urine is the most reliable one, so if it's looking darker than usual, drink some water ASAP. Another way is to weigh yourself before running and afterward. The difference between two numbers is the amount of water you have lost, and which you need to compensate.

Running during pregnancy isn't for everyone. The good news is, you don't need to go running specifically to stay active and in shape while you're expecting. Yoga, walking, swimming or gentle workout programs geared towards expectant mothers are all excellent ways to keep fit while you're expecting.



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Does white wine have any health benefits?

Glass of white and red wine

Yes, red wine has become a health food darling, and for good reason: The redder a fruit, the more antioxidants (resveratrol, anthocyanin) it has, which can lower the risk of heart disease and even cancer.

So red wine, made from dark-red (not white) grapes, is packed with it.

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Plus, a grape's skin has more antioxidants than its flesh—and red wine is made with the skin (white without). So while white wine does have antioxidants, red wine beats it hands down.

But all is not lost. If you're on a calorie-restricted diet, taking in 10% of those calories in white wine may actually help you lose weight, says a study out of Germany's University of Hohenheim.

Don't go crazy, but feel free to have a glass with dinner.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Emily Miller of Life by Daily Burn

This recipe takes only 15 minutes of prep time, and though it calls for a food processor, you can avoid that hassle by buying oat flour, which is sold at most grocery stores. If you want to make the recipe vegan, replace the whey protein powder with a plant-based alternative and use maple syrup instead of honey.

Photo and recipe credit: Emily Miller of Life by Daily Burn

Directions: 
Line a 9×5" loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly grease with cooking spray.
Place rolled oats in food processor, and pulse until oats are a flour consistency.

In a medium bowl, mix processed rolled oats with quick oats, protein powder, and cereal.

In a small pan over medium heat, stir honey and peanut butter until melted and combined.
Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Pour peanut butter mixture over oats. Stir well.

Using hands, press mixture into prepared loaf pan.

In microwave, melt chocolate chips for 1 minute, and then 30-second intervals, stirring in-between, until fully melted. Use a fork to drizzle chocolate over bars.

Let cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes before slicing into 12 bars.


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