DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! - This magazine deserves zero stars!
Muscle & Fitness magazine is nothing more than one long, tortuous advertisement designed to sell you supplement after supplement. Serious advice regarding building muscle and becoming fit can scarcely be found between these pages, and on the rare occasions when it is, you can be sure that it will run a DISTANT second to supplement advertising. What you'll get instead is a male (and female) model showcase with workout routines that contradict each other from month to month (and sometimes even within the same issue), along with ludicrous advice about the "improvement" of your sex life. In fact, the workouts found herein are merely the same recycled routines we've all been seeing for years, in the guise of being "unique", or "new and improved".
The Bottom Line : Building muscle, while difficult in practice, is certainly an easy concept to grasp. You simply have to rely on a few core exercises (done in good form), eat enough healthy food, and let your body get the proper rest. The Muscle & Fitness ever-changing array of supplements is NOT necessary to achieve your strength and fitness goals.
Obviously, Muscle & Fitness has a bottom line radically different from my own. It's not hard to figure out why.
I recommend that you purchase a copy of "Beyond Brawn" along with "The Insider's Tell-All Handbook On Weight-Training Technique" (both authored by Stuart Mc Robert). After reading through these volumes, you will relegate your Muscle and Fitness magazines to the trash heap. Guaranteed.
For all of you ad lovers
If you enjoy reading ads while browsing through magazines, then this is the magazine for you. The articles are pretty much the same every month with different bodybuilders demonstrating routines that we have all seen before. Save your money.
This magazine (and others from Joe Weider) only complicate weight training and confuse trainees. weight training is laughably simple. Train hard and heavy an a few big basic exercises that work all of your major muscle structures, add a little weight every week, get a lot of rest and eat a lot of high quality food (NOT supplements)and prgress will follow. BUT if you read this magazine you would think that you have to train 2 hours a day for six days a week, buy expensive supplements and buy useless accessries like gym clothes and shoes......plus all of the 'champs' in the magazine are just genetic freaks loaded with steroids.....there is no way that an average person can ever hope to achieve this. if you are serious about packing on solid muscle then read books about sensible training form authors like Stuart McRobert and Dr.Ellington Darden.
I'm referring to the U.K version of this magazine but my sentiments are the same as that written by most of the other reviewers. This mag has deteriorated so much over the last few years. I recent;y discouraged my son from reading this magazine as it almost resembled a soft porn mag! Also, if you were to follow the routines in this magazine, you will just end up overtrained and frustrated with your lack of results. Why? the rotuines listed here only work if you have 6 days a week and two hours a day to train. and it also requires that you live on supplements! Most of the 'champs' feautured in this magazine are just paid to say they use the supplements. in reality they are all surgically enhanced and are on large amounts of anabolic hormones. There is no way the routines in this mag will work for typical people. please look elsewhere!
Nothing to write home about.....
I agree with Darshan & Scott.....this magazine is all hype and too commercialized. Been reading it for awhile now and the same routines appear over and over again. The magazine seems to be mainly concerend with just selling you food supplements just decorated with a few training articles to 'disguise' it as a training magazine. Also the bodybuilders photographed are obviously genetically gifted and the their programs are not suitable for typical people.
Good for some...maybe
Definetly aimed at pro bodybuilders, not the average person who wants to trim up or just get a that nice cut body. Almost all ads, few stories of interest, and even fewer images to help along. I'd check out other heath magazines at your local Barns and Nobel, or Borders to see what works for you. This one's too caught up in selling magazines, than giving you relevant info.
A better choice
Muscle & Fitness is an extremely overpriced magazine and mostly consists of ad space. Each issue seems the same, with the cover touting chiseled abs, bigger arms, tree-trunk legs, ect. The routines are all very similar, and are geared toward amateur and professional bodybuilders. If you you want a magazine that has up to date information and new and innovative routines, check out Muscle Media -- a much better magazine for both men and women.
Save Your Money
I agree with the others...this magazine repeats itself consistently! I used to buy this magazine way back in 1987 and continued to buy issue after issue until 1989 when I noticed that it's the same material over and over again with different body builders illustrating the same routines. You may get a few variances about technique or some good tips here and there, but weight training is not as complicated as this magazine portrays it.
I suppose I would recommend it if you are a beginner, but honestly - just ask a lot of questions in the gym. The best way to learn is from others. And discipline and consistency is the key! Also, change up your routine every 5-6 weeks. It all depends on your body type and what you are trying to acheive.
Don't waste your money on this magazine unless you are a beginner!