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The Fit Guy's Cheat Sheet: September 2016

The latest advice, wisdom, and healthy-lifestyle hacks from Men’s Fitness editorial director and Galvanized Media CEO David Zinczenko.
James Michelfelder

Drink This!

A Classic, Reinvented

I never thought the world’s greatest cocktail—the classic martini—could get any better.Then I had the pleasure of trying this new, whiskey-infused version from Cody Goldstein, head bartender at New York’s cocktail mecca the Upholstery Store. It’s packed with rich flavors, healthy ingredients (lapsang souchong tea?) but no added sugars or syrups. Made with real smoke, it’s perfect for cool fall nights.

11⁄4 oz lapsang souchong–infused Nikka Coffey Whisky
1 oz Aperol
3⁄4 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Cedar plank
Lemon peel

Use a kitchen torch to char a cedar plank or cinnamon stick until it begins to smoke. Place a chilled rocks glass over the burning area and let sit. Combine cocktail ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Stir for 10 seconds, then strain into the smoke-infused glass. Garnish with lemon twist. To make infused whiskey, add 2 tbsp loose tea leaves to a 750 ml bottle. Let sit for 4 hours, shaking every hour or so. Strain tea leaves before drinking. 

Do This!

Better Memory by Burpees

Want to be sure you’ll remember something? It’s easy. Knock out some HIIT roughly four hours after inundating yourself with the information. A new study in the journal Current Biology says a high-intensity workout in the four-hour window after learning new info guarantees you’ll have better recall of the facts later.

Know This! 

Lie in Weight

Eating “in moderation” won’t help you lose weight—the definition of “moderation” is too broad to apply to any specific diet, says new research from Duke and the University of Georgia. My advice: Check out our weight-loss tips, and focus on spending more time eating the right foods and less time eating the wrong ones.

Wear This!

The Blazer as Tough as a Tank

This new navy “balloon” wool jacket from revered Japanese style mecca Ring Jacket is basically indestructible. It’s constructed of a strong, comfortable, wrinkle-resistant fabric, so it’s tailor-made for guys on the go.


Watch This!

Magnificent Movies (and Music!)

This month, former Men’s Fitness cover guys Chris Pratt and Matt Bomer unite in The Magnificent Seven (Sept. 23), and fellow former cover guy Mark Wahlberg stars in the oil-spill epic Deepwater Horizon (Sept. 30). Don’t miss the Ryder Cup—aka the only golf worth watching—as blood gets boiling at Hazeltine in Chaska, MN (Sept. 27– Oct. 2). But outdoors, too: Austin’s summer heat breaks just in time for you to see Radiohead and Mumford & Sons at the Austin City Limits Music Festival (Sept. 30–Oct. 2).

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