Hi everybody,

like to start this blog with a discussion of what we do at Men's Fitness,
and specifically what I try to do that I think makes our fitness advice and
workouts so unique and effective.

and foremost, we strive to bring you workouts that work. We, and I speak
for myself, the staff, and our esteemed training advisers (whom I'll discuss
more later and in future posts), don't have loyalties to anyone but you. Our
advertisers, our circulation--it all boils down to how you feel about our
product, and if you think you get what you pay for. We know you'll keep buying
the magazine and logging on to our site if you keep gaining muscle and losing
fat, so we make sure we can deliver. It's my job in particular to keep that
dynamic alive, and I've enjoyed doing it for four years now.

Our business, and my employment, depends on getting
you the results you want--not hyping the latest fitness craze or hawking a
"hot" new piece of equipment. If anything, I'll see that we try to do
the opposite and dig up old, underground, or highly unorthodox training ideas
and methods that are out of step with what's happening at your local gym.
Often, this will mean brutally hard workouts for you. Unlike other fitness
outlets, we don't sugarcoat that fact. There's an old saying that if you want
to look and feel like you never have, you have to do something you've never
done. My bet is that you'll read things in the magazine and on this blog that
surprise you, even shock you, and you'll try them. And I'm certain that if you
try them (and put in the requisite effort), they'll work for you. I want you to
trust the workouts we provide you with and the trainers that design them, and I
want your attitude to be, "if it's not in MF, it's probably not
worth my time."

We don't leave any stone unturned. Our workout
programs cover a tremendous spectrum. We've got plans to get you big, ripped,
and strong as a bull, and we'll also show you how to increase your stamina and
improve your athletic skills. You'll be dominating pick-up basketball games
with your friends and be the MVP of your summer rec league. You wanna know the
training secrets of UFC fighters? We serve them up every month. I've been
training for almost 10 years and I'm a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(C.S.C.S.), so you wouldn't think there would be much in the fitness realm that
surprises me anymore. The fact is, I still get excited to plan what we'll bring
you every month, and I learn something new every time.

While we offer a diverse range of workouts, most share
certain qualities that I think are pretty unique. One is that they're quick. An
MF routine will rarely take more than 45 minutes to complete, and should
never take more than an hour. Another is that they work the entire body and are
balanced, ensuring that you don't get into the habit of bombing your chest for
10 sets and doing back work as an afterthought. Listen to us, and you'll avoid
injuries and make insanely fast gains.

And it wouldn't be possible without our training
advisory team, which includes some of the best trainers and strength and
conditioning coaches in the world. I could ask anyone to write for this
magazine, and hundreds volunteer every week, but you'll notice that names like
Jason Ferruggia, CJ Murphy, Rachel Cosgrove, Jim Wendler, Joe Stankowski, and a
few others pop up a lot in our pages. I'll introduce them to you one at a time
in future posts and link to their sites, but remember their names. They're as
good as it gets, and I promise that the results you get from following their
methods and the other experts we choose to feature will be as good or better
than anything you've tried before.

You could be a lot of different people reading this blog now. You could be a
raw beginner who's looking to skip the learning curve and make monstrous gains
right away, or you could be an older veteran who just wants to know how he can
make the most of his training in the little time that he can allot to it each
day. You could be a guy who just wandered onto this site in a misguided search
for porn... Regardless, I hope you'll keep up with this magazine and blog.
You'll save yourself a lot of wasted time and effort learning to train smart
(or smarter, as the case may be), and you'll enjoy the process.

Be back soon.

Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S., fitness editor