Sick of Men's Health Magazine

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    Sep 24, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    I have a subscription to Men's Health magazine, but don't think I wish to continue it. I really like all of the fitness and eating tips they give, as well as SOME of the advice they give on men's fashion, but about half of the magazine is geared toward getting a woman in the sack. Not to mention the tips for trying to get her to orgasm harder, what she's thinking when she looks a certain way, and why men need to be hand-held into talking her into dropping her pants. Next come the mounds of ads, mostly pertaining to either cologne or drugs that will help 'get her in the mood' or keep an erection.

    I feel like I'm paying for the entire cost of the magazine, but only reading about 1/3 to 1/2 of the mag!

    Why hasn't RealJock come out with a magazine yet? icon_wink.gif

    Can anyone advise as to another magazine less... I dunno... "convince-the-girl-to-get-naked"-oriented? Ideally, a fitness magazine for homos? Sometimes it's nice to not look at a computer screen.
  • joggerva

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    Sep 24, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    Sports Out Loud

    http://www.sportsoutloud.com/

    It's a good magazine, obviously in its infancy. It has more to do with following sports though than giving fitness techniques. But you may enjoy it nonetheless.
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    Sep 24, 2008 7:43 PM GMT
    pyrotech,
    You are so right! I just canceled my subscription yesterday. It seems in the last year there are tons of ways to give a woman an orgasm none of which I care about and the ads don't get me started.
  • red_series

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    Sep 24, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    It's such a garbage magazine. I swear they reuse the old articles; it's not like this months section on "gut-busting" foods is going to be any different than the one from two months ago. And on top of all that, who cares how/when to get a woman into bed! (aside from the straight folk that this post obviously isn't for).
  • VinBaltimore

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    Sep 24, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    It really has become Cosmo for men, hasn't it?! I used to call it Guilt Magazine - "you're not exercising properly, your diet is crap, you're not having enough sex and when you do, you do it totally wrong"! icon_lol.gif

    I still have a subscription, but I haven't read it in months. I somehow feel healthier just knowing it's there!

    They really should try a version targeted at gay men. I know at one time they were aware they had a fairly decent number of gay readers. The very first question on their readers' survey was "are you gay or straight?"



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    Sep 24, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Excellent thread! Yeah, my partner subscribes to it, and I see the same straight-only focus. I'll try to persuade him to not renew; these days we need every buck we can save!
  • SeanTRNJ

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    Sep 24, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    You Know.. Real Jock putting out a magazine might not be the worst idea... icon_idea.gificon_eek.gificon_idea.gif
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    Sep 24, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    SeanTRNJ saidYou Know.. Real Jock putting out a magazine might not be the worst idea... icon_idea.gificon_eek.gificon_idea.gif


    I'll bet a couple posters around here would be dying to become semi-regular contributing columnists, too. "The World According to Cas" and "Ask LOLcat" have a ring to them, no? icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 24, 2008 11:28 PM GMT
    I've been buying/subscribing to it for more than 10 years and still enjoy it. Yeah, if they had something for us gays, that would be great, and I'm not talking about the grooming and fashion spreads.

    I actually read a lot of the female orgasm/seduction thingies. Afterwards I'm always so glad to be gay and not having to deal with this alien machinery. Seducing a woman is hard work.

    I like it mostly for the inspirations it provides me.
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    Sep 24, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Red_series hit the nail on the head there. The articles are, in fact, reused. Also, if you do have a stockpile of them, find ONE that doesn't have the word "ABS" on the cover. I dare ya.

    I really think the sex tips should be toned down, A LOT or I smell some terrible suit in the future. They, just like e-harmony.com will probably claim some "lack of proper knowledge about the 'homosexual' world", when I can guarantee probably 40% of the staff, models, and subscribers are queens!
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    Sep 24, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    I like Men's Fitness. It's more on the 'techniques/workout routines' side than helping your lady scream in bed. It has its down-side as well with all the supplement ads, but I like it two-fold over Men's Health.
  • FrontRowIn

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    Jun 15, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    Hey JoggerVA,

    Thanks for plugging us. In December, we changed our name to Compete, The Gay Sports Magazine. The new website it www.competemag.com.

    Also, I'll mention something to our editor about the demand for gay fitness material.

    We're also very much willing to entertain the idea of partnering with Realjock, if they'd be interested.
  • rnch

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    Jun 15, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    i had it for a while....seems like all their repeat articles are geared towards a bi guy living in NYC or chicago and who work in an office cubicle.


    NOT me, NOT my life.
  • jarhead5536

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    Jun 15, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    I canceled my subscription when they put that TOOL Matthew McCaugnehey on the cover. I detest that person and his being featured signaled the death of the publication...
  • josephmovie

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    I always thought these magazines were just something you picked up every now and then, rather than subscribe. The articles don't bug me that much, but the massive amount of advertising does. I swear it increases every year.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    zdrew said
    SeanTRNJ saidYou Know.. Real Jock putting out a magazine might not be the worst idea... icon_idea.gificon_eek.gificon_idea.gif


    I'll bet a couple posters around here would be dying to become semi-regular contributing columnists, too. "The World According to Cas" and "Ask LOLcat" have a ring to them, no? icon_razz.gif



    Actually I love writing, was editor of my university and a contributing editor of my law school newspapers... and have done some since.. I would very much enjoy it.

    I tend to read "Exercise for Men Only" and a few others. "Exercise and Health" is too expensive..
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    Here is the ultimate reason to hate Men's Health:

    http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=107815
  • code_joe

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    I still read Men's Health and sometimes Men's Fitness but like above I don't like the supplements taking up the pages in Men's Fitness. I just skip over the sex how-to's as they don't apply to me.

    But one Magazine I do get regularly (though I have to get it from the news stand since I'm not sure how to get it to my house or even if I can) is the Men's Health British Edition. I think it's a great magazine though it does have the same cologne ads, million articles on how to get abs in 6 weeks, how to get a woman to her orgasm, etc.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    I've never subscribed, but I've looked through the magazine a few times. It is indeed over-the-top on ways to seduce women. Have they not realized that one of the largest markets for a magazine featuring pictures of half-naked buff men really doesn't care about how to seduce a woman, or are they just overcompensating?
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    Jun 15, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I completely agree. After a one year subscription, I pleasantly unsubscribed and have looked for health articles in other publications.
    While tips on making women go crazy on huge orgasms doesn't really bother me, I take the opportunity to question if the mag isn't homophobic...? Why doesn't it contain tips on how a man can offer great sex to another man? Not that we need it bad, but homossexuals should be part of the "MEN" group in the mag's title, right?
    The strictly heterossexual approach made me realize I should look for sources I identify with.
    Real Jock would make a great magazine!
  • GQjock

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    Jun 15, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I used to love Men's Health Magazine
    but a few years ago after there was a lot of media talk that the magazine had a big gay readership the Editorial staff had what turned into the journalistic form of gay panic
    All of a sudden the articles became like you said
    How to "bag" a hag
    or
    How to get more Bang for you buck in Bed icon_confused.gif

    I never subscribed but if I was stuck in an airport or had some time
    I'd always pick up a Men's Health
    worst off I could at least look at the purdy pictures
    But you can't even do that anymore

    They ruined the magazine
    and They can't tell me their readership is up
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    Jun 15, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    I like the magazine and subsribe since it's a hell of a lot cheaper to do that rather than paying the cover price at the store. Maybe I'm just not as uptight, the articles on getting your girl off don't bother me and they have plenty of great articles on life in general, finances,etc. Also I like the Jimmie the Bartender page as well as the "eat this not that" bits.
    And yes they do have some great workout routines and exercise information in the magazine... enough to make me happy anyway.

    You guys that don't like then just don't read it and certainly don't subscribe and while you're at it quit posting about how much you hate it and wish it were "gayer"

    Sheesh!
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    Jun 15, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    For Health and Fitness tips I think this magazine is useless - usually lose your gut with out losing the beer. Crap.
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    Jun 15, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    10 bucks for a year...no biggy.....

    30 bucks here for 180 days?
  • Matia79

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    Jun 15, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    I used to read the magazine years ago and found the "straight sex focus" a real put off. I came back for awhile when I first became a trainer but am constantly finding conflicting points . . . sometimes in the same issue. And not minor ones either.
    As an example, they might have an article called, "Deadlift your way to a killer ass"...and then 10 pages later in another article they say DO NOT PERFORM DEADLIFTS as they cause severe damage to the hamstrings. (just an example here). And the food advice they throw out is even worse!
    I've given up on the magazine as a whole.