Hard Body: Better Ways to Pump and Stuff Yourself

By: Rick Andreoli

And now, a gratuitous shot of two men working out— because we all know that whether or not you are interested in fitness tips, it's shots of hunky guys that initially get you to read this section of Gay.com.

If you want to see more about pumping (iron) and stuffing (delicious food in your mouth), take the jump.

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Yay! You made it.

Okay, so let's talk gym gear.

GymSkins One of the best grips I've found on the market are gymSkins, cushioned oval pads that protect the palm of your hand from forming calluses. Grips aren't a new invention; guys who don't love putting their hands in smelly workout gloves have been using them for a while. Plus, they usually offer more padding. But gymSkins' oval shape provides a great grip, and they don’t wear out right away like those old square-cut lifting pads from the 1990s. Buy them here.

NowEatThis The current recipe book the husband and I are working our way through is Now Eat This!: 150 of America's Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories (and no, it's not because author Rocco DiSpirito is cute).

Basically, DiSpirito does what we do in our every day eating: he takes popular recipes and swaps out the sugary, fatty, or mega-carby items for delicious, healthier substitutes. For example, low-fat Greek yogurt, which is loaded with protein and is low in fat and carbs, is used in place of sour cream or a full dose of mayo. It's these sort of tricks that will surprise and delight those of you who love food but also want to maintain a healthier diet in time for the shirtless holidays we all know as "Gay Pride Season." 

We like the book because he's got a number of tricks we didn't already know, and some new recipes we've loved exploring (like the pasta dishes, which for a long time we've considered forbidden treats). And for those of you who say you can't cook, these are all really simple recipes.

A book that lets you have the foods you like, with lower calories, fats, cholesterol, carbohydrates, and sodium, is definitely worth checking out.