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  1. Unless you are an 'everyday is an upper-body day' kind of a dude, you must be aware of the importance of squatting. It is one of the most fundamental exercises you can do for leg development. In this article, I will take you through the most common squatting mistakes or sins that I see people committing: 1. Not Bracing Your Core An average gym enthusiast who is about to squat, just walks up to the squat rack, un-racks the bar and starts doing the up and down motion with the weight on his back. He will always remain average and never realize his true strength and potential unless he braces his core, or in layman terms, keeps his belly tight and full of air. © Tnation Here`s how to do it: Take a deep breath and fill as much air as you can in your belly. This will require additional effort and skill if you have never done it before. Another tip is to tighten your belly just like someone is about to punch you there. Hold your breath during the whole downward phase of squat and release only when coming up or when at the top. This technique enables you to squat more weight, hence more muscle. This will also make you more stable during the movement. 2. Wrong Footwear If you want to learn the best way to do squats, learn from the way power-lifters or weightlifters do it. The use of appropriate footwear is of utmost importance while doing squats. You will never see a powerlifter or weightlifter squatting in running shoes. So why should you? The problem with the commonly used running shoes for squatting is that they don`t let you remain close to the ground due to excessive cushioning and interfere in the force transfer from ground to the body. They are fine when you are doing bodyweight or lightweight squats but not when attempting 1-5 rep max. © Thinkstock Images You have two options when it comes to optimal shoes for squatting. First is any kind of flat sole shoes or sneakers. Just make sure their bottom is hard enough. The second option would be to buy proper weightlifting shoes. Don't let the name make you think that these shoes are just for weightlifters. These shoes have a solid base and an elevated heel which makes them good for anyone who wants to be more stable during heavy squatting and helps to hit more depth. 3. Knee Sleeves To Cover Pain Let me tell you one thing. Knee sleeves are a great training accessory for someone who indulges in any sort of exercises that puts direct stress on knees such as squats and lunges. I am calling them great because neoprene sleeves available in the market keep your knees warm and compressed during squatting and help with better blood flow to the area. There`s no harm wearing them. © Thinkstock Images However, the problem arises when people start thinking of it as a training aid as a cure for knee pain. How many times have you seen people throwing unsolicited advice for wearing knee sleeves in case they have their knee troubling them? If you have knee pain due to weight training, then you need to check your stretching, foam rolling or technique and not try to self medicate via pain relief ointments, painkillers or any kind of knee sleeves or braces. You will be making the condition even worse by hiding and continuing to work out with it, without getting it cured. Adopt the above squatting guidelines and you will see improvements in your squat poundages pretty soon. Share this with someone who you feel should be squatting the right way. Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  2. Fitness has become an in-trend profession nowadays, with every other kid in the street claiming to be a fitness expert. With fake YouTube subscribers, purchasable Instagram followers, and photoshop skills, a lot of these pseudo-experts easily get you trapped in their marketing gimmicks and steal your money. Taking away your money is one thing but harming your health is another. And when it comes to fitness, following wrong advice can easily land you in trouble related to your health. So here are some telltale signs that the fitness experts or gurus you are following maybe shit. 1. They Say Calories Do Not Count And It Is Old Science First things first, the rule of calories is derived from the laws of thermodynamics. There is a reason they are called laws and not the mythology of thermodynamics. It is the law, it holds universal truth. And there are enough and adequate studies and case studies that show that calorie restriction or energy balance is the primary component of weight loss. © Thinkstock 2. They Say Things Like Carbs Are Poison Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the human body and though they may not be essential for survival, they do play a major role when it comes to performance. Saying things like they are poison and are killing you is outright retarded and stupid. This claim goes against the basic understanding of human metabolism. 3. They Are On Drugs And All Their Clients Are On Drugs When you do anabolic steroids, things become different. As a study had shown that the subjects who took steroids made 2x the gains without any training compared to a group who trained regularly for 10 weeks. So by injecting drugs into your body and building muscle do not have anything in relation with the knowledge you may have. There is actually a good chance that it will dumb you down as you will make progress irrespective of all the shit you do. Claiming you are an expert because you took a shortcut to grow muscle is like taking care of a sick person at home and saying that you are now a doctor. 4. They Make Bold Claims Without Backing It Up With Evidence A lot of these fake gurus at times make claims based on anecdotal evidence. Saying that so-and-so exists because I have experimented with on my clients and seen results are purely anecdotal. Especially if evidence suggests otherwise! For example, a fitness guru saying cut out carbs because it is making you fat. I cut out carbs from all my client's diets and they lost weight. The matter of the fact is that the clients lost weight because you cut out a food group altogether resulting in a caloric restriction. And there is evidence and studies done on weight-loss subjects that when calories and protein are matched, higher and lower carb diets provide similar weight loss results. Higher carb diets slightly outperforming the lower carb diets. But then if this 'guru' says that it is old science, maybe not a guru after all. © Unsplash 5. They Claim That They Know Some Secrets About Fat Loss Or Muscle Gain OH, COME ON! This is physiology and there are no secrets per se. They may have a secret. A secret concoction of drugs that they may be prescribing to their clients! But saying that their secrets go beyond science and are hidden gems is a pile of bullshit. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  3. The biceps are considered to be the most important muscle for an aesthetic physique. It gives you the bragging rights, makes you out-angle people's faces in pictures and surprisingly, even makes you lose bodybuilding shows by a couple of points. Fun Fact: It was claimed that Chris Bumstead lost the first place by just 3 points in his debut Mr. Olympia due to bad arms. Read more about Chris aka the bodybuilding prodigy here. The biceps give your arms a fuller look and are considered the epitome of an aesthetic physique. But again, even on training biceps endlessly in the gym, guys fail to grow this muscle group and seem to be always struggling. That's because you may be doing one of these mistakes while training the biceps. Fix them and see your arms growing like a balloon: 1. Other Muscles Are Taking Over Most guys are guilty of doing swinging biceps where the front delts, upper traps, and the forearms take over the movement. It can easily be spotted if a person is swinging and their shoulders and elbows are coming forward. Or they shrug with every rep or curl their wrists at the top half of the movement. The fix: Keep your elbows tucked to your sides, depress your scapulae (do not shrug) and keep your wrists in the same neutral position on the top half of the movement. The weight you will move will be slightly lower here and that is perfectly alright if your goal is to grow your biceps. © infinitelabs 2. Partial Range Of Motion A lot of guys are guilty of doing the half reps either following the 21 reps technique or due to the sheer ego lifting they do in the gym. Partial range of motion is one of the biggest mistakes you can do in your quest to get jacked, not just for the biceps, simply for any body part. Read this if your goal is to get jacked. If your goal is maximal muscle growth in the biceps region, do a full range of motion while doing curls. 3. Establish A Mind-Muscle Connection This is one of the strategies that the bros got right. Failing to establish a mind-muscle connection could be a probable reason you are not seeing growth. This is because you may not be contracting the muscle properly when moving the weight. A study by Schoenfeld et. al. in 2018 showed that establishing a mind-muscle connection almost doubled the muscle growth in the bicep region who squeezed the bicep at the top vs. the group who just moved the weight. © Pixabay 4. Work Both The Short Head And The Long Head Of The Bicep For overall development, you should focus on both the heads of the bicep i.e. the short head and the long head. Exercises for the short head: - Spider curls - Preacher curls - Chin-ups Exercises for the long head: - Incline dumbbell curls - Cable curls behind the body - Drag curls Fix these mistakes and start seeing your biceps grow right away! Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  4. Xiaomi has pretty much become a household name in India and the brand has managed to grab the number one spot in terms of sales within a short span of time. The Redmi lineup has been extremely successful due to its feature-rich offerings as well as aggressive pricing. But, with the competitive pricing comes a twist. Xiaomi has been serving ad banners on its native applications as well as the top of core apps or services. All Redmi phones running MIUI have these ads. The Mi A1 and Mi A2 are the only ones in the Xiaomi portfolio to run on Stock Android. “We would like to inform you that the ads are placed in a manner to avoid any conflict with the actual functioning of the app. However, we will take your feedback into consideration and will always strive to give our customers the best user experience,” said Xiaomi said in a statement. But come on, who wants to see ads everywhere on their phone? Thankfully, it is possible to remove these ads. This guide will help you remove all ads from MIUI on your Xiaomi smartphone. 1. Remove System Ads: © TechPP 1. Go to Settings and then select Additional Settings 2. Select Authorization and revocation 3. Scroll down and disable "msa" 4. Select Revoke in the pop-up 5. You may get an error saying the authorization couldn't be revoked. Simply follow step 3 and 4 a couple more times and it shall work out. Now, you need to disable personalised ad recommendations, this will stop system-wide data tracking. 1. Go to Settings and then select Additional Settings 2. Scroll down and select "Ad services" 3. Tap and disable personalized ad recommendation You've successfully disabled ad services throughout the MIUI. But, individual native apps like the browser have their own app settings and each app needs to be individually disabled. 2. Remove Ads From Mi Manager: © Bleep Static 1. Open Mi Manager app and tap on the three lines (hamburger menu) at the top left corner. 2. Select Settings 3. Go to About and disable the 'Recommendations' tab 3. Remove Ads From Mi Browser: © Tech4Fresher 1. Open the browser 2. Tap hamburger menu 3. Select Settings 4. Turn off the notifications option 5. Tap Privacy and security 6. Disable "Recommended for you" 7. Now go to Advanced and select Top sites order 8. Tap to disable "Receive recommendations" 4. Remove Ads From Security App: © Medium 1. Open the app and go Settings via the hamburger menu 2. Disable "Receive recommendations" 3. Now go to the Cleaner section in the app 4. Disable the 'Receive Recommendations' option here as well
  5. The much-awaited Jason Momoa starrer 'Aquaman' finally hit theatres and the reactions are exactly what you expected. Watched it tonight! What a movie! I has BLAST!! Just loved the movie, visually it was STUNNING!!! The world of Atlantis was like Pandora of Avatar, like never seen before! Best Superhero movie of 2018!#AquamanInIndia #Aquaman #DC#DCEU @creepypuppet pic.twitter.com/JGNBLCXVWi — Siddharth Kr. Gautam (@siddhar38492263) December 13, 2018 #Aquaman a great treat for #DC fans. What a VFX workout. Each and every single frame it's crystal clear in the workout. And @creepypuppet nailed it. @prideofgyypsies did a coolest acting & @realamberheard ♥ï¸ð supportive. @DCComics #AquamanInIndia #AquamanSpecialScreening — Ishwah Murthi (@imishwah) December 13, 2018 Besides the great acting and the script, the audience is lauding the incredible VFX effects and losing it over how well Jason Momoa has portrayed Arthur Curry. To be honest i was not expecting this movie to be so good but i was so wrong. I loved the movie . All the actors did super amazing acting. Best movie! #AquamanInIndia pic.twitter.com/RCmPUFkrL8 — Sushil K Kashyap (@SushilKashyap01) December 12, 2018 Nice to see here in india. Whether you are a Marvel or DC fanboy you have to agree that the visuals are great. I am a Marvel fan but this movie shut my mouth! #AquamanInIndia pic.twitter.com/nsa6CmoUGf — Amol (@Ams_NavThar) December 12, 2018 To be honest i was not expecting this movie to be so good but i was so wrong. I loved the movie . All the actors did super amazing acting. Best movie! #AquamanInIndia pic.twitter.com/RCmPUFkrL8 — Sushil K Kashyap (@SushilKashyap01) December 12, 2018 Still looking for more reasons to watch it? 121. @aquamanmovie is a solid 142 minutes attempt, make us tough to hate. James Wan is genius for his visually impressive super hero movie which reviving DCEU to the new arena. My rating â­â­â­â­#Aquamanreview #AquamanInIndia — Vishnu Uma Ratnakar (@VishnuRatnakar) December 13, 2018 A perfect visual treat! ⤠with a decent narration⺠#JasonMomoa extrordinary performanceðâ¤#AmberHeard is gorgeous ð⤠Surely you all enjoy the film ð #Aquaman #AquamanSpecialScreening #AquamanInIndia #aquamanreview pic.twitter.com/Bf1f8iEXK5 — Karthikeya Kanni (@karthik_suroju) December 14, 2018 Watched #Aquaman Dear MCU Fans ( Including Me ) Get Prepared DC Cinematic Universe Is Not Finished Yet Frm Today, They Just Started A New WAR ! #Aquaman Arrived Like a TRUE KING ð¥ð¥ð¥ Spectacular!#AquamanInIndia #AquamanReview pic.twitter.com/JIcSnD0vlx — Watch Aquaman (@Some_1_dare) December 13, 2018 The movie stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard in lead roles and has been winning fans all over the globe since its release. The weekend is here so we guess your plan should be pretty sorted by now.
  6. In this fast-paced world of having cereal or just coffee for breakfast and grabbing lunch from Subway, we are missing out on a lot of goodness which good old vegetables have to offer. International dietary guidelines recommend consuming 5-6 servings of vegetables daily for good health, however, the majority is struggling to get even one. But don`t worry, we've got you covered with these easy to eat vegetables along with the benefits it provides, which will make you love eating vegetables again: 1. Tomatoes © Pixabay Scientifically a fruit and not a vegetable, tomatoes are rich in potassium and lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) which is considered good for prostate health. Lycopene absorption is enhanced even more when you cook tomatoes. Processed tomato products such as soups, ketchup have even more lycopene bioavailability than raw tomatoes. I'm not telling you to binge on ketchup and processed soups here but adding raw tomatoes in your daily diet isn`t a bad idea either. Tomatoes have 95% of water by weight which makes it a great food for the calorie conscious and helps in hydrating as well. 2. Potatoes © Pixabay I know this will raise many eyebrows but please calm down. Potatoes aren't the evil source that makes you gain fat. It`s the fries and deep fried chips you start associating them with, giving it a bad name. These products become harmful because of an excess amount of oil used for making high-fat sauces, the high amount of salt and the processing. However, having mashed/baked/roasted potatoes or making a sandwich using potatoes will only give you some good carbohydrates. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes have almost no fat or 0.1gm fat/100gm. Now, tell me how are they fattening? Potatoes are also a great source of Vitamin B6 and Potassium. In fact, they are one of the top sources of Potassium. It is recommended for an adult to take around 4000mg of Potassium a day. And 100gm of potato (1 large sized potato) provides approx 10% of it. Potassium works to balance Sodium which we consume in excess in the modern world. A potassium rich diet is also proven to lower blood pressure, hypertension and reduced risk of stroke. 3. Broccoli © Pixabay There`s a reason why broccoli is a highly valued vegetable in fitness, sports and bodybuilding circles. Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage contain antioxidant and anticarcinogenic compounds. Glucosinolates present in broccoli are known to prevent certain types of cancers. Apart from that, broccoli contains high levels of flavonoids (beneficial for health) and indoles which also help to reduce higher level of estrogen in men. Also, the body can effectively absorb half of the calcium present in broccoli. This might interest many vegans out there. 4. Spinach © Pixabay There`s a reason why Popeye loved it. Also called as a superfood by many, spinach can be eaten raw, boiled or used in any dish. Let me give you some ideas– Palak Paneer, Mushroom Palak, Dal Palak, Palak Matar and Palak Aloo are some of the examples of dishes that can be made. Forget about taking a Vitamin A supplement ever if you consume spinach regularly in your diet. Apart from Vitamin A, spinach is also a rich source of Iron and Vitamin K1 (plant-based).Vitamin K helps in maintaining your bone health and prevents the stiffening of arteries. Adequate Vitamin K consumption also ensures that the calcium you are eating through diet or supplements (quite common) goes to the bones and not to blood vessels. Cooked spinach has 3-4 times more Vitamin K than its raw state. So, don't hesitate to try out the dishes I mentioned above. Some people propagate spinach to be a good source of calcium, however, science disagrees since only about 5% of the calcium available in spinach is absorbed by the human body. Reference:- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103733/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23175779 Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  7. We've been testing Apple's new iPad Pro for a few weeks and it was time to let our audience know why we've fallen in love with this tablet. We've tested the tablet in numerous scenarios such as meetings, press conferences and even used it for editing images. The 2018 iPad Pro is the all-in-one device for creativity, gaming, business owners and even journalists like me. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla After using the tablet for a few weeks, I've been wondering the same question as every tablet owner- do I really need a laptop for my daily work? Whether you are a college student or a graphic designer, the new iPad Pro fits everybody's needs. Here's our review of the new iPad Pro, where we tell you how it performed and what tasks it could perform: Design Right off the bat, you will notice the beautiful design of the 2018 iPad Pro. In fact, it's the prettiest tablet we've ever seen. The iPad has seen the biggest design change in years where Apple has removed the home button, gotten a full-screen design and beautifully curved corners that you are accustomed to seeing on newer iPhones. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We've been using the 12.9-inch model where the size is now dramatically smaller than its predecessor, thanks to the new design. The bezels are gone and now it feels good to hold it in the hand. It's also lighter than its predecessor and weighs only 631g, making it easier to carry it in your backpack. The new Apple Pencil is now magnetically attached to one of the sides of the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly. Apple has now made the change that everyone wanted, as you no longer have to stick the Apple Pencil into the charging port of the new iPad. The magnets are strong enough to hold the Apple Pencil in place and you won't have to ever worry about it falling off. This also means that you do not need to store the Apple Pencil separately- making it more accessible for users. Naturally, this resulted in us using the Apple Pencil more often than usual, especially when we needed to edit images or write down notes. You can even use the Pencil to unlock the iPad straight into the notes app if you want to jot down some of your thoughts. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of the new Apple Pencil, it's more ergonomic to hold as the design mimics the design of a traditional pencil. It works pretty much the same, with pressure and tilt sensing. The flat edge on the Apple Pencil makes it easier to place it on a table as it doesn't roll down like the previous Apple Pencil. You will need to buy the Apple Pencil separately and it costs Rs. 10,900 in India, which is probably a necessary purchase if you intend to use the iPad Pro for creative purposes. Display, Speakers & Face ID © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, Apple has provided one the prettiest and most vivid screens on an iPad ever. It has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps and can adjust it automatically depending on the work you're doing. For example, if you are gaming on the iPad Pro, it will automatically push the refresh rate to the max for optimum performance while reducing it to 24fps if you're reading an ebook or comics. Apple calls this technology the ProMotion screen and is probably the most useful feature of the display. It has a resolution of 2732x2048 and with accurate colour representation and P3 wide colour display, it makes it addictive to consume video content on Netflix and other streaming platforms. The True Tone display technology also helps the user in better readability, just like you would experience it on an iPhone. It basically matched the listing temperature of your environment to reduce the strain on your eyes. The new iPad Pro also uses the same technology as the iPhone X to unlock the screen. Now that the home button has been removed, the iPad Pro will scan your face to unlock the device. There's only one face-scanning camera, however, it works very effective unless the camera is covered. What's cool is that the unlocking feature works both in landscape and portrait mode without you ever having to adjust the orientation of the display. To complement the excellent display, Apple has outfitted four hidden speakers on the iPad Pro with a woofer and tweeter in every corner. This results in a very impressive and loud sound that delivers stereo audio no matter how you hold it. This accentuates the experience when consuming content on the iPad. The only disappointment you will face is the removal of the 3.5mm jack. Apple has now opted to provide a USB-C port and you will need to use a Lightning for USB-C dongle in order to use your own headphones. Performance & Usability Now that the iPad Pro has a USB-C port, you can use SD card readers for transferring images and videos. You can even use the port to output videos to 4K displays. It was a much-wanted feature by designers that would enable them to see their work on the bigger screen. The iPad Pro now also supports Hubs which can be used by musicians to plug in their MIDI instruments for DAWs like Logic Pro and Abelton. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple's latest processor i.e. the A12X processor. It basically outperforms Intel's six-core processors you see on many laptops. The iPad Pro was able to perform exceptionally well when it came to editing images and videos. In fact, we didn't see the iPad Pro slow down even for a second, a feat even most laptops can't boast about. In the benchmark tests, the iPad Pro scored 4,965 in single-core and 18,092 in multi-core on Geekbench 4, a score that leaves even the Microsoft Surface behind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of usability, we used the iPad Pro in numerous scenarios. We used it to type this review, edit the images and even edit a basic 4K video. From our experience, the iPad Pro can easily replace your laptop for daily work however there's a catch. The last statement is only true if you're already deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. This means you already own a MacBook with your files shared on the iCloud drive. It's the only way to access files across systems in case you need to pull up an old document or image from your laptop. iOS has not developed a way to access storage to transfer, back up, or find existing files which can be a drawback for non-Mac users. The Files app is not comprehensive enough to replace the flexibility and workability of a laptop. This will probably affect only 1% percent of iPad users, however, for the sake of this review it had to be mentioned. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In order to use the iPad Pro as an office or college laptop, you will face no issues as you can use the Smart Keyboard cover to type notes and carry out daily mundane tasks. We used it to type this review and faced no issues whatsoever. Keyboard shortcuts are also growing in various apps such as Affinity, Pages and others which makes it useful for people who are still used to using a keyboard. The smart keyboard cover only needs a trackpad so that we could move the text cursor with much more accuracy and finesse. The Final Say The 2018 iPad Pro is a brilliant device and is probably our favourite gadget from Apple's 2018 portfolio. It is the best tablet in the world as it leads in performance, design and usability. Having said that, it cannot replace the laptop for everyone unless you're already on the Apple ecosystem. It's more powerful than the MacBook Air or even some Intel-powered laptops, however, it still needs a comprehensive file management system to become the ultimate tablet. But if the iPad Pro fulfils your need at work or college, it is the device to own in 2018/2019.
  8. There is nothing more important for a human being than their self-esteem and if you have issues with lowered self-esteem, it is about time you improve your self-love game. If our self-esteem is meek, we might not get a chance to do many things the way we want to. An inevitable attaché with self-esteem is self-confidence. One cannot survive without the other and it's important to have both at a familiar periphery, so you feel good about yourself constantly. © Thinkstock The alpha male syndrome is synonymously made from a good amount of self-esteem. Even beta males, for instance, work a lot on their self-esteem to look for a life partner well suited to them. So, when you think it's time to approach women, a lowered sense of self certainly doesn't work and it might not work out well for you. Women don't seek good looks as much as they seek a well confident man who is sure of himself. So, in order to build your self-esteem and reach your acquired goal in life, here are 3 enablers that can help you move past anything that is holding you back, to build it in the first place: (1) Know Yourself Well Enough Before attempting to know another person, make sure you know yourself well enough. Know what motivates you, what inspires you and what puts you down. If you have catalysts that are negative in a thought process, kill them instantly, so that they don't hamper your thoughts further. The introspection can get exhausting yes, but it's important to know every emotion you have, in order to validate your existence and give you the desired results. If you know yourself well enough, you can ward off the bad and keep the good, making you a more confident person. So, take some time out to spend with yourself and build a fierce combination of emotions and rationality within you. No one wants to know a man who doesn't really know himself or isn't sure of himself! © Pintrest (2) Always Put Yourself First I know this might sound fairly selfish but in the long run, you'll understand how it's not selfish at all and is a way of self-preservation. You don't have to be selfless all the time and let go of your ego to please others. You can do it for a loved one, but when it comes to preserving yourself, you should act on intuition more than anything else. If you put yourself first, you build on your self-esteem. For instance, if someone asks you to watch their dog for the weekend and you're not comfortable around dogs, you can say no! You don't have to say yes and weaken what you feel. You can always explain to someone the reason behind your disagreement. In order to build a sheer amount of confidence, it's always okay to put your feelings and needs first, before anyone else's. © Thinkstock (3) Don't Let Rejection Put You Down Rejection is tough, agreed. It plays havoc in your mind, especially if you're rejected by someone you really like. There are ways to deal with rejection and move on in life, but for that to happen you have to be open to the idea of normalising rejection in your head. Rejection can deter your spirit and hamper your self-esteem, but it doesn't necessarily have to do that. If you're strong enough, you can accept failures and rejection as a part of life and learn from that experience, instead of letting it put you down. Rejection stems from certain insecurities but if you get to know your insecurities well and yourself better, there is no way you can't let go of anything that is negative. © Pintrest Self-esteem is important for everyone. In this case, it might be important to get the girl of your dreams but if we generalise it, it's the most important asset to have, in order to move forward in life and achieve any kind of success. Keep these three things in mind to build on your self-esteem and you will surely have what you want and need!
  9. 2019 is almost here and so is the reason for a host of 'new year new me' fitness resolutions. But instead of really abiding by the process, people unfortunately succumb to the lure of taking shortcuts to get fit. Here's a list of what not to do in the name of fitness resolutions in 2019: 1) Running Marathons Or Running Long Distances Regularly In Hopes Of Getting 'Fit' Running mindlessly on a treadmill or weekly marathons will not get you anywhere. It definitely wouldn't help you build muscle and look lean, which is the aim for most. Yes, you might lose a bit of fat but believe me that would be a lot of water weight. This will come at the cost of elevated cortisol levels (stress hormone), poor joint health and at best, a new skinny fat you with 'problem fat areas'. Mindless running is often coupled with crash diets or some stupid 'detox diets' which makes the case even worse. © YouTube 2) Following A Fitness 'Guru' Who Propagates A Specific Diet As 'The Best Diet' Do this diet and see the magic. If your trainer/guru tells you this, best believe that you are in for failure. There's no best fat loss diet and never will be. That's the very basic of fat loss. One size doesn't fit all. So if your fitness guide tells you to do a detox cleanse or a 7 day fat busting diet, look for a better coach. 3) Doing Aqua Zumba, Dance Fitness Or Aerobic Dance Classes The trend of zumba is so dumb on so many levels that I can literally write another article on it. They make people dance like mad cows in these classes without taking into account any injury, activity levels or the diet. People sweat tins and think they burned many calories and are getting slimmer. Of course, that's not the case. Of course you will lose a couple of kilos because before this you were not doing anything this physically demanding. But soon the weight loss will halt and all the lost weight will come back. 4) Cutting Out Carbohydrates And Shifting To Salad Only Diets The lowly informed main stream media has demonized carbohydrates so much that everybody thinks it makes people fat. Well, it doesn't. Excess calories coming from food makes people fat. Your overeating is making you fat. Salad diets are the absolute worse and eventually, if done for long, can land you in a hospital. © Thinkstock 5) Ketogenic Diet If you have a job, a budding social life, friends or family, this diet will take a toll on your interaction with all of these. In short- it's extremely hard to follow, makes very little sense nutritionally and the results it offers can be replicated by a normal 'carbohydrate inclusive diet'. Hence, think a hundred times before doing this.
  10. As technology takes over more and more aspects of our life, it comes as no surprise that wearables are no longer limited to just smartwatches or smart wallets, but also include smart clothing that looks trendy and is a part of our day to day life. The Levi's Commuter jacket is a part of Google's Project Jacquard and is one of the first pieces of smart clothing available for consumers. The iconic bomber jacket combines Google's engineering efforts to bring wearables to the masses. © Levi's The Levi's Commuter jacket has Google's smart fabric woven in and has a bunch of smart features that can be triggered by gestures. The cuffs are touch sensitive, and with a simple brush or a swipe, you can control your music playback, turn on navigation and even respond to calls or texts without needing to touch your phone. All of this is achieved by a Snap Tag built inside the jacket, which connects to your phone with Bluetooth Low Energy and can be set up by using an app. Another feature called Always Together will ensure that you do not leave your phone or your jacket behind and will ring and flash if you happen to leave one of them behind. Considering how expensive phones have gotten, this could offer some peace of mind. © Levi's "You can use Always Together to make sure you do not leave behind your Jacquard Jacket or phone behind. When your phone and your jacket are separated, you will receive an alert on your phone. Your Snap Tag will also light up and vibrate" Google says. Talking about the jacket itself, it is a denim finish made of 100 percent cotton. The left sleeve has a pocket for easy access to the Snap Tag. It is not meant for extreme rough use as it can withstand only about 10 washes, of course, with the Snap Tag removed. The jacket costs US$ 350 which is about INR 25,000. A little pricey for something that you can do with a simple smartwatch or a fitness tracker. Though this is just among the first generation smart clothing and we expect to see more fashion labels get on board in the coming years.
  11. Deadlift is the king of all exercises. All it requires is a barbell, some plates and the courage to lift the damn bar off the floor! However, many people avoid deadlifts, as it fatigues not just the body but the mind itself. As much as the deadlift is demanding, it is equally rewarding. If you are currently not doing deadlifts, here are top 5 reasons to start doing them. 1) Hits 10 Muscles With Every Rep! Every rep of deadlift stimulates 10 muscles: trapezius, teres major, rhomboideus, latissimus dorsi, semitendinosus, semimembranosus, erector spinae, quadriceps vastus lateralis, biceps femoris. This makes deadlifts an extremely effective mass builder. Since multiple muscles work simultaneously, every rep of deadlifts also burns more calories compared to other lifts. Thus, if you want to get leaner, ditch the band work and start deadlifting. © Pixabay 2) Builds Huge Traps Traps are one muscle group which can drastically enhance a man's physique. And shrugs are perhaps the only thing most people do to stimulate them. Traps are Type-1 muscle fibre dominant, meaning they respond better to heavy loads. In dumbbell shrugs, you are limited by the heaviest dumbbells in your gym (mostly 35-40 Kg) and heavy barbell shrugs can lead to shoulder issues or aggravate if you already have some. Also, it is worth mentioning that shrugs only work the upper trapezius. Heavy deadlifts effectively stimulate the whole trapezius muscles (upper, middle & lower). Powerlifters and Weightlifters have huge traps and you will rarely find them doing shrugs. Thus, if you want the traps of a beast, deadlift like a beast. 3) Builds Explosiveness A 2011 study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning found that deadlifts were not only useful for building strength and mass but also for building explosiveness. Explosiveness is an important trait required for many sports. This is the reason you will find top-level athletes like Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Sergio Ramos incorporating deadlifts in their training program. © Unsplash 4) Increases Core Strength Many fitness enthusiasts and coaches refer to the abdominal region as 'core' muscles, needless to say, this is a huge misconception. Your body's 'core' is a combination of pelvic floor muscles, transversus abdominis, multifidus, internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, erector spinae (sacrospinalis) especially the longissimus thoracis, and the diaphragm. Together these muscles act as an engine that drive your limbs in the majority of compound lifts. Deadlifts strengthen the whole core area and have a huge carry over to the majority of other lifts. If you can do heavy deadlift (important-with good form) you will also be able to do heavy squats, bench press and overhead press. 5) Increases Work Capacity Deadlifts also stimulate the central nervous system a lot more than other lifts. This is the reason you feel your soul drained out after doing multiple sets of heavy deadlifts. However, if deadlifts are incorporated smartly in a workout routine they can be an excellent tool for increasing work capacity i.e. the total number of exercises/sets you can perform. In simple terms- if you can do more sets of deadlifts, doing more sets of bench press, squats, chin ups etc will be a cakewalk for you. More sets = More Volume = More Muscle Gains By now, I am pretty sure you are waiting for your next training session to pull some heavy weights off the floor. Although deadlifts look like a simple movement, there is a lot more than just bending over and picking up the barbell. Before you attempt heavy deadlifts, we recommend you go through this article. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  12. If you are amongst those who like to work only on their show-off muscles (biceps, chest or abs), then you may move on to some other article, but if you are looking to build a V-taper sturdy back in 2019, then I suggest you read this complete article. I know it happens during your initial years of training, when you don't really work on your back as you don't really see your back in the mirror after every set. However, when you have spent a couple of years in your training, you realize the importance of that V-taper thick back. In this article, I am going to tell you 5 exercises that you should be doing in 2019 to build that V-taper and thick back: 1. Barbell Deadlift © YouTube The king of all the back exercises is the deadlift. It's not just an exercise for your back muscles but it actually works on your complete posterior chain. However, I would suggest that the deadlift shouldn't be just about the numbers game where you flaunt your latest deadlift numbers. Building good hypertrophy in your back muscles has more to do with thr correct technique and range of motion than just flaunting your deadlift numbers. Thus, focus more on the mind and muscle connection than just adding plates to the barbell. 2. Pull-Ups © Thinkstock You may say that I am being biased here, but trust me, no other exercise except Pull-ups offers you the same level of upper lat muscle activation. You may find it difficult to perform it if you are a beginner, so I would suggest that you take the help of a spotter or use the assisted pull-up machine if your gym has one. Also, performing Pull-ups early in your workout is always the best, as you might not be able to do them with the same intensity during the latter part of your workout. Not to mention that form is important here too and the scapula should be retracted before initiating a pull-up. 3. T-Bar Rows © YouTube If there's one exercise that has served a staple in back workouts from Arnold's era, it's the T-Bar Rows. T-Bars are your best bet if your back muscles are weak from the middle. A neutral grip T-Bar engages your rhomboids, teres and trap muscles at the same time, helping you to build that cobra shape thick back muscles. The best part about this exercise is that even if you do not have an exclusive T-Bar Station in your gym, you can still perform this exercise with a barbell and free weights. 4. Single Arm Dumbbell Rowing © Bodybuilding Wizard Single arm dumbbell rowing is an ideal way to include a few unilateral movements in your back workouts. It also allows you to lift heavier weights and perform an optimum range of motion. Try to maintain a neutral spine position if you want to hit your overall back muscles and not just the upper lats. Generally, people often complain about having a weak lower back, well, a majority of them fail to maintain a neutral spine and thus work only on their upper lats. 5. Close Grip Pull Down © YouTube The Lat-Pull Down is an exercise that people always perform in their back workout. I am sure you would also be doing it from the first day of your visit to the gym. Thus, instead of Lat-pull downs, I've included a variation in this workout. This one is called Close-Grip Pull down where you will perform the same movement but with another grip. Use the close grip handlebar to perform this movement. It will give you the same level of lat-activation, if not less, and will also offer you a change of exercise. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  13. Tired of failing the New Year's fitness resolutions? Getting average results even after following your fitness guru's training and nutrition advice? It all starts with this fitness discussion around the new year with friends and family that how we want to lose X amount of weight or gain X amount of weight or achieve some form of idealized physique. A goal is always set by everyone but we are unable to reach or surpass their fitness goals. Did You Ever Think Why? © Unsplash We set a goal instead of systems. When we set a goal, it's basically an emotional attachment without any concrete daily action plan while systems can help us design that daily action plan and instead of focusing on the result we put the effort in following the daily procedure required to achieve our fitness goal. Goal: I want to lose 3kg this month System: 1) Following Daily set calories + Amount of time set for physical activity Above is building a long-term process in a space where most of us are focussed on finding quick and short-cut solutions. Now that we have understood the concept of systems in general, let's talk about the steps we can take to create this sustainable fitness lifestyle and kickstart your fitness journey in 2019. 1) Take Baby Steps When you have decided to kickstart your fitness journey in 2019, you need to understand that the change you make has to be sustainable for it to have a long-term effect. Example: A completely inactive person, with unhealthy eating habits for the majority of his life, decides to start his fitness journey by directly jumping on an intense training program and changing his entire daily eating pattern in a short amount of time. While above seems like a very good start, it's probably going to go down the drain after few months of mental exhaustion or worst completely returning back to before. Start slowly, aim to increase your activity level more than previous and start replacing unhealthy food options for healthy one by one. Keep a track whether you are able to maintain the change and adapt to the small change you just made. If yes, increase it one level further and so on according to your schedule. 2) Track Your Exercise And Food © Unsplash When you begin tracking what you eat and how much do you exercise daily you will become more conscious of your actions for your fitness goals. Results should be measurable and so should your daily process to improvise and find the areas which are stopping you from achieving your fitness goals in 2019. Example- I eat healthily, I consume good food Optimal way: I eat 2500 calories and I exercise daily for 45 minutes and repeat this 4 times a week (more details, the better) 3) Seek Knowledge And Help If you are determined but you don't have a direction for achieving your fitness goals in 2019 you are going to go haywire and won't achieve your desired outcome. Best and fastest way to learn something is to pay someone and seek knowledge. Other methods include reading articles over here and follow up on researches. If you want to avoid all the above hassle and save your time, the first option is what you should go ahead with. 4) Environment Over Motivation © Unsplash Lot of times we indulge ourselves in watching motivational videos and motivational music, though science has clearly demonstrated the impact of music on training, the goal shouldn't be motivation but it should be self-motivation. The fire should come from within and for the fire to stay alive it requires you to surround yourself with people who support you and are also determined to achieve their fitness goals in 2019. You can't outgrow your environment. Your motivation to kickstart your fitness goal in 2019 will plummet down but if you have supportive people around and people who also want to become a better version of themselves, you will have a higher probability of doing the same and sustaining your fitness for a longer period. As a good measure always make friends with people who you see regularly in the gym and learn from them. 5) Mental Fitness Don't get caught up in the best method or the best diet plan just because you read it somewhere online. Always do what's the best for you. Do what allows you to follow your plan consistently and the one that keeps your mind happy. If the training or nutrition plan doesn't keep you happy you probably should drop it and try to hop on to some new gimmick again. Remember folks, fitness is not short term but the thing you want to keep up with for the longest period possible. Go achieve your fitness goals in 2019! Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  14. Fitness has been a popular industry in 2018. It has become lucrative to be a part of it, as people are endlessly spending their money on fitness products and services like coaching, supplements, personal training, etc. At the same time, charlatans have made quick profit as well, as their sole purpose is to mislead people and take their money. They go to extremes like launching a Ketogenic Whey Protein to injecting steroids in young kids who want to build some muscle or lose some fat. Like every cloud has a silver lining, there are still sensible, helpful, and smart people in the industry who genuinely want to help people out giving the right information. If you do not want to go down the rabbit hole of misinformation and potentially hurt yourself in the name of fitness, you need to follow these accounts today (in no particular order). 1. Martin MacDonald (@martinnutrition) View this post on Instagram Post Day 1 of L2 Fitness Summit gym session culminated in this epic dream team photo. â â Roll on Day 2 with Sohee kicking things off and me closing out the show! â â Can't wait! â â A post shared by Martin MacDonald (@martinnutrition) on Sep 30, 2018 at 5:05am PDT Martin is the founder and CEO of Mac Nutrition Uni, a one-year evidence-based nutrition course which has been endorsed by doctors and industry experts equally. He has a good sense of humor and delivers information in an educative yet funny way. The biggest highlight of 2018 would be his debate with keto proponent Prof. Tim Noakes on Sigma Nutrition Radio. If you have not heard it yet, I would highly recommend you to do so. 2. James Smith (@jamessmithpt) View this post on Instagram Day 1 - White girl wasted at not one but two brunches. Fat lip and sore elbow from what I assume was play fighting on a giant inflatable flamingo at the first brunch. - Not even sure how but came home wearing the wrong flip flops, another day in fitness. - Today's agenda? Survive another brunch. TBC A post shared by James Smith (@jamessmithpt) on Nov 27, 2018 at 10:32pm PST A personal trainer from the UK, he has a unique no-bullshit style of delivering his information. Due to his upfront and honest personality, he has been the subject of a few lawsuits for calling out brands on their bullshit and celebrities selling useless products to people. He runs a subscription website where he aims to educate people and make them self-sufficient to stay fit. 3. Spencer Nadolsky (@drnadolsky) View this post on Instagram Want to have a doc who can help you with your blood sugars, cholesterol, and blood pressure through lifestyle changes? I'm right here. Not only that but I'll actually have time to spend with you since I got out of the regular inefficient medical system. - Right now you go to your doctor and you get about 10 minutes with them. They tell you what you already know. You already know you need to eat better. You know you need to do more physical activity and you understand that your weight may be causing some of your issues. Problem is, the doc probably doesn't know how to help you and if they do, they don't even have enough time. - So here's the deal, @steadymd asked me a couple years ago to start taking patients via online to help with this madness. I've capped myself around 220 patients for about a year now but I'm opening it up to more (about 30 more). - How does it work? You pay 99 bucks a month and you get an initial hour long video consult with me. I have my license in most states now. Sorry rest of the world I don't have power elsewhere. - After the initial hour long consult where I get to know you, I can order labs and even medicines if you need refills (no controlled meds through the internet like adderall or testosterone sorry). You then have access to me via your phone or computer similar to text messaging. - We do not take insurance. This allows us to spend time on you without the insurance hassles. - How can I do physical exams? Technically I don't. I can do most things I need through talking to you and looking at labs but there are new cool gadgets I can recommend that allow me to listen to your heart and lungs better than if I were in the office with you. - Who is this for? This is perfect for those who have blood sugar/pressure/cholesterol issues along with hypothyroidism. Those tend to be the patients that love it most. I have gotten many patients off their sugar and pressure meds using lifestyle. - You will also have the option of adding on my amazing nutrition coach for an extra fee once you sign up. - I wouldn't sign up if you're healthy and don't have an extra $99 a month. - Ready to start? click link in bio to sign up A post shared by Spencer Nadolsky (@drnadolsky) on Nov 23, 2018 at 7:28am PST An obesity medicine physician by profession, Dr. Nadolsky has the necessary education and the experience to deal with issues related to weight and obesity. He tries to simplify things for people struggling to lose weight and advocates the message of 'there is no one size that fits all'. 4. Jeff Nippard (@jeffnippard) View this post on Instagram When posing practice ends at 12:30 but you gotta rob a bank at 1 ð§ð­ð¦ð (comment other funny captions ðð»ðð¼) . Hope everyone has a great Halloween! ð¦ This was a thumbnail for the interview I did on @kofgym channel. Also don't miss my latest Hong Kong training video!! Link in bio A post shared by Jeff Nippard (@jeffnippard) on Oct 31, 2018 at 12:04pm PDT A natural bodybuilder and YouTuber, Jeff puts out the most engaging and informative content on his YouTube channel. He has series' like Myth Bust Monday, Science Explained, etc. which delve into the topics and look into scientific studies and the latest evidence. 5. Eric Helms (@helms3dmj) View this post on Instagram 7 year offseason + mini cut + second refeed day + post upper body pump + structure turned up to 100 = I almost look like I lift. Not but seriously, I'm 4 weeks into the final mini cut of my offseason before I return to the stage in 2019 for the first time since 2011. Two more weeks and I'll get convincingly below 200lbs so that when I get my food back up and gaintain until December when I start prep I won't be over 200lbs. Really looking forward to prepping and getting back on stage, which in my opinion is the only mindset you want going into the process. For the unedited picture to see how actually C+ my physique is just swipe ð A post shared by Eric Helms, PhD, R&D Officer: (@helms3dmj) on Sep 8, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT A Ph. D., researcher, bodybuilder, and a coach, Helms is one of the most respected and popular figures in the industry. His most notable work is the Muscle & Strength pyramids, which are books you should most definitely read if you want to strengthen your basics and focus on what's important. Go ahead and follow these personalities today than your desi gym trainers, who are doing more harm to your health than good in the name of fitness. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  15. The YouTube spiral is a very real thing. The search for that one idiotic video that made you laugh 6 years ago can suddenly turn into an 8-hour spiral into the endless void of every celebrity conspiracy video the world has to offer. “I came here to watch a Photoshop tutorial, how the f**k did I end up on a 12 min video of '5 Reasons Avril Lavigne is actually a clone' and also why is it 4 am?!” - you may think to yourself. It's a slippery slope and the human brain has pretty much no limit when it comes to how much information (useless or otherwise) it can be subjected to. However, in the interest of public service, we would like to share with you some YouTube channels that aren't a waste of time and at the very least, could help you sound super smart at the next social gathering you happen to be attending. From science to film to music to pop culture, we've got you covered. Here's hoping that your next spiral is a beneficial one. Pop Culture: 1. WiseCrack - You may have already heard of this one, but it's a great place to start. With some of the best hosts, editing and perspectives available on the web, WiseCrack has the ability to take even the most accessible and widely loved shows, movies etc and break them down and talk about them like a research paper. From 'The Philosophy of..' to 'Thug Notes' and my personal favourite 'Earthling Cinema', WiseCrack has something for everybody and it's no wonder they're approaching 3 million subscribers. 2. NerdWriter - Nerdwriter is the brainchild of (in my opinion) super genius Evan Puschak. As 'The Nerdwriter' Evan crafts beautiful, informative and eye-opening video essays, where he dissects and explores the deeper philosophical, conceptual and historical significance of everything from TV Shows, Stand Up Comedy, Painting, Poetry, Pop Music, Fidget Spinners and everything in between. Each episode is made with care and the utmost respect for the subject matter being talked about, and the editing is seriously out of the world. Check this one out and get enlightened. Science & History: 1. Vsauce - Founded by ex-Googler Michael Stevens in 2007, Vsauce is your one-stop shop to 1. Learn something new and impressively scientific 2. Listen to great background music and 3. Get your f**king mind blown. Vsauce and its impressive hosts create mind-bending content that begins with a basic almost rhetorical questions and then leads you down a rabbit hole of quantum physics, human psychology, fantastical history lessons and super well-made graphics to completely disrupt everything you thought you knew about science you took for granted. 2. Crash Course World History - Now, Crash Course is basically a university and you can pick and choose the courses you want, but Crash Course World History is especially essential; one, because it is hosted by John Green ( I mean, come on) and two, it is easy to understand, well paced and the animations are like a world within themselves ( I wish I dreamt in Thought Bubble™ ). Over the course of 42 episodes, John Green traces humanity from the Stone Age to the iPhone and doesn't miss a single step. It is unbiased, untarnished and thoroughly entertaining. Film & Music: 1. Every Frame a Painting - You may not have heard of this channel as they officially called it quits late last year. However, I would highly recommend going through their back catalogue of beautifully put-together and artistically rich video essays, where they talk about film language, director styles, film history and pretty much everything related to the art of cinema. From the mainstream to the art house, EFaP provides a highly informed perspective that will at the very least help you appear more informed at the next “artsy” house party you attend. 2. The Needle Drop - Last but not the least, I would not be able to finish this list without talking about one of my personal favourite YouTube channels - The Needle Drop. As a music nerd (read: snob) I have to give props to the “Internet's Busiest Music Nerd” Mr. Anthony Fantano. Not only does he shed light on lesser-known albums and artists through his album reviews, but also offers a super unique yet highly relatable perspective. Besides reviews, Fantano also covers the bigger questions and talks about issues in the music industry via his channel - Fantano (which I also highly recommend).
  16. Almost 19 years ago, in an age when Bollywood was still budding and songs were mainly about dancing around the bushes, Bollywood's OG Diva, Sushmita Sen came around and stole our hearts with the iconic song 'Dilbar Dilbar'. Fast forward to the present time and the 'Dilbar' version 2.0 from 'Satyameva Jayate' has now turned into an even bigger hit, with Nora Fatehi belly dancing her way into our hearts and living up to all the expectations one had from this remix version. Instagram In case you were living under a rock all this while, here's the song that has been making people go crazy on the dance floor. When we were busy grooving to this song, Nora Fatehi was preparing another big surprise for us, which was dropped on social media a few days ago. After stealing our hearts with her moves, Nora Fatehi is now making her singing debut with this Arabic version of 'Dilbar'. Don't ask us to keep calm, because we can't. The song that has already crossed 15 million on YouTube has been released by T-series, composed by Mohcine Tiza and written by Khalifa Mennani and Achraf Aarab. The song has been sung by Nora Fatehi and Fnaire. It's interesting how the hindi version gave us major Arabic vibes, and this new Arabic version is giving us Bollywood vibes, with Fnaire looking like Ranbir Kapoor from 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani'.
  17. Scenario 1: Dad: So, what are you doing with your life? Son: *silence* Scenario 2: Dad: Hello Beta, kaise ho? Khana ho gaya? Son: Haa, ho gya. Mai thik hu. Aap kaise hai? Dad: Mai thik hu. Accha mummy se baat karo. *conversation ends* Does this sound familiar? I bet it does. Of all the people we meet and get acquainted with, it is our father who is the first male presence in our life; our role model, our hero and someone we look up to but are eternally scared of. Indian dads and sons are a complicated lot and their relationship is even more complex. The dynamics of the relationship change dramatically; a bit like Tom and Jerry. Truth be told, we have always had a love-hate relationship with our fathers. Mothers are the fun one, they nurture you, spoil you, care for you. Fathers are the ones who are the strict ones, who reprimand you when you do something wrong. There is a time when they love you dearly, but as you start growing up, you sense a sort of detachment from them. Baba, Papa, Abba, Dad, Appa, Pitaji, Babuji, Baoji; all these words instil a sense of respect, along with a sense of fear as well. We delved into what causes this rift between these two which makes bonding a hassle: 1. Unfulfilled Aspirations: Takiya Kalam: Par tum doctor/engineer kyun nahi banna chahte? Everyone has dreams; some of them get fulfilled, others get cut down due to circumstances. Imagine a young man in his prime who couldn't achieve his heart's desire and decides that his son will carry on the baton. While it is not wrong for a father to have a dream for his son and live their dreams through their children, some fathers downright force their aspirations down their children's throats. This kind of an attitude enables animosity in the son, who goes out of his way to try to live up to the expectations and trying his best, but doesn't seem to make his father happy, eventually hating himself and his father. What we need to understand is that it is not compulsory that sons will follow their father's dreams, if one does so of their own will, it is fantastic, but having a pre-defined path already set in stone for you may not be comfortable. 2. The Inability To Show Emotion: Takiya Kalam: Thik hai. Aur accha karo! Handling emotions have never been the strong suit of men. Showing emotion is portrayed as a flaw, especially in a patriarchal society like ours. Our fathers have always been strong; no tears, no love-dovey talks, just plain tough love. A trait learnt from their fathers. Saying 'I love you', giving a hug or showing emotion is seen as non-masculine, and our society has a very deep-rooted (read misguided) sense of what constitutes masculinity. What they do not realize is that this ingrains the same behaviour in an impressionable, young mind. A son looks up to his father as the person who will show him the ways of the world and help them. So, when they do not show any affection or emotion towards them, it instils rejection and hurt in the mind of the son; leading him to have an aloof relationship, not only with his father but future relationships as well. 3. Being 'The Man': Takiya Kalam: Ladke ye nahi karte… From an early childhood, a son is taught to be the man of the house; it is implicated by the father that he needs to be the sole patriarch of the family after him. He must man up and step into his father's shoes and become the “paterfamilias”. It is an unspoken rule; a regulation that needs to be followed. For a young adolescent, it is increasingly difficult to understand the complexities of adult life, let alone have the burden of “being the man” thrust upon him. Moreover, if the son decides to follow a career in something other than so-called manly pursuits, it is the father, more time rather than less, who will always ask him to follow a career more socially acceptable for a man. Majority of Indian parents have a hard time supporting their children in endeavours the society frowns upon. 4. Toughening Up: Takiya Kalam: Ro mat! Ladke nahi rote! Whenever you fell, your dad made it a point to tell to stop crying about it and brush it aside. That is the way they had always been taught to deal with their problems; they were trying to make you tough. Crying or whining was frowned upon; it made you a ninny. 'Boys don't cry' is such an adage that makes men think that it is a sign of weakness. It's high time that we change it. Crying is not for weaklings, but our dads sue made us feel it was. 5. Worldly-Wise: Takiya Kalam: Duniya aese nahi chalti! In the process of making their sons worldly-wise, dads often employ tactics and lessons which might not be always good. The first time you were duped by the shopkeeper or had any mishap, instead of explaining it you would most probably get lectured about it. The echoing “the world doesn't function the way you want to” dialogue is mandatory. Though it may have seemed like the worst thing that time, it did shape you as an adult, but not in the best way possible. You would try to hide any mistakes you committed so that you would not get another verbal berating. Dads are just trying to make you street-smart so that you don't make the same mistakes they did. 6. Enforcing The Rules: Takiya Kalam: Bas keh diya! Monica says, rules help control the fun. Indian fathers are a step ahead: enforce rules quite heavily so that there is little fun. Rules, when too binding, constrict a person. Having too many rules instils rebellion in the child especially if physical violence is involved. The control being forced upon them makes them have even more animosity towards their dads. Slapping, beating or disparaging doesn't work, it only agitates the young child. He may not shy away to employ the same on others. It becomes a struggle for supremacy; the son wanting more freedom and the dad trying even harder to show the son the fault in his ways. Also, the legendary sass of Indian dads is unparalleled; “Lights to tumhare papa band karenge” or “Papa to ATM hi hain” which is funny to hear but does make you feel irritated. 7. Generation Gap: Takiya Kalam: Hamare zamaane me… © Pinterest The biggest bone of contention is the generation gap: there is a huge difference in the era and conditions our fathers were brought up and the time in which we are now. There are things that they might have a hard time understanding, like mobile phones or laptops for example. They might not always like the music you listen to, the games you play or the shows you see or the way you are growing up; which is fine. You might have been often treated to the iconic, “Hamare zamaane me to hum aisa karte the” or “Hamare zamaane me hum badon se zubaan nahi ladate the.” The son needs to understand that their father is just trying to be relevant; he is unsure about how his son perceives him in this new era. Instead, the son tries to belittle the father or make fun of their choices and thus increases the strain in the already fragile relationship. 8. Communication: Takiya Kalam: Lo, maa se baat karo… Psychology suggests that sons are more comfortable with their mothers instead of their fathers; it is somewhere true. Remember the discomfort you felt when a condom ad or *** scene came up while you and your father were watching television? The channel would get changed immediately or you would start faltering and stuttering while your father would put up a stoic silence. When it comes to *** or some other hard topic, Indian fathers typically shy away from talking about it. It is not limited to just ***, having a conversation with your father is rather difficult. Other than enquiring about your being or some other superficial topic, the conversation ends there. Also, the son doesn't like coming up with any topics in the fear of ending up with a life-long lecture or not having any topic to talk about because it has always been like this, you never bothered to ask about what interests him and vice versa. 9. Appreciation & Comparisons: Takiya Kalam: Sirf 98 aaye hai? 2 marks kaha gaye? Sharmaji ka beta 100 number laya! © iDiva Instead of appreciating what the son has achieved, most fathers try to focus their attention on what he needs to work on. Though it might be a good thing in the future, the want for appreciation remains unfulfilled which gives rise to a sense of anger and despair in the son. He starts thinking that he is unable to obtain his father's approval and his level of acceptance. The pedestal created by the father for his son hampers their relationship. Acting like salt to a wound, Indian fathers have a habit of comparing their sons with his contemporaries. "If Rahul got 98 why did you not get 100? Though they are just pushing you to better yourself, never appreciating your efforts makes one sad. "Making comparisons doesn't make anyone better, it just makes you doubt yourself more. Some dads unknowingly become unkind to their sons; be it comments on their appearance or their habits. This all leads to a feeling of worthlessness in the son. 10. Pride: Takiya Kalam: “Baap humesha baap hota hai” © Afran Productions/Paramount Pictures Fathers are proud beings, and justly so. They have suffered and brought you up; so, when a son does not show the proper respect to his father, it serves as an insult to their ego and pride. They are not comfortable in asking you for help, they will always see it as a step down from their role of the provider and nurturer. As a young adult, with raging hormones and the sense of insecurity, sons give their fathers a hard time by not explaining new things which they don't understand, further enraging the father. The son seeks vindication for all the hurtful things by not helping out and ending up hurting the father's pride. How Can We Rectify this? Fathers need to understand that their words have a profound impact on their sons. They need to shed the armour once in a while, to show their sons that they are fun too. They need to give the son a break; it is beneficial for both. The son needs to understand that behind that grumpy façade and rule-loving face, lies the man who wants the best for you and loves you. The ways he shows may not be always great, but it is your responsibility as the son to understand it. © Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures Bonding with your father is an extremely important aspect of life. He is the first man in your life, the person who will be there always, supporting and guiding you, not always in the way you want. Fathers are also human, they are bound to say things, commit mistakes. Do not hold grudges; talk with them. Listen to their stories, their words of wisdom; they have a lot to say. In retrospect, you will find that he was correct a lot of times, though you may not have felt that way at that moment. © T-series Tell him your experiences, hang out with him. Even if he is of a non-talkative sort, indulge him. Do things for him without being asked to. If you know he likes something, get it for him. He might fake annoyance, but he will be secretly delighted that you remembered. Catch a movie with him, call him more often. If you feel sorry for the way you treated him in the past, apologize, give him a hug. Explain things to him, like technology, which you know he has a hard time adapting to. Be vocal about your love, it is never too late. Try to become friends with him. Whoever said that sons and fathers can never be friends was wrong. Try to understand him and you will see that he has warmed up to you. This is the way you can build a better relationship with your father. © Abc Look at movies like 'The Pursuit of Happyness' and 'Sanju'; these movies show how fathers are not always vocal about things. They are behind-the-curtain men, who make the movie of your life work. A father's love is hidden, it isn't as demonstrative as a mother's, but it doesn't mean that both are different; you just need to unearth the layers.
  18. Let these neck pillows be your most comfy travel partner, while you head out on your next adventure. No matter what kind of transport you decide to take to your destination, it can never hurt to be a bit more comfortable. So let's make your next trip better, with the best travel pillows that are available on Amazon right now. These are the best travel pillows you need for your next journey: 1. Skylofts Imported Memory Foam Neck Pillow © Amazon India This memory foam pillow is perfect for any kind of journey, providing you with much needed support to the neck, head, spine, and back. It's made of imported premium quality memory foam, which makes it a very good deal at its price. The memory foam moulds to the shape of your neck while you use it, regaining its shape once the pressure is relieved. It provides you with not only a lot of comfort but also the right support on long journeys. The pillow is super soft, and the fact that it moulds itself to the shape of your body is a huge advantage. It prevents head, neck and shoulder pain that can result from sleeping in any weird position while you travel. MRP: Rs 599 Buy it here 2.Travel Blue Blue Tranquility Memory Foam Foldable Travel Pillow © Amazon India This is super comfy neck pillow is made out of memory foam, without compromising on quality or comfort. It's a good quality pillow that it feels easy and comfortable on the skin when in use. This pillow is the perfect choice for anyone who has a especially loves being comfortable, no matter where they are. MRP: Rs 1,915 Buy it here 3. Hanumex Electric U-shaped Massage Neck Pillow © Amazon India If you tend to end up with a pain thanks to some very bad posture on your part, you are not the only one. Most of us tend to do that, and it is even worse for people who are taller. A way to fix that, especially while traveling, is to use the best travel pillow you can get. It not only gives you the support you need, but generally helps you relax and get some much needed rest. This one also has an in-built massager, that uses vibrations to get your blood pulsing around the neck, and eases away the pain. MRP: Rs 999 Buy it here 4. Ole Baby Cat Face Neck Pillow © Amazon India Looking for a pillow for your younger sibling? Or maybe a little one? Then this pillow is quite an ideal option. The pillow is comfortable to use for for kids, giving them the right supporting, without being too large for them. And the adorable design is a an added bonus. MRP: Rs 279 Buy it here 5. Lushomes Blue Microbeads Neck Pillow © Amazon India This pillow is made with 100% premium microbeads, making it uber comfortable. The tube pillow works wonders for travelers of any age, as it takes pretty malleable. So when you use it, the pillow moulds to your neck, making it a really comfortable experience. And you have a total of eight colour options to choose from. Thanks to the premium beans, this pillow is advisable for those who have vertigo. MRP: Rs 569 Buy it here 6. SKYLOFTS Foam Neck Pillow with Hat Cushions © Amazon India Made out of soft foam material, this travel pillow from pillow with a hoodie gives proper support to your neck. It also provides overall comfort not only to your neck, but actually to your whole torso, from your head to waist. It does so by making sure your posture is effective and does not take a toll. MRP: Rs 735 Buy it here 7. Spungee Microbeads Travel Neck Pillow With Eye Mask & Ear Plugs © Amazon India Stuffed with microbeads, this a soft and comfortable travel pillow to get. It's made of comfortable warm fleece on one side and a cool spandex on the other side, giving you the choice of what kind of feel you want. It also has two loops with buttons to hang the pillow from luggage, hooks, rods or any other places. As an added benefit, this pillow comes with an eye Mask and a pair of foam earplugs. MRP: Rs 699 Buy it here
  19. Like it or not, most people go to the gym to look good. Yes, being healthy is always a bonus but that's not the REAL goal of 90-95% population. Looking good is. And when it comes to looking good, what's better than having a chiselled midsection. If you have 6 (or 8) pack abs, you are the envy of all the guys and an eye candy for all the ladies in the gym. But the fact of the matter is that getting to the conditioning where your abs look like bricks attached to your abdominal area, is very difficult. Most people try and fail and only a minority are able to get that shredded. The Reason? Nutrition, yes! Most people do not know how to eat right in order to get shredded, even though it is common knowledge by now that in order to lose fat you need to eat in a caloric deficit. but it is easier said than done, especially when you are trying to get single digit body fat percentage. You eat very little food for a very long time which becomes very monotonous and difficult, plus when you are already lean, you lose fat very slowly as compared to when you start dieting. This can be very disheartening and this is where most people fail. But here are a few tricks that you can implement while dieting to make your life a little easier when you are in the pursuit of that die-for midsection: 1: Pump Up Your Food Volume (Low-Calorie Foods) Your stomach is like a wrinkled tissue with space for only half a can of a soda when it is empty. But as soon as you eat, those wrinkles unfold, the stomach expands and its space expands up to 20 times. The interesting thing here is that your satiation depends on how full your stomach is, which means that it's not the number of calories in the food that matter but the amount you consume. So opt for more real, voluminous and low calorie/calorie-free foods which will make you feel full while keeping your caloric intake lower. © YouTube 2 Bump Up The Fiber Continuing from the first point, real foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes are high in fibre and fibre slows down the digestive process. Soluble fibre, which is mostly found in beans and legumes, some fruits and veggies etc is fermented in the gut, which gives you the feeling that you are full. On average, your food (caloric) intake is decreased by around 10 per cent by 14 grams of fibre you eat. So, if you want to feel fuller bump up your fruits, veggies and starchy carbs. If that's not you, you can always make your foods more solid than liquid. The more solid in nature a food is, the stronger the satiety signal it sends. Think about what makes you fuller, apple juice or apple? An apple, which you have to chew, is always going to be more satiating than apple juice, which is more satiating than water. © Pixabay 4. Ramp Up The Protein Despite its importance being mentioned in every fitness article ever, most people still do not eat adequate protein. Higher protein intake becomes even more important when you are trying to get ripped for a few reasons: a. Protein has a much higher satiety rate than both carbs and fat. so, eating more protein will probably going to make feel fuller for longer preventing the chances of overeating through frequent snacking. Also, your body needs protein for a lot of functions which are very vital. Unlike fats and carbs, protein cannot be stored to be used in the future. So, your body is acutely aware of its protein intake, just as it's sensitive to sodium and water. The desire for protein is thought to drive appetite until you've consumed enough. b. What you want to lose is fat and not hard-earned muscle, and an optimum protein intake along with resistance training is what's going to help you retain your muscle mass. Implement these tricks and eat your way to six-pack abs. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  20. As per census 2011, the *** ratio of India is 943. Which means there are 943 women per 1000 men. Which means, you have got to get your flirting game up in order to impress women. You see, unlike men, women have many options. The line you have been practicing for the past six months to say to your crush, has in fact already been used by six other guys on her. It is men who have to make the effort and impress women even in this feminist era. And there's nothing wrong in it, as some good old chivalry doesn't hurt. Though the good old pick-up lines can hurt! It is time to find something fresh and romantic to convey that you're the Barney Stinson who's looking for his Robin (Ignore the part where they got divorced). Follow these Instagram account to up your flirting game: · An àngel writes. (@aagpoetry) This one is a published author and pretty good with not too cheesy one-liners. Just see the following line, wouldn't you like to say this to one of your bold and beautiful tinder matches? © Instagram Or this line, to one of your crushes who's out of your league. © Instagram This guy is good with words, you will surely find one or two go-to pickup lines. What are you waiting for? Go and follow these accounts and impress your crush right away!
  21. Amidst all the major confusion regarding their wedding schedule, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas went ahead and finally got married in a Christian-style ceremony today at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace. Looks like its Prick aka NickYanka vs DeepVeer tonight, as both the star couples chose December 1st for their wedding and reception respectively. View this post on Instagram One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other's faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed. @nickjonas A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Dec 1, 2018 at 7:31am PST While we were busy stalking and scouring the social media to look for pictures from DeepVeer's reception, Priyanka and Nick came around and surprised us by posting a string of pictures online from their Mehendi ceremony. Instagram Our Desi girl Priyanka and her pardesi babu Nick, looked like characters from a fairytale dream wedding. If these pictures don't low-key make you want to get married, we wonder what can. Instagram Just like Ranveer and Deepika, Priyanka and Nick too will get married in two ceremonies - one as per Christian traditions that took place today and one will be held according to Hindu traditions, which will be held on the 2nd of December.
  22. Back in 2017, we covered a few signs of trainers who suck at their job. Just like every year, I met more dumb trainers again throughout 2018 and here are more signs that will help you spot a fake trainer: 1. If You Are Not Sore, Your Workout Was A Failure Every time a client tells me how their trainer had made them believe that soreness is an indicator of an effective workout, I start to feel bad for the poor client. The reason is simple- instead of chasing strength or technique, the poor client starts chasing soreness. Due to this misconception, some trainers literally make them go through a torture, not a workout. Hundreds of bicep curls, push-ups and poor form squats and what not. If they ever tell you, 'no pain no gain' in the literal sense, you are better off doing away with him. Remember, progress towards your goal- general health, fat loss, better body or strength are signs of a good workout, not soreness. © Thinkstock Images 2) Disregards Your Schedule Some trainers really push the 'exercise regularly' too far. They start preaching living in the extremes like 'oh you are wasting time if not coming to the gym every day'. 'Morning cardio and evening weights' and things like that. And if you show your inability to be in the gym that frequently, he tells you not to expect any results. A training plan is always designed based on the sessions a person can perform weekly. That can range anywhere from 3-4 days a week for most. 3) He Body Shames You The negative way to make you take action is never the way out. It only shatters the client`s confidence and makes him feel guilty even if he's putting in work. As a result, they simply quit and start thinking 'maybe the trainer is correct'. Or in other cases, they start hating the trainer. I personally had a female client who changed her trainer as she was always body shamed in every session. 4) They Have No Logical Answer To Your Questions As a client, you have every right to ask your trainer that why has he recommended a particular schedule/supplement/nutrition protocol. And if they are legit and smart, they will answer you happily. While a bad trainer will only take offence and would get back by saying- 'do it because I said so' and 'nobody ever asks me why'. © Pixabay 5) They Are On Their Phone Most Of The Time While Training You On The Floor Well, this wasn`t true for bad trainers back in the 90s or early 2000s. But this is true in this smartphone-obsessed generation we are living in. I see this all the time on the floor. Trainers put the client on a machine and get glued to their phone, completely turning a blind eye on how the client in performing the exercise. You need to be 100% there with the client while training them, giving them more cues to lift better, correcting their form if wrong or simply for the sake of pushing them harder. Alright, folks! Make sure you share this article with a friend or family and let us know in comments section if their trainer was doing any of the above things. Daman Singh is an internationally certified sports Nutritionist and an athlete competes in Strongman and powerlifting without the aid of Anabolics .He also runs a YouTube channel named :- SIKHSPACK and you can follow him on Instagram and trains Drug free population .
  23. Bhuvan Bam, yeh naam hi kaafi hai. As soon as this name pops up, we are all ears. Every bit of information related to him gets our rapt attention instantly, that's the kind of power he has managed to have over his fans and admirers. Yes, the guy needs no introduction being the epic personality that he is. His 'BB Ki Vines' is an absolute show stealer and it rightly put him on the map as one of India's best YouTubers in recent times. He is one of GenY's most beloved entertainers whose sketches and performances have cracked us up for the longest time. The 24-year-old is known to have started out as a singer and stage performer, and later switched over to comedy sketches which made him popular nation-wide. But today, we are here to collectively appreciate his handiwork at penning down some of the coolest, relatable and LIT AF shayari that he throws our way every now and then. We picked out 7 marvellous gem of a shayari by the man himself, and believe us, these will hit close to home on so many levels. From the pain of unrequited love most of us have been through at least once, to chase those dreams that don't let you sleep, against all odds, each of these will leave you breathless with their on-point(ness). Why does this remind us of that ex who treated promises like a their next prey...a joke. Doesn't this fill your heart with undying amount of hope? We personally feel this makes for a great mood uplifter, don't you? Much like the fate of 'Fault In Our Stars' characters, don't you agree? Some of us have lived through similar situations, just imagine. This literally ties up with the plot of Ranbir-Deepika starrer 'Tamasha' in many way. Won't you agree? Like Shakespeare once said, all the world's a stage. This is the exact description of how it felt when we pined away in the hopes of receiving that one glimpse or smile of our crush/beloved. Dreams. They say that the most precious ones have the power to leave us sleepless, or arouse the deepest of emotions by their mere existence. Times when we have let go of people in our lives, and wished that some fleeting memory might remind them of us. Even if it's just for a few passing seconds.
  24. 2018 has been a great year for movie buffs. Where on one hand films like 'Avengers: Infinity War', 'Black Panther', 'Venom' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' did an incredible business at the box office, others including 'A Star Is Born', 'Crazy Rich Asians', 'A Quiet Place' and 'Hereditary' gave us some major storytelling goals. Many film-makers have kept the best of their works for the year-end and this winter, some amazing Hollywood films are being released. Below is a list of films you can't afford to miss before the year ends: 1. Aquaman 'Aquaman' is already making waves and has remained a much-awaited film this year. The film stars Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Dolph Lundgren. The superhero movie by DC Comics has just broken the advance ticket sales record of all time leaving behind 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Venom'. The new trailer of the film reveals much about the story of 'Aquaman'. Directed by James Wan, 'Aquaman' will premiere first in the UK on December 14, 2018, and in India on December 21 this year. 2. Creed II Written by Sylvester Stallone, the second part of the 2015 sports drama 'Creed' is around the corner. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Florian Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Wood Harris, Brigitte Nielsen, and Milo Ventimiglia, the film revolves around the life of Adonis Creed who meets his new adversary Viktor Drago (son of Ivan Drogo). The movie has been shot in Philadelphia and is expected to be a more blended version of 'Creed'. 'Creed II' is the eighth instalment in the classic 'Rocky' series and is set to be released on November 30, 2018, in India. 3. The Front Runner What is now being perceived to be Hugh Jackman's Oscar-worthy performance by the critics, 'The Front Runner' is surely a movie that is making much noise. Directed by Jason Reitman, the biographical drama is based on the book 'All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons, Sara Paxton, and Alfred Molina, the film narrates the story of Gary Hart (played by Hugh Jackman) and follows his life during the 1988 presidential campaign, as his downfall began due to media reports about his extramarital affair. The film has been released on November 21, this year. 4. Mary Poppins Returns Looks like the makers of 'Mary Poppins Returns' have tried their best in making this holiday season a sweet treat for us. Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep have teamed up for the third time after working together in highly commercial films like 'Into the Woods' and 'The Devil Wears Prada'. In the film, the mysterious Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to the Depression-era London. Mary, who is an ageless nanny with magical powers recreates wonder in their lives and makes them see a world beyond imagination. So 'gird your loins' as the perfect ensemble cast with Emily, including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer is ready to make your winters the sweetest one. The musical fantasy is a late December release 5. Bumblebee Sci-fi flick 'Bumblebee' looks like one film that can't be skipped at all. The film is centered around a 'Transformers'' character of the same name. It is a prequel to the 2007 film 'Transformers'. 'Bumblebee' stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon. The film is set in 1987 when the transformer hides in a junkyard, only to be discovered by a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). As the two become friends, they begin their journey of saving the Earth from the evil transformers. Directed by Travis Knight, the film is set to be released on December 28 this year. 6. Mary Queen of Scots Perceived to be the most feminist film of the year, Josie Rourke's 'Mary Queen of Scots' is making headlines these days. Set in the 16th century England, the historical drama is based on 'Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart' (John Guy's biography). Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan portray queens Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, respectively in the film. This a film about how two women fight for the royal throne until one of them loses the battle and is later beheaded. The cast also includes actors Gemma Chan, Guy Pearce, David Tennant, and Jack Lowden. The film is a December 7 release in the US and can be seen on a few streaming platforms in India. 7. Destroyer Nicole Kidman is undeniably one of the best actresses in the world. Years back when she imitated Virginia Woolf and bagged her first academy award for 'The Hours', we knew she is a chameleon in the making! Years later, when Nicole is ruling both cinema and television, she has made sure to keep rediscovering her own self as she effortlessly slips into new characters. Nicole's latest flick 'Destroyer' is being discussed these days, so much so, that it looks like the film is resting upon her shoulders completely. Directed by Karyn Kusama, the film is centred around the life of an LAPD detective Erin Bell (played by Kidman) who suffers a breakdown during her tenure as an undercover agent. She later finds her way by taking down the gang leader, a process that completely redefines what a woman should be like on the silver screen. The film's initial release is scheduled to be on December 25, this year. 8. Robin Hood Leonardo DiCaprio has devoted his time and energy in co-producing the film called 'Robin Hood', which is now running in theatres. Starring Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, and Eve Hewson, the action-adventure is majorly based on the epic of 'Robin Hood'. Taron Egerton plays 'Rob' and tries his best to outperform others who have worked in the earlier versions of the film. The makers of the film have tried to keep it new, though this is a story that we have heard of before. The film is directed by Otto Bathurst and has received mixed reviews. 9. Second Act The air in Hollywood was different this year, unlike the previous year when female-oriented films ruled the box office. In December, pop singer Jennifer Lopez is making her comeback to films with her rom-com 'Second Act', directed by Peter Segal. The film's cast also includes actors Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams, and Larry Miller. The film revolves around a 40-year-old woman played by Lopez, who gets a second chance to revive her career. Everything starts with a fake Facebook page! This seems to be an interesting feel-good kinda film. 10. Ben Is Back The trailer of Julia Roberts-starrer 'Ben Is Back' released a month ago and without a doubt, the film looks promising in terms of storyline and performances. Directed by Peter Hedges, the story of the film which is majorly focused on Ben (played by Peter's son Lucas Hedges), takes a different turn when he returns home on a Christmas Eve and creates trouble for his family. His mother Holly Burns (Julia) tries her best to find Ben, as he runs away leaving her in the middle of nowhere. The film is an intense family drama and is set for release on December 7 this year.
  25. With winter just around the corner, it's time once again to dive deep into our closets and dig out our winter wear. Out come all those bomber jackets, hoodies, gloves and woollen caps that are going to protect us from the winter chill. But while leather jackets and trench coats are fine, that one basic element that your winter wardrobe can never be complete without is the humble sweater. From late November (when the initial chill starts to come in), to the freezing depths of December and January, sweaters need to be your constant companion. With a wide variety of styles, knits, materials and thickness to choose from, there definitely is a sweater out there for everyone. The fact that you can wear one when it's only slightly chilly and also as part of a layered outfit when it's freezing cold highlights their versatility as well. Simply put, if you want to get through the winters in style and comfort, arming yourself with a wide selection of sweaters is a very good idea. So to help you out with that endeavour, here's a list of the best sweaters for men to try out this winter season. 1. J.Crew Mercantile Men's Sweater © Amazon The simple crew neck fully epitomises the style and versatility of this sweater. It's a must-have classic - one that can be worn as an inner layer under a jacket, an outer layer over a t-shirt or even with a classic trench coat. Regardless of how you wear it, you can rest assured that you'll be adorning a modish and fashion-forward attire, one that won't look out of place in the office or at a night out with friends. Available in a gamut of colours, this regular-fit sweater by J.Crew Mercantile also sports a ribbed hem for that added level of sophistication. MRP: Rs. 4,418 - Rs. 4,657 Buy here 2. Brooks Brothers Navy Blue Men's Sweater © Myntra Another classic sweater that can go with any kind of outfit and fit into any type of social gathering, this stylish navy blue variant from Brooks Brothers warrants a place in every Indian man's winter wardrobe. Its melange effect and raglan sleeves make it an effortlessly fashionable choice, and of course, you can never go wrong with the classic and arresting appeal of navy blue! MRP: Rs. 5943 Buy Here 3. Polo Ralph Lauren Gray Shawl Collar Sweater © Amazon The classic combination of sweaters and Ralph Lauren has produced some of the world's best sweaters for men year after year. As it turns out, this grey pullover sweater, with its distinct shawl collar, is not going to be bucking that trend anytime soon. An excellent choice for a statement piece, it will instantly take your outfit to another level of sartorial elegance. If you want to give your formal and smart-casual winter outfits a twist, this sweater needs to be at the top of your list. MRP: Rs. 6,999 Buy here 4. Nordstrom Merino Wool Navy Blue Sweater © Nordstrom When it comes to sweaters for men, another popular staple is the classic-fit V-neck variant. You know, the ones that have the power to single-handedly make you look like a fashion icon. Well, as it turns out, this navy blue variant from Nordstrom does just that. You can pair it up with a formal shirt to your workplace or you could team it up with a pair of ripped jeans for a night out with your friends, giving it greater utility than most sweaters in your wardrobe. The comfortable (and durable!) merino wool only ends up being an added bonus. MRP: Rs. 7,069 (Shipping included) Buy here 5. Vince Camuto Men's Grey Sweater © Amazon Continuing with our list of the best sweaters for men, ones that ideally have an universal appeal and can be worn for casual, smart-casual or formal occasions, this round neck variant from Vince Camuto makes for a great and worthy investment. After all, the way its fabric stretches so naturally makes it a top contender for all those who want to prioritise comfort and when you team it up with a pair of black jeans or navy blue trousers, you'll end up sporting a supremely fashionable ensemble. MRP: Rs. 8,108 - Rs. 10,378 Buy here 6. Todd Snyder Grey Melange Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater © Amazon One of the most iconic sweater styles for men, popularised by Bollywood actors of yesteryear, has to be the classic turtleneck. What's more, it still lives on today as a stylish yet practical option to add a level of class to any winter ensemble. Like with most sweaters for men, it looks great when it's worn underneath a jacket or over a t-shirt. A supremely comfortable option, this grey melange variant from Todd Snyder is made from the finest quality cashmere wool sourced straight from Italy's Fiber Nobili mill, and uses long staple yarns for long-lasting strength and enduring stability. MRP: Rs. 9,581 - Rs. 23,234 Buy here 7. Ben Sherman Men's Quarter Zip Sweater © Nordstrom An effective way of adding a formal touch to your outfit is by ditching the classic pullover in favour of a zippered option, which opens up a whole new range of designs and styles for you to choose from. One such stylish choice is this quarter zip pullover by Ben Sherman. Equipped with a funnel neck that only ends up adding to the more sophisticated nature of your outfit, your winter wardrobe will be grateful for this addition, one that won't be compromising on sense of style or comfort. Pair it up with your work attire (formal shirts, formal trousers) and you'll be turning heads at your office as well! MRP: Rs. 10,456 (including shipping) Buy here 8. Ted Baker Men's Charcoal Grey Sweater © Amazon Who says that heavy quilted jackets are the only piece of clothing that can keep you warm? Well, this oversized sweater from Ted Baker makes for a trendy yet practical piece of winter wear that will work just as effectively (if not more!) as your leather jackets or parkas can manage. Just team this bad boy up with washed jeans and a pair of sneakers and you'll pretty much be sporting an outfit that's at the pinnacle of urban fashion right now. All of this also makes this charcoal grey variant an ideal choice when you're heading out for a party! MRP: Rs. 12,681 Buy here 9. French Connection Men's Cable Knit Sweater © Amazon Sweaters can combine fashion and practicality in a way that only a handful of men's clothing can manage to. For those looking for one of the best combinations of style and comfort, this cable knit sweater makes for a worthy (and long term) investment you won't regret making any time soon. Whether you choose to wear it to work (preferably over a formal shirt and formal trousers), or whether you team it with a casual t-shirt and a pair of jeans when you're out with your friends, this pullover is sure to keep you warm and comfortable while setting the style scene alight. MRP: Rs. 16,557 - Rs. 16,795 Buy here 10. John Varvatos Men's Charcoal Grey Cardigan © Amazon Who says cardigans are only meant for the elderly? If you want to add a layer of class and sophistication to your outfit but are looking for an option other than a pullover, then this variant from John Varvatos makes for the perfect choice. The plated two-tone colour scheme with a stylish shawl collar will help you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons, without compromising on comfort or style. With pockets located conveniently at the front, it's a highly practical addition to your winter wardrobe as well. MRP: Rs.17,040 - Rs. 30,789 Buy here 11. Theory Men's Wool Sweater © Amazon If you're looking for a change from a classic plain pullover, a zip-up sweater is something that might stroke your interest. This fashion-forward wool variant from Theory features a quarter-length zipper and fits snugly over your favourite t-shirts and under your most beloved jackets, making it the ideal layering option for your winter outfits. Add to this the fact that it can easily be worn throughout the months of December and January to combat the bitter cold and you've got yourself a really versatile winter wonder. MRP: Rs. 19,363 - Rs. 31,107 Buy here 12. Hugo Boss Men's Cable Knit Jumper © Amazon One of the oldest and most recognisable styles of knitting that can be seen on sweaters is the cable knit, and this crew neck jumper from BOSS Orange is a prime example of that. A regular fit sweater with a French shoulder and ribbed hem, you can pair it up with black trousers for a classy and elegant ensemble that is certain to catch everyone's eye. Add to that the comfortable wool mix which will always keep you warm, even when the temperatures approach zero, and you've got yourself something that can easily be classified as being one of the best sweaters for men. MRP: Rs. 21,281 - Rs. 21,433 Buy here 13. Paul Smith Crew Neck Sweater © Nordstrom It's hard to improve upon a classic, and when it comes to sweaters for men, it doesn't get more classic than a solid crew neck variant. However, this particular offering from Paul Smith ends up doing just that. After all, it is knit using premium lambswool and offers incredible layering comfort, dryness and exceptional warmth. Not only is it gentlemanly and rugged at the same time, it's also going to be an important part of your arsenal in your fight against the winter chill! MRP: Rs. 22,469 Buy here