Battle Of The Beards

It’s cold out, so it’s time to grow a beard, especially if you play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Current Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is the latest Steelers player to dawn a beard that most men can only fantasize about. “Da Beard” as it has been dubbed, has it’s own facebook page and Twitter account, and presumably, a slew of willing women.

Prior to “Da Beard”, longtime Steelers guard Alan Faneca rocked a beard of similar girth, using it to mushroom stamp defenders and put them on their backs.

So in a head to head battle of recent Steelers history, whose beard is the “Alpha Beard” – Keisel’s or Faneca’s?


“Mo” Staches, Less Problems

It’s Movember, the month formerly known as November, which is dedicated to growing moustaches and raising awareness and funds for men’s health. A moustache (Mo) will spark conversations, and no doubt generate some laughs; all in the name of raising vital awareness and funds for cancers affecting men.

Why be so passionate about men’s health?
* 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
* A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes
* 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
* 24% of men are less likely to go the doctor compared to women

Check out to join the “mo”vement.


Colts Punter Donates Flowing Mane

This week Colts punter Pat McAfee decided to shave off 12 inches of his hair and donate it to “Locks for Love” which is great because his hair looked ridiculous. Many people have speculated that he grew his hair out during the past year as a disguise thanks to a strange public intoxication arrest last October.

Hey, at least he knows how to party.


PERT Plus Wants To Tell You What Your Friends Won’t

From the beginning of time men have struggled mightily with maintaining respectable hairstyles that they can call their own.

Despite the perpetual snickering of their peers and the cringes of women, some men continue to stick to their guns with hairstyles that just don’t cut it.

In honor of infamously horrendous hairdos, PERT Plus put together a list of the worst hairstyles of all time that should be avoided at all costs.

·         The Mullet – The mullet has been so maligned that it now on the verge of extinction. However, you really have to respect those that still rock the mullet. They know that the whole world is laughing at them, but they just don’t care.

·         The Comb-Over – Dude… just let it go.

·         The Rattail – It is hard to believe that at some point in history a guy created the rattail and then went out in public where some other guy saw him and thought, “hey that guy is groomed like a rat, that looks great!” and then proceeded to adopt the hairstyle himself.

·         The Bowl Cut – This hairstyle might have looked good when you were 10. Wait… no it didn’t.

·         The Flat Top – While many fine Americans (Johnny Unitas, Big Daddy Kane) and non-Americans (Ivan Drago) alike have sported flat tops, so has Vanilla Ice.


Twin Luxe- Shave Like You’re Rich

Just because the ”Predator” is chasing you thru the jungle doesn’t mean you have to use substandard shaving products. And even if he isn’t, if you aren’t going to spend money on a decent shave cream, you need to readjust your priorities.

Sure, you’re used to the act of dragging cold metal across dry, fractured skin in an effort to remove facial hair- you’ve been doing it that way for years. But did you know that shaving can be rewarding? That when done correctly, with a high end product, it can make your life better?

Try out Twin Luxe then tell me I’m wrong.


MMA workouts

Many of us love talking about boxing in the barbershop, but the new generation loves MMA. Whether or not you’re a fan of MMA, you have to acknowledge that the whole mixed martial arts phenomenon has inspired a whole new generation to get fit and try aggressive training methods. Guys love this look and they want it for themselves.

Check out the video above and you’ll want to try the workout program used by MMA great Georges St-Pierre. Maybe you won’t be able to fight like him, but you can look like an MMA fighter by bringing an MMA training camp right into your home with his men’s fitness dvd. It’s a very intense program with 6 discs and you have to be serious about your goals to pursue it.

There are all kinds of workouts out there, but the MMA guys know how to get in shape, so this stuff is for real. Watch the video again and let it motivate you. Also, thing about all the ladies who love the MMA look!


Long live the 70s

You have to hand it to guitarist Davey Johnstone, seen here performing this week with Elton John. Johnstone seems more than comfortable in his 1970s hairstyle. I guess rockers can get away with it . . .

British musicians Elton John (R) and Davey Johnstone perform on stage in Riga November 3, 2011. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

The benefits of weight training with supplements

Whatever your pleasure, whether it be bodybuilding, weightlifting, athletics of some kind or simply keeping fit, there’s a vast and often confusing array of sports supplements out there that will complement your training routine. But which ones do you really need? From fat burners to whey protein, nitric oxide, like the famous Jack3d, amino acids and everything in between, here’s the lowdown…

Protein Powders
Found in beef, chicken, fish, dairy, and soy and vegetable products, protein is essential for building muscle, and the three principal types used in supplements are whey, casein and soy. In essence, protein powders are the perfect substitute for a meal, satisfying the athlete’s requirement to consume more protein throughout the day.

Whey protein, found in milk, is the ultimate of the proteins, though, with the highest value in providing branched-chain amino acids, and the fastest-absorbing of the three. It’s these qualities that result in building and retaining muscle mass, so perfect for weightlifters and bodybuilders alike, and great, in moderation, for those who want to bulk up a little.

What’s more, whey is an antioxidant and thus helps to boost the body’s immune system to help fend off illness.

It’s important, though, that you talk to an expert, perhaps an expert at your local sports supplement shop and your family doctor. You’ll need a powder that will provide the correct amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats for your training goals:

• Low carb, low-calorie, low fat: perfect for weight loss while maintaining muscle mass
• High protein, high calorie, low fat: perfect for muscle gain
• Medium carbs, medium calories: perfect for a quick and easy meal replacement

Nitric Oxide
Synthesized by the body itself, nitric oxide is a gas necessary for intercellular communication, and for the implementation of all physiological processes within the body. Nitric oxide works by aiding blood flow to even the furthest reaches of the body, so in this way then, it’s a really important supplement for those who want to improve muscle growth when taken in conjunction with a regular and strenuous training regime.

Amino Acid Supplements
The essential building blocks of protein (the stuff your muscles are made of), amino acid supplements provide the combination of essential amino acids the body requires to grow and repair itself – and ones that the body simply doesn’t produce itself, and must therefore get from food sources – or supplements. Found in protein-rich sources such as meat, fish, dairy, soy, vegetable, pulse and grain products, athletes also commonly complement their intake with supplements.

Be careful and seek advice: you can overload your liver with amino acid supplements, and common side effects can include diarrhea, weakness, nausea and many more. You can learn how much you need by what’s known as “tolerance mapping”, whereby you consume a small dose for one week, noting the benefits and side effects, and continue raising the dose until the optimum level (most benefits and least side effects) are reached.


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