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  • 10 Things Men Need to Stop Wearing to the Gym Immediately

    Ugly, dangerous, or disrespectful, these things have no place at the gym.

    By Andrew D. Luecke

    1. Vibram FiveFingers Shoes. These make you look like a robot-ninja, and not in a good way. If you must wear these, keep them on the road where they belong. Plus, we heard they might not even do what they're supposed to do.

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    2. Meggings. These show too much and make you look like you're in love with yourself, which aren't good looks for men. If you must wear these, throw some shorts over 'em like Russell Westbrook or Kanye. That way, it's easier on the eyes and your fellow gym goers won't hate you.

    3. Super Short-Shorts. Sure, Esquire can get down with some tailored short-shorts for summer, but these super short dolphin shorts lack style and, um, substance. These things are for running, and running only. Preferably running far, far away from the gym.

    4. Huge Basketball Shorts. Yes, super short-shorts are the worst, but don't go too far the other way. These are baggy, saggy, and look dated.

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  • The Debate: Can an Adult Man Wear a Tank Top?

    The sartorial merits of this summertime staple.

    By Andrew D. Luecke and Max Berlinger

    Tank tops might be the most efficient of shirts, covering all the vitals with the least amount of material. And they're a summertime staple for thousands of men, a popularity that's recently got the attention of some high-fashion designers, who marched tank tops down spring/summer 2015 runways. But just because Dries Van Noten shows them, it doesn't mean tank tops are unquestionably stylish or, say, appropriate for anywhere other than the beach. To tease out the nuances of a most controversial top, we invited Esquire Digital's style editors Andrew D. Luecke and Max Berlinger to discuss the pros and cons of the tank top.

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    MAX BERLINGER: So, here we are in the heat of summer discussing the most breathable of summertime shirts: the tank top.

    ANDREW LUECKE: By which you mean the one shirt with no grace and no purpose. Max, is it really that much cooler than a tee or, even better, a nice aloha shirt? No, it

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  • Losing Your Virginity: A Better Experience Now Than 20 Years Ago, Says Science

    McLovin's experience is still a statistical outlier.

    By Stephen Marche

    A study from Illinois State University, published in the most recent Journal of Sex Research, has provided one of the largest samples ever compiled of the emotional reactions to first time sexual experiences. Susan Sprecher examined in detail questionnaires filled in by 5,769 university students over the 23-year period between 1990 to 2012. And the results are very encouraging.

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    For both men and women, losing your virginity has become a significantly better experience over that course of time.

    The study set out to examine the gender differences between men and women in the experience of losing your virginity. Not surprisingly, perhaps, "men experienced significantly more pleasure and anxiety than women, whereas women experienced more guilt than men. The largest gender difference found was for pleasure, although the effect size was very large for all three emotions."

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  • 11 Style Rules for Men to Break Now

    These are the style rules to completely disregard.

    By Andrew D. Luecke

    You already know wearing white after Labor Day is cool. But menswear is reinventing itself rapidly, leaving some long-held mandates by the wayside, not to mention a bunch of men with a lot of questions. Sure, some style laws are truly inviolable. Showing a quarter-inch of cuff will always be crucial, but with designers and dandies flaunting so many former taboos it's hard to tell what's in play these days. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to let you know which rules no longer apply.

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    Rule # 1: Never Button the Bottom Button. This is one of menswear's most cherished decrees. But stylish men have been shrugging it off since at least the early '60s. Ever heard of The Beatles? More recently this phenomenon showed up in Mad Men, a canonical style guide for contemporary men if ever there was one. Now designers are catching up, sprinkling recent runways with this contentious bit of styling. Approach this

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  • 6 Simple Tips for Cooking with Your Kids

    Getty ImagesBy Michael Leviton

    Young kids can measure flour for pancake batter, make cookie dough. Our four-year-old son loves to crack eggs.

    It's better to cook earlier in the day. They're toast after five o'clock, so undertaking a big project in the evening is asking for trouble.

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    We've been teaching my eleven-year-old daughter some knife work for a while now, but I'm not going to say, "Go dice four onions and call me when you're done." I don't turn my back on her when she has a knife in her hand.

    Bring them with you to the market so they can learn how to pick out quality produce. It's good for them to see that part of the process, too.

    Whenever I'm cooking at home, I try to minimize the mess as much as possible-roasting is great for that. Line a sheet pan with tinfoil to make cleanup easy.

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    If you have a good chicken, it's easy to make dinner with your kids:

    Dry the chicken and coat with

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  • 10 Things Every Man Should Know by 21

    Kelly Williams Brown, author of Adulting.

    By Julia Carpenter

    Adulthood has no eureka moment. Author and blogger Kelly Williams Brown, whose new book Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps came out this week, believes true maturity is instead built on smaller stepping stones: using the correct screwdriver, wearing sunscreen, not going around telling everyone the foolish thing your friend did at 14.

    "Those moments of feeling together and in-control, we kind of need them," Brown says. "Because life is chaotic, and so much is out of our control, and at any moment there's like 18 million things we're worried about, but when a little worry crosses your path and you're like, 'No, I've got it,' that's a great feeling." Indeed. And so, using her book and enlisting her boyfriend David and good friend Markus as a guide, Brown created a special male-centric appendix for Esquire.com.

    1. Learn to tie a tie. Even better: learn how to tie a bow tie. Even better than better: learn to fold a pocket square. It takes

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  • 13 Lessons I've Learned Coaching Kids

    Lessons on being the coach that kids will look to.

    By Mike Sager

    1. Stop yelling. You're making the kid hate you and the sport.

    2. Employ a commanding tone: firmer, stronger, and louder than normal; delivered from the gut in a military manner, but not overly stern-a fair leader who is a little demanding while calmly in control.

    3. Every parent thinks their child is 50 percent better than they really are.

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    4. Nobody ever gets enough playing time.

    5. Do not feel surprised when your neighbors start treating you like hired help.

    6. Achieve separation: Your kid is not you. You cannot do it for him. Let him create himself. Likewise your team. Try hard but be okay with the outcomes.

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    7. Remember that as a parent or coach, you are playing a role. Your true emotions should not be evident to the players.

    8. When you first get out on the court or field with your kid or team, make at least five supportive comments-Nice shot! Good form!

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  • The Ultimate Bachelor Pad is Being Built in New York

    A rendering of the forthcoming

    By Max Berlinger

    It goes without saying that Mad Men has fully infiltrated popular culture, moving beyond its classification as mere TV program to something more all-encompassing. Nowhere is its influence felt more strongly than in fashion, where designers have openly based collections on the show's retro style, not to mention the fact that the period costumes have inspired a new generation of men to reclaim the suit. But you know that your show has true cultural cache when luxury penthouse apartments are named after your lead character.

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    Take for example the forthcoming Manhattan building designed by the prestigious architect Zaha Hadid. The structure is currently being constructed in New York's Chelsea neighborhood (rubbing elbows with the popular promenade, The Highline) and will be a curving, futuristic spaceship of a building. The name of what is sure to be the breathtaking (and mind-bogglingly expensive) penthouse is

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  • David Beckham is Now a Fashion Designer

    David Beckham

    By Max Berlinger

    When it was announced earlier this year that David Beckham would be starring in Belstaff's spring/summer 2014 campaign, it wasn't a complete surprise. After all, Beckham is a first-rate athlete and global superstar who has modeled in various campaigns before this. Not to mention that both Beckham and the outerwear-focused brand share a British pedigree, making it for a perfect partnership. Today, however, it was announced that Beckham has designed a 10-piece capsule collection of moto-inspired pieces for the label that will become available tomorrow on the company's website.

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    Beckham told WWD the fit is natural seeing as he already owns a few vintage Belstaff pieces and likes to hop on a motorcycle in his free time. Because, yeah, David Beckham is just that damn cool. The collection will include leather jackets (but of course), pants, T-shirts, and a pair of boots and range in price from $95 to $1,950.

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  • The 10 Dead Simple Rules for Eating While You Exercise

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    By The Editors

    Powering your workouts involves more than just eating before and after.Your entire day of food should focus on preparing for and recovering from exercise. Reduce your calorie consumption on days you don't work out, and increase it on the days you do.

    THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO AFTER EXERCISE IS NOT FEED YOUR BODY.

    Eat more protein. Depending on your goals, you should be getting as much as 0.9 grams of protein per day per pound of body weight. If you're looking to maintain or lose weight, scale back your calories, not your protein. Otherwise, you can lose muscle mass. (The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that the average active adult consume between 0.55 and 0.8 grams per pound per day.)

    Eat more carbs, too. They burn more quickly than protein, and they give you something important for exercise: energy. Carbs are necessary to fill glycogen supplies within the muscle, which, especially in high-intensity efforts, like the program suggested in these

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