Tone Up

Tone Up

Get your blood pumping with three hardcore workouts. K.C. McLoughlin, a trainer at NYC’s The Dogpound, breaks it all down.

Get your blood pumping with three hardcore workouts. K.C. McLoughlin, a trainer at NYC’s The Dogpound, breaks it all down.

Photography: Cycy Sanders

Styling: Britt Berger

This article appears in the pages of VMAN39, available on newsstands now. Order your copy now at vmagazineshop.com

Ralph Gets In the Ring

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"Boxing is such an effective exercise because it increases your endurance, strength, speed, and coordination. Controlling your breathing is the most important thing in boxing. Footwork is just as important: it is the foundation that must be established in order to execute punches and have good defense. If you don’t have a strong foundation in your feet, it doesn’t matter what you do with your hands.”

Dusty Weights Around

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“This is a modified version of a one-arm tricep extension: as opposed to coming behind the head, bring the dumbbell to the side of the head. It’s a variation that works out a different part of the tricep because of the angle the dumbbell comes down, with the elbow rotated at a more external angle. For proper form and execution, lower the dumbbell onto your shoulder or behind your head, while maintaining the upper arm’s vertical position. Extend the arm until straightened, only using your forearm; repeat.”

Matt Hammers Away 

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“The sledgehammer-to-tire improves core, hip, forearm, and grip strength as well as upper-back mobility, and can reduce back pain. Proper form is important: Stand two to three feet away from the tire with feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees into a quarter squat. As you lift the hammer into a half-circle motion and the hammer travels overhead, bring your top hand down four inches from your bottom hand. Using momentum generated from your hips, slam the hammer into the middle of the tire.”

Credits: Grooming Scott McMahan (Kate Ryan)  Models ralph souffrant (next Models), dusty lachowicz (ford models), matt mcmahon (New york Models)  Set design Taylor Horne (MHS Artists)  Photo assistant Alex Rapine  Stylist assistant Claudia Caracciolo  Set design assistant Morgan Johnson  location the dogpound

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