by BangAndStrike.com
PUMP Calendar 2015

You have to love PUMP’s imagery – these guys don’t cut corners when it comes to getting the best shots of their underwear.  They’ve been working with fantastic models and a world-renowned photographer (*cough* Rick Day! *cough*), so naturally we’re excited to announce: the PUMP calendar 2015 is here!

PUMP Calendar 2015 Jake Bass

Back in September BANG+STRIKE teamed up with PUMP underwear to offer the two winners of the #BANGANDPUMP competition the chance to land a once-in-a-lifetime photoshoot with photography giant Rick Day.

3 months later and you can finally see the results! Adriano Balestra and Dan Bevan were the two guys that impressed the most and bagged themselves the most likes on Instagram, winning the free trip to Montréal, Canada and securing their spots in the PUMP calendar 2015. In fact, Dan took such a good picture that he’ll be gracing kitchen fridges globally for both July AND December…

PUMP Calendar 2015 Bryant Wood

If July’s too long a wait though, we’ve got an exclusive preview of the awesome shots before the PUMP calendar 2015 is even available in the UK – with the likes of Jake Bass, Bryant Wood, Brandon Cole Bailey, and more familiar PUMP faces!

PUMP Calendar 2015

You’ll probably recognise August’s PUMP! boy too – Jared Ferguson missed out on the competition but PUMP were so impressed by him they approached him to shoot anyway!

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By BANG AND STRIKE

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Jock straps are becoming increasingly widespread as fashion garments and as a more comfortable, supportive alternative to typical underwear – but what is the history of the jockstrap? Modern jock straps may often go down the sexier route but the origins of the jock aren’t quite as glamorous

History of the Jockstrap - PUMP!'s range

As you’ve probably guessed, the history of the jockstrap started in the world of sport. More specifically – cyclists who were having a rough time on the cobbled streets of Boston, MA. Too much jostling and .. well you can imagine. The jock strap was designed by the company BIKE in 1874 as an “athletic supporter” that would protect the cyclists’ goolies as they cycled about. Hence the name ‘BIKE’ which, if you’ve seen it on a modern jock, may well have you thinking the wrong thing…

1941 Jockstrap Ad

In fact you may assume that the word ‘jock strap’ is just something that an American ‘jock’ straps himself into… But it comes from the original name of the garment as a ‘jockey strap’ – not for a jockey on a horse,but a ‘jockey’ on a bike, or a deliveryman. In fact, the word ‘jock’ meaning ‘athlete’ comes from the fact they wear jock straps! Phew. Love a bit of etymology.

Wider usage of the jock strap came in 1927 when a Canadian company added a hard cup to give athletes protection against stray hockey pucks and studded boots. And since then it’s been a staple for North American ‘jocks’, without ever gaining quite as much popularity in Europe.

History of the Jockstrap - sporting roots

You may not be aware but there are a number of types of athletic jocks – from swimmer jocks designed to protect a swimmer’s modesty under his trunks to the traditional thick-banded athlete’s jockstrap. For hockey you can get ones with garter hooks to attach your socks to and super-protective ones for the unenviable job as goalie… The mind boggles.

THIS THANKSGIVING, SAVE THE TURKEY LEFT OVERS TO MAKE PROTEIN-RICH BROTH FOR YOUR FITNESS DIET

You too can make a delicious protein supplement from your leftover fixings. Here’s how…

PUMP! Underwear - Frost Brief

Canadians and Germans alike celebrated the Thanksgiving holidays about a month ago, and our American friends just did the same. More than a celebration of the final harvest before the icy grip of winter takes hold, Thanksgiving is time to share a traditional feast with those we hold dear.

But what to do with all those leftover bits and pieces from the oven-roasted turkey? Here is a simple way to make a nutritious and delicious protein supplement from turkey scraps that are usually destined for the dumpster. By boiling any and all unwanted turkey parts, you can make a gelatine-rich broth used to boost the protein levels in any meal: an ideal element for muscle building diets that require a high protein intake. This broth is great for your workout you will need to burn off those calories from your holiday feast.

What you need to make protein-rich broth

Making broth is easy; even the most inexperienced cook can do it! All you need is:


1) Turkey scraps and parts that are not eaten: bones, cartilage, fat, and soggy pieces of skin.
2) Large pot with lid, or pressure cooker (a pressure cooker works best; ask around to borrow one if you do not have your own)
3) Strainer
4) Several small plastic containers for storing the broth
5) Optional: common seasonings, such as bay leaves, black pepper, thyme, rosemary and sage

Collect all remaining turkey scraps and place them in a large pot or pressure cooker; this includes all parts after removing the meat from the carcass and leftover scraps on plates and serving trays. (Suppress any “yuck factor” you might have about using scraps from other people’s plates; everything will be boiled and therefore rid of germs). Fill the pot with water and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, cover with a lid and let simmer for an hour. For pressure cookers, add water until an inch from the rim, cover and boil for 30 minutes at the highest pressure setting (typically labelled the “meat” setting). If you like, you can add seasoning to the mixture before boiling by adding a generous pinch of black pepper, a couple bay leaves, and half a table spoon of rosemary, sage, and/or thyme. Let the mixture cool and then pass through a strainer. Pour the strained broth into small plastic containers and store in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for three months; reused 500 ml yogurt containers are ideal because they hold an individual serving of broth needed for most meals.

A thin layer of fat will form on top of your protein broth. If unwanted, simply scrape off the fatty layer with a spoon once the broth has cooled. Keep in mind, though, the fat is delicious for cooking; treat yourself and try frying eggs with it. You won’t be disappointed.

What to do with your homemade protein supplement

Use your broth as a protein supplement and add it to any meal you want to enrich. Your taste buds will also benefit from the savoury flavours of roasted turkey.

To get started, replace water with your broth when preparing wild rice or vegetables. Root vegetables, such as celery root, carrots and turnips, are in season and very tasty when simmered in the broth. For an extra boost, mix it in with some protein-rich lentils and beans.

Enjoy!

PUMP! would like to wish the happiest and most bountiful Thanksgiving celebrations to all our friends, and families.

We would like to hear from our readers:

Do you have any smart ideas on lesser-known, homemade protein sources?

How did your turkey broth turn out and what delicious meals did you make with it?

Please tell us in the comments section below.

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Dusty Lachowicz, Pumped To Break A Sweat

by Underwear Expert

From the looks of things, model Dusty Lachowicz is in the zone wearing PUMP! to the gym. Hopping from machine to machine, he and photographer Jerrad Matthew show us exactly how and why PUMP! is synonymous with the athletic and the sexy. Like the best workouts, their underwear leaves us feeling pumped and short of breath. Wear them to the gym like Dusty Lachowicz does, and they’ll even have you working up a sweat.

Dusty wears some of the brand’s best and newest additions, such as their Iron Clad Boxer, Black Ninja Boxer and Raver Brief. Each one looks great on him, no matter how vibrant or cool the color. It’s like he is switching uniforms, each time being named the MVP. He also moves freely in all three underwear styles that he wears, proving not only PUMP!’s sex appeal and varsity-level athleticism, but their functionality as well.

Do you wear your PUMP! underwear to the gym? What look is your favorite on Dusty?