Sometimes women get the upper hand. While there's endless stream of workout videos, blogs and fitness tutorials for ladies online, it seems like all that's out there for men are pricey P90X manuals and youtube videos some guy made in his garage. Though it might fee like this is true, if you do a little digging, you'll find that there are plenty of free resources for men looking to digitally step up their fitness game. Whether you want to shed some pounds, train for a 5K, or, of course, put on some muscle, there is a web-based program to help you on your way. Let's take a break from porn and fantasy football for a minute and break down the wall between your life with the mousepad and your life as a gym rat with The Best 10 Free Online Workout Programs for Men.

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No. 10 - Mark Lauren 20 Minute Workouts

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Sometimes you want to get in a good workout and all you have is … well, you. Though you will certainly get a more thorough understanding from his book, You Are Your Own Gym, Mark Lauren offers a number of “20 minute workouts” on his website to help you get a taste of bodyweight workouts. Bodyweight exercises strip away the bells and whistles of modern fitness equipment and challenge you to work out using the resistance of your own weight. If bodyweight workouts end up being your thing, then you can delve deeper into the movement and pony up for the man's book. In the meantime, it can’t hurt to switch up your routine and see what kind of resistance your own poundage can provide.

No. 9 -  The Navy Seal Fitness Guide 

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For all of the fly-by-night workouts out there that charge you an arm and a leg, we are continually impressed by how available the Navy Seal Physical Fitness Guide remains. The SEAL Guide is nothing if not comprehensive. From run-of-the-mill calisthenics to hardcore environment specific training, this 300 page guide has every thing you need and more. The link above will allow you to download the entire PDF. If that doesn’t work for you, for only $1.99 you can download smartphone App and go off and attempt some environment specific training of your own.

No. 8 - Swimming World Workouts

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The compulsory response from any fitness-conscious person when swimming comes up is “Great workout. Wish I did it more often.” For those of us who weren’t on the high school swim team, it can be hard to get a solid aquatic routine together. When we do get around to hitting the lap line, we usually end up swimming without discipline, taking up whatever stroke comes to mind. Why not approach swimming just like you approach weightlifting and develop a plan of attack? With Swimming World’s searchable workouts, you may not end up the second coming of Michael Phelps, but at least you’ll have something to do other than the doggy paddle.

No. 7 - My Free Trainer

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While the more experienced among you might find the tightly prescribed workouts to be a bit stifling, those of you who want to step up your gym game might consider this site a godsend. You simply input the “level” of your workout game (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and myfreetrainer builds a complete workout for you. For off-days, they give you helpful tips on those tricky issues for weightlifters, from supplements and diet to keeping motivated. The slick interface coupled with podcasts and videos will do their best to keep you engaged. The rest is up to you.

No. 6 - Art of Manliness: Health and Sports

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The Art of Manliness is an off-beat blog with a mission of “reviving the lost art of manliness.” This means anything from tips on “Dress & Grooming” to the development of "manly skills" like fishing to carpentry. Even their fitness articles fit right in with this quirky old-fashioned vibe. If you want a workout that is a little “off the beaten path”, Art of Manliness might be up your ally. Offering fitness guides titled “The Woodsman Workout” and “Train Like A Fighter”, you’ll get something a little more adventurous than your average barbell and benchpress fitness program here.

No. 5 - Muscle and Fitness: Featured Training

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Here at Sneaker Report we advocate lifting for the way it makes you feel as well as the way it makes you look … but, sometimes you just want to get swole. We’re not saying that the guys over at Muscle and Fitness don’t care about the other benefits of a good workout, but if you are trying to develop your muscles, they have the resources for you. Their “Featured Training” guides offer targeted workouts for abs, arms, back or any other muscle you may want to develop.

You should also check out another great feature they offer, called “Get it Right." These articles take you back to basics, making sure that you have the right form before you try to pile on the weight.

No. 4 - From Couch to 5K Training Plan

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You didn’t think your crew at Sneaker Report was going to skip out on helping you step up your running game did you? You know us better than that. From Couch to 5K takes you from sedentary couch potato to marathon man in a matter of weeks. If your strong suit is the bench press, but you are hard pressed to get up and jog, this is the plan for you. If you get off your running game, whether it be from injury, a demanding job, or just plain laziness, then this could be the right tool to get running back on the right track.

If you left the 5K in the dust some time ago, you might want to step up to Runner’s World Marathon Training Plans, but those are going to cost you a little cash.

No. 3 - SparkPeople

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“Weight loss” is often a dirty phrase in the male fitness community. While many of us would like to lose weight, the last thing we want to do is talk to other guys about it. Spark People is a web site geared towards shedding those extra pounds. The workout generator gives you a variety of exercises geared towards your weight loss goals. With the simple push of a button, you can also track your food intake and progress towards your ideal weight. While the site may suggest yogalates or some similar cardio workout you aren’t too excited about, they also make sure to offer weight lifting and other typically masculine routines as options to help you drop the pounds.

No. 2 - Bodybuilding Free Video Trainers
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If you are trying to find cardio workout videos, you can wade through youtube until you find your perfect routine, but there is a shortage of quality video programs for weightlifters. has stepped in to fill that need in a big way. Stop over at their website and choose from over a dozen multi-week weightlifting training programs that offer more than just instructional diagrams. These trainers are going to stick with you as long as you have can commit to booting up your laptop. When your lady is checking in with Jillain Michaels, you can get consistant training support from the pros at

No. 1 - Men's Health Workout Center
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We all know Men’s Health is a great workout guide resource, but they have really outdone themselves this time. Their user-friendly interface launches you into workout galleries organized by body part. Not only do they offer informative articles and workouts, but they support them with charts and videos to help you on your way from the arm chair to squat rack. When you find a workout you like, you can add it to your library, and start to build a fitness plan tailored to your needs.

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