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Men's Health (South Africa) - - REGULARS & DEPARTMENTS -


fea­tures in plenty of metaphors and de­scrip­tions, and with good rea­son. The role it plays in defin­ing your health and move­ment is ob­vi­ous; but for me, it’s the ef­fect on your mind that’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing. It’s proven that men who look af­ter them­selves phys­i­cally not only live longer, health­ier lives; on av­er­age they’re also more suc­cess­ful fi­nan­cially and so­cially, and have fewer is­sues with self-es­teem and de­pres­sion. That raises an in­ter­est­ing point, be­cause men spend a great deal of money on prod­ucts and ser­vices to be­come bet­ter in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of their lives – but the truth is, the start­ing point should be your body. Yes, get­ting stronger will make you look bet­ter; but re­al­is­ing that your body is a tool, and work­ing towards mas­tery of it, can also help you in al­most ev­ery­thing else. Skip the ex­pen­sive gim­micks: your body can be its own sal­va­tion.

In this is­sue, we cel­e­brate what it’ s ca­pa­ble of. We have role mod­els in dis­ci­plines that cel­e­brate the art of body weight train­ing, such as park our pro Kenji Mu­rapa (p104), coach Gideon Akande (p54) and his To­tal-Body Triple Threat plan, lo­cal climb­ing su­per­hero Matt Bush (p16), and­stunt­man Bobby Ho ll and(p 46), whose train­ing isn’ t only for show–it keeps him alive and pays his bills. And we’ ve got the ul­ti­mate Jun­gle Gym work­out(p 110).

We also in­ter­viewed Sam He ugh an(p 90), star of the hit TV se­ries Out­lander. Sam part­nered with James White of Roar kGy ms to get phys­i­cally ready for the role, and learned some hard lessons on re­cov­ery and push­ing him­self too hard. Be­sides be­ing a cel­e­brated ac­tor, he’ s also the cre­ator of an in­spi­ra­tional fit­ness move­ment called My Peak Chal­lenge. Through M PC he has raised over R 8.6 mil­lion for char­ity, and in­spired thou­sands of men and women to get health­ier. That’ s our kind of role model. And he’ s not alone–we have plenty more: men who are busi­ness and fit­ness le ad ers(p 42), Belly Off su cc es ses(p 72), can­cer surv iv ors(p89),an­dev en guys who help to re­ha­bil­i­tate gang st ers(p 38). As we start reach­ing the end of the cold win­ter months, you may have picked up a lit­tle weight. No fear–we’ ve got you cov­ered. We have the per­fect mix of in­doors ports(p 24) and nu­tri­tion tips(p 80) to help you lose that last win­ter layer, and we show you how to kick start your me­tab­o­lism with 24 smart tips (p98).It’ s time to start your new body of work.

Belly Off win­ner Shanil Vala lost 47kg! p72 We spent time with Beast­mode win­ner @Barhob­bit p57 Chan­nel your am­bi­tion with Karsten Well­ner p42 Park­our pro Kundai Mu­rapa shares his secrets. p104 Team Dodge­ball! p24

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