ED’S LET­TER

Stop be­ing ageist.

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That’s right. 21 years. The prime time. You can party, train and work like you’re made of rub­ber, sinew and sheer per­pet­ual en­ergy. Your testos­terone lev­els have never been higher, and hope­fully, your dat­ing game should be firing on all cylin­ders. Even though I’m nowhere near 21 (un­for­tu­nately) – I still feel like I’m a young gun. De­luded? Yeah, maybe a lit­tle. But there’s rea­son to my de­men­tia. Granted, I don’t re­cover any­where near as quickly, my body isn’t ex­actly in show­room con­di­tion, I’ve started col­lect­ing wrin­kles and grey hairs, and well, my hang­overs are worse than ever; but I feel like I’m train­ing smarter, spend­ing my time more wisely, both in work and so­cial life, and I’m still get­ting con­stantly chal­lenged daily – all things that are im­por­tant to me. That’s how I de­fine suc­cess in my life.

Does that mean I’m ly­ing to my­self? Am I just a de­luded old fart that’s try­ing too hard to keep up with the young bucks? Yeah, there’s a lit­tle of that to be hon­est, but most of it comes with work­ing on a bal­ance of two goals: be­ing more com­fort­able with who I am, but still be­ing hun­gry to be­come bet­ter. I’m not a young­ster any­more – but I want to live and work like I’m still 21 at heart.

The good news? We’ve got you cov­ered. Just like the last 21 years of

Men’s Health in South Africa – we’ve got ev­ery­thing you need to be­come a bet­ter man. We pro­filed one of the best train­ers and strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches (p96) in the coun­try. We first fea­tured Joshua way back in our Oc­to­ber is­sue in 2014, but now we’ve done a full pro­file, put him on the cover, and out­lined his cut­ting-edge, hy­brid work­out plan (shown on our handy work­out card), which takes the best parts of dif­fer­ent work­out meth­ods and com­bines it into the ul­ti­mate fit­ness for­mula. If you’d rather chal­lenge your fit­ness with a fresh-air run­ning ad­ven­ture (p112) on the best trails in the world (and in our coun­try), we’ve got them for you.

We’ve done some in­ves­ti­ga­tion on gourmet gains (p70), and while we fo­cused on nu­tri­tional value, we also didn’t skip the most im­por­tant fac­tor: taste. Our food goals didn’t end there – we out­lined our out­door par­ty­ing plans (p34), as non-stop braai weather is com­ing – and you need to have your so­cial game sorted.

We de­fined the top fit­ness gear and tools (p102), so you can per­form at your best, col­lect the ul­ti­mate gains, and look good while do­ing it. We’ve also got our Groom­ing Awards (p89),

which we can’t prom­ise will make you look 21 (if you aren’t ac­tu­ally 21), but we can make you look and feel younger – re­gard­less of how many can­dles there are on your birth­day cake.

But that’s not all; we’ve also got our sig­na­ture mix of pro­vid­ing in­spi­ra­tional role mod­els (p28), hard-hit­ting

spe­cial re­ports (p124), and the best

fit­ness plans (p41).

Here’s to cel­e­brat­ing get­ting older, wiser, a lit­tle more con­fi­dent, but most im­por­tantly – here’s to be­ing hap­pier. I’ll toast to that.

Above: Cel­e­brat­ing my brother Chris’s wed­ding. The three broth­ers start on the left, Stephen, me, Chris; and then it’s the best man Luke Lind­say. Check out our wed­ding style fea­ture on p78 to look your best on some­one else’s big day (or your own).

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