Stop being ageist.
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).