Well, he said he’d be back. And yes, after a too-lengthy hiatus during which he’s been, er, governing California – proof, if you need it, that the willpower you build in the gym is applicable to basically anything – Arnold Schwarzenegger is once again bestriding the fitness world like an Austrian colossus. At one end of the scale, he’s running his own gigantically successfully sports, strongman and bodybuilding contest the Arnold Sports Festival, at the other he’s dishing out biceps-building tips on Reddit – and in between, of course, he’s returning to the film franchise that made him a household name in Terminator Genisys.
But is he still the best? In the years since Conan and the Terminator launched a thousand fitness plans, the landscape of films has changed. These days, Action Man abs and a superhero V-shape are practically a leading-man prerequisite, and every A-lister wants to tell you how he learned krav maga or threw himself off a speeding truck for a role. We thought it was about time for a re-assessment of Hollywood’s most physically imposing leading men, and so we assembled an Expendables- style team of experts to rank the top ten. The results on p52 might surprise – or infuriate – you.
On the cover, of course, we’ve got Arnold’s training buddy and Sabotage co-star Joe Manganiello, who’s no slouch himself. The True Blood wolfman’s own transformation is a testament to the power of hard work, and Manganiello himself is such a nice guy that it’s impossible to begrudge him his success - even when your significant other’s making moody eyes at Magic Mike.
Of course, it doesn’t all have to be twohour workouts and Tupperwares full of chicken, and there’s plenty in this issue for the man after a less imposing physique. We’ve mined the latest science for simple ways to get a bit healthier (p68), put together a workout that’ll hit every muscle group you own in a mere 12 minutes (p114) and crafted a chest-builder you can do in your very own home (p122). The Governator, we’re certain, would approve.
Don’t agree with where we’ve ranked the Austrian Oak in the top ten? Or have anything else you want to tell us? Let us know @MensFitnessMag