EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

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.

Joel Snape

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

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