Age 38, 193cm, 89kg For most men, battling the “dad bod” falls somewhere in the soft middle of our list of priorities. But losing form was never an option for fitness model Weston Boucher – his work wouldn’t permit it. His methodology wasn’t always as smart as it is today, however: as a teenager, he idolised Hollywood actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone and imitated their training styles, building up his muscle mass with isolation moves. “I assumed that whatever worked for them was good enough for me,” he recalls.
But at 38? “It wasn’t until decades later that I learned to marry my lifting with proper nutrition and fat-burning cardio,” he says. This new strategy has resulted in a leaner, more functional physique. He still spends five days a week weight training, but is now a devotee of HIIT and beach volleyball, too. “Volleyball improved my power and agility – and it revealed my almost comical lack of flexibility,” he says. Now, when fitness starts to feel like a grind, he mixes up his routine and includes some yoga. “It’s important to challenge yourself,” he says.