WE­STON BOUCHER

Men's Health (Australia) - - FITNESS -

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.

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