Divine inspiration is granted to the chosen few. For some it’s a flash of lightning, illuminating the way and the truth. Others find themselves becoming the mouthpiece of God for the sake of posterity. But, for this month's cover star Joe Wicks, the 33-year-old roofer’s son from Epsom, it’s a little more prosaic than that. “I was lying in bed,” he recounted to us over a Zoom chat. “And this name just flashed in front of me: PE With Joe! I could see everything – the hashtag, the graphic – I saw it all in my head.”
That was three months ago. Today, his viewing figures are world-record beating, and his #PEWithJoe videos have raised well over £500,000 for the NHS. Inside this issue, he shares what he believes are the keys to his success.
You'll also find our annual Body Issue, a celebration of sporting talent, from two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, to rugby star Maro Itoje and CrossFit king Mat Fraser.
The Men's Health Body Issue
Champions take many forms. A body perfectly primed to deliver a knockout right hook is engineered differently to one built to break endurance records on foot. The men on these pages have given it all to dominate in their fields – but they each took a different path. This is what it takes to reach the top.
Life After Lockdown: What Happens When the World Reopens?
The coronavirus pandemic hasn't just shaken our lives in the short term – it could lead to permanent changes in the way we train, work and connect with other people. The good news? Much of it could be for the better. MH consulted our hive mind of experts to hear their forecast.
The Gospel According to St Joe
Just six years ago, Joe Wicks was struggling to drum up custom for his park boot-camp business. Today, he is the saviour of the nation’s well-being. In an exclusive interview, he spoke to Men’s Health about his inner drive, the power of positivity and becoming the world’s favourite PE teacher.
Is This the End of Man Food?
Rib-eyes! Hot dogs! Fry-ups! The red-blooded man has long worn nutritionally questionable eating habits as a badge of honour, with whole foods and salads somehow thought epicene. As gender roles evolve and veganism flourishes, is the tide turning at last? We chew on the facts.
Build Your Own Iron Paradise
The worst thing about gyms? Other gym-goers. But growing it alone doesn't mean slowing your progress. With a little forethought and a few smart buys, you can construct a comprehensive home set-up that's fully equipped to help you hit any fitness target. No queues, no shower blocks, no compromises. Your home improvement plan starts here.
A Night Owl's Guide to Waking Up Early
The hustle culture has sold us on the idea that starting your day before dawn will earn you a spot among the go-getters, the high-achievers and the truly hardcore trainers. But do the hours you keep really make a difference? MH's night owl spent a month transforming himself into an early bird to find out.
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