By John Gilpatrick
Here at Men’s Health, we have the good fortune to talk to a lot of great athletes. And if there’s been one overarching theme to this year’s interviews, it’s that all of these guys are proven winners. From Super Bowl MVPs to UFC champions, we’ve brought you some of the best advice, and biggest fitness and success secrets from men who are at the tops of their sports. Here are some of our favorite highlights from the last year.
1. Dwight Howard: Stick to simple exercises like pushups and pullups
In April, the MH cover guy was none other than Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The 6-11 Howard surprised us all when he told us his favorite exercises were simple ones, like pushups and pullups. But his trainer tweaks them so that his body can adapt to life in the lane.
2. Dwyane Wade teaches us the eurostep
Speaking of NBA superstars, Dwyane Wade swung by the MH offices in September to teach us his favorite moves. Check out his eurostep video, and use the move to blow past opponents in your next pick-up game.
3. Drew Brees shares his fat-blasting, muscle-building workout
Super Bowl MVP Drew Bress graced our cover in October and taught us just what it takes to become a champion: Hard work, a never-say-die attitude, and the ability to rebound from any obstacle thrown your way. He also gave us the Drew Brees workout (courtesy of Brees’ trainer, and IMPACT! Body Plan author, Todd Durkin). It’s the ultimate way to speed up fat loss and pack on muscle like a pro.
4. George St. Pierre’s GSP workout
George St. Pierre put UFC on the map in 2010. He also walked us through the GSP workout, and told us the best way to warm up is a little bit of grappling—it improves blood flow, speeds up his heart rate, and loosens up his joints . . . even if it means being tossed around a bit.
5. David Garrard speaks out about Crohn’s disease
Finally, just a few weeks ago, we spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard. He’s having one of the best seasons of his career, leading his team on a furious push to the playoffs, but he almost never made it to this point. Read all about Garrard’s career-threatening battle with Crohn’s disease and what he’s doing now to make a difference.