Meet the 2008 MF 25
Meet the fittest guys in America as featured in the June/July 2008 issue of Men's Fitness
Greg Long, 25 - The Surfer
As the latest elite board master to conquer the legendary swells of California's Mavericks Surf Contest, Long adds Bikram yoga to his regular routine of running, swimming, and underwater training. If you catch him in the gym, he won't be pumping any serious iron. "It is all geared toward building core strength," he says. "Surfing isn't a contact sport, so it wouldn't make sense to be built like a linebacker."
Will Smith, 39 - The Blockbuster
When you're the last man on Earth and daily survival means escaping attack from infected zombies, you'd better be in damn good shape. Smith's acting played a supporting role to his ripped physique in last fall's I Am Legend, the result of a pre-filming workout that included five-mile daily runs, hypertrophy strength training, and a high-protein/low-carb diet. While he's bulked up for prior roles in the Bad Boys movies and Ali, the 6'2" star dropped 30 pounds but added definition for Legend, cutting his weight to 185 and body fat to 6%. "I have a much easier time losing weight than I do putting weight on," he has said. "[For] Ali, it was 50 times harder trying to put weight on than to drop it. If you do five miles, six days a week, your body will look like whatever you want it to."
Ty Loomis, 29 - The Sandman
Two years ago, AVP pro beach volleyball player Ty Loomis wasn't strong enough to compete with the world's best. "I was too skinny," he says. So Loomis started taking supplements and followed a strict regimen, packing 20 pounds of muscle onto his 6'3" frame. "I'm in the gym as much as anyone else on the Tour." Of course, Loomis says most volleyball players are already pretty fit. "The sand is really deep, so doing mini-sprints back and forth, jumping, and diving works your legs, your shoulders, your back, and your core. All those movements make you naturally tall and lean." The extra work is paying off: Loomis and partner Hans Stolfus became the sport's first U.S. men's pair to ever medal at the Pan American Games, winning silver in 2007.
Dwight Howard, 22 - The Baller
He may have started his pro career as a string bean, but the Orlando Magic star is now jacked. Drafted first overall in 2004, the right-out-of-high-school rookie was "getting pushed around in the paint," says Howard. "But now I'm doing the pushing." At 6'11" and 265 pounds, Howard's become the Big Man in the Middle in the East. He started at center in the All-Star Game and averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game during the season . He credits his increased production (and size) to eating more carbs for energy and an off-season boxing routine that kept him motivated to train. Even though he tries to focus on core work and quad exercises, Howard still loves the rush that comes with a heavy bench press. "It's my favorite lift," he says. "I usually press about 365 pounds."
Daniel Craig, 40 - The Bond
To regain his 007 body for this fall's Quantum of Solace, the buff British actor turned an entire soundstage on the London set into his personal gym. With a rumored 30-minute opening action sequence to train for, Craig worked out with a treadmill, free weights, trampoline, and gymnastic rings, on which he nearly mastered the "crucifixion move," a challenging maneuver in which a gymnast supports himself with both arms extended horizontally. Not that all his conditioning prevented the aches and pains that came with long days of stunt work. "I can only gauge [the film] by how much pain I'm in," he said during the shoot. "We're doing pretty good."
Dave Salmoni, 32 - The Lion Tamer
In 2000, zoologist Dave Salmoni traveled to Africa and taught two captive-bred Bengal tigers to hunt and survive in the wild. Now the host of Animal Planet's After the Attack is back to interact with a pride of lions. "Worst-case scenario, I may have to physically fight off a cat," he says. To prepare for that, Salmoni does tons of reverse lunges and presses to keep his reflexes ready. "I'm never letting my heart rate come down because a lion isn't gonna let you," he adds. He's also found a dual purpose for his camera gear out in the wild. "Those 80-pound steel tripod heads are great for military presses."
Romeo Miller, 18 - The Teen Titan
"I been dribblin' the ball since the age of three," rapped a 10-year-old Lil' Romeo in his chart-topping 2001 debut, "My Baby." "I got game like Kobe, dunk it like Poppa P." No longer "Lil," the 5'11", 170-pound rapper-actor will show his skills this fall, after earning a basketball scholarship to the University of Southern California. He has been prepping for D1 ball by hitting lots of bench press and curls, doing 20 pushups and 80 situps twice a day, and of course, shooting hoops. "People see my abs and ask what I do to work out," he says. "Play some basketball, you'll start seeing it."