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Muscle & Fitness April 2020

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in this issue

1 min.
roman’s empire

This issue marks WWE Superstar Roman Reigns’ debut on the Muscle & Fitness cover, and we couldn’t be prouder to welcome him to the fraternity. As a six-time WWE champion, Reigns has been the mark of excellence in the ring, which is partly why his appeal stretches across the globe. But his most recent and hardest-fought victory yet, beating leukemia, makes him an inspiring role model and champion to both wrestling and nonwrestling fans around the world. The well-thought-out answers in this month’s cover profile illustrate the kind of planning, focus, and intensity he puts into not just the ring or weight room but also every detail of his life. It’s this champion’s mindset that allows Reigns to continue on and perform at a top level night in and night out. Reigns’ lead is…

2 min.
wwe’s top dog

Instagram: @zraz I can’t imagine ever holding down the schedule of a WWE athlete. Appearing in worldwide shows year-round, three to four times a week, is just one of a million things that separate us mortals from these larger-than-life WWE Superstars. Seeing as Roman Reigns has been one of WWE’s top draws since his 2012 debut, it would make sense that his schedule is crazy hectic, especially in the leadup to WWE’s biggest event, WrestleMania. And considering he was technically working on his day off, I would’ve understood if “the Big Dog” arrived to his M&F photo shoot exhausted or irritable. Who the hell wants to do that? But right from the jump, Reigns put all my doubts to rest. He was jovial, collaborative, and game to do whatever was needed to get the…

2 min.
flex lewis wants mr. olympia title

It’s official. After months of speculation, one of the year’s most exciting storylines has been confirmed. Flex Lewis will return to the Olympia stage this year in pursuit of bodybuilding’s most coveted title. After winning a record seven consecutive titles in the 212 division, followed by a year away from competition, Lewis is now focused on becoming just the 16th winner in the 56year history of the Mr. Olympia. “I spent a year away from the stage. The year off has given me the chance to prepare myself for the most intense contest prep of my life,” Lewis says. “It’s every bodybuilder’s dream to become Mr. Olympia. This process started the moment I walked off the stage at the 2018 Olympia. I am laser-focused on competing against the best of the…

8 min.
roman’s second reign

IT WAS A STORYLINE twist even the most astute WWE fans never saw coming. On Oct. 22, 2018, Roman Reigns entered the ring in Providence, RI, uncharacteristically dressed in street clothes and greeted with a mix of cheers and jeers. The reaction was to be expected. At 6'3", 265 pounds, the strong, athletic, and ring-savvy half-Samoan, half-Italian bruiser had become one of the most polarizing WWE Superstars on the roster. Reigns—a six-time WWE champ who had headlined the previous four WrestleManias—had built a massive fan base during his six-year tenure. But there also were factions within the WWE Universe that viewed his main-event push as forced and used any opportunity to let him know it. As Reigns stood in the center of the ring, mic in hand and the WWE Universal Championship belt…

1 min.
wrestlemania 36

WATCH NO TIME TO DIE Prepare to be shaken, not stirred by the 25th installment of the legendary James Bond franchise. Agent 007’s (Daniel Craig) retirement is cut short when an old friend from the CIA asks for his help rescuing a kidnapped scientist from a mysterious villain (played by Rami Malek) armed with dangerous new technology. In theaters April 10 RUN NURVV Bring your running trainer along for the ride. This shoe sole insert connects to an app that tracks your cadence, step length, foot strike, pronation, and asymmetry to help improve your running. $300; nurvv.com DRINK 100 COCONUTS In today’s world, it’s hard to decide what’s real and what’s not. That’s not the case with 100 Coconuts, because you know you’re getting nothing but 100% pure coconut water every time. This drink has only one ingredient: coconut water.…

4 min.
seal of approval

When it comes to elite military units, perhaps none are more legendary than the Navy SEALs. Since 1962, these warriors have handled the most dangerous special operations and have long served as inspiration for movies and TV. CBS’ SEAL Team is the latest show to follow the elite operatives of DEVGRU, better known to the public as SEAL Team Six. One of its stars, Neil Brown Jr., has been prepping nearly all his life for this role. “It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of,” the 39-year-old actor says. “I always wanted to be a SEAL as a kid. Doing this job is a dream come true. I get to hang outside of helicopters and blow stuff up all day.” Brown is a versatile actor. He has roles both on SEAL Team and HBO’s romantic…