The Model Citizen
Take another look at that photo. Does it look familiar? How about if you picture the Men’s Health logo over the top? Does it ring a bell now?
Owen McKibbin has graced the cover of the fitness magazine a record 17 times, and the inside a number more (including in a photo by me, in the January 2017 issue).
The reason why is quite simple: the former pro volleyball player has been one of the fittest men in America for quite some time, his workout routine included in a best-selling book and his obsession with nutrition inspiring millions more.
Which is why he knew something was wrong when he entered a courtroom in southern California a few years ago and felt his arteries failing him. The firefighters who attended to him upon being called saw nothing amiss (quite the opposite, they recognized him from his books and told him he was in the shape of his life). Eventually, he managed to get to a doctor who told him his widow maker artery was blocked. “Dude,” he told him, “You just saved your life.”
“I went from taking no pharmaceuticals to the most powerful on earth,” he said. The doctors prescribed rest, and about eight days in, McKibbin had had enough.
“My best friend lived on the fourth floor of my building and I told him, ‘Listen, I’m going to swim in the pool. You just have to peek out of your window every two minutes or so to make sure there isn’t a floater,” he says,“…I can’t not work out anymore.”