Retired Sgt. Noah Galloway, 33, has won the the Men’s Health’s inaugural Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Contest and will be on the cover of fitness magazine’s November edition.
Galloway was chosen not just for his good looks, despite missing an arm and a leg after his Humvee rolled over an IED during his tour of duty in 2005, but his story of life-changing recovery.
After losing his limbs, Galloway began to spiral. “I’d sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep,” he told Men’s Health. “That’s all I did.”
“I looked back, and my depression terrified me,” he continued. “I never wanted to experience that again. That’s why I got into races. What kept me moving was never going back to where I came from. I wanted people to see more than my injury.”
He’s intensely competitive today, having completed a host of events spanning three CrossFit competitions, three marathons, eight Tough Mudder runs and twelve Spartan races including the 58-hour Death Race.
Ultimately Galloway wasn’t selected to be the first Ultimate Men’s Health Guy because he’s overcome his physical injuries, but because he was able to overcome his state of mind. And that’s something everyone can relate to.