Amputee Battles Back to Win Cover of Men’s Health Magazine

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An IED took his arm and leg, alcohol and depression took his spirit, but he fought back to become the “Ultimate Man”

With a little encouragement from his prosthetist, and with the help of Operation Enduring Warrior, this hero was able to overcome his physical limitations and mental demons and turn his life around.

His “No Excuses” attitude helped this father of three and community leader beat out 1300 worthy contestants to become the “Ultimate Men’s Health Guy” and be featured on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine.   How did he do it?

Watch the Today Show video below as the three finalists are interviewed and the winner is revealed.

Check out the clip below to learn his amazing story.


Before U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway became an inspiring athlete and the first reader in the history of Men’s Health magazine to grace its cover, he was nearly overwhelmed by depression and alcohol.

When his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Iraq, his life changed. Galloway, 32, was four months into his second tour of duty in the U.S. Army when he lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee as a result of an IED blast in Yusafiah, Iraq on Dec. 19, 2005.

A soldier who had been dedicated to fitness since he was a teenager, Galloway gained weight and spent hours every day laying in bed after returning home from the hospital, consumed by depression and alcohol. In 2010, a look in the mirror jolted him into turning his life around, and he dedicated himself to getting back in shape. 

Noah Galloway, 32, an Iraq War veteran who lost part of his left arm and left leg in an IED explosion, is the first reader to grace the cover of Men’s Health magazine after winning the search for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy.


“I looked back, and my depression terrified me,” Galloway told Men’s Health for its November issue. “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.” 

Galloway was one of three finalists in the running to land on the November cover of Men’s Health in its first-ever search for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy, who is “physically fit, confident, stylish, career-driven and a pillar of his community,” according to the magazine. The other two finalists were Finny Akers, who gave up a Division I lacrosse scholarship to care for his younger siblings, ages 10 and 9, after his father killed his mother and then himself, and Kavan Lake, who grew up in extreme poverty to become a 22-year U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot. 

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