This double-amputee is the first reader to grace Men's Health cover
Meet Retired Army Sargeant Noah Galloway, the first reader to grace the cover of Men's Health.
In the latest issue of the US magazine, Mr Galloway, a double-amputee, talks about how one incident in December 2005 changed his life forever.
His Humvee hit a roadside bomb during his second deployment in Iraq. He lost his left forearm and left leg below the knee.
"The roadside bomb was big enough to send our 10,000-pound Humvee flying through the air...We landed wheels down in a canal," he told the world's No 1 men's magazine.
The incident happened just four months into his second deployment.
Galloway woke up in hospital six days later, on Christmas Day, with his limbs missing and his jaw wired shut. He summed it up when he said: "I was done."
Subsequently, the army veteran battled depression for years where he said he'd "sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep".
Five years later, he decided to make a change and got into a rigorous fitness routine to get himself back into shape.
Galloway on the cover of this month's US edition of Men's Health. PHOTO: Men's Health
It all worked up for him especially since the 33-year-old was chosen to be the Ultimate Men's Health Guy.
Galloway said that he remembers one night in 2010 where he stood in front of the mirror and saw what had become of him.
The remnant of a man looking back at him was dirty, flabby, sallow, beer-soaked, the magazine wrote.
He was too embarrassed to walk into the gym but he knew that he had to start all over again.
He said that he started "messing with things" to see what would work.
"A little better this day, a little stronger the next. Suddenly it was six months. I was like, 'Man, this is pretty good'."
He added: "I looked back, and my depression terrified me. I never wanted to experience that again...What kept me moving was never going back to where I came from. I wanted people to see more than my injury."
Watch this video of Galloway as he talks of the incident and explains to his kids about his missing arm and leg:
Talk about sheer determination.
Source: Men's Health