Wearing a skin-tight T-shirt that accentuates his revamped body, Rory McIlroy is the first golfer to land on the cover of Men’s Health magazine.
The cover story, which hits newsstands April 14, details how the 25-year-old rebuilt his body from a pudgy teen with 24 percent body fat to his current ripped look with 10 percent.
More attention has been paid to McIlroy’s physique in recent weeks. Last month he was depicted as Michelangelo’s David on the cover of Golf Digest, and last week Nike released a two-minute training video in which the world No. 1 discussed his transformation and love for fitness.
Swing coach Butch Harmon has expressed concern about McIlroy’s increasingly chiseled body, saying in a recent radio interview, “The only caution I would give Rory is, I see a lot of pictures of him lifting a lot of very heavy weights and I think, in a way, you can almost hurt yourself in the gym if you get too bulky. Hopefully, he will keep his body tone down.”
But in the Men’s Health shoot, it is clear McIlroy is less interested in pushing 45-pound plates and instead focusing on his balance, legs and core.
Tiger Woods appeared in Men’s Fitness magazine in 2007 and shirtless on the cover of Vanity Fair. The Wall Street Journal later reported that Woods’ camp had agreed to the exclusive shoot with Men's Fitness in return for a tabloid not revealing an extramarital affair.