Hunter from Gladiators


Any child of the 90s will remember the lycra-filled, testosterone-fuelled, vaguely homoerotic brilliance that was the TV show Gladiators. Hosted by the one and only Ulrika Jonsson, the show pitted the Gladiators against ordinary members of the public in a bid to win the glory of ultimate champion.

It’s been more than 20 years


It’s been more than 20 years since everyone’s favorite Gladiator Hunter first appeared on the show at the ripe age of 19, and if you were expecting him to have turned into a washed up flabby shell of his former self by now, how very wrong you are. It turns out that Hunter, whose real name is James Crossley, is still looking just as ripped as the day he stepped foot into the arena all those years ago.

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Of course, Hunter wasn’t just any Gladiator, he was the Gladiator. In 1999, Hunter proved he was the best of the best by winning The Ultimate Gladiator title from his fellow competitor Ace.

Hunter is now a personal trainer


Hunter is now a personal trainer and runs the popular Chelsea Fitness in London. He’s trained everyone from rugby players to pop stars, so you can bet he knows a thing or two about getting buff.

Hunter specialises in fat loss and total body transformations, believing that a great body starts from a great workout. Hunter’s own workout routine takes inspiration from more than one corner of the fitness world. He recently told Muscle & Fitness magazine: “I eat like a bodybuilder but train like a strongman.”

Get ripped…


If you want to get as ripped as Hunter, you’re going to have to commit to an intensive routine of dumbell lifts, truck pulls, squats and deadlifts. He also loves flipping huge tires and pushing heavy sleds around.

…or watch old Gladiator episodes


Alternatively, you could carry on sitting at your desk and waste a good few minutes of your life watching old Gladiators episodes on Youtube. I’ll give you three guesses as to which option I would personally recommend.