With the start of each new year, people from all walks of life make resolutions to lose weight and get into shape, so the folks over at Revolver magazine have dubbed their January 2015 issue “Metal Health,” dedicating the cover story to “Heavy music’s strongest stars.” Vegan power couple Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, formerly of The Misfits, and Alissa White-Gluz, current singer for Arch Enemy, grace the cover of the issue, which also features other musicians who’ve made fitness and health a priority, like Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Chris Kael (FFDP), Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through), Matt Heafy (Trivium), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), and more.
Revolver posted an excerpt online from their interview with White-Gluz, who talks about her vegan lifestyle and nursing a broken rib while on the road with Arch Enemy, while her boyfriend Doyle said she kicks his ass when they work out together.
Revolver’s “Metal Health” issue, which also includes non-fitness articles on Max Cavalera, Metallica, Attila, and All That Remains, as well as album reviews and other features (and I’m not gonna lie to you, tons of ads), on is on newsstands now or you can buy it online over at Revolver.
This month marks 10 years vegetarian for me with large portions of that time being vegan, so I’ve been enjoying following Doyle and White-Gluz’s journey, which is why I was psyched to see them on the cover of this issue. Also, I am one of those people who each year go “January 1st, time to get healthy!” I actually had been doing heavy metal-fueled workouts at the gym since the summer and had lost weight, gained muscle and bone strength, and got a thumbs up from my doctor during my annual checkup. It was all going great and heavy metal music was with me all the way (as it is for most things in my life). I had posted on my social media pages which albums I listened to during my workouts, noting which songs I felt really helped kick things into high gear for me (Slayer, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Voivod, Sepultura, and Anthrax were in heavy rotation). Then, six weeks ago while walking to the gym, I fell and broke my ankle and have been in a cast up to my knee ever since. (The cast is still on! You can see a photo of my leg in the cast a few days after the accident on my Instagram page). It hurt like hell and my physical activity has since been limited to using my crutches to go the four feet from the couch to the bathroom and back when I’m not going out for weekly x-rays at the doctor’s office. I have been doing some very light, seated workouts, but it’s just not as effective as a real workout (but better than nothing!). So, as you can imagine, I have my work cut out for me once this cast comes off (soon, please). I’ll have to learn how to walk again on that ankle and get the strength back in that leg, as well as build up my stamina again after being laid up for so many weeks. All this to say, this fitness issue from Revolver has come at the perfect time for me, because I really need the motivation to get back on track after this physical setback and recent holiday/comfort binge eating.