Credit: Men’s Fitness Photo: Michael Strahan Covers Men's Fitness, March 2013 Issue

Michael Strahan is jacked.

The former NFL star and current co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael is giving us the gun show on the March 2013 issue of Men’s Fitness, proving that you can take the guy out of the game, but you can’t take the muscles off the man.

Inside the mag, Michael reveals that he wasn’t always an athletic beast. “My brothers used to call me Bob,” he says. “They’d laugh at me, and I didn’t get it. I’m 13 years old at the time, and then one day my brother’s friend says, ‘You know what Bob stands for? Booty on back. You’re fat.’”

That’s when Michael began working out.

These days the 41-year-old TV personality hits the gym five days a week, where he does a whole-body circuit with his personal trainer and nutritionist, a former bodybuilder. Of his focus on overall health, Michael explains, “I think as we get older, you become more conscious of health. I just want to be around. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do. I don’t want to go too early.”

He’s also learned to embrace his most recognizable feature: the gap between his two front teeth. “I thought about getting [it] fixed, but then I realized that this is who I am,” he says. “I embrace the gap, I admire the gap, I am the gap.”

Michael’s Zen-like attitude has paid off, because the gap hasn’t held him back — especially considering he beat out the handsome likes of Nick Lachey, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Lowe, and several other big names to fill Regis Philbin’s shoes.

Source: Men’s Fitness, March 2013 issue