“I think I would have laughed if someone said that in five years I was going to be in a competition to be on the cover of Men’s Health magazine,” says Aydian Dowling, a transgender male blogger. “I would be like, ‘No way would you be putting me shirtless on a magazine!’ ” Dowling is currently leading in online votes for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guide Search. The 27-year-old New York native has been hitting the gym. “I started bodybuilding because I wanted my outer body to feel more masculine like my inner soul does, so I started training and it really just changed my whole life,” he says. “I started to feel better. You’re forced in front of a mirror to make sure that you’re doing an exercise properly, and after five days a week in front of a mirror, you start to get used to your body. You start to appreciate it.” He decided to share his fitness obsession with other transgender individuals via a YouTube Collaboration BeefHeads Fitness.