Former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay has been unveiled as the latest cover star of Men’s Fitness magazine.

The TV personality, 22, who shot to fame on the 2017 series of the reality show, showed off his toned torso in a topless photo shoot as he shared his secrets on how he stays in shape.

The hairdresser, from Essex, revealed he works out up to six days a week and credited rugby player and Dancing On Ice co-star Max Evans with helping him overhaul his diet.

Reality TV star: Former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay showed off his toned torso in a topless photo shoot for Men's Fitness (pictured) as he shared his secrets on how he stays in shape

Reality TV star: Former Love Island winner Kem Cetinay showed off his toned torso in a topless photo shoot for Men’s Fitness (pictured) as he shared his secrets on how he stays in shape

Winning team: Kem with ex-girlfriend Amber Davies on the 2017 series of the reality show

Winning team: Kem with ex-girlfriend Amber Davies on the 2017 series of the reality show

Winning team: Kem with ex-girlfriend Amber Davies on the 2017 series of the reality show

Cover star: Kem also revealed the important role exercise plays in his mental well-being

Cover star: Kem also revealed the important role exercise plays in his mental well-being

Cover star: Kem also revealed the important role exercise plays in his mental well-being

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Joe Warner at Men’s Fitness, Kem, who has spoken publicly on his battle with anxiety, also admitted exercise plays an important part in coping with his mental health issues.

He said: ‘Every time I started to feel a little anxious I’d put on my headphones and go for a run or go lift the weights, and I immediately felt much better. 

Variety: Kem swears by a combination of cardio and weight training to keep himself lean

Variety: Kem swears by a combination of cardio and weight training to keep himself lean

Variety: Kem swears by a combination of cardio and weight training to keep himself lean

Open: The 22-year-old has spoken publicly about his battle with anxiety as a teenager

Open: The 22-year-old has spoken publicly about his battle with anxiety as a teenager

Open: The 22-year-old has spoken publicly about his battle with anxiety as a teenager

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‘It helps me push stuff out of my head. I’m a big over-thinker, which I’m trying to channel into a positive thing, but exercise is the best way for me to get stress out of my system.’ 

Kem Cetinay’s weight training tips 

He said: ‘I’ve always trained by myself and while I am no expert, I have learned what works best for me.

‘I’ll lift weights five or six times a week, focusing on one body part per session. I like focusing on just one muscle group, and hitting it as hard as possible. 

‘This doesn’t mean I lift heavy – I keep the weight lighter but do high-rep sets and focus on keeping each rep perfect and getting my breathing right. 

‘Keeping the weight a bit lighter and the reps slow and controlled, with lots of reps per set and short rests between sets, is a great way to really damage the target muscle and feel that burn and get a pump. It’s what really works for me.’ 

Kem split from Amber, 22, last year and has recently been spotted with Love Island contestant Kendall Rae, who appeared on the most recent season.

The former Dancing On Ice star has kept up his toned appearance in the year since leaving the Mallorcan villa and said he combines cardio with weight training to stay in shape. 

‘I’ve always trained by myself and while I am no expert, I have learned what works best for me,’ he said. 

‘I’ll lift weights five or six times a week, focusing on one body part per session. I like focusing on just one muscle group, and hitting it as hard as possible. 

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‘This doesn’t mean I lift heavy – I keep the weight lighter but do high-rep sets and focus on keeping each rep perfect and getting my breathing right. 

‘Keeping the weight a bit lighter and the reps slow and controlled, with lots of reps per set and short rests between sets, is a great way to really damage the target muscle and feel that burn and get a pump. It’s what really works for me.’ 

Feel the burn: Kem chooses to do more reps with lighter weights to target individual muscles

Feel the burn: Kem chooses to do more reps with lighter weights to target individual muscles

Feel the burn: Kem chooses to do more reps with lighter weights to target individual muscles

Cardio: The Love Island star also runs on an inclined treadmill at least three times a week

Cardio: The Love Island star also runs on an inclined treadmill at least three times a week

Cardio: The Love Island star also runs on an inclined treadmill at least three times a week

The hairdresser added that he runs on an inclined treadmill a minimum of three times a week. 

However he only began paying real attention to his diet after meeting rugby player Evans on Dancing On Ice. 

He continued: ‘Up until three months ago my diet was very up and down. I love bread, and carbs, and everything, really. I would diet hard and cut out all carbs and other foods, and would sometimes end up just skipping meals because I couldn’t face another plate of just chicken…

Important lesson: Fellow Dancing on Ice star and rugby player Max Evans, pictured, helped educate Kem on the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

Important lesson: Fellow Dancing on Ice star and rugby player Max Evans, pictured, helped educate Kem on the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

Important lesson: Fellow Dancing on Ice star and rugby player Max Evans, pictured, helped educate Kem on the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet

‘[It changed when] I met Max on Dancing On Ice, and he taught me so much about better nutrition and how to be balanced. It’s better to eat well most of the time, but still allow yourself the odd treat now and then. 

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‘It means I am in good shape all the time – I can maintain my abs – without having to yo-yo diet, or overeat then go really strict. It’s a much better way to eat, because you don’t constantly crave certain foods, so it’s better for your body and your head too.’

Read the full interview with Kem in the new issue of Men’s Fitness is on sale from Wednesday. You can subscribe and get 5 issues for £5 here.



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