Male Fitness Model and Personal Trainer: Andrew C. Morrill

Male Fitness Model and Personal Trainer: Andrew C. Morrill

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Introduction

Andrew C. Morrill is a Texan who lives in New York City (like Josh Riquelme). Andrew was based in Hong Kong and London, United Kingdom for a few years. He has been in the modeling industry for over a decade.

He announced on Instagram that he is planning to open an athletic clothing brand, Athletegy.NYC, in fall 2021.

Photo by Gregory Vaughan.

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Interviews

Andrew has had several interviews over his career. Several of them have been with the Fashionably Male blog. Andrew also interviewed with the Men and Underwear blog.

Several other blogs that Andrew spoke with—

Andrew mentions in his interviews that fans compliment him on his pectorals and thighs. (See other blog posts on leg-day shorts and 5-inch inseam shorts)

YouTube

Andrew did an interview with Flash Avenue Studio in London, UK.

Podcast

Andrew was interviewed by the Two Smart Dumbbells podcast.

Vintage Clothing

Andrew wore a color block jacket from Christian Dior. Fans loved the jacket and wanted to buy one. However, it is a vintage item made in the 1990s.

Andrew’s Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Athletegy.NYC

Photo Shoots

Lapidus Studio

Andrew had a photo shoot with Lapidus Studio in New York.

Robert Riese

Conclusion

Andrew has had a long career as a model and personal trainer. I hope that the clothing brand will add additional success.

Mens Black Underwear: Apixt, Reliable Essentials

Check out Apixt’s Kickstarter

Grab a pair or two from Apixt’s basics

collection: black boxer briefs, briefs,

and trunks.

Introduction

Feel comfortable in reliable black underwear?

You are not alone. I have found that black underwear is still a popular choice. You pick out a pair from the drawer, dress yourself, and go about your day.

I have found out that there is a new brand that would offer only briefs, trunks, and boxer briefs in black: Apixt. The brand has a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign has a US$3,000 goal, with a May 21, 2021, deadline.

What Makes Apixt Special?

  • The underwear is designed to feel like a second skin.
  • Environmentally sustainable fabric: made from the hulls of soybeans.
  • The underwear is made in Europe, with SILVERPLUS technology.

Read more about Apixt’s basics collection at Kickstarter.

Male Model, Photographer, and Actor: Derek Yates

Male Model, Photographer, and Actor: Derek Yates

Introduction

I first saw photos of Derek shortly after election day in 2016. The photographer is Blake Eiermann.

I found the photos to be quite stunning and interesting. The photos were headshots but Derek’s face had red, white, and blue paint.

Derek was a gardener on the Ellen show in 2014. He moved from Tennessee from Los Angeles, California, in 2016.

Derek is also a photographer.

Derek’s social media: website | Instagram | Derek’s Photography |

Choices

Also, I remember a compelling story that Derek shared on his Instagram page. Derek’s brother, Kevin, passed away as a result of a car accident with a drunk driver.

(Derek’s mom, Tiki Finlayson, wrote a book “Choices,” about her observations about what had happened and how she handled moving forward.)

Photos: From Derek’s website.

Photo Shoots

Derek posts actively on Instagram, where he also posts his professional photo shoots.

Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Derek had a photo shoot with Austin, Texas, based Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar.

David Anthony

Derek had another photo shoot with Photographer David Anthony.

Actor and Photographer

Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Mens Underwear 2021: Ballistic Menswear

Introduction

I found Ballistic Menswear because a photographer tweeted about the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand. Ballistic has underwear for sale now, but the brand plans to offer swimwear and gym wear for sale in the future.

Author’s note: I wrote a blog post about Kyle Hynick, a model who is from Halifax.

Social Media

Underwear

Ballistic sells briefs and two types of boxer briefs: mesh and athletic. The size charts from Ballistic underwear is located conveniently on the product page.

The fabric composition (for the briefs and mesh boxer briefs) is 95 percent bamboo viscose and 5 percent Spandex. The boxer briefs have a mesh panel in the front; the athletic boxer briefs have solid fabric.

For the athletic boxer briefs, the fabric composition is 95 percent Polyester and 5 percent Spandex.

(Note: To read more about the styles and types of men’s underwear, read another blog post for more information.)

Delivery

Ballistic Menswear uses Canada Post and DHL (outside Canada).

Payment Accepted

When I published this post, the brand accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.

Conclusion

Ballistic Menswear daily underwear, with a little bit of daring (with the mesh underwear versions). With the nice selection of colors and good size range, many guys can find something they like.

Workout Gear for Crossfit: Tactical Short and Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Workout Gear for Crossfit: Tactical Short and Stainless Steel Water Bottle

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Crossfit Workout Goal: Long-term Health

As explained in the guide on Crossfit shorts, Crossfit uses high-intensity, functional movements. For example, a beginner workout-of-the-day (WOD) could be squats, pull-ups, presses, and a run. A workout requires gear that allows a guy to be comfortable as he goes through his challenging workout.

You are starting a workout routine for lifetime health benefits, so workout gear should be long-lasting.

Items that will support you as you attain your Crossfit training goals: Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short and reusable water bottle.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

The Tactical Short has 80 percent Nylon and 20 percent Spandex and has a compression liner.

This short can go from gym-based workouts to running outside, swimming, or completing shopping tasks before going home.

The shorts have zippered pockets to keep your keys and other personal property secured.

The shorts have two lengths: 5 inches and 7 inches.

Introducing: The Tactical Short
Introducing: The Tactical Short
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Ten Thousand Water Bottle

Rather than using countless plastic bottles to have water available during your workout, it is more convenient to have a reusable water bottle.

One option that would work is stainless steel that is free from bisphenol A (BPA).

Ten Thousand’s BPA-free stainless steel water bottle is 32 ounces. It has a convenient handle and a wide opening so that you can add your supplements or ice cubes easily. The water bottle has a double wall that can maintain the water temperature.

24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot
24 Hours Cold & 12 Hours Hot

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Guide: The Overshirt for Men

Introduction

I found some of Kyle Hynick‘s photos where he was wearing a big flannel shirt that had an embroidered logo and design on it. I discovered that the jacket is an overshirt.

Is the overshirt a good piece to add to a guy’s wardrobe or is it just a passing fad? The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I can see why the garment has many fans.

The Cardigan Sweater

Way back, I loved cardigan sweaters with designs like some overshirts; sadly, this type of cardigan faded away. The overshirt could fill the place of the cardigan, at least for me.

What is an Overshirt?

According to the EQVVS website, an overshirt is a jacket with the design of a shirt. The overshirt comes in various styles (zip front, button front, with pockets or without pockets) and fabrics (cotton or nylon). The style is casual, but some of the overshirts have great colors making those pieces more polished. The overshirt is versatile to wear in all seasons, which is great for the Washington, D.C., area weather pattern.

In selecting an overshirt, it should be big enough to fit a sweater underneath the overshirt, but not supersized (unless that is the look you are going for).

How to Style the Overshirt

The overshirt provides many options for creating an outfit. I am still learning how about how to create a great look. I look to YouTube videos to see what fashion bloggers recommend.

The first video is by Style by Dillan, who provides advice on creating a two to a three-layered outfit.

In the second video, Devan on Deck styles overshirts for use in warmer climates or a transition from cold to warm weather. Devan also discusses how to use overshirts to introduce color to your outfit.

YouTuber Marcel Floruss, in the third video, demonstrates several overshirts, in a variety of fabrics.

Examples

Kyle Hynick

Instagram influencer, Kyle Hynick, started a page where he wears different outfits. In the photos with overshirts, Kyle wears flannel shirts with customized embroidery and plaid jackets. He wears an overshirt with a graphic tee and cargo pants or jeans. It is a well-styled, relaxed rugged combination, perfect for weeknights or weekends.

Celestial City

Celestial City is a small business located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Celestial City’s owner lives in Halifax.

The brand sells embroidered sweatshirts, as Kyle is wearing one. The brand also provides for custom embroidery requests. (Check the website for more details.)

Represent

Represent is a luxury streetwear brand based in Great Britain. George and Michael Heaton, brothers, own Represent.

Several of Kyle’s outfits have a graphic t-shirt, jacket, hoodie, or overshirt, and cargo pants from the brand.

Overshirt Brands

In researching this article, I became interested in the style, as I used to love cardigans with a design on them. While looking on Pinterest for Overshirt examples, I found a great looking overshirt from Percival. I liked the overshirt’s look (flannel work shirt, hazel mini hound–sold out), but I wanted to learn more about the company.

Percival

Percival is a Great Britain brand located in Hackney. The brand strives to combine a “British sense of understated style and rare, internationally-sourced fabrics and materials.” A group of five operate the business.

I emailed the company with a sizing question about another coat and received a reply. (I decided to look for an overshirt because I have several coats already. The size information was valuable.)

I found a wool work shirt (midnight and espresso windowpane). I decided to buy it.

The order process was smooth. I will update the post with details about the delivery and fit.

Order Review

My order was mailed on January 25 from the United Kingdom and arrived at my home in the United States (through DHL (20 GBP)) on January 27. The shipping is pricey, but I appreciate more the delivery speed.

I am impressed with how neatly the order was packed in the mail bag. The order arrived in a black mail bag. Inside the work shirt was within a cloth bag with the Percival logo. There was an envelope with return information if needed.

The work shirt is made of wool but is not overly heavy. (I love my cashmere overcoat–warm and light–so I pay attention to a jacket’s weight.) There is a lining in the sleeves.

I am happy with my purchase, and I will keep looking on the website for other pieces to buy.

Conclusion

The overshirt is a versatile part of a guy’s wardrobe. I hope that this article is also a benefit for you, the reader. (I will update this post with further examples.)

Would you consider buying an overshirt? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or by email.

Workout Transformation: Fitness Coach Fraser Wilson

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Fraser can help you move toward your most-wanted fitness goals. You choose where you want to workout–at home or at the gym.

Your Goals Fulfilled

You have decided to achieve your goal for weight loss. Or, maybe you seek to add some muscle to your physique. Good for you! With all the confusing fitness information out there, it is easy to get confused and give up.

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Online Fitness Coach Fraser Wilson

Coach Fraser is an online trainer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is active on Instagram and YouTube.

How Can Coach Fraser Help You?

  • Customized Workout Plan Fraser, with your information, will create a tailored workout plan that suits your goal.)
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Spartan Warrior Costume; Photo Shoot by Rahim Mastafa with Model Blake R.

Spartan Warrior Costume; Photo Shoot by Rahim Mastafa with Model Blake R.

Introduction

I received a question about the Spartan Warrior costume. While researching this article, I remembered a photo shoot that I loved.

A few years ago, I saw a Facebook post by Rahim Mastafa in which he posted images. The model, Blake, wore a Spartan Warrior costume was a physical education teacher and looked fantastic in the costume. (The costume comes from the movie titled “300” (Warner Brothers, 2007).

Rahim Mastafa & Blake in Bath, United Kingdom

Rahim had a photo shoot with Blake, a physical education teacher, in Bath, United Kingdom. Most of the images were at the Roman Baths.

Others were outside or created in an apartment.

Podcast with Rahim.

YouTube

Rahim posted some behind-the-scenes video of his Bath photo shoot.

Conclusion

I am glad that I received the question, as I got to review one of my favorite photo shoots. I thank Rahim and Blake for the fantastic images. I even placed Bath, UK, on my travel list (post-pandemic).

Are you a fan of costume-based photography? If so, what is your favorite costume? Let me know in the comments.

Note: After writing this post, I found a photo of another gym trainer who wore a 300 Movie costume: Jeff Seid by Photographer Luis Rafael.

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Eco-Friendly: DIY Workout Tank Top from T-Shirt

Introduction: A New Use for Old T-Shirts

Some Instagram posts feature a particular type of workout shirt—a tank top that was formerly a t-shirt. Typically, the wearer has built considerable muscle mass, which contrasts with the open shirt fabric.

(Scroll down for how-to videos.)

Connor Mead
YouTuber Ryan Dengler
Blake Mouyassar by Michael A. Downs

Eco-Friendly, Popular Gym Shirt

These shirts are an example of repurposing old clothes, which helps to reduce textile waste.

Josh Watson

This workout shirt is also popular. There are many searches for this gym shirt on Internet search engines. It makes sense as the workout shirt is budget-friendly and relatively easy to create. On Pinterest, this shirt style has a search peak through warmer weather months.

Diego Sechi in London, UK

How to Cut a T-Shirt to Create a Muscle Shirt

There are several instructional YouTube videos–with a high level of views.

Can You Rock the Muscle Tee?

I think that this type of shirt suits muscular bodies well. A smaller t-shirt would work better for aspiring bodybuilders.

For guys with massive gains, you can make a stringer tank. See the video by pro bodybuilder Evan Centopani.

Conclusion

Embrace the workout tank top, eco-friendly clothing that is easy on the budget and shows off your workout results.

Did you find the YouTube videos helpful? What are your thoughts about the workout tank top? Let me know in the comments.

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Crossfit Workout Shorts for Men

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Crossfit Workout Shorts for Men

Introduction

Perhaps you are a newbie Crossfit enthusiast preparing for your first WOD, or you are a skilled Crossfit athlete seeking to find the best men’s shorts that will be as tough as you perform your exercise movements. This article will explain the various types of Crossfit shorts that are on the market.

WOD or Box Shorts Are Just Gym Workout Shorts

According to the wodhopper website, a Crossfit box is a gym that affiliates with Crossfit. An affiliated gym must have Crossfit-certified trainers on site. WOD in Crossfit stands for workout of the day. As each gym is independent, the workout emphasis varies from gym to gym.

According to Invictus Fitness, Crossfit gyms typically “post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete.” So box shorts or wod shorts are essentially gym shorts.

For a reflection of a new person starting Crossfit from mens physique, read a blog article about Tom Seed.

Crossfit Shorts that Will Work as Hard as You During Your WOD

Crossfit uses functional movements. As a result, shorts that allow you to achieve the full range of motion is the best. You have a range of shorts from which to select your favorite.

Brands

Several brands create Crossfit shorts, including Nike, No Bull, Reebok, Ten Thousand, and Rogue.

Crossfit Board Shorts

In this blog, I wrote an article for board shorts in mens physique competitions. The board shorts there are closer to the leg. For Crossfit, the board shorts have a wider leg opening given the demands of the Crossfit WOD. For example, see the Reebok board shorts; the shorts have a wide leg opening that could suit demanding leg-focused exercise movements. Reebok’s board shorts have pockets.

The Rogue brand also has a board shorts option available. The board shorts, like the Reebok, have a pocket.

Crossfit Cordura Shorts

What is Cordura?

Cordura is a trademarked brand name for a fabric that INVICTA (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) manufactures. The synthetic fabric is available for civilian use. Cordura can withstand abrasions, is generally water repellent and flame resistant. Read more about Cordura at Sailrite’s website.

I was not able to find any shorts with Cordura. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Kevlar Shorts

What is Kevlar?

Kevlar is a trademarked brand name for a synthetic fabric known best for its use in bullet-resistant body armor. Kevlar’s creator is Stephanie Kwolek, and DuPont owns the trademark. Kevlar is cut and puncture resistant and flame resistant.

Why is Kevlar used in Crossfit shorts? The workouts can be demanding, but not to the extent of needing Kevlar’s strengths. I was not able to find any shorts with Kevlar. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.

Crossfit Compression Shorts

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Considering the functional exercise moves in Crossfit, a compression short is available. The use of compression shorts is wide in fitness. Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short can incorporate an optional compression liner in the shorts. The Interval shorts also have pockets.

There is a compression short that is a separate item, such as the one from No Bull.

Introducing: The Tactical Short

Crossfit Fight Shorts

The Rogue brand offers a fight short for MMA fights, Crossfit WODs, and gym workouts. The fight shorts have a velcro closure. The Rogue fight short has a side zipper pocket.

What to Wear under Crossfit Shorts?

Given the amount of movement with this activity, briefs, boxer briefs, or compression shorts would work well. Some shorts, like the Interval Shorts discussed above, can incorporate a compression liner under the top shell of the shorts.

The Underwear Expert did a video several years ago asking Crossfit athletes about their underwear preference.

Conclusion

This article has covered the shorts available to the new and experienced Crossfit athlete. The fabrics of the shorts will sustain rough treatment during challenging WODs.

Also, Crossfit shorts have a place in the athleisure category, with most of the shorts having pockets.

Any of the shorts featured are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.