Male Fitness Models: Josh Riquelme

Male Fitness Models: Josh Riquelme

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Introduction

Josh Riquelme, 23, is from upstate New York. He became represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019. (Instagram) In June 2020, Josh moved to Brooklyn, New York City. Josh currently is a content creator for his social media channels and his website. He is a Gemini, with a birthday on May 28.

Josh has a background in physique competition. Josh competed in a natural mens physique contest in 2016.

Josh has survived health issues. He first shared his story about depression on his YouTube channel (discussed below). He also recovered from a Coronavirus infection.

Josh has had a number of photo shoots with several photographers. Josh worked with one photographer, Carlos “Trey” Salazar, on a job for Box Menswear and continued to work with him to add photos to his portfolio.

(Also, Josh worked with another model, Kyle Hynick, in New York and Texas (for Box Menswear).)

Josh’s Fitness Journey

Josh’s Photo Shoots

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Eduardo Fermin

Eduardo Fermin is a photographer based in New York City. He and Josh have created awesome images.

Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Carlos “Trey” Salazar is an Austin, Texas, based photographer. (I have a post on Trey on the blog.). Josh have worked to create images multiple times, at a photo shoot for Box Menswear (discussed below), and then other times when Josh went to Texas.

Anh Nguyen Henry

When Josh went to Texas, he had a photo shoot with Houston, Texas, based Photographer Anh Nguyen Henry.

Bill Lagaret

Photographer Bill Lagaret works in New York City.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Josh in July 2020, visited a beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey and had some photos taken.

Shot by Lester / Lester Villarama

Josh did a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama of Shot by Lester. Josh wore a awesome olive-brown overcoat.

Peter Rock

Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo in Chicago, Illinois. In a 2020 photo shoot, Josh was clean shaven.

In a previous photo shoot, Josh had trimmed facial hair.

Mark Aquino

When Josh went to Los Angeles, California, he did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Aquino.

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Josh Recovers from Covid-19

The year 2020 was filled with challenges and surprises. In one of Josh’s Instagram posts, he explained that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He took a break to recover. Once he did, he returned to his social media work.

Josh Riquelme sits on concrete stairs in SoHo, NYC, gazing at you. Josh wears a navy blue hoodie with Apostrophe in white letters on the front and white, distressed jeans.
Hoodie: Apostrophe Vision

Josh’s Haircut with Fade

Josh showed his fresh, new haircut on his Instagram page (August 2020). The new haircut style is shorter than previous hair styles, with a fade on the sides.

Josh’s Social Media

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Gaming PC

Josh is a gaming PC enthusiast. He has some unboxing videos on YouTube.

Josh also streams on Twitch.

Mens Physique Competition

Mens Physique Competitor, 2016

Josh competed in a mens physique contest while a teenager. He covered his contest preparation on his YouTube account in 2016.

Josh prepared for a contest just after he graduated high school. He was 19 and a social media marketing coordinator. He started a video log to show his progress as he got into contest shape.

While doing the contest preparation, Josh also did a photoshoot with lifestyle shots.

Separately, during this period, there was a video of Josh trying on clothing from the Beyond Genetics brand.

Contest Preparation Macronutrients

Josh explained that his contest preparation macronutrients (aka macros) break down was–

  • Contest cut: 200 g protein, 250 g carbohydrates, and 55 g fat. For carbohydrates and protein, each gram is 4 calories and for fat, each gram is 9 calories. So the calories for Josh’s macros were 2295.
  • Refeed (for days to regain energy): 180 g protein, 390 carbohydrates, and 50 g fat. The calories for this was 2730.

Josh has a YouTube video showing his progression from the start of his contest preparation through his final contest shape.

He started contest preparation at about 165 pounds (74.8 kg) and competed at about 148 pounds (67.5 kg).

Josh ultimately earned his pro card at his contest. Josh states on his website that, in 2016, he became a pro in mens physique in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF).

After the Show

After the YouTube videos covering this contest, there were no updates to the channel until mid-2019. Josh prepared a video explaining what had happened in an update video.

Josh discussed his observations about his journey through depression and after depression on an Instagram page.

Workout Videos

Several of the newer videos were about Josh demonstrating the workouts he performs to develop and maintain his physique. Unlike other videos with muscular fitness models, Josh also shows his personality in the videos. This helps the viewer see the person who is a fitness model as well as gaining workout inspiration. This is in line with the level of disclosure Josh showed in discussing his bout with depression.

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Box Menswear

New York

He did a photoshoot with the new Box Menswear 2019 range in New York City with Photographer Jade Young. Also at this photoshoot was Kyle Hynick, a fitness model from Canada.

The photos from this photoshoot were for clothes on the Box Menswear website. I picked a few of them for this blog post.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos.

Texas

Following that, Josh went to the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas. Josh did a YouTube video log of part of his trip. (Kyle Hynick, who was with Josh in New York, also was in Texas.)

While Josh was at the Texas photoshoot for Box Menswear, he was able to create excellent images with the photographers. One from Photographer Jake O’Donnell from Australia.

Muscular model Josh Riquelme holds a garden hose and sprays water on his body, with the sunset in the background.
Josh Riquelme by Jake O’Donnell. Josh wears Box Menswear king fit boxers.

Below are some additional photos of Josh that were from the Texas photoshoot.

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Josh also went to the Liverpool, U.K., headquarters of Box Menswear in late 2019, with plans to return to Liverpool from March 15 to 30, 2020, according to Josh’s YouTube vlog and his Instagram.

Josh’s First Time on the U.S. West Coast

Josh also recorded his experience going to the West Coast of the United States for the first time–Nevada and California. While there, he created some images for the Box Menswear Instagram page.

Conclusion

From starting with gym training, to competing in mens physique and building his social media pages, especially Instagram and YouTube, and finally becoming a male model, Josh appears to be moving up in the fitness model industry. In addition, he appears to be a personable and friendly guy, that side comes through on his video logs.

Support Josh by following him on his social media channels, including subscribing to his YouTube profile.

I wish him continued success.

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Introduction: Leg Day Shorts Brands

  • Strong Lift Wear premium lift shorts
  • 2Eros S01 Icon shorts
  • Stay Shredded quads for the gods lifting shorts

I found some shorts that could work well for leg day. The shorts tend to fall in the mid-thigh area.

Leg Day Lifting Shorts

Strong Lift Wear

Strong Lift Wear is a fitness clothing company based in Australia. Of the shorts available on the Strong Lift Wear website, I liked the premium lift shorts for the colors, length, and design. (Stong Lift Wear is a brother brand to Tucann.)

The premium lift shorts are marketed for leg day but they could be used for a cardio session or just relaxing at home as well. The fabric composition is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent spandex. The shorts are made in China.

My Review

I selected the XL size (orange bolt color). It is hard to find the size guide. I have found sometimes that sizes for clothes from Australia can be on the smaller side. After an Internet search, I found the size guide.

I ordered the shorts (before the COVID-19 pandemic) from the US-based website. (The shorts still are shipped from Australia using Australia Post.) At the time I ordered, I was offered a deal to add socks for 10 US dollars and I accepted that.

I had no issues with the shipping before the pandemic. During the pandemic, international mail is affected as flights are being disrupted for the moment.

Shipping and COVID-19-related disruptions. For United States readers, there is a United States Postal Service webpage that details international postal service disruptions. In addition, Australia Post has a webpage for international mail deliveries affected by COVID-19. There are delays in shipments to the United States.

The shorts arrived in a large mailing envelope. Inside, the shorts were in a plastic bag and the sock was in plastic in the same envelope.

The lift shorts have a liner. It is the wearer’s preference to wear the shorts with or without underwear. The shorts fit great and I used them for an at-home HIIT workout and weight-training session.

The length of the shorts was perfect for HIIT training with lots of exercises similar to what was done in my physical education classes in the United States (mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, and so on). The shorts were perfect with the weight-training portion of my routine as well.

I am very happy with the lift shorts. I will order another pair.

Care Instructions

According to the label on the shorts, the shorts can be machine washed with warm water (no bleach) and tumble dry low, removing promptly from the dryer.

Stay Shredded Quads for the Gods Lifting Shorts

Stay Shredded, based in Australia, makes shorts designed for leg day. The shorts, named quads for the gods lifting shorts, have a lining like swimwear and a short length (mid-thigh) to allow the flexibility for leg exercises, like squats and deadlifts.

The website states that the fabric composition of the shorts is polyester and cotton. See the website for the size chart for the shorts.

My Review

I ordered these shorts to try them out. At the time that I ordered, the sizes that I was looking at (L & XL) were only available in certain colors. I ordered the black with white logo and the black with black logo.

When I tried them on they felt a bit tight around the hips but overall there was good support and flexibility.

I did a workout with them, particularly high-rep squats and walking lunges. The shorts worked well for both the exercises. Going deep with the squats was no problem with these shorts.

They have quickly become one of my favorite shorts for leg day.

Care Instructions

The lifting shorts have cotton in them. Cotton, the company explains, can shrink in the first wash, if the shorts are not washed correctly.

Thus, Stay Shredded recommends washing the shorts by hand in cold water or dry clean only.

For drying, the company recommends drying on a flat surface or hanging on a clothing hanger.

2Eros Icon Shorts

The company, 2Eros, is based in Australia. The shorts, S01 Icon shorts, have a mesh brief, are mid-thigh. The shorts are designed for swimwear as well as working out, according to the description on the website. A physique enthusiast named Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011), also known as Zyzz, used to wear these shorts in his social media posts.

The fabric for the shorts is 100 percent polyester and the mesh brief is made of polyester Elastane. A potential issue is that the shorts tend to be small. Check out the 2Eros size chart before buying.

Love Leg Day; Get Thigh Gains

I enjoy training legs in the gym. The legs happen to be a big muscle group and I love to do squats, walking lunges, and deadlifts. Many shorts are too long and interfere with leg-exercise form. (See another article about Crossfit shorts for men.)

Perhaps, some guys have great leg development and are physique or bodybuilding or are workout enthusiasts who are concerned about muscle size and development. These guys might want to see the legs working while they exercise. (In general, short shorts seem to be making a comeback.)

Shorts, Athletegy. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.

Why Leg Day is Important

What is Leg Day?

For fitness enthusiasts or people just starting out with weight training, leg day is the day that exercises for the legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves) are done.

Some people train legs more than one time per week following a full-body training routine. Others do a body-part split training routine. The all parts of the legs could be worked on the same day or the quads, hams, and calves are trained on different days.

The legs, especially the quads and hams are huge muscle groups that carry our bodyweight everyday. Because of this the legs can handle a lot of weight and be exhausting to train. The reward is well-toned legs.

I typically focus on the barbell squat and deadlift for leg day. I have found that shorts that do not get in the way on the movement are better.

Conclusion

Leg day is much talked about because the legs are such a large muscle group that takes effort and energy to train. The benefits of having well-conditioned legs makes the effort worth it.

The shorts (in this post) that have been designed for leg day have worked well. The high quality of the Strong Lift Wear shorts impressed me.

Are there other shorts that you like for leg day? Any favorite leg day exercises or routines you would like to share? Let me know through a comment.