Mens Physique Board Shorts: An Inspired, Dedicated Gym Trainer Prepares for Competition

Mens Physique Board Shorts: An Inspired, Dedicated Gym Trainer Prepares for Competition

Introduction

You have been a dedicated weight trainer, and you have developed a good nutrition plan that works with your body. You are seeing results and want to take things to the next level. You have also determined that you have what it takes to compete with the other athletes that will show up.

How will you choose the best board short that will present your best image to the contest judges? How to develop a smooth, confident posing style for the stage? This article will help you find the answers you need to ace your first contest.

Mens Physique Board Shorts Rules

The IFBB created the Mens Physique Division on November 11, 2012.

There are numerous federations to consider. I have listed the rules for mens physique stage shorts for a few federations.

FederationMens Physique Board Shorts Rules (as of August 23, 2020)
IFBB1. Competitors will wear an opaque, loose-fitting board shorts which are clean and decent. The colour and fabric of the shorts will be left to the competitor’s discretion.   Shorts may have geometric patterns and motives, but no inscriptions and cambered ornamentation. The shorts will cover the whole upper leg, down the upper point of the knee (patella). The use of padding anywhere in the trunks is prohibited.  
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.  
3. Personal sponsors logos are not permitted on the shorts; however a manufacturer’s logo such is accepted.
NPCContestants will be asked to walk in board shorts (shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button, no spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.)
UKBFFThe attire for all rounds is board shorts, which must conform to the following criteria:
1. Material and colour can be of the athlete’s personal choice.
2. No tight, lycra style shorts are allowed.
3. Board shorts should not cover the knees.
4. Personal Sponsors logos are not permitted on the board shorts. However a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike, Adidas or Billabong are accepted.
CPAPosing Shorts: Contestants will be asked to walk in board shorts .  Shorts must be just above the knee in length and can be one inch below the belly button.   No spandex and no logos are permitted on the board shorts however a manufacturer’s logo such as Nike symbol or Billabongs are acceptable.  
OCBBoard shorts (loose shorts that come down to around the knee) are worn for both parts.   Shorts can be of any color and pattern.

Based on the rules of the various federations noted above, the expectation for competition board shorts is essentially the same. The IFBB does not allow cambered ornamentation.

In practice, mens physique contest athletes wear the shorts at the hips rather than one inch below the belly button. In addition, some of the board shorts have some spandex material (Darc Sport, Bro Activewear, Mens Physique Board Shorts, and Alphalete).

Why Board Shorts?

I could not find the reason why the IFBB chose the board shorts for mens physique. I guess that the board shorts were widely available.

The Board Shorts

Board shorts was created for surfing, but the style and fabric of the shorts have evolved. For more about the board shorts, you can read a blog post on the Old Bull Shorts webpage.

The board short does not come with a liner and fits on the hips.

Board shorts come from big brands (Quiksilver, Hurley, Billabong) that come from surfing. You need wide legs to make it easy to move on the surfboard. However, mens physique competitors are focused on physique display on a stationary stage. Some brands have made alterations to the board short focused on that competition goal (for example, coloring, tapered leg).

Mens Physique Board Shorts Style

According to a YouTuber, Hart’s Physique Channel, some of the mens physique board shorts are tapered to show the outline of well-trained thighs. This is a recent development as board shorts are made for surfing and thus have a wider leg opening.

Mens Physique Board Shorts Brands

Narcizo

Narcizo is a brand based in Hungary. The brand’s goal, as described on its website, is to create stage (board) shorts that suit the goals of physique competition. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The offers two styles—unicolor and patterned. The price of unicolor shorts is 69 euros. For the patterned shorts, the price is 89 euros.

Mens Physique Show Shorts

The Mens Physique Show Shorts brand is based in the United Kingdom. According to its website, the focus of the brand’s board shorts is to have the right fit and colors (the brand used a horizontal stripe pattern) to make the result of the contestant’s hard work—his physique—stand out to the judges.

The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is 28, 30, 32, and 34. The price (on the day of the post) is 39.99 Great Britain pounds.

BroActiveWear

BroActiveWear is a brand based in the United States. The brand states that it creates distinctive styles in its clothing. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts is small (28-30), medium (30-32), and large (32-34). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 100 U.S. dollars.

Alphalete

Alphalete is a brand owned by Christian Guzman, and the brand based in the United States. The brand started its board shorts offering (Titan) on September 12, 2020. The sizing of the brand’s board shorts has the widest range of waist sizes (28-40). The price of the brand’s board shorts is 55 U.S. dollars.

Mens Physique Posing

The purpose of the Mens Physique Division was to showcase less muscular yet aesthetic physiques. What that has meant is the development of the upper-body muscles, especially abs, and a v-taper–slim waist and wide shoulders. As a result, the low waist of the board shorts helps to display the athlete’s contest conditioning of the abdomen. A muscle group on the sides of the torso, the external obliques, also becomes prominent with training and at lower body-fat levels (the so-called v-line) and emphasizes a v-tapered look.

Posing in Mens Physique Compared with Bodybuilding

In bodybuilding, several poses display the muscularity of various muscle groups. For example, the double-biceps pose.

In mens physique, the total physique is assessed. The IFBB rules that the judges will ask the competitors to make four quarter turns (IFBB rules (2019), mens physique, article 5, paragraph 4).

Author’s note: See related information in a blog post about a Canadian mens physique competitor, Kyle Hynick, which discusses in part the distinction between mens physique and bodybuilding.

Ryan Terry coaches Elton Pinto Mota in mens physique stage posing.

(Both Ryan and Elton are now professionals in mens physique.)

Conclusion

There are many steps in the journey toward your first competition. Participation is the best teacher. You will learn how you handle pressure while maintaining focus to achieve the goals that you want. I hope that this article just a couple of topics—board shorts and posing—helps you with your contest preparation path.

Any successes and teachable moments that you learned during contest preparation, contest, and post-contest, please share them by email or in the comments section.

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Introduction: Lounge Shorts and Finding Garcon Francais

With the challenges of the year 2020, guys are looking for comfortable clothing to wear while working from home as well as to relax and run their errands. One item that has proven to be popular are shorts in the lounge category. These shorts are alternatively called pajama shorts. However, those with pockets and with the proper design can be worn outside of the house.

French Brand Garcon Francais and Killian Belliard, Fitness Influencer

While researching another blog topic, I found the lounge shorts by Garcon Francais, a brand that has its clothing made completely in France. However, the brand does sell to people outside of France (the website has versions in English and Spanish also currency is available in Great Britain pounds and U.S. dollars).

I knew of Garcon Francais brand from Instagram from Killian Belliard, a model and fitness influencer. Garcon Francais posted some photographs of Killian in Garcon Francais lounge shorts on the brand’s Instagram profile. (Photographer: Pascalpprl.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

The Piyama (or Lounge) Short

At the Garcon Francais website, the brand places the lounge short in its men’s homewear category. Garcon Francais has a price point that is toward the high end (49.17 Euros or approximately 57.87 US dollars). According to the product description, the lounge shorts are designed for a guy to feel comfortable to relax in during the evenings. The fabric composition is 93 percent cotton and 7 percent Elastane. The short colors available are red, dark blue, and grey. (The waistband is in a contrasting color.)

My favorite color is blue, but I also like to boldness of what I call fire-engine red. While the price was toward the high end, I liked the pockets, the tapered fit of the legs, as well as the overall refined yet casual appearance of the shorts.

Comparison with Box Menswear and Nice Laundry

Previously, I have done a blog post on a lounge (bed) short from Box Menswear (no longer available), which did not have pockets and they have a wider fit. Another lounge short that I reviewed was from Nice Laundry. The Nice Laundry shorts are similar in appearance to the Champion men’s gym shorts that were popular when I was in school, except the Nice Laundry shorts have an underwear-like liner, have a shorter inseam, and have a tapered leg.


Decision Made: Buying the Lounge Short

I selected the dark blue shorts, called the “flag short pyjama bottom,” and a pair of the navy boxers (not reviewed here). The sizing in European sizes tends to be a bit smaller than US sizes. So, it was wonderful that Garcon Francais provides a convenient link to its size chart. My size was available as XXL (36-inch waist). The largest size available is XXXL (38-inch waist).

I figured that since the shipping cost to the United States was 20 Euros (approximately 23.60 US dollars), I should have an order big enough to justify the shipping fee.

With my selection in the shopping cart, I paid using a credit card. Everything went smoothly. The package arrived at my house through the U.S. Postal Service about 4 days later. (I wish there was a tracking option available so that I can see where the package is.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

Packaging

The order arrived in a brown padded envelope. Inside there was a blue paper folder with a red elastic band with the invoice. The clothes were neatly folded inside with a card showing where parts of the clothing were sourced in France and care instructions. I commend the brand for the efficient use of resources in lower use of packaging materials.

Quality

With the price point, I expected very high quality and I was not disappointed. Neat stitching and soft fabric (just as described on the website).

Fit

I like the relatively slim fit of the shorts and the length looks and feels right. I am happy that the sizing information was accurate.

Conclusion

I am very happy with my order. The refined, casual styling and fit ensures that I will be enjoying wearing the shorts for a long time. I likely will return for the red shorts.

I hope that this review has been helpful to you.

If you have found that lounge shorts are a favorite of yours, enter a comment with the brand and style below. If you have a favorite outfit for your leisure time, inform us also in the comments.

Men’s Underwear 2020: Box Menswear Releases Bold New Range

Men’s Underwear 2020: Box Menswear Releases Bold New Range

Introduction

In August 2020, Box Menswear released 4 new underwear styles. One was a new version of the King Fit boxer, the Evo version. Three other styles were more bold selections within the well-searched and competitive men’s lingerie category:

The new range is a departure from the current range of men’s underwear available for sale at Box. Based on the number of people searching for items in the men’s lingerie category, it is a good bet. The available sizes for the new range are XS to XXL.

Box Menswear’s sizing chart

Note: At the time that this post was published, the new items are available for pre-order.

Presenting Matt Luscious and Photographer Paul Jamnicky

In viewing Box Menswear’s Instagram pages, I saw previews of the new range. Photographer Paul Jamnicky and Canadian fitness model Matt Luscious created images, with Matt wearing the new range. Both men posted photos on their respective Instagram pages.

Box Menswear’s New 2020 Additions

King Fit Boxer Briefs, Evo

The King Fit boxer briefs are a popular style at Box. With the new Evo version, there are several changes from the current version. The first is the bigger waistband with larger lettering for the brand. According to the brand description, the Evo is made of cotton fabric.

(The current king fit boxers have a fabric composition of Body: 96 percent bamboo viscose, 4 percent elastane; vent: 88 percent polyamide, 12 percent Spandex.)

The Evo features more room in the front as well. The Evo only comes in one color, nude (appears to be a beige color).

Suspender Jock

The suspender jock is a new addition to Box’s jockstraps range. The suspender jock, like the king fit Evo, features a bigger waistband with the larger typeface of the brand. The styling of the jockstrap is different in two ways:

  • The rear of the jockstrap has more straps, the usual two at the rear but bigger and more elastic grip. There are two vertical straps are each side.
  • The front of the jockstrap has a blue fabric panel, with an opening at the top.

The overall look is strong yet more-revealing. You can see more images (NSFW) on the website.

G-String

The G-string is a more-revealing brief style. The only real fabric covering with the g-string is the front, which is a thin, see-through material. There are thin straps that have the brand name which holds the g-string on the body.

You can see more images (NSFW) on the Box Menswear website.

All Over Lace Boxers

With the lace boxers, the wearer gets fabric coverage like a boxer brief, but the fishnet-style solid fabric is see-through. The styling is similar to the new king fit Evo style discussed above.

You can see more images (NSFW) on the Box Menswear website.

Conclusion

With the suspender jock, g-string, and lace boxers, Box Menswear has made its entry into the men’s lingerie market. After glancing at the search traffic numbers, the category has high interest and many brands trying to fulfill the wants of the people in this market.

Perhaps, you want to add some variety to your underwear selections. Check out what Box has to offer.

Have an interest in men’s lingerie? If so, leave a comment as to your favorite styles in the comments. If there are styles that are not widely available, but you think should be, let us know of the rare or missing styles in the comment section.

Male Fashion and Portrait Photographer, Austin, Texas: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Male Fashion and Portrait Photographer, Austin, Texas: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Contact information and social media channels for Austin, Texas, Photographer Trey


Need portraits for to get a dream project completed? Contact Trey to discuss your project.

Want to support an artist? Buy a print. Check out Trey’s Instagram and website for your favorites.

Follow and subscribe to Trey’s social media channels: website | Instagram | Twitter | buy prints | Discuss your photo project with Trey |

Keep scrolling to see the article below.


Introduction

While doing some social media work for Box Menswear, I was able to discover the work of Austin, Texas, based Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar. Trey was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s 2019 photo shoot in Texas.

I saw some Trey’s photos from the Box Menswear photo shoot on Instagram, which I liked and wanted a physical print. I emailed him and found out prints were possible. I have bought several prints over time.

Trey provides some information about his inspiration for his business as well as his photography niche.

I try to create unique, colorful images. I want our images to be something you get excited about and love. I am constantly challenging myself and I continue to grow as a photographer and an artist. I often post on Instagram and Vero, all the  projects I am working on, things that I am learning and sometimes, some behind the scene shenanigans. 

Portraiture and Fashion are what I enjoy and love to photograph the most. I specialize and found my niche in male photography, but also LOVE photographing the ladies. When you work with me, always plan on having fun and be prepared to become a friend of mine.

Trey’s website
Model: Seth Holbrook

This blog has had several articles on the models in front of the camera. This blog article will focus on the person behind the camera. I will start with an interview Trey did with Yo Soy podcast.

Yo Soy Podcast with Trey

Alejandro Victoria hosts the Yo Soy podcast, which is also based in Austin, Texas. In 2019, Yo Soy had an interview with Trey.

In the podcast, Alejandro and Trey discussed several topics, including how Trey transitioned from working in retail to entering photography and owning his own business. Trey also discussed how he entered the male portrait photography niche. Also, Trey provides his view on being a Latino within the portrait photography industry.

Trey is open to providing photography advice to people who ask him for it. He noted in the interview that while he provides technical advice, each person has a different eye and will produce different images.

While Trey posts photos of stunning models on his Instagram pages, those models’ business is based on looking fantastic in photos. Those photos attract attention and create business leads. Trey takes photos of all people, focusing on helping the person to look their best.


Need portraits for your project or want to buy a print? Contact Trey for more information.


For people looking to enter photography, Trey encourages people to take a lot of photographs of everything. This is the way to discover what type of photography the person likes.

Alejandro asked Trey if he had any favorite models. Trey responded that he likes working with models that are comfortable in their skin. (Interestingly, Trey himself prefers to take photos rather than being in photos.) Trey named two models as favorites, Keith Laue, and Kevin Mize, though I got the impression that he likes working with all people.


I have provided a summary of the 30-minute interview. I recommend listening to the podcast as you get to learn more about Trey the artist and person creating the images.

My Photo Orders

I saw some photos that Trey posted on his Instagram from the Box Menswear photoshoot with Josh Watson, a model from the United Kingdom, posing with a U.S. flag. So, the photo had a guy from the United States’ former colonial country enjoying his time in the former colony.

Other photos that I have bought: Box Menswear model Alex Parker and another model named Jordan. The photos are more of the models interacting with space. The models have been in the gym or have a physique developed with athletics. Most have sunlight and one is under studio lights.

Why Buy Photo Prints?

With the Internet, there is a lot of photography to enjoy. However, photographs are a form of intellectual property which is owned by someone, usually the photographer. The issue with the Internet is that the photographs are enjoyed without credit being given to the model or the photographer. So, on the blog, I make sure to locate model and photographer names and provide links for each. To the extent possible, I ask if prints are available.


Need portraits for your project or want to buy a print? Contact Trey for more information.


As things have moved to digital and there is more concern with conserving paper and the use of chemicals, prints are less common than when I was growing up (there was not the Internet as it exists today. Photography was based on the use of film and having prints made.)

Also, I want to support the artist making the photos that I enjoy. So, I buy a book or a print to do it.

Trey’s Work

Trevor

Trey has a blog on his website. While it is from 2018, there are some interesting entries there. One blog post was about a New Yorker, Trevor, who is an artist. Trey met Trevor through Instagram. All the photos are great.


Need portraits for your project or want to buy a print? Contact Trey for more information.


Box Menswear

Trey had been taking photos for Box Menswear clothing since 2018. Based on his blog posts, he likes working with the brand. An interesting side note: In the Yo Soy podcast (discussed above), Trey mentioned that Luke Mills, the owner of Box Menswear, had asked him to take photos in Thailand. Trey had declined the invitation.

For the next big trip, Box Menswear brought the photo shoot to Trey’s state–Texas. I noticed that some of the photo backgrounds for the 2019 photo shoot were the same as some of the photos on Trey’s Box Menswear blog (spring 2018 commercial shoot with Keith Laue and a selection of Box Menswear editorial photos with several different models).

(I have blog posts on some of the models in this post: Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, and Kyle Hynick.)

Carlos Effort


Need portraits for your project or want to buy a print? Contact Trey for more information.


After the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas, one of the models there, Carlos Effort, returned to do another photo session with Trey. Carlos’ photos show a stunning combination of physical fitness and handsomeness.

Calvin

Another photo set was with a model named Calvin. Calvin has several talents: art, dance, and baking.

Conclusion

The models are seen in many photos and advertisements, the photographers also responsible for the image are not seen yet are an important part of the field. I heard about Trey’s work while seeing the numerous photos related to the huge Box Menswear photo shoot.

Also, I was happy to find the Yo Soy podcast in which I was able to find out more about Trey’s background and approach to photography.

I look forward to enjoying more photographic art from Trey.

Please write your questions or comments about photography or male modeling industry in the comment section.

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

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Introduction

Note: This story is based on observations in a pre-pandemic New York City. May we recover from this pandemic experience, so that we will be able to scale back up with deliberate care–over time–to pre-pandemic levels.

One-time fitness model and personal trainer Kyle Hynick posted some photographs from his photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Jade Young seemingly in Times Square in New York City. The backdrop had people there who appeared not to be looking at a dude posing for photographs in his Calvin Klein underwear. The people essentially appeared to be fully engaged in doing tourist things. Initially, I thought that the background of Times Square was a creation of photo editing.

My thought was not correct. A commentator on Kyle’s photos stated that the commenter viewed Kyle’s photoshoot in person. I was immediately intrigued. Of course, physique competitors seek the limelight and can pose their well-trained and dieted physiques on stage in front of an audience. Posing a physique on a public stage is just a matter of scale.

I discovered that another model, Tyson Dayley, a WBFF pro fitness model, also had a photoshoot in Times Square. In his photos and video that he posted on Instagram, however, the people in the background also were taking photos of Tyson. People were sitting close by.

Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. What draws Photographer Jade Young there? Why a male in underwear appears to be an unsurprising sight? I did a quick Internet search on the history of Times Square to find out.

Times Square: from Gritty to Upscale Tourist Destination and Corporate Location

Times Square, a tourist destination and business area, was once home to adult films and gritty culture. There is a blog post on the history and transformation of Times Square at the Times Square District Management Association website.

Times Square and Calvin Klein Underwear

In Photographer Jade Young’s photos in Times Square, at times the models wear Calvin Klein underwear. There is a connection between Calvin Klein underwear and Times Square: the billboard ads for the underwear brand made history there.

In 1982, Calvin Klein had a billboard ad with Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in Times Square. The photographer was Bruce Weber. According to a New York Times article, the billboard ad stopped traffic.

Since then, Calvin Klein ads pushed underwear advertising forward, including the next model, Mark Wahlberg. Following Mark Wahlberg, other models became famous after being featured in a Calvin Klein underwear ad. The New York Times published another article about another former Calvin Klein model, Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Also in Times Square, is a guy who has made a lot of money walking around Times Square in cowboy boots and underwear, the “Naked Cowboy“. Freshpair’s National Underwear Day, August 5, had a runway show in Times Square.

Jade Young and Times Square Photoshoots

When the Calvin Klein ads first appeared, high-speed Internet or social media sites did not exist. But that history seems to have had some influence on fitness models and influencers, who often feature underwear or men’s clothing brands in their social media posts.

In addition, there are more underwear brands in the market. Still, Calvin Klein, now part of PVH Corporation, remains a strong market player in underwear.

Jade Young now also takes photoshoots in Times Square with men in underwear in person rather than in a billboard photograph. I think the transition also humanizes the model as you could interact with the model and the photographer and perhaps even get an autograph. Formerly, you only could look up at a huge billboard ad.

Jade Young and Kyle Hynick

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Kyle Hynick, featured on this blog, posted several photos from Times Square.

Jade Young and Tyson Dayley

Tyson Dayley, a pro fitness model and fitness influencer, also posted photos and videos taken in Times Square.

Conclusion

When I looked at Jade Young’s photos of models in Times Square, I did not expect that it would lead to a blog post. But the notion of posing in public so openly was an attention grabber. When doing research and finding articles that traced a story, my old journalistic love for a story was reawakened. I could not resist.

How interesting that a Calvin Klein ad pushed the mainstream culture forward as well as developed many new underwear brands. Despite that, Calvin Klein remains a market force.

If you notice any Instagram posts with other fitness models in Times Square, please leave a comment with the link.

Mens Fitness Models: Richard Duchon

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Rchard Duchon, a law student  and fitness influencer from the Netherlands, takes a selfie with his Apple iPhone at a gym's Smith Machine.
Richard’s leg day at the gym.

Richard’s social media: Instagram | YouTube | website |

Introduction

Richard Duchon, who was born in Austria, moved to the Netherlands when he was younger and still lives there. Richard is a law student as well as a fitness model, fitness YouTuber, and online trainer.

Currently, he is sponsored by the fitness brand, Gymshark.

After the closure of gyms worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several fitness YouTubers created at-home workouts. In writing another blog post on these home workouts, I found some of Richard’s videos on YouTube.

In the time before the pandemic, Richard did several gym workouts, which demonstrate his body-part split routine, which I will also cover in this blog post.

Richard’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube | website |

Featured on Fit Media Channel

Richard was featured on Fit Media Channel on YouTube as “The Body of 2019.”

Since that feature, Richard returned to Fit Media Channel to demonstrate workout exercises for the shoulder.

Gym Workouts

Richard, according to one of his YouTube videos, follows a four-day body-part split workout to suit his goal for a balanced physique.

The two ways of training are full-body training, which is a workout for all muscle groups in every workout. Alternatively, you can do what Richard does, which is to train a muscle group or groups each training day.

Richard’s Workout Split

The workout split is chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders and abs, and leg day. Richard takes one day off per week from training.

Chest and Back

Back and Biceps

Shoulders and Abs

Cardio

Legs

At-Home Workouts

Bodyweight Workouts

For an experienced weight trainer like Richard, the pandemic-caused closure gyms could present a problem. But, gym trainers like Richard created bodyweight workouts to continue their training in the interim period.

The exercises are those exercises I remember in physical education classes in schools I attended in the United States. It shows creativity and resilience to be able to think of alternative exercises rather than just giving up and waiting for more-ideal training days after the pandemic has ended.

Also, I like the idea of relying on bodyweight exercises, as it allows absolute beginners who are interested to start their own fitness journey with the equipment they already have—some space in an apartment or house and their own body weight.

In the bodyweight workouts, Richard performs full-body training as well as performing his workout split with bodyweight exercises. Based on his exercise form, Richard has been able to master his bodyweight in these exercises.

Home Workouts with Weights

Richard also made home workouts with weights.

Conclusion

As I went to law school as well, I respect Richard for being able to attend to the heavy demand of law school while also taking time to take care of his physique and train his clients.

Although a gym trainer, he is well-acquainted with bodyweight exercises. I saw the relative ease he had doing the bodyweight workouts, showing that he has been doing them along with gym training.

I wish Richard continued success.

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

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Introduction—Who is Sam Cushing?

While preparing another post on fitness YouTubers who make at-home workout videos, I found Sam Cushing while doing research for that post. I learned through more research that he has a degree in marketing and operations and that he went to live and work in South America for a couple years. He left a corporate job in New York to start a new path in life.

Sam Cushing is on a hill in California. The Hollywood sign is in the background.
Sam Cushing in California.

Sam started out on social media on Instagram. To engage more with his fans, he started a YouTube channel.

Sam can speak Spanish as well as English.

Sam also can play the piano.

Biographical Information

How old is Sam Cushing? 27 (at the time of this post)

Sam Cushing’s education degree in marketing and operations.

Sam’s background is in corporate marketing. In an interview with Chicago Go Pride, Sam provided this information about his previous career path, “After graduating Cum Laude with a dual degree in Marketing and Operations from the University of Illinois, I went on to explore a career in consulting at PwC in New York; working with some of the biggest retail and consumer brands that exist, on their customer experience and digital strategies.”

What is Sam Cushing’s birthday? April 13 (astrological sign Aries)

What does Sam Cushing do?  He is a digital marketer and fitness trainer.

Sam’s website

Sam has a website, samcushing.co, where you can read more about him.

Sam’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Spotify

Sam’s Workout Videos

I discovered Sam’s at-home workout videos, made during the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Gyms, among other places, were closed for public health reasons. As a result, several fitness YouTubers made at-home follow-along workouts for people in quarantine or following stay-at-home orders. Sam has done some home workout videos; he first published gym workouts on his YouTube channel.

Gym Training Videos

Before the pandemic, Sam made some gym training videos—one for training back and biceps, the other for training legs.

At-Home Workouts

Sam also has posted some home workout videos on his YouTube channel.

Abs

Chest

At-Home Body-weight Workout

Conclusion

While searching for information for a previous blog post, I was able to find out about Sam. Sam has an interesting life story and a great start in his digital marketing and fitness training. It is quite a move to leave North America to live in South America, especially to work and live in a different language and culture.

I look forward to reading stories about his continued success.

Male Fitness Models: Josh Watson

Male Fitness Models: Josh Watson

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Introduction

Josh Watson, lives in the United Kingdom. I first saw Josh through Instagram, as he was competing in powerlifting and through YouTube when he was featured on Fit Media Channel as he competed in a physique competition.

Josh Watson poses in boxing gear in an outdoors setting in from of a heay bag.
Josh Watson by Pedro Perez. Shorts and boxers, Box Menswear.

Josh was on reality TV as an actor in Big Brother UK.

Josh later modeled for Box Menswear, flying to Texas, United States, for a photoshoot. It was not Josh’s first time in the States, as he went to California with Vince Azzopardi, Rossilino, and Rhys Sachett previously. (Rossilino also was at the Box Menswear Texas photoshoot.)

Josh is a tall guy, 6’4” (1.93 meters).

His birthday is 2-August (Leo).

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Did you find the leggings clip 😝😝

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Pout ✅ @boxmenswear jock ✅

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Hotel memoirs

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Josh’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube |

Josh at the gym.

Interview with Only Fans on YouTube

Josh had an interview with the Only Fans website in which he described his background as well as his positive experience with Only Fans.

Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

According to an interview with Greatest Physiques blog, Josh participated in Judo when he was nine through his mid-teens. At 15 years old, Josh started weight training with his dad.

In 2016. Josh did a workout with James Alexander-Ellis.

Josh went on to compete at the Miami Pro contest from 2014 through 2017. Josh won the Miami Pro in 2017. During 2017, Josh also had a photoshoot with Photographer Simon Barnes.

 Josh also won the title of Devon’s Strongest Man in 2017.

In 2018, Josh participated in a photoshoot with Photographer Arron Dunsworth.

Photoshoots

Peter Fletcher

Josh had a photo shoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, UK. Underwear is by Bjorn Borg. (Peter Fletcher was one of the photographers at the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas.)

Box Menswear

Texas

Josh was at the Box Menswear photoshoot in the United States in 2019. Josh had many great images from Texas. I have selected a few for this blog post. (Box Menswear: jockstraps, trunks, and briefs)

(Photo of Josh and Anthony, Box Menswear Instagram)

Thailand

There was also a Box Menswear photoshoot in Thailand. I selected some photos from that photoshoot for this blog post.

Rhys Sachett, Josh Watson, and Thomas. Photo by Jake O’Donnell. Swim shorts-Box.

Conclusion

Josh, after his time at Big Brother UK, has had success in the gym—winning a physique contest and a strongest man contest—and in fitness modeling. Josh has had many photoshoot opportunities.

Josh was involved in two huge photoshoot trips for Box Menswear, in Thailand and in the United States.

I am looking forward to what comes next.

Male Fitness Models: FitMan Dan

Male Fitness Models: FitMan Dan

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Introduction

FitMan Dan, lives in Romania. He is a full-time engineer. In addition to his job in engineering, Dan is also a fitness model.

He is a long-time YouTuber, having started his channel in 2011. His channel has over 1 million views.

Dan has a muscular, swimmer-type physique. He is 28 (at the time of this post), 6’0” or 1.84 meters tall.


His triceps respond well to training.

Video from Dan’s Twitter page

Questions and Answers

I had the opportunity to ask Dan some questions, and he provided his responses through email. Dan is a person with a full-time job who keeps active through his gym training and sports.

Question: Are you or have you been an athlete–that is have you participated in sports in school, college, or now?

Dan’s response: “[I am] not a professional athlete, but I loved sports since I was a kid. Enjoyed playing football, basketball, cycling and doing strength exercises.”

Question: Did you earn a degree in fitness or any other subject?

Dan: “No degree in fitness. However, beside my sport life, I am an engineer and have a degree in that.

Question: Are you a personal trainer?

Dan: “Not a professional one, but I do help people achieving their goals in fitness, whether muscle gaining, losing fat or being more healthy.”

Question: Did or will you ever compete in bodybuilding, mens physique?

Dan: “Not yet, but I’d like to, so maybe soon!”

About three years ago, Dan had an interview with ShapeFit about his fitness career. He described his process in transforming his body from a starting weight of 128 pounds (58 kg) to his then weight of 172 pounds (78 kg).


Dan’s Social Media

Along with his YouTube channel, Dan also has profiles at Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and the Best Flex. Dan also has a subscription page at Patreon.

Among the questions that I had for Dan through email, one of them asked about which social media site he likes the most. He responded YouTube. “I like posting 1-2 min long videos so it’s the best platform for that,” Dan explained. “My videos [there got] over 1 million views.”

Despite YouTube being his favorite, he has created accounts on other social media sites for his content. “But more recently I have also Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and the subscription based platforms (Patreon and OnlyFans) where I have all my full content and get more personal with my subscribers,” Dan wrote. “I can be found basically almost everywhere on internet if somebody just search “FitMan Dan” on [G]oogle.”

Dan’s YouTube Channel

At the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, which requires many to stay at home (and gyms are closed), Dan offers his tips on how to exercise at home.

The other content focuses on muscle flexing his lean-muscular physique with prominent abdominal muscles and vascularity.

Dan’s Instagram

As mentioned in his e-mail interview with me above, Dan posts content on his Instagram account.

Conclusion

Engineer Dan has built up a social media following surrounding his physique, especially with more than 1 million views on YouTube and with followers on other social media sites. Dan, who is a great person to work with, has built a great lean and muscular physique.

Check out Dan’s sites for more content. If you have questions for Dan, please leave them in the comments section or send an email to the blog (info at menswearnews.com).

Home Bodyweight HIIT Workouts: Fitness YouTubers, and an Olympic-level Diver, Demonstrate 10-20 Minute Exercise Routines

Home Bodyweight HIIT Workouts: Fitness YouTubers, and an Olympic-level Diver, Demonstrate 10-20 Minute Exercise Routines

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Fitness YouTubers covered in this post:

  • Fraser Wilson from Melbourne, Australia
  • Rodrigo Romeh from Mexico
  • four from the United Kingdom–Tom Daley (Olympic athlete-diving), Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach), Alex Crockford, and Rowan Row

Introduction

At the time of this blog post, the world is facing the challenge of the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The respiratory virus ranges from mild illness to critical illness, perhaps needing a ventilator. Hospital resources are limited, so the governments around the world have focused on preventing people from getting infected, from physical distancing to quarantine. Places, where people have congregated for food and entertainment, are shut down. Gyms have also been shut down.

While in quarantine or under stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, some fitness YouTubers have been adding home workout videos where people would be able to start training or continuing an exercise routine with minimal equipment or bodyweight.

Of course, home workouts on YouTube are not a new occurrence, there have been YouTubers that have many videos devoted to exercises a person could do at home or while on travel. I have been following a few of them–Fraser Wilson from Melbourne, Australia; Rodrigo Romeh from Mexico; and three from the United Kingdom–Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach), Alex Crockford, and Rowan Row.

I found a another fitness YouTuber while preparing this blog post: Tom Daley, a well-known Olympic-level diver from the United Kingdom. These YouTubers have had exercise videos where you could follow along with them as if they were your coach. Also, you can tailor the exercises according to your personal ability.

In general, the workouts are between 10-20 minutes.

Fitness YouTubers: Follow-Along 10-to-20 Minute Home Workout Routines

Fraser Wilson

Fraser Wilson, 23, is a fitness YouTuber who lives in Melbourne, Australia. (Birthday–November 12 (Scorpio).) Many of his follow-along videos focus on abs or bodyweight high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Fraser did an interview with the website, Bulk Hackers, in March 2020.

At his website, Fraser provides a bit of his background.

Hi, I’m Fraser. When I first started training in the gym, I was an insecure 17-year-old. 


The gym was the perfect stress relief, no matter what was going on in my life, a 1-2 hour session was like a meditation for me. I’d come out feeling refreshed, renewed and confident.


My love of fitness grew from there. I’ve been able to build a platform through social media to share my passion with the world. I’ve also been fortunate enough to sign with one of the largest companies in the fitness industry.

Fraser Wilson’s website

In 2017, Photographer Jake O’Donnell did a quick-answer interview with Fraser to know more about him. This video was posted on YouTube.

In terms of workout gear, in recent videos, Fraser mostly wears Gymshark with Nike sneakers. He seems to be a fan of bold colors in his workout clothing (seen more in pre-Gymshark videos).

(I have been noticing that Fraser has been adding colors back in his workout gear (great plan).)

Fraser has an app that he uses with his online personal training clients. The developer of the app is MacroActive Limited. (Side note: Some of Fraser’s photos are by Jake O’Donnell, who has taken photos for UK-based Box Menswear.)

Fraser’s Social Media

Fraser Wilson’s social media | Website | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook |

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YouTube

On Fraser’s YouTube channel there are a variety of videos, many fitness video logs, which feature workouts, and then follow-along workouts, which viewers can do at home. Based on the high number of views, these videos appear to be extremely popular. I have been following the HIIT cardio workouts for some time. It feels like you have a trainer with you when you do the follow-along workouts.

I typically have done one of his 10-minute home workouts. When I have more time, I challenge myself with the 20-minute workout. While I have to adapt to an easier version of some of the exercises, push-ups on the knees, for example, I feel that am improving over time.

Fraser added a video explaining how people new to training can could get lean for summer from home.

Rodrigo Romeh

Rodrigo Romeh’s social media | Website| Instagram | YouTube |

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Rodrigo Romeh was a fitness YouTuber and competed in physique competitions. Rodrigo lives in Mexico. Rodrigo has had appearances on Spanish-language TV in the United States and seems to have moved on to other opportunities.

During the time that he was preparing for physique competitions, Rodrigo made home workouts. This home workout lasts 30 minutes. After long commutes (traveling 40 miles for work by commuter train and city bus), I would do this workout after I came home.

Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach

Joe Wicks’ social media | website | Instagram | YouTube |

Joe Wicks, 33, from the United Kingdom, is a husband and father as well as an Instagram personality, book author and the owner of The Body Coach. His birthday is 21-September (Virgo).

On YouTube, Joe has numerous HIIT cardio routines for all levels of exercisers. While commuting for a full-time job, time was very short, but I wanted to get a workout in. It is very easy for me, after a long day at work, to feel a workout is just another layer of work. But I could not argue with 10-20 minutes for a workout.

Just bodyweight was challenging for me, but I have seen small yet encouraging improvements after sticking with the workouts consistently.

I was doing a low-impact hotel workout. Although the exercises were low-impact, the workout still was a challenge.

During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantines in many countries, Joe added online physical education classes for children.

Tom Daley

Tom Daley’s social media: | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter |

Tom Daley, 25, is an Olympic-level diver for the United Kingdom as well as a book author. Tom’s birthday is on 21-May (Gemini). Tom is sponsored by athletic fitness brand Adidas.

Tom, on his YouTube page, created some workouts that people could follow during stay-at-home orders because of the pandemic. (Tom has created workout videos previously as well.) In a separate, stay-at-home-related video, Tom helps his husband bake a cobbler.

Tom’s home workouts are based on HIIT cardio, where you exercise for 40 seconds and rest for 20 seconds

In the first home workout, Tom demonstrates five exercises that are repeated in two circuits:

  • RFE split squats
  • Squat jump walkouts
  • Sumo squat pulses
  • Alternating v sits

In the second home workout, Tom demonstrates five exercises, repeated in two circuits:

  • Lunges
  • Speedskaters
  • Press-up rotations
  • Plank side taps
  • Triceps dips

In the third workout video, Tom demonstrated a workout focused on the abdominal muscles (aka the six-pack). In this workout, there are six exercises:

  • Ab crunches
  • Toe touches
  • Side v sites
  • Back extensions
  • Bicycles
  • Mountain climbers

In a fourth workout video, Tom demonstrates five exercises, repeated in two circuits:

  • Press-ups narrow
  • Triceps dips
  • Press-ups wide
  • Plank shoulder taps
  • Press-up hold to leg lifts

Alex Crockford

Alex Crockford’s social media: Website | Instagram | Youtube | Facebook | Twitter |

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Alex Crockford, 29, lives in the United Kingdom and is the owner of #CrockFit, an online training business, and a fitness model.

In 2015, he gave away free hugs in Trafalgar Square in London.

At the time of this post, he is sponsored by UnderArmour. He traveled to downtown Baltimore, in the Inner Harbor area, to attend a conference at UnderArmour headquarters. (I at one time had a job in Inner Harbor East, near the waterfront.)

His birthday is on 15-June (Gemini).

Before the Coronavirus pandemic, Alex posted follow-along home-based bodyweight workouts. Some of these workouts are on his #CrockFit app on the HomeFit program.

The #CrockFitapp is a custom-made app developed by Calcey Technologies. Craig E. Ryder wrote an article about Alex and how Alex discovered Calcey Technologies in 2018.

With the global lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, gyms were closed, raising the interest of home-based workouts that a person could do without much equipment. (Alex has prepared videos for people with kettlebells or other weights.)

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While Alex is a personable guy, his bodyweight workouts are intense. I remember doing one follow-along HIIT workout and I was going through the circuits. Alex described the workout up front. What he calls a warm-up session, feels like a workout (which he admits in his exercise commentary). I was feeling tired by the end and was ready to stop. Then, Alex reminded his viewers that there was still a leg circuit (by then I forgot about the final leg workout) . I still remember feeling shocked. (lol)

I favor follow-along workout videos as it feels like you have a trainer doing the exercises with you and you get an implicit challenge to do your personal best and not to quit and turn off the video.

Alex helpfully offers alternatives to suit your current physical abilities. If you are interested in these workouts, you are interested in self-improvement. So, you will get the challenge you need.

In addition, Alex has a blog where he provides fitness tips and recipes. In one blog post, he provided tips on getting the most from home-based workouts.

I will post some of the more-recent home-workout-related posts below.

Rowan Row

Rowan Row’s social media: | Fitness Instagram | Website | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | TikTok |

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Fitness Model

Rowan Row, 31, is a fashion blogger and YouTuber who has a background as a runner and fitness model. Rowan lives in the United Kingdom. Rowan’s birthday is 17 February (Aquarius).

I first saw Rowan while he was a fitness model in 2013. There is a YouTube video featuring him at his first contest win.

A pre-contest video that Rowan recorded before his contest is still on his YouTube channel (with 935,000 views at the date of this blog post).

Rowan offers personal training e-book programs at his website.

Fashion Blogger

Rowan left competitive fitness modeling to do fashion and lifestyle blogging. Rowan still maintains his gym training.

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Home Workouts, with Nutrition Video Logs

With the gyms being closed, Rowan also created follow-along home workouts. Rowan started with videos abdominal exercises in January 2020 and a home workout in February 2020.

An abdominal training video in April 2020 has been popular, with 2.2 million views (at the time of this blog post). This video has the most views of any video on his channel. [

Rowan has also posted other home workout videos as well as videos on nutrition.

Conclusion

The reason for the increased variety of home workouts comes as a result of a serious risk to public health. Nevertheless, I have found them to be useful for me to start as a beginner. My goal is to become able to handle my own bodyweight and with some weighted exercises.

Are there any favorite home workouts that you enjoy? Perhaps you found some new possibilities in this post. Let me know in the comments.