Raúl “Yayu” Esparza: Classic Physique Competitor, México

Raúl “Yayu” Esparza: Classic Physique Competitor, México

Author’s note: This blog is in English; however, Yayu speaks Spanish. Google Translate is on the right sidebar and can produce a Spanish version. Please let me know if the translation is correct in the comments or in an e-mail.

Introduction

Raúl “Yayu” Esparza, 21 (a Leo), lives in Zacatecas, Mexico. A college student, he studies Physical Culture and Sports. He is also a physique athlete, starting with mens physique and looking to move up to classic physique.

Yayu, the Athlete

Yayu has participated in physique contests. He is 1.74 meters tall (5 feet 8.5 inches).

  • Fifth place Mr. México GAMES
  • First place, mens physique principiante +1.74 Mr Centro Rep
  • Second place, classic physique principiante Mr. Aguascalientes

In addition to weight training and physique competitions, Yayu has participated in many other sports, such as fútbol or soccer, parkour, boxing, swimming, and basketball.

Yayu’s Social Media

Yayu is active on Instagram and TikTok.

Articles

The Fashionably Male blog published an article about Yayu and his photographer, Chris Femat. In the article, Yayu models clothing by Gus de la Cruz Couture.

Also, the website, GuaposWow (in Spanish) published an article about Yayu, including some of Yayu´s male fitness model photos.

Yayu’s Photo Shoots

Chris Femat

(Instagram and YouTube)

Yayu does photo shoots with Photographer Chris Femat (doing business as FitBook Photo). They have created fantastic images.

Chris also has photos with another physique competitor, Andrei Gutiérrez.

Conclusion

I wish Yayu well as he prepares for the next classic physique competition season.

Mens Underwear (2022): Walking Jack and Roger Zacha

Mens Underwear (2022): Walking Jack and Roger Zacha

Introduction

Roger Zacha, a personal trainer from Cyprus, is a physio student in The Netherlands and the model for Walking Jack´s photoshoot for the brand’s Ash Collection.

Roger previously had another photoshoot for Walking Jack’s Bluebird Collection.

The photographer, Louis C., is based in the United Kingdom and Cyprus.

BrandWalking Jack (Greece)
Photographer for the photoshootLouis C Photography

Ash Collection

There are three types of underwear available in the Ash Collection: trunks, briefs, and solid briefs.

Fabric Composition

FabricAmount in clothing
Cotton95 percent
Elastane (for stretch)5 percent

Size Chart

From Walking Jack’s website.

Conclusion

Yet another great photoshoot by Louis C and Roger for Walking Jack brand. I wish Roger much success in his studies and training business.

Have you tried on a pair of Walking Jack underwear or are curious to investigate further? Which collection is your favorite?

Male Fitness Model: Franco, Argentina

Male Fitness Model: Franco, Argentina

Introduction

Franco (aka Marco Maxxx) is a male fitness model, MMA athlete (Tae Kwon Do black belt x3 Pan American champion, Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt), and content creator. Marco lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Marco is studying to be a lawyer. He is also a father.

Marco’s birth date is 18-May, which makes him a Taurus.

Interviews

Infobae

Marco had another interview with Infobae, a Spanish-language publication. His parents are attorneys and his brother is a Roman Catholic priest. Marco will get a law degree.

Es Jueves Santo y no hay un alma en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Marco baja a abrir la puerta, sonríe a la distancia y saluda con un abrazo. Tiene 22 años y acaba de llegar de Gualeguaychú, donde nació y donde está a punto de terminar la carrera de Derecho. Es hijo de abogados y es, además, hermano de un sacerdote de la Iglesia Católica. Tiene un jean negro, una remera blanca y una tonada cálida y, a simple vista, podría ser solo eso: una pieza más de un tradicional rompecabezas familiar.

Gisele Sousa Dias, Infobae

(How to translate a website, via Google Translate.)

News Digitales

Marco had an interview with News Digitales in Argentina (en Español). The following section asks what his childhood dream was. Marco discusses his participation in martial arts.

(How to translate a website, via Google Translate.)

ND: – ¿A qué te dedicabas antes y cuál era tu sueño de chico?

MM: – No hablaría del pasado como un “antes” porque nunca dejé de hacer lo que me gusta y elijo. Hago artes marciales desde que tengo siete años, y mi sueño era ser campeón argentino. Lo logré a los 12 años, y luego de eso, cinco veces más. Estuve en la selección cuatro años y logré tres campeonatos panamericanos consecutivos representando a Argentina: en Paraguay 2014, Argentina 2016, y Brasil 2018. Ahora estoy estudiando abogacía, estoy en quinto año. Planeo recibirme el año que viene.

Agustin Rey, News Digitales

(Franco’s friend, Kito Shelby, also had an interview with the same reporter.)

Photo Shoots

Florence, Italy

Marco’s first photo shoot. The photographer was Pablo Lonardi.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Conclusion

Marco has a whole life pursuing the activities he loves. I wish him well. What is the favorite thing that you learned about Marco? Let me know in the comment section.

New York City: Mens Fashion Brands

I discovered some brands based in the New York City (NYC) area while researching and writing articles about local models and photographers.

Perhaps, I missed a brand based in NYC. If so, please tell me the name of the brand in the comments section or by email.

ClothingBrand NameWebsite
Briefcases, accessories  
 Stuart and Lauhttps://stuartandlau.com/
   
Custom Clothing  
 Proper Clothhttps://propercloth.com/about
   
Denim Jeans  
 Mott and Bow (tech pants, jeans)https://www.mottandbow.com/
 Brooklyn Denim Co.https://brooklyndenimco.com/
 Williamsburg Garment Co.https://williamsburggarment.com/
   
   
Casual Clothing  
 Calvin Klein (part of PVH Corp.)https://www.calvinklein.us
 ESNTLShttps://www.esntls.co
 Parke and Ronenhttps://www.parkeandronen.com/
   
   
Gym Clothing  
 Athletegyhttps://www.athletegy.com/
  Fourlaps https://www.fourlaps.com/
   
   
Underwear  
 Mack Weldonhttps://mackweldon.com/
 Calvin Kleinhttps://www.calvinklein.us
 Skull and Boneshttps://skullandbones.com/
 2Xisthttps://2xist.com/
  Chulo https://www.chulounderwear.nyc/shop
  C-IN2 New York https://www.c-in2.com/
   
Kyle Ehrensberger by Photographer Balthier Corfi.
Model; Bobby Justice. Photographer: JR Christiansen, NYC. Boxers, Chulo.
Model: Leonel. Photographer: Les Cordovi. Trunks, C-IN2 New York.
Model: Kyle Hynick in Times Square, NYC (2019). Photographer: Jade Young. (blog post)

Mens Underwear (2022): Adam Smith New York’s Saltire Collection

Mens Underwear (2022): Adam Smith New York’s Saltire Collection

Introduction

Adam Smith New York, a menswear brand based in New York, offers its Saltire Collection. The Scottish Highlands inspires the collection. The brand uses polyester and elastane in the Saltire group for durability and 4-way stretch. There are five styles available:

  • Bikini
  • Briefs
  • Boxer briefs
  • Combo Trunks
  • Trunks.

You can purchase the underwear through the brand’s website and the Men and Underwear Store.

Model Rodolfo Valentino. Photographer Gavin Harrison. (More photos from this photo shoot)
Model: Ulysses Blaanco. Photographer: Fernando Landin

Fabric Composition

Jason Hoeung, the founder of 2Eros and Supawear, made a YouTube video comparing polyester and polyamide (nylon). Jason states that polyester is suitable for daily wear underwear and workouts. Polyamide is ideal for comfortable underwear.

FeaturePolyesterPolyamide (Nylon)
Durable, lightweightYes, smooth feelYes, though gentler and softer on the skin than polyester
Water-resistantYesYes. It absorbs water but dries faster as it is a synthetic material.
Holds color wellYesYes
Easy to washYes, highly stain resistantYes. It absorbs moisture, but it is easy to wash stains away.

In comparison, Calvin Klein combined polyester and polyamide in the CK One. (Note: I own some pairs of the boxer briefs.). The fabric composition of the CK One is 58 percent polyamide, 30 percent polyester, and 12 percent elastane. The fit is close to the body and comfortable; the material is light and flexible. The feel of the fabric is smooth. The color is deep blue (Perth Blue).

If you are interested in the fabrics used in making men’s underwear, see a link located in another blog post.

Saltire Collection

Saltire Collection StyleSizesFabric Composition
BikiniS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
BriefsS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
Boxer briefsS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
Combo trunksS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane
TrunksS, M, L, XL78 percent polyester, 22 percent elastane

You should be aware that the size range is a bit smaller overall for the Saltire Collection than the other Adam Smith collection.

Size Chart

Photo Shoot: Water Polo Athlete and Model Rodolfo Valentino and Photographer Gavin Harrison

Adam Smith’s photo shoot model is Rodolfo Valentino, a water polo athlete from Italy. Rodolfo lives in the United Kingdom.

The photographer is Gavin Harrison.

Location: Leicester, UK.

Photos

Conclusion

Are you looking for a plaid addition to your underwear collection? Give the Saltire Collection a try. If you try the Saltire Collection, drop a comment below and tell us your experience.

Andrei Gutierrez: Mens Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

Andrei Gutierrez: Mens Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

Introduction

Andrei Gutiérrez, 27 (8-March birthday, Pisces), lives in Aguascalientes, Mexico. A college student, he studies mechatronics engineering. Andrei is also a mens physique athlete, intending to earn his professional card.

Author’s note: This blog is in English; however, Andrei speaks Spanish. Google Translate is on the right sidebar and can produce a Spanish version. Please let me know if the Spanish translation is correct in the comments. Also, you can copy and paste text into DeepL.

Mens Physique

Andrei participated in three mens physique contests in 2021. He is 1.70 meters tall (5 feet 6 inches).

  • 4th place Mens Physique Class 1.70 m Mr, México 2022
  • Overall, Mens Physique Mr Aguascalientes 2022
  • Fifth place Mens Physique Class 1.70 Mr. México 2021
  • Overall champion, Mens Physique Mr. Aguascalientes 2021
  • Mens Physique Novice 1.70 Camp Nal 2021
Photographer: Chris Femat. Board shorts, Ulises Moreno, Mexico.

Andrei’s Social Media

Andrei is active on Instagram (IG).

Andrei’s Photo Shoots

Chris Femat

(Instagram and YouTube)

Andrei does photo shoots with Photographer Chris Femat (doing business as FitBook Photo). Chris and Andrei created great images, some of which have become my favorites.

Conclusion

I wish Andrei well in his engineering studies and mens physique contest career. Any of his photos are your favorite? Do you have any questions for Andrei? Post them in the comments.

Mens Underwear for Workouts

Mens Underwear for Workouts

Introduction

You made plans to start an exercise program to improve your health. You want to prepare your gym bag by packing clothes that will support your exercise goals. One of the clothes is underwear. This blog post will assist you in selecting the best underwear for exercise.

Styles available are briefs, boxer briefs, and trunks.

Best Fabrics for Mens Workout Underwear

The Underwear Expert blog has a list of the fabrics used to make underwear. Of those fabrics, cotton, polyester, nylon, spandex, and modal are the best for working out.

There is a disadvantage to the use of polyester: It is one of the largest textile contributors to pollution.

Fashion YouTuber Marcel Floruss reviews several trunks that he uses for his workouts.

YouTuber Marcel Floruss
YouTuber and Personal Trainer Bremen Menelli.

Jason Hoeung on Underwear Fabrics

In addition, Jason Hoeung, the founder of 2Eros and Supawear, based in Australia, posted a video on Youtube that explains the fabric his brands use in underwear.

FabricFabric Qualities
CottonNatural fabric, eco friendly
BambooNatural fabric, eco friendly
ModalSmooth feel, luxurious
PolyesterPerformance and allows vibrant colors for prints.
TactelPerformance, luxurious

Brands

Underwear brands offer workout underwear styles with varying fabric compositions.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith, based in New York, released its sports collection. This collection offers the following underwear styles: short trunks (or boxer briefs), long trunks, workout trunks, and mesh combo trunks. (The collection is also available through the Men and Underwear Shop.)

Adam Smith Sports Collection StyleSizesFabric Composition
Short TrunksS, M, L, XL90 percent polyester, 10 percent elastane
Long TrunksS, M, L, XL90 percent polyester, 10 percent elastane
Workout TrunksS, M, L, XL93 percent polyester, 7 percent elastane
Mesh Combo TrunksS, M, L, XL93 percent polyester, 7 percent elastane

The brand explained that its trunks’ fabric is has a soft hand, is responsive during exercise, and has a purity and anti-bacterial finish.

Size Chart

Adam Smith size chart for its sports collection underwear.

Photo Shoot with Patrick Toechterle and Louis C. Photography

The Adam Smith brand had a photo shoot in London, UK, with male fitness model Patrick Toechterle and Photographer Louis C.

Patrick is an online trainer and social media personality on Instagram and TikTok. He lives in the United Kingdom.

A Men’s Health magazine article featured Patrick for his viral TikTok exercise post (on exercises to prepare for intimate activity).

Louis C. is a fitness and fashion photographer based in the United Kingdom and Cyprus.

Short Trunks

Long Trunks

Workout Trunks
Mesh Combo Trunks

Shortys Apparel

Shortys Apparel is a men’s workout clothing brand based in the United States. Jordan Morello, an online fitness coach and social media personality, owns the brand.

The brand sells a boxer brief called “Hammocks.” Jordan wears the boxer briefs and other Shortys Apparel clothing while performing his follow-along workouts on YouTube.

Read more about Shortys Apparel on a separate blog post.

Photo by Stevan Reyes.
Jordan Morello works out. Shorts, Hammocks by Shortys Apparel.

Conclusion

I wish you well on your workout goals. I hope that this blog has been helpful to you in your search for comfortable, hard-working workout underwear. What workout underwear brand and style is your favorite? Let me know in the comment section (or through e-mail).

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

NYC Portrait Photographer: Rob Anthony

Introduction

Rob Anthony is a fashion portrait photographer based in New York City. (I first saw his work with Josh Riquelme.)

Many of Rob’s models have some connection to the performing arts or the fitness world.

Model: Mark Delannoy
Model: Jaidus.

Photo Shoots

Josh Riquelme

Rob and Josh create great photographs.

Vince Aldiere

Vince Aldiere is a chef and male model. He traveled with Josh Riquelme on a photo shoot trip to Los Angeles in 2021.

Alexe Restivo Lage and Mariano Lage

Alexe Restivo Lage is a model who lives in Massachusetts. (He has a twin brother, Mariano.)

Baxter Linn

Baxter Linn is a bodybuilder, model, and cinematographer. He has chiseled his physique with years of workouts and good eating habits.

Victor Del Rio

Victor Del Rio is an actor based in New York City.

Eugenio Fernandez Gino

Eugenio Fernandez Gino is a photographer and model. Eugenio is from Venezuela.

Model: Eugenio Fernandez Gino

Conclusion

Rob creates excellent images. Many models return for more photo shoots. Do you have a favorite image that Rob created? Please describe the photo in the comments and explain how the picture grabbed your attention.

Men’s Underwear 2022: Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

Men’s Underwear 2022: Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

Introduction

Walking Jack is an underwear brand based in Greece. After the Bluebird Collection, the brand released the Ash Collection. The Ash Collection is available in the following styles: trunk and brief.

Read more on

elsewhere on the blog.

Walking Jack’s Ash Collection

The Ash Collection offers a grey mélange underwear body with the black waistband design, with a fabric composition of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent Elastane. Also, the Ash Collection offers a lined pouch.

See also a post on the Ash Collection with Roger Zacha.

Model: Alejandro. Photographer: Adrian C. Martin.

Ash Collection Photo Campaign

Walking Jack had a photo shoot for its Ash Collection. The model was Loren Cruz, a fashion model from the Canary Islands, Spain. The photographer was Adrian C. Martin. The photos were taken in the Canary Islands.

Trunks

Briefs

Size Chart

Walking Jack has a wide variety of sizes from Small (27-29 in or 70-75 cm) to XXL (36-39 in or 91-99 cm).

Shipping

Walking Jack delivers worldwide. I live in the United States. According to Walking Jack’s website, I am in zone 4. The shipping fee is 6.50 euros (registered post) for an expected delivery time of 5 to 14 business days or 18 euros for an expected delivery time of 2 to 3 business days.

The brand included photos of Loren in other underwear available at Walking Jack.

Conclusion

I hope you are inspired to try out Walking Jack’s new Ash Collection. What has been your experience with the Walking Jack brand? What style of men’s underwear is your favorite and why? Tell me in the comment section.

NYC Personal Trainer and Brand Owner: Andrew C. Morrill

NYC Personal Trainer and Brand Owner: Andrew C. Morrill
Andrew C. Morrill, Co-Founder Athletegy New York. Andrew exercises outdoors, stretching pre-workout. He wears Athletegy workout clothing.

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

Table of Contents

Introduction

Andrew C. Morrill is a Texan who lives in New York City. 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.

Andrew is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer.

Andrew Morrill at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, NYC. Andrew explains in his post that he is a cancer survivor.

Athletegy New York

Andrew is a co-owner of a New York-based athletic clothing brand, Athletegy New York.

Andrew works out outside in New York City.

Sign up for Athletegy updates at https://athletegy.com/.

The brand name is a combination of athlete and strategy. Athletegy products combine hard-working, durable fabrics with no-fuss workout style.

Yahoo News interviewed Andrew and brand co-owner Michael Tedesco.

Model: Nick Topel.
Models: Bobby Penney and Walter Savage.

Athletegy: A Review of My Order

My Order

I reviewed the Athletegy website while updating another blog post. I decided to purchase a pair of shorts and a t-shirt for a review. The sizing for the Quad Short runs from small to extra-large. I could not determine which size would fit me. I sent a question to the customer service about this. I received a reply from Andrew. 

After reading Andrew’s email, I decided to try on the extra-large. I would guess the extra large would fit waists measuring 36-40 inches. I note that there is the brand offers a 14-day try-on period, so you could buy two sizes and return the one that does not fit. Also, I selected the large size for the Ace Tee.

The price for the clothing is on the high side (58 U.S. dollars for the Quad Short and the same price for the Ace Tee). The price is comparable to the pricing of other high-end workout shorts and t-shirts. 

In addition, I have been a follower of Andrew’s social media, so I expect that (1) I am helping a small business with owners with whom I am familiar and (2) that I can communicate with them about purchase-related issues.

Clothing

ClothingFabric Composition
Quad Short (five-inch inseam and has a liner)88 percent polyester, 12 percent Spandex
Ace Tee81 percent polyester, 14 percent cotton, 5 percent elastane

The website is built with Shopify so I did not experience any website or payment problems.

I paid for the purchase and received it within three days (the standard U.S. Postal Service delivery time between New York and Maryland). 

Fabrics for Workout Clothes
FabricBenefitsDisadvantages
PolyesterLightweight, wrinkle-resistant, durable, sweat resistantRetains odors, bacteria can grow on the fabric
SpandexElastic (permits full range of motion)Can lose elasticity if tumble dried.
CottonWashable, does not hold odorsAbsorbs sweat.
Source: midwestworld.com; Cnet.

The Unboxing

The package arrived in a compostable black bag. 

Inside is a white bag that contains the clothing that I ordered (wrapped in white tissue paper), a postcard (with a thank-you message from Andrew and Michael (a nice touch that is appreciated). As discussed earlier, there is a return label if the clothes do not fit.

The t-shirt fits well. The fabric is soft to the touch and is lightweight. 

The shorts are mid-thigh on me. There is also a mesh material toward the top of the back of the shorts. I am guessing this feature is to allow better air circulation for runners. The shorts’ inner stitching and overall construction are neat and well done, as expected for the price point.

I used them for a home workout, which included deadlifts and dumbbell squats—the clothes allowed for a full range of motion during the training.

Takeaway

The clothes are well made and perform as advertised. In addition, you get to communicate with the owners who thank you for your business (a sadly rare business behavior). The price point is higher; however, the clothing should have a long life with high-quality and durable materials. 

The brand explained that the brand will be adding more products for sale. I review them to see if I see other items I would buy.

Photos of Andrew

New haircut, March 2021
New haircut, November 2021

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

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)

Interview with Willpower Magazine

Andrew spoke with Willpower Magazine for an interview. Andrew discusses his start in fitness with school sports. Andrew started weight training in college. Over time, Andrew worked with a number of personal trainers; he felt he learned the exercises best when he taught himself.

Andrew Morrill weight trains outside.
Andrew training outside. (See blog post on five-inch inseam shorts.)

Andrew’s notable muscle group is his thighs. He explained in the interview that he initially did not like having big thighs.

As a young man, I hated my muscular legs because they made it difficult to fit into clothes.  It’s funny because now I think they are my best physical asset.  ​

A lot of body development is accepting who and what you are and recognizing your own assets.

Andrew Morrill in Willpower Magazine

Read the rest of Andrew’s interview where he discusses his preparation for the NASM personal trainer exam and his workout and nutrition for maintaining his physique.

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

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. Also, congratulations on being a cancer survivor!

Any of Andrew’s photos are your favorite? Perhaps, you have tried his gym clothes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.