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.

Transform Your Body with Fraser Wilson

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Spartan Warrior Costume: Model Blake R. with Photographer Rahim Mastafa

Spartan Warrior Costume: Model Blake R. with Photographer Rahim Mastafa

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. And, I found Josh Watson’s photo.

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.)

Photo Examples

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: Men’s Crossfit Shorts

The 2021 Ultimate Guide: Men’s Crossfit Shorts

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
New Limited Edition Color -- Iron!
New Limited Edition Color -- Ash!

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.

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Men’s 5-Inch Inseam Shorts: Retro Style

Table of Contents


Brands in the Post

Swim/Beach/Resort Shorts

Gym/Lounge/Errands Shorts

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1980s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

In April 2021, Alex Abad-Santos wrote an article for Vox on the popularity of shorts with 5 inches or lower inseams.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

(Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights. Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Photo Examples

CandidConstantine in khaki cut-off shorts
Shorts from Athletegy.NYC. Model and brand co-owner, Andrew Morrill.
Model: James Whipp
Shorts, MCE Creations
Deve Carvajal loves leg day.
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Photographer: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Media Coverage: Are Short Shorts in Style for Guys?

Five-Inch Inseam Shorts

On TikTok, there are posts encouraging guys to ditch long-length shorts in favor of 5-inch inseam shorts (aka short shorts). (See an article by Esquire Magazine.)

In 2021, in the New York Post, there was an article about actor Milo Ventimiglia wearing runner’s shorts to the gym.

Andres Gaspar by Adrian C. Martin. Beach shorts, Bang! Clothes, Miami, Fla.
Paul Mescal, actor, in short shorts. Photo by Click News and Media.
Shorts, O’Neill’s. See related news article.
Shorts, Addicted
Fraser Wilson, Australia; Short Shorts in Action

Fraser Wilson, a personal trainer from Melbourne, Australia, is sponsored by GymShark.

In the YouTube video at the right, Fraser performs a follow-along mobility workout while wearing five-inch inseam shorts.

Are Men’s Shorts Getting Shorter?

The Guardian newspaper had an article about men’s interest in short shorts (the way shorts were in the 1970s and 1980s) (author Priya Elan). Men’s shorts became longer in the 1990s and early 2000s. The theme of the story was the connection of menswear, sensuality, and affordable style.

There is some tension as the inseam gets to 5 inches and lower. (See discussion in next subsection.)

In the bodybuilding (and physique) world, I think that there is a desire to show the results of leg day training as well as practicality—better movement in the gym. With athleisure clothing, this gym wear is also worn in casual wear.

(See a previous article on leg day shorts.)

Josh Watson

An article in the New Idea, a publication for Australian women, also supports short shorts and provides practical tips (author Rhys McKay).

Some parts of Australian fashion embraced short shorts (for example, brands (2Eros (Zyzz (the late Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011)) shorts, also known as the S01 Icon Shorts (mentioned in a previous blog article) and fitness trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal) as well as sports (the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rugby).

Australian rugby
Expert calisthenics trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal
Australian Football League

When Are Shorts Too Short for Guys?

For shorter shorts, like the Addicted mesh shorts, below, there may be some negative feedback received from the guy showing too much leg. Rick for The Running Channel on YouTube investigated this question with two-inch inseam side-split running shorts.

The Guardian‘s Priya Elan wrote an article asking how low can men’s short short’s go. There is a split opinion on where short shorts should be worn.

Teo van den Broeke, British GQ’s styling and grooming director, agreed: “We’re more au fait with wearing sport shorts right now, given how much exercising we’ve all been doing, we feel more comfortable going a little short.”

Others think micro is not the way to go. “In most urban contexts, it would be more acceptable for men to wear knee-grazing shorts,” said Elizabeth Wyse, at the etiquette experts Debrett’s.

Priya Elan, Micro shorts for men: how short is too short?

Bang Clothing brand offers show shorts that have a three-inch inseam.

As discussed above with the Guardian article, the shorts force a connection between men’s fashion and sensuality. However, bodybuilders and AFL athletes has embraced the fashion trend enthusiastically.

A YouTuber and male model, Brandon Pikulinski, was having this debate in his video log. He’s a tall guy, 6’3″ or 1.91 meters. Brandon is a jogger, wore short shorts and leggings on a hot day to go for a jog (at about 30 second-mark in the video).

Later, for a swim, he tried on short swim trunks with a four-inch inseam and felt the shorts were too short (at about the 6:52 mark in the video). His girlfriend liked them.

If you decide to embrace short shorts, be confident and go for it. Maybe another guy is debating the same question internally. If more guys embrace it (as in the 1970s), it will encourage other guys to support it.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

DW Chase (shorts, Addicted)

Timoteo offers a mesh short (which model Matt Luscious wears below) that has a very short inseam like the running short.

Cellblock13 reversible mesh short
See blog post on Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Fashion Bloggers

Ollie Pearce

London, UK, based fashion and fitness blogger Ollie Pearce did a YouTube video on short shorts. While the shorts that Ollie showed on his video was a form of board shorts, he did discuss how shorter length shorts can help taller guys as well as guys who love leg days at the gym.

Models

David Cihacek by Photographer Marc Spielberg

Model David Cihacek, from the Czech Republic, wears Adidas shorts in a photo shoot by Photographer Marc Spielberg.

David Cihacek by Marc Spielberg in Germany

Swim-Based Short Shorts

The shorts in this category have a mesh liner as well as fabric that can handle being in the water. The shorts also dry quickly to be worn away from water.

BrandStyle
TucannCherry white swim shorts
Bang ClothesBjorn to be alive – Tailored Shorts
2ErosS60 Bondi Shorts – Navy  
Scroll down for photos.

Tucann

Swim Shorts

Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts
Josh Riquelme in Tucann Camo Shorts

Bang Clothes

Tailored Shorts

2Eros

S60 Bondi Shorts

Athleisure: Short Shorts for Workouts, a Party, or Errands

With the athleisure shorts, the garment has a low rise and does not necessarily have a liner.

BrandStyle
Jack AdamsUltralight short
Code 22Thrust short
AddictedTropical mesh short
Scroll down for photos.

Jack Adams

Ultralight Shorts

Code 22

Thrust Shorts

Addicted

Tropical Mesh Shorts

Conclusion

I have presented a selection of short shorts that are available. Whether you are looking for something to wear at the beach or pool, at the gym, or running errands around town, there is an option available to you.

Are you interested in short shorts? Please tell us of your interest and brand that you like in the comments. If there is a dream vacation spot or resort that you would like to visit post-Covid, please also write it in the comment area.

Mens Underwear 2021: Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Mens Underwear 2021:  Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Introduction

Aggelos Pirikkis is a personal trainer and model who lives in Cyprus. He had a photoshoot with Canthos Studio for Walking Jack, a men’s underwear brand based in Greece.

(The underwear is manufactured in Portugal. Read more about Walking Jack on its website.)

Aggelos has a fantastic haircut.

My Experience with Walking Jack

I am a fan of the Bluebird collection. You can read my order review from the shop at the Men and Underwear website on the blog post.

Aggelos by Canthos Studio

Aggelos by Raph Pill

The Photoshoot in Cyprus

The photoshoot took place in Cyprus.

Aggelos wore several selections from the Walking Jack range:

  • Bluebird Trunks
  • Fern Briefs
  • Letters Trunks  
  • Solid Briefs in white, black and blue.

Bluebird

The Walking Jack collection

Fern

The Walking Jack collection

Letters

The Walking Jack collection

Solid briefs

The Walking Jack collection

The brand takes its inspiration from nature to create its interpretation of classic men’s underwear.

Conclusion

Walking Jack has created great looking everyday underwear, which Aggelos models well in his photoshoot.

Have you tried the Walking Jack brand, or perhaps interested in learning more about the brand? Let me know in the comments.

Small Business: Do-It-Yourself Media Relations

Small Business: Do-It-Yourself Media Relations

Introduction

Personal trainers and fitness models often form small businesses to either take care of training clients or to promote yourself to photographers and clothing brands.

From interviewing and researching some personal trainers and fitness models for the blog, I have been finding that these small business owners also have great personal stories that could contribute positively to a news story. How do these business owners and potentially interested media outlets make a connection (but cannot afford a media relations firm)? The answer is through do-it-yourself media relations.

A Note on the Media Business: Contracting yet Still Important

I used to be a business-to-business journalist in weekly legal publications. I often was awed by the work of the daily journalists who dealt with challenging daily deadlines to produce publishable content. My sources were in reference materials; daily reporters must find relevant people to provide quotes for an article.

I loved my work, but with the Internet, the journalism industry has become a more challenging field, starting with print, and now occurring in the television. Lots of media outlets have closed or consolidated. Still, the thrill of finding a great story is in me even though I am in another non-journalist career. Seeing my article that I toiled to complete in print is another great feeling.

What are Media Relations?

I found an explanation of media relations at the Media Maven and More website “[I]t’s earning placement in the media without paying for it. When you pay for it, it’s advertising. When you don’t pay for it, it’s media relations.”

With fewer media outlets, interested business owners must contact the reporters that cover a particular issue and to provide them with relevant stories that will entertain, educate, or enlighten to the journalist’s audience. Also, I took a Muck Rack course on the fundamentals of media relations. In that course, media outlets also look at how many clicks a story gets.

In the Muck Rack course, stories that tend to get a high number of clicks are those involving politics, celebrity, or sports. Following that are stories that have a strong connection with the media outlet’s local area.

This work takes some time, but when you find a relevant journalist that covers your industry area and you have a story that entertains, educates or enlightens the audience, you will be successful and develop a good relationship with the media.

Media Relations Preparation Work Homework

Interested in doing the work to get media coverage? To get such coverage, you will have to do the homework. I recommend doing an Internet search on media relations to see what information is out there.

What you will need is to find out your story. A PDF from Pitch Rate is helpful to creating your press kit for your website. Then I would recommend checking out the Muck Rack course. Muck Rack is pricey for small businesses, but they offer helpful free content.

When Ready to Look for Media Publications, Start Local

Also, see Phoenix Jackson’s YouTube video for some more great tips as you get started. One great tip that is in the video is to check out all sources of local media—local newsletters and bulletins that are a good fit for your personal story or your business.

Conclusion

I wish you the best of luck in your search for media coverage. It requires some background work; however, your focus on doing things right and preparing well will be a huge benefit for you and your relationships with media and their audience.

Please let me know of your successes and challenges in the comment section or by sending me an email.

If you find some information that is helpful to you and not mentioned in the article, please tell me in the contents or through an email.

Get Inspired and Fit: Interview with Trainer Elad Michaeli

Get Inspired and Fit: Interview with Trainer Elad Michaeli

Introduction

Connect with Elad: Website | Instagram | E-book | Training application to work with Elad | Training Club

Inspired to start weight training to improve your fitness, health, physique, or confidence? Or, perhaps to lose some of the fat gained during these challenge days with the pandemic? This article will help you.

I interviewed a personal trainer, Elad Michaeli, who has his own fat-to-fit transformation story. Elad also provides us with some general advice to kickstart our fitness transformation journeys.

Elad told me that his girlfriend provides vital support for the Instagram page, as she behind the camera capturing the images.

According to a comment on one of his Instagram posts, Elad’s height is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and his weight at that time was 153 pounds (69.6 kg).

In October 2020, Elad did an interview with Bulk Hackers.

Elad Michaeli Training Club

Elad has opened a training club located in Israel. If you are in the country and are interesting in improving your fitness, contact him for more details.

An Interview with Online Personal Trainer Elad Michaeli

I had the opportunity to interview through email, Elad Michaeli, a 22-year-old (birth date 22-October (Libra)) personal and online trainer from Israel.

He has had several jobs. He started as a baker (bread, muffins, and cakes) to help bring in money to help his family. I was curious to see what things he baked were his favorites. It turns out he bakes and makes other meals. “Personally, I’m like a mini cook, I like making things in the kitchen (healthy mostly),” Elad said.

He does not have a sweet tooth (unlike me–I love carbohydrates, lol), explaining, “I would say bread is my favourite baked item because I don’t really like sweets. I’m more a meat guy. “

Elad joined the army when he was 18, but he also had a computer-based job. During this time, Elad also attended Wingate Academy where he studied fitness and nutrition.

In 2019, Elad started his personal training business, Elad Michaeli Fitness. Due to the pandemic with COVID-19 in 2020, he moved his training business online.

Elad is also a fitness influencer. At the time of the post, Elad has 118,000 followers on Instagram, and he has posted numerous workout demonstrations (even two with his cats) that could be done from home.

Elad’s Fitness Transformation

While Elad has a detailed physique now, this was not always the case. Elad started his journey being overweight and an insecure 12-year-old, who wanted to make a change.

“Being overweight really bothered me, especially because everyone was laughing at me and made me feel even worse,” Elad explained. Due to the bullying that he endured, Elad was sad and spent time by himself. It was during this time that he decided to improve himself. Elad mentioned a motivation quote that was his inspiration “First they laugh at you, then they will ask for advice.” He admits that his journey was not always a straight path, but he was able to make progress with his brother’s support. 

Muay Thai as a Teenager

His brother enrolled him into a Muay Thai class, which he stated that he loved on his website. I asked more about Muay Thai, as I found out it is a full-contact combat sport. According to the Tiger Muay Thai website–

Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”; and using eight points of contact the body mimics weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.

With someone who is insecure, it struck me as an unusual sport with which to start. Elad told me that the gym “was quite a small place with 10-15 people and all of them were 20+ years old.” He liked going to that gym precisely because he was the youngest person there. “Being 12 years old at that kind of place was odd but that [is] what I really liked about that place. He continued, “The fact that I could go someplace after school [where there were no kids] made me feel calm, and it was the first step to progression.”

My impression is that Elad being so young would make people cautious about having to hit a 12-year-old, especially if you are a young adult. As Elad grew older and bigger, by 15 years old, the other members of the gym began to spar with him for real. “[W]hen I grew up and was kinda big, they stopped feeling sorry [for] me,” Elad explained. He continued, “When we trained together, they hit me like I was one of them. [I]t made me feel [like I was part of] a small family.”

By the time Elad was 17, the atmosphere at the Muay Thai gym changed–new people joined and the trainer moved. Elad enjoyed being with the people at the gym before all the changes. So, he decided to leave the gym.

Elad’s parents signed papers allowing him to join a small gym. Elad found that the trainers were not helpful. “I remember the trainers that were there [were] extremely lazy. [They] always tried to hide so no one would ask them questions.” Elad admitted that he did not know what he was doing. He explained to me that he constructed a “brutal” training routine and that he had terrible form. He remained without injury, fortunately. He decided to start researching workout information on YouTube and in books.

I asked Elad about the books and YouTube videos that were most helpful to him. He mentioned Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. YouTubers that Elad idolized were Jeff Seid and Lazar Angelov. He copied their workout routines and exercise form.


Elad’s goal is to be “ripped and extremely strong.” Having followed his fitness journey for almost 10 years, Elad has had experience following different diets and training methods (for example, 5×5 and the push-pull-legs split routine). He is trying out calisthenics (see author’s note below), which he is incorporating with weight training.

Elad follows other Instagram fitness influencers that have the same goal of being lean and strong, Fraser Wilson (who was covered previously on this blog), Chris Heria, and Adi Gillespie.


Author’s note on calisthenics

Calisthenics is a popular fitness option. Calisthenics is mostly bodyweight exercises, movements, and holds. One of the major trainers the calisthenics area is Daniel Vadnal.


Connect with Elad: Website | Instagram | E-book | Training application to work with Elad | Training Club

The Importance of Being Consistent with Training

One of my blogs features Rowan Row, an online trainer on YouTube. Rowan observed on his Instagram page:

If only people understood how important it is to be consistent. Everything that has value in life is a product of consistency. Success, health, fitness, wealth, friendships, relationships, and all other aspirations are all about consistency.” (Sylvester McNutt III)

I asked for Elad’s reaction. He explained “I couldn’t agree more with Rowan’s quote, I believe [that being] consistent is the key to everything in life because you just can’t watch TV all day and wait for things to happen or get better. You gotta stick to something and work your way from there. My clients’ consistency had a huge part in their success, but I’m always trying to give my full support so they will remain consistent and achieve their goals.”

General Workout Tips from Elad for Our Workout Journeys

While interviewing Elad to learn more about his fitness transformation journey, I wanted to get his thoughts on helping people who are about to start their fitness journeys. With the challenging pandemic and its related lock-downs, people may have added some body fat that they want to lose as we look forward to a new year.

My questions are in bold and Elad’s response follows. (Edited for clarity.)

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What advice do you have for a new person who is over 25 percent body fat and wants to start a training program?

“The best advice I could give to someone with over 25 percent is to start slow and progress, usually when my extremely overweight clients are telling me “I’m willing to give it all” and I build a kind of rough diet plan they just give up right away and when I’m building a diet with a low-calorie deficit, using [intermittent] fasting they seem to stick to the diet plan and they get better results.”

Would you recommend bodyweight exercises or maybe starting with elastic bands or dumbbells?

“I’d highly recommend incorporating bodyweight exercises because it all starts from there, being able to bench 200lbs and not doing 20 push-ups with the right technique is just not worth it and it’s not good for you being weak at bodyweight exercises especially on abs. Elastic bands and pair of dumbbells are more than enough. I’ve been using only bodyweight and some bands for 3 months due to the quarantine and I didn’t even lose 1 lb of muscle. A beginner would gain muscle during the process.”

Is there a good basic routine that would be good to start with as a new trainee?

A good routine to start as a beginner is the push-up, incorporating different variations, along with some squat variations and abs workouts. Definitely progress will be shown through this routine.

(Author’s note: This routine can be done at home.)

How much time should be a person work with a program to develop a healthy workout habit?

“Developing a healthy workout routine it’s in the mindset, I believe it can happen after a week, month and even longer it all depends how much it’s important to them.”

What is your advice on a cardio program?

“[M]y advice is to find the type of cardio that suits you the best and stick to that, if you don’t like running you can take your bike and if you don’t like the ground then swimming it’s. Same with cardio need to find something that you can stay consistent with.”

Any other general helpful tips you can think of?

“[E]veryone has their days that the motivation levels are down and they just want to quit but before doing that remember why you started in the first place.”

Conclusion

It was nice chatting with Elad over email about his fitness journey. It is an interesting story, and since Elad is 21 at the time that this post was written, there will be more success stories in the future.

I hope that general advice is helpful for readers seeking to start a fitness journey to lose lock-down fat gain.

If you have any questions for Elad, please leave them in the comments or send me an email.

Is there anything you would have asked Elad that was not asked in my interview? Did you feel inspired or encouraged by Elad’s transformation story? Please let me know your questions and reflections in the comments section.

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Luis’ Social Media

Instagram | TikTok | YouTube | model portfolio-Next Management |

Introduction

I first saw male model Luis Capecchi when Photographer Lester Villarama (who has also worked with Josh Riquelme), posted some photos that were published in Maximo Magazine.

Luis’ Podcast

I was interested in finding out more about Luis, and I found out through a web search that Luis is a YouTuber. His first video was a podcast that he filmed with his friend Nano Azpurua. I found the story about his background interesting, as I am a first generation U.S. citizen and have family from South America.

It is a treat to hear the model that you see in photos speaking. In the podcast, Luis and Nano touch on many topics. I recommend watching the video. I have picked out some information for the introduction to this blog post.

Biographical Information

  • Luis’ birthdate is September 4 (Virgo).
  • Luis was born in the United States; his parents are from Venezuela in South America.
  • Luis’ height is 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78 meters). Luis mentioned in the podcast that he went to a model open call (where scouts look for models). The scouts told him that he was too short. (Usually models are 6 feet or above in height.)

Other Information from Luis’ Podcast

When Luis started a TikTok account and began to get a lot of views, Luis then attracted interest.

Luis prefers not to live the full-time job life. Luis has worked several jobs since he was 16. In the podcast, Luis mentions that he attended online college courses. He did not mention a course of study.

Luis commented briefly on his workout goals. He stated that he will talk about the subject more in another video.

At the time of this blog post, Luis and Nano were looking for a name for their podcast and podcast ideas. You can enter suggestions at Luis YouTube video.

Modeling

C-In2

Luis is one of the models for C-In2 brand.

Pandemic and Protest in 2020

The year 2020 was eventful with a pandemic as well as several painful events involving fatal citizen encounters with law enforcement officers. One notable case was the one involving George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ample witness videos ultimately became a macabre film of 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

The aftermath of this event spread worldwide. Luis attended one of the protests.

Photoshoots

Lester Villarama and Maximo Magazine

As mentioned earlier in the post, Luis had a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama in Los Angeles, California. (Grooming was by Keon Cruz.) One session was featured in Maximo Magazine.

There was another photo shoot that was done in black and white. While color photos dominate, I still find black and white photos intriguing.

Stevan Reyes

Luis also had a photo session with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida. Photographer Reyes also had a photo session with Kyle Hynick.

Conclusion

Luis has attracted a huge follower base for his TikTok content and has been making the best of a challenging 2020. I wish him best as he pursues his career path outside of the salaried 9-to-5 life. (Model Dominic Calvani has a similar opinion.)

It is interesting to hear the perspective of a first-generation U.S. citizen, as it is the same experience as mine, with family from South America (former British colonies), which is also a similar experience as mine.

I look forward to seeing more photos and social media content from Luis.

If you have any favorite photos or social media content that you have seen of Luis, please leave a comment or send me an email.