Male Fitness Models: New York City-Based Josh Riquelme

Male Fitness Models: New York City-Based Josh Riquelme

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Introduction

Josh Riquelme, 24, is from upstate New York. He became a represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019. (Instagram) In June 2020, Josh moved to Brooklyn, New York City. Josh currently is a content creator for his social media channels. He is a Gemini, with a birthday on May 28.

Josh has a background in physique competition. Josh competed in a natural mens physique contest in 2016. Josh did a video with his bodybuilder friend, Adonis Grahovic.

Josh has survived health issues. He first shared his story about depression on his YouTube channel (discussed below).

He also recovered from Covid-19.

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

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

(See a blog post on five-inch inseam shorts.)

Josh’s Fitness Journey

Summer 2021

Los Angeles, California

Josh went to Los Angeles, California for photo shoots.

Josh’s Photographers

New Hairstyle

In addition, he had his hair dyed blonde. (Hair stylist, Keon Cruz.)

At the Beach

Josh’s Photo Shoots

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Eduardo Fermin

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

Carlos “Trey” Salazar

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

Anh Nguyen Henry

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

Bill Lagaret

Photographer Bill Lagaret works in New York City.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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

Shot by Lester / Lester Villarama

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

Peter Rock

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

Photo by Peter Rock in NYC (2021).

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

Mark Aquino

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

Allan Spiers: A Blast from 2016

Through an Internet search, I found some photos from a shoot that Josh did in 2016 with Photographer Allan Spiers.

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Josh Recovers from Covid-19

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

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

Josh’s Haircut with Fade

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

Josh’s Social Media

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Gaming PC

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

Josh also streams on Twitch.

Mens Physique Competition

Mens Physique Competitor, 2016

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

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

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

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

Contest Preparation Macronutrients

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

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

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

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

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

(Related post: See a blog post on mens physique board shorts.)

After the Show

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

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

Workout Videos

Several of the newer videos were about Josh demonstrating the workouts he performs to develop and maintain his physique. Unlike other videos with muscular fitness models, Josh also shows his personality in the videos.

This helps the viewer see the person who is a fitness model as well as gaining workout inspiration. This is in line with the level of disclosure Josh showed in discussing his bout with depression.

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Box Menswear

New York

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

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

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos.

Texas

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

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

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

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

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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I wish him continued success.