Tom Seed: Mens Physique to Crossfit

Tom Seed: Mens Physique to Crossfit

Table of Contents

Introduction

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Tom Seed, a business owner (Stealth Nutrition), fitness model, physique competitor, and YouTuber, lives in the United Kingdom. I found out about Tom through his YouTube workout videos with Dan Tai.

Harrogate and York, United Kingdom

Tom’s hometown is Harrogate, which is in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The local newspaper, Harrogate Informer, had a 2016 article about Tom when he participated in a charity boxing event to support cancer research.

Tom celebrated 3,000 YouTube subscribers by eating 3,000 calories during his time in York, UK (about 40 minutes from Harrogate). (I especially liked the part where he ordered gelato at the Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato shop.)

In 2020, many have suffered from the economic fallout from the global pandemic. Tom provided information about a Harrogate organization that assists the homeless–Harrogate Homeless Project. Tom donated food (that he bought for a 30,000 calorie challenge video) to the organization for Christmas Day meals.

Leeds

In 2021, Tom and friends, Will and Max, decided to challenge themselves to reach 1,000 pull-ups in 1 hour. Tom recruited passers-by at Roundhay Park to help reach the goal.

CrossFit; Oliver James, Owner of Metcon Leeds Gym

On Instagram, Tom explained his decision to focus on performance (CrossFit) rather than appearance (mens physique).

A six pack isn’t easy to maintain all year round. Ideal on holiday or at Vegas pool parties but not required on Christmas Day with grandma.

I’d much rather focus on performing better in a CrossFit box. Less time spent worrying about my diet / physique more time spent working on my movements & skills.

Tom Seed

Tom has been doing CrossFit through the 2020 Covid-related lockdowns and adjustments (discussed further in this article).

Tom met with his friend, Oliver James (who is an co-owner of Metcon Leeds, with Symon Sutherland (leading a gym class in photos)).

Tom and Oliver did the Joker Workout, consisting of the toe to the pullup bar movement and deadlifts. The person that did not finish first had to have a spoonful of cinnamon.

The result? Well, Oliver cannot be conquered in his own gym, lol. (Oliver, when done, did coach Tom on to finish.)

Podcast Interview and First Contest

Colin Campbell (host of CamBro Conversations, a podcast) interviewed Tom about his transition from bodybuilding to Crossfit and about the supplement industry.

Tom is the head of sales at Lifesource Supplements and owns a supplement company, Stealth Nutrition.

(The blog has posts on Crossfit-related gear–shorts and a water bottle.)

Tom competed in his first Crossfit contest in 2021.

UK Lockdown Late October 2020 to Early December 2020; Tom’s Dumbbell Only Workout

The year 2020 has been a challenging year. In order to prevent Covid-19 cases from overwhelming the medical system in the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, placed a four-week lock down for pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops.

After this announcement, Tom posted a YouTube video with a dumbbell-only workout that could help viewers continue their workout routine at home. The exercise demonstrator is Metcon Leeds owner Oliver James.

Birthday

Tom’s birthday is 29-March (Aries).

Question and Answers E-mail Interview

I had an opportunity to ask Tom about his fitness modeling and other interests by e-mail. He provided responses which are detailed below.

How did you become interested (a) in weight training and (b) in being a fitness model?

“I started training just to get in shape and over time my physique kept progressing and after 6 years of training I decided to step on stage and compete in the UKUP competition.”

Author’s note: Tom had written some blog posts on his 2017 training at his blog for back and for biceps.

Did you participate in athletics before or while weight training for physique contests? When did you become focused on your fitness model workouts for competition?

“I used to play rugby and swim until the aged of 19. Aged 19 I stopped all sport and took up weight training until I competed aged 25.”

How have you adjusted your training and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“Yes I have had to do more ‘CrossFit’ style workouts from home to keep my cardio and weights combined. I can’t wait for the gyms to re-open!!”

What advice would you give to guys looking to become a fitness model?

“Stay consistent with your diet and training but only pursue being a fitness model if you enjoy the process of getting lean and you enjoy being in front of a camera / the spotlight.” [Author’s note: Tom was the cover model for the Best Fit Magazine in 2019.]

How have you liked working in the fitness industry and with clothing companies? Any things you would want to see improved?

“I have liked working with brands over social media but I would like to see more fitness events that bring like minded people together. There seems to be a couple of big expos per year. I would like to see brands host events on a monthly basis! I enjoy socialising (if you can’t tell).”

Any hobbies or interests outside of your own training?

“My hobbies outside of training would be Crossfit, Content creating (Youtube & TikTok), Visiting nice beach clubs with good pool parties and I like playing online poker too.”


Cycling Enthusiast

In viewing Tom’s Instagram posts, a few showed Tom in cycling gear and with a bike made by Ribble Cycles, a hand-assembled bicycle maker based in the United Kingdom. (A Ribble bicycle can be customized to suit a buyer.)

Stealth Nutrition, a Lifestyle Nutrition, Workout Supplement Brand

Tom owns Stealth Nutrition, a lifestyle nutrition brand. Stealth Nutrition focuses on providing designer workout supplements–from pre-workout to nootropic brain support. Check out Stealth Nutrition’s website for further information.

Mens Physique

Tom practicing his posing routine. Shorts: Mens Physique Show Shorts.

Tom competed in his first Mens Physique competition in 2019. Tom discussed his contest preparation story in a YouTube video.

Tom shows a transformation video showing how he transformed his physique while going from 160 pounds to 139 pounds.

In another video, Tom shows his contest shape as well as excerpts from his mens physique contest where he won third place.

Following the mens physique contest, Tom participated in a fitness model contest and won first place.

Photoshoots

Alex Wightman

During the COVID-19-related lock-down in 2020, Tom had a photo shoot with Photographer Alex Wightman that complied with the physical distancing needed during the period and still produced great images for Tom’s portfolio.

Alex Botic

Tom had a photoshoot with Photographer Alex Botic. Tom mostly was in workout clothing. Tom wore jeans and jeans and a leather jacket in some of the photos. The black and yellow swim brief is from Danny Miami. The denim jeans in one of the photos are from Carpe Omnia. (I do not have the brand for the shorts.)



Peter Fletcher, Muscle Mountain Photography

Tom also had a gym photoshoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher of Muscle Mountain Photography. (Peter Fletcher was a photographer at Box Menswear’s Texas photoshoot in 2019.)




Tom and Zac Aynsley

In 2018, Tom had a training session for arms with fitness influencer and mens physique competitor Zac Aynsley.


Tom with WBFF Pro Tom Coleman

Tom had the opportunity to have a training session with WBFF pro Tom Coleman.



Tom and Dan Tai



Tom collaborated with Dan Tai for a fitness model vs. CrossFit squat challenge. Tom got thirty reps on squats is a great result. (Dan, with amazing tree-trunk thighs, got 38.)


In a 2018 workout/lifestyle video log, Tom shared the activities of his day as well as a leg training session with Dan Tai.


Author’s note: This blog has more posts with fitness model Dan Tai.

As a side note, Tom and Dan hosted a fitness retreat in Ibiza, Spain, in June 2019.



Tom Models for Armani and Mens Health in Manchester

On another YouTube video, Tom provides information on how he and a friend walked on a fitness photoshoot with Armani and Mens Health UK in Manchester, UK.


Conclusion

Tom is getting a great started on his fitness modeling career as well as having great success in physique competitions. I appreciate his responses to my questions. I look forward to seeing more success from him in the future.

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Leg Day: Lifting Shorts for Working Out

Table of Brands

Introduction: The Struggle and Benefits of Leg Day

The legs are a large muscle group. It takes focus, dedication, and time to add size. The effort produces impressive results, as seen with some examples in this section.

This blog will describe some shorts that will allow you to maintain your focus on the important leg training day.

Read below for leg-day training information so that you can build your own tree-trunk thighs.

Some Leg-Day Results

Deve demonstrates his leg day in Colombia.
Model: Brad Jaxon

Leg Day Shorts Brands

Leg Day Lifting Shorts

Strong Lift Wear

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Care Instructions

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

Stay Shredded Quads for the Gods Lifting Shorts

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

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

My Review

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

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

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

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

Care Instructions

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

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

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

2Eros Icon Shorts

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

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

Love Leg Day; Get Thigh Gains

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

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

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

Why Leg Day is Important

What is Leg Day?

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

Mens Underwear for Valentine’s Day

Author: Andre M. Email: info@menswearnews.com

Introduction

Valentine’s Day is a holiday where love is celebrated. The holiday celebrates the relationship with your loved one (or maybe you are getting ready for a great relationship) with food, chocolate, and so on.

Some selections from Box Menswear can also assist you find men’s underwear for Valentine’s Day to present your best self not only for Valentine’s Day but for the rest of the year.

Selections from Box Menswear

Below is a selection of Box Menswear clothing that you can consider for your Valentine’s Day. For more details about these newer items, see my previous Box Menswear-related blog post.

Men’s Briefs

Box has a selection of men’s briefs in several colors. Bodybuilder Joe Wachs wears the Box brief in red.

Bodybuilder Joe Wachs

Men’s Leggings

Men’s leggings have proven to be popular at the Box website. Guys seem to love them; their loved ones could love them as well. The leggings have 100 percent bamboo viscose come in grey and white.

Model Zach Beech in Box Menswear white leggings.

Red on Red Briefs

The color red fits on Valentine’s Day. The red on red briefs have 92 percent cotton and 8 percent Spandex, ensuring a comfortable fit.

Box Menswear Texas October 2019. Model Josh Watson.

Black King Fit Boxers

The black king fit boxers are black and suits all physiques. You can choose from two lengths: six inches and four inches.

Model Cross Thompson, wearing king fit boxers.
Model Kyle Hynick, below, in Texas, wearing king fit boxers. (Photo (left): Peter Fletcher; photo (right) Carlos “Trey” Salazar)

Mesh Shorts

This mesh shorts are for the special loved one–see-through mesh shorts. It would be quite a show indeed.

Model Lewis Flint

Thong

This item is revealing (nsfw), so I will provide a link to the website, https://www.boxmenswear.com/search?type=product%2Carticle%2Cpage&q=thong.

Bed Shorts

I bought a pair of Box Menswear bed shorts and love them.

Conclusion

For any reason that you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, have fun. Maybe a choice from the Box Menswear range will help to add fun to the festivities.

Mens Underwear Order Review: Box Menswear

Introduction: Unboxing My Box Menswear Order

Unrelated to my social media work with Box Menswear, I decided to place a self-paid order to get a feel for the ordering and receiving clothes. The stages I went through were selecting and ordering clothes, selecting delivery option, and then receiving and trying on the clothes at home.

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Ordering at the Box Website

During my social media work, there were some clothes that I wanted to try: the lounge (bed) shorts, the king fit boxers (black), and the peach boxers. I read the product descriptions, looked at the photos (many of the models are muscular men; I am not right now (maybe one day :)) to see how the clothes fit (also at the Box Instagram page where customers (wider range of physiques) post their photos), as well as how to care for the clothes.

I placed my order for the items I wanted. When offered a mystery box (later discovered to be one of the following: jockstrap, briefs, king fit boxers, socks, and sports shorts (see discussion below)), I accepted and added it to the order.

The overall cost was not too high but quite more for a first order without being able to feel the fabric in my hands.

Delivery–to the United States

Box Menswear is based in the United Kingdom. As I live in the United States, I have found that international packages tend to get stuck in customs. Being a Black Friday special, there was delivery special fee to the United States US$5.99 for 5-8 business days (Landmark Global shipping) and another with DHL for US$17.99 for 1-3 business days.

I chose the cheaper version, even though I knew about the specific customs issues. While the wait was not overly long, I think I would pay the extra US$12 for the DHL shipping for more-certain tracking and quicker delivery. The Landmark Global option did have tracking information, but there were days in which the information was not updated.

Order Received

I placed the order on 30-November-2019 and received it on 16-December-2019.

I received a grey envelope with 2 smaller packages of red boxes. One box had my order and the other was the mystery box.

Box Menswear brand lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers in a box
Box order: lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers
Mystery box: socks, king fit boxers, Max Wyatt sport shorts, jockstrap, and briefs
Mystery box: socks, king fit boxers, sport shorts, jockstrap, and briefs

My selections: lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers

Lounge (bed) shorts

From the time that I saw model Dan Tai wearing the lounge (bed) shorts in photos from the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas, I wanted to buy them. My instinct was on point.

Muscular model Dan Tai from the United Kingdom sits on a bed while wearing grey shorts from Box Menswear.
Model Dan Tai in Box Menswear lounge (bed) shorts.

The photos posted on Instagram and on the website provide good images for how the shorts look and fit. They are comfortable and soft. Great for bedtime and as well as spending time relaxing at home.

King fit boxers

The boxers are the long 6-inch inseam version, which covers the whole thigh on me. They should not ride up. The fabric feels great on the skin.

I have gotten used to a shorter inseam (mid-thigh length), but I will see how the king fit works on a typical workday.

I think I will love wearing them; they felt fantastic when I tried them on for fit.

Peach boxers

I selected these boxers because of the orange color. The color is more light orange that what they appear in photos. The cotton fabric is soft, though not as soft as the king fit, which is made mostly of bamboo viscose. In addition, the peach boxers have seams on the rear while the king fit boxer does not have any rear seams.

While the stitching looks that it may be uncomfortable to wear, they do not pose any problems when I tried them on.

Overall, while I do not regret trying the peach boxers (and I will wear them), I will probably concentrate on the king fit boxers for future purchases.

The mystery box: jockstrap, briefs, sport shorts, king fit boxers (white), sport socks

A little background

The mystery box was a mix of pros and cons for me. I was able to see other Box product that I did not select. However, some items pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I tend to be a fashion conservative when it comes to underwear. I used to be a black boxers guy. Just wait for the holiday sales of a large underwear competitor and stock up on all the black boxers versions. Recently, I have selected more colors, which is good.

Winners: socks, king fit boxers, sports shorts

The mystery box had the shorts that I wanted to try as well as the king fit boxers (white) and socks.

Mystery box contents.
Mystery box contents

The sports shorts are thin and light. I could see them being more like a more-fitted lounge short or another version of boxer shorts.

The socks are mid-calf length and are black and white. The socks are comfortable and have the right amount of elasticity.

The king fit boxers in white are like the black king fit boxers that I reviewed above. White is a non-forgiving color, so I hesitate in buying anything white except t-shirts and dress shirts. Again, recall, I am used to buying all-black underwear as well (smile).

Nonstarters: jockstrap and briefs

In the box was a pair of jockstraps and for styling, my past still has a strong effect on the present. The jockstrap is a huge step forward. While the fabric felt good, the styling felt too forward. The briefs do not look right on my physique.

Conclusion

I am happy with my purchase, especially the lounge shorts. For delivery, I think that for living in the United States, I would pay more for quicker shipping to accommodate the customs processing time.

Despite the mystery box having items I did not want, the items which were included in the box (and I liked) were worth the price paid. (Maybe I will try the jockstrap one day.)

Author: Andre M. E-mail: info at menswearnews.com