Talk about a resume builder. I am now officially a male model. It’s been a long and arduous road, but I’ve finally made it. I guess technically I would be a considered a “plus-size” male model under most model “standards” … but still … I am one.
So how did I become a male model?
Well, for one, I am ridiculously good looking. So there’s that.
But, also because I was modeling for something that I really believe in and am excited about being a part of. Some of my siblings started a fitness video series called “Freedom2Move.” It’s not your typical fitness video (i.e.-Hip Hop Abs, P90X, Insanity, etc.) that you’ll find out on the market today.
While a lot of the videos out there focus on the high intensity and skilled workouts that the majority of the public can’t do, either because of a disability, current fitness level or even age. The Freedom2Move videos focus on workouts that level the playing field for people with those hinderances. Just because you might have a disability, medical setback or may be overweight or new to working out that’s not excuse to MOVE. Even the simplest of movement is more than nothing.
So being a family member I got roped into the project. Well, and not to sound too narcissistic, but my fitness story was a factor in me being invited to be in one of the videos. But, really, my story lends itself to the videos and I love sharing my story however I can. Not, because what I’ve accomplished is such a grand accomplishment (lots of people lose 100+ pounds), I share it because I feel obligated. If my story can inspire another than my efforts are worth it.
But, enough about me.
The video I was shooting on Saturday was the third video of the set. The focus of this video was abs and core, so the exercises I did were pushups, crunches and a number of other exercises. There were three levels of exercises and I was representing the “middle” or “intermediate” fitness level. So, my pushups were on the knees, typical crunches and some other adapted exercises.
I’d explain all of them in detail, but … one, that’s boring and two, it wouldn’t give you an incentive to buy the video. So, I’ll leave it at that. 😉
I had to be in Ogden by 7:45am to prep for filming. My sister clean shaved and trimmed my hair the night before so all I had to really do was get my make up done. Well, at least that’s what I thought. Turns out my workout shirt was a size too small (XL instead of a 2XL) … I asked for 2XL because tech shirts usually run small on me, especially because I have a long torso.
So the result?
It accentuated my man boobs.
Like a lot.
After getting an UnderArmor to see if that would help with my cleavage it was decided it wasn’t enough. So, we turned to something everyone turns to in a pinch … duct tape. Yes, duct tape.
My sisters ended up duct taping my chest and … well … it worked. It was pretty uncomfortable actually and I feared ALL day for the time it had to be removed. But, it got the job done.
And, here’s the moment my sister-in-law ripped it off. That laugh of her’s is so sadistic. I swear she enjoys afflicting pain …
But, one cool things about the shoot was that part of it was filmed for the news. Dan Rascon from KUTV 2 News here in Salt Lake City is doing a piece on the videos and not only did he tape some of the exercises he also interviewed a number of us who were filming, including myself. Dan is a really great guy and it was fun to have him involved while we were taping.
The piece should be running on the KUTV 2 News at 5pm next Tuesday …. sooooooooo … you should probably watch that.
And, if you miss it, I am sure I’ll post a video of it next week so you can admire my duct tape boob job. Because, we know don’t want to miss out on that, right? (I bet you $10 my mom is going to say something about this post)
Anyways, I will keep you all updated of when the videos come out and the news spot as well.
Overall it was a great experience and I am excited to get a chance to share my story in a new medium.
Stay tuned. But, in the meantime, I am adding “male model” to my resume.