So, I’m officially a male model …

zoolander-1Talk 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.

My brother Mateo filming his segment of the Freedom2Move video.

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.

The key to great makeup is a really good base. #modellife

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 did a lot of this during the filming session. It wasn’t a continuous workout, but it was a good workout over the 7 hours of filming.

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.

My duct tape boob job.

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.

I think I am doing crunches in this while Dan Rascon does his spot. Well, I sure hope those are crunches?

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.


Welp, no running this week. At all. I walked quite a bit, but I was also out sick for a couple days of work so that didn’t help matters. But, since I was modeling in Ogden all day Saturday I didn’t expect to get a long run in anyways. Which I was fine with considering I ran three half marathons the past three weeks and my body needed the rest. Plus, I wanted to focus on interval and strength training (I’ll blog more about that in a couple weeks). 
But, the focus right now isn’t so much distance being #1 as is firming up my core and overall strength. But, like I said, I’ll blog about that more in the next couple of weeks. 
Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 164.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 128.5 miles
2015 Race Miles – 119.05 miles
2015 Total Miles – 412.05 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  68.8 miles




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