Now that i’m ripped, should i try modelling?’

August 19, 2009 by  
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How to build a lean body like a modelOk, so you’ve been following fitness and workout tips on, have got your body ‘ripped’, you maintain a fantastic physical and mental being, look in the mirror and think to yourself ‘damn I look good!’ Maybe I should try my hand at modeling?

When I first began to start developing muscle, this was the first thing that I thought of as well. I even went to visit a scouting agent at one point who spotted my picture on a social networking site, so I had a taster of what the process is like first hand.

I probably could still go for it, as I am still far off the ‘gone pass your sell by date’ age, which tends to be mid-late 40’s. The main reason I don’t is because I simply didn’t start training to get attention from others, I started training for personal satisfaction (but that may change):-). Every one has their preferences, but if you have looked in the mirror and got that ‘wannabe model’ feeling, then here are some things to consider.

Build for an athletic body

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on why your training doesn’t result in an athletic body. The fault comes from the reason that most workouts are designed as body builder workouts, but there was a resolution; give it a read if you haven’t yet done so already. So what you must do is build a fit, healthy and ‘toned’ body. That’s what they’re after.

Build muscle and tone like this

One person who done this a few years ago was LL cool J. He went from slim, to huge, to toned, and he’s now in his 40’s maintaining the same appearance! It seems people don’t seem to age like they used to. But ideally this is the look you may want.

Ryan Reynolds

Ideal lean body build
Move to a big city

If you live in the US, then move to New York City. It is deemed as the heart of the modeling world. If you don’t, then still try to go. If both are not an option then look around in other big cities in your country. The Internet is bigger than ever these days, so start Googling.

Start to build a portfolio

Get in front of the camera and start to get some photos taken. That’s headshots and body shots in both formal and casual wear.

Find an Agent

If you are serious about being a model, then you are going to need one of these. Some times they’ll even come to you, as they may scout around smaller cities, or on the internet as I mentioned earlier, so be sure to be social. But the best time to find one is when there is ‘open call’. This is when an individual can be informed of their potential of making it in the modeling industry. But before you do anything, it is important to check that the agent you go with is legit, the scammers are out there! So do your research.

Hint: If they demand money upfront, then don’t be scared to ring some bells!

The importance of Persistence

This applies to almost everything in life, which I’m sure most of you already know (Always easier said then done). You will probably face a few rejections, but within every negative situation lays a positive. So when one turns you down, you’ll probably find a better one soon after.

Have a flexible schedule

This actually applies to all models, male and female. Once your agent starts booking photo shoots for you, you have to be ready to drop everything and go, so you might want to stay away from fixed hour jobs. Maybe you could even start making money online, which will free up your time, and I’d be glad to assist :).

Let me know your experiences with your approach to becoming a model.

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Should you smoke Marijuana if you workout?

August 13, 2009 by  
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If you are a current smoker of tobacco and are deciding to get really serious about working out and keeping fit, then the best thing to do would be to quit it all together. Most of us know the dangers of smoking, as the ads do a pretty good job of not hiding it. Unless you have been living under a rock and don’t know then here are the dangers of smoking tobacco:

  • Reduced oxygen to the muscles
  • Can cause lung cancer
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and block blood vessels, which leads to heart attack.
  • And others

Throughout all of my life I never have been a smoker so most of the above never did apply to me directly. But one thing that has always intrigued me over the years was what the affect of smoking marijuana has on people who work out, as there never has been a solid answer. I guess the reason why there is no solid answer could be the same reasons to why we don’t know why drinking alcohol affects some while not affecting others. Quite simply it affects different people in different ways.

Below I’ll outline two scenarios that I have become familiar with from meeting those who smoke marijuana and workout.

Scenario 1
I workout, smoke marijuana and I feel great!

This group of people tend to have very well developed bodies, are pretty sure of themselves and would smoke every other day of the week. They state that smoking:

Before a workout – Helps them to keep better form and concentrate on specific muscles more effectively.

After a work – They get a epinephrine high from the workout plus the high from the marijuana smoke, which leads to an overall better performance.

– Running or biking after smoking marijuana allows them to keep up excellent rhythm and push their selves harder than usual.

Scenario 2
I can’t workout and smoke marijuana. It makes me feel awful!

This group of people tend to be of slim to average build and would make statements such as:

– I wouldn’t recommend smoking while, before, or after working out, as I’ve done that twice and thrown up both times. It really is not a pleasant experience.

– If I smoke before I work out I get really lazy and cannot get motivated. Besides, smoking marijuana produces estrogen and by having that in your system you cannot get that solid muscle feel from working out that the non-smokers get.

After looking at both scenarios I guess we can conclude that smoking marijuana is just the same as working out and drinking alcohol (Alcohol and Exercising). If you smoke it and it makes you feel good with no ‘currently known’ side effects… STICK TO IT! If you smoke it and it makes you feel like crap, give up working out or QUIT IT!

And if you have other ‘issues’, then you could check out the best luxury drug treatment centers.

What are your experiences from smoking Marijuana while exercising or from those you know that have?

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Shower at home or Shower at the gym?

August 7, 2009 by  
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Whenever there is talk regarding the gym showers, we will always be taken back to the good old days of the high school dorm showers. For most people, taking a shower at school in the high school years was deemed as a bold or brave thing to do, and if that was you I am pretty sure you stood out from the crowd when you did so. As people migrate to adulthood most would think the whole ‘shower in public’ issue would disappear, but this is not the case, and this will probably remain an issue until the end of human existence.

Shower at home or Shower at the gym?

Personally I like to shower at home as I have never been a fan of gym showers. When I shower I like to get comfortable, take my time and sing my heart out (something I’m sure won’t be favored by my fellow gym goers). It’s nothing to do with being shy either, as I don’t have any insecurities about my body (quite the opposite). It’s just that I like to keep my private parts…. PRIVATE.

Some people in the gym just let it all hang out…Willies, D***s, Vagina’s, P****s, Butts or what ever you like to call them.

Now I think I can speak for the masses here, but quite frankly, I just don’t want to see any of that when I’m at the gym.
The problem is, you just can’t help but look when it’s on display. Everyone that does go to the gym goes there to improve their bodies, but… most of the people in there are not quite improved… yet! So I have to suffer and look at rolls of fat, overly hairy bodies and private parts that are ugly to begin with. (Yikes!)

Now I know some people can’t help that, as I mentioned, we do all go to the gym to improve ourselves. But some people (Ladies… taking to you here) let it all hang out to show off, or some people know they don’t look to hot, but like to shower and at least have the decency to wear underwear or shorts as soon as they get into the locker room.

You can agree to disagree with me, but I think the whole shower thing bothers women more than it does men. Men tend to be more open. After all, we do pee together when out in public. (keep your head straight, don’t turn it now!)

Maybe that explains why women’s showers have a cubicle and men’s showers don’t.

All things said, we do have some great commercial gyms out there. You have facilities such as Jacuzzi’s, Saunas, and when you shower you get access to:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Razors
  • Shaving gel
  • Combs
  • and more

Now that beats a home shower any day. (Home vs Gym)

Everyone has their preferences for sure, but below is a list of the pros and cons of both.

STAY FIT and STAY CLEAN! Bugs out!

Home shower


  • Don’t have to look at naked people
  • Less likely to pick up germs
  • Time and comfort


  • Inconvenience
  • Waste time
  • Travel around with a foul smell

Gym Shower


  • Convenience
  • Save time
  • Leave the gym, bathed and fresh


  • Extra baggage
  • Look at other naked people
  • Possibly pick up germs

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