NYC Here I Come….

February 20, 2010

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 weeks since I qualified for Finals for the Wilhelmina Hot Body Modeling Contest. It’s been an amazing 9 weeks of hard core, disciplined, mental and physical highs and lows in preparation for the Finals next Tuesday (February 23rd) in New York City. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, most importantly Michele, Cesar Martinez, my personal trainer who kicked my ass every day keeping me on track, and my closest friends. I don’t think I could be anymore ready than I am. It’s all about the journey, right? I am excited, and yes, a little nervous, to see where this one takes me. In my mind, regardless of what happens, I already consider myself a winner. To be selected as one of 30 guys to make it to the semi-finals out of thousands that applied. Then on top of that to win the most public votes to qualify for finals, is a huge accomplishment in an of itself. This is just the icing on the cake to go to NYC.

Activities begin with a press conference with all the finalists on Monday afternoon and conclude Tuesday night with a VIP Party, where the grand prize winner will be announced. Until then, wish me luck….


H2OHHH- Stay Hydrated and Balanced

January 23, 2010

We all know we’re supposed to drink a lot of water but as I get closer and closer to the big event and my training regiment gets even more stringent, keeping hydrated is so key to my performance for so many different reasons. It’s not about soda or diet drinks or anything like that.  It’s good old H20 that keeps the engine running.  Why?  ONE…the recommendation is 64 oz. a day and I don’t go to bed until I get a gallon of the good stuff in to keep flushing toxins and lactic acid from my workouts out of my system.  TWO…since I’m on a restricted diet, it helps to make me feel fuller and more satiated.  THREE…the kind of water I drink is alkaline, which helps keep my body’s pH balance.   Why alkaline?  It’s the essence of balance.

I’ll let you in on something…Our bodies are 70% water and our blood is 94% of the magical stuff.  That means if you’re drinking water less than 7.0 pH – which most of the water available on the market today is in the 5-6 range – you could be sending your body into a tizzy.  I drink a water that’s got a pH of 9.5 and it actually helps to detox my system and hyrdates at the cellular level.  I have a special filter at home that makes this water and I fill a 64 oz. jug of it and take it to work with me.  There’s also a company that distributes it here locally (If you’re interested, I can hook you up!)  and I swear by it. 

Staying really hydrated is so critical, whether you’re training for a competition or trying to lose weight.  It’s clean and it helps keep me lean.

After all, we are what we eat…and drink.


“The Burpee” and No it’s not what I do to my daughter after she takes a bottle!

January 17, 2010

This is one of my favorite exercises to get the blood flowing and the muscles moving.  It did make me think, though, where did it get its name?  Wikipedia to the rescue!

“The exercise may have been originated by a man named Lieutenant Thomas Burpee (1757-1839). He was an officer in the New Hampshire Militia during the American Revolutionary War and was described as “having the innate Burpee fondness for martial exercises” in A History of the Town of New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Lt. Burpee may have used the combination of pushups and squat thrusts as a means of drilling, conditioning, and disciplining the troops under his command. In addition, the exercise may have also been used by the troops as a way to stay warm during the winters in wartime New England

What’s great is youcan do this anywhere – at home, the gym, even in your hotel room if you’re traveling. Add some variations and you’re always keeping it fresh. 

Check out the video and you’ll see a few different ways of making the burpee work for you. 


How many burpees can you do without stopping?


Listen to what your body is telling you

January 9, 2010

Have you ever had one of those days where you just seem like you’re in a total funk and it’s really hard to get the day going. Don’t lie, we all have. Today is one of those days for me. It started about 3am when I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. I got to the gym around 5:30am and taught my cycling class at 6am. The entire class my legs felt they each weighed about 100lbs. It was a challenge just to throw the pedals over.  I kept watching the clock waiting for it to be over…. AND I WAS TEACHING.  Bottom line …. I just feel tired and sore today.  What really sucks is that I still have to train with Cesar (Arms today) and do another 30 minutes of cardio.

So what does this mean and what should I do you ask, well….. Read the rest of this entry »


2 is better than 1

January 8, 2010

Yesterday I talked about my meal plan and how important it is to eat clean and often. Today I want to cover my workouts and the advantages of working out with a trainer or partner.  This is just one of many workout blogs that I will post over the next several weeks.

The most important part of my program is to make sure that my training is extremely balanced between lifting weights and cardio. To get the maximum results you can’t do one without the other (which is the reason why Terry Shorter and Fernanda Rocha and I created the R.I.P.P.E.D. workout. More on that in another blog.).  Right now I lift weights 6 days a week focusing on one muscle group per day with my trainer Cesar Martinez (today was leg day and I can barely walk down the stairs). Why 6 days a week? Because this program is what works best for me and here is why: 1) my schedule allows me; and 2) I find that I get a much better/efficient workout this way than targeting multiple muscle groups. I can start my workout and be done in 30 to 45 minutes (this doesn’t include my cardio).  Read the rest of this entry »


To Eat or Not to Eat?

January 7, 2010

On this road to NYC, eating right is my number one priority.  Nutrition is such a big part of any fitness program. Unfortunately, I find it the part  where most  fitness “freaks” are off the mark.  You know,  the gym rats that work out 2 hours a day, 7 days a week and frustrated because they aren’t getting the results they want and don’t understand why. Read the rest of this entry »


On the road to NYC…

January 5, 2010

When I found out I was selected as the one of the top 30 male finalists out of the thousands that had entered the Wilhelmina Hot Body Search, I was overwhelmed.  What started as just an email recommendation from my friend Mareya – enter a picture with a 100 word essay on what fitness means to you – it shocked me to the core.  I went from being overwhelmed to excited to oh yes, it’s game on.  Time to get serious. 

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