Thinspiration: Matthew Davidson for Oak Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

2 Sep

Oak Fall 2015 Ready to Wear (5)
Can’t wait for Fall, then don’t! Summer is almost over according to the calendar but we all know fall doesn’t really get here till about late October. However, that shouldn’t stop you fashion crooners from chirping over the new fall looks.

As for me, my fall/winter body is still under construction therefore, my aesthetic will be a little more “cozy active-wear.” Clean lines, simple color palette and of course over size; basically cool weather gym clothes.

That’s why I’m excited for Oak Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear look-book starting slim framed model Matthew Davidson. If you’re starving for new looks then fill up on this collection. A few transitional pieces that will heat up your current look without making you sweat, some really great sweater to purchase now and wear later and the pants are very much figure forgiving just in time for Thanksgiving. I just would opt for a less sad shoes.

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“Junk Food Journals:” Entry 17

26 Aug

The only bad workout, is the one you don’t do! If its thinpsiration you need, then check out what the fellas of “Junk Food Journals: Entry 17” had to share that keeps them motivated to eat healthy and workout consistently.

It very thinspiring you people with amazing bodies deal the many struggles as us who are aspiring to be a lean and ripped. What they all have in common is… Commit, Do, Rest and Repeat.

Alan John (1)

Alan John (3)
I am Alan John (Instagram: @iamalanjohn), a 26 year old model with Glamasphere Model Management and recently started presenting a tv show called Raptor Farm on Mindset tv channel 319 on DStv which airs every Friday at 7pm. I’m based in Johannesburg, South Africa and I began training with a home gym set when I was still in High School. I’m also an actor and in the process of recording my debut album. You can email me for booking or inquiries on alanjohnworldwide@gmail.com.

Workout Philosophy: Learn/know your body type and how it reacts to food and weight training. Next, follow a workout program that is designed to get YOUR body to where you want it to. Then, like everything else, be consistent with what you eat and with following the workout schedule.

Breakfast: Oats (I add peanut butter for a protein boost) or 3 boiled eggs and 2 tuna sandwiches.

Lunch: Brown rice and grilled fish fillets.

Dinner: Mashed potato, chicken breasts and choice of greens.

Cheat Day: Fortunately I don’t have a sweet tooth, a cheat meal would be some fried chicken.

Diet Trick: Healthy eating has to be a way of life for it to make sense and to be sustainable. Stay hydrated at all times and when grocery shopping choose the healthy option so you have no option but to cook healthy meals at home.

Problem Area: Time Management – Life is hectic, this is one area where sometimes I drag myself to the gym no matter how tired I am.

Key To Discipline: For me its the end goal; I know what I want to look like and to remain looking that way so, I constantly remind myself and work extremely hard to make this a reality.

Workout Routine: A 5 day gym program in this order: Back, chest, legs, arms, rest day, shoulders and rest day.

Kofi Mensah (1)

Kofi Mensah (2)
I’m Kofi Mensah (Instagram: @Noriwayfarer) a wanderlust boy that loves new experiences and pushing new boundaries. I’m a Pescatarian, working towards becoming a full time vegetarian and eventual vegan. I live in NYC, but my soul is forever in the clouds searching for new destinations.

Workout Philosophy: I believe that you should work towards what you aspire to look like and what makes you happy. Not for anyone else, or you will eventually lose the motivation to work out. Rotate your exercises and don’t only depend on the gym or else working out will become a bit of a chore and mundane.

Breakfast: It varies between yogurt, granola, egg whites with spinach and some other vegetables. Always tea, with honey.

Lunch: I try to make this my biggest meal of the day. It depends on whatever I’ve made for lunch. Usually some tofu, or seafood dish with brown rice. Occasionally pasta.

Dinner: A salad; with some feta or blue cheese, pecans or walnuts, croutons, dried cranberries and other toppings. I’ll usually accompany it with a tall glass of red or white wine and water.

Cheat Day: I suppose I don’t really believe in a cheat day. Unless you’re competing for some body competition or in my case gearing up for a photo shoot, there’s no need to hold off eating something you really want. Just don’t go super crazy and stuff yourself and you’ll be fine. But if I did have a cheat day it would involve Talenti ice cream! I just recently have it of the first time and it’s easily my new favorite gelato!

Diet Trick: Stay hydrated, eat fruits and avoid too much processed foods.

Problem Area: My lower stomach and pectorals. They are the hardest for me to tone up.

Key to Discipline: Having some sort of routine. Knowing when you are going to the gym or when you’re going for a run, swim, etc helps you stay focused and reach your fitness goals.

Workout Routine: I love early morning workouts, especially at the gym when it’s empty. Anytime between 5am-7am is preferred. I rotate different sections of the body on a daily basis from lower abs, chest, arms, etc to ensure that I’m not over working a certain area, but at the same time giving proper time and attention to develop specific muscles. Hiking, tennis, running and swimming (not the best swimmer) but changing up your activities so working out doesn’t feel like a workout!

Mike Mathews (1)

Mike Mathews (2)
I’m Mike Junior (Instagram: @mikevslilmike), a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast in Detroit.

Workout Philosophy: Train like a superhero. As if the moment you walk out of the gym you’re going to be asked to save the world. (It’s the geek in me, lol.)

Breakfast: 6 egg white omelet, smoked salmon, sweet potato hash.

Lunch: 2 chicken breast, 3 hard-boiled egg whites, kale salad, side of fruit and a protein smoothie.

Dinner: large salmon fillet, asparagus and baked sweet potato.

Cheat Day: My favorite cheat day spot is a buffet style soul-food brunch in Detroit; Motor City Kitchen.

Diet Trick: Regular Detoxing. I do a major cleanse twice a year along with a daily detox tea. The cleaner your system the better it can process and absorb nutrients. It also keeps me mindful about what I’m putting into my body.

Problem Area: Legs. I have to work them twice a week to see growth.

Key to Discipline: Setting goals with deadlines attached to them. Whether it be getting ripped for a photo shoot, getting pumped up for an event, or most recently, prepping for my first physique competition, setting goals for how my body needs to look on a certain date helps keep my discipline strong.

Workout Routine: One of my favorite routines is working chest on the cable machine, I’m able to hit it at every angle and get a really good pump. My full chest workout is available at MikeJunior.co

Anti-Filter Essentials

24 Aug

Skinspiring Essentials
This good skin life ain’t easy! I’ve learn just as my invisible waist progress in the gym, if you fall in love with the practice the results will come.

My goal is to have a fresh face and slim waist, sometimes it seems like one or the other. There are so many things to remember and make time for in a day. Most times my facial regime suffers because I’m always rushing or to tired. However, I come to understand that if you find a system and products that you genuine like using, clear even radiant skin is inevitable- and easy to achieve.

These five products I’ve been using all summer are my aid to filter free pics! I don’t dread my morning or night routine because I know these products work, aren’t harsh, easy to use and inexpensive.

No. 7 “Beautiful Skin” Foaming Cleanser: If it’s strong enough to take off a woman’s war paint, then it’s strong enough to clean my skin. Being that its a pump/foam it saves me time on lather and two pumps are the perfect amount to a thick cream rich all over clean. Both for normal & oily skin I have been using this for about three weeks and it keeps my skin refreshed. Because it’s so powerful I use it at night alone rather than including it in my full morning routine.

Simple Smoothing Facial Toner: I have four different brand of toners I use, two of them being extremely harsh on my skin, which I like. Although, when I do a full workout on my skin or after a shave I don’t want to burn my skin with a toner so I use this 100% alcohol free toner. It cleans, tones and get my skin ready for my moisturizer.

Garner Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub: About two month ago I was out shopping for another scrub to switch out for my normal brand to keep my skin from becoming immune. I picked up the 1 fl. oz. version of the 5 fl. oz. The charcoal works wonders on stabilizing my oily skin and unclogging my pore.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: I’ve been nursing this 0.7 oz. facial mask that Bosica sent me last year, because its the best facial mask I’ve ever use. It’s a peel that really snaps your pores closed, like baby bottom smooth. Slapping this on after a fresh cut and shaved will have me glowing in the dark.

Radha Argan Oil: Every since I found out about the many uses and effect of coconut and Aragan oil I have ditched my other moisturizers all together. Four to six drops of this Argan oil after a thorough wash or clean shave keeps my skin healthy, hydrated and smooth. Completely effective for inflammation or irritation after a shave or from acne. You can use it on your beard and hair to keep a healthy shine.

Fade the Fat!

24 Aug

Fade the Fat!

I bet when you saw this headline you thought I was going to be talking about some new easy weight loss secret? Nope, so get your lazy a** to the gym and skip a meal or two or three.

This post is actually about fade cremes. Well not fade cremes exactly but dark spot corrector.

I know some people (especially black people) have issues with fade cremes. There are a slew of physiological self-esteem reasons and effects as to why people use them or shouldn’t used them.

However, that isn’t my reality. Personally I don’t have any qualms with fades creme, color corrector or dark spot removers.

One of the many reason I use them, Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector in particular is due to breakout, scars and blotchy skin. My shoulders and neck is where I use it the most to much success. My shoulders became a problem when I first started to really workout, between the sweat, hormones produced by exercise and a bout with poison ivy I had some unattractive black spots on my shoulders. Also, from shaving the occasional nick, hair bumps and of course acne breakout once I got rid of the “mounds” of problems I was left with battle scars.

So I turned to this dark spot corrector. Meant to be just for the face, I use it for other ares too and it has been successful in evening out my skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and even fade areas of darker pigmentation. With pure Vitamin C the dark spot corrector exfoliates to accelerate cell turnover on the skin’s surface, overall giving me a nice glow.

I use the Skin Renew, after my nightly face was I apply the dark spot corrector to the problem areas followed by the Overnight Peel that also, helps even out skin while I sleep. When I’m not using it on my face I skip the peel, I’ve found the dark spot corrector great for other body scars removal. I’ve been using the product for about a year when needed and it takes about a week to see results however, depending on how bad or big the area it might take a full bottle based on your commitment to treatment.

I don’t use fade creams when I know I’m going to be in the sun because it can cause sunburn or even more blotchy skin. I suggest before using a fade cream, consider how your skin may react to it. Some of these creams have been known to irritate those with sensitive skin and make skin more susceptible to sunburn. Before trying a fade cream to even out your skin tone or to get rid of acne scars, talk with your skincare specialist or doctor.

They make face cremes, dark spot corrector and skin lighten agents for all types of skin and areas howbeit, holistic, natural or clinical. Just make sure you read the bottle and if you don’t see results after the bottle is empty- discontinue.

Remember you have to commit, don’t just use every other day. An even skin tone makes you look a bit thin and chiseled. By bit I mean you actually have to be on some type of visible diet/workout routine to begin.

‘Accountability’ Is Why You Can’t See Your Abs.

20 Aug

Self.

Your body may not be as bad as you think, but you still can’t seem to reach your fitness goal. It may be because you’re doing it all alone.

One thing I use to hate was the “gym buddy” I never seen the use. More so because the gym was my ‘Me-Time’ and I didn’t want anyone slowing me down or skipping out on me.

That was until I started dating…

I’m always telling people that dating is your diet’s number one enemy. Only because between the date night (always at some restaurant), wanting to stay in under one another or simply picking a lazy or naturally slim/fit mate it usually leads to ditching the treadmill for a another date meal.

What sucks even more is when you know exactly everything you need to do but still fat. That’s why its important to turn your partner into your sparing buddy.

Sometimes what keep us from our fitness goal even with the gym membership, new workout clothes, successful trips to the grocery (passing the center aisles), latest workout gadgets and even the home workout equipment you bought for those pressed for time days is simple accountability.

By accountability I mean not just writing down what you ate or recording your scale weigh-ins but, being accountable to someone else. Albeit a trainer, online group or converting your lover into your gym buddy.

Having a gym buddy creates competition and consistence all resulting in peak abdominal perfection.

It’s hard doing it alone, trying to find motivation and having someone to brag with or look for answers to why something isn’t working. Having an extra person that will hold you accountable just may be what you need to get over that hump.

If getting a personal trainer is too expensive or an online group is too impersonal here are Five Ways to convert your lover, roommate or best friend into your gym buddy.

Grocery Shopping & Cooking: It can be difficult changing your diet when you have to consider the other person you’re living with. Instead of cooking two separate meals or giving into temptation make the grocery list together or do the shopping together. Cook more continuously for taste and diet needs without including the crap like condiments, fatty cooking oils, processed food or sugary drinks or anything bleached. Share the cooking responsibility by making those your date nights or hangout time. Even if you do end up at a restaurant suggest the healthiest option or restaurant.

Reward System: Competition is the best diet and every winner needs a trophy. Make fitness bets, celebrate a consistent healthy week with a night out, make the loser do an extra set or something you don’t want to do around the house. Winner gets a spa day or an extra rest day.

Prioritize Your Goals: It’s one thing to have a goal but what is your plan to achieve. Have your new gym buddy come up with effective ways you can use short terms goals to achieve the long-term goal. The thought of never having something again or going to the gym every day won’t entice your lazy sidekick to workout with you. Start by including them with small things, like a free buddy pass instead of them having to spend money, include them in fun adventurous that just so happen to be healthy. Show them the latest fitness apps and gadgets that will inspire them to want to check in and compete. Workout around their schedule to keep them more willing to go.

Expand Your Outings: Don’t limit yourself with your fitness or date nights. Change it up with opting for something other than a club or restaurant; hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, biking… there are so many possibilities! As well as, take a class, classes such as, yoga, spin, boxing, dance or boot-camp are the best way trick someone into work outing with you.

Share Fails: Track one another’s progress and be open about what your frustrations.

Here’s the thing about accountability, we can’t do it alone. Sometimes we need someone to push us. When you receive that extra push you’ll want to workout more and eat better. Next thing you know, After a month, you’ll start feeling some results. After two months, you’ll start noticing results. After three months, others will start noticing.

An whom better to notice is the person that was right there sweating along with you!?

Gym Bag Essentials.

18 Aug

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When you pack your gym bag it’s usually equipped with a change of clothes, workout gloves, resistant bands, ankle weights, towel and shake mix. All great for your workout out, but what about after or what if your workout is midday?

Howbeit, a busy day or just not succumbing to poor body maintenance beyond having a prefect physique every gym bag need those extra things that aide your overall appearance in-between your extended morning & night grooming rituals.

In my gym bag I have five essential items that help me with smelling great, gym hands, clear skin and perfect hair.

When I’m in a rush or opting for the gym over lunch before heading back to work these quick and easy products are essential in maintaining until I’m able to get home for the full grooming shebang.

Hands: Burt’s Bees Hand Salve has been my favorite hand cream to fight cracking, peeling and calluses due to weight lifting. Its preferred by farmers, hydrating and last all day.

Hair: Carol’s Daughter Hair Refresher is designed for curls, coils, kinks and waves but I use it for new growth and dealing with smelliness. To keep my hair from stinking and looking dull without have to do my morning prep I just spray this amazingly scented conditioner that deep moisturize and revitalize my hair.

Skin: Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes are brilliant at keeping your skin clear and clean. Just one wipe will remove salt and oil, deep clean pore and tone your skin without the full time of a water, lathering and wash routine. Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray has been my go to when I’m running errands after a workout and want to look refreshed rather than sweaty. The best easy skin hydration when using the hard water at the gym or simply when I want to refresh my face until I make it home.

Scent: Balla Men Body Spray not only works for your sweaty balls, stinky gym bag or just for a refreshing daily scent. I do a lot of gallivanting in my workout clothes and when I go for a run before yoga I don’t want to shower just to sweat again so, this keeps the person in downward dog behind me from smelling my dog like scent. Its a pleasant masculine scent that’s only overbearing on your funk.

What are your gym bag essentials?

Workout, Really? I Got Sh*T to Do?!

18 Aug

Fitness Hero (2)
Am I the only person that feels like a superhero when I can get a full body workout, run or fitness class in at the beginning or end of a busy day?

My downfall to fitness is TIME! Like many of you I have too much crap to do and going to the gym doesn’t seems appeasing to add to my to-do list when I’m instantly exhausted just constructing my daily list.

To achieve the your ideal body most fitness experts and nutritionist/dietitians will tell you its 70% diet and 30% fitness. However, that isn’t the case for me. I’m a vegetarian, I haven’t had a soda or bread since 2006, I workout 3-5x a week and yet I can’t get this midsection together to save my life. Still, when I have work, errands and other romantic/family obligation fitness is the first things cut or neglected when attempting to be superman at everything else in my life. What I have learned is that a fit lifestyle with desired results is 5% off time, 15% diet, 40% scheduling, 15% fitness and 25% commitment.

I’ve done posts about how important schedule is to your diet and workout routine. What I’ve also learned is though working out may seem more daunting than it really is, it actually will contribute to the productivity of your day and will help you to stay fit.

When I schedule my day just right and commit to everything on the schedule If I can get a workout in my day is put into overdrive. I’ve notice I have more energy to do the other tasks, I use my downtime wisely (less likely to take a break), my mind is more clear to focus (no forgetting things or having to redo things), I have motivation to make smarter eating/snack choices, as well as continue to commit to the fitness program.

It’s a ‘thinspiring’ and euphoric felling I get when I’m unconsciously/consistently/successfully staying the course of a fit life. I know how hard it is to fall down the rabbit hole when you’re not getting instantly results, when pressed for time opting for cheaper quick fattening food or putting off workouts to get other things done. But, with proper scheduling and commitment the rest will fall into place and will become second nature producing desired results.

If you’re not feeling energized, motivated or wish today just never happened- WORKOUT. It doesn’t have to be the gym; it could be a swimming, a bike ride, playing with the kids or calisthenics in the living-room.

The Nike slogan “Just Do It”, has a clearer meaning to me as far as fitness! Just like the other things we don’t want to do but have to just getting up and doing it is all it takes.

We all like that felling of completion, it’s empowering. Why not let your completion of a workout or having a successful day of crap-free food be your strength for future success, in all aspects of life?!

#WOOTD: Shirt & Tight: Nike Pro Combat MultiCamo Compression. Shorts: Nike Dri-Fit 5″ Distance Running.

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