Thursday, December 29, 2011

modelJOCK Best of 2011: The Top Male Models of the Year

It's the time of year when everyone looks back at the 12 months that have just passed and rank the best of the best. The same goes for Which male models attracted the most attention? Which got the most comments? The most views?

These are clearly some of the hottest men to grace the cover of, the virtual male model magazine, over the past year. Doing good work in fitness and staying in shape is important. So is looking good in swimwear, based on many of the top models this year. But in addition to being good looking and in great shape, what also plays a big role in male model popularity is the ability to use social media marketing to build an audience and following. In other words, if you want to become famous as a male model, you'd better get your name out there and build a strong fan base.

Without further delay, here are the top male models from modelJOCK for 2011. If you're looking for the guys who are most likely to go far in the coming months and years, look no further.

Top modelJOCK post: Muscular Vegan Fitness Star Noel Polanco Takes Times Square
With his own Youtube channel, personal blog and a very clear and very strong message (you don’t need to eat meat and don’t need to go to a gym to get in shape), the popularity of this year's post about "vegan fitness star" Noel Polanco is proof that a strong message and savvy use of social networking online can bring in the fans in a big way. 
This post  — which attracted more viewers than any other from 2011 — also attracted more comments than most models. 

Top Interview: Muscular Teen Male Model Ryan Sandefur
Maybe it's the piercing blue eyes. Maybe it's the amazing physique. Or the great photos by Mike Saunders of Peachtree Muscle Photos. But muscular teen model Ryan Sandefur attracted more people than anyone else this year when it comes to the modelJOCK interview. 

Most liked, most "favorite" and most commented modelJOCK video on Youtube: 
Nate Dean: Teen Bodybuilder, Body as Art
This muscular teen bodybuilder is a true phenomenon. Nate, in fact, takes the honor of having the top four most-viewed videos on the Mark Edward Studio/modelJOCK Youtube channel. (Don't miss Nate's other photos and video sets, Speedos in the Shower, Nate Pumps Up, and Nate Flexes and Poses.

Top modelJOCK video on Youtube (Spanish-language): Edgar: Ejercicios Para Hombres
In what is certainly a sign that there should be more Spanish-language workout information online, this video starring Edgar Castillo generated far more traffic than nearly every other video on the channel for the year. Mr. modelJOCK Panama 2011 is still wowing viewers with his participation in runway and other events and has signed with a new agency in Panama City. Also check out Edgar's work in his video/photo set, Edgar: Flexing and Exercising.

Top modelJOCK video on Youtube (English language): Gio: Football, Wrestling, Lucha Libre
This New York City-based male model scored big with the videos he did for modelJOCK, with the work featuring football, wrestling and lucha libre wrestling gear attracting the most attention. 

Most favorited single photo on Flickr: Corey Sharp
Maybe it’s the sunny poolside setting in far northern California. Maybe it’s the attractive physique and well-fitting Speedo-style swimwear. But 18-year-old male model Corey Sharp’s swimwear shot was selected as a favorite by more viewers than any other shot from 2011 on the modelJOCK Flickr site.
See more of Corey in his modelJOCK photo/video feature, Corey: Teen Track Star Becomes Male Fitness Model.

Most viewed single photo on Flickr: Nate Dean
Teen bodybuilder Nate Dean is an all-around favorite for many modelJOCK fans, thanks to his muscular build, great personality, natural good looks and ease in front of the camera. So it’s no surprise that this shower photo — in which Nate wears nothing more than a small towel — was the most viewed shot of the year on Flickr. See more of Nate in his various photo/video shoots with modelJOCK.

Most commented photo on Flickr: Luke Scherer in Speedos
A handsome model, sexy Speedo-style swimwear and ripped abs helped push this shot to the top of the rankings. Not only did this photo draw a lot of views and favorite rankings, it also attracted comments and invites from groups including “Muscle Perfection,” “AlphaMuscle,” “Dream Muscle,” “MuscleGods” and “Rock Hard Muscle." (Luke's great videos are among the most watched on the Youtube channel, by the way — this multitalented guy is a model, fitness expert, stunt model and even a rapper. See more of Luke in his modelJOCK photo/video feature, Luke: Male Model Workout as well as his rapping and stuntman videos on the modelJOCK Youtube channel.)

Because of their appearance on modelJOCK toward the end of the year, some models had less time to accrue the views and attract the attention to push them to the top. But there are a few very clear frontrunners who we should keep our eyes on, including these following two rising stars. 

Travis Dinan
There's no denying that this super-cut male fitness model from upstate New York has an amazing presence in front of the camera. He's attracted a lot of attention with his excellent photos and videos done with Mark Edward Studio and, and there are more to come. Check out his video/photo posts so far: Natural Muscle, Ripped Abs and a Winning Attitude, Travis's Male Model Tips for Abs, Chest and Biceps and Travis Shows His Flexing Bicep Workout. And stay tuned for more.

Henry Pineda
Signed with Novum Models, this Nicaraguan powerhouse with the ripped abs has stunned viewers with his presence in two video/photo sets published from my recent on-location shoot in Granada: The Men of Novum Models (in which he posed with three other male models from Novum Models) and Male Model Henry Flexes his Muscle for Novum Models. Stay tuned for the Speedos/swimming pool shoot.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

INTERVIEW: 18-year-old Nathan Heimonen Shares his Secrets for a Perfect Body


Teen bodybuilder. Teen fitness expert. Male model. Based in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, 18-year-old Nathan Heimonen appears to have a world of opportunities and success awaiting him. His impressive work as a teen bodybuilder and the quality of his modeling portfolio — by the talented photographer John Hough, who is based in West Hollywood, California — emphasize Nathan's cut physique and natural ease in front of the camera. 

In this exclusive INTERVIEW, Nathan shares a very detailed description of how he stays in shape. Based on the results we see in his portfolio, this workout and diet plan obviously works. 

Nathan's Stats
AGE: 18
HEIGHT: 5'8"
WEIGHT: 165 lbs. (5 % body fat)
WAIST: 27"
CHEST: 42"
ARMS: 16"
LEGS: 22"
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

When did you start working out, and why?
I started training at the the age of 15 because I was 110-pound kid who got bullied throughout elementary schoo,l so instead of out letting into something bad (drug alcohol etc.), I started to train. I didn't just enjoy it, I built a passion for it; it didn't matter how bad my life was outside of the gym, in there I was untouchable.

What are your best physical attributes? Any parts you focus on especially for improvement?
My best physical attributes would have to be my abs and chest. I keep a really balanced training program, but my arms have always lacked a bit so that is something Im working on.

What is your workout routine?
My routine is a six-day split, very intense, and probably over-training for most, but it works well for me. It looks like this:

Day 1: power chest endurance back

flat benchpress 5 X 4 to 8

deadlift           3 X 15 to 25

closegrip bench  5 X 4 to 8

lat pull down    3 X 15 to 20

incline DB         5 X 4 to 8

DB row            3 X 15 to 20 an arm

flat fly             5 X 12

wide grip pullups 50 total

20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 2: arm day

DB curls          5 X 6 to 15 an arm

skull crushers  5 X 6 to 15

ez curl            5 X 6 to 15

rope pull down  5 X 6 to 15

undergrip pullups  50 total

drips                 100 total

cable curls        5 X 6 to 15

kick backs         5 X 6 to 15

 20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 3: power legs endurance shoulders

squats                                      5 X 4 to 8

push press                                3 X 15 to 25

leg press                                  5 X 4 to 8

seated DB shoulder press            3 X 15 to 25

quad extension                           5 X 4 to 8

lat raise                                    3 X 15 to 25

ham curl                                    5 X 4 to 8

reverse fly                                  3 X 15 to 25

20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 4: power back endurance chest

deadlift               5 X 4 to 8

flat benchpress     3 X 15 to 25

lat pull down        5 X 4 to 8

closegrip bench     3 X 15 to 25

DB row                 5 X 4 to 8

incline DB              3 X 15 to 25

pullups                  50 total

DB fly                   5 X 10

20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 5: arm day

DB curls          5 X 6 to 15 an arm

skull crushers  5 X 6 to 15

ez curl            5 X 6 to 15

rope pull down  5 X 6 to 15

undergrip pullups  50 total

drips                 100 total

cable curls        5 X 6 to 15

kick backs         5 X 6 to 15

 20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 6: power shoulders endurance legs

push press                          5 X 4 to 8

squats                               3 X 15 to 25

seated DB shoulder press 5 X 4 to 8

leg press                             3 X 15 to 25

lat raise                              5 X 10

quad extension                     3 X 15 to 25

reverse fly                            5 X 10

ham curl                               3 X 15 to 25

20 min ab circuit

40 min cardio

Day 7: full rest

What about your diet? What do you eat, and what do you avoid?
My diet is kept very strict and has no cheating whatsoever. It;s very high protein and moderate carbs taken mostly pre-workout, and a good quantity of healthy fats. Here's a sample day:

Meal 1 7:00

2 chicken breasts

1 cup of veggies

10 almonds

f=10g c=30g p=60g cal= 450

Meal 2 10:00

 2 scoops protien

f=4g c=8g p=50g cal=300

Meal 3 12:00

1 cup oats

1 scoop protien

f=8g c=60g p=30g cal=400

Meal 4 2:00

2 scoops protien

1 banana

f=5g c=40g p=50g

Meal 5 4:00

1 chicken breast

1 whole wheat wrap

f=8g c=20g p=40g cal= 350

Meal 6

2 chicken breast

1 cup veggies

10 almonds

f=10g c=30g p=60g cal=450

Meal 7 10:00

1/2 cup cottage cheese

10 almonds

1 scoop protien

f= 8g c=20g p=40g cal=300

Totals: f= 55g c=210 p=330 cal= 2660


When did you first start modeling?
I started modeling by starting a page on I got noticed on there after I posted a few pics and it's just skyrocketed from there. Here's the link to my page:

Do you play any other sports besides working out?
As for sports, I've played pretty much everything: hockey, soccer, football, I run track and cross country, and my newest addition is MMA training.

What are your long-term professional goals? 
Besides modeling I am a student working toward becoming a firefighter and I also do some work with my father who owns a drywall and painting company called Platinum Interiors. He is very supportive of my career and I couldn't ask for a better dad. I'd just like to take this moment to say I love both my parents and really appreciate their support.

What's the best way for us to follow your work?
You can follow my at my space facebook and twitter all 3 links are below!/nathanheimonen

Thanks for the great interview.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays from (and Male Model Jordano)


It's that time of year. The Christmas tree is up at the modelJOCK Suite in New York City, and I just can't let the opportunity go by without doing my traditional off-beat holiday shoot and VIDEO

Male fashion model Jordano Richardson shows his amazing talent in "Dangerous Holiday (Underwear Remix)," a slightly bizarre video and themed photo shoot, which combines elements of B-movie film noir with lots of Jordano's natural sex appeal and acting ability, as he tries on some rather small briefs and long underwear, and poses for artistic nude shots. 

Stay tuned to see more, and happy holidays! 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photographer Seth London Captures Male Models at their Sexiest


Seth London knows how to bring out the best of every male model who stands in front of his camera. This New York City-based photographer's portfolio is brimming with a diverse array of good-looking, well-built male models looking their sexiest. I'm honored that Seth has offered to share some of his most recent work with the readers of Here is just a taste of what you'll be seeing in future posts, so stay tuned!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

VIDEO: Travis — Male Model Shows his Skills with Mixed Martial Arts Demo


One of the most popular male models to appear on the pages of, Travis returns in the latest VIDEO from his recent shoot, to show off his skills and share tips for anyone interested in mixed martial arts (MMA), boxing or self-defense.

Stay tuned to for even more photos and videos from this talented male model, and discover the secrets behind his ripped abs and welll-developed biceps and chest.

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