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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Vinny Lawdenski



We are proud to be able to feature stunning and sexy up and coming fitness model Vinny Lawdenski at Stunning Men.









Vinny is a 24 year old men's physique competitor, fitness model and personal trainer from Illinois, USA. 


 Allan Spiers








  

As the selected photos by three amazing photographers - FuriousFotog, Allan Spiers and Pat Lee - show, Vinny is not only a stunning guy but the camera simply loves him and he oozes sexappeal!



 
Pat Lee







With his big physique - have you seen his chest? - and in spite of his Italian background, Vinny definitely epitomises the hunky all American guy! But besides his amazing physical attributes, he comes across as a wonderful and truly nice guy!










Vinny hits the gym religiously and his dedication to healthy living and his focused approach to his training have helped him achieve his amazing physique; but he constantly strives to improve on it.


Allan Spiers











Vital statistics:
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 190lbs
Waist: 30"
Chest: 46"
Bicep: 18"
Hair colour: dark brown
Eye colour: brown











Many thanks to Vinny for accepting to be featured and for doing the interview. Do check his facebook page and show him some love by 'liking' it! You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.


All photographic copyrights to the respective photographers.


Here's Vinny's full interview



Vinny, welcome to Stunning Men and a big thank you for taking the time to do the interview. Could we start off by talking a little about yourself? You are from Illinois, USA ...

Yes, I grew up in a town about 20 minutes outside the city of Chicago and have lived here my whole life.



You have an amazing physique! How do you keep in shape and healthy? Do you practise any sport?

I have been an athlete my whole life. I played pretty much every sport growing up. When I got to college I didn’t go out for any teams and that’s when I started getting interested in body building.



What are your top three favourite gym exercises and why?

First, dead lifts are a really great exercise because you get to move a lot of weight around and you have to utilise a lot of different muscle groups. Second, any kind of chest fly. I like doing flies because it really shapes your chest and gives it that square look that most people are going for and third, Lateral raises. I could do lateral raises all day. My shoulders are one of my weak points so I have been working them really hard to try and cap them off.



And what’s the best form of cardio for you? 
For my cardio I just walk on an incline treadmill for about 30 min a day. Sometimes I will do the stair master as well because it helps build your legs.



Now how do you keep motivated?

Noticing the changes in my body from week to week is what keeps me motivated.



Is it difficult for you to fit training and fitness into your life?

Being a personal trainer it isn’t difficult to fit it in. When I was working in an office it was tough to work 8 hours and then go train but if you want something bad enough you make time for it no matter what.



We know that you guys keep a healthy lifestyle ... but if you had a cheat day, what would be your favourite food?

I have a HUGE sweet tooth when it comes to deserts. So if there are any cookies or brownies or cupcakes around those are definitely my go to on cheat days. Also, being Italian anything that my mom makes as far as pasta goes, is on the list too.



How did you get into modeling?

I’ve always wanted to be an actor since I was young and modelling is just another opportunity to get my name out there and have a career.



What do you enjoy the most about it?

The best thing about modeling would have to be being in front of the camera. It’s a great feeling to work so hard with trying to perfect your body and then have that showcased in a picture.



Let’s talk about photo shoots ... how do you prepare for them?

I stay relatively lean all year long so to prepare for a shoot isn’t that much work for me. Just tightening up the diet and making sure I’m getting my cardio in so I can look shredded in the pictures.



I think you are a great looking guy? What do you think is your best asset?

Never really thought about it to be honest ... First I gotta say my hair. Always get compliments on “the flow” (Vinny laughs). Facially I think I have a pretty solid jaw line and as far as my body goes I always get compliments on my abs and obliques as well as the shape of my chest.



And if you could change one thing about your body, what would that be?

Even though my abs are one of my best features they aren’t 100% symmetrical so that would be one thing and even though I like the shape of my chest I wish it were fuller and I had more meat to my upper chest.



How do you approach a challenge?

Head on!



What do you do in your down time?

I have an insanely close family so I normally spend a lot of my downtime with them or with my friends.



Do you have any role models? People who inspire you?

Of course. There are a ton of people in the fitness industry that I look up to as far as how I would like my body to look and things like that. Mark Wahlberg is a big role model because he did make the switch from modeling into acting and he had a national ad campaign for Calvin Klein, which is one of my dreams.



Now a few quick fun questions if we may? Do you think you are a good date?

I think I am great date. Really good listener and always a gentleman.



What do you think is the secret to a good relationship?

Laughter, trust, and communication.



Are you a brief man or a boxer kinda guy?

That’s a close one. I definitely have a good mixture of briefs and boxer briefs. Diesel, Calvin Klein, 2(x)ist ...



What do you listen to on your iPod?

 I don’t really use an iPod. Just Pandora.



Your favourite song or piece of music to play while training or running?

I’m into all different types of music but when I’m training, it’s either EDM, Rap, or Lindsey Sterling Pandora.



What kind of movies do you like?

As long as it’s a good movie I’ll like it; comedy, drama, action. It doesn’t matter.



What can’t you live without?

Portillos! It’s a higher end fast food restaurant where I’m from.



Could you finish these two sentences? You wouldn’t know, but I’m very good at …

... Dancing.



Now ... I’m just not very good at …

... Golf!



What’s the best thing ever invented?

The TV.



What three words describe you best?

Goofy, Empathetic, Loyal.



One last question Vinny, where do you see yourself and what would you like to be doing in 10 years time?

Living out my dreams as a fitness model and television/film actor.



Vinny, it has been a real pleasure to interview you! Thank you for your time and for being such good sport. All the best for the future!



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Darrell Rabess




We are absolutely thrilled to welcome incredible 
 Miami Pro Fitness Model Champion 
Darrell Rabess at Stunning Men!











28 year old Darrell is a London based sponsored athlete, fitness model, celebrity personal trainer, massage therapist and actor from london, UK. He is also the director of Simply Rabess Physique and Fitness.
Darrell's sponsors are Sci Mx Nutrition, Sport Kitchen, #GAINZ Clothing, Muscle Works Gym and Pro Grips








With an amazing physique all year round and stunning sexy looks, Darrell is taking the fitness and modelling worlds by storm.


Daniel Dixon




Darrell's dedication to training and healthy living is obvious and fitness is his world!



 Do check Darrell's Facebook page and please 'like' it to show him some love and support! You can also follow him 
on Twitter or Instagram



Darrell's interview in full


Darrell, welcome to Stunning Men and a big thank you for taking the time to do the interview. You are currently living in London, UK ...
Yes, that’s right I am also from London.

You have an incredible physique! How do you keep in shape and healthy? Do you practise any sport?
I practice the art of discipline and dedication so if that's classed as a sport yes! (Darrell laughs). I started my athletic career as a football player and had various trials around the country. Unfortunately due to a knee injury I had to quit and that is when I found the love I have for the weights room.

What are your top three favourite gym exercises and why?
I love Squats, deadlifts and chin ups. The reason I love these exercises is because they challenge me mentally as well as physically and that is something I love about my sport.
And what’s the best form of cardio for you?
I find the best way to get maximum benefits from cardio for my conditioning is to mix it up between LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)!

Now how do you keep motivated?
I am motivated by weaknesses I have and even more motivated by improving my mental resilience and pain threshold.

Is it difficult for you to fit training and fitness into your life?
I find it very easy to fit training into my life because fitness is a way of life for me! When people ask “how do you do it?” I reply “how don't you!”

We know that you guys keep a healthy lifestyle ... but if you had a cheat day, what would be your favourite food?
I like to change my cheat meal each week to keep it interesting but my top 2 are Indian and Italian. I love a creamy dish!

How did you get into modelling?
I first started modelling after being scouted by a wellbeing company to advertise their sports products on TV and from then on I decided it was something I enjoyed so I continued. Then my passion grew an I then competed and won my first show Miami Pro.

What do you enjoy the most about it?
I most enjoy the preparation that goes into a shoot, people don't see the discipline and hours of training, food preparation and sacrifice we go through. They just see the end result but, like I said previously, I love the mental challenge!

Let’s talk about photo shoots ... how do you prepare for them?
I am generally very strict and live a clean lifestyle so my preparation is more focused on the peak week, which involves modified training disciplines in terms of reps, sets, tempos and exercise selection while I play close attention to depletion of water and carbohydrates.
I think you are a stunning looking guy? What do you think is your best asset?
I don't really have a best asset but I do receive a lot of compliments on my smile!

And if you could change one thing about your body, what would that be?
I wouldn't change anything about my body because it makes me who I am and it is what the supreme blessed me with. I will just try to bring the best out of what I have.

How do you approach a challenge?
I approach most challenges with an open mind & I like to think of them all firstly as an experience to grow and develop.

Do you have any role models? People who inspire you?
When I was younger my role model was the footballer Ian Wright!

Now a few quick fun questions if we may? Do you think you are a good date?
I think I am a great date ... but my past dates may think otherwise! (Darrell laughs)

What do you think is the secret to a good relationship?
I think trust, honesty, passion, attraction, trust and loyalty are good ingredients to a good relationship.
Are you a brief man or a boxer kinda guy?
I am a boxer man in the day ... brief in the night!

What do you listen to on your iPod?
I love dirty house music!

Your favourite song or piece of music to play while training or running?
I don't have a favourite song but I do love Pharrells Happy at the moment.
What kind of movies do you like?
I love action and comedy films but I also like the odd horror.

What can’t you live without?
I can't live without my Nan, I adore her as she has always been there for me from day one.
Could you finish these two sentences for us? You wouldn’t know, but I’m very good at …
... at writing poetry.

Now ... I’m just not very good at …
... at taking orders from others.

What three words describe you best?
Hardworking, outgoing and passionate.

One last question Darrell, where do you see yourself and what would you like to be doing in 10 years time?
In ten years time I will be in my clinic helping people get fit mentally and physically while I live with my family in clean environment somewhere HOT!

Darrell, it has been a real pleasure to interview you! Thank you for your time and for being such good sport. All the best for the future!