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AMM Contents Model Universe........................................................................ 8 NPC Southern States Championships ..... 10 Runway Photos .................................................................... 12 AMM Cover-Model Julian Gabriel....................14 Dan CiFonelli as The Beast King of Aghadon ................................. 16 Makan Fofana from Paris ...................................... 18 Blake French - not from Paris ...................... 20 Milos Tanasic - from Serbia .............................. 22 Ryan Neal - modeling Edmond André swimwear ................................................................................... 24 Fitness with “Carter Wilson” ............................. 26 Magic Mike .............................................................................. 28 Batman - The Dark Knight Rises ................ 30

Backgound image by Apollo GT from Model Universe ChampionshipTM 2012


Publisher: Apollo GT

Contributing Fashion: Warehouse 57 Leather, John Falocco, Andrew Christian, Edmond Newton, stylist Anthony Bermudez Contributing Photographers: John Rahim, Pedja Ivkovic, Getty Images, Claudette Barius, Ron Phillips, Arno Nasshan Contributing Models: Julian Gabriel Hernandez, Blake French, Carter Wilson, Makan Fofana, Ryan Neal Easter, Dan CiFonelli, Milos Tanasic Contributing Hair and Make-Up Artists: Michele Clark, Cassandra Celestin Top of the List Supporters: Sueraya Shaheen, Don Blakeley, Jon De Goicoechea To advertise in Apollo Male Models Magazine, please contact us through the provided info. below:

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August - February 2013

Julian Gabriel


Sign of internal bleeding front of skull from car accident

A few words from our publisher

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would like to tell you the story about my life, but then by working with so many people I realized everyone’s life was just as important. I also concluded that the best life story was your own because you get to live it. This realization resurfaced when an incidence in 2010 almost took my life away. As I was lying there in the hospital I thought of all the things I have done so far, all the things I was going to do, and things I didn’t know I would be doing in the years to come. Whatever this was it was good. It gave me a chance to slow down and to reavulate life. The accidence was an inevitable occurance. It was a beautiful day, sunny, just a few minutes after 1pm, and I was enjoying my walk as I take in the view of everyday’s life. Careful as I was, watchful of everything taking place around me, I began to cross the street at an intersection. Suddenly the car that had stopped at the red light hit the gas so hard you could hear the tires screeching. The driver had decided at the last moment to make a u-turn at the red light since she saw no other car entering the intersection. She must be busy watching for cars from the other sides as she spun her way around and slammed into me. I fell down so hard and so fast I never recalled falling. I only recalled feeling my head bounced off the street so much that I almost sat up completely from the impact. Then the whole world swirled and I found myself lying down on the street again. There was no word to describe this moment in time. I could see and hear people around me asking if I was alright. I couldn’t answer because I wasn’t sure. Then a woman by the name of Pamela Holden ( not sure if I had her last name correctly) was kneeling beside me, calling 911 and giving the person on the other end the information about the accidence and her name. Then she checked on me to see if I was still alert and not badly injured. I was able to collect myself and gave the correct date and whereabout I was. I was advised to stay still until the ambulance came and took me to the hospital. I want to thank Pamela so much for her kindness and caring. Moments like this made me think it was because of people like her that made life so enduring, so livable. Thank you, Pamela. Wherever you are, you know my family, friends, and I are very grateful. We all learned from you to be kind, caring, gentle, thoughtful, and loving unconditionally. — Apollo GT


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UNIVERSE WEEKEND - Miami

David Bravo photos: Apollo GT

Robert Pazos

Jose Farias

photos: Apollo GT

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Victor Stanton

Mancas Stefan

Llewellyn Cordier

Here we were again at the MODEL UNIVERSE CHAMPIONSHIPTM in Miami, with some familiar faces from previous years. The fitness male models filled the stage just like any other year, fighting for their spotlight in three categories: Clubwear, Sportswear, and Swimwear. Not so much about flexing on stage, but their overall look and walk must present their physique the best they could at every minute the moment they walked on stage. Some tried with smiles and some tried with their poses, but some their qualities were not well showcased on stage. On these pages we will feature some contestants we thought deserved the spotlight based on their looks, presentations, and peronalities which we had a chance to encountered off stage. — AMM

Aaron O’Connell

Travis Delduca

Sergio Inostroza

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NPC SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Fort Lauderdale

www.npcsouthernstates.com photos: Arno Nasshan www.arnophotography.com

overall winner of Men’s Physique: Jeff Seid

On Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, the NPC Southern States Championships held their largest event in South Florida in 32 years when the two-day Fitness, Figure, Bikini, Physique and Bodybuilding Championships got underway at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  The NPC Southern States Championships is the largest, regional national qualifier east of the Mississippi and consisted of over 300 of the nation’s top sanctioned NPC (National Physique Committee) amateurs competing for a spot into the nationals later this summer.  Age divisions of entrants include teenage, adult and senior competitors (both men and women) from eighteen different states and Puerto Rico which shows that you can commit to be fit at any age. The 2012 NPC Southern States Championships is open to any athlete in the United States. The competition is sanction by the NPC, the affiliated organization of the International Federation of Body Builders, an international amateur sports organization.

overall winner of Novice: Jose Acosta

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overall winner of Men’s Open Bodybuilding: Collin Lazarus

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“The key to the success of this year’s NPC Southern States was not only a major increase in the number of contestants and spectators, but the quality of the winners,” said NPC Southern States Promoter, Peter Potter. “27 of our former winners are now IFBB Pros and I feel certain that the champions who won this year will move up to the pro ranks as well. In the often repeated words of Winston Churchill, it was our “finest hour.” Apollo Male Models Magazine is pleased to continue its support in featuring the NPC Southern States Championships this year. With special thanks to photographer Arno Nasshan who provided us these great photos of the overall winners in the men’s divisions. We know how difficult it must be for the athletes to keep getting up each day and focus on reaching their goals to be part of the show, especially during the past decade. Their effort in maintaining and improving their physique and great health is inspiring to us all. There is just no room for excuses, only room for improvements. There is no shortcut but only determinations. There is no defeat, only results; and the results are up to us to make them the way they are. We hope by showcasing these athletes we inspire you, our readers, to get up and be more active, be more aware of your body, and be healthier than ever before. Don’t just look at them. Become one of them. — AMM overall winner of Teens: Chris Massaro

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overall winner of Masters: Yano Garcia

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... THAT

Almost

Photos were from various shows. Most photos on this spread were provided by Getty Images

GOT AWAY

We almost didn’t run these photos because...

fashion: Cruz Castillo

zippers were open in too many places... we couldn’t tell it was a guy or a girl...

RUNWAY PHOTOS

top row: see-through was too sexy for our magazine... bottom row: something was not quite right...

fashion: Eva Minge

fashion: Carlos Diez

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fashion: David Delfin


fashion: Antonio Alvarado

photoshop couldn’t fix the make-up... seriously?

fashion: ManShow photo by John Rahim

fashion: Bohento

we didn’t want to make him cry... lost in words....

fashion: Marta Montoto

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fashion: Unconditional

way too pretty for our magazine... secret dress code for job interview...

fashion: Ricardo Andrez

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AMM Cover-Model

Julian Gabriel

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photos: Apollo GT agencies: The Diamond Agency Elite Miami

We know what we want and most of the time, we also know what our readers want. So here is our new hot cover model, Julian Gabriel. We don’t think we need to say much else here. :)

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the interview: AMM - Can we say you found fame at a young age through sports, specially with swimming? Julian - Well, I wouldn’t say “fame” is the appropriate word. Determination is what I found in sports at a young age. I never settled to be second best in anything so I always pushed myself to be my absolute best. I found that this type of mentality followed me into any avenue in life I decided to go down, whether it be my academic, sports or modeling career, I always strived to do my best. AMM - Along with the good look and the athletic physique, you were growing up with a sharp mind to achieve highly in academics. Do you feel all these qualities help you with modeling and how? Julian - I definitely feel that the upbringing I had plays a large part on my success within the modeling industry. Both my parents instilled in me concrete values and self discipline to achieve a strong academic background. Thus, when I entered the modeling realm I used my academic skills to realize the challenges I would have to overcome and began studying other male models. I learned and studied how other models worked around there own flaws which allowed me to grow and persevere as a new model. AMM - What enticed you to study law? Julian - Its actually a funny story. I actually wanted to be a reconstructive surgeon when I was in high school and changed my mind when I entered college realizing how much commitment becoming a surgeon would take. I remember watching Entourage one night with a couple friends and I fell in love with Ari Gold’s (played by Jeremy Piven) career as an agent within the entertainment world. I woke up the next day and began researching job descriptions for entertainment agents and came across an article that dealt with Entertainment Law. After that I changed my major to pre-law, took my LSAT, got admitted into Law School and never looked back. I’m proud of the choice I made. AMM - With that much information, based on experiences and studies, at such a young age, do you feel sometime it’s overloaded and yet there is still so much for you to learn? Julian - My mother always told me to take it one day at a time, and that’s what I do. At a young age I always put so much pressure on myself to be the best and would constantly stress out over such minor things. I love to learn new things and have always been interested in a wide range of fields. However, there are times in my life, especially with Law School, where I feel overwhelmed with all the work and lack of sleep. During tough times like these I try and stay as positive as I can and remember to breathe, keep it calm and think back to my mother’s words. All I can say is that I’m excited for what the future holds for me and am positive that I will be successful in whatever I choose to do.  

Julian Gabriel height: 5’ 10” weight: 165 lbs waist: 30 shoe: 10 hair: Auburn eye: brown

AMM - How do you respond to the proverb “ignorance is bliss”? Julian - That’s such a debatable question.. I personally feel that this saying depends on what type of personality you have. In my opinion I would rather have the knowledge and worry about it rather than not knowing and being happier. To me every problem has a solution (with the exception of a terminal illness). I would rather have the knowledge to understand what is going on and be able to fix it or learn to cope with it rather than not be aware of a problem at all and live happier. I guess Ignorance is not a bliss for me! Haha AMM - If you were to lead a group of a hundred men at this age, what would you lead them to do? Julian - I would lead them to retrieve all the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the world! Lol Joking aside I would probably have a long “To Do List”. I would lead them to find a cure for incurable diseases, to clean the streets of underprivileged communities, and to fight hunger and bring peace around the world. I would probably lead them to fulfill an endless list, but since I don’t want to bore you all day these would be my top three to begin with.   — AMM APOLLO MALE MODELS MAGAZINE - W W W . A P O L L O G T . C O M

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Dan CiFonelli The Beast King of

AGHADON agency: Mega Model Miami photos: Apollo GT haif & make-up: Cassandra Celestin theHairChemist.com

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Taking a step beyond the comfort zone to see yourself as someone else was like experiencing an out-of-body moment. With the creative talent of Cassandra the Beauty Chemist, we transformed Dan CiFonelli the hot male model into The Beast King of Aghadon. From the photos you can tell he was really working it.

AMM - What other new and exciting modeling gig you have coming up, aside from shooting for our magazine of course? Dan - I am heading to NY in the next month shooting with many well known photographers and some projects that should be very big! I am excited! One of them works for CK and Ralph Lauren! Two of my favorite designers! AMM - What was going through your mind as you sat there for make-up before our photo shoot? :) Dan - I absolutely loved it! At first I had no idea how it was going to turn out

Dan CiFonelli the interview: AMM - Tell us how you ended up in Miami, FL. Was it for modeling career or other reasons? Dan - I originally came to FL, Boca, to be exact, for school. I was going to FAU studying marketing. Also modeling was in the back of my head at the time. A year later I moved to Miami and took a little break from school, which I am glad I did now but I don’t recommend for everyone!

- height: 5’ 11”

weight: 175 lbs

waist: 31

shoe: 11

hair: fabulous

eye: hazel

but as we put the pieces together it turned out amazing! I think the transformation was brilliant! A look I never had before, that’s for sure. AMM - Are you good with public speaking? Dan - Great! I love talking to people and making new friends so public speaking should be a no brainer for me! Also, sharing my ideas and experiences with others always makes me happy! — AMM

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photos: Apollo GT

fashion: John Falocco Swimwear

www.JohnFalocco.com

interview

Makan Fofana

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www.AndrewChristian.com fashion: Andrew Christian

We pretty much all have an idea how life is, but for some male models life is full of surprises. Some are good and some are not so pleasant. As for Makan Fofana, he learns to use what he got: his look, inteligence, and his will to adapt to the paths lay ahead. He determines to make life enjoyable the best way he can.

the interview: AMM - As a young child growing up in a family with parents working very hard for a brighter future, do you think that factor strengthen your determination to work harder towards your goal? Makan - No, I do not think so, but I first realized rather late that life was not so easy for them. And I think for most people, improving their future is hard work, while for some at a self-social level, we are left in the same boat, at more or less different degrees. What really reinforces my determination to achieve my goals is to read the biographies of great men and affluent people and go from one social class over to a higher than mine, at the university. I realized that successful people are ultimately not so different from me; the only thing is that they made every effort to put the odds on their side. AMM - Even though you were growing up surrounded by influences in the Paris suburbs, such as rap, football, etc, you had a chance to foster your confidence and reached your third year of college, majoring in Arabic Literature. What are your plans for achieving even higher goals at this moment? Makan - It is true that I was very lucky; I did look at things other than music and sports, and because of that I started to read and get interested in many things. What I really enjoy about past Arab civilization is that most scholars were people who were interested in several sciences at the same time, they were open to any discipline. They could be a philosopher, mathematician and grammarian along with being open minded. I wanted to become a scholar and a writer, pursue a doctorate, but it’s true that modeling has arrived and changed my priorities and objectives in life. AMM - You are represented by at least 4 different agencies. What are the difficult challenges you are facing at the moment and do you think your agencies can help you overcome the challenges? Makan - This is a very pertinent question, so the difficulties I meet with these agencies is that our relationship is already not very close.

Makan Fofana height: 6’ 2” weight: 181 lbs waist: 32 shoes: 10.5 hair: black eye: black So this does not help us to better collaborate. Then, in France the fashion market offers a lot less work for the typed model, that is why there are many who try their luck in the USA, in England or South Africa, but I think that attitudes evolves slowly, then again, I feel that it is changing anyway. This is why I decided to transfer myself next year to South Africa because the market will be much more open, and the agency I work with is much more collaborative, I really feel that the agency plays its role. Otherwise, I think the alternative to this would be to work with an agent or a manager who could give you much more time and therefore you might find a lot more work. But I am not discouraged at all, as you say the earth is big enough to fulfill those dreams, I love this sentence. AMM - The world is rich because it’s not contained in a box. Rather, it prospers because of those who can make dreams into reality. What do you think you must do to make your dream a reality? Makan - What I like in your questions is that they are very specific, here it is a fact, a state and trying to find a solution, at least even thinking about it. Already my dream is to live a profession that I like and modeling may be that, but I remain open. As a model my dream would be to make magazine covers, fashion shows, working for major brands. I remain convinced that this is possible even if sometimes the disappointment and discouragement overtakes us. I think that being serious, fair and above all humble, the hard work inevitably will pay sooner or later. My departure to South Africa is already a great step, I think this trip will bring me much. And if not then I hope a fashion designer who will read your article will appreciate my personality and will help me to finally realize my dreams. Finally I wanted to thank you for allowing me these pages. I wanted to thank those who supported me regularly to whom my childhood friend, Amara Traore has often been in these situations. Also, I wanted to thank the great Ernest Colins, a great photographer and cherished friend. For without his helping hand and great confidence in me, I would not be here. Merci beaucoup. — AMM

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interview

Blake French photos: Apollo GT stylist: Anthony Bermudez www.styledbybermudez.com leather: by Lauren of Warehaus 57 Leather www.57leather.com

Keeping your body working can help sharpen your mind. By that we don’t only mean working out at the gym. Keep getting out there and exercising your talents and you will feel accomplished, appreciated, and most of all, moving forward. Blake French understood that and determined to stay focus on what he set out to do.

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the interview: AMM - Base on your modeling experience through out the years and with many agencies in different major cities, can you tell us what you enjoy the most in modeling? Blake - I’ve worked in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and Miami, so I’ve had a nice taste of the biz in a lot of the different markets. The industry drew me originally because, well, because I wasn’t good at much anything else. I’ve been lucky enough to work steadily since I was 18 years old, between print, commercial, acting, modeling, and spokes modeling. The industry keeps me engaged because I never know what the next day will bring!  AMM - What was your experience with casting and filming for “Rock of Ages”? Blake - I played one of Tom Cruise’s old band buddies in Rock of Ages, I was supposed to appear in a variety of still photographs. The scenes were totally cut from the film. The audition process was needlessly complicated considering how small many of the roles were. Sometimes Hollywood execs shoot down here but get really strange about hiring talent outside of LA. Their mentality really pissess me off. They come down here to Miami to save money through the film incentive then they just cause pains in everyone’s assess. I’m from LA...and can tell you the grass is not greener on their side of the fence.  I have a big role slated for a horror film next year from some well established filmmakers...and that ones shooting in LA. So Rock of Ages can kiss my ass. The movie sucked anyway. I mean...sucked. And flopped. AMM - What are your special skills that help you get better modeling and acting jobs? Blake - It certainly helps to have great photos, a lot of experience, a strong management team, solid agents, and to be SAG and AFTRA. What separates the professionals from those who treat it as a hobby is business sense. You have to treat it as a business. And yes, that does mean keeping up with technique. 

Blake French - height: 6’ weight: 185 lbs waist: 32

shoe: 12 hair: dark blond

eye: blue

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AMM - What are you currently doing to enhance your talent as an actor? Blake - The best way to keep up on your talent is to work...work...work. A lot of those classes and workshops are good to start out with, but only take you so far. Actually working, whether student films or major motions pictures, keeps you on your toes the best. — AMM

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interview

Milos Tanasic photos: Pedja Ivkovic of Kadmil photography http://kadmil.tumblr.com

Milos Tanasic is a 23 year old soccer boy from Serbia. He loves to workout and enjoys all kinds of challenges. Nutrition and healthy lifestyle are his everyday rituals, but once in a while he likes a crazy night out with his friends. In everyday life Milos is much interested in travelling, sightseeing, meeting new people and experiencing diversity of cultures and food from around the world. When it comes to modeling Milos shows flexibility to express himself differently, to be communicative, professional and always willing to experience new ideas. He was first introduced to this business two years ago in a Coffe Bar in Reykjavik Iceland by the photographer of IMAGEN. The idea was there but obligations towards soccer did not alow him to consider it more seriously. Less than a year ago Milos decided to give his all into modeling and already he was making some great pics. with his friend and photographer Pedja Ivkovic of KADMIL. At the moment this hunk is still in Serbia playing football awaiting for new adventures.

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the interview: AMM - What’s the scene like in Serbia, especially for male models? Milos - My opinion is that the fashion scene in Serbia is not developed enough. There is a lot of potential and a lot of great male models, but the main drawback is the financial aspect which limits the possibilities and potential of all those engaged in this business. For most models the domestic scene is only the starting point and the goal is to move and work in some of the capitals of fashion. AMM - Where do you feel you must go to advance your modeling career?

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Milos - First choices would definetly be New York or London but of course there are many destinations that have a strong modeling scene. Europe, America or Asia does not really matter as long as people want to work with me.  AMM - What goes through your mind when you are in a room full of other male models at a casting? Milos - Well when Im there I do not think a lot, especially not about other models. I do everything that I can to come prepared and give my best to get the job. My motto is give your best and do not have any regrets later. ­— AMM

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Ryan Neal photos: Apollo GT fashion: Edmond Andre www.EdmondNewton.com make-up artist: Michele Clark www.MicheleClarkMUA.com agencies:

SMART Model Management/L.A. SILVER Model Management/NYC HELIOS Talent/ATL manager: Alahn Brezan, Celeste Westhaven

We do know what’s good for us and that is not to let a great model slip through our pages. Thanks to Alahn Brezan who brought Ryan Neal to our attention. Like all the models we present in AMM, Ryan works hard and got the right stuff.

the interview: AMM - Growing up, were you always athletic and fit like you are now? Ryan - Growing up I was always into sports. I started playing organized sports at 12 and continued until I graduated college. I started off running track, playing football, basketball, baseball and wrestling in middle school, and in high school I played football, basketball and track. While in high school I was All-Conference in football and track & field. once I went to college I primarily focused on track & field but I did play American Football for one semester while I studied abroad in England. AMM - Are you pursuing modeling and acting full time? Ryan - I have been in Corporate America pretty miuch since college so modeling and acting have always been a part-time pursuit for me. But recently I have decided to get more serious about it and pursue it full time.

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AMM - What excites you the most about each photo shoot? Ryan - I love being able to create something beautiful so for me each photo shoot is an opportunity for me to allow my creative side to come out and express myself artistically. It’s being able to express myself artistically that I get excited about. AMM - What’s the best thing about you that you would like the people in the entertainment industry to know? Ryan - I love adventure and exploring new places! It’s one of my favorite things to do. I believe that adventure keeps things exciting. AMM - What is your ultimate goal in life? Ryan - My ultimate goal in life is to WIN at whatever I’m doing. WINNINGs means being able to not only achieve your goals but to be so far in the zone that you are able to help others accomplish their goals as well. — AMM

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Ryan Neal height: 6’ 2” weight: 198 lbs waist: 31 shoe: 12 hair: dark brown eye: brown

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fitness

“Carter Wilson” photos: Apollo GT

Many exercise magazines focus on certain standard exercises that are shown over and over again, such as bench presses, curls, squats, arm extensions, etc., and they are definitely the bread and butter of any exercise regime. However, I use a few less frequently utilized exercises to top off the standard base, many of them focusing on held, timed, focused contractions. — For upper abdominal exercises at the gym, make use of the steepest decline bench available, but don’t do the standard sit up where a person moves far up and down at the hips. Instead, focus on a much smaller movement centered on a pivot point much higher on your body around the bottom of your rib cage. Pretend you have a joint in that area. You can choose one of several directions - straight up on each side, straight up the middle, or diagonally toward the right or left side - and move the third of your body that is your chest/ shoulders/neck/head up as far as you can go without moving your hips away from the bench. Again, hold the position for a chosen count once you cannot take the contraction further without moving your hips. Use your hands to feel the contracting area in the upper abdominal area. You can eventually add and experiment with a weight plate to increase the challenge once you first get accustomed to making a pivot point in what may seem like a strange area. — For chest exercises, I’m a huge fan of wide flies, because they really stretch out the chest in addition to working the contraction phase. You must start with light weights on this one until you really get the technique down, but the key over time is to substantially increase the weight when a set of ten or twelve at the prior level is easy. Hold up two dumbbells while you are flat on your back, with the handles running the same direction as the length of your body. While you don’t want your arms to go completely to 180 degrees at the elbows, you will want to lower your arms out to each side with your arms as extended as much as possible. Try to go until the part of your arm from the shoulder to the elbow approaches a 180 degree line, then bring them back to the top where you started. (The

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We take this time to share with you, our fitnessinspired readers, some workout tips from Carter Wilson, whom we interviewed in our issue number 10. As always, if you are just starting out, you must sonsult with your physician to make sure you can follow the instructions for any workout routine. It’s also not good to exercise alone; if you get hurt there won’t be anyone around to assist you. So either have a workout partner, or go to a gym where there will always be someone else around.

“Carter Wilson” height: 5’ 11” weight: 185 lbs waist: 32 shoe: 10.5 hair: blond eye: blue

part of your arm from the elbow to the hand should have a slight angle up from the line.) You can also do this one on the incline bench, but I prefer to start with the handles forming a straight line that is perpendicular to the length of my body, not parallel to it. Instead of doing a standard pushup, try putting yours hands together on the ground so that the thumbs and index fingers form a triangle, and do pushups with your hands coming near the stomach area. This tends to target the front area of the triceps in a different way. You can add a weight plate to the flat part of your back once you feel you have the technique down solid. You can also do a timed variation in which you only lower your body about half way down to the ground, and then use an already-started stopwatch on the ground to time yourself as you hold the position for 30, 60, or 90 seconds, or however long you find challenging. Make sure you keep track of the amount of weight you use, the length of time you hold a position, and/or the number of repetitions so that you have a baseline you can always shoot for as a minimum; then you can try to go beyond when you feel ready to progress and use the new level as your baseline. — “Carter Wilson for AMM Magazine

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Magic Mike film

Warner Bros. Pictures Director: Steven Soderbergh Writer: Reid Carolin Producers: Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Mangianello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias

photos by Claudette Barius CHANNING TATUM as Mike and MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas

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Circumstances. we all have our own to

deal with. So why is it so difficult for us to be more understanding of one another? We judge each other base on looks, status, achievements, wealth and especially what our credit scores say on the computers. For

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Magic Mike is a film about a group of male strippers, with Mike (played by Channing Tatum) being the central character. The story is inspired by Channing’s real life and in no doubt isn’t far different from many of ours. There is love, humor, and hope, in a way it seems like Mike is reminding us not to take things too seriously. Of course there are frustration, sexiness, bad decisions, and drugs involved in the story. This is an adult situation after all. Since it is a male stripping group, we cannot help but comment on their performances. ; ) We can easily see that Channing Tatum is the pro. The others are fillers and they all play their parts well. Mathew McConaughey is great as Dallas, or as we like to call him “the Boss”, and he sure walks the talks. There are frictions between the men but somehow it’s all forged by life’s circumstances. In the end, Mike’s decision can make or break. photos by Claudette Barius

Mike, he has talents and like many of us, he struggles to make things happen. For the time being he’s dancing for money. He’s really good at it too. As the story unfolds one thing leads to another and Mike has to make his choice. He’s no hero. He’s just a man, but will doing the right things get him the rewards he deserves? We hope in Magic Mike 2 we get to see a satisfying answer to that. Hey, we can all dream a little! photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

left to right: ADAM RODRIGUEZ as Tito, JOE MANGANIELLO as Big Dick Richie, ALEX PETTYFER as

MATT BOMER as Ken

Adam/The Kid, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY as Dallas, CHANNING TATUM as Mike, KEVIN NASH as Tarzan and MATT BOMER as Ken

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Batman The Dark Knight Rises

Red ants, black ants, they both have their rights to fight for their survival. Each side has its own reasons to be the one to rule the other. As life doesn’t take form in just black and white, nothing will ever be simple. The struggles between all shades and hues of colors to make light beautiful and darkness humble will never end. Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures Director: Christopher Nolan Writers: Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan Story by: Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics Batman created by: Bob Kane Producer: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, and Charles Roven Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy, and Thomas Tull Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Morgan Freeman

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The entanglement unfolds once again in The Dark Knight Rises. Christopher Nolan and his team of complex minds dig deep into our humanity and bring to life more challenges for Batman. With careful schemes in story telling, the director and the writers successfully keep us glued to our seats for every twist and turn in the film. No bathroom break here. No easy one-two-three steps to solve the dilemma. No guessing who will do what. No simple black and white do-or-die. Everyone has problems. So everyone can cry. In the end, it’s all about who can wipe their tears to move on and the best result is the one with the most ants surviving.


photos by Ron Phillips Tom Hardy as Bane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics.

You can call it a mess. You can call it a disaster. You can call it unnecessary sacrifice. It is another life’s lesson. For Batman, this is a lesson about trust, strength, and when it is the right time to rise once more. After all Batman has done he still has to decide if his actions have gone beyond their purposes. When a person can still question his own action he still has his sanity. Rises out of the dark, rises out of life’s misery, rises out of uncertainty and unfairness. The Dark Knight Rises might be the one to understand and appreciate those shades and hues of colors better than most for Batman is the one who can absorb the darkness and cherish the light. —AMM

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