2017 Model America Champion Kara Bellum having a good time at the beach. She says, “I dream of summers that last forever.”
Model Universe Jessica Vasquez shares, “No more average…Lately I have been craving growth, empowerment + new adventures! The thought of getting to comfortable and settling is boring. I am ready for new challenges, spectacular opportunities and all the blessings headed my way!
For all you dreamers and goal getters it’s never to late to take things to the next level!”
Model Universe Champion Rodrigo Romeh in training mode as he prepares for MM America in Las Vegas. The 6’1″, 195 lbs., lifetime natural says, “I am holding my shape and eating a lot more protein. My training is heavier with less reps all to be able to add some size before Las Vegas.”
Model Canada Sally Leung Fitness shares, “Start each day with a grateful heart. A beautiful mindset leads to a beautiful day.”
Musclemania® New Mexico Champion Nick Roybal says, “We all come from different backgrounds, cultures, struggles and challenges. But It’s in our failures that defines our story. Pain is temporary but finishing the job is forever.”
Musclemania® Model Champion Ben AbStacker shares his experience with depression.
The Australian sports model and television trainer explains, “I feel vulnerable as fuck right now that’s why I haven’t really shared my depression story on social media. But I think it needs to be told to show others it ain’t too weak to speak Livin. More importantly to help others realise their is light at the end of the tunnel and you can get through the darkness of depression by helping yourself.
I battled depression on and off during my early 20s.
When I was 23 I had a part-time job working a couple of nights at a bar and during the day I was meant to be at University studying ! However I would sleep all day and stay up all night because I didn’t want to see anyone. I was becoming weirdly nocturnal. I was useless, chubby and broke. I thought I had no mates, I definitely didn’t have girlfriend and I was too ashamed to call my parents. Depression was getting the best of me.
One Tuesday I woke up around 3pm, which was pretty normal for me. I walked into the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror. It was death warmed up, a broken soul looking back at me. I was sick. I had been repeating this behavior for months and months on end. I needed to see a doctor because I was messed up. I found enough coins for the $2.20 bus ride to see the doctor at University. On the bus I pulled my hood over my head because I didn’t want to see anyone, I hadn’t shaven in a month and I looked like a bum. I had no energy and no personality. I don’t know where I got the courage to step into that medical centre.
I told the doctor everything. She said, “You have depression”.
Depression? I’d heard of people suffering depression but I didn’t think it would be me. She told me I’d need help and the best thing for depression and the alcohol abuse was exercise. This gave me even more reason to get in the gym and train.
I am thankful for what happened to me. We learn the most about ourselves in times of struggle. Dancing with depression was one serious character building experience. I am just so glad I survived when many young adults don’t. I started building my mental strength. I realised that no matter how bad things get I should just hang in there.
At rock bottom, if can look up, you can get up – just don’t give up because that is permanent. The point of telling you this part of my story is to remind us that everyone, and I mean everyone, will go through hardships in life. It will seem like the end of the world.
Life is a battle, day in and day out. Those dark days at rock bottom changed me forever. I went from being at the lowest point in my life to becoming a new and different person. I learned to make pain my friend. I created a depth of internal motivation that would change the course of my life
forever. Life is hard. It will beat you down at every opportunity but each one of us has the internal strength to fight back.
During your toughest days and at your lowest points is where you change. This is where you find out what you are made of. This is where you unleash the character of a champion. TELL yourself I will not give up. For those battling out there please don’t give up !!! Things can and always will get better. I promise.
Please get some help if you need it. Speak up and or even drop me a message.
It’s time for you to step out of the darkness into the light.”
Model Champion Ben AbStacker says he back into tracking following an injury. The 5’10”, 195 lbs., Australian television actor and motivational speaker is back on a lean diet and training 6 days a week.
Musclemania® Model Champion Rodrigo Romeh classic shape and ready for MM Universe in Miami Beach in 2 weeks. The 6’1″, 195 lbs., Mexican star has exploded on the commercial scene.
Musclemania® New Mexico Model Nick Roybal says, he’s working out every day with limited to no days off. The 5’10”, 195 lbs., 29 years old, natural athlete explains, “I have a hardcore commitment to diet, training, and body transformation. Right now I’m eating about 6 meals a day with a high protein, moderate carb, low fat diet.” Nick is training for MM America in Las Vegas in November.
Model Universe Nati Castillo-Model says, “No matter how beautiful or successful you are, ALWAYS remain humble, that’s where true beauty and success come from!”