Musclemania® Paris Physique and Model Paris Champion Raqieb Bayadin hammers his back. At 5’8″, 180 lbs., he says, “I had an amazing back workout! Progress comes to those who DO. So for us, those who are willing to change their body have to train and train. Depending on secret techniques will get you nowhere! But don’t forget your diet and rest. This three factors has to be in balance to have great synergy to reach your goal!”
At 6', 185 lbs., Laquan Jones was one heck of a high school basketball player. Now, at 28 years of age, the Georgia native is making his mark on the muscle model scene with an impressive 6th Place at last year's Model Universe in Florida. Professionally, Laquan worked overseas in both Iraq and Afghanistan for 4 years as a military contrator. But, he says, his passion is in the gym. "I feel in love with lifting weights and eating healthy," Laquan attests. "I only started competing less than a year ago, so I am working to make a name for myself on stage. I love motivating and inspiring people to workout and live a healthier life." Laquan will be back at the Fitness Universe Weekend in June.
Model Australia Champion Ben Handsaker was a favorite for Model America last month in Las Vegas. The 5'11", 189 lbs., cover model and celebrity sports star unexpectedly withdrew at the last minute. Ben explains, " I burst a large hernia I have on abs last week. I was pushing extremely hard in the gym! As I wanted to have an 8 pack popping on stage for the World Championships. That will teach me for doing leg raises with 12 kg dumbbell between my feet supersets with leg press. I have had the hernia for over 3 years but never got it operated on because I didn't want to take the foot off the accelerator with my fitness goals. As the surgery has a 6 week recovery time with no weights training." Ben says his healing's on track and everyone should plan to see him on stage at Model Universe in Miami in June . . . with an eight pack!