CHRIS SIMMONS WAS A CHALLENGE FOR CALVIN BROCKINGTON. AND IF WE SAY CHALLENGE WE MEAN IT IN CAPITALS. BUT BEING THE MAN HE IS, CALVIN DOESN’T SHY AWAY WHEN THINGS SEEMS TO GET TOUGH. AND SO HE MADE IT HAPPEN. AFTERWARDS HE FELT SORE. AS SORE AS NEVER BEFORE. BE HE LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT.
Just imagine, you get to work with a guy as big as Chris Simmons, and he agrees to not only write you a workout program, but also to join you in the gym and work with you. Calvin Brockington experienced it all. It was – quite literally – a painful enjoyment, but at the same time an enjoyment all the same. And how did this all come to happen? Quite simple. Calvin was looking for a new model to work with.
Calvin Brockington was looking for a new model to work with and got in contact with Mens Board Model Management’s Eric Ganison, who represents Chris Simmons. Calvin was trying to build up a name for himself in different areas of photography and had decided to start working with fitness models. Chris, obviously, in an understatement. The man is so well built and muscular, he seems to have invented fitness all by himself. Which is quite funny, because it wasn’t always like that.
Chris Simmons has been an athlete since he was quite young. But – eventhough practicing sports – he never really liked working out. IN fact he hated running and couldn’t stand the though of lifting weights. It wasn’t until he got older and began playing basketball at both national and international level. Chris was 22 and came to realize it was time to become more serious about his body. And so the transformation began. The training bug bit him and the bite was a big one. And with the development of his body came new opportunities Chris never in his wildest dreams thought he would be doing. Modeling was probably the furthest thing from Chris’ mind but having a sexy ripped body, people often assume you are either a body builder or a model. And so Chris decided to take on both.
Chris recalls: "From the first swimsuit calendar I did 3 years ago to runway shows, to being published in BeautifulMag and being seen by millions, to winning my first fitness/bodybuilding show at the Europa Super Show in Dallas. With this profession I’ve met and worked with some tremendous people, models, and photographers. Calvin Brockington is one of those people. After seeing his work and what he brings out of his models I knew that SEXY and BOLD were 2 things that would be featured, 2 words that I’m not ashamed to say."
When Chris showed up for the scheduled shoot with Calvin Brockington, he made quite an impression on the Dallas based photographer. "To me, Chris was a wall !! He is so big, I agreed that he was muscular, But I had never shot a model that muscular before. He was definitely a fitness model and not a fashion model. I told Eric yes I'd shoot him even though I had no idea what to do with him." But Chris was great and most willing to everything Calvin wanted him to do. With a professionalism seldom seen in beginning models, he set to work and tried everything to deliver the best he could. And delivering is what he did. Chris is big, and we believe he tends to grow even bigger than this. –BM-
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