This is Nyle DiMarco. He's one of the most famous male models in the entire world.
And I'm Spencer. Unlike Nyle, it takes me 273 attempts to get one okay picture of myself.
I wanted to get a glimpse into Nyle's world, so I reached out to him with the goal of training like a famous model for 30 days.
I grew up thinking that I didn't have a voice. I didn't feel worthy or valid. But watching everything Nyle has done with his voice – as a person who's deaf – has been super powerful and inspiring, so I'm hoping to feel more comfortable and confident about my own body and voice by the end of this project.
Nyle works out four days a week. Each day corresponds with a new workout that targets a particular muscle in his body.
The workouts are intense. I'm not used to doing this many exercises per workout, so I was really going to have to push myself.
Nyle's daily meal plan is actually pretty standard. He eats three large meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and has two snacks throughout the day.
Lunch is especially simple, consisting solely of meat and veggies. Basically no carbs at all.
Dinner is more of the same, though I do get to add a sweet potato in the mix.
Nyle's workouts include soooo many exercises that I don't normally do, so I felt like I was starting my fitness journey all over again.
I broke my shoulder when I was a kid, so I've always had to be extra careful in the gym. Unfortunately for me, Nyle does some pretty intense shoulder workouts.
On Day Four of the challenge I actually got to work out ~with~ Nyle. We went through each of his workouts together, which was super helpful because he made sure I was practicing perfect form.
I'm a very competitive person. I don't like to lose, even if I have to throw a casual game of Go Fish against a five-year-old. Nyle is the same way, so we ended our workout with a friendly plank challenge.
My body was so exhausted and sore during the first week of the challenge that it was honestly difficult to take off my shirt.
I really started to get in my head during the second week of the challenge. I kept comparing myself to Nyle and started second-guessing everything.
I hate running. Absolutely. Hate. It. But Nyle runs in his workouts, so I had to find a way to make his routines enjoyable for me, otherwise I wasn't going to stick to them.
Even though Nyle is strict with his diet, he doesn't believe in depriving himself of his favorite foods. This made me feel less guilty about my cravings.
I sort of had an existential crisis during the middle of this project. I was starting to see results, and that made me happy, but I had to make sure I was happy for the right reasons.
This challenge really motivated me to go to the gym. But to be honest, I'm not always that motivated to go. I have to force myself to do it.
I wanted to celebrate how far I've come, so I decided to attempt something I'd never done before. I set a goal for doing 200 pull-ups and 200 push-ups in one gym session.
The first 100 pull-ups and push-ups were pretty easy for me, but my arms quickly turned into Jell-O during the second half of the challenge.
If you want to keep up with the rest of my fitness journey and BuzzFeed challenges, you can follow me on Instagram @SpencerAlthouse.
Special thanks to Grey Van Pelt, Sami Housman, and, of course, Nyle DiMarco.