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Healthy Man of the Month- August 2015
Sydney “Flex” Porter takes fitness to a new level, even by California standards. The former southern boy is building a unique fitness and lifestyle company, Body Boyz United.
“Body Boyz is empowering gay men to be body fit and healthy. Our goal has always been to bring guys who are into fitness together.”
In the summer of 2009, Sydney who’s known from coast to coast as “Flex” organized an event entitled Body Boyz United in Las Vegas with the sole purpose to bring diverse ﬁt and health-minded gay men together to bond, network and celebrate fitness and brotherhood. The concept of mixing fitness-driven brothers and social activities took off.
According to Flex, Body Boyz United® (BBU) is becoming one of the nation’s leaders in fitness, health and wellness for gay men Worldwide! The BBU website is a great resource for fitness training newbies, with content on nutrition, social events, etc. to help you with fitness goals. And Body Boyz United is a partner with Healthy Black Men.
Flex also is the architect behind the popular Ripped Physique Competitions and the 2016 event, Adonis, which is part expo, part social event, and will include bodybuilding presentation. So how does the face of Body Boyz United keep in such great shape?
The man who says he used to have high blood pressure and love corn bread, says, “I workout 5 to 6 days a week. I also bike ride 3 to 4 miles and lift weights too. I also changed my diet as I was turning fifty. Today, I don’t eat red meat, no bread, but I eat lots of fruits, veggies, and nuts. At age 50, I made the decision to change my diet so that I could extend my life. I still eat chicken and turkey.”
The man behind those fitness videos on Youtube also says his athletic activities started with track and field. I used to love to run track. Being fit and active runs in the Porter family as he says his own dad is still active today and is fit and buff. It’s [physical activity] always been part of our life.
“Ironically, my background is in theatre directing. And I still have a love for that. But I also think gay men should be taking care of their health, looking at ways to stay fit, especially Black men…all men of color really.”
Because high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol are some of biggest health threats to men, men of color, Flex says he’s committed to his work and the future of Body Boyz United. They even have fitness gear launching soon.
Walker Tisdale is the Executive Editor of Healthy Black Men. He spoke exclusively with Sydney ‘Flex’ Porter. Cover photo credit to Mr. Tommy Wu.