I first met Steven virtually on Twitter, and when I realized he was Los Angeles based I quickly connected. Imagine my delight to find out not only is he a lover of being naked and an avid exhibitionist, but also an accomplished dancer and movement coach specializing in Pilates. After months of chatting I finally got to join my signature CORE + MORE class, and watching him move with such ease and grace made me quickly realize I may have just found another naked trainer.
Steven is a Pilates instructor, movement professional, and former dancer/performer. Stevie began doing Pilates regularly in college pursuing his BFA in Dance. Post graduation, Stevie relocated to NYC and was certified to teach Pilates through the Kane School of Core Integration. Working in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles Steven has taught studio equipment Pilates, group fitness, corporate wellness, and started his own Neuro Pilates company Z-Moves. Stevie has completed the Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries training through the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC and is also a Level 3 Neuro Studio Practitioner who specializes in working with MS, Parkinson’s, and stroke rehab. What Steven loves the most about Pilates is anyone can do it because sessions can seamlessly be adapted to reach new fitness goals as well as support and rehab injuries and chronic issues too. Steven is an advocate for men to do Pilates since it was designed and created by a man and holds countless benefits in addition to being one of the best integrative core workouts.
Not only is Stevie a bad ass with building stronger bodies, I realized we have so much more in common. From our dance backgrounds, to our go-go dancing days, to our love of showing off our big cocks. We even have the same favorite ice cream flavor. I am thrilled to welcome him to my tiny naked family as we dream up exciting ways for us to collaborate. Keep reading to get to know Coach Stevie even better.
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Pilates and Reflexive Stability for Men’s Health by Coach Stevie Z.
There are many benefits to Pilates and for myself it’s always been and extremely adaptable modality that creates a great arena to improve movement and overall health. Now let me get there, but by building reflexive stability patterns in the body with naked Pilates one can greatly improve pelvic health, which can lead to better erections, prostate health, and overall better function in the pelvic region. The pelvic region is a huge opportunity for men in fitness. Frankly it’s completely ignored in most arenas. Luckily through naked training, pelvic focus becomes more apparent and many men’s health issues can be improved through movement.
I view the core as not only the abdominals but also the pelvic girdle, diaphragm, as well as integration of oblique slings that facilitate connection between the upper body and lower body. I often say the core is really more of a wrestling singlet rather than just the abdominals. One thing I see get misinterpreted across the board is stability. Stability should be reflexive meaning that it should be an automatic process not something we consciously micromanage by squeezing muscles. Yes, we feel muscles squeeze but I’ve come to terms that as humans we aren’t great at feeling this and facilitating this accurately. If your bones are moving, muscles are working. The feeling of our muscles changes under stimulus like the load of a weight, but also under other sensory information as well. Just like breathing, you can practice it and be conscious of it but it also needs to be working well unconsciously. This is also true for stable movement. We can work tuning into how it feels and what works best but it needs to become integrated so we can just let it ride. We do not have the bandwidth to micromanage all 360 joints in the human body and placement of all 206 bones. Luckily we do have parts of our brain that are constantly taking in sensory information and triggering reflexes that manage most of these things for us. Now let’s get back to erections… erections are a reflexive function. The initiation of an erection should not involve the squeezing or gripping of pelvic floor muscles. Even through you can flex your pelvic floor and often pump more blood into the penis when erect overuse of these muscles actually can weaken the muscle tissue and constrict blood flow to the penis. It’s also not just a problem for the penis, other organs and tissue like the bladder, penis, and anus (think hemorrhoids) can be affected. It’s all connected folks.
Now in Pilates we work with breathe as a tool to keep working reflexively. If you aren’t breathing your body is not stable. You’re essentially sacrificing your diaphragm to stabilize rather than breathe which I just feel isn’t the best choice.I love exploring and uncovering alternate and more optimal options in Pilates. In addition to abdominals and pelvic floor, the hips also need to functioning optimally for reflexive stability patterns to be utilized across the pelvic girdle. Most humans are not utilizing their hip joints to their full potential often forcing overworking through other smaller less mobile joints around the hips including the lowest segments of the spine. Over mobilization in these other joints leads often leads to more tightness (hypertonicity) in the tissue of the pelvis resulting in less blood flow, muscle weakness, pain, and ultimately poor function of the penis and other pelvic tissue and organs. I unfortunately know this too well. When I was a dancer over-mobilization and lack of reflexive stability in my hips lead directly to erectile dysfunction as a young man in my early 20’s. I also used to experience severe pelvic floor pain and even explored physical therapy specifically for the issue. Not to knock on PT but the only thing that worked was retraining reflexive stability in my core and I’m talking about that whole wrestling singlet not just the muscles of my pelvis and low abdominals. There’s just way more to it then the squeeze of a Kegel and naked Pilates gets the whole body on board to retrain these patterns.
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As dancers our connection was rooted in the physical, and as young teenage boys you can bet that involved masturbation. Never possessing any romantic feelings for one another, our youthful play was always one of camaraderie since we lived in dorms and spent much of our free time together. As grown men, we realized we both have a deep passion for mindful mutual masturbation. In reality, much of the ancient work I have studied in my journey of sexual alchemy, I first learned about as a teen with Nick scrolling through books about cocks and sex, one of our favorite topics. As an avid masturbator and a bate buddy of mine for 25 years, it was only a matter of time before we teamed up together on some cock-centric fun.
Nick is currently based in Washington state. He and his big hairy cock can not wait to be outdoors with us soaking up the sun in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hit the READ MORE button below for a quick Q&A to get to know Nick a little better, and to get a preview of his big bush and hard cock.
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The internet is wild! Every November this crazy trend pops up, so I decided it was time to make a our own version, backed in science and the belief that more pleasure equals more pleasure. Drop you pants gents, it's time to make yourself feel amazing. #NUTDAILYNOVEMBER
I have to admit that I was an avid fan of hair removal for a very long time. My whole life as a matter of fact. As a performer and model I shaved my legs, chest, balls, and hole since I was a teenager. Growing up with a bodybuilder father, shaved and tanned was the ideal I knew.
It was never an easy process however, and for someone with curly hair like me it always resulted in an onslaught of other issues like ingrown hairs or unsavory nicks and cuts on my sensitive bits. It wasn't until I launched The Naked Trainers that I finally went all natural and ditched the razor entirely. I haven't shaved a thing in over two years and don't even clean shave my face anymore. My skin is healthier, my ingrowns are non existent, and I strangely feel more powerful in my primal natural state with my body hair in tact.
The internet is a wild place where a lot of incorrect information is shared. On twitter especially. One claim I see way too often, is that "removing pubic hair is more hygienic," when the opposite is actually true. While personal preference is just that, and shaving can be a fashionable choice, there is actually science behind why you have pubes. I decided we needed to have a little chat about why you need to stop shaving below the belt.
1) PROTECTION: Pubic hair reduces friction and is there to help protect and cushion delicate skin. Its primary function is literally to add more cushion for the pushin'. Many even think of it as a type of "dry lubricant" adding a pillowy softness when in contact with others, as opposed to stubble or razor burn which only gets worse with more friction.
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Mutual masturbation is a normal activity many men discover in their youth. I personally grew up jerking off with most of my cousins and friends and will never forget my first circle jerk freshman year of high school. Sadly, this primal and natural bonding experience often fades away as insecurities creep in. It is my belief that all men love cock. Yes, even our straight brothers. It’s natural to be attracted to and aroused by your own hard dick and so it stands to reason that other hard cocks will get you aroused as well. That arousal does not denote sexual preference but is rather an acknowledgment of the primal bond all men share by knowing the feeling of a hard cock in his hand. It’s a true connection only men know, and it becomes even more heightened when shared with a bro or in a group.
Looking back at my robust history of bate buds, it’s safe to say that I was often the instigator in many of those scenarios. Since circle jerks were a regular thing for me, I always figured it was a common scenario for others. As an adult, I know many men are yearning for those nostalgic wanks of yore before judgment or shame creeped in about their attraction to dick.
Now that I lead masturbation rituals and dick-centric events for men, I get this question a lot...
“How do you initiate jerking off with a friend?”
So, I decided to share my experience and some tips for you here.
Tip 1) Be respectful.
No one likes to feel pressured into anything, especially a sexual experience that may be new or at least is shuddered in some insecurities and self-doubt. While this may come as an obvious one, it should always be the first consideration. If you notice your bro getting uncomfortable, hit pause and wait to see if he warms up to the idea and let him come to you at his own pace.
Tip 2) Get naked.
Nudity does not have to be sexual, but chances are when you put two naked dudes together something may just pop up. I’m so comfortable with my own body, that I have no problem being the only one hard and stroking in the group if no one else cares. How do you get naked with a friend you’ve never been naked with? Suggest some skinny dipping, or naked sunbathing. Getting naked in nature is incredibly freeing, so why not suggest dropping your pants on a buddy hike. Not a hiker or don’t have a place to swim? Try a naked workout with a bro which is sure to get your juices flowing. Try having a naked push up contest, but you have to touch your dick to the ground at the bottom for each rep to count. At the very least, skip the towel in the gym locker room. It's just unnecessary.
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My last blog talked about the benefits of sun on your nuts and while a 200% boost in testosterone sounds spectacular after a little naked sunbathing, what if getting naked outdoors isn't as easy for you as you'd like? Good news, there are plenty of other ways to help keep your balls (that is where testosterone is primarily made) working hard for you.
Chances are you've seen a ton of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) ads on social media and all over, but why are we so obsessed with testosterone? The male sex hormone regulates sperm production, muscle mass, fat distribution, and even mood. Since testosterone is as essential hormone, low levels can lead to an abundance of distressing symptoms and effects on the body, from reduced sex drive to increased risk of heart disease. What you maybe didn't know, is that test levels start to decline in our late twenties and continue to drop well into our golden years.
Why is everyone talking about it, and why would you want optimal levels?
While the reasons abound, here are my top five.
1) MORE ENERGY. These vital cells provide oxygen to the body and help to convert fat and carbohydrates into energy. As a result, men with low testosterone tend to experience extreme mental and physical fatigue
2) BETTER SEX. Low testosterone levels can wreak havoc on a man’s sexual health, leading to reduced desire and erectile dysfunction.
3) MORE MUSCLE. One study measuring the effect of testosterone on strength, found that muscle mass increased by an average of 20% in all nine test subjects after receiving doses of the male hormone. When combined with the right diet and exercise, you can expect even more gains.
5) LESS FAT. Research shows that those who received TRT experienced a lower BMI and overall waist circumference than those who did not. This is likely due to the fact that men with increased muscle mass and tissue burn more calories, even at rest.
Sounds amazing right? SIGN ME UP. The best news is, there are some simple and effective ways to ensure your own testosterone levels are always at their most optimal.
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If you're a nudist or have spent any time naked outdoors, you know this one little thing to be true...getting naked outdoors often makes you horny as hell. Yes, the thrill of being outside au naturel has something to do with it, but there is some science involved too. In fact, studies on the effects of light on the testes go way back to 1939, when researchers exposed various parts of men's bodies to UV light. They found that men’s testosterone levels went up by 120% when the participants’ chests were exposed to UV light, and they went up by 200% with UV exposure to the genital area. Two hundred percent!
Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical charges from the earth can have positive effects on your body. Obviously, being barefoot is essential to this practice.
How are those two things related?
I can guess that you probably aren't doing either activity currently, or at least not often enough. As your Naked Trainer, I think you should be.
I have spent my whole life teaching others how to move and take care of their bodies, but I always felt something was missing. Traditional mainstream fitness eschews practices like above, and instead aims to sell you pre-workout drinks, overpriced shoes and expensive gym memberships. As a lifelong nudist myself, I have personally seen the benefits of being naked and barefoot in nature first hand. I sleep better, my dick is harder, and I feel most like my authentic self after an afternoon naked and barefoot in nature. Knowing all this has led me on the journey of getting more men out of the gym, and out in nature sunning their nuts.
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As a man, I love cock.
Of course as a gay man that statement may seem redundant, but let me elaborate. I truly believe all men love cocks. How can we not? Our own member supplies endless pleasure. I would even be so bold to say that many men experience their life through their penis. We think about it and touch it constantly. It's the first thing I grab in the morning and usually the last thing I grab before falling asleep. There is an endless fascination about them, their appearance, how hard they are, if it's big enough or too small. And why shouldn't there be? A cock is something to be honored and cherished. It creates life and makes life feel amazing.
Social nudity used to be the norm for men. The Greek and the Roman men trained fully nude to prepare for battle. The word gymnasium comes from the ancient Greek term, Gymnos, which means naked or nude and gymnasium translates to "school for naked exercise." These institutions were for men only, and they practiced sports like running, jumping, gymnastics, wrestling and more fully nude. This allowed for a sense of togetherness that modern culture and shame based philosophies has entirely wiped out.
From 1926-1962, swimming nude for men was not only the norm, but was required in all YMCA's and most American High Schools. Seeing your friends naked and splashing around together was the de rigueur, and allowed men and boys to freely glimpse at and enjoy the presence of other naked men. Today, that experience is completely missing from the male experience, and I believe it is to our detriment. Most won't even be fully nude in a gym locker room, let alone in front of a group of other men. When did we become so ashamed of the thing we love so much, and of our own natural selves?
The only cocks most men see besides their own these days are on a screen with porn being so accessible. It would also be safe to say that because the actors in an adult movie are often chosen for their genetic "gifts," this is not the best representation of the norm.
I wanted to celebrate the cock in all it's glory, and decided to start drawing COCK PORTRAITS of the men in my life. I began asking my friends for their favorite dick pics, and as you can imagine the responses were pretty wild and across the board.
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Ball stretching? Ever heard of it? Let's talk about it.
The tradition of stretching and modifying the human body is hardly a new one. Many ancient civilizations stretched everything from ears, to necks, to their genitals. The question remains: Why, oh why would a man want to pull on his balls to make them hang lower? There are a few reasons.
1) Ball stretching feels fucking amazing. I personally have always had tight balls that kept close to the body, and because of that I love them pulled, tugged and sucked on. I personally have always loved the ragtallion look of low hanging balls and have been jealous of gents with low hangers. To me, big swinging balls are just so hot. So that brings us to...
2) Vanity. It's an aesthetic choice. As a trainer I acknowledge the simple truth that all parts of the body respond to force. That being said, gentle force is the name of the game here. It is important that you never force a stretch, tug too hard, or go too fast. Patience is a virtue, and the key to getting your boys lower.
3) Increased pleasure and new sensations. With lower hanging balls comes new bounce, new sensations, and new feelings for your boys down below. Many report increased sensitivity during sex, and an appreciation for feeling their balls swing to and fro.
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