I’ve seen Lehyn Nunez on and off at Gold’s Gym, Venice and at local contests, for years. Would be training much of the time with Chris Cormier, in fact. Kept telling me he was going to compete, that I’d be writing about him in the magazine someday. Well, it took a lot longer than anticipated, but Nunez finally did get on stage on Saturday at the NPC California State Championships. And, it was certainly worth the wait.
The aesthetic 5’8″, 192-pounder, who has residences in both Venice, CA, and Washington Heights, NY., reminded some of a young, albeit smaller, Kevin Levrone during the Maryland Muscle Machines’s early years. Nunez, 29, had only competed one time before, and that was way back in 2000, when he won the overall in the Teenage division at a show in New York.
Now, this rapidly emerging star, of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, has suddenly found himself as one of the names people are talking about in discussing title contenders in the LHW class at next month’s USA. Yesiree, add Nunez to the list that up ’til now has focused on Tamer El Guindy and Pete Ciccone. Oh, and I think Eli Blahut, last year’s winner of the West Coast Classic, might surprise a folks in Las Vegas at the end of July as well.
Anyway, Nunez was deluged with photo shoots after his major wins, including one with Michael Neveux on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see those…but, until then, the picture I snapped of him after the contest will have to do.
So, how did you spend your Sunday? I coasted down to the beach on this picture perfect day, one that makes people put up with the terrible congestion, high rents and the potential of the next “big one” that accompanies Southern Cal living.
Well, I ended up close to the beach, anyway. Spent several hours at Gold’s, Venice, where I teamed up with ace videographer Wild Bill Comstock to interview a slew of past, present and future bodybuilding standouts. Make sure to look for the footage on this site coming soon.
We started off the day with an extensive, in-depth feature on Jim Morris, the 75-year-old wunderkind, who swears he looks better today than he did 50 years ago! On that subject, Jim is in the process of writing a book about his journey, and gave out wonderful insight on how he’s been able to winning the battle against aging. Hopefully, Michael Neveux will be able to shoot Jim before this 76th birthday at the end of August and prove Morris’ point by comparing the current pictures with shots taken in 1961.
The always-entertaining Eli Blahut was there, and I teased him about his answering machine message, which is longer than my back. And, I got the irrepressible one to talk about the coffee enemas that have helped clear up digestive problems. No, am not joking. Watch the tape; Eli explains it clearly. Well, sort of clearly. If you want to ask him yourself about this innovative measure, come to my West Coast Classic on June 25, where Eli will open up the show with a guest posing performance after winning it all last season (npcwestcoast.com).
Also talked with pros Abbas Khatami, Michael Ergas and Jerome “Hollywood” Ferguson. Likewise for up and coming stars Steve Christman (this cat is huge at 6’3” and 305 pounds), Joey “Chicago” Sergo and John Merwin, who took top honors at the MuscleContest last week and who is one of the favorites going into the Orange County Muscle Classic in less than three weeks.
Liked the piece we did with Joey Gloor about his MTV gig on “I Used to Be Fat.” Sharp kid; teaches English at a South Central middle school when he’s not in front of the camera.
It was fun. And tiring. I’m out.