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Drag Queen Miss Toto Talks Performing, Bodybuilding, Pandemic



Rock Evans is a fitness trainer, bodybuilder, and drag queen named Miss Toto. In 2014 Evans moved to Miami and started bodybuilding. They wanted to challenge themselves after completing challenges like the Spartan Race and the Mud Run. Their first competition was in September 2016. As for drag, Evans became Miss Toto in 2015, but they have known drag since childhood. They moved to Chicago in February 2019. With her income from the gym and the drag from purely personal events, COVID-19 threatened both of her livelihoods. Now that people are back outside, Evans ponders how the pandemic has changed their outlook for the better.

AS SOON AS COVID happened, I had a meltdown. It wasn’t a breakdown of ‘why can’t I do these things?’ It was a breakdown in fear.

I’ve been on a linear bodybuilding path. I got bigger, stronger. But then when the pandemic happened, all I was left with was my home gym. It was really just a couple of kettlebells and my friend found the dumbbell by accident in his grandma’s basement. It was kind of a test for myself as a fitness expert and fitness professional to see what kind of workouts I could do for myself and what workouts I could then create for other people that are accessible and free.

Everything went online for drag. It was about traveling all over the world and then shutting the world down and all of my gigs got canceled. I had no income. My income came from the gym and it came from dragging. I went from everything to nothing.

I REALLY HAD to draw my first introduction from my mother. My first memory of dragging is that one of her friends is dressed when Ursula comes to my house. I was obsessed with the little mermaid. And of course I thought it was like the real Ursula. But looking back, I think, ‘It’s pretty gross that my mom didn’t just have queer friends, she had friends enough that they got cornered for her kid on a random day,’ you know? I thought that was really cool. So I’ve been into drag for a while and knew about it, but I never really started dragging until I was in college.

I was in a brotherhood. And with our brotherhood, we had the responsibility to have a party for the brothers. And me and my two friends only dressed in drag once a semester for this party. So I started looking at them as an adult, but I never really got into them.

Rock Evans as Miss Toto in a recent Instagram post.

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And then when I moved to Miami, I shook my whole world when I met a large group of drag queens who weren’t your stereotypical drag queen. For example, they were hairy. They were bearded. And as someone who was more muscular, I thought to myself, ‘Okay, these hairy, bearded people can really push the envelope and pull. What’s really stopping me from doing drag? ‘ And that really drove me.

Plus, I’ve never really had a large, queer community around me. I always had my two or three friends. But this was a big, strange scene. This is really what made me just go to these [drag] Parties. Then I was invited through the parties to start performing. Then it went from an appearance a month to an appearance in it [drag] Party once a month, but also a weekly bingo night in one of the local bars. And then things just turned out the way they are now.

I am known like ‘The Bodybuilder Barbie’. There are a lot of muscle queens, but no one who really competes like that. I haven’t seen anyone but myself who actually stepped on stage and competed in the body and also does drag at the level that I do. And even if they go a step further, many of the muscle queens don’t necessarily show their bodies in their attire. That’s something I always push for, for example, I’ll stretch out my arms. I’m gonna let my abs out. You will see this corpse that I worked for and it will be in my drag.

Muscles do not have to be equated with masculinity either. Especially in fitness and especially in bodybuilding, there are so many women who are just shredded and muscular and fluffy, but that doesn’t make them less feminine or less feminine. So it’s like pushing the envelope both ways.

INSTEAD OF THINKING of digital dragging as a problem, I used it as something creative to push myself or as something to push myself creatively. Instead of liking some of these performances that are really limited to the stage, I was able to turn some of my ideas that were not workable on stage into a video for a digital drag show. With the ability of a green screen and proper editing, you can really put yourself in whatever fantasy situation you want. So I really used last year to reevaluate who I am and why I’m dragging anyways because it’s easy to get caught up in the bookings and survival, mostly because that was my income. And now I’m in a different position where I’ve somehow found and rediscovered why I even move, where I can put money and energy into development and further advance this character and let Miss Toto grow without sacrificing my creativity and my art.

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Miss Toto has had success online during the pandemic.

Rock evans; Instagram

SO NOW THINGS begin to open again. I am vaccinated and the world is vaccinated, or at least in the United States. I am able to do more traveling gigs than I used to do to pride in planning what will be a very nice summer. And now I plan to go to Germany in the fall as well. So it looks like things are going back to the way they used to be, but I’m entering them again with a different perspective. In contrast to the fact that it’s all about making money, that I can pay my rent, [I realized] This is an experience not many other people can have, and I am fortunate enough to be able to have it.

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Who will i meet And how can I let my resistance affect people? Because, like last year, I noticed especially black queers with the Black Lives Matter movement and everything that happened last summer as if I found my voice in it and connected with so many other queer individuals and blacks especially queers, like how loud and authentic I was, which I never thought about until they told me. They said, ‘I really appreciate how authentic you are. I appreciate how loud and bold and without fear to just say what comes to mind. ‘ And I don’t think I could have done that as a rock. But somehow and for some reason people tend to listen to me as Miss Toto as a character, as a drag queen, as opposed to rock out of drag.

I WANT READERS knowing that you can do what you want Do you want to become a bodybuilder? Be a bodybuilder. Do you want to be a drag queen? Be a drag queen. Do you want to become a bodybuilding drag queen? Do it. The only person who limits you and what you want to do is yourself. That is always what I like to present. You can really do what you want as long as you push yourself to do it. The only person holding you up is you.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Explained Why He Doesn’t Have Six-Pack Abs



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Before we start, let’s agree on something: For someone who is nearly 50 years old, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is in incredible shape. As someone with a background in professional American football, wrestling and performing hardcore action scenes – with decades of strength training under the (weight) belt – DJ is a fitness icon for men half his age and has made a name for himself made by Hollywood’s strongest leading actors.

These physical skills are what power tens of thousands of frantic Google searches as those desperately looking for Johnson’s workouts try to find the plan that got him into such gigantic shape. But the internet has defied one mystery: Where are Johnson’s six pack abs? He’s got the core strength and low body fat required to make them pop, after all.

That was the question Johnson asked during a recent WIRED “Autocomplete” interview in which DJ answered some of the internet community’s most burning questions. The question read by his Jungle Cruise co-star, Emily Blunt, was, “What’s wrong with The Rock’s abs?”

“That sucks!” replied Johnson to the question that struck his body. “There’s nothing wrong with them, no. Here’s the thing. I think because on Instagram all these Instagram fitness models have these incredible six, eight, 12, 24 packs.”

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“I have a five and a half pack, sometimes a four and a half pack,” he continued. “But the problem was – which a lot of people don’t know – I ripped the upper part of my thigh off my pelvis in a wrestling match and it popped, in a wrestling match.

“And then it started a chain reaction and tore my abdominal wall, so I had to do emergency surgery with a triple hernia, one tear, one tear, and one tear.” [pointing to each tear].

Sounds like a tough ride – one that will definitely ruin any unwarranted keyboard comment. “Those bastards who google what’s wrong with the abs on The Rock? ‘ Well, it’s called a 45 minute wrestling match and the top of my quad popped out of my pelvis and my adductor popped out of my pelvis, “said Johnson.

“And the pain I’ve been through … I have to fix this shit. I’ll google what got over The Rock?”

Very good reason, you will agree with me.

Ed Cooper is Assistant Digital Editor at Men’s Health UK, writing and editing on anything you want to know – from tech to fitness, mental health to style, food and more.

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Why Winter is The Best Season for Bulking



With the lack of beach days forcing you to put up with it all and minimal impromptu parties popping up on the calendar, there’s relatively no need to wear a chiseled six-pack year round. Therefore, winter is the best time of year to build as much lean muscle mass as possible. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it should be made clear that bulking doesn’t translate directly to bodybuilding (aka You Won’t Walk Away Like the Michelin Man).

How do i start?

The most important thing is that to build muscle you need to eat a lot more. The reverse formula for what it takes to lose weight, bulking, requires you to expend more energy than the body needs while at the same time giving some of that energy, e.g. Through regular and strenuous physical activity to build muscle mass.

The amount of food you need to eat varies from person to person and takes into account your current physique and fitness goals, which is why I recommend that you always seek advice from your doctor. For some, it might mean adding an extra can of yogurt to your morning cereal, others need to include a different meal each day, but you want your wellness journey to be tailored just for you.

Wait … am I not getting fat?

While it may be a cause for concern for some, fat gain is part of the mass building process. However, you don’t want to fall into the pattern of simply eating more for profit, it’s all about quality and informed food choices.

Start increasing your calories in small increments, prioritizing more full fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats to underpin each meal. Other high-calorie foods that should appear on your radar include avocado, sweet potato, and nuts.

Hot Tip: Swapping Vegemite for Peanut Butter on Toast will increase your energy and protein intake without increasing the bread amount, making you less likely to feel too full.

So am I doubling the protein requirement?

Contrary to popular belief, bulking requires more than just protein (so stop knocking down those shakes). The best sources of protein to include in your diet today should be: eggs, nuts and seeds, beans, legumes, lean meats, and seafood. Again, so many factors play a role in how much you need, including your gender, height, and exercise program.

If you are feeling fit and ready to reshape your body but are lacking inspiration in the kitchen department, I recommend investing in one of the many food delivery programs available across Austria that will support your fitness goals. Company like MACROS For example, provide plans called Sculpt, Perform, and Gain, all of which have been pre-portioned and dietitian-approved to suit your lifestyle. The best part? It ships right to your door, which means more time training and less effort preparing meals.

Forget everything you’ve heard about gobbling up whole pizzas, gallons of milk, and tons of cheeseburgers, bulking is far less scary than it sounds and can indeed be a welcome change from your usual fitness regimen.

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Review finds women’s NCAA Tournament got less than men’s



From the first practice session to the final four, the bells and whistles for this year’s NCAA women’s tournament lagged far behind those of the men’s tournament.

The inequalities were brought back to the fore on Tuesday in a damning review by Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, a law firm hired to review gender equality issues at NCAA championship events. Page by page, the review deals with the big and small differences. The women’s teams in San Antonio were getting less of several things – including amenities, transportation, and even food – than the men in Indianapolis last March.

From the beginning, when the organizers of the men’s tournament announced plans for an event with 68 teams in one central location due to the coronavirus last November, it took another month before the organizers of the women’s tournament were able to publish their plan.

At almost every step thereafter, the report said, the men’s tournament was in full swing with well-equipped weight rooms, spacious lounge areas in its hotels and tournament venues, while the organizers of the women’s tournament did not have similar resources.

“These gender inequalities were built into the structure of the tournaments and how the tournaments were viewed by the NCAA,” the report said.

The issues were publicized on social media, most notably by Oregon gamer Sedona Prince, whose first tweet on the subject has now been viewed more than 18 million times.

The company’s deep dive also revealed that the COVID-19 testing procedures were different on the two tournament bladders: men were given rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily, while women only had to do one PCR test per week along with daily antigen tests.

An athlete who participated in the review said the NCAA’s various testing protocols “really said about how they felt to us as humans, like we weren’t important enough to have good tests on (COVID-19) anything is life-threatening “.

The company’s report found that the inequality in tests did not put the health of people at either site at risk. “Nevertheless,” the report says, “antigen tests have a lower specificity than PCR tests and thus increase the likelihood of false positive or inconclusive results.”

The report found many other cases where women got less than men:

– Ways to escape from hotel life. The NCAA set up a park at a minor league ballpark in Indianapolis where teams could relax outside while women in San Antonio opened up opportunities through May 16.

– Meal. Men ate from a buffet layout in hotels, while women limited themselves to prepackaged meals until the inequality became known.

– Player gifts. The report found that the NCAA spent $ 125.55 per player on gifts and memorabilia distributed at the men’s tournament; it spent less than half ($ 60.42) on women in the first and second rounds.

The company found that the Texas women’s event had less signage and advertising than the Indianapolis men, and the March Madness brand was not used in women’s games. The NCAA later said the women’s tournament would use March Madness in the future.

Kaplan noted that the problems with the weight room and other inequalities between the two events were mainly due to a lack of staffing at the women’s tournament and coordination between the organizers of the two events.

“As these issues were exacerbated by the unique challenge of planning and conducting a championship amid a global pandemic,” the report said, “it became the world’s attention.”

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