Tyrone Alomia remembers his start in May 2011. He worked on the old Nike flagship in New York City, and his boss challenged him to drive a 4-mile New York Road Runner race in Central Park , Alomia stood at 6-foot-2, 330 pounds at that time, and the race would be the first four miles he had run in his entire life.
"He saw how unhealthy I was, but knew I had potential," he tells Men's Health . "At the time, I could not even walk a few blocks without stopping." In a full downpour, the Brooklynite finished the race without slowing down, once to run. Six months later he had completed his first marathon in less than six hours. Nine years later, the 32-year-old has dropped 30 pounds and is about to break the 2-hour half-marathon mark, his ultimate goal.
"Running is the hardest and most rewarding job you can do for yourself," he says. "I come from an area where health and wellbeing are not top priorities, but when I found myself running, I got better."
Strength in numbers
If you are Alomia's friends Jason Suarez, Hector Espinal and Emmanuel Rodriguez Ask how they feel about the sport, they will all express similar feelings. To find running has also become noticeable in her life. These four guys, nicknamed " Pansa Boyz " ("panza", Spanish for "belly"), weigh almost a ton. Recently, they teamed up to broadcast both the North Face Endurance 50K Challenge and the Brooklyn Mile. The native New Yorkers are not slowing down so fast ̵
The 47-second and 400-meter former college runner acknowledges that getting out on the road can be a hurdle to overcome – but it's a whole other challenge to do it without a shirt if you can a bigger guy. Nevertheless, his crew helps to reduce his doubts and uncertainties.
"These guys make me feel better in my skin," he says. "What I did in high school and college, I'll probably never do again." I release the past and look forward to what is to come. If I do it with my friends every week, it will be better. "He tells Men's Health that his goal is to eliminate all six world marathon majors by the end of 2023 and qualify for Boston as his last.
For Espinal, running – and shirtless – is child's play at this point. "Would you say that to a guy who's 6-foot-1, 105 pounds to hide when he takes off his shirt?" He asks. "Why am I different? There should be no double standards.
Why not me?
Now they are making an impact on others.The founder of We Run Uptown a running crew from Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, remembers being Espinal about six years ago at night had logged his first runs as he drove down and down the 20 blocks of 165th and Riverside Park, and now that he's nearly 100 pounds down, he wants the hesitant to line up and ask, "Why not me?"  "For the people who look at me and wonder if they can run, you have to ask yourself: why not now?" He says. "Do you stop because of what someone else thinks? Are you afraid to meet someone you know? It's nice when people tell me that I'm inspiring them, but I want them to be inspired inside as well. "
Rodriguez agrees I want to touch people, "he says and says" Men's Healt h "" I would like to open a conversation. You are an athlete the way you are. Do not let anyone try to define that for you.
These types are ahead of most men when it comes to capturing their height and body movements. Research revealed that 38 percent of men would give up one year of age for the "perfect" body, and men tend to see their negativity softer in the body, less likely to seek treatment or to keep out of shame longer than women in treatment.
"Most men have an unattainable cultural ideal: Great and Muscular is synonymous with strength, which leads to inner discomfort, consternation and negative emotions – which can then lead to serious health problems, "says Brian Cook, Ph.D., vice president of movement, research and results at Alsana. "Most people find it more manly to suck it up, not talk about it, take care of it yourself and pretend it's all right."
As a 300-pound runner, Alomia thinks that's the case It must be more of a dialogue about what the athletes you "do not see on magazine front pages" need. "Look at almost any brand and they do not make clothes that suits me as an athlete," he says. "I have broad shoulders and a big chest, and the way marketing is – it's not surprising if I'm supposed to be that big?"
For Rodriguez, that's a definite yes. After catching the breath on Kent Avenue, he caught his breath and received an SMS from an old colleague saying, "It makes me feel like I'm in a tank top. I've always been aware of my body, but you change the way people think, man. "
" I just want to run, "Rodriguez says," No matter what anyone thinks about me, I'll do it anyway. "
What about these four athletes? Suarez and Espinal are both registered for the upcoming Chicago Marathon in October. Rodriguez and Alomia will meet together in November on the Philadelphia Half. And then? Well, it will not take long for the Pansa Boyz team, all four, to conquer the next finish line – no shirts required.