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BTS’s RM Reveals He Knows About The ‘Personal Trainer’ Meme And Clarifies The Story Behind It

BTS’s RM held a live stream in light of his birthday on September 12 and thanked fans for all the birthday wishes.

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During this short live stream, he gave updates on the upcoming album, what books and shows he’s been watching lately, and even admitted he knew about the memes going around about him.

쩌 다 참구~ 회원님,,,
식단먹구 이써욥! 셀카 말고 식단을

— 세찌🍪🌱 (@3zziBear_bts) September 7, 2020

Recently during an interview, RM wore a tight-fitting black shirt that accentuated his buff physical. This screen shot became a hot issue on social media with people starting the ‘회원님 시리즈’ (personal trainer/client series).

. 회원님 벌크업
그렇게 드시면 벌크업은
저는 물을
벌크업 벌크업 마시니까
괜찮아요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

— 엄마고양이 (@ralla_army) September 7, 2020

This became so popular that it even trended on Twitter and Big Hit Entertainment even used the series name in the hashtag for RM’s birthday post (#회원님생일축하많이해주실거죠).

사랑보다도 더 사랑합니다.
💜🎂💜#RM #김남준 #나무준 #회원님생일축하많이해주실거죠 #남주니생일입니당 #남무행알

— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 11, 2020

In the live stream he mentioned that he found about the meme through a friend that told him about it. He clarified that it was because of his tight inner shirt that made it look like he had buff arms.

[속보] RM, ‘회원님 시리즈’ 알고 있다

🐨 아 네, 회원님 시리즈는 저도 알아요 이번에 이렇게 나온거… 팔뚝 이따만케 나왔는데 그게 사실 제가 제 몸이 갑자기 두 배로 커져서 막 팔뚝이 이만해진게 아니구 마침 안에 입었던 이너티 사이즈가 조금 작았던 것 뿐입니다

— ⸙ (@minimoni_mo_) September 12, 2020

This meme even reached his health trainer, who made him work out even more in order to live up to the meme!

Trainer: Looks like you’re becoming a hot issue online? You’re going to have to work harder?

RM: Come on~ you know that I have nothing

Trainer: You’re going to have to work harder. Let’s do two sets more today!

🗣남준씨 인터넷 보니까 난리 났던데요? 열심히 하셔야 겠던데?
🐨 아시잖아요 저 아무것도 없는거 ㅠ
🗣남준씨 열심히하셔야겠어요 오늘 두셋트 더 합시다.

아 헬스트레이너한테 애교 피우는 남주니 귀여워ㅠㅠ#남준아_생일인데_한번만안아보자#남준 #김남준 #RM #알엠 #랩몬스터 @bts_twt

— 김무원 (@jooniefighting) September 12, 2020

What’s hilarious is that while RM was busy clarifying the meme, fans were able to get a new screen shot for the meme!

저 new 회원님 짤 얻은거 같아요

아이구우 우리 회원니임히 ㅠㅜ~
드디어 이걸 하시다니 ㅠㅠ

— 달로 (@_dallo13) September 12, 2020

We love our RM no matter how buff he gets! We hope you had a great birthday with your loved ones!

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Who is Angela Cullen? the Personal Trainer who is Always Seen With Lewis Hamilton

Every sportsperson needs to stay fit in order to be at the top of their game. The same applies for Formula One drivers as well, as F1 is quite a physically draining sport. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton recently wrapped up his sixth Formula One world championship.

Right from the 2016 season onwards, Lewis Hamilton has been joined by a constant face in his corner. Namely, his physiotherapist, Angela Cullen. Cullen is a Switzerland-based physiotherapist and trainer, who has stuck with the Briton for much of his career.

She is responsible for the six-time champion’s diet, sleep patterns, travel plans and mental training. Although the silver-haired woman is an integral member of Team Hamilton, she is employed by Hintsa Performance. She’s is actually one of over a dozen Hintsa-appointed ‘minders’ in the paddock’ All of them are charged with keeping their drivers in top condition: mentally, physically and psychologically.

Her other duties are personal assistant, chauffeur, waitress and even helps him wake up.  Hintsa Performance actually helped design Hamilton’s Nasa-based health programme. This includes a sleep doctor, to help combat jet lag, since drivers travel a lot. She started her sports career 25 years ago and has worked with elite sprinters in British athletics.

In an interview with New Zealand Herald, she revealed that on the outside, she is seen a physiotherapist. However, that is far from the truth, as she is actually the performance coach of Lewis Hamilton.

Cullen also admitted that during a race weekend, her primary role is ‘to eliminate any external factors’. In other words, she ensures that the Mercedes driver is fully focused on his driving and does not have to worry about anything else.

She also told the New Zealand Herald, “I wake him up in the morning, I order his food, I drive him to the track, I manage his whole schedule for the weekend and basically eliminate anything over the course of his weekend that could take energy away from him thinking about his race day and making sure his performance is 100 per cent.”

“He is incredibly humble and incredibly respectful and I think the media give him such a hard time,” Cullen says. “I think it’s just one of those scenarios where, when you are at the top of the game, you are going to be the person that gets taken down.”

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In this course, we will explore the concept of tensegrity applied to the human body.

We will attack the problems almost all people on the planet face within their musculoskeletal system by reverse engineering the way the brain and body connect.

If you are someone who suffers from pain, or gets injured often when you move your body, this is most likely why you found Functional Patterns.

What can you do to Solve your Dysfunctions and what Processes do I Recommend?

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I know this may seem like a crazy question, but it’s not.

Humans move and run on two feet and their structure has adapted to move that way for millions of years.

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If we analyze the way people have been training, there is very little transferability to how this training aligns with human movement.

Humans are standers, walkers, runners and throwers as a priority in their movement.

Of course, there are some other primal patterns of movement, but these four are the types that humans depended on most in nature.

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*This online course is not a certification program in the Functional Patterns system. It is however part of the educational material you will need to become certified, if you choose to attend an in person certification course through Functional Patterns.

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11 Tips To Pick Up Clients As An Online Personal Trainer

Running a successful business as an online personal trainer takes a lot of hard work. It takes sacrifice and is no different when it comes to running an online fitness business.

So you’ve just finished your online personal training course. You’re ready to take on the business world and start your own fitness business as an online personal trainer. Well, luckily for you it is much easier and quicker to start a business today than it was 10 or 15 years ago thanks to the developments and advances in technology and social media. However, you will still need to put in a lot of hard work in to get the personal training clients you need. You’ll need to be smart about the way you acquire your online clients. Here are 11 tips to pick up clients as an online personal trainer.

Online Fitness Business Tips

1. Build A Brand

From the get-go, right when you first start building your business you need to construct a brand too. You will need to strategise about where to position yourself in the market. You will need to develop a brand identity. It’s vital that you make this the centre of your communications and marketing to the public so that people can get to know and trust you.

 2. Social Media Marketing

One of the most useful marketing tools at your disposal today – as a personal trainer – is social media. After building and setting up your business website, you will need to invest in a social media strategy to ensure you get the best out of the various platforms and so you can advertise your business to the right audience. (Want to know more about marketing your fitness business? Sign up for Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Fundamentals of a Fitness Business Course today!)

 3. Advertising For the Online Personal Trainer

Besides spending money on social media advertising, you will need to invest in digital marketing like SEO and Google Adwords.  The great thing about these forms of advertising is that they are relatively inexpensive which makes them great for personal trainers just starting out in the fitness industry.

 4. Networking

Getting yourself into the industry and networking with the industry leaders is extremely important. Reach out to various industry leaders, athletes and other online personal trainers, and link up with them. There’s no harm in learning from those who have been where you are and are willing to lend a helping hand or give a tip or two. Networking will also help get your new brand the credibility you need to start getting referred.

 5. Referrals And Recommendations

As mentioned above, once you’ve set up a brand that people know and trust – and has some credibility in the fitness industry –  you should look at asking for recommendations and referrals.

 6. Events

Making yourself and your brand present at industry and sporting events is a sure-fire way to speak directly to the client you are trying to attract. An example of a fitness-related event that you can exhibit at, in South Africa, are the Arnolds Classic Africa.

 7. Running Specials

Launch specials and discounts always work well. This is because these give clients the opportunity to try your services before investing in full packages. Running regular specials and discounts will ensure great word-of-mouth marketing, which means you will always have fresh clients knocking on your door.

8. Affiliating With Other Online Personal Trainers And Fitness Brands

There are hundreds of great fitness brands in the industry. These will not necessarily be competitors. Linking up and affiliating yourself with some of the biggest brands in the industry will help you increase your brand’s credibility. Through this you will definitely get additional exposure, too.

9. Giving Away Free Trials

People are very reluctant to try a new brand or online personal trainer’s service without knowing about the services and what kind of results people have reached with this online personal trainer. Offering one-month trials is a great way for people to get to know your brand and your services.

10. Knowing Where To Find Your Clients

Knowing your audience and target market are two of the most important factors of a successful fitness business. As a part of your strategising, you need to figure out who you are targeting as well as how and where you will reach them.

11. Influencers

Influencer marketing is one of the most powerful and effective ways of reaching new clients. Your job as a business owner and personal trainer is to tell people how great your business is and services are. Linking up with influencers will give you access to powerful word-of-mouth marketing. When you find the right influencers who are looking for a mutually beneficial relationship with you, there is a lot more opportunity and marketing scope lying ahead for both brands.

Starting a business is not easy. Finding clients is even harder. However, there are a few things you can do to make it a bit easier. Start with what you have and what is most important. After this you will be running a successful fitness business in no time.

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COVID-19: Former HS Football Player, Personal Trainer Dies At 30 | Putnam Daily Voice

A popular 30-year-old personal trainer and owner of a local gym in Fairfield County has died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dan Spano, a 2008 Ridgefield High School graduate who played football at the school, died Saturday, April 11, at Norwalk Hospital.

Spano was reportedly the city’s first fatality from the virus under the age of 50.

A 2012 graduate of Coastal Carolina University, Spano was the owner and head personal trainer at GymGuyZ Norwalk.

Spano, whose family said he was perfectly healthy and did not have any underlying medical conditions, began feeling ill around March 24 and was tested, which was positive for COVID-19,

reported the CT Insider.

He was told to go home and self-quarantine but his condition continued to deteriorate and was admitted to the hospital on April 1 and put on a ventilator.

His family reportedly took to Facebook in an effort to have a plasma donation performed, but Spano died before the procedure could take place.

As of Monday, April 13, there were a reported 747 positive cases of COVID-19, and 32 deaths in Norwalk.

In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 5,534 to 6,004 on Monday.

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Antonio Brown Reportedly Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Former Personal Trainer – The Shade Room

Roommates, Antonio Brown is reportedly being sued by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted and raped her on three occasions. According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, the woman claims to be AB’s former personal trainer.

Britney Taylor claims during the time she was employed by Antonio, she experienced various uncomfortable and inappropriate incidents. She says the first happened in June 2017 during a training session when AB exposed himself and “kissed her without consent”.

In the lawsuit, Britney describes a second alleged incident, where she says Antonio stood behind her and began masturbating without her knowledge. She says the encounter ended when he ejaculated on her back.

The lawsuit also says Antonio was proud of his acts. Britney claims Antonio bragged about the incident to her in “profane and angry text messages.” She also says he reached out to he months later begging for her forgiveness.

Despite being uncomfortable, Britney says she continued to train AB, and one year later, she was raped. The lawsuit says “Brown cornered [her] forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the matters, and forcibly rapes her.”

Britney is now seeking compensation for “physical injuries, pain and suffering, humiliation, embarrassment, stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and emotional pain and suffering.”

She says she was so traumatized from the alleged incidents, she “had near-daily panic attacks, frequent suicidal ideation, and insomnia. She has also lost a remarkable amount of weight–30 pounds in one month–due to stress.

Britney released a statement through her attorney saying:

“As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. I have found strength in my faith, my family, and from the account of other survivors of sexual assault. Speaking out removes the shame that I have felt for the past year and places it on the person responsible for my rape.”

AB’s attorney, Darren Heitner, has issues a statement denying all allegations, and claims Britney only filed he suit to punish him for refusing to invest $1.6 million into a business project back in 2017.

Antonio says there was a “consensual personal relationship” between the two, but denies every assaulting her.

The accusations come just after AB joined the New England Patriots.

Stay with us as this story continues to develop, Roomies.

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A personal trainer advocated fat-shaming because she thinks it ‘encourages people to lose weight,’ but health and fitness experts disagree

  • Personal trainer Danielle Levy has caused controversy by advocating fat-shaming.
  • “Fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying only makes the problem worse,” Corden said.
  • Experts told Insider they agree that fat-shaming is not the solution.

A personal trainer has waded in on the debate around fat-shaming by saying she believes it’s the key to combatting the obesity epidemic.

Speaking on UK breakfast TV show “Good Morning Britain,” Danielle Levy, from Essex, UK, said: “Big is not beautiful. Overeating is an addiction that leads to obesity, that leads to death. It doesn’t matter whether or not big is beautiful.

“That is why this term ‘fat-shaming’ has become such a taboo because we focus so much on the aesthetic outcome of overeating, rather than the health risk.”

Levy compared it to smoking: “You don’t say to a smoker, ‘Your breath stinks,’ and they go light up another cigarette.

“The more we fat-shame, the more people would keep their mouths shut and stop overeating.”

The trainer explained that people have told her in the past how they got stuck on water slides and that was the impetus they needed to help them get in shape.

“Fat-shaming encourages people to lose weight,” she added.

Levy continued: “Should we make it okay to be obese, and to become ill as a result of overeating? Should we embrace this ‘big is beautiful’ era, because it’s ‘shaming’ not to?

“We’re pussy-footing around it. We need to say fat is not necessarily ugly. But it’s killing you. It’s clogging up your arteries, it is bad. Being fat is bad.”

The topic was being discussed following comments made by Bill Maher who said on “Real Time with Bill Maher” that fat-shaming “needs to make a comeback.”

“If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there’d be no fat kids in schools.” — @JKCorden responds to @billmaher’s call for the return of fat shaming.

— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) September 13, 2019

Fellow talk show host James Corden disagreed, pointing out that if fat-shaming worked, there wouldn’t be any fat people in the world.

“Fat-shaming never went anywhere, ask literally any fat person,” Corden said. 

He continued: “There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, but we’re not. We get it.

“We know that being overweight isn’t good for us, and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it.”

But Corden maintained that fat-shaming isn’t the solution.

“The truth is, you’re working against your own cause. It’s proven that fat-shaming only does one thing: It makes people feel ashamed. And shame leads to depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. 

“Self-destructive behavior like overeating.”

Corden added: “Fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying only makes the problem worse.”

Read more: I struggle to eat healthy food and fit in exercise when I’m busy and stressed. How can I stay on track?

But Levy told Insider that, like smoking, she thinks overeating should be made “socially unacceptable.”

“The longer we go on saying ‘big is beautiful,’ the more people will continue to eat themselves into an early grave,” she said.

“I would go as far as to say celebrity-led plus-size clothing companies should be banned. We should not glamorize obesity.”

However, the vast majority of health experts agree with Corden and have condemned Levy’s comments.

“Fat-shaming doesn’t work in the long-term because it’s linked to weight stigma,” London-based personal trainer Tally Rye, who is a staunch champion of the non-aesthetic benefits of fitness, told Insider.

“I think it’s very simple to think that if you tell someone they’re fat, they’re going to stop being fat. But fortunately bodies come in all shapes and sizes and there will always be fat people in the world. I think that as a society we just have to accept that.”

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Rye believes to get people to make improvements to their health, which “can be totally independent of weight change,” those people need to feel welcome and included, and you need to look at the bigger picture.

“For so long, people in certain bodies were targeted and shamed into doing these things and it’s clearly not worked because, as James Corden said, if it had worked, there would be no fat people, and there are.

“Instead we need to focus society as a whole on making options for exercise and food more accessible to people because the biggest things holding people back from making these choices are their finances and their income.

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“Instead of picking out individuals, we should be focusing on positively encouraging people to use things as self-care and not self-punishment.

“Shame and blame is never going to work — if it did work, it would’ve happened by now, and instead we need to create a more positive environment so people feel welcome and included to make the most positive choices for themselves.”

Registered nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert, who specializes in eating disorder recovery, told Insider that fat-shaming can lead to “more disordered eating for the rest of their lives,” as well as “demotivating them further to make a change.”

THE SCIENCE OF FAT SHAMING 🤓 With 29% of UK adults classified as obese, it’s easy to assume that being overweight is a problem that can’t be solved. Living in a society so rife with diet culture, many believe that some people are just lazy and simply make poor choices when it comes to food and exercise. But have you ever questioned the potential impact of comments and beliefs like this? . As opposed to motivating someone to lose weight, research shows that obese people who have experienced weight discrimination are actually three times more likely to remain overweight 👎🏻 And worryingly, weight stigma can have some devastating effects on a person’s 🧠 mental health too. . Strangely, weight bias is recognised as one of the last socially acceptable forms of discrimination 🤯 so joining me this week on my podcast Food For Thought (link in my bio) to tell us why fat-shaming has the potential to be so damaging is @SophieDietitian. . Please know that we need complex interventions to address the health problems associated with overweight and obesity. Ignoring the complexity of weight, and allowing this to simply become a fight against overweight people, doesn’t help anyone at all! . In the words of James Cordon to fat shamers – “while you’re encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours.” . And, may I add that you’re absolutely right in thinking that most people in the UK eat too much unhealthy food. But as consumers, are we all being deluded by brands and supermarkets who (entirely legally – read yesterday’s post!) camouflage portion sizes and the shocking level of unhealthy ingredients in everyday foods? I really think we should get behind the movement to stop shaming fat people and start shaming the companies that actually push unnecessarily unhealthy foods. . Food For Thought is available everywhere inc. Apple, Spotify and Castbox, and if you love the show, please do leave a 5* rating and review ⭐ Help me share all the important evidence-based truths we discuss about living a healthy lifestyle that everyone ought to know! . #Rhitrition #ReNourish #FatShaming #FatPhobia #DietCulture

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Lambert also agrees with Corden that fat-shaming is akin to bullying.

“It’s most definitely not helpful,” Lambert, whose latest “Food For Thought” podcast episode delves into the science behind fat-shaming, told Insider. 

“We have research that suggests that people are more inclined to not make any health behavior changes if they feel poorly about themselves, so it’s a form of bullying. We know that individuals who experience weight stigma are three times more likely to stay the weight they are.

“People respond in different ways to health and a very small minority may respond positively to bullying but that’s essentially what this is.

“Making a comment on anyone’s shape or size, regardless of whether they’re underweight or overweight is not helpful, so it’s not going to be very motivating for anyone if they don’t feel positive about themselves.”

Lambert points out that for most people who struggle with their weight, what they really need to work on is what’s in their mind.

“People respond better to empathy, to a more individual approach, so someone who’s taken the time to get to know the real causes as to why a person’s lifestyle has become this way in the first place. Because at the end of the day it’s not all about the food, it’s a very psychological process.”

Read more: 

I really want to make exercise a regular part of my life, but can’t seem to make myself actually do it. How do I make the motivation last?

5 crucial exercise lessons I learned when I cut my body fat nearly in half in 6 months without losing my muscle

33 Instagram accounts to follow in 2019 that will actually make you feel good about your body

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Another ‘Pool Guy’? Falwell Jr’s Personal Trainer Scored $2M From Liberty U To Buy A Gym | Crooks and Liars

Oh hey, look at Jerry Falwell, Jr. helping another twenty-something guy out with his startup after taking a ride on his private jet.

Reuters reports that Benjamin Crosswhite served as a personal trainer to Jerry Falwell and his wife before receiving some major help from Liberty University to purchase a fitness center from the trustees.

The transaction is interesting for its generosity but also for the funding source: Liberty University, a non-profit educational foundation.

Around 2011, Falwell, president of Liberty University in Virginia, and his wife, Rebecca, began personal fitness training sessions with Benjamin Crosswhite, then a 23-year-old recent Liberty graduate. Now, after a series of university real estate transactions signed by Falwell, Crosswhite owns a sprawling 18-acre racquet sports and fitness facility on former Liberty property. Last year, a local bank approved a line of credit allowing Crosswhite’s business to borrow as much as $2 million against the property.

Oh! Kind of like the other 20-something pool attendant in Florida who bought the flophouse to turn into a youth hostel?

This one is worse, though.

One difference: When Falwell helped Crosswhite, he used the assets of Liberty, the tax-exempt university he has led since 2008. Among the largest Christian universities in the world, Liberty depends on hundreds of millions of dollars its students receive in federally backed student loans and Pell grants.

So here’s the deal:

In 2016, Falwell signed a real estate deal transferring the sports facility, complete with tennis courts and a fitness center owned by Liberty, to Crosswhite. Under the terms, Crosswhite wasn’t required to put any of his own money down toward the purchase price, a confidential sales contract obtained by Reuters shows.

Liberty committed nearly $650,000 up front to lease back tennis courts from Crosswhite at the site for nine years. The school also offered Crosswhite financing, at a low 3% interest rate, to cover the rest of the $1.2 million transaction, the contract shows.

Falwell, Jr. was so impressed with Crosswhite that he gave the property to him below market, with a guaranteed lease, and a below-market interest rate on the loan to pay the place off. Sweet deal if you can get it. I wonder what he had to do to score that kind of deal.

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That year, [2011] Falwell urged other Liberty personnel in an email to cut Crosswhite a “sweet deal” allowing him to offer private gym training at the Lynchburg fitness facility, then known as the Sports Racket, which Liberty had recently acquired through the trustee’s donation.

“Becki and I wouldn’t mind working out over there with Ben as a trainer because it is more private,” he wrote in the email, which was reviewed by Reuters. Falwell and his wife, who goes by Becki, each work out with Crosswhite twice a week, the university said. Falwell has become a vocal advocate of the trainer’s skills, as have other university executives and clients who work with Crosswhite.

The Falwells brought the trainer along on Liberty’s private jet during a 2012 trip to Miami. Later, Falwell sent an email directing Liberty to lease its gym space to Crosswhite’s fitness business, which began a five year lease in 2013. The cost, according to a lease document: $2,300 per month.

Perhaps it is as simple as sucking up to the guy with the money. Here is Crosswhite helping Falwell, Jr. work up a sweat so he can be lovely for the cameras:

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Oh yes, that’s it. Looking “good for the camera” to pimp Trump. Sure.

Even if everything is on the up-and-up and there’s absolutely no reason to suspect any scandal, it’s still nothing more than outright cronyism. By rights, that property should have been considered for bids and not simply signed over to a guy who helped Falwell, Jr shed 75 pounds.

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How to get bigger arms: 7 Personal Trainer Secrets

We’ve called on Jack Lovett, a two-time British Natural Strongman Champion and founder of North East training mecca Spartan Performance to give away his arm-pumping secrets. So gather round, listen up, and take notes.  

This is what you’ve been waiting for. 

The best kep secrets that will help you build bigger biceps 

1. Get A Grip

To add size to your biceps and triceps, you first need to bulk up your grip. If your grip fails before your strength, you’ll won’t be able to lift big enough to trigger hypertrophy. Boost your pincers with extended dumbbell farmer’s walks and you will enjoy greater gains moving forward. You can also check out our complete guide to grip strength – here. 

2. Join The Band

To create the illusion of bigger arms, add band pull-aparts to your regimen. Hold a light resistance band at shoulder height and pull in both directions. This encourages scapula retraction, forcing your shoulders back to straighten out your posture, which helps your arms appear larger.

3. Mechanical Engineering

A mechanical drop set – going from the hardest to the easiest version of an exercise, without dropping the weight – is a guaranteed shot in the arm. Start with a steep preacher curl where you stand and lean over the pad. Lift to failure, then immediately switch to a sitting 45-degree preacher curl and work to failure. Finish with standing barbell curls to failure. The weight stays the same but you eke out bonus reps for extra growth.

4. Fatten Up Your Gains

Amp up your barbell work with Fat Gripz (£27 ), which thicken the size of the grip to about the width of a Coke can. Holding a thicker bar recruits more muscles in your wrists, forearms, biceps and triceps, without even changing your workout routine.

5. Feel The Force

Sit at your desk, lift your arm and clench your biceps. Notice the tension and the shaking. It’s easy to perform the movement of an exercise without understanding the feeling of an exercise, but only by understanding that sensation can you maintain the muscular tension which sparks growth. Next time you curl, chase that feeling with every lift.

6. Hang Time

Forearms are often ignored but people see them before they clock your bis and tris. Grab a pull-up bar and hang to failure. Gymnasts have huge forearms because that simple isometric bar hold delivers a massive bang for your buck.

7. Friday night special

For some pre-pub muscle, follow strength coach Christian Thibaudeau’s ‘multi-hold pump set’. Lie on a bench to do skull crushers but just hold the dumbbell for 20sec at your weakest point (with your forearms and upper arms at 90 degrees). Then do 8-10 skull crushers and return to the hold for 15sec. Do 6-8 more reps and another 10sec hold, then finish with a final set to failure. Your arms stay under tension they’ll be flooded with blood and fill your sleeves well into the early hours. Enjoy.     

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Christchurch shooting attacker Brenton Tarrant was a personal trainer in Grafton – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Christchurch shooting attacker Brenton Tarrant was a personal trainer in Grafton

Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant worked as a personal trainer at Big River Gym in the northern New South Wales city of Grafton, the ABC can reveal.

Gym manager Tracey Gray confirmed the man who filmed the attack and streamed it online was Tarrant.

She said he worked at the gym after he finished school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to go travelling overseas in Asia and in Europe.

“He was a very dedicated personal trainer,” Ms Gray said.

“He worked in our program that offered free training to kids in the community, and he was very passionate about that.”

Ms Gray said Tarrant did not strike her as someone who had an interest in firearms.

“I think something must have changed in him during the years he spent travelling overseas,” she said.

Tarrant said he worked for a short time before making some money from Bitconnect, a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, then used the money to fund his travels.

Tarrant is known to have visited Europe, South-East Asia and east Asia.

His travels also took him to North Korea, where he was photographed in a tour group visiting the Samjiyon Grand Monument.

Tarrant described himself as a “regular white man, from a regular family” who was born in Australia to a “working class, low-income family”.

Ms Gray said she recalled that Tarrant’s father Rodney died from some kind of asbestos-related illness when Tarrant was finishing high school.

She believed that he still had a surviving sister and mother.

An obituary for Rodney Tarrant in local newspaper the Daily Examiner in August 2010 said he died of cancer at the age of 49 in April 2010.

A family photo taken in the 1990s shows Brenton, a toddler with a curly mop of hair, in his father’s arms. Rodney is wearing a Gold Coast Marathon t-shirt and his wife and daughter are beside him.

Tarrant inherited his father’s interest in physical fitness.

“He was very good, very dedicated with his training,” Ms Gray said.

“He would train a lot, and some could say quite excessively, but then he was passionate about health and fitness and making those changes in his personal space.”

Ms Gray said Tarrant was in every way a model fitness instructor who went out of his way to help people and put in extra effort.

“I honestly can’t believe that somebody I have probably had daily dealings with and had shared conversations and interacted with would be capable of something to this extreme,” she said.

More to come.

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