Meet the muscle man behind Britain’s craziest workout regime.
Fitness fanatic Michael Tavernier’s gravity-defying routines leave fellow gym goers open-mouthed – and have catapulted him to social media stardom.
The 40-year-old Londoner has developed his own unique callisthenics-based training programme, featuring moves inspired by the martial arts movies of his youth like Bruce Lee’s Enter The Dragon.
His workouts – which have had more than 30 MILLION views on Facebook – include turning himself upside down on the gym equipment to carry out ‘handstand push-ups’.
He also uses his amazing upper body strength to perform a ‘human flag’ by extending his entire frame horizontal while holding on to a vertical apparatus – holding the position for more than half a minute.
Dedicated Michael goes to the gym 365 days a year – including birthdays and on Christmas Day.
‘I first started exercising when I was 14 to 15 years of age and since that time the journey has never stopped,’ explains Michael. ‘Initially when I first started it was very much about heavy weights, but in the last three years, I’ve started to play around with body weight training.
‘It comes from the genre of callisthenics – I’ve just added my own twist.’
Michael says that he goes into ‘Beast Mode’ when he is training and that rather than doing a particular number of reps, he only stops once he is physically unable to continue.
He can do 100 press-ups in 90 seconds and 20 ‘muscle ups’ – full-body pull-ups – in 31 seconds, and his workout has earned him the nicknames Spider-Man, Superman and Hercules from other gymgoers – as well as several spontaneous rounds of applause.
Michael insists that he won’t stop pushing himself to new heights of incredible fitness and unleashing his inner beast.
‘The next level is where I am trying to be at, in terms of mastering these moves and performing them one-handed,’ he adds. ‘That would gain a lot of respect because people out there who know how difficult these exercises are already, to then do them with one hand, amazing might not cover it – it’s what we call beast mode.’