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Still “Thinking About” Getting In Shape? Joram Wants You To Know This



Joram Clervius Before & After

Joram Clervius SkinnyYears ago, I was the skinny boy from Haiti that always carried an asthma inhaler around. I can’t say I was ever ‘cool’ or that I fit in. If I stood out, maybe it was for the fact that I held leadership roles in the Marching Band, but definitely not because of how manly I looked, how strong I was, or for my athletic abilities. Most boys think that muscles and athletic ability makes you more of a man–neither of those were part of my past. Like most Ectomorphs, I had trouble keeping weight on my body–this has always been the case since Haiti and it continues to be true today.

In October of 2010, I walked in to a gym near my house and talked to the guy behind the counter about the possibility of joining the gym. My birthday was approaching in December and I wanted to “gift myself the body I always wanted.” He handed me a pass and told me to try it out for a week. I came back the next day, played around on one of the bench press machines for a while and then went home. I went back two days later and did the same exact thing.

On my birthday (and still skinny), I drove up to Jacksonville to visit family–so for New Year’s I resolved to get in the gym and start putting in work towards the body I wanted. By the time I got back home, I had already forgotten about that resolution. However, on January 19, 2011, I was on my way home from getting a haircut and as I passed by the same gym I went into months before, the resolution came back to me but with this voice–“If you’re gonna do it, do it now!” Without hesitation, I went into the gym and signed up for a membership. I went home, changed my clothes and drove back to the gym for what became my first “real” workout, which set me on path of self-discovery and ALL KINDS OF GAINS.

I will admit that for at least the first six months, I had no idea what I was doing in the gym. In fact, I didn’t really start to notice any progress until I started reading and watching videos about weightlifting and applying what I learned into my workouts. I started setting goals for myself and kept working hard every single day to reach them.

My first goal was to get from ~165 lbs. to 175 lbs.

I worked really hard, for a long time and finally got there. But when I did get there, I realized there was no fanfare. There was no big applause, nothing. I remember thinking, “Is this it?” So then I moved the goal post to 185 lbs. Did that. Okay–195 lbs. Did that too.

And this is where I am now; I’m at 197lbs and on my way to the next goal post.

Joram Clervius After

It hasn’t been easy, but it has changed so much more about me than my physical appearance. I’m so glad I decided to do this and I refuse to stop.

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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