00:03 michael: being at the gym is like a birthday present, I’m at my happiest when I’m in the gym. 00:12 COMM: Think you sweat it out at the gym? This 40yearold from London will put your workout to shame. 00:38 COMM: Michael Tavernier can do one hundred press ups in a minute and a half, and he’s mastered one of fitness’ toughest feats, the.
Human flag. 00:55 MAN: Give me a peace up. 00:57 COMM: Michael has been a fitness fanatic for almost a quarter of a century, and incredibly he’s self taught. 01:04 MICHAEL: I first started exercising when I was fourteen to fifteen years of age, and since that time the journey has never stopped.
Initially when i first started it was very much about heavy weights, who could lift the most. So I started to play around in the last three years I’ve started to play around with bodyweight training. 01:27 MICHAEL: It’s come from the genre of calisthenics, all I’ve done, I’ve just added my own twist on it. 01:37 ROBSTER LE MONSTER: I wish I could do it,.
It’s actually very, very impressive indeed. i men to be honest i won’t lie, i don’t think I could do that. 01:46 COMM: As well as turning heads at the gym in the local park, his workouts have attracted tens of millions of views on social media. 01:53 MICHAEL: On so many exercises I do, like the variations of the human flag exercise for example. I’d be called Spiderman, Superman.
Hercules. certainly when i do my one hand pull ups, and i find that very flattering. 02:07 COMM: Outside the gym Michael has been a full time carer for his parents for the last eleven years. 02:12 MICHAEL: My dad, he suffers from dementia, stage three, the worst type. It’s very demanding and also personally it can flatten you, so gym has been so important for me to keep me going, gym is like a counsellor to me. Medicine.
It’s really kept me mentally strong, physically strong, and happy. 02:33 COMM: Now Michael is determined to push his limits even further. 02:36 MICHAEL: The next level is where I’m trying to be at in terms of mastering these moves and then performing them one handed which will gain a lot of respect because most people out there who know how difficult these exercises.