So you spot what appears to be a super-ripped bro lifting weights. Nothing that out of the ordinary there. But then the man mountain does something you’d only expect to see in a superhero movie. Here’s a look at how the man they call “Jujimufu” made even the most hulked gym bunny look completely average.
So just who is this real-life incredible hulk? Well, his name is Jon Call and he’s a 30-year-old fitness fanatic from Huntsville, Alabama who has made it his mission to extol the virtues of flexibility when it comes to working out.
Call’s unusual athletic path began when he took up taekwondo aged 13. He soon proved he wasn’t one to play by the rules when he began incorporating high-up mid-air kicks into his moves, much to the dismay of his instructors.
Fast forward 12 months and Call was already hitting the gym. But he had no intention of simply getting jacked; the teenager began lifting weights as a way of getting stronger and bettering himself as a martial artist. As you can see, he slightly changed his plans.
After teaching himself the art of tricking – a for-show mix of twists, kicks and flips – Call set up trickstutorials.com in 2002. Social media aside, it became the biggest online community in the trickster world.
Call eventually managed a lifetime-best deadlift of 635 pounds; his record front squat, meanwhile, is 430 pounds and his highest bench press is nearly 400 pounds. When he then combined the tricking moves he’d developed with his strength training a whole new form of bodybuilding was born.
This incredible full split is just one reason why this new discipline has received so much attention. When it comes to getting ripped Call perfectly demonstrates that improving flexibility can be just as important as strength and diet.
Call didn’t just design his own program – one that constantly evolved as he reassessed what tricks his growing physique is capable of. The self-styled anabolic acrobat also came up with a rather catchy name for his art: “Acrobolix.”
A young Randy Savage lookalike doing acrobatics might seem bizarre, but Call believes there’s method to his madness: “Bodybuilding is the aesthetics of muscle and symmetry of body,” he told Iron Man magazine. “Then there is movement, which is the aesthetics of what you can do with the body. In a nutshell, I’m trying to bring those two worlds together.”
As you’d expect Call adheres to a strict training schedule, with his week evenly split between tricking outside and the weights room. On the days he tackles both Call always starts with tricking due to the demands it has on his body.
Weights take up more of Call’s time in the summer, while one month a year he devotes himself entirely to developing his tricking. While this multi-discipline approach isn’t easy, Call reckons it’s the best way to get results.
The anabolic acrobat does allow himself the odd break – he normally takes every December, and sometimes November, off. During the festive period Call loves nothing more than to indulge in his mom-in-law’s mac and cheese – his favorite guilty meal.
Taking a break from weights also means Call’s back gets some much-needed rest. Because he’s built up so much back muscle, though, his spine is remarkably well supported – which is just as well considering how much he lifts.
Call may have an extra-strong back but he reckons he has the wrong genes for bulking up his biceps and pecs. As a result he works both muscle groups three times as hard as the others to achieve the desired results.
Call’s high-protein, high-carb, low-fat diet consists of six daily meals. Beef liver with vegetables and white rice is his favorite healthy dish, while he regularly cooks with “angry” ingredients like lemons, garlic, ginger root and rosemary.
The athlete washes down his mountains of food with gallons of water. He also uses a mixture of leucine, creatine, tyrosine, glutamine, taurine, beta-alanine and betaine to make his own workout drinks.
Call’s unique form of exercise went viral in 2015 thanks to videos and pictures showcasing his unbelievable feats of strength. His insane 100-pound chair split, for example, racked up more than 175,000 YouTube views.
As for the “Jujimufu” nickname – well, it doesn’t actually have much of a meaning attached. Rather Call arrived at the moniker after randomly bashing his keyboard while on AOL Instant Messenger as a teen.
Call recently went mainstream after appearing in a TV commercial for Taco Bell. He’s also sponsored by Kimera Koffee and Fran Denim, while in 2015 he auditioned for America’s Got Talent.
Aside from his workout and personal trainer duties Call has somehow managed to have a successful career in biotech. This is a man, then, who’s very much brawn and brains.