Inspirational fitness enthusiasts, Lazar Novovic and Frank Medrano have taken the internet by storm by their more than impressive calisthenics moves. Signature moves such as “The Typewriter” (insanely advanced pull-ups), the Dragon Flag and the Human Flag (both extremely difficult abdominal exercises) are some of the exercises that they famously made a name for themselves in terms of body-weight exercises.
Frank Medrano, like many ordinary men, had done track and field during high school years and fell out of place with his health years afterwards. Frustrated with his health situation, he puts the effort consistently—eventually giving him the recognition he deserves. He is famously known as the “Vegan Bodybuilder” and despite the lack of eating meat protein, his hard work comprises. Frank Medrano is currently dating Antoinette Pacheco, another fitness personality who transformed her life as well.
Lazar Novovic is another brand ambassador of the Calisthenics movement. Claiming to have used no gym, supplements, or other weights besides his own bodyweight, not only he was able to achieve an 8-pack, prized among many ripped men, but he is the owner of a Calisthenics organization called BAR BROTHERS, a creative workout team for body weight exercises. The goal of BAR BROTHERS is “to motivate you to get in shape and help you reach your life goals.”
In case you are wondering how difficult to be an official representative of the movement, BAR BROTHERS requires that you have to complete at least “7 Muscle Ups, 25 Dips, 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups, 25 Push Ups, 10 Leg Lifts, 7 Muscle Ups.” in under 5 minutes or less.” There is not much is known of Lazar Novovic, except he proudly represents his Serbian heritage.
“The tools that you choose are nothing more than a means to an end. Equipment will not change the equation for success, as the most important variable will always be YOU. Having control over your own body and being able to do what you want is what makes training so amazing.” -Frank Medrano
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I originally started this blog with the intention of giving more spotlight to personal trainers that not only have just amazing bodies but can tell motivational stories to inspire you, and help you put down those French Fries in a heartbeat. A lot of people with the most glamorous looks and lifestyle aren’t really born into it. They work hard for it, as we all know. Confidence is not something you are automatically built with, it’s often something you have to build up each and every day. Sometimes being bullied takes in more than just insults. It humiliates you, devalue your worth and your reason why you are here today. Circumstances also take a heavy toll on your mind, body, and spirit. So how does one get rid of all that negative energy? Sure, there are focus groups and recreation centers to help you, but I find that exercise is really one of the most effective ways in reversing all of those shitty things. I had days I felt not good enough to wear really cool clothes or dress sexy, but you know what; I am as fit now as I was back in high school, maybe more.
If it wasn’t for my personal trainer, I wouldn’t be able to push myself as hard as anything I could imagine. The more times I pass through the pain to finish a set or hit a certain number in a rep, the more I can understand myself for me to transform as a person. I admire personal trainers because of how dedicated they are to their bodies and can manage to help others achieve their goals. To lead a better life, one should be physically active and are willing to expand their horizons. Personal trainers are people I respect; they are their own celebrities. Today, I bring you a woman that I’m truly inspired by (besides my personal trainer) .Her quirky fitness Instagram posts and her moving story pushes me to do something groundbreaking in the time I have here, hence this blog. Massy “Mankofit” Arias is one of the most celebrated personal trainers in the business and she deserves every bit of recognition. You might recognize her from outlets including VIBE and INKED, was featured in the Trey Songz music video “Na Na” and a lot more. From her killer 6 pack abs and body decorated in cool tattoos, her seamless performances in pistol pushups and 200+lbs leg squats, and killer smile, Mankofit isn’t just some pretty face with a godlike body. She is someone I can truly relate to as if she is one of my friends that overcame the challenges and wanted me to do the same.
Born in the Dominican Republic, she moved to the United States at the age of thirteen, without speaking English fluently. She had a very draining relationship with her ex-boyfriend on top of taking care of her family members all at once. Depression was constantly beating her up left and right and worse lived a life that seemed all the more unbearable. And her name, in case you were wondering what does Mankofit means, you’ll be surprised to learn that the word “Manko” is a Japanese derogatory term for women’s genitalia after some foolish Japanese woman often called her Manko in insult. Her mom suggested for her to join a gym, which eventually became her dose of medicine to overcome depression and beyond. She went on doing swimsuit competitions and everything else fell in place. She turned those name callings and depression into fuel and exercise transformed her into an activist for women’s rights and motivational speaker as well.
You can watch the link to her mini documentary here, directed by Eliu Cornielle of EC Media Studio (Link: https://vimeo.com/93605497). The moral of the story is that anyone can be anything, but with great determination, dedication, and appreciation for what you have, you deserve what you earn.
“I am not a body builder, I am not an athlete. I am not the strongest, nor the fastest. What I am, is dedicated. I am passionate. I am committed. I want to show the world that ordinary can become extraordinary.”
– Massy Arias (AKA MANKOFIT)