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Roger Frampton on Why Sitting Down Destroys You at TEDxLeamingtonSpa (Transcript)

Roger Frampton at TEDxLeamingtonSpa

Roger Frampton, fitness expert and male model, discusses Why Sitting Down Destroys You at TEDxLeamingtonSpa conference. Below is the full transcript.

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Thank you. So the other day I was giving a talk to a bunch of young models on having a career in the fashion industry. And I really wanted to tell them about my upcoming TED Talk. So I go, ‘Hey guys, has anyone here heard of TED?” And in typical model fashion, this is the reply I get. “Yeah, I’ve seen them both and the teddy bear is hilarious?” Like what? The youth of today, it made me laugh so much. I mean I can’t really say much.

When I was 15, I wanted to be a bodybuilder, not just any bodybuilder, though, the number one: Arnold Schwarzenegger. I actually remember day one on my attempt to get a body like this guy. There was this local old school gym in East London and it looked like something that you might see in a Rocky movie. It was this converted garage space with ripped black benches, rusting barbells and these posters of ex-bodybuilding champions on the wall, including Schwarzenegger himself as a goal to aspire to.

Now the day I walked in there, I met the owner, this proper Cockney guy called Dave. I described to him my health and fitness goals in great lengthy detail, you know, just like an adolescent kid does. I want to get massive. He nodded. You know, he really understood what I wanted. He pointed the squat rack and he says, “That over there, son, they get big legs and that over there, go into the bench press, they get big chest and these dumb bells for big arms. And that’s the way it goes on”. So if I did go that, I mean it was a pretty simple concept really. If you can get from A to B in eight repetitions you just add more weight.

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