Oliver Lee Bateman

Oliver Bateman is a contributing writer to MEL Magazine. He writes about the extreme sides of fitness, the weirder sides of MMA and pro wrestling, and the unorthodox lifestyles of professional athletes. His writing on these topics has appeared in publications such as the Paris Review, the Atlantic, and the New Republic. Ever since he was a little kid, he's been really good at exercising.

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Why Are the Bad Guys Always ‘Bodybuilders’?

After a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian General Qassim Suleimani last week, I began reading the various obituaries of the slain paramilitary officer. In one…

How the World’s Strongest Amputee Lifts All That Record-Setting Weight

In some ways, KC Mitchell looks like the prototypical powerlifter — a mountain of dense muscle adorned with tattoos and topped with a ZZ Top…

The Secrets of A Sports Supplement Mogul

If you were anything like me during the 1990s — an aspiring meathead adrift amidst the aisles of overpriced creatine tablets and whey protein powders…