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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From Working Men to World-Class Athletes, Stone Lifting Has Always Been the Ultimate Feat of Strength

The large round stones were arranged in a neat row toward the rear of Fort Worth’s MetroFlex gym. Ranging from 50 pounds to 300, they…

The Dystopian Future of Extremely Expensive Fitness Equipment

I’ve covered a couple of Arnold Classics over the past decade, and in each successive year, one fitness equipment brand name looms ever larger: Rogue…

Enormous, Blood-Hungry Muscle Monsters Take Top Billing in Poland’s MMA

Allow me to set the scene: Two hulking men are hooked up to various medical monitors in a mad scientist’s lab. While the monitors beep…