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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Elite Competitive Whistlers Put Their Lips to the Ultimate Test

Ron Deschenes, a bowtied, bespectacled Canadian advertising executive, had wanted to enter a competitive whistling event ever since he saw the documentary Pucker Up, which…

MMA’s Favorite Chiropractor Wants to Put a Giant Chisel in Your Back

Jon Jones, the greatest combat athlete on the planet, had jammed his left shoulder while training for his light heavyweight championship rematch against bitter rival…

The Fitness Influencer Who Pulls Off Insane Strongman Stunts in a Pink Tutu

“The first time I tried wearing rollerblades while deadlifting I pulled 500 pounds for a triple,” Jon Call, better known online as Jujimufu, is explaining…