Updated: May 23

As I sat there in lockdown listening with excitement and hope to Bavaria's President Söder's announcement of reopening restaurants, golf sports, and tennis my excitement quickly de-escalated to disappointment. Gym studios were not even on the list of agendas. The cold truth is that we are most likely entering the New Norm for fitness.


The reality of it is that gyms are the perfect place for the virus to spread because they are often humid according to medical experts. Dr. Norman Swan, a physician, and journalist identified gyms as “high risk” locations for the spread of viruses (COVID-19). He goes further by advising gym members to consider avoiding crowded areas or exercising outdoors.


As a group fitness instructor, this is devastating news. I missed the members, the music, and the energy of all us sweating together while breathing hard in one of my HIIT sessions. So together with a videographer and open-minded group fitness instructors, we created a platform of high-quality workout videos with gamification features called David's Hardest Workouts. All workouts are done one-on-one with your favorite coach providing you with real-time feedback, motivation, and safety. We see and hear you at all times.

I am so happy I can help gyms retain memberships by offering these services. But most of all I am able to work out with my members again without jeopardizing their health. If you are a group fitness instructor, gym member, or gym owner interested in this initiative feel free to contact me to be a part of the New Normal in fitness.

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-David Burnell IV

Updated: Apr 9

If I could sum up my life in 3 paragraphs it would go like this:


My name is David Burnell IV and I played DI college football for the East Carolina University Pirates. I was nicknamed "The Flea" because they thought I was too small to play football.... until they saw me playing on TV.

After graduation, I saw a tv commercial of a guy slaying a fire monster with a sword, so I joined the United States Marine Corps. I quickly realized I was fighting humans instead of monsters and those humans were using missile rockets. One rocket landed 10 feet outside of the T-wall. It was then I realized I would need more than a sword.

I finished the military and left America to pursue an acting career in Berlin, Germany. I landed my first major role as "The Shocker" in the upcoming action film thriller "Gunpowder Milkshake." Catch me on the big screen fighting women assassins.



"Be whatever you want to be in life"


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-David Burnell IV

Updated: Apr 5

Stunt training is complicated, especially when you are fighting with people on different levels


There you see all of us actors literally dead - training the same movements over and over again. And yeah, that's Karen Gillan on the far right. Aka Nebula, aka the redhead girl on Jumanji, and this new action film coming up Gunpowder Milkshake. That's me the little black dude laying next to her. She kicked my ass. I took a knee to the nose and try to play it off like it didn't hurt, tears running down my face but I smiled and shook my head in the "yes" motion even though no one was asking me a question. Needless to say as a former US Marine my movements were pretty precise but I learned that it was meaningless unless I worked together with the speeds and skills of the rest of my colleagues. You are only as strong as your weakest link in the platoon. And that day we all became strong together master each technique of the stunt and working in collaboration with each other's skill level. I learned a great deal that communication, love, and working together wins. It was all worth it though and she is a top-class actor. Love her and miss her. The other two thugs you see lying there were my besties on set and my colleagues. Ivan Kaye (in the middle) and Jack.




Communicate, love, and work together







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