Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson consumes a whopping 5,390 calories per day, most of it from cod. Jon Call’s average intake is considerably less—he’s in the 3,400 to 4,500 range—but he sets himself apart from the pack for other (remarkable) reasons: he can do splits while simultaneously lifting 100 pound weights above his head. “It’s called Acrobolix. It’s a cross between anabolic (tissue-building) and acrobatics,” says Call, a technical manager at a biotech group in Alabama who coined the term for his new style of training.

Whatever it’s called, watching Call stretch under the strain of extreme weight can make you feel squeamish, if not queasy. That is, until you start scrolling through his Instagram account and laughing at some of the absurdist humor you’ll find in #TBT posts or tutorials, which are often related to odd snack rituals or meal-prep methods. “[My Instagram handle] jujimufu is a name I came up with when I was 14 and still using AIM. It’s such a stupid name, but it’s a blessing because I can’t take myself too seriously.”

How is it possible to achieve that sort of strength and flexibility, and what sort of eating habits are required of you? We hit up Call and asked him to tell us how he prepares 100 pounds of chicken, the origin story of Deep End Omelettes, and why only alpha dogs can sport fanny packs.

You had a recent post about purchasing 100 pounds of frozen chicken. What’s your process for preparing all of that food?

So once a week I take over a kitchen, set up carts for extra counter space, find two or three toaster ovens, and I pretty much hammer it out for four or five hours. All that chicken in the oven, 15 pounds of potatoes, 12 cups of dry rice in rice cookers; then I pack them in all these containers. I don’t have to think about food for the rest of the week. It’s really liberating. I don’t know anyone who does it like me; it’s pretty intense. It’s a one-man assembly line. A lot of the meal prep tutorials you see online show people stuffing containers full of food. There is something about partitioning all of your food into smaller containers, instead of having one bowl, that is satisfying. It’s like a different psychological shift. It actually works, and I don’t know why. When I’m done, I end up with 40 containers.

What’s the story behind “Deep End Omelettes.” Is that the secret to your success?

 


[Laughs] My buddy and I were hungry but we also wanted to swim. We can’t do both at once—or can we? A lot of times people in life think you have to choose between one option or the other. Sometimes you can have both. Yet sometimes even both isn’t the best option. Then you have water in your omelette.

I’ve seen several pictures of you wearing a fanny pack. Tell me about its importance.

When I was 16-years-old, there was big body builder who I looked up to, and he wore a fanny pack all the time. He was a really nice guy, and one day I told him that I wanted one. He gave me a stern look and said, “Only the alpha can wear the fanny pack.” And it really made an impression on me. At the time I thought, ‘Oh, I’m not going to wear one then….’ But I’ve grown up and it’s my own world now; I’m usually the bigger guy on the day-to-day.

You consume 3+ tablespoons of ground cinnamon a day. Why on earth would you do that?

 

You can buy cinnamon from bulkfoods.com. I put it in my mouth, chase it with water, swish it around. It’s not like the cinnamon challenge. I read about the health benefits of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic, but I don’t believe you can get them from the minuscule amounts used in food. If you really want the health benefits you need a crap load of them. Cinnamon helps process blood sugar better, it’s anti-viral, and it helps you stay regular and take really good shits.