The Kali Muscle Story
“Happier than a BodyBuilder Directing Traffic” is a Geico commercial we all know and love. That bodybuilder goes by Kali Muscle and he has an incredible backstory with a troubled past Kali is spreading across the internet after his short documentary surfaced on the Strength Project.
Kali has a dynamic workout routine that has been developed through years of unique and non-conventional training methods due to the lack of weight lifting equipment in the California prison system. While Kali was in prison, he anticipated the weights being taken out and formulated his own workout routine. Pictured below, using just a plastic bag or towel and a partner, you can still achieve a solid workout with no weights needed. Kali’s website is in it’s beginning stages but will be featuring many Prison Exercises he developed.
He also features these Prison Exercises on his YouTube channel. In the video above, he explains why bar workouts became an important component of prison workouts once the weights were removed from the California prison system. The inmates worked out for not only strength, but because their body had to be a weapon. If there was a prison riot or a conflict with another inmate, you had to be able to defend yourself.
Kali Muscle was born and raised in Oakland, California. He received a football scholarship to Fresno State as a running back. Kali decided he had to relocate to Los Angeles in 2010 in order to become successful in acting and bodybuilding. Kali’s first project was only two weeks after his arrival in L.A. after auditioning in front of Matthew MCconaughey for a role in a music video that Mr. MCconaughey directed and produced.(Jaime Johnson:Playing the Part) After Kali Muscle first stint with acting things took off fast for Kali Muscle’s career.
He then signed with Venture IAB commercially and immediately got booked for his first national commercial with “Old Navy”. The rest is history from there. Kali Muscle then went on to do national commercials for Geico, Snickers, Comcast Xfinity, Honda and many more. Kali has also been in a host of movies and television shows in his short time in Hollywood. Presently Kali Muscle is signed with Maverick Artist Agency theatrically and Venture IAB commercially.
Kali Muscle as also started a nonprofit organization called Xcon to Icon where he speaks to the youth about a different path in life other than that of crime and violence. Kali made some critical mistakes in his life that lead him to a stint in prison but he overcame these obstacles and is now trying to create a better future for today’s youth.