Bestill, my heart! Indie crooner and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon is collaborating with Wisconsin personal trainer Jeff Rogers on a workout DVD, due out in early 2012. If the trailer’s any indication, the DVD will feature cute hippie boys, good music and a healthy, balanced approach to physical fitness. Um, where can I pre-order?
Unlike Bon Iver’s music—and just so you know, it’s taking all my strength not to make a ‘Skinny Love’ pun in this post—the video, titled ‘On the Road,’ is supposedly upbeat and energetic. It stems from the personal training Rogers has been doing with Vernon (a Wisconsin native) and other Bon Iver band members for the past 2 years, and will feature music from the band. According to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Rogers met Vernon a few years back at the Eau Claire YMCA:
Noticing “something wasn’t right,” the personal trainer approached the singer and discovered he was suffering from sciatica – pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the leg caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Rogers offered to show Vernon some workouts to strengthen his lower back, and eventually, the entire band started working out with the personal trainer, taking his workouts with them on tour.
On Rogers’ website, Vernon says the trainer “reconnected my body to my mind. With his training, knowledge, care and attitude, he actually helps you look, but more importantly, feel better. I now have a personal relationship with fitness and I have a deep personal need to keep it up and grow and sustain.”
Here’s a trailer for the video. If nothing else, the cinematography and music are leaps and bounds above what you get on most exercise DVDs. And I don’t think I’d mind looking at these guys for an hour or so every day either …
Photo: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram