At some point surely you’ve looked at Bon Iver/Justin Vernon on stage and wondered, “How does he get that body?” Well, as it turns out, he works out with a trainer. And when he and his band are on the road, they all work out together.
The clip details the heartwarming story of Vernon’s relationship with his personal trainer, Jeff Rogers (“I ran into Jeff [the trainer] at the Y… and he started showing me workouts we could do”). Vernon says he has a history of a back condition called sciatica (along with long-standing resentment towards the idea of working out), which Rogers has been helping him work through over the last two years.
Will being a dude who “works out” hurt Bon Iver’s indie cred? Is Bon Iver the new Jane Fonda? I’m anxiously waiting for Carles at Hipster Runoff to weigh in on this. (UPDATE: Carles has weighed in: “He must be trying to become some sort of ‘fitness expert’, eventually becoming a judge on the Biggest Loser where u get to humiliate fat ppl. It’s basically the opposite of having a ‘feeder’ fetish.”)
Meanwhile the sure-to-be-controversial Bon Iver workout video is after the jump.