#GramGen is a series profiling the most radical characters in youth culture, who continue to shape trend behavior and spark controversy through their avant fashion sense and candid social media personalities.
We already know by now that the ‘gram is useful for far more than thirst-trap selfies and flexing in expensive new garms. Perhaps more than anything else, it’s for inspiration — be it personal style, dinner plans, or simply keeping in shape.
Only, if you’re interested in both the latest streetwear trends and keeping your body in good nick, you’re probably struggling to find a user capable of peppering your IG feed with inspiration ammo on both counts. Step forward, Lenny Müller (@lennymuller).
Unlike the Men’s Health-friendly Instabores pumping out muscle pics and protein shake recommendations for recent divorcees, Berlin-based Müller posts pared-down #fitspo more in tune with millennial streetwear heads.
Having racked up over 7,000 followers in quick succession, we thought it would be a good time to sit down with Müller to discuss what he’s up to and what he has planned for the future.
How old are you?
Where are you from and where are you currently based?
I’m from a small town called Bad Pyrmont, Germany, which is the proud owner of the third most beautiful spa park in Europe. I moved to Berlin about seven years ago and even though I try to escape the bubble quite often, I’m still happily based here.
What is your occupation?
That’s a tough one, especially for someone living in Berlin where everybody seems to be and do everything but something. I work mainly as a trainer for groups and occasionally give personal training as well. Besides that, I’m still studying at Humboldt University but I’m most often in the gym or doing that model thing.
What got you into working out and staying fit and why is it important to you?
I loved doing sports ever since I was a little kid. It was never about one particular form of sport but being out and active and to experience movement in different ways. That’s still what fascinates me about exercising — getting in touch with yourself and exploring your power and the skills you didn’t know you had; pushing yourself to new limits while working on your strength and technique. For now, I enjoy doing boxing the most since it challenges you physically as well as mentally.
What’s the Berlin fitness scene like?
I don’t like the term fitness too much since it’s often linked to monotonous workouts in the gym or 30 minutes on the treadmill before drinking some cheap protein shake, which you’re only drinking because you heard or read about it somewhere. Sport, on the other hand, is universal. That’s what makes it so beautiful. It’s not a trend or a lifestyle. It’s something you can do whenever, wherever, with whoever.
How would you describe your personal style?
A mix of sportswear, haute couture and streetwear. Basically your typical fuckboy, but I like to believe that it’s also kinda influenced by my personal taste and sticks out against the others. Though it probably doesn’t lol.
What are you looking for when you buy new sportswear?
I like clean colors and cuts. So I prefer black or white pieces, while the tops are tight and the bottoms are loose.
Name one thing you do every day.
Mayweather or McGregor?
Mayweather for sure. I admire McGregor and his inspirational way of visualizing his goals and working towards them with cruel discipline. But that fight is just a pure money-maker for both fighters. Once you explore the sweet science of boxing you understand that it is nothing you can learn overnight. Still, I’m definitely gonna watch the fight and I’m excited to see two true champions to go at it.
Do you ever get any weird DMs?
Haha yes I def get weird DMs. The last one was a guy sending me a picture of his ass telling me that he wants to lick my feet.
What’s next for you?
I’m not really sure what’s next. I try to focus on doing things I have a passion for and that kinda give me a feeling of fulfillment. I try to build and be in a surrounding that is challenging but also supports me to grow as a person. When I think about my future I just try to see what is working for me and what I’m good at to then take it to the next level.
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- Photography: Lenny Muller / Instagram