FORMER pro-wrestler turned personal trainer Dan Martin is no stranger to showing off his body.
But now the 30-year-old from Virginia Park Road in Brockhurst, Gosport, will reveal more than usual when he puts on a mankini for an hour-long workout on Red Nose Day to raise cash for charity.
The 24-stone former tag-team wrestler was convinced by fellow staff at Gosport Workout Fitness Centre in Forton Road to put on the garment made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat from the 2001 film of the same name.
Dan is recovering from injuries which means he is not in peak condition but even that has not deterred him from fundraising.
He said: ‘The owners of the gym played to my ego and told me nobody had agreed and I was the last hope – with lots of pressure it was hard to say no.
‘I imagine we’ll get quite a good turnout with people coming along to have a laugh.
‘I agreed to do it before I saw the mankini and before I’d even tried it on the next thing I knew was that sponsorship money had come forward and it was too late to back out.
‘No matter how ridiculous I look, there was no turning back.’
Staff at the gym hope to raise £500 from Dan’s mankini training session.
He will perform a number of weight training exercises during the hour on Friday, March 15 at 5pm.
Members of the gym have sponsored Dan and will also make their own version of the viral Harlem Shake video based on the song by DJ and producer Baauer to raise more than £1,000.
Dan said: ‘I do a body-building style of training and when I was wrestling I was continuously eating certain things and training 10 hours a week.
‘I was eating seven meals a day to keep the body in the best condition.’
Dan added that his training was more about performance than image, although both are essential to his work.
That was especially true when he toured the country in a wrestling tag-team called The Brutal Brothers.
Manager of the gym, Nicola Flux, said she was please Dan had volunteered.
She said: ‘We wanted to do something for Red Nose Day and were trying to come up with ideas that were fun.
‘We do raise money for local charities and have a swear box here we donate to local charities.’