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Local officer wants to help youth #TrainSoHard


Earnest "Xcalibur" Miller trains up to five days a week, at two hours per workout each time.

He shares his exploits on social media with the #TrainSoHardUniversity tag, something he has seen grow in the last couple of years.

In the past few months, he has started his own clothing line, selling shirts with the hashtag in all sizes.

"My goal is really, as a police officer, I see a lot of kids doing a lot of stuff cuz they don't have anything else going on," said Miller, a patrolman with the Manning Police Department. "My ultimate goal is to start a Train So Hard University Camp for Kids. You have kids that don't play football or track or other sports; I was one of those kids."

Miller said it's how he got into body building.

"I wasn't the best in football, but I always loved lifting weights," he said. Miller played for Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and tried out for the CFL in 2007.

"I've been working out since middle school," the 33 year old said.

Challenged by Eric Bullock at The Zone in 2008, Miller ultimately worked toward performing in a show in 2009.

"He saw how hard I go and so he said, 'I bet you couldn't do a show if you wanted to,'" Miller said. "That was his challenge. I followed through and did the show in 2009, the Supernatural Show in Rock Hill."

Miller placed third in his first outing.

"After that, I fell in love with it," he said.

Today, he trains others to perform in the same shows.

"I want to bring that back to the community, and have a camp for kids that deals with nutrition and training," he said. "You start working out, and you have confidence in yourself. Confidence can lead you to anything else you want to do."

Miller said his own work out regimen includes 30 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach in the morning.

"If I'm off, I go back about noon and do the weight training," he said. "If I'm working, I go in the evening."

He works a different body part each day.

"One day is chest day, then the next is back, then the next is shoulders, and then Friday is always biceps and triceps," he said. "Two weeks I work light, and then the next two weeks I will go heavy. I try to switch it up."

At the moment, he said he is not participating in shows, but he is concentrating on getting his #TrainSoHardUniversity brand off the ground, including working on a website and the TrainSoHardUniversity Facebook page.

"Bodybuilding is an expensive sport, and I have a wife and kids now, so I'm focused on my brand," he said.

The T-shirts are available for $20 for small, medium, large and X-large. Larger sizes are $25.

Visit Miller's Facebook page for more information or to purchase shirts.


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