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Clownfish of the Week: James S. Fell

There is now a humdinger of a correction sitting atop the online version of an October 11th Los Angeles Times article entitled Ring the Kettle Bell. School’s Back In. It reads:

FOR THE RECORD: Fitness DVD: The In-Your-Face Fitness column in the Oct. 11 Health section about a kettle bells instructional DVD by Jillian Michaels gave the wrong first name for a kettle bells instructor and misspelled the name of his company. He is Mark, not David, Cheng, and the business is Kettlebells Los Angeles, not Kettle Bells Los Angeles.

But that’s not why article author James S. Fell, a personal trainer based in Calgary, Canada (pictured), is in hot water. The bigger issue now, according to his reality TV star target Michaels, is that he got her professional credentials all wrong. Earlier this week, she told TV Guide that “I’ve never met [Fell] but it’s not him that I’m upset with, it’s the Los Angeles Times. I expect an organization like [them] to do their due diligence. It’s not hard to look into my background and discover that I have two current certifications, I have a continuing education program for trainers with AFFA, and I’ve been a trainer since I was 17-years-old.”

At the very end of the seemingly wayward Columbus Day L.A. Times article, there is a rather striking email address listed for author Fell: james@bodyforwife.com. That in turn leads to a website with words of welcome that the sideline journalist may soon live to regret, especially if Michaels takes the kind of legal action she hints at in the TV Guide interview.

Cautions Fell on his home page: “I must warn you, however, that my writing style is not politically correct.” You got that (half) right!

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