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Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter Is a Fitness Guru Now

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L.A.'s notorious hipster lensman has left the club scene to start an exercise club.

The next time you're hiking Runyon Canyon, you might just see a face that's a blast from the past — that is if you ever partied with DJ Steve Aoki and the late DJ AM at hipster havens like Cinespace and LAX, around in the mid-aughts. That eerily familiar mustachioed face belongs to Mark "the Cobrasnake" Hunter, the ubiquitous neon-clad hipster photographer who so famously captured wild club kids in all their ironically dressed, drunken glory.

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But that sloppy time is over, and Hunter has reinvented himself as a bit of a "hipster Richard Simmons," as New York Magazine noted in a just-published profile. Now he's much more likely to be motivating a dozen Angelenos (think: American Apparel models, up-and-coming artists and One Model Management founder Scott Lipps) on an upbeat hike than getting trailed by partygoers desperate to have their picture taken.

In addition to heading up free, twice-weekly Runyon group hikes (which he advertises on his new Instagram, @cobrafitnessclub) with a portable radio in hand, Hunter's been asked to guest teach at Pop Physique and has been approached to make an exercise video.

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It seems only right that the lensman who snapped and ran with "It" girls like Harley Viera-Newton (now a DJ, model and front-row fixture on top runways), should now be, like them, growing up and getting a bit more serious.

Of course, in true Cobrasnake form — he runs a vintage shop in Hollywood these days too — there's also merch in the form of the Cobra Fitness tees he and his followers wear up the trail.

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"Switching over to the health side is awesome," Hunter told the magazine. "You can listen to music, dance up the mountain. You get endorphins going that are similar to partying." These days, it seems, it's not about nightclubs but health clubs.

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