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Brian Kranz biography: 10 things about fitness expert from Irvine, California

Brian Kranz

Brian Kranz

Brian J. Kranz is a white man from California, United States. He is one of the Americans who made headlines during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic because of a racist behavior.

Kranz was caught on tape hurling racist words to a Chinese-American woman named Hanna Li on December 27, 2020  in the parking lot of The Market Place in Tustin, Orange County, California. That day, they were among the shoppers at the Sephora store in the shopping center.

When a Sephora staff asked Kranz to wear a mask, he complied. However, he was not keeping social distance from Li so she asked the staff to intervene.

Outside the store, Kranz was in a Jeep when he saw Li and told her to go back to China. He asked her, “Why don’t you do that? Why don’t you stay at home?”


When Kranz noticed that Li was holding a cellphone, he got out of his vehicle and walked toward her. He asked her, “You want to photograph me?”

Li rushed to her car. Kranz told her, “Exactly, get in your car stupid gook.”

“Are you really that stupid?” Kranz asked Li after getting back to his car. “You know that recording doesn’t do anything. Stay home and thanks for giving my country COVID. Have a great day.”

The video of the incident immediately went viral. Here are 10 more things about Kranz:


  1. He was born in 1987.
  2. He is from Irvine, Orange County, California. Aside from Irvine, he has also lived in other parts of California including Tustin.
  3. He previously lived in Libertyville, Illinois, USA.
  4. He is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer.
  5. He specializes in corrective exercise, post-physical therapy rehabilitation, weight loss and muscle building.
  6. He owns Red Fitness in Orange County where he works as a personal trainer.
  7. On March 20, 2017, a client from Santa Ana, California gave him a positive Yelp review calling him one of the most innovative trainers in the Orange County.
  8. He was featured in a Voyagela article on October 24, 2018. The article was taken down on December 28, 2020.
  9. He is dating Janelle Hinshaw, a counselor who also lives in Irvine.
  10. On December 27, 2020, he and Hinshaw were both maskless while standing after Li in the line at the Sephora store in The Market Place before the staff intervened.

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