Naked Workouts: …and Other Offbeat Fitness Tales

By Dan Vierria, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Feb. 18–Pat yourself on the deltoids. Nice job dropping pounds and building muscle. You look terrific.

In honor of your dedication and hard work, we’ve plucked a few lighthearted, offbeat health and fitness stories. Sip a fruit smoothie and enjoy.

Uplifting experiences

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons cites a 283 percent increase in butt lifts between 2000 and 2005. The procedure has become a hot one for both men and women.

Lifts, or fat grafting, uses a patient’s body fat to resculpt rear ends affected by age or genetics. The Brazilian Butt Lift is the signature (and patented) butt augmentation procedure of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Griffin.

Griffin, of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” and a featured guest on other broadcast and cable channels, says the derrières of Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are what butt augmentation patients seek. Extracting fat from around the patient’s waist, Griffin relocates it to the buttocks, sculpting a full, rounded rear end.

On his Web site,, the result is described as “a round, curvaceous, thong-worthy butt.”

Skin gym

Response for the first Naked Sunday, a day for nude workouts at a gym in the Netherlands, has been mixed, according to Patrick de Man, owner of Fitworld gym in Heteren.

He says a couple of his members suggested Naked Sunday, but a survey of all members found most prefer wearing clothes while on the gym floor. And most had questions about sanitation.

The membership was assured by de Man that nude exercisers would be required to place disposable seat covers on exercise bikes and use towels on weight machines. Plus, as always, machines would be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.

His first Naked Sunday will be March 4.

Misguided message?

The Oakland-based National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is demanding that billboards targeting childhood obesity in Massachusetts be removed.

The group also wants the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation of Framingham, Mass., to cease all radio, TV and print ads because, the NAAFA claims, they “promote fear and hatred of larger bodies and body obsession in children, ultimately leading to eating disorders.”

MetroWest explained that the campaign targets adults, not kids. But NAAFA countered with, “Billboards depicting fat kids are extraordinarily harmful to the very kids they are supposedly trying to help. Fat children are already the targets of merciless bullying. This campaign simply gives the bullies permission to do more of the same.”

The NAAFA folks support healthy eating habits but believe the overweight should accept their bodies and love every pound.


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