"Scott and I have been training now for over 5 years. I
only wish that I could prescribe him to all of my patients
— his program is excellent."
Tom Madhavan, M.D.
"I never knew what was possible until I started train-
ing with Scott. The difference in my body now is like
night and day compared to before!"
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PERSONALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAMS TO FIT YOUR NEEDS
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST/CERTIFIED EXERCISE SPECIALIST
might be dripping
ith sweat and panting
like a husky after the Id-
itarod. The good news is
you can still look cool. Stylish ex-
ercise garb adds fashion to fit-
ness. What's in? What's out? The
Jewish News consulted with die-
hard athletes in metro Detroit to
uncover the do's and don'ts of
Condemned by some as inde-
cent threads of vanity, thongs
nevertheless remain the rage at
"I would say thongs are more
popular than full-bottom leotards.
A lot of people find them more
comfortable because thongs don't
ride up or ride down," says
Helaine Keller, a co-owner with
Andrea Bernstein of Fitnesse in
Aesthetically, high-cut thongs
have been touted for giving legs
a longer, sleeker look. Boxer
shorts are trendy, too. General-
ly, the male undergarments are
worn over knee-length or ankle-
length tights for extra warmth
during the winter.
In the late 1980s, women —
mainly — wore them every-
where. To school. Shopping. With
mini skirts. Over pants. As sta-
tus symbols (remember those
"Flash Dance" wannabes?).
Thankfully, the bulky knits are
reserved for dance class these
days. Although they might con-
stitute a faux pas in the fashion
arena, leg waimers serve a prac-
tical use. For dancers, they help
keep critical shin muscles cozy
and flexible during respites off
the floor. (In aerobics class, sub-
stitute with slouch socks.)
U-M. MSU. WSU. Ohio State.
It really doesn't matter what
school logo emblazons the cloth-
ing. Fact is, sweatshirts are work-
out garments that still work out.
Recently, however, a new twist
has arisen: sweatshirts tied
around the waistline, drooping
over a body suit to cover the rear
Is this new style an indication
of practicality or, perhaps, vani-
ty with a trace of self-conscious
Debby Migdal, co-owner of
Tennis Plus and the Franklin Pro
Shop, says the "sweatshirt- ing. Functionally, it helps mo-
around-waist" phenomenon is torists on the road and hunters
part of a broader trend in exer- on the wooded trail to see him
coming. Style-wise, the purples,
Clothing manufacturers are reds and yellows match one of his
designing multi-functional coor- favorite bikes, a Klein with a
dinates that include sweatshirts front suspension fork.
Sunglasses also serve a dual
as part of entire outfits, appro-
priate in the gym or outside role. They offer crucial UV-A and
world. An exerciser who starts to UV-B protection while giving Mr.
shvitz on the tread-
mill can remove the
outer layer, tie it
around his or her
waist, then don it
once again before
leaving the club to
shop or catch a
quick bite with
"They are pieces
you can wear to ex-
ercise in and then
to run around in,"
Ms. Migdal says.
They're "in" for
tennis and other
sports that require
hair and sweat to
be out of the eyes.
They're "out" in
arenas where the
excess terry cloth
Ms. Keller at Fit-
nesse says her pro
shop sells a lot of
baseball caps to
men and women Jan Jacobs puts safety before style.
who like wearing
Levy the intense look of an ath-
backwards and sideways.
lete cycling for the long haul. His
rends aside, workout body-hugging Lycra shorts are
mavens develop their far more aerodynamic than
own styles, generally ac- sweatpants and they reduce chaf-
cording to what's safest, ing of the skin. Some Lycra,
most comfortable and affordable. which Mr. Levy refers to as "the
Usually, fashion is secondary to great invention of the 20th cen-
their love of the sport. Consider tury," offers wicking, which
draws moisture away from the
E.J. Levy bike-rides almost body to prevent irritation.
One of Mr. Levy's favorite
300 days a year. His sport of
choice requires a good deal of brand names is Pearlizumi, bike-
equipment, most of it apparel. wear featuring hidden zippers.
This Southfield resident adheres Skinsuits, otherwise known as
to the maxim, "form follows func- unitards, are a big turn-off for
tion," and yet he still makes every some male bikers, but Mr. Levy
finds them practical and form-fit-
attempt to bike in style.
"For me, cosmetics count. If I ting.
"On a hot, muggy night, wear-
look snazzy, I feel like I'm going
ing them is like getting a body
to ride better," he says.
For a spiffy, safe workout, Mr. massage," he says.
Gloves and biking shoes also
Levy dons brightly colored cloth-
PHOTO BY BILL HANSEN
RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER