Men at work
A look at guys who do aerobics
by Melissa Peerless
and Tami Pollak
There was spandex. There was
sweat. There were tank tops. There
were hairy legs.
There was a self-described
"offensive lack of coordination."
There were men at work.
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Monday nights, in room 3275 at
the CCRB, the sports bras fly out the
window as the jock straps ease into
the only Adult Lifestyles Men's
Aerobics class on campus.
And while the classes are
significantly smaller than the other
aerobics classes instructor Jeanine
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'The only difference in this class
and the one I took last semester with
both men and women is, last time,
there were periods throughout the
semester when the work-outs would
be really intense. This class, they are
always really intense," said Tony
Stewart, a senior nursing student and
In a sea of flailing limbs and
gyrations that explain why the
lambada is indeed a "forbidden
dance," Stewart stood out Monday
night like Patrick Swayze in PeWee's
He has experience. And in
aerobics, like all good things,
"I first did aerobics six years ago in
the Navy. I was stationed overseas, in
Okinawa... The instructor was one of
the Marine's wives," Stewart
In 1989, aerobics was officially
adopted as part of an official U.S.
military regimen as a supplement to
the tried-and-true obstacle course.
Makes you wonder if our Operation
Desert Storm troops are yearning for
their handweights and Jane Fonda
videotapes, doesn't it?
"I get some silly comments from
some of the women at the nursing
school, but I don't care," Stewart said.
"I'm taking weight training to regain
strength in my back [following an
injury last year], but I like to use the
aerobics to get limber again, and
annihilate the festive waistline, if you
know what I mean," Stewart
explained, glancing down at his
sweat-stained tank top. "It's fun," he
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"I started doing aerobics for three
reasons: Janet, Jenna and Ela," said
Corey Hedge, a first-year
Engineering student, with a straight
Hedge, a resident of Alice Lloyd,
began doing aerobics in the Hill
dorms at the urging of some of his
female friends. A high school track
runner, he has not found aerobics
overly strenuous. His newfound
aerobic agility, however, has helped
Hedge syndrome, and partly because,
well, many aerobic classes are strong
enough for a man, but made for a
The men's "classes are less
'dancey.' I try to do more strength
work - we do more lunges, more
bicep curls, things like that
I think a lot of guys stay away
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frozen yogurt served with a split
blueberries, pineapple and pecans
for as low as 332 calories. Sounds
tempting, but add this to lasagna
and you may as well have eaten a
Call us crazy, but "Death by
Chocolate Cheesecake" (with an
unrevealed calorie count) just
doesn't sound as though it would
make a Richard Simmons list of
But what dessert is complete
without coffee? Afternoon
Delight wisely offers an array of
Cappuccino comes plain, topped
with cinnamon or whipped
cream or can be blended with
frozen yogurt to create a
Despite these high-cal
temptations and not-so-good-for-
you desserts, Afternoon Delight
lives up to its reputation for
healthful eating with its variety
of mixed fruit bowls which can
be topped with (what else?)
We were most impressed with
Afternoon Delight's offering of a
protein shake at a scanty 380
But wait, hold onto your
calorie counters. First permit us
to quote directly from the menu:
"Protein Plus Shake - any flavor of
our creamy shake with a raw egg and
wheat germ added." Maybe for
Ro by, but not'ds. We'll takb'the
Death by Chocolate Cheesecake
and an hour on the Stairmaster,
thank you very much.
One block away from
Afternoon Delight lies Seva, at
314 E. Liberty. Their motto is
"The Midwest's Premier Natural
Foods Restaurant." And this
time, we concur.
While waiting for our table to
be called, we browsed through the
array of health food items for sale.
Indeed, we found natural foods:
carrot chips made from stone-
ground corn, whole wheat, real
carrot juice and pieces, every
vitamin from A to zinc, and
Although Seva specializes in
natural foods, organic products
- many of which have not been
tested on animals - abound. Our
favorite by far was the "Pet
Guard Herbal Collar."
Patiently waiting, we turned
our attention to the extensive
literature on environmental issues
and animal rights: Animal's Voice,
Garbage: The Practical Journal for
the Environment, and Buzzworm:
The Environmental Magazine. Our
keen intuition told us we had
stumbled upon a running theme
in this restaurant.
After 20 minutes, we were led
to a table by a Birkenstock-footed
hostess and promptly approached
by a friendly waitress, also clad in
socks and sandals. (Could a
possible swap be going on
between Seva's employees and the
shoe store nearby which
specializes in Birkenstocks? We
While perusing the menu, we
noted the surroundings which
gave us the feeling of being in a
botanical garden. Green plants
hang from every corner and
crevice. The atmosphere is
peaceful in contrast to the
frenetic pace of Afternoon
The menu offers six categories
of entrees: Oriental, Italian,
Mexican, sandwiches, salads and
omelettes. Selections average $4.95
True to Seva's health-
conscious reputation, many of
these plates can be ordered
without eggs or dairy products.
Vegetables can be steamed
instead of stir-fried to reduce
cholesterol and fat content.
Tofu fans take note: tofu can
be added to any Oriental dish for
an additional 50 cents.
*The beverage list is exhaustive.
Any fruit or vegetable which can
be liquified is there. Carrot juice
The list goes on. Seva also
offers what they call their
"Blended Drinks" for $2.25. Once
again, we quote: "Soyshake -
strawberries and bananas blended
with Edemy soymilk." If you
missed your Protein Plus Shake
at Afternoon Delight, protein
powder can be added to your
Soyshake for another 50 cents.
We settled on one of the dinner
specials - a real deal. It comes
with an entr6e, your choice of
soup or salad, and bread for $8.25.
Our entr6e - the Hukilau Stir
Fry ,which was steamed, lacked
not only oil but also taste. The
mixture of pineapple, green
peppers, pea pods, and tofu served
over brown rice with a sweet and
sour barbecue sauce just didn't do
To compensate for the
disappointing entree, we polished
off our half loaf of whole wheat
cinnamon raisin bread, which we
highly recommend. We washed
all of this food down with a tall,
frothy glass of carrot juice, at
two bucks a shot.
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"You get the best moves from
aerobics," Hedge explained, his legs
flying over his head, his fingers
As far as the idea of an all-men's
aerobics class, Hedge exclaimed,
'That would defeat the entire
purpose!" although he admitted that
he hasn't struck up any long term
affairs in his Lycra.
"I don't mix aerobics with lunch,
if you know what I mean," Hedge
Hedge said he didn't notice too
much difference in the aerobic garb
between the sexes, opting for shorts
and a tee-shirt himself.
"But, if the women wore bulky
sweats, well, that would take a lot of
the fun out of it," Hedge reiterated.
C'mon, one more... oh forget it. Coo/it
Justice, the instructor of the all-
men's class and a graduate student of
kinesiology, began teaching aerobics
'There are a lot more 50/50
classes out there. Here [at Michigan],
I have one class with 60 to 70 people,
and only four or five men. The
numbers are increasing, but they're
still really small. Men can still sign
up," she explained.
Justice said the all-men's class was
designed partly to avoid the Corey
from the classes because they think
it's not hard enough, or that it's too
hard, or they don't think aerobics are
cool. Mostly younger guys think it's
not. The Monday night classes attract
older people, not really the frat boys
- and the men are there to work
out," Justice said.
"We really have fun," Justice
added. 'The guys are so appreciative.
In some of my other classes, the class
expects so much. This class is
Some of the students Monday
night begged to differ.
'The instructor is a spunky slave-
driver," said Eric Kaldor, an LSA
junior and second-time aerobiciser.
"I'm in training to be a couch
potato," Kaldor joked, dripping with
sweat. Kaldor's roommate, Bruce
Kohl, an Engineering senior, was
radiant in his virginal aerobic
afterglow throughout the interview.
"As a first time aerobiciser, I was
surprised at the intensity of the
workout... I guess Richard Simmons
gives it a bad name," Kohl said.
Hedge agreed with the Simmons
reputation. "I don't want to be
sweating to the oldies... when I could
be sweating with Jenna," he said.
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