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My Fabulous Disease

Hitting the Gym With HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel


A Video Blog

By Mark S. King

January 24, 2011

I'm as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be straight, or modest, or comfortable in his own skin, then it's really no contest. I'm way more vain. Describing my vanity requires making up words. Vainer. The vainiest.

So I must have been insane to think appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel was a good idea. Especially after I've rewarded myself for quitting smoking by gaining 30 pounds. But anything for you, my friends. And besides, the meaning of fitness for me has changed from the size of my biceps to the overall health of my body. For me, that's progress.


Episode 29: Hitting the Gym With HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel

In Part Two of my video blog with Nelson Vergel (his new book Testosterone: A Man's Guide is now available through sellers like Amazon), we hit the gym for a lesson on aerobic activity and weight lifting. With issues like bone density more vital for people with HIV, weight training makes sense.

Nelson Vergel

Nelson Vergel

I'd like to extend a special thanks to The Poverello Center in Ft Lauderdale. Poverello not only provides food for people with AIDS, they opened the Friends Fitness Center and graciously allowed Nelson and me to film this video there. And speaking of filming, my friend Kai patiently worked the cameras for several hours and I appreciate it.

Still to come: Nelson takes me on an eye-opening tour of the grocery store -- and cautions me about walking down the aisles.

Thanks for watching, my friends, and please be well.

Mark

Check out Part One of this video blog, "HIV Nutrition (and Proper Pooping) With Nelson Vergel, Food Detective."

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See Also
Ask a Question About Exercise at The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums
Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Your Physical Fitness
More Personal Accounts on Exercise and HIV/AIDS
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: J.R. (TEXAS) Tue., Feb. 15, 2011 at 12:11 am EST
Great video, I can't wait to see more. I just was diagnosed 8/2009 as hiv positive. You guys give great hope.

J.R. (Positively Living not Living Positive)
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Comment by: Drew(Sydney AUS) (Sydney , AUS) Mon., Feb. 7, 2011 at 3:16 am EST
Hey Mark,
Love the Blog! And its great to know that what I'm doing at the gym, at least 20 mins "sweating cardio" is right on the mark.

Cheers, Drew xx

p.s. Love the colour scheme of your Gym ...very Camp!
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Comment by: Ike (Chicago, IL) Thu., Feb. 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm EST
I am trying to work out but i have no energy. Pre-Hiv I was four days a week. I am now down to 3 days a month.

I am on Testostrone but I don't feel any return of energy. Looking for help.

Any ideas.

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Comment by: papa_j (Atlanta, GA) Thu., Feb. 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm EST
Wow.
What a great, helpful video.
It would be an honor to ever have Dr. Nelson Vergel train me nutritionally and physically!
He's such a doll.
Please continue to bring us these helpful and entertaining videos Mark!
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Comment by: Freddo (Maryland) Thu., Feb. 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm EST
Mark,

I want to thank you for your light-hearted attitude about being positive. I truly believe it's the only way to deal with it. You make me laugh so much while watching your videos or reading your blogs, that it helps me put my positive life in perspective.

It could be worse, I could be suddenly swept off by a tsunami for instance, or even worse, have a strange encounter with Sarah Palin. Instead I have this nasty bug that is, and will, for the long haul that life can be at times, remain shackled, and held at bay like the ugly step-sister that it is.

I missed the first part of the exercise video, will have to look for it and watch that as well. Thank God for Dr. Vergel! What an inspiration! I just returned to the gym myself, after gaining too much weight for my liking, and am working wholeheartedly to dispel the naysayer voices in my head. I can do this...I can do this...and now I have validation. My project? Six Pack for the summer!

Thanks again for reviving my faith in laughter.

Freddo
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Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. He has been an outspoken advocate for prevention education and for issues important to those living with HIV.

Diagnosed in 1985, Mark has held positions with the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AID Atlanta and AIDS Survival Project, and is an award-winning writer. He continues his volunteer work as an AIDS educator and speaker for conferences and events.

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