September #116 : Positively Fit - by Laura Whitehorn

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Charles King Has a Dream

Cross-Country Crusaders

Quoth the Raven

A Trip to Bountiful

Doctor's Diary - September 2005

Combo Vision

Hearts and Chocolate

The New HIV Bouncers

Foreign Agents

Positively Fit

Fitness 101

Weep No More

Ask the Sexpert - September 2005

Antibody Snatcher

The DL Deal

Legal Eye - September 2005

Medicaid Watch

Savings and Moan

Freedom to Worship

Spirit Guide

Teenage Wasteland

Shooting Gallery

HIV Hot Spots for Injections

Buzz Kill

Run for the Border

Mentors - September 2005

I Say a Little Prayer

Easy Come, Easy Go

Forever a Fighter

Founder's Letter - September 2005

Mailbox - September 2005

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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September 2005

Positively Fit

by Laura Whitehorn

OK, you didn’t win any summer swimsuit competitions. Now, let HIVer and pro trainer Jeffrey Gross buff you into fall

Jeffrey Gross
Fitness trainer
Diagnosed 1985

As a kid, Jeffrey Gross says, “I sucked at team sports. I was the last one picked.” So he turned to gymnastics and later, as an adult, weight training. The workouts pumped more than Gross’ muscles—they helped give his HIV a working over.

“In the early ’90s, I developed AIDS and fell to 89 pounds,” the 5'6", 140-pound stud reports. “I had to leave work—I hit bottom.” Once his protease-inhibitor combo kicked in, Gross got back into fitness, believing it would boost his immune system. Indeed, the workouts “caused an increase in T cells and a decline in my viral load,” he says. “That only happens with an aggressive workout,” he adds, “but even less ambitious regimens can help you feel good about yourself and balance mind, body and spirit.” Gross now runs BYOB (Build Your Own Body; and designs fitness programs for HIVers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. “It’s something I can give back to the community,” he says.

All this exercise fits Gross to a (muscle) T. With 1,000 T cells and an undetectable viral load, he’s managed to deflate his belly lipoaccumulation—notoriously hard to reverse because it settles around the internal organs. “It took me six and a half years,” he says, “but I’ve reduced that lipoaccumulation by 90%.” No sweat.

Proper Behavior
Gross promotes “the three Ps” for safe, successful workouts: Proper form (do the exercise correctly), proper clothing (wear stuff you can move in and supportive, comfortable shoes) and proper nutrition (smaller, more frequent meals and eight daily glasses of H2O).

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