Mark S. King

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel

Filed By Mark S. King | February 04, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease

Clearly I'm insane, wearing a tank top next to HIV fitness expert Nelson Vergel. There I am, all doughy and smiling, thirty pounds heavier after a year without a cigarette (how long do I get to legitimately use that reasoning?). But anything to help educate you, my friends.

And besides, the meaning of fitness for me has changed, however slowly, from the size of my biceps to the overall health of my body. After years devoted to "looking hot" and being a drug addict, standing around in a gym with my gut exposed is real progress for me.

Thumbnail image for GymGrab 4 - Copy.jpgIn my first video blog with Nelson ("Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel Raids My Fridge"), he cleared my kitchen and offered great tips on eating right. Now, we hit the gym for aerobics and weight lifting. With issues like bone density more vital for people with HIV, weight training makes sense.

Still to come: Nelson takes me on an eye-opening tour of the grocery store - and cautions me about walking down the aisles. And for more great information from Nelson, his new book Testosterone: A Man's Guide is now available through sellers like Amazon.

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 created the Friends Fitness Center and graciously allowed Nelson and I to film this video there.


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The episode in the grocery store, coming up, taught me the most. Did you know about "shopping the perimeter?"