Sunday, August 05, 2007


As with any undertaking, the future is unknowable. Suppose I started a Fitness Law blog and no one showed up. Well, that is the risk.

Still I have for years believed that there is a need for consumers to discuss issues related to their fitness, in particular the products that they purchase in good failth and the fitness advice published by the media that they follow in good faith.

I think there is a lot of bad information and advice out there and tons of useless products, or worse.

In my humble opinion, this is not benign stuff.

People seek fitness as a means to health and health is serious business. Life and participation in life are intimately related to health. Compromise or mislead someone regarding fitness and by extension you compromise their health.

The FTC and FDA do, again in my humble opinion, terrible jobs keeping bad fitness things away from us.

The Fitness Law blog is a place to express concerns and congrats about what is out there. If enough bloggers feel one way or the other about a particular product or advice, perhaps natural selection will decide its fate. If not, well, that is what the "law" part is about.


Blogger Alan aka Avrum ben Avrum said...

Dear Dr. Michael,

Question for you ... do you have a site meter on your blogs that counts the hits that you receive?

I think you are doing a fabulous job in your scathing critiques of mainstream fitness schtuss!

Unlike yourself I do not know the science behind fitness but have learned a few secheldik things over the years I have been working out:

Many inexpensive bathroom scales suck as the kids say these days. Fitness folks should be warned against the danger of becoming scale addicts.

I think the best measuring device is how well or badly you clothes fit. Hang up those really nice trousers that no longer fit you outside the closet, work out like a demon and try them on every now and then. I did this within the last two months with my wedding tuxedo pants that were tight on my wedding night and about 16 months later, I was about four inches away from clasping them together.

Now they literally fall of my hips!

Whatever our motivators are ... my primary one is to wage war against my early onset Parkinson's Disease-be it staying young and healthy for one's spouse, wanting to fit into those 32" jeans ... whatever, please continue to encourage folks to take responsability for the wellness of their bodies and thereby reduce the risk of middle-age maladies: diabetes type 2, heart disease,obesity, erectile dysfunction and lastly worst of all ... hidden belt buckle syndrome! :)


Alan Busch

September 4, 2007 at 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what laws specifically have an impact on gyms?

do u feel that legislations are the biggest constraint on a gym?

March 20, 2010 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Michael Applebaum, MD, JD, FCLM said...

Hi, Anonymous, and welcome to Fitness Law.

Thanks for your questions.

I am not going to offer legal advice here and you should consult your attorney with your questions.

As you likely know, regulation of gyms would be done at the local/state levels and a proper response would be best from someone in your jurisdiction or who is familiar with your jurisdiction.

Please feel free to visit anytime.

Thanks, again, for visiting.

March 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Michael Applebaum, MD, JD, FCLM said...

Hi, Anonymous, and welcome to Fitness Law.

Thanks for your kind words, "This blog have helpful content and information."

I removed your comment because it advertised for a website selling services.

Please feel free to visit anytime.

Any comments you leave not attempting to sell drugs, surgeries, services, etc., are welcome.

March 20, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger David Haas said...

I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

March 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Michael Applebaum, MD, JD, FCLM said...

Hi, David and welcome to Fitness Law.

Feel free to leave your question as a comment.



March 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM  

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