Fit Friday: Supersized players clash
February 4th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Fit Friday: Supersized players clash

Americans love super-sized drinks, the spectacle of the Super Bowl and our super-sized players.  But when we're done indulging in the Super Bowl, we also try to think of ways to get healthier - by drinking our vitamins and deducting money from the paycheck to work out.

Super-sized players for Super Bowl

When the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I in 1967, their heaviest player weighed 260 pounds.  How times have changed.

At Super Bowl XLV, the Packers are back, this time with 13 players on their roster who weigh more than 300 pounds, “reflecting a trend over the past several decades in which players have become as supersized as fast-food meals,” according to the New York Times.

The battle of the bulge is Sunday between the Packers and Steelers (who also have 13 players who weigh more than 300 pounds).

You can’t drink your vitamins

Coca Cola has been barred from being marketing its Vitaminwater as “nutritious” in the U.K. because the purported health drink contains too much sugar.

And now Americans are following suit.

The National Consumer League has complained to the Federal Trade Commission demanding to stop what it calls “dangerously misleading” marketing claims by Vitaminwater.  The consumer group said Vitaminwater’s ads are deceptive because the drink contains “crystalline fructose or other forms of sugar, and contain 125 calories per bottle.”

Boot camp or pay

Tired of seeing fast food, soft drinks and donuts, an Orlando company has gone to boot camp together.

The employees at Certified Slings, a family business that makes industrial supplies, work out together twice a week, according to Central Florida News.

But missing a workout has consequences. The employees agreed to deduct money from their paychecks if they don't attend a session.  Hear what the employees say about this in the video below.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dizzyd

    Oh, brother! Big Gym Teacher strikes again. Take a job at any of these fitness 'boot camps' masquerading as workplaces? I'm there to work, not work out. That's what they have gyms for. I don't need Bossman/woman checking my number on the scale as well as the keyboard. Sheesh!

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