Khloe’s Husband Has a $178K Gym Bill: Betty’s Fitness Dish
Lamar Odom, Khloe’s Big Love, fights in court. Plus: the hottest new fitness trend.
Khloe’s husband plays on another court
Khloe Kardashian and her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom, don’t mind spending money: He gave her a 9-carat engagement ring. She got him a Rolls Royce. So it’s no surprise that Lamar ran up a $178,000 tab to keep himself in fighting shape. What is surprising is that the laid-back Odom is taking the Internal Revenue Service to court because the agency didn’t let him take a deduction on the entire amount.
And there’s no lawyer involved on Lamar’s side. He’s representing himself. In papers filed in court, he wrote some very official statements, including “The taxpayer’s employment contract requires that the taxpayer be in sufficient physical condition… to perform as a professional basketball player throughout the basketball season.” Khloe, if you ever try to divorce this guy, better get yourself a good attorney! Read more at forbes.com.
Pilates down, Bootcamp up
Along with the rest of us, the fitness business is feeling the economic pinch: the number of Pilates exercisers is way down, while bootcamp classes are on the upswing, according to a survey of fitness professionals.
Not only are bootcamp classes – a tough mix of strength, cardio and interval workouts in a group setting – cheaper and easier than Pilates, they also have faster results. Pilates, developed in the early 20th century by physical trainer Joseph Pilates, works to make muscles stronger and more flexible without bulking up. “Pilates will not give you results fast,” Suzanne Bowen, a certified Pilates trainer in Nashville, told Reuters. “To do it well takes a lot of strength, and it can be expensive..”
Dr. Walter Thompson, the lead author on the survey and a professor of exercise science at Georgia State University, said, “If I owned a health club and we weren’t offering a bootcamp, we would have bootcamps starting tomorrow.” Read more at reuters.com.
Cold-weather calorie burning
Something to think about as the seasons change: Do you burn more calories in cold or hot weather? Many people think that because their body has to work harder in chilly weather to keep them warm, winter is prime-time calorie-burning season. But that’s not the case, according to the American Council on Exercise. According to Julia Valentour, an ACE coordinator, “In hot weather, it takes more cardiovascular effort to cool the body, which occurs by pumping the blood to the skin to promote sweating. “ In the winter, you can keep your temperature equilibrium without burning as many calories. Read more at acefitness.org.
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.