B-fit MKE's Angelina D'Amico.
B-fit MKE's Angelina D'Amico. (Photo: ExpertMarketingPro)

Grow a butt

It would seem that Sir Mix-a-Lot was ahead of the curve(s) when he confessed, "when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face, I get sprung."

Follow fitness in the media, especially on social media like Instagram and it’s hard to miss the ubiquitous trend of exaggeratedly curvy female glutes. Think J.LO or Kim K. to the one rep max.

They have big butts and I cannot lie: the images make me do a double take. These swollen backsides have me wondering how this is achieved? How does a major muscle group so interconnected with adjoining body parts get such isolated growth? What are women doing to attain these protruding heinies while maintaining, "itty bitty waists?" My somewhat rhetorical question is answered by the abundance of the following hashtags: #growabutt, #shesquats, #humpday #waistoassratio  #buttpump.

Bodybuilders have become #bootybuilder (s) and fitness "athletes" are more like #assletes. They are wearing high cut booty shorts and sometimes less for locker room selfies that show off their assets. Forget about the front view: a side view or a back-to-the-camera-look-over-the–shoulder-pose emphasizes that humpty hump.

From a functional perspective, I have to wonder if intentionally overdeveloped glutes for aesthetic reasons affects performance. From an athletic standpoint powerful glutes mean powerful hips, which as long as flexibility is maintained improves performance, but I wonder if, when the natural proportions are tipped out of balance to the extreme, "junk in the trunk" could be a negative or risky aesthetic to squat for?

Not according to Milwaukee’s own BJ Gaddour, named one of Men’s Health Magazine’s 100 Fittest Men of All Time. Gaddour told me, "The glutes are a muscle group that can never get enough work, especially because of all the sitting we do all day which shuts your glutes down. All athletic movement is driven through the hips and they are also highly metabolic as our largest muscle group. Hit them 2-3 …

"This fascination with naturalism has led me to discovering who I am. I am no longer lost."
"This fascination with naturalism has led me to discovering who I am. I am no longer lost." (Photo: Hayley Young)

Natural beauty found through "Lost"

This is what happens when someone who writes a blog "with a polished finger on the pulse of beauty, fashion, fitness and nutrition trends" binge watches the first season of "Lost." While everyone else is asks, "Are they all really dead?" or "Are those polar bears aliens?" I ponder how the stranded vagabonds maintain that perfectly beachy hair, why some are not leaner from the imposed foraged diet, how some still have silky legs and clean shaven underarms and where I can get a pair of those cargo pants?

Really, "Lost" has verified that if I was stranded on an island and could bring only one item, it would be a razor. But, in a bigger sense, "Lost" has stimulated my fantasies about a live-off-the-land, minimal footprint lifestyle – minus the homicidal supernatural threats and non-option of retreating back to civilization.

There is an undeniable "look" that coincides with the eco-living trend that has evolved over the past decade or so since "Lost" debuted. I’m intrigued with how choices for the comforts and luxuries of a more aesthetic vein fit in to this neo-hippie existence, since products still foster this minimalist ideal and often bolster natural beauty.

I’ve always been fascinated with beauty and health rituals, the products and fashions that go with them; it’s what motivated this blog at its inception back in 2009. Skin care, outfits, health food, natural remedies, cosmetics, fitness regimes and youth preserving contraptions – I love it all. But, lately – in the last year or so I’ve been making an effort to pare down my personal routine, to minimize product consumption and to continue to seek out the least toxic, most natural items. I’m consciously choosing the "Lost" beauty regime instead of being forced into it.

Part of what has flowed from this is that I wear much less makeup in my everyday life. I call it a "makeup cleanse." My instinct to go barefaced as much as possible has been echoed by the emergence of the 5:2 Skin Diet that encoura…