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March 12th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

10 Questions: David Barton on the future of fitness

David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series "What's Next" and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we'll learn about the individual and about "what's next" in the coming century.
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Cutting-edge fitness guru David Barton, the man behind the massively successful DavidBartonGym health clubs (located in Miami, New York, Chicago, Seattle and soon in LA and Las Vegas), reveals more about his obsession with big muscles and sculpting bodies. The Ivy-league educated fitness and business expert also ponders his own tastes which he calls “outlandish” but not “extravagant.” You decide.

1. Will Michelle Obama's arms make a mark on the First Ladies of the future? Look for a future female President.

2. Is it possible for fitness to go out of fashion? When I started, this business wasn’t trendy. Now that I’m around, I’d hate to see a world of out of shape people.

3. What is your motto? Look better naked.

4. What’s the trait you most admire in athletes? The ability to lose gracefully, and win humbly.

5. What’s the trait you most admire in trainers? Big muscles.

6. What is your greatest extravagance? I don’t have extravagant taste, maybe outlandish. I like buying guitars for my son.

7. What do you dislike most about your appearance? My nose, it’s been broken four times.

8. What will your gyms look like in 2020? The same except people will be flying around with those jet packs that we were told we’d have by now.

9. Will future health care reform include gym memberships, or will it be old school to workout in gyms and use communal showers? Communal showers will be around for thousands of years and gyms are the new town square, the living room people don’t have anymore for social time.

10. How would you like to be remembered? He loved schnauzers, ran a good gym and helped a lot of people look better naked.


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