Health & Fitness

By Leslie Rice Hart


Dr. Bruce Nadler, author of “The Nip Tuck Workout” cleverly takes his readers through his fitness regime using the analogy of eateries and culinary choices to modalities and levels of fitness, for example Hor’ D’oeuvres = Symmetry and Proportion and the after dinner mints = Thoughts to take away with you.

After reading “The Nip Tuck Workout”, I decided I would need to train with the expert himself to understand the concepts in his book. So I set up a meeting with Dr. Nadler at Lift Gym (located at 57th and Lexington Avenue), where the fitness guru trains his clients. Only a few moments into our conversation, it was patently obvious that the good doctor has a genuine passion when it comes to personal training.


For close to three decades he had a thriving Plastic Surgery practice, sculpting and refining bodies with medical equipment and tools. Now he has turned in the scalpel and suction for dumbbells and cables to sculpt and reshape the body with a different technique, good ol’ hard work and sweat. Okay, so you won’t be able to slim down the bump on your nose, but instead of sucking out the fat from your thighs and abdomen, why not exercise to reduce that unwanted, unhealthy flab.

Bruce, as he insisted I call him, decided to get into Personal Training for several reasons, one being the astronomical costs of malpractice insurance. Another was the constant request from his patients to train them after they saw how much knowledge he had on fitness. He finally took them up on it and has never looked back.

He only trains using unilateral movements (one-sided) so the core is engaged in the movement. It is important to have a strong core for our body’s balance and stability.

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The client stabilizes their hips with each repetition so they utilize their core throughout the entire set. The unilateral movements also force the exerciser to use each side equally. In other words, the dominate side of the body (we all have a dominate side) won’t be able to compensate for the weaker side if you’re working one side at a time.

In order to target the specific area of the body from various points, Dr. Nadler uses several degrees of movements. These small degrees of change enable the muscles to work in other ways than normally worked.

Usually I’d work my sides independently for a few movements, but not throughout my workout. Now, I primarily work unilaterally and I’ve seen a noticeable increase in my core strength.

Dr. Nadler’s book gives a lot of good and informative information with a fun to read approach. Check it out and get some good solid advice from the “Nip Tuck Specialist”.

Contact Dr. Bruce Nadler at 646-706-2869 or
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Visit his website at:

Originally published July 2006



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