Let It Snow Gym Bunnies

Gym bunny: a gay man or lesbian who spends an excessive amount of time in the gym to perfect their body. Gym bunnies can often be identified by buns of steel and trajectory triceps, especially when walking shirtless around the club, but will rarely be seen doing and heavy lifting outside the gym.

For those who know that crunch is more a candy bar, the gym isn’t a place to go, it’s a way of life.

Reward that muscle-bound beauty with, well, some more muscle-bound beauties.

Beefcake calendars are nothing new, but here are some wild new ones on the market that are well worth noticing. “Dieux de Stade” dates back to 2001, and translated means “Gods of the Stadium.” And boy, are they godlike. The calendars have been so successful that there are “making of” videos, coffee table books and more, each and every one of which is guaranteed to make you doubt your self worth for weeks.

Want more? Then drool for a worthy charity with “Naked For a Cause” trots out nekkid Australians who’ve shucked their drawers for the McGrath Foundation, a breast-cancer charity Down Under. More Australian rugby flesh is available for the asking at www.godsoffootball.com.

And for those of you who just can’t stop watching “Latter Days,” check out “Mormons Exposed,” which raises cash for Mormon-approved charities like the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. (Given the Mormons’ views on homosexuality and their work on Proposition 8 in California, this raises an eyebrow or six, to say the least.)

For the female gym fanatics, we recommend "Provocateur: Women 2009" and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit calendar, both of which caputure the elegance of female sexuality. If that wasn't enough, the Sports Illustrated calendars come in several sizes including a deluxe wall calendar and a mini desk calendar.

In case your buff buddy is looking for a new, gay-friendly place to break a sweat we have two top recommendations: F.I.T. Gym and West Side Athletic Club. Both gyms offer a variety of classes to suit the taste of any gym bunny including F.I.T.'s spin, zumba and booty camp and West Side's aquatic aerobics and tennis. Visit fit-nashville.com and wactn.com for class and membership pricing and treat your friend to a gift that will kick-start their new year.

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