Naked bodies


No clothes... and no skin for that matter. A friend from out of town was visiting the city, so I thought a nice way to pass the time would be to go see "Bodies: The Exhibition" down at the South Street Seaport.

The exhibit is a collection of actual human cadavers, dissected, opened, sliced, dissolved, and turned inside out in such a way as to reveal different aspects of the human body. Each system of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive) got its own room. There was also some attention paid to ailments like strokes, emphysema, heart attacks, obesity, and birth defects, to name a few.

Throughout the hall, interesting facts about the human body were posted on the walls. (For example, did you know that in your lifetime, you'll urinate enough to fill a small swimming pool? I got that lovely tidbit right outside the restroom.) What had the most profound effect on me, however, was the realization that these were not models I was looking at. These bodies used to belong to living human beings. I was, for the first time in my life, looking not at a plastic imitation of a deltoid muscle but at the deltoid muscle itself.

From a fitness standpoint, the value of this exhibit is clear. If you want to gain a greater understanding in what it is that you're working out during a fitness class, "Bodies" is an absolute must.