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September 11, 1998 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
College recruiters were apprehensive about Nevada Blonstein's ankle and back injuries, so the Notre Dame High senior setter began a grueling workout schedule. Sometimes she rises at 4:45 a.m., other days, she begins her workout at 9 p.m. Squats, bench press, more squats, more bench press. In less than a month of working with Mark Hoffman, a pro beach volleyball athletic trainer, Blonstein has added four pounds of muscle and lost 5% body fat.
April 24, 1988 | John Eisendrath, John Eisendrath is a Los Angeles writer
AT 4:56 P.M. ON MAY 1, 1987, William Dillon entered Junior's Deli on Westwood Boulevard, sat in a booth and learned he was going to be assassinated. Leonard Swirda ordered French fries and gave him the bad news. "I'll say, 'Let's not talk here . . . ,' " Swirda said, describing how the hit would take place at a future date. "We go out to the car, I put a gun to your head, and I shoot you and throw you in the trunk, drive you to the desert, dig a hole and throw you in it.
October 2, 1985 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Dave Elecciri, Capistrano Valley High School assistant football coach, sits in the Cougars' weight room with the same sense of pride that a young couple has in their first home. The room is filled with enough barbells, weights and weight machines to satisfy the body building appetites of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno. The walls are lined with slogans such as "If There's No Pain, There's No Gain" and "Whatever a Weak Muscle Can Do, A Stronger One Can Do It Better."
May 12, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
A huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of a group of Chatsworth athletes when Bob Evans opened up his garage to them. The half a dozen veterans of a lifetime of muscle building found themselves without a place to work out two years ago when their friend Kevin Meskew was forced to close the fitness center where they all congregated twice each week. The power-lifters — most in their 60s and 70s — discovered that health clubs filled with young people doing aerobics and Pilates and taking spinning classes were wary of senior citizens coming in and hoisting 500-pound barbells over their heads.
November 16, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, delayed in Russia for more than two months because of visa problems, continues to work his way into game shape after joining the team last week. "He needs work," Coach Andy Murray said. "He's going to get lots of it. He missed training camp and he's got to get quicker, get better endurance. He's got to do everything." Kuznetsov is expected to take a fitness test Monday or Tuesday that includes bench press, vertical jump and grip strength.
Cal running back Russell White will join 60 of the state's top graduated high school football players tonight at 7 for the 41st Shrine all-star football game at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. White, who played in the 1989 Shrine game after his senior season at Crespi High, has been designated the grand marshal this year. "Russell was chosen as a symbol of the new direction the game is trying to go," said Mark Tennis, the game's media relations coordinator.
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