July 25, 2011 |
Cue Simpsons-Comic-Book-Store-Guy voice: Best. Band. Ever! If you're a good drummer, it's a physically demanding job. To be the greatest, you must follow a training regimen that goes beyond the lighted stage. A recent reader's poll in Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed my fellow Canadian Neil Peart of Rush to be the greatest living drummer, and I, many drum magazines and TV's "Family Guy" agree. Accordingly, I endeavored to snag an interview with a man who rarely gives interviews.
February 17, 2014 |
Marqise Lee toes the line with his left foot, kneels on his right knee and delicately places his hands on the ground in a sprinter's position. A fighter jet zooms high overhead, leaving a white contrail as Lee raises himself into a start position, slowly brings his left arm back and then bursts into a hard run. A few minutes later, the former USC star receiver moves to another area of the football field at Laguna Hills High. He repeats his start in front of four video cameras that provide him with instant feedback on a coach's iPad.
May 23, 1996 |
Jim Newton, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Newbury Park High, was certainly tall enough to turn heads Wednesday at the second Ventura County football combine at Rio Mesa High. Unfortunately for the lanky junior, only his stomach was turning as he prepared to run the 40-yard dash. "It's kind of scary, actually," Newton said. Who could blame him?
November 2, 2013 |
Col. Chris Hadfield, who until recently was commander of the International Space Station, has a workout regimen that is out of this world. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Hadfield's new book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," goes into detail about what it takes to be in shape for space travel. What kind of shape do you need to be in to qualify for the space program? To qualify to live on the space station, you have to pass the hardest physical exam in the world. There has to be a high lack of a probability of a problem, whether it's your appendix or an injury.
March 26, 2013 |
USC receiver Marqise Lee will be an interested observer Wednesday when former teammates such as quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods go through their pro day workout for NFL scouts on campus. But Lee, who will be a junior in the fall, said he was not envious of those getting ready to make the leap to the pros. "I'm going to be cheering them on," he said after the Trojans returned to practice Tuesday. "My time will come around. " Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, remains sidelined because of a knee injury he suffered during a drill two weeks ago. He said he was ready to practice but Coach Lane Kiffin was holding him out. Lee is expected to be among the front-runners contending for the Heisman Trophy in the fall and an eventual first-round NFL draft pick.
April 12, 1990 |
Wilt Chamberlain collected more rebounds than anyone in NBA history, but he cheated himself out of even more. Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76er statistician, recalled that Chamberlain once complained that statisticians were short-changing him on rebounds and took the complaint to owner Eddie Gottlieb. At the next game, Gottlieb had a friend of Wilt's, Vince Miller, keep his own rebounding statistics.
September 11, 1998 |
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.
October 2, 1985 |
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."
November 16, 2003 |
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.