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April 12, 2004 | Marnell Jameson, Special to The Times
In the beginning were free weights. Then, in the 1970s, Arthur Jones invented the Nautilus weight machine. For years afterward, the question of which is better -- free weights or machine weights -- was hotly debated among strength coaches and bodybuilders. Today, most exercise experts agree that both free weights and machines have their place. The stubborn few who still hold that one system is better than the other may be missing out on the best possible workout.
January 12, 2004 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
Strength training may be an essential part of a fitness program, but it also can be boring, bewildering or even intimidating to those who see the weight room as a place for muscle-bound hulks. The alternative to going one-on-one with a weight machine is strength-training classes. Offering full-body weight workouts in a group exercise setting, classes such as Body Pump, New Definitions and Powerflex use relatively lightweight barbells and dumbbells, plus resistance equipment.
October 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
The worlds of bodybuilding and politics met Saturday night as California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger handed out medals at the Mr. Olympia event, a competition he won seven times. Schwarzenegger's surprise appearance drew cheers and chants of "Arnold!" and "Governator!" from the estimated 6,000 people gathered in the arena at the Mandalay Bay Hotel-Casino. "Finally I feel at home again," a smiling Schwarzenegger told the crowd.
September 8, 2003 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Anabolic steroids have long been chemicals of choice for bodybuilders wanting to bulk up. But the substances can cause men's breasts to grow, their hair to fall out and their testicles to shrink. The steroids also show up in blood tests. Insulin, however, does none of these things, which makes it especially appealing for bodybuilders who want help achieving a desired look.
February 18, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Rudy Sablo, 84, champion weightlifter, coach and Olympic official, died Feb. 4 in his New York City home of unspecified causes. Elected to the U.S. Weightlifting Hall of Fame, Sablo became a competitive athlete in 1935. His career was interrupted by World War II, when he became a fitness instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen. Sablo next had a 20-year career as a New York firefighter.
October 21, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Male and female weight lifters appear to take different approaches to preventing injuries, a new study indicates, although both sexes report that the more years they've been lifting, the more injuries they've sustained. Men responding to the online survey from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons were almost twice as likely as women to use a spotter, and nearly five times more likely to use a weight belt.
November 1, 2001 | Helene Elliott
USA Weightlifting President Dennis Snethen wishes Jackie Berube well at the world weightlifting championships, which begin Saturday at Antalya, Turkey. But he really wishes Berube had followed her teammates' lead and stayed home. "I'm going to pray for her, and I'm not going to sleep much while she's there," Snethen said. "But she's a grown woman, and she made her choice." Concerned about traveling overseas after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the U.S.
Lisa Garcia will never see her fingers grasping the weight above her body, never see her straining arms or her teammates cheering her on. But the 14-year-old girl from Castle Rock isn't letting that stop her from setting state and world records for her age group in the bench lift as part of the power lifting team at the Washington State School for the Blind. "A lot of people say blind people can't lift," Garcia said. "That's the silliest thing I've ever heard."
February 26, 2001
Stephanie Oakes is quite behind the times and current research ("Coaching Anchors Teen Weight Training," Feb. 19). According to a 1999 study by the University of Massachusetts and the YMCA published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, not only can 15-year-olds safely and beneficially avail weight training, children as young as 5 can do so. The authors concluded: "Beginning a resistance training program for children not only allows for positive changes...
September 23, 2000 | Associated Press
Zhan Xugang of China repeated as a weightlifting gold medalist as much by subtraction as by strength, overtaking Viktor Mitrou of Greece today with his final lift in a depleted 170-pound field. Because of expulsions, illnesses and injuries, only three healthy lifters--one for every medal--were still going when Xugang won on his final lift in the clean and jerk. Zhan was forced to move up from 154 pounds, where he won in Atlanta, to 170 after the Olympics reshuffled weight classes.
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