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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...
Cheryl Haworth stands 5 feet 9, weighs 300 pounds, could very well win an Olympic medal in weightlifting and happily posed for photos last week wearing a shiny sleeveless peach bridesmaid's dress. This is no anorexic gymnastics pixie. This is a 17-year-old from Savannah, Ga., who excels at art as well as lifting and by all accounts seems to be incredibly well-adjusted. She's indisputably well-spoken.
September 20, 2000 | Associated Press
Maria Isabel Urrutia of Colombia won the gold medal in 165-pound weightlifting today at Sydney by basis of lower body weight after all three medalists lifted the same weight. It was the first gold medal in any sport for Colombia. Urrutia, her eyes bulging as she hoisted nearly twice her body weight; silver medalist Ruth Ogbeifo of Nigeria; and bronze medalist Yi-Hang Kuo of Taiwan had identical totals of 540 pounds.
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