March 9, 2006 |
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. The president has said he doesn't know Abramoff. Abramoff said he found it hard to believe Bush didn't remember the 10 or so photos that he and members of his family had snapped with the president and first lady.
August 26, 2004 |
Maybe Shane Hamman should challenge Hossein Reza Zadeh to a round of golf. Hamman, an eight-time American national weightlifting champion, and 15 of the strongest men in the world took their shots at unseating Reza Zadeh as Olympic super-heavyweight lifting gold medalist Wednesday. They all wound up admiring him from afar, applauding the Iranian giant for breaking his own world record. Four lifts into the competition, Reza Zadeh had clinched his second gold medal.
August 22, 2004 |
The Olympics' strongest man raised one bandaged hand and halted a medal ceremony Saturday, in mid-wreath, amid screeching and sparks. The Olympics' strongest man won the bronze, but the cheering for him was so loud and prolonged it was nearly five minutes before officials tried to award the silver or gold. The recording played one anthem, but the fans then sang his anthem.
May 9, 2004 |
Cheryl Haworth and Tara Cunningham again will represent the United States in Olympic women's weightlifting. The challenge now is to do in Athens what they did in Sydney by winning medals. Men's super-heavyweight Shane Hamman has a different agenda -- get the medal he wasn't yet ready to win in 2000.
April 12, 2004 |
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.
March 1, 2004 |
Like most older people, LaDonna Peterson hasn't heard of sarcopenia, an unhealthy loss of muscle mass that often develops with age. But by lifting weights a couple of days a week, the 70-year-old retired finance officer has managed to prevent it. While many of her contemporaries have trouble simply getting out of a chair because of muscle deterioration, Peterson enjoys doing tasks on her own -- from carrying her groceries to storing her baggage in the overhead compartment on an airplane.
January 12, 2004 |
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.
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October 26, 2003 |
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.
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October 4, 2003 |
The semi-annual bench press competition is a Los Angeles Police Department tradition, a contest that pits officer against officer, precinct against precinct. The intensely competitive event appears to celebrate one of the department's most controversial attributes -- brute force. But Lt. Paul von Lutzow, considered the contest's bench press mastermind, says otherwise. He argues the tournament reflects more nuanced aspects of LAPD culture and a changing department.
September 8, 2003 |
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.