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.
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.
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February 18, 2003 |
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 |
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.
April 14, 2002 |
Every few minutes, a clanging crash dispels the evening quiet around the cul-de-sac in San Jacinto in Riverside County. The noise comes from a lighted open garage at 351 Quince Drive, where, amid plastic bottles of gopher mix and car wax, Greg Schouten works on his world-class ambition. Coach Pat Cullen-Carroll, the homeowner at 351 Quince, watches as Schouten leans forward from the waist, flexing his hands.