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Workout Wonk

Getting fit is a lifetime learning process. Like any trade, you improve over decades with study, experimentation, modification. Fitness is a hobby for smart people. I like to think that the way I evaluate and rework my exercise program, muscle by muscle, is similar to the way Tiger Woods is known for repeatedly engaging in…

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In Decline

The decline bench should be a place to do great work. Tricep extensions performed on a decline bench force your arms to move under constant tension; Russian twists on a decline build rotational strength and grow obliques that look like armor; decline dumbbell presses cover a huge range of motion and focus the load almost…

A Farewell To Arms

Though technically not one of the most outstanding things I’ve ever seen in the gym, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s visit to my high school in 1991 definitely ranks up there as one of my top moments in bodybuilding. Arnold’s limo arrived at the football field and drove the long way around the track. Finally, Arnold got out…

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Team Effort

I’ve often wondered whether asking a stranger for a spot is a violation of gym etiquette. I know that when I’m asked for a spot, I’m irritated by the disruption in the pace of my workout and the break in concentration. I also resent channeling my precious energy into someone else’s workout, and, considering the…