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Jitters

Since no one has risen in defense of the sport of swimming, I guess I’ll just do it myself: Dear Muscleman, Though you claim to have spent years as a competitive swimmer, you seem to have missed the most rewarding aspect of the sport – the competition against yourself. As you know, the most important…

Burn Out

Rest is an important part of every athlete’s training routine. I find that after just a few days away from the gym, I return to workouts that possess more energy, more enthusiasm, and that joints and sinews bend pain free. The same principle also holds true for creative intensity. I’ve decided to take a break…

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Like Fine Wine

Long time imaginary reader Serious in Seattle has dropped me another note: Muscleman, Your blog is beginning to affect my motivation to go exercise. Frankly, I don’t know how you do it. Just since January, you’ve survived terrible gym music, exasperating slobs, crazed gym ball users, noxious fumes, busted equipment, and idiots trying to fight,…

Customer Service

Today at the gym I watched a personal trainer and his beginner client spend a good 10 minutes exploring the all-important torso twist machine. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for a well-defined set of internal obliques. But I have to believe there are better places in the gym for this novice to spend…

But Seriously

It’s mailbag time! Actually, I haven’t received any fan mail yet. But if I had, at least one would probably read like this: Dear Muscleman, This is a really terrific blog! You tell riveting tales with your spectacular writing and rapier wit. I look forward to each daybreak so I can bound out of bed…