July 11, 2013
IT'S THE TIME of year when gyms are packed with fitness enthusiasts working hard to stay in summer shape. And while it's great to see people embracing an active lifestyle, what isn't always great is their gym etiquette. Apparently, some have lost their manners along with their love handles. These are the 12 categories of gymgoers that I consider to be the dirty dozen of locker-room louts. Some of what they do is gross, some just rude. It would be better if everyone remembered that one Golden Rule, both in and out of the gym. 1 EQUIPMENT HOGS They "hold" an elliptical machine or a spin bike for a friend who's not there yet. Or they put clothing or water bottles on equipment to "save" it for their next set. Can you say "selfish"?
July 3, 2013 |
After two years of repairs and various delays, the boxing gym at the North Camden Community Center is officially open for training. Monday marked the first day of Camden's new boxing program, as well as the city's pools and the "Ball'n for Peace" basketball league. The boxing ring, which features shiny new padding and the city's crest imprinted in the middle, will be open weekday afternoons for youths ages 10 to 18 who want to learn boxing techniques. New gloves and other boxing equipment were still neatly wrapped inside a closet Monday morning.
May 29, 2013 |
A few days before Camden's Vidal Rivera is to take off for the Golden Gloves National Championship in Salt Lake City, youth boxing's premier event, he jumped out of a worn-down brown Plymouth minivan and ran into a Pennsauken gym. It's his almost-daily routine since his hometown gym in Camden shut down two years ago. The Pennsauken gym is on a quiet street in an industrial park next to Route 90 - a much different venue than his old gym in...
May 5, 2013 |
Tips of the Week Three American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainers who are students at Rowan and group-exercise instructors give advice on what to do to get in shape. Consult a physician before beginning any fitness program. Beginner If you work a 9-to-5 job, it's difficult to get to the gym early in the morning and it's hard to get there after work. Don't give yourself excuses. Here are some tips to get to the gym after a long work day: Always have an extra set of workout clothes in your car. Plan your workouts on your lunch break.
May 5, 2013
Mike Lupoli's dyslexia nearly derailed his academic career. When he was in sixth grade, his school principal, unaware of his handicap, cautioned him not to consider college. Lupoli disregarded that warning. "I had to work a little harder," he says, "but I graduated with honors. " For the last 19 years, Lupoli, 56, has been a phys-ed teacher at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield, Delaware County. He believes his dyslexia has proved a professional advantage that has enabled him to contribute to the well-being of his youthful charges.
May 3, 2013 |
The old brick building at 2917 North Broad Street might be staggering, but the former Joe Frazier's Gym, much like its rugged namesake, has an iron jaw. Standing in defiant isolation, the structure, which for 42 years housed the famed Philadelphia fighter's training facility, has endured the best shots that age, urban decay, and commercial evolution could deliver. Finally, earlier this week, with its future very much in question, the building that was Frazier's gym apparently was saved by the bell.
May 2, 2013 |
THE NORTH Philadelphia gym where legendary boxer Joe Frazier trained - which has recently housed a furniture store - has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation officials said they were notified of the designation yesterday by the National Park Service. The historic designation protects the building from demolition or major changes to the exterior, which is still etched with "Joe Frazier's Gym" in the stone on the facade. The landmark three-story building, on Broad Street near Glenwood Avenue, was listed as an endangered property last year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation due to its cultural significance.
May 2, 2013 |
Jesse Hart said it took just one look around Joe Frazier's old boxing gym on North Broad Street as a wide-eyed 8-year-old to become inspired. Huge portraits of Frazier covered the walls, the champion's old robes hung in a back room, and the city's fiercest fighters trained in his ring. This was a place, Hart said, where a man came from nothing to become a world champion. It inspired Hart, now a professional super middleweight, to chase his dreams. On Tuesday, the site of Frazier's gym was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
April 11, 2013 |
HIS NICKNAME is "Danger," the kind of guy who doesn't need a gun to end a fight. Michael K. Castro fought most of his battles in rings and the gyms where he trained as a Muay Thai kickboxer. But Atlantic County authorities say he allegedly shot and killed a 77-year-old Army veteran during a burglary last year in rural Mullica Township. Castro, 32, was arrested Tuesday in Dania, Fla., where he had moved and was in the process of opening a new Muay Thai gym. The former Burlington County resident described himself as a two-time Muay Thai world champion who has worked as a kickboxing instructor at gyms throughout South Jersey.
March 20, 2013 |
IT'S A COLD winter day. People are hurrying along the sidewalk, heads bent against the wind, when they spy a familiar figure at the corner. "Hey, I like your new coat," the man calls to a woman passerby. "You should be wearing rubbers," he calls to a man. The cheerful greetings, uttered from the southeast corner of 3rd and Green streets, in Northern Liberties, never failed to perk up the passing pedestrians. That's where the Joe Hand Boxing Gym is situated, and the friendly man at the corner worked there.