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November 6, 2012 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
My approach to exercise is strictly Thoreauvian - simplify, simplify! That's why I'm a big fan of body-weight exercise - push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc. Because resistance is supplied by your body weight, no fancy equipment is necessary, and the exercises can be performed just about any time, any place. When I go on long road trips, I always drop for 50 push-ups when I stop to get gas or a meal. At work, I keep push-up stands handy. Several times a day, I'll pump fresh blood into my weary brain by knocking out a set of 25. Push-up stands keep your hands clean and enable you to drop deep and thoroughly expand and tax the muscles of your chest and shoulders.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012
DO IT RIGHT The versatile push-up is a favorite of mine. Do it anywhere and modify to any fitness level - against a wall, with bent knees on the floor, one-arm, dumbbell row, alligator, triceps, plyometric push-ups or 3-point, to name a few. The classic: Start on your hands and knees. With hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, feet together, shift weight onto your hands and feet and rise into an up plank position. Keeping your body and head straight, slowly lower your body to the ground by bending your elbows.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
My recent column on push-ups, in which orthopedic surgeon John Fenlin of the Rothman Institute tossed a hand grenade by recommending that people over 40 stop doing body-weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, and dips, generated a huge response from readers. Many were alarmed by his warning and wanted guidance about sensible ways to adapt push-ups so they're less perilous, as well as advice about suitable substitutes. But others objected to Fenlin's counsel, claiming that body-weight exercises are an important and valuable part of their fitness regimen that pose little danger if executed carefully and properly.
NEWS
April 4, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / BONNIE WELLER
PATCO POLICE take part in a fitness test at PATCO headquarters in Camden. Instructor Allan Tittermary (left) counts as Raymond Paterno does push-ups. The transit officers, who were tested last Wednesday, are evaluated every four months.
SPORTS
June 30, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson stood over a scrawny 15-year-old who had collapsed into the overgrown grass, exhausted from doing push-ups in the heat Friday morning. "Do you want to be great?" the Eagles Pro Bowl wide receiver asked the boy. "Yes. " "Then get your knees off the grass and start doing some push-ups. " The boy looked at Jackson, the tattoos tracing down his arms, the green Eagles shorts and the retro L.A. Kings snapback hat. The boy looked rejuvenated and formed a plank, counting off the number of push-ups as he did them.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012
Wide-grip push-ups build strength in your chest, back, shoulders and core. You begin in the up position, keeping body and head straight, just like the classic push-up, only your hands are wider than shoulder width apart (about 6 inches wider). Once you're in the right position, slowly lower yourself until you are 3 to 6 inches from the floor. Then press straight up without locking your elbows. Repeat 10 to 20 reps for 2 to 3 sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Like the army itself, the best war stories tell ensemble-driven tales ( Band of Brothers , Saving Private Ryan ) of warriors worn down by conflict and overcoming (or not) their trials through a unified effort. People's Light and Theatre's superb production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues adheres to this tradition, with director Samantha Bellomo finding an endearing balance of warmth and humor centered on the richly textured characterizations of her outstanding ensemble cast.
NEWS
August 11, 1990 | By Judi Sheppard Missett, Special to The Inquirer
Muscle strengthening is best accomplished by using "free" weights - the hand-held ones - or weight machines. If you don't have access to weights, try push-ups. Push-ups strengthen the arms and chest, and are among the few muscle- strengthening exercises you can do without weights; you use the weight of your body as the resistance. Push-ups work the tricep muscles (back of the upper arm) and the pectoralis major (front of chest). By placing your hands close together, as in the following exercise, you will shift the focus to the triceps.
NEWS
June 23, 1993 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
They might be the two most polite kids in Philadelphia. They might be the two strongest, physically fit 11-year-olds in the city. They might be two future world boxing champions. They are twin brothers Rock and Tiger Allen of Strawberry Mansion. A lot of people in the local boxing fraternity are watching them closely and placing their bets. When someone told Tiger he could be another Sugar Ray Leonard, he reportedly answered, "I'm better than Sugar Ray was when he was a kid. Could Sugar Ray do 1,000 push-ups when he was my age?"
NEWS
November 30, 1998 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
It's not uncommon for a writer to dedicate a book to his parents, but Stewart Smith is a bit different: He wrote "The TV Watcher's Workout" (Hatherleigh/Five Star Fitness/$14.95) for his parents. The former Navy SEAL has spent much of his adult life making hardbodies harder, training midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy and helping to select future SEALs, work that led to his first published book, "The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness. " But five years ago, Smith found himself up against a fitness challenge that couldn't be met "G.I.
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May 7, 2015
If you've ever been to the gym, you undoubtedly noticed that most women love cardiovascular exercise, while most men gravitate to the weights. Granted, cardiovascular and strength training are essential, but equally important - and often neglected - is balance training. What's balance got to do with it? Generally, the loss of adult balance is yet another consequence of our sedentary lifestyle, but even dedicated fitness enthusiast are prone to scrimping or skipping balance training.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Like the army itself, the best war stories tell ensemble-driven tales ( Band of Brothers , Saving Private Ryan ) of warriors worn down by conflict and overcoming (or not) their trials through a unified effort. People's Light and Theatre's superb production of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues adheres to this tradition, with director Samantha Bellomo finding an endearing balance of warmth and humor centered on the richly textured characterizations of her outstanding ensemble cast.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Higher gasoline costs pushed a measure of U.S. consumer prices up in June, but the overall trend in inflation stayed tame. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index increased 0.5 percent in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3 percent jump in gas prices, the largest since February. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, so-called core prices rose just 0.2 percent. Consumer prices have been stable this year, allowing the Federal Reserve room to continue efforts to stimulate the economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013
TALK about aloha. Check out the accompanying smoking-hot photo of Jada Pinkett Smith strolling on a Hawaii beach over the weekend, sporting an itty-bitty, white string bikini. At age 41, the mom of three is rocking killer abs and has toned biceps, reminding us that age ain't nuthin' but a thang. In April, the wife of Philly's own Will Smith posted on Facebook about what it takes to look the way that she does in a swimsuit. Pinkett Smith was responding to a young female fan who'd seen another picture of Pinkett Smith frolicking on the beach and asked for advice on building up her arms.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Matthew Craft, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Reassuring comments from a Federal Reserve official and better earnings from two big retailers helped push the stock market higher Tuesday. Stock indexes wobbled between gains and losses in early trading, then took a turn higher just before noon. That's when news came that James Bullard, head of the Fed's St. Louis branch, told an audience in Germany that the Fed ought to stick with its bond-buying effort to bolster the economic recovery. "Those words were a salve for investors' nerves," said Lawrence Creatura, a fund manager at Federated Investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013
These inexpensive gadgets will help you maximize summer fitness goals. They travel easily, too. 1. ePulse2 The first strapless, continuous heart-rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter. No more chest strap, no more complicated watch, no more periodic heart-rate measurements. Strap this baby on your arm and watch it go to work. Three for one, under $100. 2. WEIGHTED JUMP ROPE Takes personal fitness into the stratosphere - if you are up for a challenge. Torches calories, significantly increases strength and improves coordination, agility and endurance.
SPORTS
April 21, 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 Here are some healthy, active ways to volunteer your time in response to the Boston Marathon bombings that will not only help others but also make you sweat. Participate in a run/walk for charity.
SPORTS
December 23, 2012
Tips of the Week Editor's note: On Nov. 18, we began the "Revolution Before the Resolution," a weekly guide to enhance your fitness level whether you are at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level while getting a head start before New Year's Day. Three group exercise instructors and ACE-certified personal trainers who are students at Rowan University will provide weekly tips for each level. Important: All prospective followers of the advice should consult a physician before beginning any fitness program.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Art Carey, Inquirer Columnist
My recent column on push-ups, in which orthopedic surgeon John Fenlin of the Rothman Institute tossed a hand grenade by recommending that people over 40 stop doing body-weight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, and dips, generated a huge response from readers. Many were alarmed by his warning and wanted guidance about sensible ways to adapt push-ups so they're less perilous, as well as advice about suitable substitutes. But others objected to Fenlin's counsel, claiming that body-weight exercises are an important and valuable part of their fitness regimen that pose little danger if executed carefully and properly.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012
Wide-grip push-ups build strength in your chest, back, shoulders and core. You begin in the up position, keeping body and head straight, just like the classic push-up, only your hands are wider than shoulder width apart (about 6 inches wider). Once you're in the right position, slowly lower yourself until you are 3 to 6 inches from the floor. Then press straight up without locking your elbows. Repeat 10 to 20 reps for 2 to 3 sets.
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