All Pumped Up

Weight training does more than put a bulge in your biceps; it's also good for your heart

Jack La Lanne never did much for me. Sure, he introduced calisthenics to a generation of Americans. And, yes, at age 60 he swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, handcuffed and towing a 1,000-lb. boat. But basically the guy pumped iron, curling and pressing his way to an Atlas physique. For La Lanne, now 85, and for Americans still stuck in the 1950s, this was fitness. For the rest of us--thank you, Jane Fonda--working out means panting and sweating and doing anything that will increase the heart rate. Being a dedicated gym rat, I've always felt that if...

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