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How Some Seniors Stay Fit

My friend Russ sent me some video links to older guys in action. Here is one of a 60-year-old man who does 700 push ups and 10 sets of pull ups and dips five days a week. Now that’s what I call discipline! My doing 100 a day twice a week just doesn’t cut it. I’m inspired…but I thought you should rest muscle groups a day to help them bulk out?

Here is another video of a 90-year-old who is still pole vaulting. Dr. William Bell holds the world record in his age group and jumps three times a week.

This Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu master throws his student around with such ease. I think in some of the martial arts, the older practitioners seem very fit and effective.

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Small Town Athletes Have An Edge

As London becomes the latest big metropolitan city hosts the Olympic Summer Games, many of the athletes competing come from small towns all over the world.

US Olympians like swimmer Nathalie Coughlin, marathon runner Ryan Hall, and hockey player Lauren Crandall all come from towns with a population of less than 10,000.

A study by Jean Cote of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada showed that a majority of professional American football players came from small towns, even though 80% of Americans lived in bigger cities.

The BBC’s Franz Strasser went to Jonesboro, Arkansas, where former Olympic pole vaulter Earl Bell trains current Olympians like Jeremy Scott. Two out of the three US men’s pole vaulters train here.

The trainer talks about why small towns are better equipped to raise an athlete.

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