My high school classmate, Rudy, is 74 years old and was advised to try strengthening therapy, rather than surgery. He has a trainer come to his house twice a week to crack the whip and make him do exercises.

He is ALMOST up to 10 almost-chin ups. Pretty good for anybody…not just a guy in his 70’s…

and then he sent me this: “After that initial set that i sent you, I did three more. 17, 19 and 10. Plus the push ups, bozoo squats with 12lb ball, chin ups, 30 seconds of high speed pedaling on stationary bicycle, between sets of weight lifting, leg lifts, flutter kicks, crunches. And that is the hour.

“The endorphins make me feel great. Like a drug.”