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''Meet 18 masters athletes and study why such a lot of older women and men are enthusiastic about health and athletics''--P. [4] of cover.

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There is a small reception area and a locker room in the front. A single aisle separates a pair of weightlifting benches, five squat racks, and an assortment of wooden platforms covered with rubber lifting mats for deadlifts. Like heavy poker chips, weight plates are stacked everywhere. In the back of the room, Christensen keeps four huge tires, the largest weighing 1,000 pounds (454 kg), that lifters practice flipping for strongman contests. A dozen atlas lifting stones—100 to 360 pounds (45 to 163 kg)—lie on the floor.

During fall and winter, he would get up at seven o’clock, eat two English muffins with peanut butter and jelly, and drive an hour and 15 minutes three days a week to West Allis to train. He would skate with several clubs. If it was a heavy workout with younger skaters, “you were hyperventilating all the way back to Janesville,” he said. Other times, he trained with Kappes and worked on racing strategy. “He didn’t hold back,” Sorce said. “He helped me improve my technique. ” Sorce even hired his own coaches.

But early on, it was grief that pushed him into the gym. John Sorce: Fire on ice John Sorce (born in 1933) hadn’t been on the ice in 47 years, and as he watched the skaters glide around the oval, he wondered whether he could ever race like that again. He was 65. He had once been a promising skater. At 17, even though he had slipped in one race and fallen in two others, he had come in second in a national speed skating championship. “That bugged me,” he said. ” 23 Photo courtesy of Jim Bovin 24 | Second Wind: The Rise of the Ageless Athlete Now years later, the skaters he was watching weren’t kids.

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