Dick Falcon

David Chapman

Dick Falcon

Photographers who are also bodybuilders can deploy a much greater understanding of the sport when they snap the shutter. One thinks of great lensmen like Russ Warner, Bob Delmonteque and, of course, John Balik, who were all physique athletes before they stepped behind the camera. A lesser-known bodybuilder who also took great pictures was Dick Falcon. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1912, and by his own account he was a puny and sickly youth. It was only after he purchased some free weights in the early 1930s that his health improved and his physique began to form.

Weird Work, Wild Workouts

Mr. Natural Olympia John Hansen

Weird Work,  Wild Workouts

Q: Iím trying to get fit, but Iím not having much luck. I work 12-hour days, and I drive about an hour to work, so Iím away from home at least 14 hours a day. By the time I get home, itís time to get some shut-eye. I work two days, am off two, then work three. The following week is the opposite. I only have time to work out on my days off. I currently use a Bowflex. I also try to take 20-to-30-minute walks on my days off. I work all bodyparts every day that Iím off, even though they say you should give bodyparts a day of rest before working them. If I did that, though, sometimes Iíd only work out one day a week. Should I work upper body the first day and lower body the second day and do that every time it comes to my days off? How would I do it on my three-day weekends? Or should I keep my same routine and work each bodypart every day? Should I do that but change my routine every day by doing different exercises for each part? My workout currently takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Am I using too much weight or trying to do too much? I ask because sometimes my shoulders and lower back feel torn up by the time Iím done.

Old Men and the C

Becky Holman

Old Men and the C

Do you take a vitamin C supplement? If youíre over 35, you may want to consider it. The latest research shows that vitamin C quashes many of the free radicals that prematurely age skin. It also aids in the formation of collagen, which helps form the skinís connective tissueómore wrinkle protection. Collagen also helps form tendons and ligaments, which can be damaged from exercise, especially weight training. Try one 500-milligram dose twice a day.

Trap Training and Neck Injuries

Joseph M. Horrigan

Trap Training and Neck Injuries

The trapezius serves many functions. Most trainees think of it only as the muscle on top of the shoulders. That, however, is only the upper trapezius, or ďtrap,Ē as most trainees call it. The entire trapezius muscle is kite-shaped. It originates on the base of the skull and all the vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine) and midback (thoracic spine). The trapezius attaches on the outer clavicle and a bony prominence on the scapula. The trapezius has many functions: It can raise the scapula straight up, upward rotate it, and retract it, or pull it back.

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