our sunday strib offers a regular feature entitled "how i got this body." this week we hear from richard train of bloomington, the 65-year-old lifter at left.
i was most taken by mr. train's views on working one's way out of pain and injury:
You'd think there's no way a 65-year-old person's body could tolerate [bodybuilding], but one of the things I've really learned is the capability of the human body. About eight years ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee. The doctor said, 'You've got two years before you need to replace it,' so I babied it and it hurt. Then I started lifting with the leg and the leg got stronger and stronger and that knee never bothered me anymore. The body adapts so well developing muscle -- it's an added feature we don't realize until we go there.
medical experts would surely qualify and might even refute such advice, but mr. train's experiences directly mirror my own. when my knees started barking after i'd done a few marathons in the nineties, resting did little for my knees or my disposition. frustrated, i jumped aboard those curious-looking leg-lift machines at the community center and started working the quads and hammies.
runners tempt injury by claiming good health, so i'd never say that my knees are now fine. like mr. train, however, the leg work has helped me keep a-rolling for the past ten years.