Gym locker padlocks made easy

Fitness Q & A

September 09, 2005|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I saw a blurb in a fitness magazine about gym padlocks that don't have a number combination and also don't require a key. Instead they have letter combinations so you can set a word as your code. Do you know where I can buy something like this, or what they're called?

A brilliant idea. Why didn't we think of this? After all, words like "speed" and "match" sure are easier to remember than 17-2-33. You can find locks similar to the one you describe at Wordlock.com or at some Staples stores. Now if they'd only find a way to replace phone and credit card numbers with catchy phrases, we'd be set.

What's the correct way to do a triceps kickback standing up (as opposed to having one knee up on a workout bench)? I've seen people doing it, but I want to be sure I have the right form so I don't hurt myself. Also, is there any reason not to do both arms at once?

The rotated kickback is an excellent way to target those triceps muscles. To do it standing, begin bent forward at the waist, with your back straight and your torso parallel to the ground. Your knees should be slightly bent.

Grasping a dumbbell in each hand, lock your elbows at your sides at right angles. With your knuckles pointed toward the ground, slowly straighten your arms behind you. As you do, rotate your palms upward, making sure not to lock the elbows. Do two to three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions each.

If you keep excellent form - tighten those abs - there's no reason why you can't do both arms at once.

I read about a new law that would force restaurants to list calorie information on their menus. I love this idea. Do you know anything about it?

The Menu Education and Labeling Act, dubbed the "MEAL Act," calls for calorie, fat and sodium information to be listed on the menus of fast-food restaurants and other large chain eateries nationwide.

This requirement would be limited to regular dishes on the menu, and wouldn't cover specials.

While it may seem like calorie-counting overkill to some, if passed, the law would raise awareness about what we're actually putting into our bodies when we chow down on a big dinner out. To learn more about the bill, go to www.house.gov.

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