“The Best Shape Of My Life” . . .
Here’s a great stroy about a Heavyhands user and what it did for him . . .
It was with a good deal of interest that I found your website.
I have been using, probably since 1985 or earlier, in my best recollection, a set of AMF Heavyhands.
I bought it with the 5 lb. and 10 lb. weights.
I read a book on it written by Dr. Leonard Schwartz in 1983, and was impressed with the regimen.
Besides, he looked absolutely great for his age!
I tried a lot of exercise disciplines.
I first started out as the proverbial “98 Lb. weakling” that Charles Atlas originally described himself in comic book ads.
I sent off for his course, but I didn’t like it much.
I wanted more results.
I then did the Joe Weider course, and it did about as much for me as possible with my “ectomorph” frame when I was in high school.
I later tried “free” weights, and a variety of easier or cheaper ways of body building and exercise.
I finally bought a Nordic Tracker.
This was a great tool.
But personally, I liked jogging quite a bit, and when I found the book material on HeavyHands, well, I was hooked. It made so much sense.
I sold the Tracker and have never looked back, as the HeavyHands routine was not like work to me, but something that I enjoyed doing.
I have achieved results that have exceeded well above all of my other efforts combined in exercise, fitness, and wanting to look your best.
As I mentioned earlier about being in the best shape of my life, the body feature that received the most complimentary remarks, from nearly all women no less, was my flat “as a washboard” tummy, which I had at age 50.
For many years, regularly, I have used this utensil in exercising, in which I have increased my cardiac benefit of at least 300% over regular walking.
My peak in using this regimen came when I reached 50 years old.
I “ran” two-three times a week, with the ten pound weights, plus additional ten pounds strapped to my legs.
This gave me a 20 pound benefit when I ran for 20 minutes over a 1.6 mile course that I had mapped out for many years.
That year, when I was fifty years old, I was 5’9″+ height, weighed 161 pounds, had a 31 inch waist, and a suit jacket size of 44 inch shoulders.
Yeah, I looked like a little football player without the pads.
I was in the best shape of my life.
Since then, I have had a good deal many injuries from my former mode of employment, and of course, have gotten older.
I can only “walk” or kind of “power walk” nowadays, at a pace stride (30 inches) which is still not too bad.
I can no longer wear the leg weights.
I also have trouble carrying the ten pound weights, as it is painful for my forearms anymore.
I put on the five pound weights, but they feel as though they are nothing.
I am 62 years old, but in still fairly good shape.
My waist is about 32 inches yet, but my shoulders may not be as substantial.
The biggest difference is muscle tone; you just lose it more as you get older.
My goal is to not worry about muscle buildup anymore, but flexibility and muscle tone.
I am looking for seven or eight pound weights, that would fit my old AMF’s?
I think, that with a seven pound or plus, I could find a happy medium and get a maximum benefit from my old AMF heavyhands.
Thanks for any help that you can give me.
I owe folks like Dr. Scwartz and you, a debt of gratitude, for discovering this physical fitness facet and now making it available to more folks than ever.
I am very pleased to have found your site.