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Lou Ferrigno Finally Able to Enjoy the Sound of Metal (Clanging)


Finally, the sounds of pumping iron have become music to Lou Ferrigno’s ears.

When your list of accomplishments include two Mr. Universe titles, standing onstage with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Mr. Olympia, competing in the first World’s Strongest Man competition, and playing the starring role in a show like The Incredible Hulk, it’s safe to say that you could be considered a grandmaster of the gym.

Ferrigno has done a lot of training in many gyms, and it would be hard for him to do anything for the first time. However, the bodybuilding and acting legend did experience a new first — actually a few: Ferrigno was able to hear a multitude of sounds that were completely new to him.

“I was hearing things I’d never heard before, like the machines working, the plates clanging. I could hear my own footsteps as I was walking through. It was overwhelming at first, but I was so excited.”

At age 69, Ferrigno had lived his whole life while not being able to hear out of one ear. This issue was something he had to struggle with from childhood.

“Kids in school would say, ‘Here comes Deaf Louie,’” Ferrigno recalled. “They would call me other names and make fun of me because of my lack of hearing.”

While the difficulty followed him throughout his life, the good news is that now Ferrigno is able to hear a lot more thanks to having a Cochlear “Kanso 2 Sound Processor” implant. Prior to this, he had used hearing aids with some success, but he says nothing is like this.

“The sounds I hear are crisper, even when there are multiple noises,” he says. “I can hear S’s. I had to turn the TV down when I first turned it on because of how loud it was to me, compared to before I had this put in.”

Ferrigno has been singing the praises of his implant. He even says that things may have gone differently for him in his bodybuilding career if this technology was available back then.

“When I was standing onstage, I had difficulty connecting with the audience because I couldn’t hear them. Also, when I was standing there waiting for the judge to call the next pose, I had trouble understanding what to do,” Ferrigno said. “When I was training in the gym, I had to read lips and people had to tap me on the shoulder to get my attention. It wasn’t that I was ignoring them. I couldn’t hear them. This helps me now as a motivational speaker. I’m more confident in how I’m speaking and I’m sure I’ll be able to better connect with audiences.”

He had one more wish about the Cochlear implant: Ferrigno shared how much Joe Weider would’ve enjoyed its benefits.

“Most people don’t know that Joe Weider had hearing trouble as well,” he says. “If this was around back then, and he had one, we would’ve been able to connect even more than we had already. He would’ve loved this.”

The former “Hulk” is also advocating for fans and everyone that may be dealing with hearing issues to find out what can be done, and see if perhaps an implant would help them as well.

“This is like I am reliving my life. I can hear my grandchildren in another room, I hear noises outside, and it has been amazing. If you have a hearing aid because of profound or significant hearing loss, I suggest going to checkmyhearingaid.com to see if yours is working as well as it should be.”

For more information about Cochlear, go to www.cochlear.com

Old-School Ass Kicker: Lou Ferrigno

Old-School Ass Kicker: Lou Ferrigno

“The Incredible Hulk” star talks about Arnold, Mr. Olympia and how he won his dream role.

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Meet Hobie Mirage Lynx, the Pedal Kayak of Your Dreams


Start your summer on the water off right with the new Mirage Lynx kayak from Hobie. This feature-packed, pedal-powered boat is lightweight, tough, and versatile, plus features an elevated seat you can remove for lounging on the beach or bank.

 

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Based off the popular inflatable Hobie i11s kayaks, the new Lynx weighs only 45 pounds and uses the brand’s patented MirageDrive 180 for propulsion. The pedal drive allows you to maneuver forward and backward—without having to use your upper body—offering an efficient, leg-powered way to get around on the water without straining your back or arms. And with the added Kick-Up Fin tech, you can pedal through shallow water and over underwater obstacles without worrying about the pedal fins breaking or binding.

Hobie's new Mirage Lynx kayak is a pedal-powered jack-of-all-trades on the water.
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“We built the Lynx to give kayakers everything they could dream of and more,” says Mike Suzuki, CEO of Hobie. “With all of the tenacity of a hard-sided kayak, and the benefits of the unique, lightweight design, the Lynx is as enjoyable as it is versatile; whether it’s taking you fishing, kayaking, sailing, traveling, or relaxing, the Lynx is a jack of all trades.”

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In a testament to the Lynx truly being a do-it-all kayak, it has a bunch of mounts and tracks, along with ample cargo room. Customize and outfit the rig to meet your needs and pursuits. Those interested in just cruising around and enjoying the nearest body of water can easily install a bimini shade for shelter from the sun, or pick up the sail kit to harness wind to go faster and travel more efficiently. The lightweight, removable seat is elevated to give greater visibility and a more stable ride, with added mesh suspension to keep you cool.

Anglers will also love how nimble and stable the Lynx. It also features plenty of places to mount accessories to outfit the kayak with all you need to bring in a prized catch. There’s an H-bar and slip-resistant pad for more secure fishing while standing, an H-Rail integrated track system, and it comes ready to install fish-finding electronics and a Power-Pole anchor system to keep you stationary while you cast.

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Hobie's new Mirage Lynx kayak is a pedal-powered jack-of-all-trades on the water.
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The 11-foot Mirage Lynx kayak also has a removable rudder system, seat-mounted cup holder, bow storage with bungee cords, a two-piece kayak paddle, and is stackable to boot.

[$2,699; hobie.com]

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The Tips and Gear You’ll Need to Go Take a Hike — Safely and Effectively


If you’re looking to get in better shape or simply wanting to find another activity for your active rest days, look no further than the dirt path. Hiking builds lower-body strength, activates your core, improves cardiovascular fitness, stabilizes joints, improves balance, and encourages positive well being.

But there’s more to it than simply lacing up your shoes and walking the trails, especially if your hikes pack on the distance, or if you’re looking at hiking as an intense workout.

Regardless of your experience level or the length of the hike, it takes good planning and preparation to ensure hiking safety. From Injury-prevention techniques to what to pack out with, following these simple steps can ensure an overall better hiking experience. Let’s hit the trails!

Your ‘Go-To’ Hiking Checklist

Before you head off to the trails, Bekah Quirin, hiking expert and owner of Virginia’s Valley Forest School, suggests you study the area where you plan on hiking and research these things: “Will there be river crossings?” Quirin says. “Is it well-traveled or not? Is it well-marked or do you need map/compass skills? What is the elevation gain and loss? Do you need four-wheel drive to access the trailhead?” Learning the ins and outs of your next voyage will help you better prepare and avoid any surprises. “Websites like alltrails.com are very helpful. It’s a fantastic website and app to learn all about the trails you wish to trek on.”

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Monica Brant Explains Why She Shifted to Figure Division


Monica Brant is a legend in the world of bodybuilding and fitness. She also should be considered a pioneer in the sport. She was in the lineup of the very first Fitness Olympia in 1995, and she was in the inaugural Figure Olympia eight years later.

No one in Olympia history has ever won the top title in two divisions, but Brant could be considered the athlete who came the closest. Aside from her 1998 Fitness Olympia victory, she had placed second in the 2003 Figure Olympia. Davana Medina ultimately won that particular contest.

Brant joined Alina Popa and the returning Lenda Murray on this week’s episode of Femme Flex Friday. One of the topics that Popa asked about was the reason for Brant making the switch from Fitness to Figure, which made headlines at that time.

“One thing I didn’t do was advance my gymnastics enough, mind you and remember I was self-taught, to compete with the women that were coming into Fitness that had this giant gymnastics background like Mary (Semple-Marzetta), and Susan (Curry). All of them had those backgrounds.”

Another reason that Brant mentioned was a mistake that she made at the 1999 Olympia, which resulted in her placing fourth and losing her title. After that competition, she opted to walk away from the competitive spotlight for a while.

“I was a little worn out from gymnastics. I was just kind of burned out on keeping up with the gymnastics thing. I was also working, and I was under contracts. No one was saying ‘you have to compete,’ which I would never sign anyways. I just kind of laid low, and then Jim Lorimer calls me in 2002 and invites me to the first Figure International. And how could I say no to Jim Lorimer?”

The transition from one division to another was challenging, but Brant was up to the task. Murray actually referred to the guest as the “uncrowned Ms. Figure Olympia” because she felt Brant deserved at least one title. Brant spoke about what she got from competing in that division.

“What I understood was those shows, all the way, no matter what show I did, no matter how I did, I always used them to help build my career. And also, I guess bless others coming into the sport that may be looking at the shows and winning as such a big ‘have to have’ and if they don’t win, it’s devastating. It’s a placement. Now use that show to do something else. Use it to build a business.”

Brant shares numerous stories in this rare interview including how she got her first Muscle and Fitness cover, her career in track, and much more. Check out the full episode over at www.wingsofstrength.net .

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