Dr. Charles Eugster, a 93-year-old British bodybuilder, did not begin weightlifting six years ago as a way to stay in shape or to occupy his time. No, Eugster had a more, shall we say, ambitious rationale.

"The idea is to turn the heads of the sexy young 70-year-old girls on the beach," Eugster told BBC News.

After an athletic youth in which he was a competitive rower, Eugster lost his sturdy physique during 30 years as a dentist. In his late 80s, he noticed the complexion of his body had changed, and he wasn't happy about it.

"I'm extremely vain," Eugster said. "I noticed I was getting fat."

So for the past six years, Eugster's been hitting the gym three or four times a week, even working with a former Mr. Universe as a trainer.

At a recent competition he did 57 dips, 61-chin-ups and even pulled off 48 abdominal crunches in 45 seconds.

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If Eugster's routine sounds extremely impressive, that's because he's a human anomaly. Most seniors in their 90s are advised to avoid lifting weights and doing other strenuous forms of activity.

"[Eugster] is unusual and there is a small minority of the population that can undertake that sort of vigorous activity into their 90s, but that's not true of most of us," said Steve Iliffe, a professor of primary care for older people at University College London. "Within reason it is never too late to start exercising, but you do have to remember there is a difference between exercise and physical activity."

Eugster said that bodybuilding at an older age is like exchanging an old car for a new one. The better shape the car is in, the easier it will be to trade it in.

"If you have taken care of your old car, it won't cost you so much," Eugster said. "But if you have neglected your car, it's going to cost you a lot."

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This tyke might be super cute, but he won't tolerate any nonsense in his yoga class.

His name is Lincoln James, the 2-year-old son of My Yoga Online founders Jason Jacobson and Michelle Trantina, and the star of this new video.

The clip is highly produced, so naturally there are questions of how much coaching or prompting young Lincoln might have needed to deliver his lines. (It is filed in the comedy category on YouTube.) But even if this was 100 percent scripted, the adorable factor is off the charts and bound to brighten your day -- and isn't that what yoga should do for you anyway?

For what it's worth, the My Yoga Online website says Lincoln has legit yoga teaching qualifications:

Lincoln began practicing yoga at the age of 6 months PB (Pre-Birth). His first poses in the womb were Warrior 1 and Shoulder Stand. Needless to say, it was not too comfortable for his mother Michelle. A year after his birth, Lincoln completed his 200-hour teacher training and is now sharing the Buddha's teachings with his students.

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J.R. Martinez has a message for anyone who has seen him put his feet up in the front row of an airplane and immediately drawn conclusions: It's not what you think.

Martinez, the army veteran, actor and Dancing With The Stars champion has been traveling the country over the past year as a motivational speaker while also training for the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4.

And to avoid foot swelling when he gets on the plane, sometimes Martinez has to go to extreme lengths.

"People may think that I'm just being cocky, but I'm like, 'No, I'm trying to keep the blood flowing in my legs because I'm running a marathon," Martinez jokes. "Maybe the Bloody Mary makes it seem cocky."

No matter what part of the country he's in, Martinez has been running five days a week to prepare for the marathon. Sundays are long runs, where heart rate is as important as distance (Martinez tries to stay in the 155 bpm-165 bpm range). After taking Mondays off, Martinez does intervals on Tuesdays -- a 10 minute warm-up followed by 10 90 second sprints where his heart rate is between 177 bpm and 183 bpm. Wednesdays are inclines and Thursdays are recovery jogs where Martinez aims to keep his heart rate below 165 bpm for 45 minutes. Friday is a similar idea -- a shorter run with the goal of staying below 165 bpm. And then Martinez will rest on Saturdays as he prepares for his long run on Sunday.

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Martinez says his Timex GPS Run Trainer has been invaluable during his training. The watch tracks pace, distance and heart rate, which is especially helpful when Martinez is in an unfamiliar location.

"If I find myself in Seattle, Washington, I don’t know how far it is to run from this landmark to that landmark," Martinez told ThePostGame. "Instead of trying to pull it up on your iPhone and dropping the pin on the map and calculating and all that, I just launch the satellite on this bad boy, run, and then I'm like, 'Oh man, this is perfect. I just ran five miles.'"

The watch isn't Martinez's only companion on his runs. Whenever he can, Martinez says he tries to run with his two-and-a-half year old black lab, Romeo.

"He doesn’t know he’s training for a marathon," Martinez says of Romeo, "he just knows he gets to be outside and run around."

Martinez has more at stake this weekend than the average marathoner. For every runner Martinez passes on Sunday, Timex will donate $1 to the New York Road Runners' Youth Programs. Martinez may be at a training disadvantage -- while most people try to get up to 18 or 20 miles before the race, Martinez has topped out at around 16 -- but he’s not fazed.

If the past decade has taught Martinez anything, it's that a few extra miles won't hurt.

"I'm not taking it lightly, but I think I'll be alright," Martinez says. “I'll just stop for a minute, walk it off, rejuvenate myself, get some energy and guess what? Keep going again and pass hopefully 40 more people, 50 more people, 100 more people."

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Pumping iron is only part of the muscle-building formula. "Recovery is just as important," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of The IMPACT! Body Plan. That's because weightlifting creates microtears in your muscles, and hitting the gym again too hard too soon can undermine the repair process (also known as muscle growth). "Your body needs at least one day of rest between workouts," says Durkin. Follow his four tips to make the most of your downtime. (Get more fast fitness fixes -- sign up for our free Exercise of the Week newsletter.)

Feed Your Muscles
Lifting weights makes your metabolism race as your body works to replenish energy and repair muscle tissue. "If you don't take in enough calories and protein, you won't have the resources you need to recover," says Durkin. He recommends consuming 300 to 500 additional calories on workout days, and skewing those calories toward protein, the building block of muscle. "Shoot for 1 gram per pound of body weight," says Durkin. (Do you really need to eat protein within 15 minutes of working out? Discover The Truth about Protein.)

Roll With It
Here's why you need a regular massage, or at least a foam roller: "Both can help break up the scar tissue that's a natural consequence of lifting," says Durkin. That not only speeds the repair process and reduces soreness but also improves range of motion, reports a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. "Spend 5 minutes using a foam roller on your quads, hams, glutes, hips, and lower back before a workout and before bed," Durkin says. "If you can, also visit a massage therapist twice a month." (Foam rolling is an easy -- and cheap -- way to keep your body moving like a well-oiled machine. Check out The Best Injury-Prevention Workout You're Not Doing.)

Catch More Z’s
Muscle building doesn't shut down when you hit the sack. "Your body repairs a lot of damage as you sleep, so it's critical to get as much as you can," Durkin says. Indeed, a lack of shut-eye can increase muscle loss by up to 60 percent, according to researchers in Brazil. The reason: Your body produces its greatest surge of growth hormone while you're sleeping. What's more, the fatigue that goes hand in hand with too little sleep can torpedo your workout performance. Your goal: 7 to 8 hours of quality slumber every night. (Snooze soundly through the evening with these 6 Foods for Better Sleep.)

Take a Cold One
Tough workouts don't have to result in aching muscles. Immersing yourself in cold water immediately after intense exercise can reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) by nearly half, say scientists in Ireland. That means a faster return to peak performance and a lower likelihood of missing your next workout. Do this: Fill your bathtub with 50- to 59-degree Fahrenheit water (cool tap water is usually cold enough) and soak in it for 5 to 12 minutes in order to reduce the inflammation that causes DOMS, the scientists recommend.
Transform your body into a fat-burning machine with these 5 Easy Ways to Rev Your Metabolism.

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While many Washington, D.C., residents were staying home, stocking up and watching the news, one brave man decided he needed to lighten the mood around the city and the country.

Either that, or this is an extreme example of how some people just hate to miss a workout.

So this man, believed to be Jimmy Kruyne, stripped down to nothing but running shoes, a bathing suit and a mask fashioned after a horse's head. He was caught jogging through the street's of D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood by NBC4 news cameras.

After being caught on camera, Kruyne posted this photo of himself on his Twitter page. Earlier in the day, he had sent out this tweet:

Kruyne told DCist that he wasn't clamoring for attention, rather he wanted to give people a reason to laugh during these uncertain times.

"Little spontaneous jogging hopefully put a smile on people's face before this awful storm," he said.

And you might as well get in a run while you still can.

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You've probably tried the explosive pushup before as a "clapping pushup" thanks to Rocky (and every other boxing movie released in the past 30 years). But here's what you may not know about the move: You don't need to clap, and you don't need to do 100 in a row to see results.

To build up your endurance, you only have to perform 10 seconds of explosive pushups with 45 seconds of rest, says Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training and creator of The Russian Fat-Loss Secret workout. Do that three to five times, rest five minutes, then repeat.

How does it work? When you perform multiple sets, you'll develop your fast-twitch fibers' aerobic capabilities. "This allows guys to work at a higher intensity for a longer period of time before they reach the point of fatigue," says Hartman. (Run stronger, recover faster, live healthier, and perform better with The Paleo Diet.)

Watch the video below to see how do the explosive pushup with perfect form.

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If you're having some trouble picking up girls at the gym, Jarrett Sleeper is here to help. The comedian posted a helpful video Monday with some pointers, but it may not be what you think:

This video demonstrates proper technique for picking up girls at the gym. For a strong or even decent pull, set up is important. Visualization, confidence, and a certain swagger is crucial for successful execution.

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Dwight Howard has always been known for his smooth moves-- both in the post and on the dance floor.

With his time on the court limited this summer because of a back injury, Howard put in time working on his dancing, and he says it's paid off big time. The 7-footer credits his quick recovery from surgery to the hours he spent practicing the dance to the pop hit Gangnam Style.

"Gagnam style has helped me strengthen my core and lower back," Howard told Laker Nation. "I’ve got a great PT program, but this dance has taken me to the next level."

After months of rehab and dancing, Howard is reportedly ahead of schedule on his recovery, and his teammates are amazed.

"Whatever he’s doing to get ready for the season, he should keep doing it," Kobe Bryant said. "I’m not seeing any problems."

Howard even showed of his Gangnam Style moves during a recent Lakers-Trailblazers preseason game. Bryant, however, did not want any part in the shenanigans.

"I don’t ride horseys," Bryant said.

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If Northwestern loses to Nebraska on Saturday, it won't be because the Wildcats are tired.

Earlier this year, Northwestern got off to a slow start during an afternoon game against Boston College, prompting coach Pat Fitzgerald to ask his team what the matter was. Apparently, the Wildcats tend to nap during that period of the afternoon, so they were a bit groggy during the game.

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reports that during the week, Northwestern players have meetings and practice from 8:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and then they rush off to the class. The early afternoon is nap time for the Wildcats.

So with Saturday's game against Nebraska having the same 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff as the Boston College game, Fitzgerald has re-arranging Northwestern's game day schedule to give his players some extra time in bed. Breakfast will be early so players can snooze at 9:30 a.m.

"Unbelievable," Fitzgerald told the Chicago Tribune. "This is what I get paid to do. Seriously. Create nap time. It's pathetic."

Just in case anyone thought he was kidding, Fitzgerald even included the "Mandatory Cat Nap" in Northwestern's schedule for Saturday.

While Fitzgerald couldn't believe his players' unusual ritual (and request), quarterback Kain Colter was thrilled to hear the news.

"We'll wake up, have our pregame meal, do our mental things and then have a mandatory nap," Colter told the Tribune. "Those hotel beds are really comfortable and the pillows are soft. … (Then) we'll come down refreshed and ready to kick some butt."

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Of all the factors that have contributed to Ray Lewis' longevity (talent, drive, luck), perhaps none is as important as fitness. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker and future Hall of Famer is a notorious workout fiend, and it is somewhat absurd that at 37, he is still evolving with the game.

Lewis recently showed off his muscle in a gym session with the rapper Nelly, who is filming a workout series with athletes and other stars called "Celebrity Sweat." Nelly, who is about six months older than than Lewis, appears to keep up for most of the workout, but by the end he is too gassed to continue.

Ray Lewis' workout, and many more, can be found at the "Celebrity Sweat" website.

(H/T to Late For Work)

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