Louisville Magazine

FEB 2019

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bidpal.net/dessertsfirst LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 2.19 31 a weightlifting belt. He recites part of his evening's "program" to me: "Two hundred and five pounds for three sets of eight rows, because that's (about) 60 percent of my max — 315." As he finishes his set, he sings, "Row, row, row your boat." Nusseibeh wants to make one thing clear: Yes, this gym is very popular with bodybuilders and powerlifters and Strong- man competitors, but also with senior citizens, boxers, soccer players, scrawny college boys, fit women who like to watch their shows on the elliptical machines. As we talk, a tattooed, middle-aged mailman works on his pecs and deltoids. Still, this is a gym with a posing room — a closed-door space with a shallow platform, scale and three mirrored walls for bodybuilders to flex to perfection, veins quivering, vulnerable and exposed, no wobble to hide beneath. Asya Jones, a petite powerlifter with a half-shirt that reads "ANIMAL," tells me she wouldn't dare work out anywhere else. "This is like the only real hardcore gym left around here," she says. "People here are serious about working out instead of, like, talking and taking pic- tures of themselves. At a commercial gym you get your beginners and people that are doing it for a few weeks at New Year's or whatever. Here, everyone's been doing this a really long time." — AM Photo by Joon Kim College Guide Coming May 2019 Louisville Magazine's complete guide to finding (and getting into!) the right college for your student. The 2019 College Guide will be distributed to all public, private and parochial high school juniors in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt and Shelby counties in Kentucky and Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott and Crawford counties in Indiana. For more info, contact 625-0100 x32 or advertising@loumag.com

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