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GETTING IN SHAPE

Pushups elemental but superb core exercise

April Calderon, manager of Anytime Fitness gym in Clearwater, Fla., and a pushup champion, demonstrates a decline pushup.
April Calderon, manager of Anytime Fitness gym in Clearwater, Fla., and a pushup champion, demonstrates a decline pushup.
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CHICAGO — April Calderon recently pumped out 61 pushups in 60 seconds while balancing precariously on three medicine balls, a feat that has been submitted to Guinness World Records. The key is “great balance, mental toughness and lots and lots of practice,” said Calderon, a general manager for three Anytime Fitness gyms in central Florida. “But I’m really sick of pushups right now.” Pushups, one of the best measures of upper-body fitness, are worth the ...

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