Pumping Iron, But Losing Muscle

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A healthy man in his 30s starts lifting weights, and his physical condition worsens.

Jay, a physician in his early 30s, was a healthy guy who ran 6 miles a day, loved nature and animals, and spent free time hiking and biking. One summer, he decided to start weight training. The problem started simply. He had finished a training session at the gym, doing upper and lower body exercises with barbells and finishing with sit-ups. A few days later, he felt more sore than usual. “My neck feels really stiff,” he told me. “I probably overdid it at the gym.” I ex…

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