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School, Homework, Pump Iron

from The Wall Street Journal

Twelve-year-old Amanda Starr and her 10-year-old sister, Natalie, use medicine-ball exercises to build muscle. "I can do 15 military-style pushups," says Natalie, a San Diego fifth-grader, noting that six months ago she could do only seven.

The Starr sisters are part of a nascent muscle-strengthening craze among the nation's young. Strength training, once limited to high school football teams, has become a standard workout feature for participants in youth soccer, swimming, wrestling, basketball and baseball. And it is fast catching hold among kids who don't play organized sports at all. more

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