Vary workouts for best results

Nancy Cole demonstrates the “plank” exercise at Body and Soul in Coral Gables, Florida, on December 1, 2003.

Take it from a 70-year-old bodybuilder how to schedule your weights routine.

Dr. Robert Drapkin, an oncology doctor in Florida, regularly competes in competitions, recently winning second place among men over 70 in the Masters National Bodybuilding Championship.

Passionate about staying fit, he offered one simple way to alter your workout for the best. Alternate which body part you work out, exercising a different muscle group once a week, he suggested.

Mondays, he does pushing exercises, working his chest, triceps and shoulders. He opts for seated chest or bench presses, but cautioned that his workout regimen is not for everyone.

Tuesdays, he rests.

Wednesdays, he focuses on legs, which can include barbell squats or hamstring curls, and Thursdays, he rests again.

On Fridays, he suggests working on the pulling muscles, like the back and biceps. Pullups can work for this, or barbell curls. All of Drapkin’s exercises include a plank.

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