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They get a lift from their workouts

Instructor Meaghan Francis leads an exercise class at Select Fitness in Marblehead. The class is centered around a new lightweight exercise device that allows athletes to suspend themselves. Instructor Meaghan Francis leads an exercise class at Select Fitness in Marblehead. The class is centered around a new lightweight exercise device that allows athletes to suspend themselves. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)
By Alessandra Bianchi
Globe Correspondent / July 17, 2008

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Cathy Schaefer received a novel present this year for her 43d birthday. It's a small, unassuming piece of exercise equipment: 12 feet of nylon strapping, two buckles, and a pair of loops for hands or feet. Called a TRX Suspension Trainer - a loose acronym for total body resistance training exercise - the gizmo was designed as a portable, lightweight ... (Full article: 805 words)

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