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Vocabulary Quiz
free weights • explode up • guns
biceps • torso
  1. When he was about 14 years old he became obsessed with having big .
  2. I don't usually use . I prefer the machines instead.
  3. His are really strong from working construction all summer.
  4. He does sit-ups a lot to have a strong .
  5. Okay.  When you are ready I want you to .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

871 Upper body workout
Mike talks about a good work out routine for building arm and torso strength.

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free weights


Is it better that I do free weights?

In a gym, 'free weights' are those heavy round metal things that look like donuts. The opposite of free weights are machines.  Notice the following:

  1. Free weights are more difficult than machines.
  2. You shouldn't do free weights if you're just starting out.

explode up


You should explode up.

When we exercise, to 'explode up' means to lift, push, or pull something very fast.  Notice the following:

  1. Remember: explode up, slow down.
  2. Explode up a hard as you can.

I want guns


I want big arms, I want guns.

Here, 'guns' is an idiom for big, strong arms.  Notice the following:

  1. He has big guns.
  2. For big guns do curls.



For your biceps, do curls.

A 'bicep' is the large muscle on the front of your upper arm below the shoulder.  Notice the following:

  1. Large biceps make us look strong.
  2. Biceps get big fast.



I need to keep my torso straight?

Our 'torso' is the middle part of the body that includes our stomach and waist.  Notice the following:

  1. Sit-ups exercise the torso.
  2. Keep your torso straight.