Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: Nancy Tipton Of the Journal

High school students are enthusiastically taking up weight training

"There's the weight room. You should spend some time in it." Not too long ago, that was about all the advice high school students ever got about weight training.

But these days the weight room is nearly as popular as the lunch room, as coaches and teens are discovering the benefits of regular weight training for athletes and nonathletes alike.

At Albuquerque Academy, for example, the spacious weight room and nonathlete-centered weight training class became so popular, the school hired a strength and conditioning coach this year.

"I'm here for students, faculty and staff," says Mike Glenn, who took the position this fall. …

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