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Working Out With Sugar Ray Leonard

The boxing champ shares his fitness philosophy and tips


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How Sugar Stays in Shape

I don't like diets per se. It's more about moderation. We all stuff ourselves every now and then, whether it's at In-N-Out Burger or wherever. That's cool. We deserve that. But the next day you have to cut back. Leave the fries at the burger place, or eat the burger without the bun.

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Arms

I'll do 20 minutes on the elliptical and then walk on the treadmill for another 20 or 30. It's a lot easier on your joints than running. I can't run on the street because it bothers my knees — I have a little arthritis — so I run three or four miles on grass at least three or four times a week. I also play tennis once or twice a week. I used to play for three or four hours at a time. It was go, go, go. Now I play a couple of hours.

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Diet

This five-time boxing champ may be done in the ring. But at 58, Leonard still keeps fit in between motivational speeches, raising funds for juvenile diabetes and working on his Champ 5 Star fitness-gear collection. How does he do it? Try his strategies for staying in shape at 50-plus.

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Gear

This five-time boxing champ may be done in the ring. But at 58, Leonard still keeps fit in between motivational speeches, raising funds for juvenile diabetes and working on his Champ 5 Star fitness-gear collection. How does he do it? Try his strategies for staying in shape at 50-plus.

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Philosophy

This five-time boxing champ may be done in the ring. But at 58, Leonard still keeps fit in between motivational speeches, raising funds for juvenile diabetes and working on his Champ 5 Star fitness-gear collection. How does he do it? Try his strategies for staying in shape at 50-plus.

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Cardio

This five-time boxing champ may be done in the ring. But at 58, Leonard still keeps fit in between motivational speeches, raising funds for juvenile diabetes and working on his Champ 5 Star fitness-gear collection. How does he do it? Try his strategies for staying in shape at 50-plus.

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Legs

This five-time boxing champ may be done in the ring. But at 58, Leonard still keeps fit in between motivational speeches, raising funds for juvenile diabetes and working on his Champ 5 Star fitness-gear collection. How does he do it? Try his strategies for staying in shape at 50-plus.

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