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Working Out With Sugar Ray Leonard

The boxing champ shares his fitness philosophy and tips

  • Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer, boxing ring, Personal Best: My Fitness
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    How Sugar Stays in Shape

    En español l 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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  • Female hands, weights, Personal Best: My Fitness
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    Arms

    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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    Diet

    Life is a lot like boxing. You've got to do your roadwork, and when you get knocked down, you've got to get back up. But I listen to my body a lot more at this point than I did when I was in my 20s. If my body says, "Ray, we should quit," I stop.

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    Gear

    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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    Philosophy

    En español l 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

    En español l 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

    En español l 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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    En español l 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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