Building Up 'Impossible' Muscles
Impossible Missions Force (IMF) has always used more brain than brawn
to carry out its assignments on "Mission Impossible," the
CBS-TV action-suspense series.
all the muscle needed by the IMF came from Peter Lupus, a professional
strongman. Now, writers are creating tougher villains, more action
has been added and Peter Graves is required to use greater physical
holder of several body-beautiful titles, has spent years in the gymnasium
and serves as Graves' instructor at a Beverly Hills health club.
of the beef-building devices is the weight lever (below). It works
the trapezius muscles than run from the neck to the shoulder. Lupus
also demonstrates the best technique for using hand barbells to build
up biceps in the upper arm.
need instruction for doing pushups. Both he and Lupus are good enough
at this exercise that neither bothers to keep count. Lupus,
at 6-feet-4 and 220 pounds, will continue as the strongman of IMF. But
Graves, who is the leader of the group, is big enough to handle most
badmen. He stands 6-feet-2 and weighs 190 pounds. That adds up to 12
1/2 feet and 410 pounds of force for the good guys.
*article from the
Detroit Free Press TV Channels, Mar 23, 1969
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