Muscle & Fitness Vol. 42, No. 9: September 1981 (pp. 37-39)
Actresses Kay Lenz and Anne Lockhart are working out with weights at the Sports Connection, a popular California health club. Like many of the women who are flocking to join fitness clubs, Kay and Anne are young and attractive.
If you watch their workout, you will see they are serious about getting in shape. It's obvious they are not just going through the motions, hoping that a short Nautilus workout and a couple of aerobics classes are going to change their bodies.
No, these two women are working hard. Their trainer, Earl Delp, has them on a full-body, resistance training program, and during this particular session he is watching to make sure they work to their limit.
"Come on," he urges Anne as she attempts a one-arm Triceps Extension. "Elbow in. Push. Push harder!"
The strain shows on Anne's face as she does her seventh and eighth rep. "It hurts," she gasps, forcing herself to lift the dumbbell again and again.
"It's supposed to hurt," Earl reminds her.
"Right," she says. "No pain, no gain."
These two young women have obviously decided to devote themselves wholeheartedly to a strenuous program. And it's clear that they must have a good reason for subjecting their bodies to the stresses and strains of bodybuilding training.
"We aren't doing this for fun," Kay says, "although I find myself missing it whenever I'm working and don't get a chance to train. Anne and I are both actresses, and in this business your body is very important. Your career could suffer if your body isn't fit, strong and healthy."
"I've seen so many women in this business," Anne says, "who watch their diet and get a little exercise, but still find themselves old and flabby at 50. Passive kinds of weight-control programs aren't enough. If you really want results, you need strenuous exercise."
They began working out together at Kay's house but soon found themselves outgrowing the possibilities of home training.
"I really got interested in serious weight training when I made The Hustler of Muscle Beach, a television movie about bodybuilding," says Kay.
Earlier she had made her movie debut in the film Breezy, which costarred William Holden. She also appeared in the television mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man.
"When we were shooting The Hustler of Muscle Beach I met a number of physique champions - Frank Zane, Franco Columbu, Claudia Wilbourn and Lisa Lyon. It turned out Lisa was exactly my age, and she suggested that I might like to try bodybuilding to keep myself strong and in shape. So Anne and I have been training with Earl for more than a year now, and it has really worked."
Anne Lockhart says, "We have no desire to become competitive bodybuilders. What we want is to have everything we have now, in the same places, 10 years from now."
Anne's mother, the well-known actress June Lockhart, calls this training "an experiment in defying gravity." She is all in favor of her daughter's interest in physical fitness.
"I have always studied dance," Anne says. "I took ballet lessons for 10 years and later I tried belly dancing (she still has her belly dancing costume). I've always belonged to health clubs and taken exercise classes. But bodybuilding is the only kind of training that can work directly on the specific muscles. With bodybuilding I can work on the areas of my body that need it most, and I don't have to waste time on those that don't."
"What Anne and I are looking for is tone, shape and endurance," says Kay. "Training with weights is the way to get those results. Personally, I'd like to be able to bench press my own weight. When I started, I could only press the weight of an Olympic bar (45 pounds)."
Kay says that her friends have noticed the changes that her bodybuilding training has brought about in her physical appearance. Her husband, actor-singer David Cassidy (remember The Partridge Family) was so impressed with these changes that he decided to try working out himself.
"I've also noticed some changes I didn't expect," Anne says. "For example, I didn't lose weight, I actually gained some. But it wasn't fat. My body is firmer and leaner"
In Anne's case, the most significant change is the one she sees when she looks in the mirror. "I knew I could always put on some clothes and look fine, but I didn't really like the way my body looked. The training has really shaped me up, and I like what I see in the mirror."
Of course, instructor Earl Delp is very happy with the progress his two pupils have made. "Kay and Anne are highly motivated," he says, "and that makes a big difference. Also, you need to use correct technique when you train, or you waste a lot of energy. My job is to teach Anne and Kay the proper technique."
0Earl started teaching bodybuilding when he met Stacey Bentley, Zane Women's Invitational champion. Both were teaching exercise classes at the Sports Connection. Afterwards, Stacey began coaching a number of celebrities, including actor Jack Nicholson. One day she found herself unable to keep an appointment, and she asked Earl to fill in for her. Since then he has been devoting more and more time to giving private lessons.
"I believe in an all-around program," he explains. "I give my students aerobic and stretching routines along with the weight training. I even have them try karate. But women especially need resistance training because it's the best activity for developing their strength."
Anne and Kay have both found that there is a real correlation between strength and energy. For instance, Kay now has no trouble enduring the 10-12 hour days she spends on a movie set.
Anne's experience earlier, in the television series Battlestar Galactica, had served to underline the importance of endurance to an actress.
"Doing Battlestar Galactica for 11 months was terribly demanding. We worked all day, including Saturdays and Sundays. I found myself exhausted, and developing all kinds of allergies. I realized then I would have to start working very hard at staying strong and in shape if I wanted to survive the series."
Like other women involved in bodybuilding, Anne and Kay frequently have to assure their friends that they are in no danger of becoming masculine-looking or muscle-bound because they are working out with weights. They realize that muscle tends to atrophy with age, and that only very strenuous effort can slow down or even reverse this process. But neither of them is afraid of hard work, and they are both determined to keep their figures young, strong and shapely for as long as possible.
"It makes a lot more sense," says Anne, "to build your body up, instead of having some doctor cut it up and rearrange it. Working out is natural and healthy. I intend to weight train for the rest of my life."