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Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

As a competitor in 47 body-building contests, Dr. Randolph Magone knows a thing or two about changing the shape of the human body.

On Thursday, Magone will share his knowledge as he hosts an open-floor discussion on body building and lifting weights in the Mon Valley YMCA Meeting Room at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and the event is open to the general public, not just YMCA members.

“I am excited to be hosting this and thankful that the YMCA is allowing me to do so,” said the longtime YMCA member. “While the event is titled “Body Building,” it is just as much about building one's own body.”

Magone once took first place at the California University of Pennsylvania Body Building Championship and third place at the Mr. Pittsburgh competition at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. He credits what he calls the old style of training.

“I want to discuss training and techniques that were handed down to me by champions,” he said. “They learned by trial and error, and their wisdom helped me.”

Topics will include how to become more successful in reaching fitness goals in terms of setting them and having the self-discipline to achieve them, how to prepare for body building contests and how to look at a detailed diet regiment for men and women.

“It is important for people to understand the importance of dieting and eating right,” Magone said. “I want people to maximize their efforts in the gym.”

Often, Magone will see people at the gym who are doing the same thing over and over but not getting anything out of it.

“A lot of people have a set routine, but they don't have a plan,” he said. “This open discussion will help them with seeing a slight tweak here or there can make a big difference.”

Magone stressed that the open-floor discussion is for people of all ages, not just for body builders.

“This is for anyone who wants to improve their craft and passion,” he said. “I am really looking forward to it and as a longtime member of the YMCA, I know they always give their patrons the right atmosphere.”

Space is limited. Call the the YMCA at (724) 483-8077 to pre-register.

Bill Hughes is a freelance writer.

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