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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Strengthening Your Powerhouse

One of Dr. Kraus’s early patients was President John F. Kennedy. The president had such terrible back pain that the Secret Service thought he might end up in a wheelchair before the end of his first term in office. He was already using crutches, but kept them out of public sight.

Dr. Kraus’s first trip to the White House revealed that the president’s back muscles were stiff and weak, his leg muscles were “as taut as piano wires,”[91] and his abdominal muscles had atrophied to the point that he could not do a single sit-up.

Dr. Kraus’s prescription was simple. He designed a set of exercises that the president would practice three times a week. Within a month of starting the exercises, Kennedy could almost touch ...

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