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    sympathy is offline Junior Member
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    help me with this sentence

    After three months in a cast, Stan's biceps had atrophied somewhat; however, he was sure that if he pumped iron for a while he would soon build them up

    Could you please explain this sentence for me?

    What does it mean ?

    What is "in a cast" ? What is the atrophying of biceps ? What is pumping iron ? What is build them up ? I don't understand a word.

    Thanks

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: help me with this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by sympathy View Post
    After three months in a cast, Stan's biceps had atrophied somewhat; however, he was sure that if he pumped iron for a while he would soon build them up

    Could you please explain this sentence for me?

    What does it mean ?

    What is "in a cast" ? What is the atrophying of biceps ? What is pumping iron ? What is build them up ? I don't understand a word.

    Thanks
    Stan has evidently had an accident resulting in a broken arm, which means he has been in a plaster cast for three months. As a result, his muscles in the upper arm have lost strength and have shrunk. He believes that if he lifts weights, he will soon get back his strength.

    Body builders "pump iron" to make their muscles abnormally large: http://tinyurl.com/28cbf3

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    sympathy is offline Junior Member
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    Re: help me with this sentence

    Thanks so much.

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