Free: The 84-Step Fitness Plan

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You don't have to join a fitness club to get in great shape.

There's the mother of all Memphis "stairmasters" on the south bluff across from Tom Lee Park that helps urban athletes like Liza Levin (see photo) stay buff. And it doesn't cost a cent.

Levin, who moved to Memphis from San Diego, California, eight months ago, has a workout routine that would test a triathlete. She has been training for 20 years but doesn't compete in any sports or, sorry guys, do personal training.

She starts with a three-mile run along the riverfront. Then she hits the "stairmaster" connecting the bluffwalk to Riverside Drive at Butler Park. She runs the steps 20 times. Then she goes home and works out with weights.

"I was in better shape when I lived in California," says the 43-year-old mother of sons ages 21 and 17.

There are 84 granite steps. Walking them twice can leave you sweating and winded if you're wearing work clothes. If you want to get in shape, what are you waiting for?

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