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November 29, 2011

Equipment Upgrade: Tough Skin

By Joshua David Stein | Fitness

medicine ball
Courtesy Lineaus Athletic Company

Lineaus Hooper Lorette, 66, a gay Communist accountant, makes $425 custom medicine
balls from his workshop in Marfa, Texas. Using full-grained leather from a Wisconsin
tannery and the same tannage as a baseball glove, he can turn out two balls
a day, filling them with soft-cotton thread. “It’s amazing how heavy
a ball full of cotton can be,” says Lorette, who likes its cooperative
nature. “You need someone to catch it and return it.” And as for
a Communist creating a decidedly elitist medicine ball? “The proletariat
is working,” says Lorette. “They don’t have to exercise.”
A ten-inch medicine ball from the Lineaus Athletic Company costs $425; a
16-inch is $800; lineausathletic.com.