High Intensity Workouts Carry Risks, Rewards

Web entrepreneur Matt Lombardi said he just wanted to get into shape — but it took only one session of the popular P90X workout series to send the 29-year-old to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis.


“I was so sore I couldn’t lift my arms and then I noticed my pee was the color of cola,” Lombardi recalled. “After Googling P90X and my symptoms, I immediately made an appointment with a kidney specialist.”

Fortunately, after a five-day hospital stay… –> Read More

Woman Builds Awesome Prosthetic Lego Leg

Christina Stephens really puts the leg in Lego.

Last year, her foot was amputated after it was crushed under a car she was rebuilding. Stephens took it in stride by fashioning a prosthesis  out of some old Lego blocks she had lying around her basement.

Stephens, an occupational therapist and clinical researcher, said she decided to build the toy leg after a co-worker jokingly proposed the idea. While others would have laughed off the suggestion, Stephens said, “Challenge accepted. –> Read More

6 Secrets to Exercising With RA

The key to achieving your workout goals—and better pain relief—may be simpler than you think. Just believe in yourself, say researchers, who published a study on the subject in Arthritis Care & Research.



To boost your confidence, set realistic exercise goals if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

“The clearer you can be about your objectives, the better chance you’ll have of reaching them,” says Eric Matteson, MD, chief of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Here, six ways to set yourself up for success. –> Read More

Boot Camp Fitness Class vs. The Real Thing

How does your exercise class stack up to, say, the Navy Seals?



Boot camp classes aren’t for sissies: Surviving the mix of calisthenics, kick-boxing, and various athletic drills takes a fairly high degree of fitness and an inexplicable love of drill sergeant-style instruction… Click here to read more.

7 Ways to Rekindle Exercise Motivation

Don’t want to work out? Use these tips to get moving again.



If the weather (too cold/hot/wet/dry), chatting with a friend, or picking lint off the rug are becoming regular excuses for skipping a workout, you’ve got yourself a motivation problem… Click here to read more.