| Mar 3, 2010
Growing up, my parents taught us that the best activities are the ones that you can enjoy your entire life. As the senior tennis champion of Madison, Wis., my mother set a good example. According to a meta-analysis published in The British Journal of...
| Feb 3, 2010
Body builders and serious weightlifters aren't exactly known for modest understatement. They often talk about getting "huge" and "ripped," and many will flex at the slightest pretense.
But for real over-the-top muscle mania, check out the body-building...
| May 10, 2010
Weight training can be great exercise, building muscle and helping to prevent bone loss. But as it's gotten more popular, injuries have increased, according to a new study.
Researchers examined data on emergency room cases involving weights. The study,...
| Jun 9, 2010
Weight lifting is an effective—if often overlooked—exercise for achieving a number of different fitness objectives. It can help you lose weight, build endurance and strength, or serve as an aerobic workout.
The ideal weight YOU, in...
| Aug 30, 2010
I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery.
No amount of running or iron pumping was going to do anything about the genetically programmed dark circles under my eyes, so I got those things zapped with a nuclear-powered laser that made me twitch and...
| Sep 13, 2009
In the open desert outside Baiji, Iraq, a naked man with a thick black beard crouched in the dust of a railroad culvert at twilight. Hours before, he had been mumbling and praying in Arabic. Now he spoke few words. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna stood...
| Mar 29, 2009
How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and
the Ultimate Starvation Diet
Harper: 292 pp., $25.99
Before Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, an odd man with an odd name reigned as America's...
| Dec 29, 2009
Q. Long ago, I was told that isometric exercises, like weight lifting, shouldn't be done by anyone with a heart condition. Is that still the prevailing wisdom?
A. Isometric exercises are those in which a muscle tenses but doesn't contract. Clasping...
| Aug 30, 2010
Searching for a shortcut to weight loss? If so, you're part of a long tradition. For at least 100 years, people have been wearing full-body rubber suits in hopes of melting away pounds. The idea is simple: Heat up your body, and you'll supposedly burn...