| 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...
| Jan 4, 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...
| Feb 1, 2010
Mark McGwire's admission last month that he used steroids during his baseball career reopened the discussion about the risks and benefits of the drugs.
Steroids are synthetic versions of hormones the body produces naturally. Birth control pills are one...
| Feb 17, 2010
Jessica Heidari is a life-long athlete who used to run marathons. She said at 5 feet, 8 inches tall, she weighed 116 pounds.
"So just because I was real skinny doesn't mean I was healthy at all. I was actually underweight and nutritionally that's just...
| Aug 5, 2009
| 12:26 PM
Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions, after I saw this project was going to drag on.
November 5, 2008:
Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election...
| Aug 27, 2009
While researching a book on exercise and the brain, John Ratey learned that intense exercise releases a hormone that burns belly fat and adds muscle fibers. So the Harvard Medical School psychiatrist swapped out 40-minute jogging sessions on the treadmill...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 5, 2010
CrossFit may be the latest thing in fitness, but it's also a throwback to an era of medicine balls, calisthenics and free weights.
Maybe that's why CrossFit gyms throughout the country count among their aficionados a growing number of older athletes...