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  1. Lt. Col. (Dr.) David King runs in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

    Army doc is back to run in Boston

    A year ago, Army Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) David King crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 12 minutes — a slow pace for the experienced runner but a thrill nonetheless for the Cambridge, Mass., resident.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  2. U.S. Soldiers and civilians participate in the Hero Workout of the Day at Kieschnick Gym at Fort Hood, Texas, Feb. 23, 2013. The workout was done in memory of 1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo, a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany, who lost his life two years ago during an improvised explosive device attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Calvert/Released)

    Hibernators, troops at hot bases: Work out smart to avoid 'rhabdo'

    Neglect your hydration and you may be at risk for muscle breakdown, kidney failure or even death, a condition known as exertional rhabdomyolysis, or 'rhabdo.'

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Virginia Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matt Stemmler at demonstrates exercises for a PT365 column at Gold Medal Grappling aboard Woodbridge, VA on Aug. 7, 2012. Stemmler is an instructor at the 1-183d RTI at Ft. Pickett, VA, and he was the 2010 All- National Guard Combatives champion in the Lightweight division. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Staff

    Military Muscle: All-in-one workout

    Here's a workout that is as close to a 'total package' as I could get using a minimum number of exercises. You can do this one even if you're a beginner — simply choose appropriate weights, repetitions and sets.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  4. Marine Maj. Misty Posey demonstrates pullups. Courtesy of Maj. Misty Posey

    Four women's training tips to conquer pullups

    It's the cliché everyone hates to hear when they're convinced they can't: 'If I can do it, you can, too.' Whatever. We want to cling to our excuses.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  5. Marine Maj. Misty Posey demonstrates pullups. Courtesy of Maj. Misty Posey

    How these women are acing pullups — practical advice for anyone

    Among the basic bodyweight exercises, few garner more fear and loathing than standing below the dreaded pullup bar.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  6. Six installations will implement 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week fitness center access this and next month as part of an Air Force Services Transformation Initiative test concept. (Air Force)

    24-hour gyms for every AF base, other services take a wait-and-see approach

    Taking a page from fitness centers downrange where most gyms are always open, within the next year the Air Force will convert at least one fitness center at every base into a 24-hour facility.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  7. Watermelon Salad Lisovskaya / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Diet face-off: How 7 nutrition trends stack up

    The experts may never agree on the 'perfect' diet for weight maintenance, proper nutrition and optimal health, although some menus are better than others.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  8. Kevlar for the Mind: Parenting style, sex among marriage concerns

    Q. My wife and I seem to argue a lot about how to raise our children. I'm strict when it comes to discipline and she's a bit of a pushover.

    • Feb. 21, 2014
  9. Cpl. Kyra Dotson works on techniques to improve her ability to do pullups during a Semper Fit clinic at Quantico. Mike Morones / Staff

    Marine fitness experts: with the right training, anyone can do pullups

    Athletic trainers at the Crossroads of the Marine Corps say anyone — at any age — should be able to do pullups, so they've launched clinics to help devil dogs improve their technique.

    • Feb. 9, 2014
  10. Woman running in winter pojoslaw / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365: Reboot your resolution and get back on track

    We're a month into the new year. Are you still on the fitness resolution bandwagon?

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  11. Military Muscle: Strengthen your traps

    The trapezius muscles, or 'traps,' are very important. Whip yours into shape.

    • Jan. 30, 2014
  12. Lab: Workout supplements short on creatine, BCAAs

    How's that 'muscle enhancement' supplement working out for you? Not seeing the kind of gains you had hoped for?

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  13. James Beyer, 46, of Dayton, Ohio, crosses the finish line at 2:35:47 to win the men's marathon at the 2013 Air Force Marathon. Michelle Gigante/Air Force

    Registration opens for Air Force Marathon

    More than 5,800 people registered on Jan. 1 to compete in the 18th annual Air Force Marathon, which is set for Sept. 20 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  14. Get tracking and keep tabs on your steps, health & resolutions

    Think of them as virtual coaches — to help set and meet your goals — or as cyber tattletales to alert your friends about a lazy week. Whether you're a data nerd or someone who's fallen off the fitness wagon, these trackers will help get — and keep — you moving.

    • Jan. 3, 2014
  15. Former Navy Seal Dave Werner, owner of Level 4 CrossFit Seattle, the first CrossFit affiliate to open more than 10 years ago. JON ANDERSON

    PT365: American Council on Exercise study says CrossFit works

    A new study on CrossFit recently published by the American Council on Exercise concludes what many devotees have known for years.

    • Dec. 8, 2013
  16. Marine 1st Lt. Sarah Phillips Courtesy of Graphic Muscle

    Troops use their strengths to find success as fitness models

    Could you compete in physique modeling? These troops are doing it.

    • Nov. 18, 2013
  17. Second workout supplement pulled from on-base stores

    A workout supplement that allegedly contains a derivative of methamphetamine has been pulled from GNC stores on military installations, according to exchange officials.

    • Oct. 18, 2013
  18. Retired Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Mike Yeck was deployed to Iraq when his wife, Dixie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The group After Breast Cancer Diagnosis connected her with three mentors who helped guide her through the ordeal. Courtesy of Dixie Yeck

    Beating breast cancer: Help line & mentorship program reaches out to the military community

    When Dixie Yeck was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, her Marine reservist husband, Mike, was deployed to Iraq. They were living in Racine, Wis., with two small children, ages 2 and 3.

    • Oct. 17, 2013
  19. The Marine Corps has pulled the preworkout booster OxyElite Pro from its store shelves over concerns that the popular dietary supplement may have played a role in several cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure in Hawaii. Marine Corps

    Military exchanges pull popular dietary supplement

    OxyElite Pro, the pre-workout metabolism booster implicated in at least 14 cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure in Hawaii, is no longer available at Navy and Marine Corps exchanges.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  20. Researchers report they've found an unlisted substance similar to methamphetamine in the workout supplements Craze and Detonate. Alison Young / USA Today

    Meth-like compound found in 2 workout supplements

    A dietary supplement implicated in positive drug tests in athletes and sold at GNC stores on some military installations contains a substance similar to methamphetamine that has never been tested on humans, according to a new study.

    • Oct. 14, 2013
  21. Tainted workout supplement suspected in hepatitis cases

    A breakout of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a safety alert for the dietary supplement OxyElite Pro — the only common thread in 24 cases, including one fatality.

    • Oct. 10, 2013
  22. Ariel Arvidson, a 17-year-old high school student, maxes out her time during the flexed-arm hang portion of an initial strength test at the Recruiting Station Twin Cities, Minn., mini boot camp. Her recruiter is responsible for helping female poolees develop their upper-body strength in preparation for pullups. Cpl. Ali Azimi/Marine Corps

    Marines prep women for new pullup requirement on fitness test

    With less than three months before female Marines will be required to perform pullups on the Physical Fitness Test, commands across the fleet are focused on ensuring everyone is ready — starting with women new to the Corps.

    • Oct. 9, 2013
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