We’re suckers for a good headline, and health and fitness stories this past year did not disappoint. From legal takedowns of fitness gear that didn’t deliver results to revolutionary new recovery procedures that had athletes hopping planes for treatment in Eastern Europe, we couldn’t stop reading. Still, when making this list, we looked for stories that had some meat—stories that involved policy changes, lawsuits, influential personalities, and breakthrough studies. Disagree? Tell us what you would have picked in the comments section below.