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Serving as his own lab rat, an amateur bike racer spent a year taking supplemental testosterone—rumored to be a peloton favorite—to find out if it could transform an average Joe. His conclusion? No doubt about it.

In 2005, the author introduced us to the idea of childhood nature-deficit disorder. With The Nature Principle, he's back with a prescription for adults.

An exclusive look inside the cutting-edge Army lab that's pinching, prodding, dunking, bruising, and building the soldiers of tomorrow—and revolutionizing adventure fitness along the way.

The fastest and most efficient way for multisport athletes to max their strength.

Getting fit doesn't have to mean more time training. Just more sweat.

This travel-ready routine should take around 25 minutes. Power through these six exercises ten times with no rest between moves.

The three secrets of hyper-efficient fitness

Think you don't have time for a fitness routine? If you can block out a couple of hours during the week and some longer periods on weekends, the results will amaze you.

We know, there are a lot of gimmicks out there promising to effortlessly burn off the blubber, change your game, lead you to greatness, yada, yada. Stop wasting your time. Our crack research team (not to be confused with our research team on crack) has travelled the country, ferreting out…

We know, there are a lot of gimmicks out there promising to effortlessly burn off the blubber, change your game, lead you to greatness, yada, yada. Stop wasting your time. Our crack research team (not to be confused with our research team on crack) has travelled the country, ferreting out…

I've run three marathons in roughly four hours. What can I do to help lower my finish time? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

https://youtube.com/watch?v=t-Z2GtFaqV4%C2%A0 Lifting trains, saving Lois (and the rest of the world), taking automatic arms fire to the chest… Yeah, you definitely gotta be in shape to be Superman. So where does the latest “Super” star, Henry Cavill, turn to bust his ass into form? To…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=t-Z2GtFaqV4%C2%A0 Lifting trains, saving Lois (and the rest of the world), taking automatic arms fire to the chest… Yeah, you definitely gotta be in shape to be Superman. So where does the latest “Super” star, Henry Cavill, turn to bust his ass into form? To…

I'm planning to walk from Sandy, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. How should I train? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

I'll admit, we're way late in posting this. But just because we're halfway through March doesn't mean the top 10 blogs of February are irrelevent. Read on! Number 10: SIA: The Splitboard Revolution Number 9: Gear Junkie: Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race 2011 Number 8:…

Mumbai Marathon by through my eyes only on flickr A study published recently by British researchers suggests that engaging in years of strenuous physical activity—such as…

The U.S. military has always excelled at training soldiers, but they've had a tougher time helping them adjust to peace. The author joins 11 combat veterans in Nepal as they test the most promising new postwar therapy: adventure.

Tae kwon do students at Columbia University. Courtesy of Dennis Lam via Flickr The International Judo Association is criticizing the Court of Arbitration for Sport for overturning a doping charge against Olympic gold medalist and world champion Tong Wen of China,…

Courtesy of Flickr Want to live longer? Feel youthful? Look younger? Become an endurance athlete. Premature aging in most organs was completely prevented in mice that ran on a treadmill three times a week for five months,…

The biggest obstacle to reaching your fitness goals? That thing between your ears.

Courtesy of Flickr Exercise can make or break a relationship, according to the Wall Street Journal. For every couple who meets sharing a lap lane and lives happily ever after, another duo struggles to stay together…

Photo from caseyyee on Flickr Taimuraz Bolloyev, construction chief for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, resigned Monday, according to the AP and ESPN. Bolloyev cited health…

Dr. John Xerogeanes; courtesy of Emory Health Sciences Communications Good news for young athletes with ACL injuries: doctors at Emory University have developed a 3-D MRI technology that…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Jack LaLanne, considered the founding father of the fitness movement, died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, California, USA Today reports. LaLanne was known for promoting strength training and healthful eating…

Barefoot-inspired shoes are flying off the shelves, and they're poised to transform the way we run. Here's how to make the most of running with less.

Your urgent inquiries about the world. Answered.

In 2007, molecular biologist Ron Evans flipped a genetic switch on test mice and turned them into super-athletes. Headlines ensued, as did nervous references to human applications and "exercise in a pill." Evans is still toiling away in the lab, and guess what? The day is coming.

Can being super flexible make runners more prone to injury? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

What are the best exercises to get in shape for backcountry skiing?

I tore my MCL playing football. Unfortunately, the only working out I can do is upper body strength training. Please help me out with some sort of aerobic workout not using my lower body. My whole life is outdoors and I want to get back to it as quick as possible. The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Is sitting down all day really that bad for you?

Can a self-professed "closed-door person" become more gregarious?

Our man tries to transform his body by confusing his muscles.

Can our man kick caffeine?

Soccer's hardest-working man has spent a lifetime developing the endurance, speed, and smarts needed to close the deal when it counts.

Will caveman calisthenics be the next big thing for adventure athletes?

A new study shows that exercising in the morning before eating keeps the pounds off more effectively than exercising after breakfast, the New York Times reports. Australian scientists put a group of 28 men on a high-fat, high-calorie diet. Then they…

This year's Ironman triathlon world champion, Chris “Macca” McCormack, is currently gracing Wheaties and Wheaties FUEL boxes across the country. The 37-year-old won his second Ironman world champion title this past October, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile…

What's the best exercise to increase my vertical? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Introducing our 2011 READER OF THE YEAR, Ryan Levinson, an athlete who competes like a champ while fighting a savage form of muscular dystrophy. PLUS: SIX HONORABLE-MENTION HEROES

Are your workouts working against you? Why one addictive kind of training might be sabotaging your game.

Professional triathlete Aaron Scheidies was born with a hereditary condition has left the 28-year old with only 10 percent of his vision. In 2007, he became the only disabled athlete to break two hours in an international distance triathlon (1.5K swim, 40K bike,…

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Engineers have developed a microchip muscle stimulator that can be implanted into the spinal canal, allowing paraplegics to exercise paralyzed muscles, ScienceDaily reports. The implant, which is the size of a child's…

Triathlon's fiercest twins.

Tony Hawk went from skateboarder to mogul. How did that happen?

   Tchicaya Missamou, once a child soldier in the Republic of Congo, is now helping hundreds of Americans shape up in his Warrior Fitness Camp in California, CNN reports. As a child in the Republic of Congo, Missamou was taught brutality and forced to participate in…

Chrissie Wellington unexpectedly withdrew from Ironman Kona this year, citing an illness she couldn't shake on race day. It broke a winning streak that had lasted three consecutive years for the Brit.

Not that you need to be thinking about this before your holiday party stretch, but the American College of Sports Medicine has released The Top 20 Fitness Trends of 2011. What's hot? Strength training…

Chrissie Wellington decided not to compete in Ironman Kona this year due to illness. The night before, “I woke up several times literally drenched in sweat, my head pounding and feeling like my throat was closing,”…

In case you missed 'em, here are the top 10 posts from last month. We dare you not to click on number 5: “Woman Saves Choking Bear”. Number 10: Chrissie Wellington: Riding the Himalayas Number 9: Ironman Champ Chrissie Wellington's…

How can I improve hamstring flexibility? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

With only a few days left until the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, the excitement and pressure is mounting. But this pressure is only as much of a burden as you let it be. I try to see everything as a positive, and knowing that I am…

Building mountain-ready knees is all about listening to what they're trying to tell you.

When British triathlete Chrissie Wellington lines up at the Ironman World Championship, in Kona, Hawaii, October 9, she'll be going for a fourth-straight title.

Maxing out on the weights isn't just for muscleheads. It's the best way to tap into strength you didn't know you had.

  We're always excited for the weekend to come because we can spend all day in the great outdoors. Each Friday we post our plans on Facebook and ask our friends to do the same. But what happens if you want to tag along…

New technologies take your fitness to the next level—by making the most of your downtime.

Photo courtesy of Flickr. Pulses of light may one day give fully restored muscle activity to people with cerebral palsy or paralyzed limbs, New Scientist reports. Researchers at Stanford University are using light-activated proteins from photosynthetic…

A recent study shows that massage isn't a frivolous indulgence, but a potential medical necessity, the New York Times reports.  Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recruited a group of 53…

CNN.com's Senior Medical Correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, gathered some (potentially) useful info so you know what to do if you loose a finger, a tooth, or (almost) pop out an eyeball. Here's what we learned: Problem: You…

Chrissie Wellington stunned the world of triathlon, and maybe even herself, by breaking the Ironman world record for women in Roth, Germany, in July. The time she beat was her own, clocking in at 8:19:13, 12…

Three essentials for your first cold-water triathlon.

There's no better way to get in shape than to prepare for a triathlon. Here's your guide to the ultimate first-time experience.

According to a new study, static stretching before running does nothing to prevent injury, the New York Times reports. USA Track and Field enlisted 1,400 runners in the study, telling one group to do static stretches before…

On August 26, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham became the first person in a wheelchair to land a double backflip. The 18-year old, who was born with Spina Bifida, had been dreaming about the double since he landed his first…

Listening up-tempo music during a workout will make you push harder, even if the effort hurts more, the New York Times reports. In a British study published…

What exercises will help improve my reaction time as a lacrosse goalie? Lax Asheville, NC

We saw this Amazing Planet parkour video today and thought back to when our own Lab Rat went in for a Parkour workout. These guys take it a step further.

A new study says that every year, about 10,000 US high school athletes suffer from heat-related illnesses that require medical attention, CNN reports. The…

I want to get in shape for sand volleyball. Any advice? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

The secret to performing in hot weather? Have a really cold one.

Your transition speed can make the difference between podium glory and going home empty handed. Consider this scenario: You swam and biked about the same as your rival, Dom, at an Olympic distance race. But you ran six-minute miles and he ran seven. You should cross the finish line six…

A TRX Suspension Trainer workout to fine-tune the core muscles your body calls upon late in a race.

A Texas woman is in critical condition after a car struck her from behind while she was riding her bike, Examiner.com reports. Plano resident and Ironman triathlete, Debbie McGregor, 41, was riding her bike uphill around 8 p.m. when…

Hi, I compete in triathlons and I was wondering what you would suggest for a backpack. Even better, a backpack that could also also used for snowboarding and camping. — John Fargo, ND

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that they have no problem with BP's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics, the AP reports. BP signed on as a sponsor in July, 2008, in a…

Courtesy of bobbymond on Flickr. Thierry Henry, the highly lauded French striker, has signed with the New York Red Bulls, the New York Times reports. He is expected to make his debut…

OnThursday, British rower and two-time Olympic gold medalist, James Cracknell, willbegin an attempt to swim, bike, row and run 3,600 miles across America—in 18days. “I'm lucky to have the chance to do this,” 38-year old…

Over in Germany, water sliding is serious sport. Hiking up their Speedos, athletes of all shapes have learned how to top 50 miles per hour with only the occasional bloody nose and forehead stitches. This I had to try.