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  1. The Iron Man 2 Workout

    In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. impressed audiences with a lean, mean, fighting-machine physique. As Tony Stark, an engineering genius with a penchant for women and adventure, the 5 feet 8 inch Downey weighed in at more than 170 pounds, with sinewy arms and rock-hard muscles that came from months of

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  2. Strains, Sprains, and Other Sports Injuries: 3 Questions

    If you engage in sports or a favorite workout at the gym, you have probably twisted an ankle or pulled a muscle at some point. In many cases, injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain sport -- runner's knee or tennis elbow, for example. Other types of injuries

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  3. Get Stronger and Leaner With Cross Training

    You've faithfully jogged three times a week for years, and think you're in pretty good shape. But when a less athletic friend suggests you go inline skating, you're shocked to discover you can't keep up. Perhaps you've mastered the elliptical machine, and regularly work out on it for 45 minutes at a

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  4. When Not to Exercise

    Exercise does the body good, but it's not always a good idea. Some aches and pains can make working out a definite no-no. Knowing when to work out or when to wait it out can be perplexing. “The key is to be able to listen to your body and the cues it is giving you and decide if exercise is right at

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  5. Figure Skater Rachael Flatt's Winning Ways

    Figure skater Rachael Flatt, 17, the reigning U.S. ladies' champion, is going for the gold at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Flatt shared her strategies for fitness, nutrition, energy, and more in an email interview with WebMD. Typically, I have about 3-4 sessions per day.

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  6. Get Fit! Oprah’s Trainer Shows You How

    Fitness guru Bob Greene, Oprah Winfrey's longtime personal trainer, has been in the business 30 years. So he's heard the laundry list of excuses for not exercising and not eating right -- from the ''hectic schedule'' cop-out to "I have small children at home," and lots of others in between. Greene,

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  7. The 300 Workout: Can You Handle It?

    At the start of the movie 300, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) bids farewell to his beautiful wife, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) as he heads out to lead the Battle of Thermopylae. In it, 300 Spartans fought to their death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army in 480 B.C. In the movie scene, Butler

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  8. New Rules for Football Concussions

    In late October, Philadelphia Eagles star running back Brian Westbrook suffered a concussion in a game against the Washington Redskins. He sat on the sidelines for two weeks, recovering -- but when he returned to play on Nov. 15 against the San Diego Chargers, Westbrook suffered yet another concussi

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  9. The Truth About Heart Rate and Exercise

    If you're even a semi-serious exerciser, you've probably read or heard that it's a good idea to know your resting and maximum heart rates and to track your heart rate during workouts. Well, yes and no. Knowing how fast the heart is beating before, during, and after exercise can be helpful for some p

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  10. The Skinny Jeans Workout

    Many women have a love-hate relationship with their jeans -- especially their "skinny jeans." You might define your skinny jeans as that pair hanging in the back of the closet that fits only when you’re at your slimmest. Or you might think of them as the super-tight, hip-to-ankle style that’s been i

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