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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Military Muscle: Strengthen your traps

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

    • Jan. 30, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Man holding stopwatch, close up of hand Ryan McVay / Getty Images

    7-minute circuit: It works —and SpecOps trainer Mark Lauren makes it tougher

    A simple, fast, high-intensity workout — finished in as little as seven minutes — will produce many of the same benefits as a good run and trip to the weight room, a recent study published in the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal concludes.

    • Oct. 7, 2013
  20. Marine Lt. Col. Bill Conner on a 2011 cross-country bike ride to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Conner raised $46,751 with the event. Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

    Using brawn to raise bucks

    Marine Lt. Col. Bill Conner was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2008 when he got an email telling him he had won a spot in the prestigious Hawaii Ironman triathlon, a berth he had sought for 13 years.

    • Sep. 14, 2013
  21. Army Civilian Lauren Pascale, 27, a protocol specialist, demonstrates stretches and strength exercises at Gannett Government Media in Springfield, Va., on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Marines attending the two-week course will be exposed to several light and heavy weapons systems. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Staff

    Military Muscle: Work your glutes for better posture, less down time to injury

    The glutes are the most important yet least respected muscle groups in our fitness endeavors. Let's put some concentrated effort into helping your glutes regain their rightful place at the top of the muscle hierarchy.

    • Sep. 13, 2013
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