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Why People Are Crawling Like Babies at the Gym

Practitioners call it a 'reset' for adult fitness

(Newser) - It's not necessarily unusual to see people in odd positions in fitness classes at the gym—the birthing squat, downward dog, seal and happy baby are all "funny-looking" moves with real benefits, as Shape magazine reports. But crawling? Like a baby? For an extended period of time? It'... More »

Playboy Model Investigated, Banned Over Body-Shaming

Dani Mathers took a photo of a naked woman in a locker room and posted it online

(Newser) - Let this be a lesson to body-shamers everywhere. The Playboy model who took a photo of a naked woman in an LA Fitness locker room then posted it to Snapchat with the message "If I can't unsee this then you can't either" is facing a whole host... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

Pregnant Woman: Belly Got Me Kicked Out Of Gym

She says gym employee took issue with her belly showing

(Newser) - A woman was kicked out of a South Carolina gym for wearing a belly-skimming tank top. Here's the kicker: She's 18 weeks pregnant. Melissa Mantor says an employee at Planet Fitness gym approached her after she'd been on a treadmill for about 10 minutes and told her... More »

Still Open Amid the Shutdown: House Gym, Spa

2 lawmakers now demanding the facility be closed

(Newser) - No more bicep curls on the public dime, say two House Democrats. Reps. Bill Foster and Patrick Murphy are demanding the House gym and spa be closed for the duration of the federal shutdown. "Members of Congress should not enjoy access to their exclusive gym and spa while Capitol... More »

Let's Ban Team Sports From Gym Class

Jessica Olien: Why must exercise be competitive?

(Newser) - Yes, kids need their exercise during the school day—but team sports are an unnecessary and potentially scarring way to get it, argues Jessica Olien. She tried hard as a kid in PE, but "the culmination of each class was the annihilation of my self-confidence," she writes at... More »

Some New Yorkers Work Out 3 Times Daily

Boutique gyms push them hard and charge bigtime

(Newser) - Think you're in shape? Then meet the New Yorkers who endure—sorry, enjoy—two or three workouts a day, along with a full-time job and whatever family or social life they can fit in. “It’s New York, and I think that everyone’s always just trying to... More »

For the Glistening Spin Addict: Sweat-Proof Bikes

Indoor biking classes are hot these days

(Newser) - Exercising cyclists are gushing so much sweat that two boutique spin chains are releasing new bikes of their own creation, specially designed to prevent rusting metal and soggy handles, reports the Wall Street Journal . In-studio cycling, or spinning, is surging in popularity as gym-goers seek a cheaper alternative to conventional... More »

Where's Weiner in Latest Photos? Congress' Gym

Congressman snapped pics in towel in locker room

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner liked to pose in various stages of undress at his apartment, with his cats, and now apparently in a towel at the House Members Gym. The latest self-portraits mostly involve his BlackBerry's camera and a mirror, and were sent to at least one woman, TMZ reports. They... More »

Virginia Gov. Vetoes School PE Bill

'Unfunded mandate' would have required 150 minutes of PE a week

(Newser) - Virginia’s governor has vetoed a bill that would have required 150 minutes of physical activity per week at elementary and middle schools, handing a victory to school officials who complained that the measure would cost millions to staff, lengthen the school day, and take away from arts education. “... More »

Health Clubs: Pretty Darn Dangerous

Five potential pitfalls lurking at the gym

(Newser) - So it’s almost 2011 and you’re determined to put that gym membership to good use. That’s great, but what about all the hidden dangers lurking in health clubs? The Washington Post offers some tips for how to protect yourself from…
  • Skin infections: These can be spread through
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India Tycoon Builds First Billion-Dollar Home

Mukesh Ambani spares no expense

(Newser) - The wealthiest man in India has built a new estate that sets the bar for opulence and ostentation. Mukesh Ambani's $1 billion home in Mumbai, named "Antilia" after a mythical island, requires a staff of 600 to man its gym, dance studio, ballroom, guest rooms, movie theater, lounges, garden,... More »

Nonprofit Gym Helps Low-Income Residents Get Fit

Boston facility sells low-cost memberships in poor neighborhood

(Newser) - One Boston fitness center believes that wealth shouldn't keep people from experiencing the benefits of exercise: Healthworks operates a nonprofit women-only gym in a low-income neighborhood. Residents are excited to be able to afford gym memberships, which are based on income and max out at $30 month. Some, like Tamica... More »

Top 10 Workout Songs

Eminem, Kanye West top list of decade's gym anthems

(Newser) - With your annual weight-loss resolution on the horizon, Men’s Fitness aims to get you pumped up with its list of the decade’s top workout songs:
  • Lose Yourself , Eminem: “This song won the Academy Award for Best Song solely for its ability to motivate even 75-year-old voters to
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NY's Disco Gym Is So Fab

Work out? Nah. It's got a DJ and paisley walls!

(Newser) - Madison Moore can’t stand gyms. They’re “so unfabulous,” and “nothing looks hot in that rotisserie-chicken light,” he writes on Splice Today. But what if a nightclub/gym hybrid existed? “Only in New York” could Moore find David Barton Gym, where the slogan is “... More »

Pa. Gym, Va. Tech Shooters Shopped on Same Website

Site rep: This proves people need to protect themselves

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania health club shooter and the Virginia Tech killer purchased gun equipment from the same website, WPXI Pittsburgh reports. George Sodini bought accessories from TGSCOM, which sold a gun to Seung-Hui Cho. “We deal with police and government agencies as customers,” said a rep for the firm,... More »

Pa. Gym Shooter Left Behind Video Diary

(Newser) - Suspected Pittsburgh shooter George Sodini left behind an unsettling video diary which includes a tour of his home and a discussion of his romantic plans, the New York Post reports. In one of two videos posted to the web, Sodini points out his furniture: “Couch and chair—they match.... More »

Lonely Pa. Gym Shooter Blogged About Attack Plans

Sodoni motivated by lack of girlfriend, sex

(Newser) - George Sodini was apparently driven to murder by utter loneliness. The man suspected of killing three women in a suburban Pittsburgh gym appears to have left behind an online diary detailing his plans, CNN reports. “Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below,” it promises. In the... More »

Shooting at Pittsburgh Gym Leaves 5 Dead

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire tonight at a fitness center near Pittsburgh, leaving five people dead. The shooter is believed to be among the victims, reports the Post-Gazette. About a dozen more people were wounded. Police say the gunman walked to the back door of the LA Fitness Center in Collier,... More »

In US, Gym-Class Injuries Up 150% in Past Decade

Large class sizes, fewer school nurses may be to blame

(Newser) - American kids are suffering 150% more injuries in gym class than a decade ago, the AP reports. Over that period, a study found, there has been a renewed emphasis on physical-education class as a way to inculcate students with healthy habits and prevent obesity. But the increase in injuries may... More »

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