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Army family travels 6,000 miles to run 26.2

LynchFamilyEveryone who ran the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26 seemed to have a story: Medal of Honor recipient retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter bears the scars of his, some sported T-shirts with names of veteran family members or fallen friends, others ran in support of military charities.

Army Lt. Col. Kevin Lynch was no different: One of 3,700 active-duty participants in a field of more than 30,000 runners, it was the Iraq war veteran’s first marathon, and he had traveled from South Korea to do it.

But his story doesn’t stop there. Besides flying 6,000 miles from Daegu just three days before, he brought his family. And wife Kathleen, 18-year-old son Sean and 14-year-old daughter Danielle were not just cheering from the sidelines — they were running as well.

I ran alongside Lynch for several miles in scenic Rock Creek Park, struck by the fact that someone would fly halfway around the world to run a marathon that takes place in my backyard and marveling that he talked his entire family into doing it too.

But he said the idea was actually his wife’s — an opportunity both for good, clean family fun and to honor the troops.

DMBA workout stimulant pulled from base shelves

New supplement report MWM 20141009Several dietary supplements touted as weight-loss or body sculpting aids have been pulled from the shelves of exchange and GNC stores on military installations.

Supplements containing a compound known as DMBA, or 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, also marketed as AMP Citrate or 4-amino-2-methylpentane citrate, were removed earlier this month following the release of a study that said the synthetic stimulant has not been tested on humans.

An Army and Air Force Exchange Service spokesman said AAFES stores pulled the weight-loss supplement MD2 Meltdown from shelves Oct. 14, while the Marine Corps Exchange removed the same product the following day, according to the Corps.

GNC stores on Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases also pulled OxyTHERMPro and RedLine White Heat, exchange officials said.

Fit family | This Army family unit is headed to the natural bodybuilding world championships

Bodybuilding family parents 500An entire Army family — a soldier, his wife and stepdaughter — are headed to the top international bodybuilding championships in San Diego in a few weeks, each with a shot at earning a top title.

For Chief Warrant Officer 2 Truman Ward, it’s been a long journey, in more ways than one.

Five years ago, just after a big promotion, Ward found himself at a new duty station and in the deepest of funks.

“I’d just PCS’ed from Fort Irwin, California, to Anchorage, Alaska, and it was about negative 20 degrees out. I had never been in an environment like that,” recalls the New Mexico native. “I didn’t know anyone, and, because I was a brand-new warrant officer, the circle of people I could pal around with had just gotten substantially smaller. So, I got depressed. It was really bad.”

A fitness junkie since his high school days, he turned to the only healthy outlet he knew.

PT365 Run Plans | Marathon race tips: Run it like a hybrid car from Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella

Drmark_150To run your best marathon “is part art, science, guts, faith in yourself and a little luck.”

Those hallmarks of Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella’s advice heading into last year’s Marine Corps Marathon hold true today.

He says you can use this advice as your perennial marathon strategy: Race like a hybrid car.

If you’ve followed the PT365 Run Plans to get to your race, you’ll be glad, Cucuzzella says.

CrossFit vs. unit PT |  Troops will do the training plans in what’s likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

CrossFit vs. unit PT | Troops will do the training plans in what’s likely the biggest CrossFit study ever

Which is better at building at hard bodies: CrossFit or standard Army physical training?

Most CrossFitters will swear they already know the answer, but a new $2.5 million study gearing up to launch at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, aims to settle the question of CrossFit vs. Army PT once and for all.

Researchers with Kansas State University’s kinesiology lab will track 20 groups of soldiers — more than 200 troops in all — over four years. Half of the troops will do by-the-book PT training, and the other half will get trained up in CrossFit.

“We’ll be working with two, or maybe four, groups at once,” says Kansas State kinesiology professor Katie Heinrich, who’s leading the effort. Each pair of groups — one doing CrossFit, one doing regular PT — will get a broad range of fitness testing first, then train for six months, then get tested again.