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  • At Fitness Fanatics, DeRuwe follows trends, learns from mistakes

    Robin DeRuwe grew up near Kahlotus, Wash., population 193. She played B basketball in winter, but farm chores prevented her from turning out for track.


  • Energy drinks face N.Y. probe

    ALBANY, N.Y. – High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York. New York state Attorney General Eric …


  • Fab Abs? FTC says not. Marketers paying up to $25M

    Companies marketing the Ab Circle Pro exercise device have agreed to pay as much as $25 million in refunds to customers to settle federal regulators’ charges of deceptive advertising.


  • Mouth guard could carry BPA risks

    Q. Can a dental night guard contain BPA? Instead of getting a new dental night guard after three months or so, I continue to use it until it doesn’t work. …


  • Charities, cyclists reap benefits of sponsored biking events

    Inland Northwest cyclists are on roll with an expanding calendar of catered events that start in winter, freewheel through spring and shift to high gear heading into fall. Fourteen area …


  • Inland NW fall bike tours

    SEPTEMBER Great NW Fall Tour ( gnwft.homestead.com), Sept. 2: Ride routes of 15, 30, 50 or 85 miles beginning at the Newport City Park. Benefits Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. $25 …


  • CdA triathlon puts children in the race

    Life jackets are allowed at the triathlon planned Sept. 8 in Coeur d’Alene, as are training wheels. You can even bring your mom or dad onto the course with you. …


  • Skechers suit settlement gets tentative approval

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A federal judge on Monday has tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the company’s toning shoes. A class-action lawsuit …


  • Sta nd-up routine

    CHICAGO – “The learning curve is three minutes.” That was my dread-locked instructor Michael Westenberger, who goes by “Westy,” as he watched me awkwardly wobble from my knees to my …


  • 4 members of Team St. Luke’s headed to London Games

    The heat radiated from the track at West Valley High School one afternoon last week. Austin Pruitt, 17, zipped down the track, sunlight glinting off the wheels of his racing …


  • Time to fit in a workout

    It’s barely 7 a.m. and rain is pounding the gym’s metal roof. Lynn Hocking, mother of three and full-time student, is dropping to the floor for pushups and jumping up …


  • Moving better, from head to toes

    A workshop that starts Thursday aims to help people’s bodies move better – starting with their brains. The Alexander technique operates on the principle that people develop physical habits that …


  • Sauna safe for most healthy folks

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I love saunas, but my wife worries they’re dangerous. Is she right? DEAR READER: Many cultures use heat for relaxation and therapy. One of the oldest – …


  • Man runs 100 miles for cancer research

    Tired, sweaty and with aching feet, Tom Callas, a five-year cancer survivor and a detective with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, finished his 100-mile run from Yakima to Morton, Wash., …


  • Senior fitness program expands eligible participant demographic

    Local seniors will have an opportunity to stay fit and have fun this summer through the Institute for Extended Learning Seniors Program. The program, now called ACT 2, has been …


  • Former Cougar Gleason tackles ALS head-on

    About a year ago, Steve Gleason paid a call on his old position coach at Bill Doba’s retirement man cave on the shores of Birch Lake in Michigan. There were …


  • Doctors urged to screen for obesity

    WASHINGTON – Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you’re overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have …


  • CrossFit challenges fitness buffs to extreme workouts

    The CrossFit gym in Spokane Valley is hard to find, but it’s no place to hide. Tucked in the back of a strip mall on East Sprague, it looks more …


  • CrossFit phenomenon pushes athletes to push themselves

    The CrossFit gym in Spokane Valley is hard to find, but it’s no place to hide. Tucked in the back of a strip mall on East Sprague, it looks more …


  • Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

    Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he’s got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly …


  • Heart disease deaths down

    Deaths from heart disease in Spokane County have continued to plummet in the past 10 years. Cancer is now the leading killer, according to statistics collected by the Spokane Regional …


  • Stay the course

    The post-Bloomsday glow is sweet, lending its aura of accomplishment and fitness over all who slip on their hard-won T-shirts. Bad news: The glow dims. Some runners and walkers who’d …


  • Introduction to pilates

    CHICAGO – With some fitness regimens, that first trip to the gym can nearly kill you. Pilates, with its emphasis on core training and an abundance of moves, works the …


  • Researchers screen for teens in pilot fitness program

    Joe Cavanaugh is conscious about his weight, so the 17-year-old has been chatting with his friends about how to turn fat into muscle by lifting weights. When the Lake City …


  • After 2011 Ironman warm-up, Tom Aylward has sights set on 2012 finish line

    When readers of The Spokesman-Review last heard from Tom Aylward, the Spirit Lake man who lost 80 pounds while training for his first Ironman, he had fallen short of completing …


  • Team teaching fitness

    On the eve of their districtwide cross-country race, Seltice Elementary School students in Post Falls received race tips from two marathoners who work as personal trainers at a nearby athletic …


  • Fun times three for kids at Kootenai Health triathlon

    Joey Bonacci is only 5 years old, but he’s training for his second triathlon. He asks his baby sitter to time him as he sprints across his Hayden lawn. He …


  • A true inspiration

    Two years ago, Tom Aylward couldn’t ride a bike. On Sunday, he rode 112 miles in 8 ½ hours. Two years ago, the 62-year-old couldn’t swim more than 25 yards. …


  • Aylward doesn’t finish, still proud

    Tom Aylward of Spirit Lake did not finish the 2011 Ironman Coeur d’Alene on Sunday, but felt proud that he gave it his all. “I don’t feel bad. I did …


  • Ironman in training is already a winner

    Tom Aylward’s two years of training for the 2011 Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene has always been a journey fueled in part by grief. When the Spirit Lake man’s wife died …

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