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P90X workout sends man to the hospital

By Jonathan Lam     Jul 7, 2013 in Health
P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a home exercise system developed by Tony Horton. Just after a couple days, a man finds himself in the hospital because of this workout routine.
Claiming that after 90 days, you will "become this super fit guy" the P90X is one of the most popular home exercise out there in the market. Even the singer Pink and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has undergone this workout routine.
But for businessman Matt Lombardi, just after one day of P90X he was sent to the emergency room with near kidney failure. Lombardi said he did do his research before purchasing P90X. He was hoping that it could help him lose the extra 20 pounds that he gained while trying to develop his website called College Spun. Lombardi quotes, "The weight gain bothered me. I wanted to get back into shape. So I figured – why not buy one of those exercise programs?"
After completing half of the first day of workouts, Lombardi woke up the next morning feeling sore and ill. Despite his aching pain, he continued to do the workouts in day two. By the third day Lombardi was shocked to find out that his urine looked like Coca Cola.
Lombardi went to the hospital and was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that occurs when your muscles release too many “toxins” into your bloodstream – namely a protein called myoglobin. It can happen after a “crush” injury from something like an earthquake. It can happen if you take a statin in combination with another drug or medication. But most of the time, it happens because of strenuous exercise.
The doctors ordered a blood test for Lombardi and the results came back with a CPK (creatine phosphokinase) level of over 16,800. Normal CPK levels usually run between 10-200 micrograms per liter. These levels are a huge indicator of severe rhabdomylolysis. Lombardi spent several days in the hospitals until the toxins in his bloodstream were back to normal levels.
Lombardi says now he will continue his workout routines with extra caution.
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