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The P90X workout is one of the biggest fitness trends in the past several years, with enthusiastic endorsements across the cultural spectrum, including everyone from singer Pink to 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

But businessman Matt Lombardi says just one day of the program?s strenuous routine sent him into the emergency room with kidney failure.

?I simply wanted to get back in shape. I could have killed myself in the process,? Lombardi writes on his site, College Spun.

Lombardi says he has ?always been an athlete? and that he didn?t wander recklessly into the program. Instead, he says he wanted to try P90X to help lose the 20 pounds he had gained while developing College Spun.

After completing only half of the first day of workouts, Lombardi said he woke up the next morning feeling sore and ill.

?If you?ve done P90X, then you know that the first day (chest & back) is really, really difficult,? he writes. ?You?re asked to do push-ups, then pull-ups, then push-ups, then pull-ups. I lost count of my how many of each I did ? but it was a lot. Eventually, my muscles just shut down.?

Despite the pain, he decided to try day two of the program. Instead, he found himself back in bed. On the third day, he describes using the bathroom and being shocked when his urine ?looked like Coca-Cola.?

After a quick Web search, Lombardi guessed he was experiencing rhabdomyolysis. The National Institutes of Health describes the condition as ?the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage.?

The condition is commonly brought on by excessive physical activity and results when excessive toxins are released into the bloodstream.

?I?ll be honest ? P90X has a number of ?warnings? about what strenuous exercise can do to your body,? Lombardi wrote. ?But if I?d specifically known about rhabdomyolysis, I don?t think I?d have ever even taken the plunge.?

Lombardi then checked himself into an emergency room, where he says the levels of toxins in his bloodstream were literally off the charts.

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Meh.  Working out is for milk drinkers.

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?My two biggest takeaways from the entire ordeal? You can?t put your muscles through a strenuous workout without leading up to it, and you need to recognize when you?re body is telling you that there is something wrong,? Lombardi writes. ?The first could have killed me, while the second may have saved me.?

 

 

 

Despite the pain, he decided to try day two of the program. Instead, he found himself back in bed. On the third day, he describes using the bathroom and being shocked when his urine ?looked like Coca-Cola.?

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I do P90X every day, and not once have I needed to go to the hospital or felt "sick" afterwards. I have especially never had "soda" colored pee.

 

I don't think it was P90X's fault this guys kidney and liver are shot. It's most likely due to his over use of weight training supplements and the like. But I guess blaming something else is easier.

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I do P90X every day, and not once have I needed to go to the hospital or felt "sick" afterwards. I have especially never had "soda" colored pee.

 

I don't think it was P90X's fault this guys kidney and liver are shot. It's most likely due to his over use of weight training supplements and the like. But I guess blaming something else is easier.

 

Nah, this is a pretty common condition for people who had been in shape at one point but let things go downhill far too long. Their muscles are unable to deal with the stress, yet their nervous system is still able to stimulate very strong contractions. Thus you get muscle wasting, which kills your kidneys.

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P90X users are just suckers. Get your ass off the TV and go to gym and workout like a normal person.

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P90X users are just suckers. Get your ass off the TV and go to gym and workout like a normal person.

I guess you've never tried it then, or else you wouldn't have said that.

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There's nothing wrong with P90X, but there are better ways to go about getting in shape that take up a lot less of your time. 1 hour three times a week lifting free weights doing compound lifts can easily get you great results, coupled with not eating like a pig. I recommend looking up Starting Strength or StrongLifts 5x5 if you're looking to get fit. My ex girlfriend maxed out at 135 bench, 195 deadlifts, 165 on squats, and had a banging booty from all of it. (I'd show pics if we weren't still friends lol)

 

Anyway, as for this guy, he clearly didn't know his limits. They even tell you numerous times throughout the damn DVDs that you aren't expected to keep up with them until further down the road, and to do what you can. :ermm:

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Score 1 for couch potatoes :p

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