A business man who had the best intentions of getting in shape ended up in the ER after only one P90X workout.
The P90X workout is one of the most physically demanding home workouts out on the market and it is used by celebrities and every day folks alike, but for one man, the experience landed him in the hospital.
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 P90X, Lombardi says he woke up sore and ill. He states that anyone who has done the workout knows what it feels like after the first day. The routine included push-ups after pull-ups in a very demanding way.
“I lost count of my how many of each I did, but it was a lot. Eventually, my muscles just shut down.”
Despite his soreness, he decided to try to move on to day two, but it didn’t last long, he ended back in bed. On the third day, when he went to use the bathroom, his urine looked “like Coca-Cola”.
That’s when Lombardi knew that something was wrong and he took to the Internet to do some research. He suspected he suffered from a condition called 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.”
Lombardi acknowledges that the P90X workout comes with clear warnings about how a strenuous exercise regime can affect your body.
The business man checked himself into the ER and says that his CPK (creatine phosphokinase) readings after testing were “off the charts”.
“My blood test came back with a CPK level of over 16,800 (the max they can test for),” he wrote. “Normal CPK levels, I was told, usually run between 10-200 micrograms per liter.”
Lombardi says he learned a lesson and attributes the incident on stress related to launching his website.
“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.’
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