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Rhabdomyolysis Primer for Lifters and Athletes There’s a natural “high” that sets in when pushing yourself to the absolute limits in the gym or on the field. Something about busting through plateaus and testing the boundaries of physical fitness is flat out fun and borderline addicting at times. Exertional rhabdomyolysis is a pathologic condition caused by muscle breakdown. It is a rare condition but one that can cause significant morbidity and mortality among athletes. Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Athletes EMRA.

Exertional rhabdomyolysis is well described among athletes and military personnel, but may occur in anybody exposed to unaccustomed exercise. In contrast, exertional rhabdomyolysis may be the first manifestation of a genetic muscle disease that lowers the exercise threshold for developing muscle breakdown. Athletes.Stay well-hydrated before, during, and after the exercise.

Don’t allow your body to get too hot, since being overheated can help bring on rhabdo. Don’t take your first class in a heated exercise.There are two primary groups of people at risk to experience rhabdomyolysis: athlete. SUBSCRIBE to our channel: http://bit.ly/subTigerFitness Keep it healthy at home with our Cooking w/Kara Playlist! http://bit.ly/cookwkara Marc Lobliner discu. The athlete was recently hospitalized after overextending herself during a workout and giving herself rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo) — a rare, but very serious condition that.

Ca 2+ has been suggested as an important factor in the pathogenesis of exRML ().Numerous studies5, 6 have shown increased levels of Ca 2+ in cells of exRML patients. The concentration of Ca 2+ should remain at nano-molar levels under resting conditions. Ca 2+ would increase to mille-molar levels through cell activation and muscle contraction during exercise. 7.

Rhabdomyolysis is a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from the death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to. If they lift in a confined space with poor ventilation where their bodies may become dehydrated, the risk of rhabdomyolysis is even higher.

Marathon runners are also at risk for rhabdomyolysis. Some studies have shown that at the end of a marathon, runners’ kidney function can drop by almost 60 percent and many experience profound dehydration. Exercise-associated rhabdomyolysis in and of itself is not dangerous nor is it an uncommon biochemical finding in runners competing in an ultramarathon race.

In fact, it’s more normal than abnormal! In the rare instances where rhabdomyolysis progresses to renal failure in athletes, the “perfect storm” of additional factors must be present.

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  • Mr beast donating 1000000m for a video
    And chubbyemu hold my coffee
    Almost makeing a athlete handicapped for his whole life for just some education and a video!!!��

  • I like the term “Presenting to the emergency room”. Makes me think of something like: drum roll I PRESENT TO YOU! A FAILED KIDNEY!oooooohhh aaaahhhh

  • The boy weak, if you break up with your gf and shit down that’s just weak. Another lesson that a man shouldn’t follow his heart but his mind.

  • This is also somewhat genetic. Some peoples bodies are more susceptible to it then others. But the key is listen to your body, hydrate and get proper rest for your muscle groups. 

  • I had rhabdomyolysis last year. It was a very severe case after a leg workout where I was working with a personal trainer who was really trying to push me and I didn’t wanna wimp out. A day later, I was sore. The next day, I couldn’t walk, my calves were EXTREMELY swollen, and my urine was the color of watered down coffee. I go to a UC and the doc took one look at my urine and said “oh shit! You need to go to the emergency room, now”. I was in the hospital for 7 straight days with them monitoring the “CPK” levels in my blood. If I had waited 1 more day, my kidneys could have failed. Moral of the story: go hard, but listen to your body. And rest is just as important and training and diet. Live to fight another day guys!

  • ABC, you should be ashamed of yourself! Way to scare people from doing perfectly fine workout. That girl who got rhando probably ate poorly and didn’t rest when she needed to. CrossFit is a lifestyle and it’s the only thing that have worked for me (and I have done P90X and Insanity)

  • This isn’t ridiculous. I was just admitted to the hospital yesterday for rhabdo. I don’t think this should be atributed to Crossfit however. I’m not a Crossfiter. I body build and was training pretty hard for the past two weeks and the doctor said I almost had kidney failure.

  • This happened to me. I was swimming everyday from 4:30 am to 7:00 am, then high school. After that at 3:30 pm to 5:00 swimming again and from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm I did weights. After months and months of training at a very high intensity and to much hours, one night coming back from training I felt wrong. My pee was orange and reddish like the video says. I had unstable footsteps and I felt my heart exploding literally. I though I was having a heart attack so I called my parents and went to the hospital. At 1:00 am I arrive and I couldn’t breathe right, I explained the doctor what’s happening, he took my bloods and signs, and my HR was at 210. That’s my max capacity when training and I was just laying there in the hospital bed. I don’t remember right what they administer thorough the IV but it was some kind of depressive, so mr HR would drop and I would feel relax, because I thought I was going to die lol. After checking my bloods and my urine they told me the exact same thing. I had muscle in my urine and I was training so intensely that my muscle was breaking down and going through my urine. The doctor told me I had to stop training so much or quit swimming, since If that happened to me again, I have a risk of dying of getting severely injured permanently. I quit swimming and I’m now a regular gym rat. Scariest experience of my life, it happened around 1 year ago.

  • The box gyms and the coaches are the problem. I do crossfit style and bodybuilding workouts and I modify the crossfit workout to be more focused in form rather than making it a race.

  • You only need to lift like 45-60 minutes daily.
    And running (football) in practice maybe 2 hours max If your using your time well.

    What is this guy thinking. Longer isn’t harder. You can lift for only 40 minutes intensely and get a fantastic workout.

  • I’m still trying to figure out how he was able to squat 500 reps for 20 minutes. It takes me around 20 minutes to squat 100 with rests between sets. This guy took overtraining to the extreme

  • hey chubbymenu if u see this comment please answer it im a 14 year old boy and i have been working out for sometime and the other day i decide to do a 1000 squats and i did itwithout any problems but i did have soreness obviously but i was planning on just making that my leg day workout since squats works out almost all the muscles in the legs besides hip flexors and extendors but then today i saw your vid and know aam curious if it is okay for me to keeep on doing this 1000 sqauts i mean i drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day so im usually more then hydrated i mostly eat 700 calories of mix fruits for nutrition and i do wim hof method which is a breathing technique to get more oxxygen in so can i keep this up because im onlydoing it ounce per week but im curious if it has any health deffects as youv shown in this vid or is it just for people with the rare blood cells which youv mentioned this vid but if anyone else sees this comments and knows somthing about my question please feel free to give me ur opinion

  • During my stay at dive school we had a guy who got rhabdo. He was doing the exact same high intensity workouts as everybody else. Who gets rhabdo? People with weak genes.

  • When I started training again, my trainer was very cautious about Rhabdo with me. I was extremely overweight, but I had been a wrestler, muay thai fighter, and BJJ guy. He was worried that because I knew how to push past pain and work really hard, but because I hadn’t done shit for a while, that I was at a higher risk. I didn’t get it, though. Dropped a bunch of weight and got feeling good enough to start back at BJJ. Now I’m doing comps, still training with the trainer once a week (I do 3 strength/conditioning sessions a week).

  • I was told I had it as well….just going for a routine blood test…got a call the next day and the nurse told me to go to the emergency room, cause my muscle enzyme was extremely high…though she never mentioned Rhabdomyolysis, i was told later it was that…of course, I ignored her and didn’t go…cause I felt fine…so obviously it wasn’t too bad….i was functioning decent and nothing wrong with my urine…I do train to failure on my sets, which I have come to believe is a big cause of this…this past year, i was in the hospital for another reason, and was told I had it. another case of it…I was there for 4 days..otherwise I would have went home in a couple of hours….so obviously my training is the culprit.

  • i had rhabdo from jogging for 2 hours to get the last bit of fat off fuck its scary pissing some bloody cola water. the next day i was fucking aching in pain but looked shredded overnight. the problem was i wore layers in the summer doing crazy cardio and that day i forgot my water bottle but lost track of time and not realising i had jogged for 2 hours i started feeling drowzy. now i do cardio in a controlled enviroment and take electrolytes at when i get a slight bit to sore from weights as it is usually a bit of dehydration. i learnt my lesson that day not to go ott and prepare. and contest prep usually has people on low sodium which can cause rhabdo so dont cut sodium completely and and learn how to munipulate electrolytes during peak weak.

  • Yea be careful not to overtrain. Your brain will trick you into thinking you can go harder than you should. I myself got tendonitis and a ton of back and neck issues from overtraining.

  • Happened to me after a hard leg workout. I felt exhausted but things didnt get scary till 2 hours later. My calves and quads cramped up to the extreme and my heart rate was through the roof. Had my girl call 911 and stood 3 days in the hospital getting tons of IV bags. My levels were at 25,000 and they didnt let me go until i hit 7 000. That shit was crazy.

  • I do not do crossfit but I have tried it. It is intense exercise but people have the power to scale it back. Rhabdomyolysis can happen to anyone and in a variety of sports. This is not a crossfit issue but an issue of intensity vs fitness level.

  • Got out of hospital (Icu) two days ago was in for four days.
    Went on a hike on a hot day and I had a seizure by myself, managed to get myself off the trial in the worst pain in my life and collapsed on the way home, thankfully I had my phone and called a Uber ( getting into the car was so painful).
    I thought when I got home I was safe but I had the most excruciating cramps all over my body for the next 12 hours, I tried hydrating but I kept getting sick from the pain, to say it was painful is a understatement, broke my leg and arm and the pain isn’t comparable.
    I called for a IV had to wait another two hours but 5 mins before they arrived I had a massive seizure and woke up in hospital two days later.
    My wife saved my life, to say I am thankful for nurses and doctors wouldn’t do justice to how I feel for them.
    For anyone who has any symptoms like these, get to hospital straight away

  • i got rhabdo in highschool, hospitalized for a week and almost died. couldn’t workout normally for a couple of years, rehabed for so long.

  • I got Rhabdo once during cross fit. It was part of my own stupidity. However, the “badge of honor” I got from it at the gym was beyonddddd stupid. Its not something to be proud of. Actually prevented from joining the Army

  • I’m not a medical profession or trainer, but I’ve heard of Rhabdomyolysis.
    So before I begin my spin workout I drink plenty of water. I stay hydrated before during & after my work out, even short workouts. Even though I maintain a low carb diet, I eat foods high in carbs before spinning.
    I remember to turn on my ceiling fan, maybe open the window some to help reduce the humidity in my room. I want my environment to be cool & dry. This is pretty much the best I can do to at least prevent Rhabdo.

  • How about that guy did 100 push ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10km run and he went bald… Probably something’s wrong with him too I guess ��

  • had that after a car accident. supposedly. idk I was fucked up. I lost 60lbs in 2 months. that’s cause I was only 190. broke both legs

  • I had rahbdomyolosis just last year as a young teenager. Thought it was just a bicep strain and nothing more so didn’t get it checked out for almost two weeks. Didn’t experience any symptoms other than the pain and loss of motion. But I had been icing it and drinking so much water that It was almost gone when I got to the doctor.

  • I over train all the time. I get excruciating pain that keeps me awake for nights. I do full body workouts high volume every other day. I gotta cut back, I aint getting any younger.

  • I had Rhabdo in 2015 when I fist started my fitness journey. My dumb ass took a free offer from a trainer who immediately pushed me to the limit my first day. I had not lifted weights since my senior year in high school in 02. I was obese and out of shape, he should have known better. Put me in the hospital for 7 days. That same workout today would have me barely breaking a sweat, inexperience trainers have to understand you can not just throw someone off the streets into an intense workout. I have since learned a ton about fitness and I better understand my body. Rhabdo sucks.

  • Have had it 3 times before. 2 times at a military course, and having had it before 2 times I was prone to get it again. And due to a rigorous schedule I was doing 3 hours of cardio and 2 ish hours of weights and an hour of marital arts and got it again. Over training is definitely something Iv ran into many of times.

  • when I train I don’t push the envelope. I shred it. every single workout. if I don’t train like that every time I feel like I didn’t do enough. my mentally is like a drill Sargent. it’s been that way from 3yrs. I don’t know any other way. I hope I don’t get that syndrome

  • “KG was the son of a visionary drug dealer, trying to get the American drug cartels to start using the metric system to take over the world”

  • Tiger Fitness i don’t get why i ask u these questions and other people decide to respond when i Just want your reply cause that is who i’m directing my? towards

  • Training if your on statins can cause an onset of Rhabdo. I experienced this about 5 years ago after being on Crestor for less than 2 weeks. To this day it flares up on me chronically at random times threatening serious damage to my kidneys.

  • Senior citizen falls on hard floors or concrete should be tested for rhabdomylosis in addition to the standard X-rays. If overlooked and not treated, it will result in kidney damage.

  • Have any of you guys had any personal experience with this also? What was your recovery like? Would love to hear some more stories.

  • It took me a whole year to recover from rhabdo. I would get blasts of fatigue out of nowhere and muscle pain all the time. I thought I wouldn’t be able to exercise again. I’m natural by the way

  • I want to know if I have rhabdomyolysis, since we have been in quarantine for about 4 months now I decided to do my first bicep curls after 4 months of no workouts at all. The first day went well and did a high rep session (50) reps each arm since I only had a 15 Pound dumbbell. The next day I felt normal soreness in both my arms from the workout and didn’t mind to much about it. Day 2 of doing bicep curls I decided to amp up the session and decided to do (100) reps on each arm while taking 1-3 break periods throughout each (10) reps. After the workout I went straight to bed. The next Morning “Which is today this message is being Sent”, my right arm has this stiffness and a really painful soreness. I’m not able to fully extent my right arm without enduring pain. My left arm is completely fine, I’m able to extend my left arm without enduring pain.
    Do you have any advice to recover from this or exercises I’m able to do? Please Reply

  • I actually had this about a year ago I was 220 lb at the time overworked my body to the Limit pain was so bad I went to the hospital but doing so save my life as the doctor told me if I hadn’t have gone in that day I probably wouldn’t have lived. Worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.

  • I constantly am fighting adrenal burnout. I’m a carpenter and work concrete so that’s a major factor but a gotta take mineral/electrolyte tablets throughout the day, otherwise I’m done.

  • There is no such thing as overtraining…but there is a thing called ego lifting…and over supplementation….taking too much supplements and not keeping ur body hydrated enough and not drinking enough of water..ijs

  • Well if he was cutting for a contest he probably did alot of crazy shit like salt and water depletion and extreme carb cylcling that played a significant role is this issue.

  • I got rhabdomyolysis after a long day of mountain biking. I was admitted to the hospital and went into surgery with BP of 58/36 (they told my family I would likely die in surgery), and ended up spending two weeks in a coma and my kidneys failed for 2 months. Rhabdomyolysis is no joke.

    EDIT: I had acute compartment syndrome from the waist down which caused muscle necrosis that in turn caused the rhabdo.

  • Think i may have this shit now. Hit the gym for the first time in almost 10 years a couple days ago. Did biceps and chest. Now i feel like someone has slit my arms and chest open with a knife. Also noticed that my urine is a little dark, not dark as tea though. Been drinking about 120 oz of water a day. Nervous as shit:(

  • Rhabdomyolysis is a condition in which skeletal muscle tissue dies, releasing substances into the blood that cause kidney failure. Rhabdomyolysis is usually caused by a specific event. This is most commonly injury, overexertion, infection, drug use or the use of certain medications.

    Drug use hmmm….


  • I gave my self a bad case of rabdo after not hitting the gym in two years. I’m t got so bad that I couldn’t even walk the second day after the workout and my urine was a dark brown color indicating that my muscles were releasing myoglobin into my blood stream. Long story short, my kidney could have clogged up and failed if I didn’t get I’ve fluids when I did. Rabdo is nothing to mess around with. Trust me

  • I got it in jail, first time there I was threatened with a knife and was told to do workouts after never really working out in my life. I did 400 squats and 50 sit ups, they told me to jumping jacks and I literally couldn’t even one. Just fell on the floor. The only symptoms I felt were the extreme pain and the aggravation. I was told by my cellmate to stand up for myself and even after being beat to the absolute max I decided I was gonna fight the guy. Side note but on’t worry I won, the guy got sent to PC and I got my respect in the unit so it felt good �� everyone in there knew what I went thru so they were trying to help get thru the fact that I couldn’t even walk. I had the oil colored piss in there but didn’t think anything of it. Got out on a Sunday and went to work Monday as a useless fuck but worked really hard and just got out and felt great. Tuesday morning tried to take a shit and just fell into the toilet when trying to sit, still oil color piss. I finally said this enough. Went to the hospital and they had no idea what was wrong (rare) neither did I, expected to get out that night. Little did I know I would spend the next week sitting in a hospital bed in the most depressing state just watching shitty tv, my ck was over 20,000. Luckily they let me have my Xbox (didn’t appreciate all the edibles I brought in though) �� now that I look back on it I can laugh, but trust me it’s a real and very scary thing, you forgot to leave out the fact you can die from it

  • Great! Video, I just experienced Rhabdo and you’ve answered several questions I had concerning this condition.  I had never heard of this before experiencing it.  Thanks again

  • You explain your gym partner’s overtraining incident but you two go exercise and push your limits at times in this video. Makes no sense, thumbs down.

  • I had rhabdo in college. For me, it was my lower body. I was training Muay Thai and had an absolutely brutal training session.. after, I couldn’t bend at the knees. I went to the hospital and had bloodwork done, They called me back in an hour after the results showed rhabdo and had me on an IV for about a week…Luckily I recovered with no permanent damage to my kidneys.. I was told severe dehydration and overtraining ended up being the cause. Also, a good sign something is off is the color of your urine. If it looks “tea” color, and you have severe muscle pains, it’s a good sign to get looked at.. This was a good 10 years ago. Needless to say, I take hydration, nutrition, and training a little more seriously now…

  • I got rhabdo from doing pull up negatives waaaaaaaaaaaay past failure. I was essentially jumping up and just falling down with basically no control. I didn’t realise at the time that negatives need to be slow and controlled and just kept going and going thinking that I was giving myself a decent workout. I couldn’t move my arms for 2 weeks and ended up in hospital.

  • After reading the comments, let me say this.
    99% of you guys are never going to get anywhere near this (yes, that includes you PED users).

    For all of those asking questions for SPECIFICS about deloads and such…
    Stop asking. Pick a few programs. WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING. Over time, you will learn to autoregulate and know when to deload.

    People that suffer this are often those that push it to extremes. Pushing yourself mentally and physically to these extremes is no so easy bros.

  • Used to workout 1h 15m 1½h and noticed that i actually lost strength, and strength was not very high to begin with. Today i published a video where i notice low energy and energy loss, but it turned out to be a whole different reason…

  • I wonder who loves CrossFit more, the members of the cult or the chiropracters and physiotherapists that have seen their business boom since it became popular.

  • WATCH THE ROAD while driving! Do NOT look at your passengers or at the camera!
    These are the kind of people that run over cats and pedestrians.

  • When I had Rhabdo my CK was up at 16,000 lol I was prepping for the National Natural Pro Qualifier show. I didnt think anything of it, chilled for a week or so, then bloated up like crazy. Spent me and my gf’s anniversary in a Montreal hospital. Then another week in Scarborough general. could not walk properly for weeks with that.

  • Is gyming twice a day fine? Even if it for beginners (lifting lighter weights), who should target the same muscle group more than once in a week?
    If it is, there must be some special resting. Please help here.

  • I do 500 rep body weight squats sometimes 600 but I get break it up in 50s though. Also new japan pro wrestlers are notorious for doing. 500 reps for their training. It’s not a big deal

  • Never heard of Rhabdo till I got it a few weeks back.

    My cpk levels were at 55,000 when I was admitted into the hospital and even spiked to about 77,000 before they let me out 5 days later when I tested at 31,000. It’s still no where near normal yet (around 19000) but it’s been dropping significantly. I’ve been doing research on how to get back in the gym and to ensure that this never happens again but so far I’m not having much luck.

    Does anyone who ever experienced this have any tips on how I can get back up to speed or at least where to start? ��

  • I did a leg workout with a personal trainer in my early 20s and got rhabdo. But the second day I couldn’t even stretch my quads and I was in so much pain and I started shaking. I finally broke down and went to the ER. My kidneys were starting to fail because the pigment that colors are muscles released into the bloodstream and starts clogging your kidneys and shuts them down. They immediately put me on morphine and we’re running one bag of IV fluid an hour through my system. I was in a hospital bed for a week and they would come in every morning to take blood to see how muchOf those pigments were in my bloodstream. Every day I thought I was going to be able to go home but they kept me there longer. It was a horrible experience. All I remember about the legwork out as I did with the trainer told me to do even though my muscles were screaming on fire. I just felt that the difference of what he was having me do was why I had not got the results I wanted up until that point so I kept pushing. I believe I might’ve been dehydrated during the work out so I’m not sure if that caused it.

    Also I wrestled my entire life, and one thing you learn that sport is how to push far beyond what you think you can do. Could also be a contributing factor. I’ve been timid about aggressively training legs ever Sense although in recent times I’ve gotten back to doing squatting another leg exercises

  • Most lifters who have excessive muscle mass “enhanced” will show this if blood is taken after any kind of moderately intense weight training. While normal is 300 max for a male, mine has been as high as 6000-7000 if taken shortly after a weight training session. I have seen numbers much higher than that too. One football player in medical literature after a workout had a level in excess of 100,0000 and was ok and recovered. Many doctors see the number and freak out not realizing that for someone with excessive muscle mass, this may be normal after an intense training session, especially if you train several days a week. It is debatable if this is an issue for athletes as this can be normal for someone with excessive muscle. I guarantee if just about anyone, you included Mark were to take blood and do a test within a couple hours of an intense training session your numbers would be way beyond the normal range to the point where you would be diagnosed. The normal range which is what many doctors only look at is for a very average muscled individual just going through normal daily activities with no intense activity at all. I am so glad you are discussing this topic.

  • It’s certainly not unique to cross-fit… I got exertional rhabdomyolosis from caring for my terminally ill Dad 24/7 and taking care of both our properties, with no relief…. I pushed myself to far… the pain in my thighs was excruciating. I couldn’t walk and we had to call an ambulance for me!!!

  • So this causes serious Kidney Damage… there are serious consequences for wanting to look a certain way. The beauty fades in your upcoming years, I’ve had a lot of workout friends over the years and they are all worn out now due to the heavy weight lifting. Life lessons we all discover when we age.

  • Lol, Erick Roberts, you look quit, like a little marshmellow. Well, this Rhabdo, is what it is, go to your doctor, get checked out before trying any physical or strenuous activity. If you feel like your getting peer presured maybe you should see a councerlour before starting an fitness activity. It’s amusing how one reads the contracts or the signs at the door. What’s next, you felt you needed to ask to drink water when your thirsty and your water bottle is sitting right next to you.

  • For a less panicky explanation and case go to the channel chubbyemu and do not do 500 squats in20minutes. And if you pee orange or red. Call 911

  • Even thought I do not follow crossfit as a powerlifter (in fact I have no respect at all for their lack of form while lifting heavy weights), I do find it ironic to say the least that the Dr talking out about it is a fat out of shape mess. He dreams to have rhabdo some day, lazy bastard!:D

  • How the fuck did he hit 180 kg that is insane. I know you guys do not dick around with fake weights but it’s hard to belive that frame is pressing 140 kg for reps and 180 kg for pb…its impressive to say the least

  • Oh my god, people are so weak as fuck these days. You’re going to DIE DECADES EARLIER THAN YOU SHOULD FROM INACTIVITY. If you make it to old age, your body will be so wrangled and weak that your life will be a fate worse than death. RHABDO? Are you kidding me? If Rhabdo was a serious problem, wouldn’t every single MMA fighter or boxer have dropped dead from overwork? My mma class is 90 minutes of jiu jitsu and 90 minutes of muay thai, that is 3 straight hours of hard work. We have some crossfit guys that come in here and they get exhausted from the the work we do. Not one single person has EVER gotten Rhabdo.

  • Yes some boys break good girls heart. But also girls can break a good boy heart. Now was it so much for you just to be nice and do things nicely so you could save a life is that’s so much?

    Also, drinking too much water is dangerous same with eating too much and same with training too much to the point your harming yourself. Have the right amount of everything good not overdose because even medicine can become poison if not taking correctly

  • no pain no gain means working out until complete muscles failure or keep using certain muscle group short after you experience lactic acid burning, relative weight being lifted, which is the recommended max effort to build lean muscles and gain physical capability enhancement. However, over training (exceeding you capability max effort) is the cause of rhabdomyolysis. Guys, never confuse training hard with over training.

  • You’re about to meet someone new that also had that…actually twice…that I know of….a couple of years ago, just having routine blood work done, I got a call from the nurse, saying that I needed to go to the emergency room, cause of this muscle enzyme was extremely high…Of course I never went. I reasoned, it was high cause of my workouts….my style of working out, is low volume, but training to failure….then, last year, I had a really bad chest cold, and I went to the hospital thinking I had pneumonia, after they ran some blood work…they tell me I have Rhabdo….and how dangerous it is to my organs…I was in the hospital for 4 days….now this had zero to do with my chest cold…and i’m not natural either….so it’s a wonder how i keep getting this….I wondering if its the going to failure for a long time, might be doing it….as of now, I’m taking 3 days off, limiting my sets even more…and taking more time off between workouts….I went today to work back and got zero pump….I wouldn’t be surprised if my muscle enzymes were very high again.

  • So many idiots mouth breather neckbeards commenting below who know nothing about Cross Fit. Ya its popular to be a idiot lemming and hate on something they know zip nana zilch about. What an ignorant bunch of lazy fat folks. Enjoy your type 2 diabetes losers LOL

  • I’m not a fan of CrossFit……. But this piece did nothing to prove or disprove that CrossFit causes this type of injury. They offered no statistics that show this type of injury is more prevalent among CrossFitters. They offered no comparison of the data on CrossFit injuries as opposed to other fitness programs. I really don’t see what the point of this report was.

  • So some fat guy is telling us DONT do CrossFit because of risks….It’s as stupid as the snowflakes below crying about how bad CF is. Man when did the fat obese backwoods idiots in the USA give up.

  • Just happened to me, symptoms are, a pump and burn that is very unusual, like 2-5 times more than regular. If you feel the pump is more than usual. And are wondering why. Just stop. And never ever go to the gym drinking less than a gallon of water a day, being dehydrated can attribute to causing this. If your muscles burn and are so pumped and that pump and burn takes HOURS to go away. You have rhabdomyalysis, chances are you’ll start pissing cherry cola soon. Go to the ER immediately if your pissing like this. You can die very fast. This is no joke. If you have taken some time off the gym, make sure you ease into it very very slowly. Do not do your old workout without building up to it. Because this is likely to happen if your muscles are not used to high intensity training. You have to build up to it. Especially if you had time off

  • I wouldn’t say this has anything to do with the crossfit program though as he said, it most likely has to do with peer pressure. People who get that are people who ignore pain in order to achieve their fitness goal. As he said, you see that in marathon runners and stuff like that.

    What crossfit does that is at the same time one of its strength is that it puts you in a group and everyone is encouraging each other. but people need to learn how to recognize when they’re getting beyond the point where it’s ok to push. At some point you need to be able to recognize that your body has a limit and this limit for most people can be found way before passing out.. in other words, your brain might not stop you from going where your body can’t.

  • The so called coaches push you to the limit. I got rhabdomyolysis for not listening to my body. I pushed it toooo far. Spent a week in the hospital with i.v.’s being pumped in me. I canceled my crossfit membership. The coach never warned or mentioned anything about rhabdomyolysis. Definitely needs to be addressed and given more information to crossfit community about the signs and symptoms.

  • I had a rhabdo experience which put me in the ICU for a week. I had a crappy “coach” who was not listening to me when I was telling him I felt like dying, it all came to an ugly climax one night when I was doing cardio on the stair master and my quads just absolutely gave out. I had to call my mom to come pick me up and take me to the hospital… Listen to your body people, not some jerk wad coach who doesn’t care about your well being!

  • The “expert” mentioned a list of sports which are for ELITES, properly trained, genetically predisposed and technically fit (not to mention,juiced) to sustain those kind of excersises,even when it comes to sacrificing technique and rest to obtain the maximum of reps,with the highest weight in the shortest time…

  • Cross fit is not for everyone. As a matter of fact is for almost no one. Cross fit is so intense only high performance athletes should do. Cross fit is not particularly healthy and is too intense and involves a lot of movements anti natural to the body. Even for people able to practice cross fit it is a matter of time the back, the elbows, the shoulders and most joints will be damage in the long run.

  • stay hydrated.. we have a responsibility to ourselves first. As exmilitary and cross fitter…. this can be found in any high intensity training… Saying CROSSFIT is the problem is WRONG.

  • A Dude made an intense low volume workout and this was how he destroyed everything.
    If your strenght or speed is failing, you just need 5 reps, increasing weight, then improve the speed of the lift. Then increase weight, increase the speed of the…
    You get me. Maybe you will need some Smolov or Bulgarian training shit bjt then get ready to eat and try not to puke or it will be absolutely detrimental.

  • I had rhabdo which caused acute renal failure and my shoulder muscles broke down. I was training for a competition and wasn’t taking care of myself. I was unable to move my arm for almost 2 months. I thought I was going to die. They told my family that I wouldn’t make it 24 hrs after I was in the hospital. Today I’m healthy and everything is working. My shoulders get fatigued really easily now. But I’m grateful to be alive. This is no joke

  • Cross Fit is a terrible form of exercise. It doesn’t do ANY postural assessment, mobilization activation. It needs to concentrate on fixing the fundamental issues like tight hamstring and weak quads.

    First day I tried a Cross Fit course, they had me do overhead squats. Back then, I was new to fitness so I did it. Only realizing later that it was extremely dangerous.

    I hired a Exercise Scientist and Dietitian. I SLOWLY got stronger and better. That is how they should do the exercises. Not go insane, drop and you look like a fool kinda of action.

    Also note, those whom support it, coincidentally, are super fit, 6 pack, and know how to do the exercise properly… Ya let’s assume everyone is like that why not…

  • well, even though every type of workout routine or program has its risks of injury, it’s safe to say CF is up there on par with the worst things you could do. And I’m not talking about the rhabdo, as it can happen to any athlete who overtrains himself, but about the risk of injury due to poor form and incorrect technique. And they even promote it as a “anyone can give it a go” type of thing!! It’s irresponsible to say the least

  • People are so stupid these days! Here you have a fat expert telling you why Crossfit is dangerous, then you have 1 report of rhabdo and then you have a fearful reporter who I know for a fact couldn’t beat a 60 year old who does Crossfit everyday! Excuses like this is the reason why America is so dam fat and that reporter at the end should feel embarrassed he’s even into fitness advice.

  • Scaring an obese nation away from anything physical is fucked up. Getting off your couch increases DEATH by some ailment by 400%!!!!!! Better whip out the Nutella and watch Netflix for the rest of my life right? SMH.

  • You really have to stop and ask yourself what’s the point of it all? Are you training for something specific? If not, and you just want general fitness, then you should really focus on exercises and intensity levels that will serve you in your every day life, and will not cause you permanent or fatal injury.

  • To much, to fast = Dangerous.
    To much, to fast = Crossfit.
    You figure out the clue…

    The “No pain, no gain” really should be swapped out with “No strain (on the muscle), no gain.” Pain is bad, you should not feel actual pain, its the key muscle strain you want.

  • I had Rhabdo just a few weeks ago, I got it by doing the following: in a rifle school, DIDNT GET ENOUGH WATER!!!, did a crossfit style work out I AM NOT A CROSSFITTER, then went to a going away party. I had it though my entire body. My CPK levels were 5324 and were not suppose to be over 174. It hurt so bad and I lost my ability to grip and almost walk. My Doc said I’m lucky to be alive. I was told it will be 2 to 3 months before im back to “normal”. I had it the end of april and did my first workout this week, feel good but im going to take it slow.

  • Lets talk about the kettlebell swings above the head. Yet these idiots still defend it. Its idotic to argue this cult workout system is a positive thing

  • Here is the honest truth, crossfit trainers or personal trainers in general have no sport medicine or kinesiology degrees. I have been training for the last seven years and just pick a program, look up the proper form and train yourself. Crossfit is just a fad and will probably die out soon enOugh after People find something else that is trendy.

  • I train 20 hours a week, and got rhabdomyolysis from one workout of rowing 20,000 m, and performing 200 pull-ups. Ended up in hospital with muscle pain that didn’t subside in 72 hours, CK was 80,000, which is the primary blood marker for skeletal muscle damage, and I ended up on IV fluids and dialysis. It was from the one time workout involving the repetitive movement of the arms. Muscle has atrophied, and after six months, I cannot perform one unassisted chin up. The long term kidney damage has yet to be accessed by a nephrologist, but my GFR is elevated in the absence of a high protein diet and exercise. Rhabdomyolysis is no joke!

  • 1:24 demonstrates everything wrong with crossfit. Using momentum to swing weights (or bodyweight) around, using positions that have you off-center and unstable, mixing completely different exercises into one that accomplishes neither is the surest way to injury.

  • Yeah. Exercise is BAD for you. It’s much healthier to sit around eating High Fructose and texting 24 hrs. a day. THAT’S what big pharma wants you to think.

  • I got this when I was 220 and really overweight from overtraining it was the worst pain I had ever had in my life so much so it made me puke they gave me a shot of morphine. But after I recovered I got down to 150.

  • I suffered rhabdomyolysis several years ago from just 30 mins in the gym.  I realised the next day when my urine turned black.  I spent 2 weeks in intensive care with kidney failure, liver and heart problems and lost 13kg of muscle.  I did not do any exercise that my body at the time didn’t feel ok with, it was the hours afterwards that I realised something was wrong.  Any personal trainer that claims they know what an individuals limit is, is talking rubbish.  I had completed the exact same routine many times before and was at the gym after a week off.  I am not saying crossfit is unhealthy, I am saying that the personal trainer is not really in control when it comes to the risks of rhabdomyolysis and if you will suffer from it.  Every human is different and the onset can be triggered by many factors.  My specialist believes that some sort of protein deficiency was likely the cause for me.

  • The cure for rhabdo= listen to your body, proper nutrition and recovery. Not in all cases but people who get rhabdo train hard eat and don’t give their body what it needs to recover.

  • I think it’s important to push yourself to the limits, from working out, career, spirituality, etc. but the problem i crossfit is very synonymous with ego lifting. when you are ego lifting you get let very little gains and your risk for injuries goes through the roof. however wanting to lift or be able to do what the experiences crossfit athlete can do is just asking for problems. i wouldn’t say that crossfit is bad but the people that try it and don’t realize that pushing limits is one thing trying to get to the moon with a bottle rocket is something else.

  • Had Rhabdo after training a little too hard after a sustained period away from training. I did’nt build up slowly to what I was once capable of doing. Its not fun and yes your pee does come out green. Stay hydrated and don’t go too hard especially if you have had time away from the gym.

  • I just got out of the hospital for rhabdo I did too many sets of pull-ups too quickly after a long break from the gym because of the COVID epidemic. Basically, I didn’t hydrate enough and went too hard after a long break. From what I hear, pull-ups are the usual suspect when it comes to rhabdo inducing workouts. There certainly should be more awareness of this condition as it is easily avoided, but can be potentially life threatening.

  • This is what happens when an unathletic person has lived a sedentary lifestyle for 30+ years and trys to train like an elite athlete.

  • I just got out of the hospital with rhabdo. I had pain and an upset stomach for 3 days, very intense muscle pain especially in my top shoulders, I told everyone I knew it felt like my muscles were torn and ripped up. I couldn’t lift my arms without wincing in pain. My pee was a very dark brown. I was sweating profusely yet freezing cold at the same time even while at rest. I would start pouring sweat like I was running. Results came in and I was halfway to kidney failure with only a few hours left of active kidney function. My CK (Creatine) level was 1,133 when they should be no more than 170. I am not an athlete, I started a new job that is very physically demanding and I wasn’t drinking any Pedialyte or dehydration combative drinks. I thought I was dying. The medics told the Dr it was anxiety even though I do not suffer from anxiety and have never had this experience. Horrible experience all around. Please make yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of this, and always ALWAYS ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED AND LOVE YOURSELF

  • Ck level of 230,000. Done through heavy lifting in the gym. 3 hospital drips in 2 days and drinking a lot of water I am recovered. As I am only 20 years old I’m sure over time I will get my strength back and be able to get back to 100%. At the begging I could not move at all. Now I can move fully and also lift weights 2 weeks later. I don’t have my full strength back and I can tell my muscle are still recovering but I believe I can easily get back to 100% strength as your body can recover from anything if you try hard enough. I would say I am right now at 40% after 2 weeks of recovery. So hopefully within 4 months I can be back at 100%

  • This, unfortunately is on the rise and what is even more disturbing is, we are seeing this in kid athletes!!!….due to the constant overtraining…multi sport and persistence in trying to be the Top athlete. As a critical care nurse… I would see this in our trauma patients most commonly. End result is kidney failure and sometimes death. There is also the rise in these crazy fad extreme workouts that are fueling this fire. But as people feel working out….if it’s not hard there’s no gain. We need to re-educate! I enjoy working out, gain much from my goals that I set…by working out SMART. Thanks for this video Cat….it NEED TO GO VIRAL!!!!

  • Stop pushing to the point of pain. That’s wrong. If you cant do your workout the next day because of pains, you did more harm than good for what you’re hoping to achieve. Push above your limits, but dont push to failure.

  • Whats up with the meaning of fitness if you end up crash, most of the victims are beginner try crazy hard like they are pro,, start with a level and dont go beyond:-)

  • Just don’t go full ham when exercising. Focus on fully controlling your range of motions. Go slow and steady. Drink lots of water before, during, and after.

  • I just got out of the hospital from having Rhabdo. I was training a lot before, then I stopped for about 6 months. I did 1 workout that was way too intense and I didn’t build up to it at all. I was working my biceps, and for the next few days I could barely straighten them. Luckily I didn’t have any adverse affects on my kidneys. Kinda scary to think that training hard which is supposed to make you healthy can potentially kill you. At least I know now and can act accordingly. I’m almost certain I had an even worse case of rhabdo before; basically doing the same thing, stopping training for a long period of time then jumping right back in. I didn’t have any symptoms besides soarness thank goodness but the soarness was 3x worse than this previous case where I was in the hospital. I wouldn’t have even known I had it, but I was already in the hospital for a separate reason; while in there my blood pressure was high, I asked the doctor if it could be caused by soar muscles, which lead to them testing my blood for Creatanin Phosphokianes (CPKs) and my level was at 7800. 1000 and above is considered Rhabdo if I recall correctly. I suspect that lots of people who train hard have had rhabdo but just chalk it up to being soar since no other symptoms really present unless it is a severe case. More awareness should be spread, ecspecially in gyms and workout/exercise programs. This is great video discussing it though. It is appreciated:)

  • I reallky enjoyed your video. Its one of the few Ive seen where I can tell you did your homework and you pronounced the word, rhabdomyolysis correctly! Im an exercise physiologist and I wrote the first book on exercise-induced rhabdo. Ive been teaching about it for more than 10 years. If I can add to the conversation, Id like to point out rhabdo does more than hurt the kidneys. I can also elevate liver enzymes, cause swelling in limbs and promote very bad muscle pain. Sometimes heart attacks can arise from rhabdo. You mentioned hydration. As I pointed out in my rhabdo myths video, hydration alone does not stop the process of rhabdo from occurring. Here is my list of the top rhabdo myths. I believe your instructors would benefit from this information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H4TtlNg96g If your instructors ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

  • I have had Rhabdo 3 times now all from working out.  It’s not that rare for me now….  Also…there are some medicines out there that will increase the CK in the bloodstream and make you at a higher risk of Rhabdo than the average person.

  • In the hospital right now for Rhabdo, CK numbers were at 239,000. Didn’t notice I had it until 2 days post workout though when I started peeing Dark Brown. I had assumed my sore legs were just part of coming back into heavy leg free weights training after a few weeks break but it was enough to get me. On second day of IVs and almost at full recovery but this is definitely no fun. Wish I knew about this before I got injured. Will train a bit differently from now on.

  • Good video with vital information.

    I’ve been a follower on youtube for  6 months. Came to spinning as a substitute for running due to injuries. I sincerely appreciate your videos getting me started as a beginning spinner. The quality of the instruction and the videos themselves show you are serious about your business and brand. I think you have a great product and I hope you continue in business for many more years.

  • I don’t recommend Spinning if a lot of time has passed since you’ ve worked out or you are just starting exercing. I got rhabdo after my first spinning session, propably due to the fact tha I had not exercised for about 6 months before trying it out (and dehydration I guess). My trainer didn’t push me at all, I had my own pace but it still happened. When I stepped down from the bike I could barely walk,although i felt great while I was cycling. The third day my thighs had doubled in size. The forth day I went to the doctor and my CPK was 1000 (around 300 or less is considered normal). Six hours later it reached 100000. I spent 7 days in the hospital with IV fluid and also a catheter since I could barely get out of bed. I recovered fully after that. I had intensive workout before but nothing like that had ever happened. Spinning targets mainly the thigh muscles, so trainning only them for about 40 minutes can result to rhabdo, if they arent used to it. Just be careful with the king of exercise you do and drink the water you need (not too much cause this can also cause damage!!)

  • Cat, you have been my inspiration for the past few years. I turned my sis and a co-worker onto Sweat on Demand; they (now) are faithful followers. This was helpful, as I don’t hydrate enough (evidenced by the color of my pee)! Keep on keepin’ on.