Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

On Routine

I could not believe how far my fingers could touch.  Stretching daily for weeks increases flexibility slightly, subtly.  Only when we re-took our fitness test did I actually see the measured results.  My sit-and-reach flexibility increased greatly.  This month I … Continue reading

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Equal Opportunities

There are many places in which women do not have equal opportunities as men, especially in sports.  One sport in which this is the case that particularly irks me is in whitewater slalom paddling, more specifically in the c-1 division. … Continue reading

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Pole Pedal Paddle

After hearing about the Adventure Racing that the Nordic ski coach participated in I started to look at some of the other races out there besides marathons and triathlons.  While I was checking them out on the Internet I came … Continue reading

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Gym Therapy

Ever since I was very young I have suffered from crippling anxiety. From test-stress to generalized anxiety I have always had trouble stopping myself from worrying and “stressing.” Over the years I have tried breathing exercises and meditation. However, the … Continue reading

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Ethical cheating?

We’ve been talking about doping in class quite a bit. Last year I did some extra readings for a philosophy course and stumbled upon an article written by an ethicist who supported doping. While I forget his name (sorry, ethicist … Continue reading

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Does it really make a difference?

Is it right to specialize in sports? Does it benefit an athlete in any way? I have always wondered about this topic. Growing up I played many sports. At one time or another I played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, … Continue reading

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Aussie Rules

When I typed “AFL” into the Google search bar, the results were not what I was looking for at first.  The first result was a graph of the stock price fluctuations of Aflac Incorporated.  Next came something about fiber optic … Continue reading

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Preaching the gospel of Tabata

I am a huge fan of group fitness.  Nothing like some terrifying sweaty woman breathing down your neck, screaming about how you need to “PUSH” and “GO ALL THE WAY.”  Seriously.  It’s great.  It’s also fun to look in the … Continue reading

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Flyin’ Bobby Beaman

Learning about ergogenic aids this week and reading some other posts has reminded me of some cool animations that I saw this summer that the New York Times had made comparing the performance of the top three Olympic 100 meter … Continue reading

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Time to Apply…

As this course ends there is only one thing to do….take this information and make something of it. The point of this class is not only to learn something but to be able to apply it to life. This isn’t … Continue reading

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You say you’re a woman… That IS enough!

After reading the article, “You say you are a woman? That should be enough.” I completely changed my views on women with naturally high levels of testosterone. I used to think it was highly unfair for women with that kind … Continue reading

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The BMI Roller Coaster and Pants on the Ground

At the beginning of January, no one would have said I needed to lose weight. Sure, I knew I had a little extra fat on my hips that I could probably lose, but my BMI was 18.9, very close to … Continue reading

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Gym Magic

After a grueling few weeks of trials and tribulations, I have finally found success in the most important aspect of fitness training: how to pick up women at the gym.  Many failures, and eventually successes (along with many broken hearts, … Continue reading

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A case for DRUGS

I really enjoyed learning about all of different ways to optimize performance this week. I especially liked getting into the ethics of what was ok and what wasn’t. Coincidentally, a couple weeks ago, after the Lance Armstrong bust hit the … Continue reading

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Built for Speed

As an admirer of birds of prey, I was a bit disappointed when the peregrine falcon video didn’t load the other day in class. So, I decided to look up a few videos for myself that could capture the remarkable … Continue reading

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