Monthly Archives: January 2013

On Mental Fitness

This class teaches us the value in exercising daily.  We lift, we run, we stretch, we workout, and we do these to keep the processes in our body sharp and in shape.  I want to talk about another kind of … Continue reading

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Gender on the Front Lines

As many of you may have read, Leon Panetta (Defense Secretary) and General Martin Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) announced on Thursday that the military will be officially lifting its ban on women in combat roles.  The … Continue reading

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Making Gender an Advantage

In the fall I took Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality, where we studied socio-cultural norms and political influences of dichotomous gender systems. We read a book titled Lessons from the Intersexed by Susanne J. Kessler, in which intersex individuals share … Continue reading

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The moms know what’s up

If you live in a suburb like me, I’m sure you’re accustomed to seeing the mom brigade.  Armed in baseball caps and spandex, they come marching down the street just around the time you’re waking up, still recovering from that … Continue reading

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Food>Medicine?

I have had migraine headaches for most of my life and besides several intense prescription medicines there have been very few things that have helped with them.  When I was a sophomore in high school however, they started to get … Continue reading

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Assessing Fitness II Predictions

With my last two blogs, I want to talk about our upcoming lab, Assessing Fitness II.  Today I want to talk about what I’ve done in the past month after Assessing Fitness I, what tests I am going to redo … Continue reading

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David Goggins: “I’m Nobody Special”

David Goggins. Sounds like a regular guy from somewhere around the world. Turns out, he is not some regular guy. Turns out, he is one of the most amazing athletes, even humans on the planet today. I first read about … Continue reading

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Procrastination… Or Lack Thereof.

I usually think one of two things when I decide to go to the gym on my own time or have to go for practice. I either have the I’d-Rather-Lay-In-The-Pile-Of-Snow-Outside-My-Dorm-In-Negative-Twenty-Degree-Weather-Until-I-Freeze thought, or the Hell-Yeah-I’m-Going-To-Break-A-Sweat-And-Get-Jacked thought. Yes, these are two completely … Continue reading

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Food for Thought, Literally

Up until the last year or so, I never really paid much attention to what I was eating.  I ate whatever I wanted and in large quantities.  My thought was that if you ran the engine hot enough, it’ll burn … Continue reading

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Is Football a Dying Sport?

It was recently revealed that President Barack Obama is concerned about the future of football, citing concussions as a major safety issue. Our president is not the first to express feelings of doubt for the future sport, however, as families … Continue reading

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Harder, Better, Faster and More Dangerous

Bernard Pollard, a Baltimore Ravens safety with a penchant for injuring Patriots players, has stated in a recent interview that he thinks that with the way that the NFL is headed there will be a death on the field due … Continue reading

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Mind the gap

In NCAA cross country, men run 8k and women run 6k. In national and international races, men run 10 or 12k and women run 5, 6 or 8k. I think these differences are silly. They stem from outdated beliefs that … Continue reading

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Class and Life: Making Connections

This weekend, I went with 3 other friends on an adventure: winter camping and cross country skiing in the Rangeley Lakes area.  This was to be a new experience for me, and I was, in a sense, the trip leader. … Continue reading

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Preparing to Fail

It happens each and every season, regardless of the sport or whether or not I have trained thoughtfully in the offseason. The first few practices are always excruciating. This phenomenon is particularly bothersome when I feel I have prepared my … Continue reading

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What To Add To Your Diet

By the end of 2012, the nutraceuticals industry, including dietary and sports supplements, vitamins, herbal products, and genetically engineered foods, grew to more than $86 billion in the US alone. The explosion of growth in this market over the past … Continue reading

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