Category Archives: Week 4

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. – Henry David Thoreau

Throughout the past three weeks of Jan Plan I have been able to grow as an athlete and an overall individual. Exercise physiology has proved to be one of the most informational and enjoyable classes that I have taken this … Continue reading

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Ending Jan Plan and Moving Forward

Having retested my fitness on Tuesday, I can say that I am pretty pleased with the way things went.  I ran about 60 meters more in the Kosmin test than I did at the beginning of Jan Plan.  This changed … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancement For One – For All?

This week we learned a lot about the presence of nutritional aids, psychological aids, and pharmacological aids in athletic performance, but these influences exist in academic performance as well. Amphetamines, caffeine, etc., are commonly used in academic arenas and/or events … Continue reading

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And I thought our sports were violent…

So the general consensus seems to be that football is a pretty violent sport. Usually, i would agree to this claim. It is a sport where you run into one another at full speed. However I have recently two sports, one European and one … 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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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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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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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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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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Playing through the Pain

At the tender age of 3 the doctor noticed that Aidan, my younger brother, had a “lazy eye” and that he would need glasses to correct his vision.  Surprisingly enough there aren’t too many glasses made for 3 year olds … Continue reading

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Live a Little

What started as a relatively minor change in my diet, away from refined and sugary foods, has, over several years, developed into something more than I had anticipated. While many people adopt diets in pursuit of short-term goals, whether it … Continue reading

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Old School vs Modern Day: How Far We’ve Come

In the early and mid 1900’s, a human breaking four minutes in a mile was a radical concept.  It was thought that it was physically impossible for a human to accomplish this feat; Roger Bannister thought differently. On May 6th, … Continue reading

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Alternative Training Methods

    I follow a lot of fitness blogs, and one in particular that focuses a lot on the scientific side of sports, specifically triathlons. http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com   Recently he’s been posting a lot of alternative ways to train using methods … Continue reading

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Why Do We Sleep?

We all know it’s important…but why?? Whenever I don’t get enough sleep, it is usually a terrible day.  Why do we spend a third of our lives sleeping? When reading an article about this, I learned that scientists have developed … Continue reading

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