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One Lesson to Rule Them All

The following is David Emond’s third guest post on the WARRIORS blog. To view David’s first article on workout efficiency, click here, and his second article on the importance of focusing during a workout, click here. In this article, David the most important thing he has learned from his all his time spent in the classroom and in gym, but you’ll have to read it to find out what his most important lesson is. Enjoy! – Schuyler

By: David Emond

Here I am halfway through my third year of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo.  It’s been quite the ride so far. Throughout my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some top-notch professors and other individuals on various training methods and the science behind them. I’ve been able to learn a great deal of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology to apply to performance enhancement. Continue reading

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How to Achieve Bulk Naturally

By: James
The following is a guest post by James, his first for the club. James is a personal trainer and bodybuilding enthusiast, who is a contributing author for www.musclegrowthexpert. com. In this article, he discusses how to naturally get the gains and physique you want. As always, enjoy and comment below! -Schuyler
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Most sensible and experienced professional bodybuilders understand that training the natural way is much more beneficial in the long run than using artificial and potentially harmful supplements. Artificial techniques, such as the use of anabolic steroids, can have devastating effects on your body, such as shrunken testicles, and more importantly, heart and liver problems.  So, if you are trying to achieve muscle size sans synthetic supplements, you should try to stick to natural supplements that blend well with effective exercise. The basic rule is that if you want fast results, you should work hard for them, instead of opting for a quick, short route.  Here are my tips for building good muscle mass in a natural way.

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The Newcomer’s Guide to the Weight Room

By: Praneeth Ellanti

I recently started working as a personal trainer and have noticed that most newcomers to the gym make the same 5 mistakes. I truly believe that if these “sins” were avoided, everyone could have a safer, more efficient workout, while also gaining a more positive gym experience, in addition to getting stronger. Continue reading

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Coaching the Single Leg Deadlift

Ben Lee, BASc

The single leg deadlift is an effective exercise for the development of the glutes and posterior chain, grip, and lateral core, while also teaching proprioception, stability and force generation off one leg. Unfortunately, this exercise is often overlooked in favour of the bilateral deadlift and squat, and often poorly performed. While squatting and deadlifting on two legs allows you to use much heavier loads, and in turn develop strength and hypertrophy to a greater degree, the single leg variation is a great workout addition to any athlete who needs to be strong and stable in a unilateral stance. Continue reading

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MacGyver Conditioning

By: Eric Bowman

The following is a guest post from Eric Bowman; his third so far for the club. To view Eric’s other articles, click here and here. In this article, Eric discusses some unconventional ways to make cardio training fun and effective. As always, enjoy and comment below! – Schuyler

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While I believe strength should be at the forefront of every training program, what good is your strength if you can’t run away from a pissed off Canada Goose without being out of breath, even if you can bench 500 pounds.

A common sight in Waterloo.

Unfortunately, though, when most of people think of cardio, they think of “running” on a treadmill or aimlessly pedalling on a bike for an hour. The only enjoyment in this is getting to watch a couple episodes of Duck Dynasty on the TV attached to your cardio machine of choice.  Conditioning can and should be fun, efficient, and a great way to build a solid physique and work capacity. That being said, commerical gyms make this difficult, considering most don’t even have a Prowler for you to work with. When the weather outside sucks, many people complain about cardio training or worse yet, stop training altogether. So how do you get a decent cardio workout in when you have no useful equipment and the weather outside is lousy? Solution: MacGyver conditioning. In this article, several unique, fun ways to become fit with minimal to no equipment are explored. Continue reading

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Maximizing Performance through Carbohydrates

By: Joel Janssen

Carbohydrates are necessary to aid in maintaining blood glucose levels and replenishing muscle glycogen stores. Since muscle glycogen stores are directly related to athletic performance, defined in this post as endurance at high loads and power output, we know maintaining saturated glycogen stores are important. We will analyze from broad to specific ways in which we can allow optimization of muscle glycogen stores, and therefore athletic performance. Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Undergrad

By: Benjamin Pickard

After 5 years, 4 co-op terms and God knows how many dollar bills, I’m finally done my undergraduate degree. I came to Waterloo in the Fall of 2008, pursuing a BSc. in Kinesiology, and now all that remains is convocation. I chose Waterloo for the co-op program specifically, but I have gained much more than simply the opportunity for paid work experience. In my time here I’m happy to say that I’ve earned more than a degree, and I’ve learned more than I was taught. And while I didn’t follow the typical path, I’m happy with where I’ve ended up. I’ve had a wonderful and somewhat unusual experience at Waterloo, and I want to share my “secrets.” Hopefully you can take this and use it to get far more out of your education than a degree.

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