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Wtf is a Kettlebell?!

By: David Wu

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This is an updated repost of an old article from the UWS&C forums. I’ve been getting quite a bit of inquires on kettlebell training and was too lazy to re-write something again. Enjoy -Wu
A kettlebell is a cannonball with a handle. What differentiates it from a dumbbell or a barbell is the off-set center of gravity. Not only does this make the weight “feel” heavier on certain moves, but it also provides us with a unique exercises and interesting proprioceptive situations (google that one ) like the armbar. The Russian Kettlebell is a portable tool that’s a fun way to meet any of your fitness goals.

Provided by the special geometry and the handle, the kettlebell allows performance of ballistic moves like the kettlebell swing, clean, and snatch (Mike Mahler in the above picture performing it). These are similar to their Olympic weightlifting counterparts, yet they’re easier to learn and incorporate into “complexes” (see below). The reduced learning curve allows more repetitions to be performed with less risk of injury from failure or fatigue. This allows unstoppable conditioning for a superior calorie burn.

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WHY you suck at your New Year’s resolution

By: David Wu

The first week of CIF gym stats (daily # people in the gym) runs like this:

85, 80,50, 65, 80 … (Mon-Fri)

Second week’s not bad either. By the third week, we give it one more go:

86, 78,53, 65, 75

And by the fourth week, numbers drop to where I’m happy to finally see free squat racks:

50, 44, 38, 42, 58

Why are we such a pile of suck when it comes to staying on track and getting to the gym? Continue reading

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Bodybuilder? Do you even powerlift?

By: Joel Janssen

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There’s a disconnect between the powerlifting and bodybuilding communities – however the two might have more in common than ya think. Name the greatest bodybuilders of all time and people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbo and Ronnie Coleman come to mind. Continue reading

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Did you know: bacon is good for you?

By: Praneeth Ellanti

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photo credit: Mariam Abdelkhalek

And contains essential vitamins that are important for maintaining your health?

Did you also know that I just made that up? The trouble with internet is that there’s a ton of information available with just one click. I used to believe most of the crap out there in high school; but, you learn quickly when you get hurt/don’t get results.

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Don’t PR your waistline: 5 Holiday Feasting Survival Tips

By: Alex Longo

(One  sweet holiday card from Mightytrainer.com)

Another awesome term done at WARRIORS S&C Club. Here’s a holiday treat from member and exec applicant Alex Longo. Good luck on exams and stay strong! -Wu

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With the first snow fall, you know the holidays are around the corner and so is the turkey. Whatever you’re celebrating, the holiday season is a time for parties. And let’s not forget about the New Year too!

People put their fitness on hold, and this means starting the New Year with extra pounds. In one U.S. study, the average person gained just over 1 pound during the holiday season. This may not seem too bad, but year after year, those pounds add up.

So to stop feeling unhealthy, tired and guilty from stuffing our faces, here are a few tips to guarantee an enjoyable holiday season without setting a new personal record on your waistline.

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U probably don’t want this to happen

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Warm up: You’re doing it wrong

By: Praneeth Ellanti

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So you barely found time to workout. And now that you’re in the gym, you rush to the first free squat rack and start with a plate on each side. This is a common mistake I see every time I go to PAC or CIF.

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My First WARRIORS Conditioning Workout

The following is a guest post from Kathy Hui, one of the up-and-coming executives with WARRIORS S&C. The article details her first experiences at our WARRIORS Conditioning events; it’s short and sweet but resonates well with the experiences of many other members within the club.

Enjoy, and feel free to come check out our Conditioning events this semester, Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Warrior Zone! – Austin

I am the most unconditioned and unathletic human being I have ever met. Two years ago, I joined the WARRIORS Strength & Conditioning club in Fall 2010 because I thought it meant “getting fit”. Woot! Sitting at the First Term meeting, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. I’d never heard of CrossFit; never touched a bar; heck, the closest I’ve ever come to lifting prior to that was lugging my textbooks around campus. (Farmer’s walks, anyone?)

It was at the end of the First Term meeting that I asked Ben how I could get started. Continue reading

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