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Spin into Fall

October 18, 2012

Try out a class in Herman Court next to the raquetball court!

Try out a class in Herman Court next to the raquetball court!

 

Contributed by: Lynnea Kraft
As some of you may know, I am a very active person. One of the ways I love to get my exercise in is by spinning. I went to my first spinning class this past summer in when I was studying abroad in Argentina.   When I returned to campus this fall I was excited to see that Wilmington College now offers spinning classes for credit or just for recreation.   I ended up adding one of the spin classes officially to my schedule. These classes taught me that there is a lot more to spinning then merely pedaling a stationary bike.  
                Spinning bikes have weighted wheels that are connected to the pedals so that spinners (people who spin) cannot coast. The bikes that WC owns are equipped with a dial that can add or take away resistance, or it can be used as a brake. Adding resistance makes it harder to pedal, and turning the dial the opposite way will take away resistance and make pedaling easier.  In order to simulate hills like in real-life cycling, the instructor will lead the spin class through a series of “hills”, “flat roads”, or “steep climbs,” and “jumps.”   To simulate these, the spinner will add resistance and change body positions per the instructor’s directions. 
In addition to my mandatory spin class for credit, I have begun to lead classes myself and attend other classes just for recreation.  I realized that each instructor can give you a different experience. I personally enjoy when the instructor gives visuals while biking. For example, if the class is doing a climb with resistance for a long period of time, the instructor may tell the class to think about being on country road nearing the end of a race. When the climb with resistance interval is almost over the instructor may say “There are some racers gaining on you! You are almost at the finish line!” This imagery always helps me push myself just a little bit harder.  
I f you would like to try spinning, classes are now being offered Monday through Thursday. Check out the flyers posted around campus for the current schedule!

Tags: Fitness , Fitness Challenge , Wellness , Workout

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Cycling

March 21, 2012

My Fixie

My Fixie

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

The weather the past couple of weeks has been incredible! For me however, that is not always the best thing during the school year. I love being outside; road cycling is one of my favorite activities and I cannot resist the temptation of a perfect day. When I have schoolwork to do, this could be a minor issue. Yesterday, a fellow athletic training student and I rode a 33-mile loop around the eastern portion of Clinton County. I am still getting in shape for the season, so today will be a rest day for sure!

Also on the topic of cycling, I bought a cheap fixed gear bike over spring break, just for getting around town on and for fun. Fixed gear bikes are exactly what the name says they are; one gear that is fixed to the rear wheel. It is a machine in its simplest form, no gears, breaks are optional, and no coasting. If the wheel is moving, the pedals are moving at the same rate. To some, this sounds like a horrible ride. To me (and a lot of urban cyclists around the world), it is a cheap, efficient, and fun way to get around!

Tags: Athletic Training , Cycling , Fitness , Fixed Gear , Fixie , Nutrition , Peace , Wellness , Wilmington College

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Upcoming weeks

February 07, 2012

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Today, I have my first big exam for my rehab class. I’ve been preparing for it basically since the first day of class and I’m nervous! It starts in about an hour from now, but I need a break from studying. Hopefully it’s not as hard as I’m thinking it will be!

I am thinking the end of this week will be a little more relaxing. Over the past week, the Wilmington College Table Tennis club has received a few exciting shipments. We now have court dividers, scoreboards, new rackets and balls, and a new table (that still needs to be put together). On March 3, a few of us will be traveling to Columbus for the Arnold Table Tennis Tournament, which is held at the Columbus Convention Center. We went to a tournament last semester and it was a lot of fun, and this tournament is part of a much larger fitness expo, so some of the areas best athletes will be there. Hopefully I find some time soon to work on my table tennis game! Athletic Training keeps me very busy, but that’s what I am here for.
 

Tags: Athletes , Athletic Training , Busy , Fitness , Table Tennis

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Mid Week Break

November 09, 2011

A beautiful day on campus

A beautiful day on campus

 Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Yesterday was a very strange day for me. I woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to be in the Athletic Training Room by 5:45 to observe the orthopedic surgeon’s clinic. Every Tuesday, Dr. Saunders (the team doctor from Dayton) is on campus to evaluate students that have injuries. While it may seem inconvenient to have to go this early in the morning, it works out very well because students don’t have to drive to Dayton to see the doctor and they don’t have to worry about scheduling it around class or other activities.

After I was done in the training room, I had a class at 9:10 and the class I normally have at 2:30 was cancelled. As you were probably well aware, yesterday was a very nice day (and possibly one of the last 70 degree days of the season). I had enough spare time yesterday to ride my bike! I did a 30-mile loop of backcountry roads, and it was very pleasant to feel the sun and the warm air. With rain coming in today and a busy schedule, it’s back to the books for me today. However, I should be well prepared for the day considering I slept 10 straight hours last night! I believe it’s a new college record for me, considering I usually get 6-7 hours per night; hopefully I’ll get back on schedule today and time change stops messing with my sleep schedule!

Tags: Athletic Training , Dayton Sports Medicine Institute , Fitness , Rest , Time management , Wilmington College

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Table Tennis, DSMI

October 17, 2011

Josh Kincaid (right) and I (left) before the tournament (check out the awesome t shirts)

Josh Kincaid (right) and I (left) before the tournament (check out the awesome t shirts)

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

In my last blog, I talked about a table tennis tournament that the Table Tennis club would be traveling to. After playing in the tournament, I can’t wait to go back to another one! Although we didn’t get to officially compete, we got our ratings (which hopefully will be going up soon) and met some great people. We also got to watch some professionals play, which is incredible to see; Imagine sitting courtside at a professional tennis match, but on a slightly smaller scale. The club should be traveling to another tournament in Columbus, and Josh and I will get to advance in the competition!

In Athletic training news, today is the day that I start my new rotation at Dayton Sports Medicine Institute (DSMI). From my experiences so far, getting to observe of campus gives you multiple perspectives on the medical world and allows you to see how everything medically is interconnected. It also allows you get out of the routine of the Wilmington College Athletic Training Room and see how things are done at other institutions. I have heard that DSMI has a very nice facility, so I am looking forward to working there for the next two weeks!
 

Tags: Athletic Training , athletics , Dayton Sports Medicine Institute , DSMI , Fitness , Ohio , students , Table Tennis , Wilmington College

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