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Fitness Tip of the Week: Hard Core

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike shares a few exercises with you for your core and your abs. As he mentions, for a lot of people that have back pain, it’s often the result of a week core, so it’s important to keep it strong. Crunches only hit the surface/superficial layer of the abs. It’s still important to focus on the core as a whole.

Start using these exercises today (or tomorrow)!

  • Knee Tucks
  • One Leg Touches
  • Elbow To Hand

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Gay Games 2010 Cologne: Overview

In: Sports & Health, Topher, Totally GAY!

I’m back from a two week vacation that started off at the Gay Games in Cologne and ended up in Spain. I’ll save the Spain adventures for another post, and give you some info on how the Gay Games went.

I went to attend as a soccer player for one of the teams that Seattle sent. Seattle sent two teams, both placed in the second division. There were two divisions, with the first division being the more competitive.

The soccer events were some of the most attended. There were 28 teams in Div 2, and I think something like 20 in Div 1. That’s a lot of people. I wouldn’t want to be the one in charge of organizing something like that (and thank god that I’m living in Amsterdam for the 2011 Continental Out Games that will be held in Vancouver, or else I might have had a hand in the planning for that). Recognizing that soccer was a huge event, I do have some complaints. For one, we played way too many games in too short a time. 7 games, in 6 days. And we were supposed to play 8. We didn’t have much of a break, and my knees definitely felt it after.

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In this week’s Fitness Tip, most importantly, Mike goes shirtless.

Aside from that, he also talks about two exercises for the chest, that you’ve probably never tried before. Mike always encourages you to do exercises that use more of your body – combination exercises, and these two are no exception.

These are two of his favorite exercises for the chest, the first one using a stability ball:

  • Combination Glute Bridge & Chest Press
  • Drop Pushup

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

In this week’s Fitness Tip, Mike Dirks talks to you about how to overcome training plateau. What is “training plateau”? Essentially, it’s when you stop seeing results. You keep doing the same things over and over again and your body is not really benefiting from the exercises the way it used to. Why is that? What are some ways that you can avoid that from happening, making your workout time as efficient and effective as possible? Well there are a few ways listed below, further explained in the video.

  • Increase your weight
  • Focus on the negative or eccentric phase of the exercise
  • Change your routine

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Gay Games 2010: Cologne Opening Ceremonies

In: Sports & Health, Topher

Let the summer begin. I am fortunately able to take the entire month of August off, and I plan to fit as much fun into it as possible. First stop, the Cologne 2010 Gay Games.

The Gay Games is an event held every four years, gathering together gay, straight, trans, lesbian, and bi athletes from all over the globe. I went to the 2006 Out Games in Montreal, and it was one of the best times of my life. I feel so lucky to be able to attend another one of these.

I got into Cologne (or Koln, to the locals) early this afternoon. Luckily it’s just a three hour train ride from my home in Amsterdam. I’m down here playing soccer with a team from Seattle, and will be staying for a week.

I just got back from the Opening Ceremonies, and I have a few thoughts, that I will separate in to two different sections.

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Fitness Tip of the Week: Band Workout

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

Another beautiful day today in Vancouver as we kick off pride weekend! I know a lot of you are still sleeping because you were out last night… Not to brag (but I’m going to anyways), but I got up at 5:45am as per usual to go to bootcamp – haha.

Today, we worked out outside and below Mike Dirks, our instructor/trainer has outline four exercises you can use outside (or anywhere) using an exercise band. These four exercises engage the full body, using all major muscle groups. They are as follows:

  • Squat Row To Toe x 10 reps
  • Squat Press x 10 reps
  • Chest Press x 10 reps (each side)
  • Squat Reverse Fly x 10 reps

* Repeat the sequence 3 times.

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

Judge Rules Cheerleading Is Not A Sport

In: Patrick, Sports & Health

Coincidentally when the first primetime TV show about the sport Cheerleading is about to premiere in September, the U.S. court ruled on Wednesday that competitive cheerleading is not a sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements. The judge described it as too “disorganized” and more of a “support activity”. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill explained:

“Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport. Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganised to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.”

For an “activity”, cheerleading is pretty freakin’ dangerous with all the tumbling, stunting and dancing. In fact, 65% of all catastrophic injuries in girls’ high-school athletics happen on cheerleading squads and, if I’m not mistaken, it is the most dangerous sport for US teens overall – even over football.

So how did this all come about? Several female volleyball players and their coach sued Quinnipiac University after it announced back in March 2009 that it would be getting rid of their team for budgetary reasons, but replacing it with a competitive cheer squad. The school felt that this action complied with “Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in education and athletics.” The judge disagreed and the girls are getting back to volleyball.

Check out the dangers of cheerleading after the jump…

In this week’s fitness tip, Mike talks to you about a great lower body (legs) & shoulders workout you can try out at the gym today. The workout includes a four part complex designed to push you to your limit, providing little rest between each of the sets.

As with any workout, it’s important to remain focused on the task at hand – really engage your muscles and don’t focus on rushing through the exercises. It’s better to go slower and do the exercise properly, as this also works your muscles harder and leads to better results…and that’s what you want, isn’t it?

Video demonstration of this week’s tip after the jump…

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