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Our early results are in—seven students who are leaving for the Feast early ran the course Friday, Oct. 4:

  • Elam Wilson — 20:50
  • Alex Barrett — 21:35
  • Nathan Weese — 23:21
  • Owen Pulis — 25:12
  • Sam Nicholson — 26:34
  • Rebecca Szabo — 34:10
  • Andrea Figueroa — 37:20

Hotel Room Workouts

The Feast is always better if you stay active! Here is a boatload of workouts you could choose from that require little or no equipment, and some of which you could easily do in your hotel room.  The runs would require some way to measure distance—a website like Mapometer would help. A couple of these use a jump rope—pack it if you’ve got it. The link above has a list of even more workouts that can be done without any equipment at all. Have fun, and enjoy a fit Feast!

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Hello freshmen—

Sorry for not being clear about how many points each of the classes we have done has been worth for your P.E. log. Some classes have been worth 4 points, others only 3 points. Please check this list and make any corrections necessary to your P.E. log:

4 points: 8/14 Benchmarks 1 • 8/16 Benchmarks 2 • 8/23 Front squat, “Benchmark” • 8/26 Shoulder Press, Push-Up • 8/28 Hang power clean, Kettlebell swing • 8/30 Push Press, Pull-up, Goblet Squat • 9/4 Jumping • 9/11 Sumo deadlift high pull • 9/13 Medball clean, knees-to-elbow, dip • 9/16 Running training begins!

All other classes and out-of-class workouts are worth 3 points (8/19, 8/21, 9/6, 9/9).

Shane O’Mara—a professor of experimental brain research, focusing on stress, depression and anxiety; and learning, memory and cognition—has written a new book titled In Praise of Walking. The Guardian did a feature on in him. Some quotes:

  • Guardian: “He knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data – walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier.”
  • O’Mara: “Our sensory systems work at their best when they’re moving about the world.”
  • O’Mara: We can see “from the scientific literature, that getting people to engage in physical activity before they engage in a creative act is very powerful. My notion—and we need to test this—is that the activation that occurs across the whole of the brain during problem-solving becomes much greater almost as an accident of walking demanding lots of neural resources.”
  • O’Mara: When you’re walking “there are all sorts of rhythms happening in the brain as a result of engaging in that kind of activity, and they’re absent when you’re sitting. One of the great overlooked superpowers we have is that, when we get up and walk, our senses are sharpened. Rhythms that would previously be quiet suddenly come to life, and the way our brain interacts with our body changes.”

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Only four of this year. O we happy few, we band of brothers!

Marathoner Training:

Run 10 miles @ marathon pace


7:00 AMRAP
7 burpees
7 kettlebell swings
Rest 7:00
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Standard Class:

3:10-3:15- Warm-up
3:20-3:40- Back squat:
2 Minutes max reps at 85%
4 Minutes rest
2 Minutes max reps at 70%
4 Minutes rest
2 Minutes max reps at 55% View full article »