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Monday 11/4– Women
Skill Practice:
10 minutes

WOD1: Deadlift
12 minutes to find 5RM

WOD2: 14 min AMRAP:
400m run
20 Deadlifts (185/135; scale to 60% of 5RM)
20 push-ups
20 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)      View full article »

“Weight training by older people may build not only strength and muscle mass but also motivation and confidence, potentially spurring them to continue exercising, according to an interesting new study of the emotional impacts of lifting weights. The findings intimate that people worried that they might be too old or inept to start resistance training should perhaps try it, to see how their bodies and minds respond. … In multiple experiments, older people who start to lift weights typically gain muscle mass and strength, as well as better mobility, mental sharpness and metabolic health. But lifting helps only those who try it, and statistics indicate that barely 17 percent of older Americans regularly lift weights.”

Monday 10/28 Women

Skill Practice: 10 minutes

WOD1: Back Squats
10 min EMOM:
3 reps @70-80% of 1RM

WOD2: 3 rounds for time of:
30 sit-ups
200 m run
20 squats
200 m run

Monday 10/28 Men
Back squat- Find 5RM
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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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