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Interrobang articles by Rick Melo


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Fun and Fitness: “Professional” doesn't always mean right
It is snowing as I write this. I hope that by the time you read this, it will be sunny again. Last year we got it really good and the sun was blasting full force by the time St. Patrick's Day came around. Actually, I think we got it a littl... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Thinking ahead
This year's Open House event was another hectic and successful outing. Future first-year students came in droves for tours and information about Fanshawe and the city, and for tips on how to graduate their programs successfully. What made t... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Putting yourself in your coach's shoes
It's a funny world we live in. At Fanshawe College, the saying is more along the lines of, “It's a funny building we work in.” Whether you are faculty, support staff or a student, we can all relate to this saying in one form... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The protein problem: What to buy?
We seem to be hearing a lot of questions regarding protein as of late. Should I take protein shakes? Will they help me build muscle? Are there side effects? Which one is good? Where should I buy it? Is isolate protein better than regular whey ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Age is just a number
A weekly shipment of magazines just got unloaded into the J building, which happened to include the latest Sports Illustrated magazine. Sorry, guys, it wasn't the swimsuit edition that I am referring to. This issue has a scrawny kid donning... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: When it gets snowy, get active
A few Fridays ago, while being trapped indoors due to the massive snowfall, I started thinking about how people's daily routines get completely thrown off. Firstly, a good majority of us couldn't get our vehicles in motion due to drive... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: What are you doing on February 18?
With all the other articles about Valentine's Day in this week's issue, I'm not going to talk specifically about this "holiday," but rather, all holidays. You've got to love holidays. It seems like nowadays, the young school kiddies get a PD D... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Take responsibility for your safety
It's always funny when you hear people complaining about filling out waiver forms for any type of event. We hear all the groaning and moaning in the J building when people have to complete their physical activity readiness and consent form... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The balancing act in exercise
You may be wondering what those people in the gym are doing when they are exercising on a core stability ball or bosu ball. Or you may actually be one of those people performing these balancing acts. These types of activities are categorized a... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Warm up with winter intramurals
The winter semester may be a pain for many, but it holds a certain significance for first-year students. First-years no longer feel the insecurity of not knowing anyone in their classes…. so now we REALLY have no possible excuses as to why fir... Read more

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Warm up with winter intramurals
The winter semester may be a pain for many, but it holds a certain significance for first-year students. First-years no longer feel the insecurity of not knowing anyone in their classes... so now we REALLY have no possible excuses as to why first-yea... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Loving life in 2013
Each new year, I often try to emphasize some of the key points that people should generally follow if they want to be successful with their New Year's resolutions. Often discussed are proper stages of essential goal setting and reasons why peo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting fit as a group
Throughout the first semester, we've discussed a few of the latest trends in the fitness industry. Crossfit has seen a huge rise in popularity over the last few years, while TRX seems to be the most hyped up act of training as of late. Many of... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Show off your stuff at an OPA event
The weekend of November 17 saw Centennial Hall play host to yet another Ontario Physique Association event. The OPA is Ontario's governing organization for bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini events. If your ultimate goal is to become a C... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: No 'dragon' your heels – sign up for the Strength Challenge today
It is time to unleash your fury at the 16th annual Year of the Dragon Strength Challenge! This year's Strength Challenge promises to be one of the best, if not THE best. Fitness 101's Strength Challenge has been an annual event since the late ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting to know your body
It's been a funny scene around the Fanshawe Fitness Centre as of late. All of the Fitness and Health Promotion students are panicking over an anatomy test that they need to score 70 per cent on to pass. To make matters worse, they have to do a... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Challenging yourself to go the distance
Last week we discussed TRX suspension training and how it has really picked up a lot of steam in terms of popularity. An even bigger fitness phenomenon developing over the last couple of years is summer- based long-distance running events invo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Trying out TRX
There is a new hype in the fitness industry and it goes by the infamous initials TRX. Crossfit, P90X and TRX have been rounding out the recent trends in fitness, however, TRX seems to be carrying the most recent steam in terms of overall popul... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fun times at Open Rec Nights for students interested in activity
Open Recreation Night is now back in session for the 2012/13 school season! If you're new to the college or completely forgot what Open Rec Night is, it's a set schedule for open gymnasium time for late evening physical activity. Open Recreati... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: How to deal with substance abuse
While watching Dexter last night, one central character in the show was explaining how his addiction is similar to substance abuse. While Dexter's "addiction" is quite a problem on its own, substance abuse can significantly impede one's overal... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Muscles, muscles everywhere!
Las Vegas played host yet again to another exciting Mr. Olympia contest. The end of September competition included several individuals who really brought their Agame in terms of overall size AND conditioning. Many felt this year's contest was ... Read more

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Racquet junkies unite!
Last call for Squash League!!! And I really mean last call because the deadline for signing up for the upcoming league is September 28, which is Friday! Squash league games will be held Monday nights between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m. in the J buildi... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Three stages of workout stress
General adaptation syndrome is a nice way of describing how your body responds to the stress of a training exercise. As you stress your body, it goes through three different stages: the alarm stage, the resistance stage and the exhaustion stag... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fun is the name of the game in Athletics
As exciting as it is to enter a new school, it can also be a little intimidating when you have yet to make new friends. Of course, one of the easiest ways to get around this is by joining some extramural activities. Since I work at the Fitness ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Stop procrastinating and just do it!
Let's face it, we all make excuses from time to time. Some of us live our lives full of excuses, while others use them on the odd occasion to rid themselves of guilt. Our excuses typically revolve around work, progressing and the will to simpl... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Have fun and get fit at Fanshawe
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe students, and a big warm welcome to all of you who are coming here for the first time. Summer holidays are long gone and hopefully all of you got to take advantage of the incredibly warm and rainless summer we ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Uncovering the summer drinking myth
I may have missed the addiction awareness-themed Interrobang by a long shot, but it's never too late to reiterate some key issues about alcohol. I hope I can further clarify a few things and help dispel certain myths about alcohol. Many of ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Puffing cigs will leave you puffing for air
The number of fitness enthusiasts out there who smoke is surprisingly high. I've seen many gym patrons having a post-workout cigarette instead of a shake, and I've seen them out and about lighting up every time they suck back a cold on... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Get outside and get active
It has been a rough weekend for Fanshawe College, but it has been a GREAT week for weather! A few days ago, I was walking outside after work to my car and nearly got drilled with a football and road hockey ball. Multiple students were playing ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Surgery recovery doesn't have to suck
Many of us have experienced some form of surgery at one point in our lives. Some of us have had reconstructive surgery, replacement surgery and some have even undergone cosmetic surgery. When it comes to athletes in particular, their risk of s... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Pondering plyometrics
Name one Olympic sport that doesn't require speed, agility or strength. If you choose curling, you are right, but for the most part, this is never the case. For the majority of athletes, speed, agility and strength make up the foundation of tr... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The body's three stages of workout stress
General adaptation syndrome is a nice way of describing how your body responds to stress of a training exercise. As you stress your body, it goes through three different stages: the alarm stage, the resistance stage and the exhaustion stage. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Get heart smart
Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death in Canada. Smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides have been linked directly to heart problems. High blood cholesterol levels increa... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Geting a grip on things
Typically, bodybuilders and athletes are not asked how much they can grip — the popular line of questioning seems to be around how much one can bench, or how large one's biceps are. However, grip training can positively impact most athle... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fantastic fibre
Let's take some time to discuss fibre. Everyone says you need it, but no one says why. Too much leads to bloating, cramps and gas, but too little backs you up for days. In truth, the average person consumes less than the dietary fibre levels f... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Get your vitamins from your vittles, not from a bottle
It's undisputable that we need vitamins. They are essential for growth and development. Our bodies cannot manufacture most of them and they must come from our diet. Some people think that if you take vitamins by the handful, you don't have to... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Choose liquids over solids for your post-workout
Nutritionists and professionals alike typically state that whole foods always trump supplemental nutrition. The problem is that "always" is never the case, especially when considering that it's not always possible to eat whole foods. While it ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Don't let convenience eating lead to unwanted pounds
The early morning drive and the daily stress of work overload combined with inactivity, bad eatingon- the-go habits and lack of sleep can lead to an erratic sleep pattern that could last forever. None of us want that, but in a world that expec... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Nothing fishy about this supplement
If you've ever dug through some supplement research of your own, you've come across information surrounding fish oil. This little supplement has made waves, but you're probably skeptical on whether or not you should jump into the craze. In a w... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Intramural sports are serious winter fun
The winter semester may be a pain for many, but it holds a certain significance for first-year students, as they no longer feel the insecurity of not knowing anyone in their class. With that being said, it also leaves no possible excuses as to... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The importance of positive self-image
Do you ever sit around or look in the mirror thinking how great it would be to look like one of your favourite actors, models, or even sports superstars? Some women may have the desire to look like Megan Fox, or to have a physique like Rihanna... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Flex your muscles at the annual Strength Challenge
It is time for you to show your inner HULK! This year's Strength Challenge promises to be one of the best, if not THE best. Fitness 101's Strength Challenge has been an ongoing event since the late 90s. This time around, it has been completely ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Shift work and staying fit
Most people who have experienced shift work at one point or another will tell you that it is hell. They will often say it entails endless days or nights with a scattered schedule that is not in line with that of their friends or family. Then yo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: You snooze, you win and build muscle
You've thought long and hard about how you can enhance your physique through harder training, better eating and sound training principles. But have you considered what getting a quality night's sleep can do for your workouts? If you're anyth... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Protect your patellas
If you've been unfortunate enough to be an athlete who has suffered from patellar tendonitis, you know how debilitating it can be. It is often called "jumper's knee" because the jumping sports are typically the cause. If you are a basketball o... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fitness Centre offers great classes
Aerobics has always been a great way of putting life into your cardiovascular routines. Every school year, we try to adjust our aerobics offerings based on current trends and member feedback. Whether it's the group training atmosphere, class v... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Winter weight gain
Last weekend was turkey weekend, and we were blessed with a sunny average of 27°C! Everyone got to see his or her families and we're all a tad plumper. Thanksgiving is the ultimate eating holiday. You eat, and then you sleep. You wake up... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Know your limits
This past Monday, I happened to be on the receiving end of an unpleasant surprise. I was sitting in the gym taking a brief rest in between sets, and I noticed my shoulder didn't feel quite right. I got that oh-so-familiar feeling you get when ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Mr. Olympia 2011 an upset
Las Vegas is the home stage for showcasing Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia Contest. Typically the contest takes place this upcoming weekend, but this time around, it happened in mid-September. Jay Cutler, the current four-time Mr. Olympia, was atte... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Unsightly lines or badges of honour?
I'm a firm believer that in order to become the ultimate expert on anything, you have to experience it yourself. Does that mean that the oncologist isn't truly the best until he or she suffers through cancer firsthand? This is not my implicatio... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: A strike can never stop fitness
Last week we discussed intramurals and the current state of the strike. As it is now, if the strike continues for several weeks, there will not be any fall intramurals due to staff shortage. However, there are always active alternatives and we... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Intramurals a lot of fun
As exciting as it is to enter a new school, it can also be a little intimidating when you have yet to make new friends. Of course, one of the easiest ways to get around this is by joining some extramural activities. Since I work at the Fitness ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Thinking about a gym membership?
Hello Fanshawe and welcome to the 2011/12 academic year! The summer semester is notorious for quiet, ghostly hallways and minimal activity around the college. The same applies to the J building, home to the Fanshawe College Community Fitness C... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Wishing you a fun and fit summer
It's hard to believe that we've already reached the end of the school year. It sounds cliché, but each year definitely goes by faster and faster. I won't keep you guys long since it's crunch time and you're all frantically finishing up last-mi... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The skinny on abs
When it comes to physical transformations, everyone's goals vary. Guys typically want to get "jacked," while girls generally strive for a tightly toned physique. Regardless of the goal, it's safe to say that everyone wants the same ideal for o... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Interval training could liven up your routine
Interval training has been regarded as the new way of exercising for a number of years now. Your advanced trainee is most likely familiar with the concept, but the general public remains confused for the most part. Let's try to clear up some o... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Designing a proper workout routine
When it comes to training for hypertrophy (making your muscles grow), there are generally two typical ways we program for this: full body vs. split routines. Although both methods can achieve the desired results, it's important to note the dif... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Yoga for beginners
A few weeks ago, we discussed a specialty aerobics class called Gliders and what has made it such a hit in the fitness industry. Yoga may not be considered a new novelty class, as Gliders is, but it has stood the test of time. And rightfully s... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Avoid a mistake-cation
Cancun, Acapulco, Cuba, Dominican Republic — these are just a few of the many popular vacation destinations that students choose to escape to during spring break. These vacations typically earn the title of "best week of my college year"... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Glide your way to fun and fitness
There is a new type of aerobics class that has been making waves in the fitness industry over the last several years. It involves using gliders and it will kick your ass! Glider classes are now available at Fitness 101 for the first time since ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: SuperPump250 could kick-start your workout
Creatine supplementation has been a scientifically proven "energy booster" for quite some time now. Therefore it is inevitable that creatine will be used for years to come in athletics. The challenge for consumers is deciding which brand to ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Regimen designed for you
A service offered at many fitness facilities is an initial program design. Typically the way it works is that once you sign up as a new member, you are entitled to a program design, which allows you and a personal trainer to work together in de... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Your year to volunteer
Volunteering can have significance for many different people. For medical students, it is absolutely mandatory in order to form a foundation and build upon the knowledge needed for such a challenging career path. For policing students, communit... Read more

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Intramural season heats up
The winter semester may be a pain for many, but it holds a certain significance for first year students. First years no longer feel the insecurity of not knowing anyone in their class. With that being said, it also leaves no possible excuse as ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fit for the decade, fit for life
It's 2011! Not only is it a new year, but it is also the beginning of a new decade. So why not add more significance to your new year resolution by calling it your new decade resolution? It may be a lofty goal, especially considering most peop... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Time to get streched out
In terms of developing a complete package of physical health, there are always areas that are lacking in terms of a person's fitness regimen. Some people concentrate all their efforts on resistance training but lack cardiovascular training. Ot... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Avoid becoming Santa-sized
The new year is near but there is one big obstacle that remains before you get your fresh annual start. That obstacle is the month of December. Christmas party after Christmas party, platters of food at your fingertips, plentiful holiday co... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Understanding substance abuse
Generally, I write and inform all of you on a number of fitness and health-related topics. From time to time, I touch on certain topics that pertain to the field but in a very different light. Today's topic happens to be on substance abuse. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Health mag has its good and bad
There are many magazines you can turn to if you're interested in getting some fitness advice. One of the more popular ones out there is Men's Health. You know the magazine that typically has a shirtless celebrity like Ryan Reynolds sporting a ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fitness 101's 13th Annual Strength Challenge
So you think you're jacked? Now's your chance to prove it; November 26 marks the 14th Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and fitness and health promotio... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Squash a really good time
As always, squash is rising in popularity this time of year due to the colder weather. We have been getting a lot of inquiries in the last two weeks about the squash courts, leagues and overall services. Let's get you up to speed so you are aw... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Success comes from hard work
Training is 40 per cent physical and 60 per cent mental. Hell, I'd go as far as saying its even 70 to 80 per cent mental. There is no exact mathematical answer, but many fitness enthusiasts would agree. When you take a good look at physical ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting your 101 aerobic fix
Aerobics have always been a great way of putting life into your cardiovascular routines. Every school year, we try to adjust our aerobics offerings based on current trends and member feedback. Whether it's the group training atmosphere, cl... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Mr. Olympia crowned
Another September has passed and so has another Olympia. The funniest part is 99.9 per cent of readers don't know it even happened. This is only natural, considering that same 99.9 per cent have no desire to get as big as those monstrous bodyb... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Training your back muscles
When it comes to weight training for specific body parts, many will agree that training their backs is the most challenging. Weight training legs is often challenging considering the amount of energy we expend on heavy leg presses and squats. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: CrossFit no regular workout
CrossFit has really taken the fitness world by storm in recent years. Regardless of whether or not you are a fitness guru, you've probably heard about this particular exercise discipline at one time or another. Heck, maybe you've been "CrossFi... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Time to join intramurals
As exciting as it is to enter a new school, it can also be a little intimidating when you have yet to make new friends. Of course, one of the easiest ways to get around this is by joining some extramural or intrmural activities. Since I work at... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Bodybuilders' paradise
When it comes to Internet sites, bodybuilding.com is considered by many to be the “mecca” of fitness information. It has been around for a long time and has served millions of... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Common questions answered
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe students. I'd like to give a special welcome to those attending for the first time. It's your first year of what will become some of the best years of your lives, but the unfamiliarity of it all can some... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Don't go from spring fab to flab
It's the last week of the school year, therefore it's also my last chance to enlighten you! I won't keep you long since its crunch time and you're all frantically finishing up last minute assignments and preparing for exams. But... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Exercise keeps the mind fresh
We've been blessed with one of the mildest Canadian winters of all time and are now enjoying some ridiculously nice weather. This poses a challenge for students since final assignments and exams are underway and everyone is stressed while ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Females risking fractures
Last week we discussed the trials and tribulations of low bone density and how it can lead to osteoporosis which is a cause for concern of fracture risks. Unfortunately, females are at higher risk for developing this condition, especially once... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Not too late to bone up
The human skeletal system is more complicated than most think. As we grow over the course of a lifetime, our bones, much like the rest of our bodies go through several ups and downs. Our bones consist of osteoblasts and osteoclasts. They team up to e... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Science leads to nutrigenomics
Last week I discussed the incredible 1000 Genomes Project that was announced by International Consortium several years back. In case you missed the article, basically the resulting catalogue produced by the project will be utilized to study and analy... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Genetics study to unravel mystery
Did you know that any two humans are 99 per cent the same at the genetic level. Amazing isn't it? It really is when you consider how different each and every one of us is on an individual basis. However, it is important to understand the small fr... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Mr. Olympia packs muscle
Las Vegas is known for two things in particular; gambling and incidences you don't tell your significant other upon return from your visit to the Sin City. Okay I may be exaggerating a tad considering all the entertainment Vegas offers. Most peop... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Quick spring break prep
Every year around this time, I often get a lot of questions about trimming some of those unwanted “squishy bits” for spring break. If you're just starting now, don't expect to perform miracles with only two weeks left until your w... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Perfect time to get active
You've got to love holidays. It seems like nowadays, the young school kiddies get a PD day every month! Luckily for the rest of us, we've also had an addition to our holiday schedule in the form of Family Day. Although it's a holiday th... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Be aware of “natural” dangers
Natural health products have seen a steady jump in popularity over the last few decades. They are used in many forms including herbal products, vitamin and mineral supplements, traditional Chinese and other traditional medicines. Many users take a na... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fitness Centre offers programs for anyone getting into shape
As expected, the Fitness Centre is booming with consistent traffic for obvious reasons. People are three weeks deep into their New Year's resolutions to get fit. However, many people are asking about ways to mix things up to maintain their motiva... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: College's golden opportunities shouldn't be squandered
You may not realize how lucky you really are to be a Fanshawe student. The college experience is one that places a lot of emphasis on practical experience. With smaller class numbers compared to those of universities, it allows students the opportuni... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Be SMART
Everyone say it with me, 20-10. It's hard to believe isn't it? It's been an interesting year, let alone decade, with all the Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods hoopla. Luckily for Tiger, he's got a new year ahead of him to get off on the... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Stroke's devastating effects
It may not be something the majority of readers are concerned about at such a young age, but it is important to be informed about the number two leading cause of death world wide — stroke. A stroke occurs when blood supply to a portion o... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Trials and tribulations of surgery
Many of us have experienced some form of surgery at one point in our lives. Some of us have had reconstructive surgery, replacement surgery and some have even undergone cosmetic surgery. When it comes to athletes in particular, their risks for suffer... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The three stages of training
The general adaptation syndrome is a nice way of describing how your body responds to stress of a training exercise. As you stress your body it goes through three different stages including the alarm stage, the resistance stage, and the exhaustion st... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Jacked up for strength challenge
So you think you're jacked eh? Now's your chance to prove it; November 26 marks the 13th Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and Fitness and Health Prom... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Canada becoming nation of golden oldies
We are getting older. I don't mean you, the reader, or me, the writer. I mean Canada in general. Ever take a stroll through Cherry Hill area and wonder why you are the only person under 65? Well get used to it because there is going to be a lot ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: There are no bad foods, only bad diets
Big Macs are NOT bad for you. Kit Kats are NOT bad for you. Hell, not even bacon covered in ice cream and gravy is bad for you. McDonalds, seven times a week IS bad for you. Reece's Pieces, every day for breakfast IS bad for you. The bacon topped... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Three tips to achieving your ideal physique!
Be prepared for the fall-season with Fitness 101's three-point-plan to attain/maintain your desired physique. With colder weather approaching, excuses for bleak dieting and exercising will undoubtedly increase. So be prepared with some very simpl... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: No time to slack
Now that turkey weekend has passed I trust everyone got to see their families and we're all a tad plumper. Thanksgiving is the ultimate eating holiday. You eat, and then you sleep. You wake up from your screen saver nap, then you eat dessert. You... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Sorting through the terms speed, quickness and agility
Speed, quickness and agility are often misinterpreted or mixed up in terms of what they really mean. Let's take a moment to sort this all out. Speed is the ability to achieve a high velocity — think Usain Bolt running his last 40 metres. Qu... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Are you looking to bulk up?
When it comes to training for hypertrophy (ie. making your muscles grow), there is generally two typical ways in which we program for this — full body verse split routines. Although both methods can achieve desired results, it's important ... Read more

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Intramurals easy, fit and fun
Getting physically active at Fanshawe doesn't mean you have to play on a varsity team. You don't even have to sign up for a gym membership if that isn't your cup of tea. There are many students looking for some simple extra curricular way... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: What a racket at Fitness 101
One of the somewhat secretive gems of the Fanshawe Fitness Centre is the squash courts. I can truly say that they are some of the best in London and many of our members can attest to this. As part of the athletic fee that students pay in their tuitio... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The 1, 2, 3 on gym fees
Now that Frosh week is finally over, many of you have questions about the Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre rates. For those reading this issue of the Interrobang, I hope all your questions may be covered and resolved in this week's colum... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Get acquainted with J
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe Students and a big warm welcome to all of you who are coming here for the first time. Summer holidays are long gone and hopefully all of you took advantage of the few sunny weeks we managed to get in August. Now its t... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Building brains in the gym
Just like that, another semester is gonzo. This is by far the fastest semester I've experienced to date considering I'm also in school myself. For those of you in your second or third year, I'm sure the feeling is mutual. For those of yo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Tight tummy
When it comes to physical transformations, everyone's goals vary. Guys typically want to get jacked while girls generally strive for the tightly toned physique. Regardless of the goal, it's safe to say that everyone wants the same ideal for o... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Beer then liquor, never been sicker
I love getting smashed just as much as the next guy. There's nothing like a few wobbly pops after a hard weeks work to loosen the old goose. Yet, I also understand the consequences of a ridiculous amount of downed wobbly pops. I may have missed ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Spring shape research
How to research your way into shape this Spring Spring is officially here. It might not always be warm enough to feel like Spring, but the tease show we've been getting lately clearly indicates we're in for something good soon. The first f... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The balancing act of stability balls
You may be wondering what those people in the gym are doing when they are exercising on a core stability ball or bosu ball. Or you may actually be one of those people performing these balancing acts. These types of activities are categorized as unsta... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: No time to slip back
Welcome back Fanshawe! Many of you are already one week back into the school grind after returning from sunny southern vacations. Unfortunately, many of you are now sad having returned to the cold north and into the grind of school once again. Look a... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: New ways to work it
I've written about overloading your body in training so that it can progress based on adapting to new stimuli. If you want to get stronger or bigger, you lift heavy weights. If you want to have more stamina, you challenge your heart aerobically. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Pumping to the peak
In case you haven't been reading my column the last couple of weeks, let me get you up to speed. We've been talking about training principles and how crucial they are to being successful in physical training. I detailed how you must specifica... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Goal setting the S.M.A.R.T. way
Last week we discussed three of the seven principles of training. Overload and progressive overload outlined the principles which involved creating a strong enough stimulus on the body in order for it to adapt and progress. The specificity principle... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Building blocks to good training
When training, one needs to really take into account an important list of training principles which are essential to reaching one's goal. Think of it like a foundation for a house. The principles are your foundation, and your desired result is th... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Working it for spring break
The Fitness Centre has been busier then ever as we continue to improve on previous years membership sales. The place gets so packed sometimes that you have no choice but to make friends with random people so that you can get through your workout. &ld... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fitness assessments provide a baseline
Many of you who are a few weeks young into your new year fitness resolutions are probably wondering the same thing; “where do I stand right now in overall fitness?” Many of us aren't aware of our preliminary strengths and weaknesses. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Program design helps achieve goals
A service offered at many fitness facilities is an initial program design. Typically the way it works is that once you sign up as a brand new member, you are entitled to a program design which allows you and a personal trainer to work together in dev... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Goal setting the S.M.A.R.T. way
It's hard to believe that 2009 is upon us. With every New Year comes a chance for us to start off on the right foot and change the things we least like about ourselves. We call them “New Year's Resolutions” and they range from the... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Growing muscle
A couple of weeks ago I discussed the plateaus and challenges that many of us face when trying to lose weight, but what about the people who are trying to GAIN weight? Generally speaking, putting on muscle and size comes down to lifting heavy weight... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Test your strength
So you think you're jacked eh? Here's your chance to prove it. November 27 marks the 11th Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and Fitness and Health Pr... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Negative caloric balance key to weight loss
If I've harped about it once I've harped about it a million times. Losing weight all comes down to a negative caloric balance. In other words, you need to be expending more calories than your body requires to maintain your current weight. We... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: A better way to burn fat
I often get asked a very similar question at the Fitness Centre. It goes a little something like, “Is moderate intensity cardio a better way to burn fat?” Sure, we all burn fat no matter what type of cardio we are doing, but the way our ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Spend a night at the gym
Tuesdays and Sundays don't offer much in terms of excitement around London. Unless you're hitting a cheap Tuesday movie, or eating a “Toonie Tuesday” meal at KFC, you won't be left with many other options. Sundays don't g... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Taking time out to workout
It's kind of hard to believe that we're at midterms already. I guess time flies when you're having fun and not studying. At the same time, you can tell October has kicked in because everyone's starting to trip out. Students are now ge... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Find your ideal physique
Be prepared for the fall season with Fitness 101's three-point plan to attain/maintain your desired physique. With colder weather soon approaching, excuses for bleak dieting and exercising will undoubtedly increase. So this fall, be prepared with... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Concentrating on the core-four
Being a beginner in a Fitness Centre can be an intimidating experience. You walk in the gym, where there is often muscle bound freaks pushing ridiculous amounts of weight in a savage like manner. But that's besides the point, let those freak show... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Weather - Enjoy it while it's good
I don't know if any of you guys noticed but this summer was absolutely terrible. When I say terrible, I'm referring to the weather. The Southwestern Ontario region was plagued with non-stop rain. It was like it turned into London, Eng... Read more

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Getting out on the courts
Playing squash is a great workout and possibly addictive One of the somewhat secretive gems of the Fanshawe Fitness Centre are its squash courts. I can truly say that they are some of the best in London and many of our members can attest to this.... Read more

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Intramurals are the best way to stay in shape
Getting physically active at Fanshawe doesn't mean you have to play on a varsity team. You don't even have to sign up for a gym membership if that ain't your cup of tea. There are many students looking for some simple extra curricular wa... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The lingering creatine debate
Performance enhancing supplements have been in the forefront of athletic news for quite some time now. However, creatine is arguably the most popular form of enhancing supplementation amongst sport enthusiast's shelves. There are many misconcepti... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Spotting can make a difference
Being an effective spotter in the weight room isn't as simple as many people might think. A spotter's main purpose is to provide a safe lifting environment for the lifter. Unfortunately many spotters don't exhibit the other traits that ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Stretching it out
Flexibility is one of the most neglected areas in many fitness routines. For example, many males concentrate all their efforts on improving strength and muscle mass. However, the majority of us are guilty of neglecting this important fitness compone... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Natural vitamins do a body good
An apple a day really does help you keep the best possible physique It's undisputable that we need vitamins. They are essential for growth and development. Our bodies cannot manufacture most of them and they must come from our diet. Some peo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Spartan's a nutritional powerhouse
Looking for the best nutrition supplement store in town? Look no further. A quick boot downtown to Oxford and Richmond will get you exactly where you want to be - Spartan Nutrition. The recognizable green and white shop has served many for years. I... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting those glutes going
All right ladies, because I adore all of you, this article is specifically for you. The majority of women yearn for great glutes. Some are born with them and are the envy of all other women who stare at their asses in agonized jealousy. Others feel ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Shaping up for Spring Break
The Fitness Centre has been busier then ever even though we didn't quite meet our January quota. The place gets so packed sometimes that you have no choice but to make friends with random people so that you can get through your workout. “Wo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The skinny on low carb diets
Everybody has heard of “low carb” diets. It's a diet trend that has been around for quite some time now. But do they really work? If so, are they the solution to weight loss that everybody is looking for? Over the course of a long-ter... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The solution to keeping track of your resolution
It's one thing to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal setter as I discussed in my first article of the new term. It's another to consistently stay SMART and focused throughout the course of the goal and objective at hand. Measuring one's progression ca... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Classes offer great body and soul workouts
As expected, the gym is booming with new faces for obvious reasons. People are two-week-deep into their New Year's resolutions to get fit. Many people are completely lost with how to start and there's no shame in that, but the beautiful part ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The right way get into shape in 2008
It's hard to believe we've already reached 2008. With every new year comes a chance for us to start off on the right foot and change the things we least like about ourselves. We call them “New Years Resolutions” and they range f... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Save the sweets for Santa II
Alright, so who's getting fat with me this December? Come on, you know you love it; Christmas party after Christmas party, Platters of food at your finger tips, plentiful cocktails to be downed over the holidays and tupperwares full of left over ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Water key to the body
I love water. Without it, we wouldn't have wet t-shirt contests, super soaker fights, showers, water balloons, pool parties, pretty clouds, Kool-Aid and fire fighters. Oh, and we wouldn't have had the Wet Banana. Yet, its importance is often... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Test your might
So you think you're jacked eh? Now's your chance to prove it. Thursday, November 29 marks the 11th Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and Fitness and ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: There are no bad foods, only bad diets
Big Macs are NOT bad for you. Kit Kats are NOT bad for you. Hell, not even bacon covered in ice cream and gravy is bad for you. McDonalds, seven times a week IS bad for you. Reece's Pieces, every day for breakfast IS bad for you. The bacon topped... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Valuing your body
Do you ever sit around or look in the mirror thinking how great it would be to look like one of your favourite actors, models, or even sports superstars. For girls, it may be the desire to look like Angelina Jolie, or to have a physique like Halle Be... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Building muscle requires right amount of rest for growth
You've thought long and hard about how you can enhance your physique through harder training, better eating and sound training principles. But have you considered what getting a quality night's sleep can do for your workouts? If you're an... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Counteract season of weight gain
So the turkeys are all dead, everyone got to see their families and we've all gotten a tad plumper. Thanksgiving is the ultimate weekend. You eat, and then you sleep. You wake up from your screen saver nap, then you eat dessert. You watch TV for ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Putting on weight depends on you
Recently, I ran into a scenario that is quite rare. This scenario involves a girl who actually wants to gain weight. Wow, who would have thought it, a girl who actually wants to gain weight? Weighing around a buck might have something to do with it, ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: No excuse not to workout
It's kind of hard to believe a month of school has already passed. Time flies when you're having fun and not studying. At the same time, you can tell October has kicked in because everyone's starting to trip out. Students are now getting ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: How important is the scale?
While writing last weeks article about the “Freshman 15,” something interesting popped into my head. I thought about how I gained 20 pounds of zero quality weight during my college years and then I thought about my weight from last year. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Battling the freshman bulge
Seeing all you students with your keen faces these last few days makes me remember a few years back when I was enrolled in college. Walking through the hallways, completely lost, checking out the scenery, finding new activities of interest and realiz... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fall into fitness
Three tips to achieving your ideal physique Be prepared for the fall season with Fitness 101's three-point plan to attain/maintain your desired physique. With colder weather soon approaching, excuses for bleak dieting and exercising will undou... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The price to pay to work on your fitness
It's the beginning of a new school year and many of you have questions about the Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre rates. For those reading this issue of the Interrobang, I hope all your questions may be covered and resolved in this week... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fanshawe does fitness
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe Students and a big warm welcome to all of you who are coming here for the first time. My name is Rick Melo and I currently work in the Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre as a Fitness Consultant and Members Ser... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Summer fitness survival
Be prepared for the summer season with Fitness 101's three-point plan to maintain your hard earned physique. With winter long gone, the excuses for a bleak diet and exercise regiment should be few and far in between. So, this summer be prepared w... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Events to keep you active
It's May and it's getting HOT! Two weeks from now (May 26-27), London will host the 15th annual Gus Macker Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament. It's one of Victoria Park's staple events as it brings in thousands of competitors from a... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Taking care of one's body is a wise move
This past Monday, I happened to be on the receiving end of an unpleasant surprise. I was sitting in the gym taking a brief rest in between sets, and I noticed my shoulder didn't feel quite right. I got that familiar feeling you get when you know ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Exercising is an important element to relieve exam stress
Just like that, another semester is gonzo. This is by far the fastest semester I've experienced to date. For those of you in your second or third year, I'm sure the feeling is mutual. For those of you in your first year, get used to the feeli... Read more

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Caloric intake is key to desired weight gain
Let's cut right to the chase and take a look at a few factors that contribute to weight gain. Will a sedentary lifestyle of watching “The Simpsons” make you gain weight? It's possible. Will training like Arnold and hitting the he... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Spring season provides more fitness options
Just last week I was walking outside after work to my car and nearly got drilled with a football and road hockey ball. Random guys were frantically playing sports in the parking lots, birds were singing, and girls were already dressing in skimpy atti... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Gym ettiquette to avoid getting your ass kicked: Part II
Last week, I went over some proper gym etiquette we should all follow to the best of our abilities. The list included situations such as lowering your weights under control to avoid breaking equipment and injuring bystanders. So as promised, let'... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Gym ettiquette tips to avoid getting your ass kicked
There are certain things you should do, and other things you should avoid at all costs in any given situation. For example, if you want to avoid police trouble, you should use common sense, follow the laws, and avoid being a dink. The same guidelines... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting back on track post-spring break
Welcome back Fanshawe! Many of you guys are returning from sunny southern vacations. Unfortunately, many of you are now sad having returned to the cold north and into the grind of school once again. Look at the bright side; your skin is darker, your ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Proper training for a better body
We're all human and we all make mistakes. What makes mistakes positive is the fact that we can learn from them if we choose to do so. When it comes to training for size gain, there's a lot of room for error. Many people out there aren't p... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Junk food good in moderation
Big Macs are NOT bad for you. Kit Kats are NOT bad for you. Hell, not even bacon covered in ice cream and gravy is bad for you. McDonalds, seven times a week IS bad for you. Reece's Pieces, every day for breakfast IS bad for you. The bacon toppe... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Sleeping your way to a better body
You've thought long and hard about how you can enhance your physique through harder training, better eating and sound training principles. But have you considered what getting a quality night's sleep can do for your workouts? If you're an... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fanshawe's own feats of strength seeks next He-Man and She-Ra
So you think you're jacked eh? Now's your chance to prove it; February 7 marks the Tenth Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and Fitness and Health Pro... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Buffing up for the break?
The Fitness Centre has been busier then ever as we continue to improve on previous years membership sales. The place gets so packed sometimes that you have no choice but to make friends with random people so that you can get through your workout. &ld... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Training to get those killer McConaughey looks
After writing last weeks article regarding New Years resolutions, I decided to ask a bunch of friends at lunch what they were planning to change for 2007. It's always a fun topic to mull over since everyone's got different traits they want t... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: A SMART way to tackle resolutions
It's hard to believe we've already reached 2007. It feels as if it were only yesterday when everyone was tripping out about the 2k Bug. Well, the lights never went out and here we are yet again starting of a fresh new year. With every New Yea... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Save the sweets for Santa
All right, so who's getting fat with me this December? Come on, you know you love it. Christmas party after Christmas party, platters of food at your fingertips, plentiful cocktails to be downed over the holidays and tupperwares full of left ove... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: In memory of Zeke
This year's five on five Basketball Intramural Program saw the likes of an incredibly good-looking team. Names like Phil Edwards, Adrian Parkes and Al Macintosh prove this statement tenfold. Team “In Memory of Zeke” climbed to an und... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: The skinny on stretch marks
I'm a firm believer that in order to become the ultimate expert on anything, you have to experience it yourself. Does that mean that the best doctor of cancer isn't truly the best until he or she suffers through the illness first hand? This ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: In hot-pursuit of the perfect six-pack
When it comes to physical transformations, everyone's goals vary. Guys typically want to get jacked, while girls generally strive for the tightly toned physique. Regardless of the goal, it's safe to say that everyone wants the same ideal for ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Relationships bad for the waistline
A couple of days ago, I was thinking about what actually got me into training with weights. I had graduated from the Fitness and Health Program by 2003 but hadn't lifted a weight during the two year program. My only concern was sports and sports ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Say hello to my little friend - Mr. Olympia
After a few weeks of brief disappointment, I can now share the story about what had caused my grief. Las Vegas was supposed to play host to some very important people over the September 29 — October 1st weekend. These special guests included f... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Busting booze myths
I love getting smashed just as much as the next guy. There's nothing like a few wobbly pops after a hard weeks work to loosen the old goose. Yet, I also understand the consequences of a ridiculous amount of downed wobbly pops. After taking a bri... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Water is key for weight loss, lubrication and dating
I love water. Without it, we wouldn't have wet t-shirt contests, super soaker fights, showers, water balloons, pool parties, pretty clouds, Kool-Aid and fire fighters. Oh, and we wouldn't have had the Wet Banana. Yet, its importance is oft... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Behold the before and aftermath
Meet Rick Melo, January 2006 (left picture below); unshaven, unmotivated, and absolutely unimpressed with himself. This picture was taken outside of the Mission (food bank) on Dundas Street. Times were tuff. Now meet Rick Melo, February 2006 (picture... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Boys…do you floss with those?
Sometimes I think guys should be more like girls when it comes to resistance training. Girls are always focused on sculpting their bodies in a very proportionate manner. Girls regularly schedule an equal amount of time for training their legs as th... Read more

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Make time for fitness
Yesssss Fanshawe! I'm sure you've all had a wicked first week seeing as it was Frosh madness. There's nothing like a few days of partying mixed in with a bit of school to slowly merge you into the college mindset. For a brief moment, I... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fanshawe does fitness
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe students and a big warm welcome to all of you who are coming here for the first time. My name is Rick Melo and I currently work in the Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre as a Fitness Consultant and Members Serv... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Summertime fun at Fanshawe
It's June and it's officially getting HOT! The recent 14th annual Gus Macker three on three basketball tournament has already passed by. It's one of Victoria Park's staple events as it brings in thousands of competitors from around th... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Don't let yourself go this summer
It's hard to believe that we've already reached the end of the school year. It sounds clichéd but each year definitely goes by faster and faster. I won't keep you guys long since its crunch time and you're all frantically finishing ... Read more

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Celebrate the Iron Age
Meet Frank Zane: 1977-1979 Mr. Olympia and for obvious reasons. If there was a designated spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for most perfected body, you'd probably see a picture of Frank in there. Content at weighing less than 190 poun... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Governator shows how to Pump Iron
There's something about a little documentary called Pumping Iron that puts a smile on my face every time I watch it. Maybe it's because the gentlemen who star in it aren't so little themselves. Any film that showcases the likes of Arnol... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Sleeping beauties, buff bodies
You've thought long and hard about how you can enhance your physique through better eating and sound training principles. But have you considered what getting a quality night's sleep can do for your workouts? Sleep is one of your most valuab... Read more

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Spring Break might be over, but summer is just around the corner
Welcome back Fanshawe! Many of you guys are returning from sunny southern vacations. Unfortunately, many of you are now sad having returned to the cold north and into the grind of school once again. Look at the bright side; your skin is darker, you... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Where's the McDeal?
If you didn't catch last week's article, I briefly talked about the McDonalds documentary “Super Size Me”. Well, if you got the urge to eat ‘McPigs' as much as I did after that tidbit, I've got a very important anno... Read more

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There are no bad foods, only bad diets
Big Macs are NOT bad for you. Kit Kats are NOT bad for you. Hell, not even bacon covered in ice cream and gravy is bad for you. However, eating McDonalds seven times a week IS bad for you. Having Reece's Pieces every day for breakfast IS bad ... Read more

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How to get your body into shape in time for Spring Break
The Fitness Centre has been busier then ever as we continue to improve on previous years membership sales. The place gets so packed sometimes that you have no choice but to make friends with random people so that you can get through your workout. &... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Take care of yourself now so you can still play later
Last week, I happened to be on the receiving end of an unpleasant surprise. I was sitting in the gym taking a brief rest in between sets, and I noticed my shoulder didn't feel quite right. I got that oh-so-familiar feeling you get when you know... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: A little competition will keep you moving
There comes a time in every man's life where he needs to find out who he truly is; a time to dig deep and search for him self; a time to man up for a real gut check. My time came recently in the form of a challenge made by my good friend and col... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Setting SMART goals will help you keep those resolutions
It's hard to believe we've already reached 2006. It feels as if it were only yesterday when everyone was tripping out about the Y2K bug. Well, the lights never went out and here we are yet again starting of a fresh new year. With every new... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Getting back on track
Alright, so who else got fat over the holidays? You know you loved it; Christmas party after Christmas party, platters of food at your finger tips, plentiful cocktails just waiting to be downed over the holidays and Tupperwares full of left over fo... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Fitness 101 Strength Challenge: are you strong enough?
So you think you're jacked, eh? Now's your chance to prove it; December 7th marks the 9th Annual Fanshawe College Strength Challenge. The Strength Challenge is run in the Fanshawe Fitness Centre by Fitness 101 staff and Fitness and Health P... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Be healthy and happy
Do you ever sit around or look in the mirror thinking how great it would be to look like one of your favorite actors, models, or sports superstars? For girls, it may be the desire to look like Angelina Jolie, or to have a physique like Tyra Banks. ... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Good genes means looking good in jeans
Thin females and muscular males are seen as the ideal in our society and because we have come to believe that body size and shape are totally under a person's control, most people enter diet and exercise programs with unrealistic goals and expect... Read more

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Say hello to my lil' friend!
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Nah, actually, this past weekend was the shit! Why, you ask? Let's just say the road to Ottawa was a huge success. Last week, I decided to use my column as an opportunity to congratulate my... Read more

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Fun with Fitness: For those as hard as rock, we salute you
I would like to start this week's column off by congratulating two very good friends of mine; props to Jose Campos Reales and James Wright whom recently competed in the London and Southwestern Ontario Bodybuilding Championships. These two fine g... Read more

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Fun and Fitness - Etiquette Part II: No staring at the ladies
Last week, I went over some proper gym etiquette we should all follow to the best of our abilities. The list included situations such as lowering your weights under control to avoid breaking equipment and injuring bystanders. So as promised, let... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Proper gym etiquette is no sweat
In any given situation there are certain things you should do, and other things you should avoid at all costs. For example, if you want to avoid police trouble, you should use common sense, follow the laws, and avoid being a dink. The same guidelin... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: From turkey to Twix
So the turkeys are all dead, everyone got to visit family and we're all a tad plumper. Thanksgiving is the ultimate weekend. You eat, and then you sleep. You wake up from your screensaver nap, then you eat dessert. You watch TV for a bit and the... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Lift weights instead of pints
It's kind of hard to believe that four weeks of school have already passed. I guess time flies when you're having fun and not studying. At the same time, you can tell October has kicked in because everyone's starting to trip out. Students... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Believe it or not, some girls WANT to gain
Recently, I ran into a scenario that is quite the rare occasion; it involves a girl who actually wants to gain weight. Wow, who would have thought it, a girl who actually wants to gain weight? Weighing around a buck might have something to do with it... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Broken bones don't have to mean fractured workout schedules
This past weekend marked the third annual “Play Off” road hockey tournament, held in the heart of Downtown London — picture the Gus Macker basketball tournament and replace it with hockey sticks — and anyone interested in road... Read more

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Fun and Fitness: Don't play the numbers game, just get off the scale!
While writing last weeks article about the “freshman 15,” something interesting popped into my head. I thought about how I gained twenty pounds of zero quality weight during college and then I thought about my current weight as of today.... Read more

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Fun with Fitness - Beware the Freshman 15!
Seeing all you students with your keen faces these last few days makes me remember a few years back when I was enrolled in college. Walking through the hallways, completely lost, checking out the scenery, finding new activities of interest and reali... Read more

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Fun with Fitness: No more excuses!
Welcome back, returning Fanshawe Students and a big warm welcome to all of you who are coming here for the first time. My name is Rick Melo and I currently work in the Fanshawe College Community Fitness Centre as a Fitness Consultant and Members Serv... Read more

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