Student-athletes may be under more pressure than just the average college student. Student-athletes are expected to perform well in the classroom, and to perform for their coaches and teammates when it’s game time. Unfortunately, for some student-athletes, this stress is not always handled in the right way. Research shows that athletes tend to overestimate the amount of alcohol that their teammates and friends consume (Martens, Page, Mowry, Dmann, Taylor, & Cimini, 2006). It is proven that athletes often have larger groups of friends than non-athletes which may account for part of the misconception, but it also puts athletes at greater risk for binge drinking behavior (Nelson & Wechsler, 2000). College athletes report a higher rate of binge drinking (57%) than their non-athlete counterparts (48%) (Nelson & Wechsler, 2000).
Consuming 5 or more drinks in one night can affect the brain and body for up to 3 days after consumption, interfering with the athlete’s ability to learn new plays and strategies. Athletes’ use of alcohol has no direct benefit to their body or training because the high calories in alcohol cannot be converted into energy for the body (Firth & Manzo, 2004). So when athletes of any kind are feeling stressed with school, practice, traveling, and competition, they shouldn’t turn to alcohol as a way to relax. It only will put you more behind.
Have you ever wondered “Why should I pay for group exercise classes when there are free ones on the schedule?”
Believe me, I’ve wondered the same thing. – but then I realized one of the MAJOR benefits that come from these classes. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like being surrounded by a TON of people when I exercise. I usually workout at the Wellness during times when there are NOT a lot of people in the building – but I’ve always wanted a little extra guidance and motivation with my workouts without the many faces all trying to do the same things as me at the same time – like in group exercise classes. Let’s face it – I can get stuck in a rut sometimes, even as a personal trainer. So my choices for the extra guidance & motivation as well as the major change up to my routine was either hire a personal trainer for an hourly rate OR look into the Specialty Group Exercise program. Since I was a college student at this point – I was like any other college student and strapped for cash I had to decide what was more budget friendly, but still getting the same results. The answer? Specialty Group Exercise.
So when I discovered Boxing which was offered as a Specialty Class (a few years ago) – I fell in love with the SMALL class size. There were only 8 people in my class and I got some very valuable attention and training at about 1/12th the cost of a personal training package!
I had never pushed myself so hard in a workout in a long time. Sure in the past I’ve always had my good workouts that left me sore the next day, but in this case someone was there holding me accountable making sure I wasn’t letting myself become complacent and take the “easy” route. They encouraged me when I didn’t feel that great about myself,helped me meet my fitness goals and kept me moving!!
Now while Boxing isn’t here this semester (bummer I know!) – I know there are some great options to choose from – there is ViPR which is brand new and puts a fantastic spin on strength training – taking you back to some very functional work in a new light. Reformer Pilates (which I’ve taught in the past) that is a great CORE workout that helps with balance too – after teaching that class I always felt stronger than when I wasn’t teaching! Rise & Climb is a completely NEW concept – this class will teach you how to become a better climber, become a stronger climber and will get you into the wall during the off hours (now ladies – who couldn’t use a little upper body strengthening? Am I right??) And lastly Beginner’s Mediation Yoga – which will help you center yourself spiritually & emotionally to be able to help find yourself & help keep you calm in the waning moments of the fall semester. Registration is going on NOW for all of these so I encourage you to sign up too before all the spots are gone! Head to the Wellness Center website NOW!!!
I hope to see ALL of you trying something new!