The Bodybuilding Lifestyle

If people lift weights whether to improve  personal fitness, strength, or physique, they are in essence “bodybuilding.” In today’s world, a new wave of healthy thinking is beginning to inspire people to get on track and change their lives. People are starting to realize that when they are healthy they can look and feel better. Training, nutrition, and supplementation are the three key stepping stones to shaping bodies and reaching goals.

Living in the bodybuilding lifestyle is not just about lifting weights to get “big,” though. Bodybuilding is a mentality and way of life. It is about dedication to oneself and not quitting just because the results do not come in an instant. Consistency is key for any bodybuilder to shape his or her body and reach personal milestones.

There are a lot of variables that go into bodybuilding now-a-days, things including: what an individual’s life is like outside of working out, if they eat a lot of fast foods, if they check nutrition labels on the foods they buy, how intense they workout in the gym, and how much rest they get to recuperate. According to Todd Fitchett via Bodybuilding.com, “In order to get the most out of bodybuilding and to reach your fitness goals, certain variables (such as diet, training, and recuperation) must be adhered to consistently – day in and day out.” Cutting out bad choices will help anyone propel themselves to their personal goals quicker.

Training, being the first variable, is obviously very important. Not everyone can get in the gym and lift the heavy weights that they see on t.v. Many people that want to develop and shape their bodies have to start somewhere, and breaking the three month “hypertrophy” phase is one of the key aspects to beginning to become a bodybuilder that most people don’t know about. To break this phase, a person must workout consistently every week, and begin to break down his or her muscle to build better, stronger muscle.

Training though is not the most important aspect of bodybuilding; nutrition and recuperation is where people actually develop muscle and grow.  By watching their eating habits and making sure they get enough sleep is where people will see results quickly. If one’s diet consists of fast food, one might not see what one is looking for in a short amount of time.

Lastly, supplementation is a huge part of growing and building a body. Supplements like Whey Proteins, Pre-Workouts, and Creatines are all basics for most bodybuilders but are only part of a bigger project which is bodybuilding. According to Mike Roussell, Ph.D., who conducted a study on the benefits of whey protein, via Bodybuilding.com, “Whey—or whatever protein you prefer—is just one piece of the overall muscle-building puzzle. You still need to eat a caloric excess beyond what you burn each day in order to build muscle.”

Pre-Workout is another crucial supplement that will deliver nutrients before training to optimize peoples bodies’ performance during training. There are many Pre-Workout types, so proper research on the topic is important before going out and buying this type of supplement. Pre-Workouts can range from strength and power boosters and energy boosters to stimulants and “pump” providers, so finding the proper Pre-Workout for a person based on what he or she is looking for is crucial.

Creatine is another important supplement. According to Nick Tumminello via Bodybuilding.com, “Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid derived from the amino acids glycine, arginine, and methionine. Skeletal muscle contains 95% of all creatine. The heart, brain and other organs hold the remaining 5%.” Creatine’s main purpose though is to allow a person to have a larger and longer work volume. It helps an individual get that one more rep which is extremely beneficial to building muscle and getting stronger.”

The thing about bodybuilding is that it is all for one purpose, the results. The benefits of taking the time to develop a body are endless. People are not only building their physique to look better; they are reaching goals that they set for themselves. Bodybuilding can increase how a person feels about himself or herself, how much energy he or she has, and even how much he or she is able to complete.

When people look better they feel better, and living the bodybuilding lifestyle can help them achieve that. Through training, nutrition, and supplementation, people can advance not only their physiques but their whole lives. Bodybuilding is not only a hobby, it is a mentality and a lifestyle.

http://www.bodybuilding.com

Is the United States Still the Number One Country?

The U.S. is a country full of people with pride in their country. The U.S is the leader in many categories which would lead people to believe that America is the top country, but other statistics would suggest that it is behind other countries.

The U.S. has the third highest population. The countries that the U.S. trail are China and India.

The United States leads the world in a few different categories. These categories allow for the U.S. to be considered the most powerful country.

The U.S. is leading in what many would consider the most important when it comes to world dominance, the military. The U.S. military spends a substantial amount of money. The U.S. actually spends more than the next 10 countries combined. The U.S. has 19 air carriers which is a huge advantage in comparison to the others countries total of 12, according to businessinsider.com.

The United States also leads in economics. It is expected to hold this for the next decade.

The next category America leads in is technology. The United States is advanced and prosperous when it comes to technology. The U.S. is the reason that the world has internet. The United States is always ahead in technology. America is 40 years ahead in terms of technology in terms of what people perceive us to be. The U.S. is one of the few countries that have been able to integrate technology into almost all aspects of life.  (http://www.businessinsider.com)

Education plays a large role in America possibly not being the top country. America is 7th in literacy, 27th in math, and 22nd in science, according to nationmaster.com. These categories are not the most impressive.

Along with education, America is far down the list in life expectancy.  America is 49th in life expectancy. America also is 179th in infant mortality. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html)

Many countries are catching up to America. Recently, Russia’s military has been making huge gains moving its way up in the ranks. America is still ahead, but this may not last.

America is a strong country, but if it is still the best is a very open question. America certainly has its strengths, but also has its faults.

Former Basketball Star with Rough Past Speaks to BL Students

On November 19, 2014 in the Iglehart gym at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Chris Herren, a former basketball star at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, spoke to the middle school and upper school about his life. He talked to the school about his extreme highs and lows in his life. The speech was mainly about where Herren went wrong in life and where he doesn’t want teenage kids like the kids who are in middle and upper school to make the same mistakes.

Chris Herren grew up in Massachusetts where he went to Durfee High School from 1990-1994. During his time there he scored 2,073 points, which is still a record at the school today. Herren was so good that he had Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Duke Head Coach) and Coach Rick Pitino (Kentucky Head Coach at the time) recruiting him, according to  http://www.ahoopdream.com.

During his amazing high school basketball career, Herren started to do stuff that he said he would never do. He started out with “Just one beer that I stole from my grandfather’s refrigerator that I drank. I wasn’t scared of beer anymore. I hung out in the woods with kids who smoked weed and I took a hit of the joint. I wasn’t scared of weed anymore.” Little did he know that just this one time he tried these two things that they would change his life forever.

Throughout his high school career, he would experiment more and more with drugs and alcohol to the point where it became a habit. When he told himself that he would only drink a couple of beers or smoke a couple of joints just on the weekends with his friends, things changed and he started to do this more often and regularly.

Herren attended Boston College because he wanted to stay local as a hometown boy. He turned down scholarships to play at Duke and Kentucky for Boston College. In the fall of 1994, Chris Herren walked into his room and saw something he had never seen in his life.

He saw two girls chopping cocaine and making lines. They told him to try it just once and nothing would come of it. So Herren “grabbed the dollar bill and snorted the line.” Little did Herren know that this mistake would haunt him for the next 14 years of his life.

In his first ever college basketball game on November 25, 1994, Herren had 14 points in 21 minutes. During the game, he broke his wrist and would be out for the remainder of the season. Two weeks later, Herren failed his first drug test because of marijuana and cocaine. Within the following two months, Herren failed two more drug tests and was expelled from not only the basketball team, but the university as well.

Herren transferred to Fresno State where he was given a second chance to play college basketball again. He sat out for the remaining games of his freshman year and rejoined the team his sophomore year. During this time, he was getting caught up in a ton of off the court problems. He was partying constantly, drinking heavily, smoking regularly, and snorting cocaine often. When his first drug test came for Fresno State, he failed and was sent to a rehabilitation center for 28 days to recover.

When he stood up in front of the school in the Iglehart, his speech moved a lot of people. Garrett Stoler was asked about what he thought about the guest speaker: “Chris Herren is the man. He got his point across to the school about how he felt about the situation.” Mr. Wilson was asked the same question and he replied, “He had a message that teenage boys need to hear. He was somebody that many people in this school can relate to, being an athlete, and coming from a good family and neighborhood.”

Chris Herren’s ultimate goal was to get across a powerful message to the school. Many students and teachers walked away with a different perspective on it. Garrett took away that “No matter how much you drink or smoke, it will catch up to you later on in life.” Mr. Wilson explained, “I like how he explained the first step in the cycle of the first beer and the first hit of a joint. Also, I liked how he talked about his kids and if they made the same mistake he did to not ask them with who, where, what did you do, or how much, but just ask them why?”

Chris Herren would not be where he is today if he were to focus on just basketball and basketball only. Today he travels around the country as a motivational speaker and talks to people about his story and where he went wrong in life. He ultimately doesn’t want anybody in the audience to make the same mistakes he did.

http://www.ahoopdream.com/profile/chris-herren/

Let the College Search Begin

Every year in the United States, high school seniors take on the challenge of applying to colleges across the nation. Beginning in late September, seniors stress and panic about applications, deadlines, and the overall college process.

At Boys’ Latin, the college counseling office does its best to reduce the stress levels of seniors during this time. The college counselors also try to get both the students and parents actively engaged in this process.

They do this by scheduling individual appointments and constantly communicating, whether it be by email or telephone. Both college counselors, Andrew Robinson and Cathy Badmington are extremely approachable and are always willing to help.

When asked how this year’s senior class compares to last year’s, Assistant Director of College Counseling, Andrew Robinson, replied, “This year’s seniors have applied much earlier than last year’s seniors.”

Robinson then was asked what are some popular schools seniors have been applying to. Robinson answered, “ Charleston, Delaware, Maryland, and the University of South Carolina are the four most popular.”

Although the college search might be stressful for the students, and families, the college counselors endure their struggles as well. According to Mr. Robinson, the most difficult part of being a college counselor is “when parents try to control where their sons go instead of having them make the final decision.”

Another major tool the college counseling office at Boys’ Latin prides itself on is Family Connection/Naviance. Naviance allows students to track his high school progress as well as follow his college application. This tool is a website that students are assigned in the beginning of their junior year.

In the summer, seniors were encouraged to take a course on how to fill out the Common Application. This course allowed seniors such as Kyle Weatherford to answer any questions he had and fill out the information regarding Boys’ Latin. Weatherford said, “this course allowed me to start my college application and answer many questions my parents were not able to answer for me.”

Kyle, like many others in the senior class already, knows where he will be attending next year.  The reason they know this is because they have committed to a school for athletics. This is a common occurrence at Boys’ Latin, especially for lacrosse.

Cole Coffay, another senior, is going through the college process. When asked what his top three schools are, he confidently replied, “Tampa, Charleston, and High Point.”

Boys’ Latin has a great reputation in sending there students to great universities. Last years senior class consisted of 80 students and all of them attend a four-year college. This year’s class is extremely dedicated and will hopefully achieve the same feat as last year’s class.

Image from http://www.jamessatlucher.com

A Microwave Changes Everything

 

By Randy Cockrell and Alex Stengel

The Student council came up with a fantastic idea to have a dodge-ball tournament in order to raise money for a microwave in the cafeteria. Ever since the student council election, students have been asking for a microwave. Student council delivers what the students want.

In order to benefit both the BL student body, and those outside of our community, the council decided that they would give 75% of the dodge-ball tournament profits to the Travis Mann Foundation, which helps military families. The rest of the money would be used for the MS/LS cafeteria microwave.

It took many meetings and planning for the tournament to be successful. Through its efforts, the student council made roughly $500. It was a good turn-out. Everyone had an awesome time during the tournament, and in the end, many people benefited from it.

College Applications Through the Years

Seniors know the struggles of today’s college application process all too well. In the modern age, the Common App has streamlined the process a little bit, but the stress that comes with applications hasn’t dissipated.

But imagine yourself as a high school student in 1943, or 1922, or 1869. There’s no Common App, no college websites, no SAT, or GPA, or Application Fee. So what did the process look like?

A number of seniors are considering Elon College in North Carolina. Check out the Application for Elon in 1922, pulled directly from Elon’s website:

How happy would you be if two out of the fourteen questions you’re asked are “Are you a church member?” and “Is your health good?”  (to be fair, that last one is actually pretty important. Chances are, if your health wasn’t good, you would be unable to work on the family farm, so college would basically be the only option. But if you answered no, you might find it hard to get accepted. If your health was good, you’d more than likely be working for your family anyway, so there’s no time or need to go to college. Its a real Catch-22.)

If you’re noticing that the college application process was absurdly easy, you’d be half right. To even be considered for admission at some top level universities, you would have to come from a relatively well-off family, you might have to be a man, and you’d certainly have to be white. The first black student at the University of Maryland graduated in 1954. At Elon, black students weren’t admitted until 1964, 42 years after the above application was standard.

But even if you checked all the boxes, the application process back then wasn’t always this easy. Consider Harvard’s 1869 entrance exam for their incoming class of 1873.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/education/harvardexam.pdf

Harvard is a reach for almost anyone, and 150 years ago it was no different. But, if you knew your Latin, Greek, and Arithmetic, you had a pretty strong chance (provided your family had a lot of money).

Before the SATs came into existence, the application process became exponentially more competitive. After the second World War, the GI bill provided for millions of recent veterans to get a college education. Add to that a new generation of kids who grew up in the Depression and the War, who were finally living in years of prosperity and opportunity, and who were willing and able to go to college, and the application process had to become a lot more streamlined.

Colleges needed a way of easily comparing each applicant. By 1946, students were required to submit a letter of recommendation, their high school transcripts, references, and to complete an admissions interview. But a new beast was emerging, something that students now shudder at just the name: the SATs.

A group of colleges that met to compare admissions tests (now the College Board) collaborated to create a robust 97 minute long exam. See if you can answer some of the questions on the first SAT:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/50276/take-very-first-sat

Now, it can be difficult to even sum up the college application process. Applicants have to fill out all kinds of information online, submit SAT and/or ACT scores, their transcript, recommendations, supplement questions, essays, and of course the application fee.

But one thing is for sure: the college application process is not getting simpler any time soon. The SATs might be becoming less difficult and time consuming, but with a brand new crop of highly eligible applicants every single year, college applications must continue to evolve, and chances are they’ll probably get even more complicated.

This might not deter that many students, since 2. 7 million high school seniors applied to college in 2014, according to the NCESD. Senior Tyler Steinberg, who was recently admitted into Stevenson University, said “waiting is the hardest part.”

Who knows what the college application process will look like in 20 or 50 years. Maybe high schoolers in 2064 will look at today’s process and scoff. But seniors now can tell you, its a struggle.