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The order of exercise is important to consider. The general rule is to start with the largest muscles or muscle groups first and progress to the smallest muscles last. The largest muscle groups use more energy and require the assistance of the smaller muscles. If the smaller muscles are fatigued first it will be difficult to use sufficient resistance to properly stress the larger muscles. The largest muscles and muscle groups are generally found on the torso and the smaller muscles are found in the limbs.
Remember to allow the muscles you train to recover for at least 48-72 hours before exercising them again. Some more advanced weight trainers perform different exercises on different days so they are able to resistance train five or six times per week; they don't exercise the same body parts each day.
Whether your program is developed to build strength, endurance, or size, it is important to remember that any consistent resistance training program will result in changes in all three areas. The suggestions are made to optimize changes in the desired variable. The underlying principle in every training program is the consistent, slow progression of the workload. Adapted from: Weight Training for Life by James L. Hesson.
Run only if you must If running is an imperative that comes f r o m , i n s i d e y o u a n d n o t f r o m y o u r d o c t o r . O t h e r w i s e h e e d t h e
inner calling to your own Play. Listen if you can to the person you were and are and can be. Then do what you do best and feel best at. Something you would do for nothing. Something that gives you security and self-acceptance and a feeling of completion; even moments when you are fused with your universe and your Creator. When you find it, build your life around it.
Dr. George Sheehan, in "Running and Being"
The faculty and staff at the Human Performance Laboratory would like to congratulate those who completed their thesis work and earned a Master of Science degree in 1995:
Scott Weber Kari Brown Maurice Steinley Webb Smith
Peggy Kratz Paul Guy Bill Priest
Internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center
Internships provide students with experiences away from the lab and classroom and give them unique learning opportunities that will further their education. All graduate students who wish to earn their Masters Degree in exercise science are required to complete an internship. The site for this experience is up to the students, and they can choose any area that is of interest to them, as long as it relates to exercise science. Past interns have worked in cardiac rehab strength and conditioning, fitness training, and even golf research. All of these experiences provide the students with the practical application of the skills that they will need to survive in the 'real world'.
A unique opportunity, created by the United States Olympic Committee, allows students interested in a variety of areas to live at one of the Olympic Training Centers and work with the staff and athletes. Several SCSU graduate students in recent years have gone to either Lake Placid, New York or Colorado Springs, Colorado for their internships. Two current students, Mark Blegen and Paul Kammermeier, spent last summer in Lake Placid working with the athletes in a variety of capacities. Both second year students, Mark and Paul found their experiences valuable and fun.
Mark worked with athletes from many sports through the Sports Science Division, while Paul's work focused on the U.S. Brethren Team. Many teams travel through the Training Center, and the opportunity to work with different athletes of a variety of skill levels kept the two on their toes. "Our days were pretty much filled with the testing of athletes, doing V02 max tests, upper body power tests, and video analysis," says Mark. "Paul had the opportunity to get out in the field quite a bit, which I'm sure provided him with some valuable skills." The athletes that were tested were of all ages, from Developmental Teams being tested for the first time, to athletes that have been to three Olympics. This gave the two a look at working with all ages, and what to expect from each group of athletes. "We saw how the researchers and coaching staff draw heavily from both exercise physiology and biomechanics," Paul said. "Mark's experience gave him a lot of hands-on experience with biomechanics, especially digitizing, in addition to the physiological testing." (Continued on the next page)