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Human Body: Pushing the Limits March 11, 2008

Posted by Matt Brown in Fitness.
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I don’t know if any of you have caught the new show on Discovery channel, but it is a great program. I just got done catching a rerun of one of their first episodes and I was impressed. This particular one focused on the body’s amazing ability to perform superhuman feats of speed, endurance and power. The science in the show is spot on and really well done, but not so academic that it would turn off someone who hasn’t been studying this stuff for five years. Other episodes look like they deal with other aspect of the body: vision, the brain, etc. I would encourage everyone to check it out if you get the chance. It usually airs Sundays at 8:00.

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My first yoga class March 2, 2008

Posted by Matt Brown in Fitness.
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Well it took me long enough, but I finally managed to drag myself to a yoga class. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile, mainly because I have no flexibility and apparently its pretty good for that. So I’m running a little late and I show up just as the class is getting started. The second I walk in the instructor asks “Has anyone not taken yoga?” I was the only one to raise my hand. Good start so far.

The instructor, who I’m sure is a very nice person, was almost a parody of herself. Her voice reminded me of hypnotists that I’ve seen before, so smooth that you want to roll over and take a nap just listening to it (which I almost did, those mats are pretty comfortable) and she started class by saying “For the next hour, let me be your guide through the world of yoga.” It was like a bad SNL skit, but whatever.

Now I knew that yoga wasn’t a walk in the park, but I was surprised at just how hard it was at times. Not the flexibility stuff, I knew I was gonna suck at that. It was the strength bits that killed me. Well, not so much strength I suppose as muscular endurance. As anyone who has taken a class before knows, the postures in yoga force you to contort yourself into some rather strange positions then hold those positions for what seems like forever. I’m a pretty strong guy, but my muscles were burning by the time the instructor let us rest.

All that being said it was a great class and I fully intend to go back for more. Coming out of the class I felt loose and energized and after only one hour of practice I already felt more flexible. I would definitely recommend that everyone give yoga a try.