Health storyboard overview/notes
Health storyboard overview/notes
2001, a Space Odyssey. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Prod. Stanley Kubrick. By Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, Geoffrey Unsworth, and Ray Lovejoy. Perf. Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968.
Fallows, James. “Living With a Computer.” The Atlantic. N.p., 1 July 1982. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.
For the past week, to enter into a new cultural “realm”, I joined my friends to one of their weekly trips to the gym. The first gym was Alumni, at the University of Kentucky on a Thursday night. My second trip was to the Bluegrass Bouldering gym, a climbing gym in downtown Lexington. I did have previous, though sparse, gym experience in both of these settings, but the culture is still vague to me. Vague in the way that some of the athletes, present in both situations, were dedicated to an everyday workout and health plan to exceed against whatever their “competition” may be. For the University gym goers, this competition they were working against was endurance limits and body fat. As for the climbers, they all seemed to push their limits to out climb other climbers. Even though I had some experience in these places, it was a whole new experience when looking through “community goggles”- trying to isolate the way these people interact, and their motives limited to these specific places.
At 7:00 pm on a Thursday I entered the dungeon-like Alumni gym, in the basement of Alumni hall. To my surprise I found that it was fairly full. Much like my presence there- almost every other person there was in a group. Guys would be frequently seen at the dumbbells or spotting each other on some sort of lifting device that I was unfamiliar with. I accompanied my friends to stationary bicycles where we stayed for a majority of our time. A pack of girls migrated to a cramped yoga mat and began doing stretches. The stretches led into some sort of abdominal routine that they took turns partaking in. I couldn’t decide whether this was a known routine for them, or if they were there like I was, an infrequent visitor trying to appear as if I knew my way around. From my surprisingly difficult biking session I took on an old abdominal workout I used to do for climbing, and lay on another small mat across from the team of yoga-pants girls. Again, to my surprise, my workout had become difficult and I did not move with the fluidity that these other gym-goers did. I left with a couple thoughts: why do people go to the gym in groups? How often do these people return?
A couple days after on a Monday night, my friend who is a well-known rock climber took me with him to his training grounds: The Bluegrass Bouldering gym. Tucked away in an industrial part of Lexington, close to the JIF factory, we pulled up to a small warehouse looking building. We crossed through a glass panel door into a gym of a much different caliber. There was no lifting equipment, no treadmills, and no bikes, but there were three walls covered in these replica rocks and an orange tabby cat. Due to my previous experience in climbing at the Red River Gorge, and training in the Johnson center, I wasn’t completely lost on how these workouts are one, but the culture felt like another world. I signed a waiver and put on my climbing shoes. Unlike the climbing wall at the Johnson Center, a gym I’m familiar with, all of the people here knew each other well and seemed to be much more laid back, even the cat that was a popular figure. I tried my hand at some of the climbing routes. It came as no surprise that the routes in this climbing-dedicated gym were much more difficult than the routes at the University gym, and frequently I found myself falling backwards onto the mats that covered the entire area of the floor. The longer I stayed I began to recognize similarities in this gym compared to Alumni. These climbers had a routine; they followed specific routes in intervals of increasing difficulty and kept themselves on time limits. In a way they were just like body builders, or all athletes, in the way that they had specific challenges to overcome in order to accomplish a goal. A second similarity was the presence of groups. I saw that a majority of the people there had a partner to guide them up the wall, or encourage them. Even though the culture of these exercisers was much different, similarities still arose and left me wondering if these patterns arose in all exercise settings?
I can’t say that I learned a lot from these two cultures, but I did get many god observations. It’s strange how two places for exercise and training can have two completely different cultures. Even stranger to me was how two different cultures have patterns that are the same. This is probably a result of human nature, and shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it was the first time I had focused on how people interacted in these settings. The exercise culture has been broadened significantly and opened my eyes to the difficulty of trying to label one type of culture, when it can be easily split into subsections. Overall I was impressed at the way these people went to exceed their limits and become stronger in their own sport.
Pictured: Bluegrass Bouldering Gym
Butler, Scott M. Effect of the College Environment upon Body Weight, Body Composition, Nutrition, and Exercise Behaviors. N.p.: n.p., 2001. Print.
This article could help further my research study by actually learning the effects of how college life changes the human body. This can further my understanding of the “health” community and why they do the things that they do. It can provide insight towards the fitness of students and why some students are more “fit” than others based on lifestyle.
Solomon, Henry A. The Exercise Myth. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984. Print.
This book debunks common exercise myths and rumors. Among the covered topics is the truth about over-exercising and how what we eat effects our workout products, like the classic “drinking raw eggs.”This research can be used when asking why college students work out. Every student probably has their own reason, but are their workout patterns functional for their goals? Could they be over, or under exercising?
-Born, KS, military family, two siblings
-Sis 7 yrs
-bro 3 yrs
-family began in Monterey 1986
-Vilseck, Germany 1998
-age difference not close
-typical brothers. Nothing in common
-career and entertainment interchangeable
-interested in bio/research/genetics
-parents encouraged me hobby
-sister and brother have hobbies
-I don’t (frisbee/choir)
-choir - band - job
- outlier, found hobby
- parents always encouraged me
- student by day singer by night
- lots of influences/friends
- culture defined by these things
Anonymous asked: You def deserve an A+ in this class
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