Are you the Strongest Eagle?

See who is the strongest eagle of all at the Strongest Eagle competition.

The Strongest Eagle is designed after the World’s Strongest Man competition and is a non-traditional way of challenging participants in both strength and endurance events with competitions in the deadlift, tire flip, truck pull, atlas stones, heavy toss, and a team relay.

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“Although this event is competitive in nature, there is also great community and support among participants,” Stefanie Rodgers, Fitness Program Director for Strength and Conditioning, said. “It is a great way to connect with others that are passionate about their physical fitness.  As with any challenge, mental strength is also tested and this provides an opportunity to exceed even your own expectations.”

The top three finishers of each weight division will receive medals for preliminary events and the overall winner will receive a framed poster award including the original poster design and respective placement information. In the team event, medals will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

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The weight classes for men are:

      Heavy Weight is 205 pounds or more.

      Light Weight is 204.99 pounds or less.

The weight classes for women are:

      Heavy Weight is 165 pounds or more.

      Light Weight is 164.99 pounds or less.

Participation is free for all RAC Member and it is $10 for non-RAC Members. And only 50 participants are allowed.

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The event is April 11 at 10 a.m. See you there!

 

Perfect Your Pose

Ever see people doing yoga poses that look so hard and complex that you don’t think you could ever do it? Well, you can!

On March 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be an Upside Down Yoga Workshop focusing on the inversion poses, arm balances, and headstands and handstands.

“While these may seem like advanced poses, having the correct form and being aware of your body can make them much easier,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said. “This workshop will also show you steps to gain the strength, flexibility, and balance to complete poses like headstand or crow.”

Just last month there was another Yoga Workshop known as Broga. If you’ve been to a previous workout, don’t pass up on this one!

“This is different from Broga because it’s focusing on inversions and balance poses versus yoga for a specific group of people. This workshop will teach participants how to build up to more challenging poses or how to perfect their form in order to get the most out of their practice,” Richards said.

The best part is that it’s free and equipment is provided so there’s no reason not to come! There is a maximum of 25 people, though, so come early to get a spot!

The workshop will include a yoga practice as a warm-up, and then participants will be shown how to build up to the harder poses or how to perfect the pose can already do, Then the workshop will end with relaxation.

Richards said, “You don’t have to be great at yoga to do these poses, you just have to know how to get into them correctly and how to work up to the more challenging moves.”

Rest, Relax, and Eat

Spring Break is finally here! No classes, just fun in the sun and some much need R&R. But just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of all your fitness progress that you’ve made this year.

When on vacation, people have the tendency to overindulge with food and drinks because they’re “on vacation.” Which is totally fine, you work hard you deserve to spoil yourself, but don’t let your spoils ruin your fitness progress.

An easy way to avoid overeating is to bring snacks to munch on while you soak up the sun in between meals. This way you won’t be so hungry afterwards that you turn to a fast food option, ruining all of your progress.

Here are some healthy snack options that you can pack to take with you.

      Baked Zucchini Chips

      Microwaved Apple Chips

      Edamame

      Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberry Bites 

      Frozen Grapes 

      Trail Mix 

These are just a handful of ideas that you could take with you on your vacation that are fairly easy to make with minimal prep time.

So remember, wherever your Spring Break adventure might take you doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your progress or your health.

Enjoy and Relax!

February Club of the Month: Southern Bass Anglers

Congratulations to the Southern Bass Anglers for receiving February’s Club of the Month for CRI!

Regional Bouldering Competition, No Experience Required

Test your climbing abilities against other university students on Saturday, March 28, with the 7th annual Southern SendFest Bouldering Competition.

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Southern SendFest is designed to be a top-score redpoint competition and climbers will have three consecutive hours to achieve their highest score. The score will be a total of the climber’s top five routes.

There will be three divisions to compete in: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

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“A beginner should not hesitate to participate because our climbing event caters to all levels,” Savannah Manning, Southern Adventures staff member, said. “We actually have a beginner category and boulder routes set specifically for them, so the competition is much less intimidating than it may seem.”

Registration ends March 26th and the fee is $35.

The fee includes on-site tent camping, restrooms and showers, lunch and snacks, SWAG Bag featuring samples and freebies from sponsors, and awards for the top male and female competitors in each division.

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The SWAG bags typically consist of stickers, Chapstick, hand salve, and discount cards, though donations are still coming in from sponsors so the exact contents may vary, Manning said.

Already there are some big name sponsors who have sent donations including Moosejaw, Patagonia, Mountain Khaki, and Smithoptics. Last year $3,000 worth of prizes were donated and so the same is expected for this year, Manning said.

During registration, climbers will be able to choose their preferred heat:

      Heat 1 will be from 9 – 12 p.m.

      Heat 2 will be from 12 – 3 p.m.

      Heat 3 will be from 3 – 6 p.m.

“This is a regional event, so at least half of our participation comes from students outside of GSU,” Manning said. “This allows us to be recognized as a school that promotes climbing, while also providing networking opportunities for participating students.”

Other schools also have to compete for Georgia Southern to be recognized as part of CCS (Collegiate Climbing Series).

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After the competition there will be a social at a climber’s house with a rock wall in their backyard.

Participants must be 18 years old or older and enrolled in a southeastern private or public university or college to register.

Climb to New Heights

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Ever want to climb an actual mountainside? Well learn the ropes at the RAC’s Climbing Wall and build your skills before showing off outdoors.

The RAC has a 45-foot-high rock wall modeled off an actual rock face. It is manned by shift leads and climbing wall attendants who can give you tips on your form and technique while making sure you are staying safe.

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“Climbing is an individual activity that challenges a person both mentally and physically,” Spenser Herkelman, Southern Adventures Program Director, said. “The benefits of climbing can range from improved self confidence to increased strength and body composition.”

In the RAC, equipment is provided for climbers from shoes, to harnesses, to chalk bags that can all be checked out. So there isn’t an excuse not to try it.

The only requirement is that participants wear close toed shoes, but climbing shoes are preferred.

Don’t want to climb up a 45-foot wall? Well try your hand at bouldering.

There is a Bouldering Cave right next to the rock wall that allows people to test their climbing skills in a different setting.

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Bouldering is for people who wish to focus more on the difficulty and skill instead of how high they can climb.

Though climbing is an individual activity, the Southern Adventures staff has incorporated a social event for climbers, Bouldering Night Out (BNO).

“Everyone is invited to participate in Bouldering Night Out. It is a non-competitive event with various themes. Patrons do not need to have any prior experience,” Herkelman said.

In the past there has been Ninja, Ghosts and Ghouls, and Neon themed events.

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The Climbing Wall is open:

      Mondays and Thursdays: 4-9pm

      Fridays: 4-6pm

      Saturdays: 12-3pm

     Sundays: 5-8pm

The Bouldering Cave has the same hours as the RAC.

Do you, Broga. Do you.

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Bro plus Yoga can only mean Broga!

A new yoga workshop will be specifically tailored to men so that they can learn the benefits of how yoga can enhance flexibility and strength in the weightroom, on the track or on the field.

“We are doing Broga because we’ve had a lot of guys coming to our yoga classes lately,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said. “We think yoga is a great way to compliment any fitness routine and its benefits are often underestimated. ”

The workshop will be held in the Mind and Body Studio on Feb. 22 at 4:30pm.

Registration is not required and the workshop is free, but space is limited to the first 25 participants.

Mats and equipment will be provided for those who attend.

Though the class is tailored for men, both men and women are strongly encouraged to attend.

“We want guys to know that yoga isn’t just for females or “girly” – as it is often portrayed in popular media,” Richards said.

The class will be an hour and a half. The beginning will feature tips for men and then it will be followed by a full yoga class.

Richards said, “We hope that by providing a class specifically for males, we can debunk some of the myths surrounding yoga and help them improve their overall fitness and well-being.”