It was a meet to remember for the Gilroy High and Christopher High track and field teams in last Friday’s Monterey Bay League Pacific Division Championships. The Mustangs—competing in the comfortable confines of their own facility—placed first in the boys team competition and second in the girls competition to Christopher.
Exercise is meant for the outdoors. As a runner, I absolutely detest doing a workout on the treadmill or elliptical machine. But in this El Niño season, sometimes going indoors is the only option. After all, I can only take getting poured on so many times (it’s already happened several times in the last month).
When it comes to building muscle, you no longer have to stick exclusively to the 8 to 12 zone repetition range. In fact, it would behoove you to mix things up a bit. Emerging research shows that a variety of rep ranges is effective for building muscle. A combination of low reps (3 to 5), medium (6 to 14) and high (15-plus) is most effective, according to the Bulletins/Muscle page in the December issue of Men’s Health.
If you're in your 30s or older, you started P.E. classes with static stretches—the type of stretches that are held for a set time—in the belief that they would increase flexibility, improve performance and reduce injuries.
Welcome to Fuel School 101. Yes, there’s a science to properly fueling the body for competition. High school athletes, take notice. For this article, I’ll focus on the ubiquitous energy bar, which has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. San Benito High junior three-sport standout Marisa Villegas loves Clif Bars; last year at the end of the track season, Villegas told me in addition to her regular meals, she sometimes ate two to three Clif Bars a day during her most intense workout sessions/races (hey, when you run as fast as she does, you need some serious fuel).