10 Relatable Moments For Fall Athletes
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10 Relatable Moments For Fall Athletes

Because whose favorite part of summer ISN'T getting in shape for preseason???

1. Early morning workouts

We've all been too slow in the morning at one point, only to get to the track at noon and have the brutal sun glaring down on you. It's not a good feeling - which is why we often try to work out early in the morning. Before work. So that by the time we're at work, all we want to do is eat a second breakfast and nap.

2. Waiting...and waiting...and waiting to see results

If you're friends with a fall athlete, I'm sorry. You're the ones we go to, eager to know if our hard work is paying off. The friends are the ones to field questions like:

"Can you see a six pack?"

"Do my arms looks bigger than a month ago?"

"Touch my butt. Is it firm?"

All we want is some reassurance.

3. Using your need for protein after a workout as an excuse to drink endless amounts of chocolate milk

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I'm being healthy, I swear.

4. Constantly texting your teammates about fitness tests

Nothing is more comforting than knowing everyone is equally confused about how to run the Beep Test. How many cones do I need? Should I carry my phone with me for the audio the whole time, or do I bring a speaker? I think I passed, but that must mean I did it wrong, right? We all know that by the end of the summer, though, we'll have figured it out together (hopefully).

5. Being proud of your sweat

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We've all seen or sent post workout Snapchats of our shirts, faces, arms, you name it, being drenched in sweat. It's an indication that we're making our bodies work hard - and better yet it's our body saying thank you for trying to be healthy, by cooling us down. Plus, sweating heavily during a workout is often an indication of a high fitness level. So, next time someone judges you for sweating a lot, throw that in their face.

6. It's not enough to just play your sport

More often than not, you won't stop at just playing the sport for the summer. You'll coach it, watch it, ref it, dream it.

7. Getting random inspirational texts from your coach

Nothing beats the text sent by coach to all 25 members of your team, trying to keep you motivated for the summer. Sometimes it's a countdown until preseason, or an inspirational quote, other times it turns into a conversation convincing your coach to get a tattoo if you win your conference.

8. Asking yourself when is too soon to post a "preseason countdown" post on social media

A day, a week, a month? The obvious answer is it's never too soon.

9. Rewatching your last game from last season to plan your revenge on the team that knocked you out of the playoffs

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If your games are recorded, there's no way you haven't replayed that goal again, and again, and again. You know the minute they scored, the number of the player, and all of their social media accounts. More importantly, you know exactly when your teams next play each other.

10. Feeling sore on the daily, but knowing it'll pay off this season

Honestly, nothing beats passing out on the couch after sweating your ass off, because you know you're working towards an end goal. At the end of the day, all the aching pains are worth it because we're not just doing this for ourselves, we're doing it for our team.

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5 Athletic Things To Do This Summer

You don't have to be a pro to have a good time.

We're a little over a week away from the first day of summer, but it already feels like it outside. Temperatures are climbing, the sun is out shining so much the moon is begging for attention and the beaches are filling up daily.

There's plenty of things you can do this summer -- take a trip to an exotic place, have nightly BBQs, or visit old friends. But what if you want to do something active, like your favorite athletes are doing daily? Here are five athletic things you can do this summer.

1.Go outside and play a sport
It's the most basic idea out there. Find a time when your friends are free and find a game or sport you all can play together. If you're all a baseball or softball crew, go grab your gloves and bats and head off to an available field. Or, you can play its alternative cousins -- wiffleball and the grade school classic kickball.

You can play street hockey, shoot hoops, or even play dodgeball. Just be prepared for those anti-dodgeball activists.

2. Join a rec league.
If you really want to add a small spice of competitiveness to your athletics, find a recreational league for any sport, and join a team, or create one of your own. Go to a place like the YMCA (congrats, the Village People song is now stuck in your head), and see if they have a basketball league for the summer. Or maybe your local bowling alley has a summer league. Pick a sport and do some research!

3. Go to the gym.
Make use of that gym membership that's just sitting around and eating at your wallet! Or, if you haven't joined a gym before, sign up for one. Make use of its pool if it has one. Work with the machines they provide. Just make sure you have a spotter you can trust.

If you don't feel comfortable in a gym setting, find an at-home workout you can do. This summer, I'm working on completing Shaun T's Insanity program for a second time. I lost 15 pounds and felt in so much better shape the first time I did it two summers ago.

No matter your choice, make sure you have a list of goals and a set game plan on how to accomplish your goal.

4. Find an exercise class you're interested in.
If you don't want to just spend time lifting weights on your own and want something more organized, see if that gym has an exercise class you're interested in. Even better, try to find a studio that is dedicated to that class. Maybe it's yoga, or maybe it's zumba.

5. Run
They say 30 minutes of exercise a day is good enough to keep you healthy. If there's one simple exercise you can do for those 30 minutes, it's go outside, have your MP3 player ready, and go out for a run in the neighborhood or park. If you can't pace yourself, get on a treadmill and have it help you. Something like a fitbit watch would help here, too, as it keeps track of your workouts.

No matter which of these you choose, don't let this summer slip away! Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Inside the College Student Athlete

What is the ratio of student to athlete?

Student-athlete.

That little hyphen there is what differentiates me from the other 20,000 undergraduate students at school. But am I really very different?

I enjoy beer-drinking, beer-funneling, beer-holding, beer-watching, and drinking beer just like any other typical college student (half-joking here). I enjoy going out on the weekends as well as going out on nights that really aren't meant for going out (only in college is it acceptable to go out and party on a random Tuesday night).

The thing is though, I can't really do all that and be a great athlete. One of the strongest skills I have developed being a student-athlete is my ability to say no. My ability to be different. When everyone else is eight beers deep, I have to stay hydrated in other ways because I know that at 8 a.m. the next morning I have to run repeat 200's on the track.

That's OK though because, guess what? I get to do all the things your average college student does and more. I get to have a college experience that is completely different than yours (unless you're a student athlete, of course, because then we're probably in the same boat). I get to compete with some of the best athletes around, I get to be coached by some of the finest coaches, and I get to do 95 percent of the same shit you NARPs do (non-athletic regular person for those of you who haven't accepted who you are yet).

And really is sacrificing a couple Friday nights truly a bad thing? I'll probably get a typical frat response here that shuns me for my lack of alcohol consumption, but honestly, my liver probably couldn't handle the 24/7 non-stop drinking that goes on.

There's a balance I have to achieve, but it isn't too difficult. By simply weighing the pros and cons of a certain situation, I can make the best decision possible for myself. Are there are some nights where I'm conflicted between being a regular college kid or an athlete? Absolutely. One of the worst feelings in the world is regret. Whether that regret is that I missed a huge party that all my friends were at or showing up to practice hungover the next morning looking and thinking, "why do I do this to myself?"

I'm still a college student. I'm still learning and I'm also still making stupid mistakes. It's what college kids do. But being a student-athlete helps me minimize those mistakes and look at things with a perspective that not many people are lucky enough to have.

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Nipple Chafing as Told by Andy Bernard

#freethenipple

The summer after my freshman year, I decided to run a marathon. I didn't go into this with the same mindset as everyone else: to finish the race. Instead, my main goal was to avoid making my nipples bleed. I achieved that goal, and I will always consider myself lucky.

But many others have suffered the circle of hell that is chafed nipples. And to take us through this agony, I turn to fellow Cornell graduate and nipple aficionado, Andy Bernard.


Running dry
Probably the most common reason you'll deal with bloody nips is from running. Your sensitive, supple areolas go to war with your t-shirts - and your nipples lose.

The key is to keep things moisturized, so put some anti-chafing powder like Anti-Monkey Butt (a pretty conspicuous purchase, but fuck it) on those bad boys. Also, avoid wearing a baggy shirt as that leads to more rubbing, which leads to more bleeding, which leads to more crying.

Surfing blues
Staying in the water can't be bad for your nipples, can it? Yes it fucking can. The wax on the board, the salt in the water, and the nipples on your chest make for a dangerous combination. Make sure you are wearing a solid rash guard, or sharks in the water will be the least of your worries.

Overzealous
If you're a lady, breastfeeding might cause some nipple chafing, but hopefully that won't be a problem until later on in life. Unless you hook up with a boob man, in which case you might find yourself in a world of hurt the next morning.

The over-sucking that causes new moms to chafe also works for drunk guys who don't have a varied makeout plan. Dudes, if you're causing a girl's nipples to chafe, you should add a few new moves to your arsenal.

Dealing with the pain
Powder is going to be your best friend in the terrible aftermath. Apply early and often and keep the nips safe for a while. Hopefully you don't sleep on you stomach, because those suckers need to breathe. No reason to wear a shirt or bra, so enjoy a freebie topless day.

Why not make the most of it?

Viva la Nipple
Nipples should make your life better, not worse. If you take these tips and stay proactive, you'll be able to enjoy the pleasures of the nipple. Fuck off, chafing, we have no need for you. Trevor and Andy (Cornell buds for life!) out.

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Inside The College Student Athlete: Pay for Play

Should student athletes be paid?

College kids are broke. It's a fact. Somehow, no matter how hard we try, we always end up with four digits in our bank account; often with a fat decimal in between instead of a comma.

There's also always that one kid who seemingly popped out of his mother's womb with a savings account worth more than my entire life's existence, but that's the exception to the rule.

Fuck you, dude.

But what about college athletes? I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak from my experience and tell you that I'm painfully broke and there doesn't seem to be a way to fix that, at least in the immediate future.

See, your average college kid somehow struggles to find the time to work (more on that later) towards paying off loans or helping your parents out or simply putting some extra cash in your pocket so you're not as fucked as everyone else when you graduate.

Take a second and put yourself in my shoes and add 25-plus (I'm hesitant to say plus because who knows if I'm committing an NCAA violation by saying that) hours of running, lifting, and general body care (that's the extra hours of foam rolling, stretching, and training appointments to make sure my body doesn't break) into your schedule. On top of that I have a minimum 12-credit course load, but I'm kinda trying to graduate on time so that's more like 15 credits each semester. Track is basically a year-round sport with our first real practices beginning October 1, but that doesn't count the couple weeks of "voluntary" captain's practices that basically start once I arrive on campus.

How can I expect to set myself up to make a living while simultaneously keeping myself in shape - not just to compete at a Division I level, but to excel and improve on what I do. Especially since in my field of sport management, a whole lot of entry level internships are unpaid (and no I'm not changing my major because it's the best and I don't care what you think).

By no means am I complaining. I love my sport, I love what I do, and I wouldn't change a thing about my college experience. I'm simply just trying to provide a different perspective on the issue of whether college athletes should be paid.

At it's peak, my sport is easily equivalent to working a full-time job. Throw academic rigors and college stressors into the mix, and I don't think it's outlandish to think I, a non-revenue generating athlete, deserve some sort of compensation.

I realize I probably bring a grand total of $0 in revenue to my school and team, but that's not the point (I hope at least my parents maybe bought a ticket or something). I don't think that student athletes should be paid on the same scale as professionals. It just doesn't make sense and would completely rule out amateurism and probably the NCAA as well.

But I do believe that there should be some sort of minor compensation for the amount of work that I (we) put in. I like my spot on my team and enjoy what I do, so I'm not going to start an uprising (like I even could if I wanted to), but when I see schools reaching $280 million dollar deals to represent the uniform I wear, I start to wonder how non-profit the NCAA and its members really are.

Also, checkout Richard Sherman's talk about this too, he actually sounds like he knows what he's talking about because it's about as painfully true as I am broke.

Jon Oliver also does a really good job too if you have 20-minutes to spare.

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Healthy Habits: Summer Edition

Sweating causes weight loss... right?

Is it just me, or do other people lose their somewhat healthy lifestyle when summer hits? There's something about losing the structure of class schedules and eating the same types of foods that causes my habits to change once I'm finished with the semester.

And aside from physically walking outside to tan, I usually refrain from exercise (90 degrees with humidity isn't much fun to breathe in). But of course, we need to maintain our fitness and health for the summer, especially since it's swimsuit season!

If it's too hot to run outside, consider your options.
Like walking instead of running. Or going to the gym to run on a treadmill. Another option is running at night (if you're not afraid of the dark), because the temperature is sometimes relatively lower.

Yardwork = Gains.
Not literally, but doing repetitive pulling and moving around can have just the same effect as lifting at the gym.

Take advantage of the fruits in season.
I'm always so excited for summertime because the fruits are always deliciously ripe, and it makes me want to eat them more often. Stay away from the doughnuts and eat some watermelon instead.

Swim.
The elderly aren't just doing water aerobics to feel weightless. Swimming is great cardio and you use your muscles more than you realize when you're in the water.

Take your little pooch with you.
I always feel like it's not me that's working out when I take my dog on a walk, so I tend to enjoy it more. And it's so adorable to watch them stop and sniff the dandelions (*girly screech*).

Sweat it out.
Hey, use that summer sun to your advantage in order to sweat off some water weight (and gain some vitamin D). It isn't the most effective weight loss strategy because it's temporary, but it could help!

Stay thirsty.
Drink water like it's going out of style. You don't even realize how much fluid you're losing during the summer. It's helpful in cooling your body down, and it makes you feel full so that you don't overeat and feel worse.

Sidenote: don't let your indoor job prevent you from getting exercise! Do what you can after work or on the weekends to keep your bod healthy and in shape. You'll be glad you did.