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When You Lift, Ditch the Myths

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 15, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Various types of newfangled, high-tech exercises make head­lines every day for their fresh and innovative take on fitness. Many folks don’t hesitate to dive into fads they read about online or see on television, yet these same people harbor some uncertainty about the oldest technique in the book: weight training. While weight-lifting regimens are usually marketed toward male-bodied individuals, folks with other body types are often left with false information about what types of training they should engage in. These structural problems are exacerbated by widespread myths about weight training. Much of our everyday under­standing of fitness comes from self-proclaimed “gurus” who spread their personal gospel...

Cool or Drool: Don’t Kiss and Film

Dan Bisno, Columnist

April 8, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The Los Angeles Lakers may play basketball in Hollywood, but few fans expected that the end of their season to be riddled with the type of drama and media scrutiny the showbiz city is known for. Granted, with perennial superstar Kobe Bryant set to retire this April, there was a certain expectation that the final weeks of the Lakers’ season would be the subject of a lot of attention. But this attention would have been solely to see the future hall of famer and his squad play basketball, not to observe the unraveling team chemistry of an already struggling Lakers squad. Last week, Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell garnered media attention for leaking a video he filmed of teammate Nick Young. In the video, Young appe...

Orange You Glad You Skipped That Juice Cleanse?

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 1, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Chances are that juice has been on your radar since it came in little cardboard boxes at snack time or in reinflatable Ca­pri Sun pouches during recess. Sweet and tangy fruit juice is a staple in most kid-friendly diets, but the depths of the rest of the juice world are still waiting to be plumbed. Beyond the straight blends that are fruit and sugar cocktail marketed to kids, there lie “green” and “macrobiotic” juices, chock full of vegetables and often containing other health boosters like gin­ger or ginseng. Why would an otherwise rational person opt to drink their kale rather than eat it? Green juice provides all of the delightful nutrients lurking in veggies but removes most of the insoluble fiber. Many...

Cool or Drool: Sharapova’s Failed Drug Test

Dan Bisno, Columnist

March 11, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Every professional sport has an age at which players can no longer compete with their younger counterparts. In football, we see a noticeable decline for running backs in their late 20s and quarterbacks in their mid 30s. In baseball, pitchers tend to last longer than shortstops, and centers in basketball generally last longer than guards. Tennis is no exception to this rule. There are hundreds of male and female players, yet only a handful are selected to compete in the few prestigious tournaments held every year. More often than not, singles players move to doubles when their athleticsm begins to decline, as the cardio demand is less and the signs of their inevitable retirement can be disguised. Therefore, when 28...

Sugar’s Sweet Consequences

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

March 4, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Nearly everyone you know is likely a caffeine addict, craving it as soon as they wake up in the morning and rarely letting a day go by without a cup of coffee or tea to satisfy their addiction. Disturbingly enough, they are largely unapologetic, blissfully enjoying a substance that in reality is their captor. However, most adults have another dietary monkey on their backs: sugar. Sugar addiction has recently come squarely into the public eye. Americans were once led to believe that fat was the most abominable nutrient enemy, but the hegemonic health powers have since wised up and begun to seriously scrutinize sugar’s severe side-effects. The Ameri­can Heart Association recommends eating no more than six teaspoons...

Cool or Drool: Prejudiced Comments Cost Pacquaio

Dan Bisno, Columnist

February 26, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Every decade has its share of Michael Jordans — iconic athletes who stand out in their generation. Jordan certainly stands out more than most, but there are always two or three athletes per sport who fans will remember for decades to come. In boxing, the last decade has been claimed by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, yet the pair has been as criticized for their public statements and domestic violence as they have been lauded for their athleticism. While they displayed their unquestionable dominance in the boxing ring time and time again, they each suffered their own socio-political shortcomings. The end result has been intensive media scrutiny and public perception of them as self-centered, multi-millionaire...

New Fitness Hashtag Distorts Body Image

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

February 19, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The internet is a cesspool of aspira­tional rigamarole. You can enjoy looking at your dream kitchen, the perfect trip to a tiny European village, or every piece of designer clothing you desire, all with­out leaving the safety of the blogosphere. However, the most pervasive brand of on­line drivel goes by the name of “fitspo.” The word is short for fitness inspiration, but whether you’re familiar with the term or not, it has undoubtedly wormed its way into your newsfeed at some point or another. Fitspo is an umbrella term that gener­ally encompasses three types of content: nice photos of fresh, low-calorie food, iPhone gym selfies and stock photos of athletic women with inspirational phras­es Photoshopped...

Cool or Drool: Cam Newton

Dan Bisno, Columnist

February 12, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Coming off of a career-low quarterback-passer rating in the 2014 season, Cam Newton did not look ready for the big stage. Bandwagon jumpers might have had more fun following the Seattle Seahawks and young quarterback Russell Wilson’s thrilling relationship with R&B singer Ciara than root for Newton’s 7–8–1 Carolina Panthers. Nobody denied that Newton was an athletic anomaly, having won numerous accolades early in his career, such as 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year and the 2011 Heisman Trophy award, but his brand was starting to lose its appeal with the team’s lack of success. In 2015, that all changed. Newton recorded a career-high quarterback rating, threw for over 4,000 yards, rushed for over 700 yards,...

Debunking Superfood

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

February 5, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Nutritional advice is a dime a dozen in our current landscape of dietary confusion. Conflicting fads and misinformation urge consumers every which way, recommending everything from all-smoothie diets to paleo-style meat-centricity. However, many pro­grams converge on a single topic: superfood. Superfoods have become extremely pop­ular in recent years, and their clout has in­spired thousands of blog posts and product reconfigurations. Kale, wild salmon, açaí ber­ries, avocados and green tea are a few nota­ble superfoods that most people are familiar with. But what exactly is a superfood? Call­ing something a superfood implies that it is nutritionally dense, beneficial to health and presumably sparse in calories....

Cool or Drool: NBA Rookie Begins Reckless Rampage

Dan Bisno, Columnist

December 11, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The NBA season is finally in high gear, and it only took six weeks for a rookie to make a fool of himself. It’s always a waiting game after the NBA draft: Which soon-to-be rich 19-year-old draftee is going to show the world that, despite having a pro­fessional career, he acts his age? The third pick from the 2015 NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers Jahlil Oka­for answered that call. After an explosive start to the season — averaging nearly 17 points and eight rebounds per game — it would be unfair to expect Okafor to tuck himself into bed before cur­few and stick to mineral water. In fact, Okafor reportedly attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages with a fake ID at a bar, appropriately named Misconduct Tavern,...

Finals Success Hinges on Healthy Lifestyle

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

December 4, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

News flash, Oberlin! Finals are coming faster than you can say “December breakdown.” No matter how prepared you think you are for the impending storm of academia, this time of year is still extremely stressful, so now is a great time to engage in some necessary self-care to help ease your perilous journey toward winter break. Here are some chill practices, both basic and more obscure, for increasing focus, calming the mind and maybe even improving academic performance. The most tried-and-true way to do your best work is to get enough sleep. Though this seems obvious, it still bears mentioning because sleep deprivation has a Pandora’s box of negative side effects. Loss of sleep impairs attention, concentration,...

Rousey’s Sudden Fall From Grace

Dan Bisno, Columnist

November 20, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

“She’s the type of fighter that [will] ... get me frustrated to the point that I’ll make a mistake, and she’ll try to kick me in the head. But it’s not going to go like that,” Ronda Rousey told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show on Oct. 7 in anticipa­tion of her upcoming fight with Holly Holm. As fate would have it, 59 seconds into the second round at Ultimate Fighting Championship 193 this past Saturday, Holm’s foot connected with Rousey’s head for a knockout, the first of Rousey’s career. What happened to Rousey? One month ago, fans were calling her the Greatest Of All Time, or “GOAT,” of mixed martial arts. Her 12–0 record seemed untouchable, and after five years on the job she had already ...

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