Member Spotlight: Jenna McGuigan

Jenna McGuigan can squat 255 lbs! This fit, buff, young woman is a sophomore at SDSU who works outJenna Squat at the ARC most days of the week. “I didn’t get it [255 lbs.] the first time I tried,” Says McGuigan, “But I got it the next time.” McGuigan is smart, systematic and focused. Reaching 255 took less than two years of training.

Jenna is a fascinating Aztec who believes that strong women are beautiful.  “With lifting weights and getting stronger I realized how empowering and enlightening it can be to feel like you can do anything.”

The structure of McGuigan’s workout involves five one-two hour sequences that she does daily: Chest day, Back day/ Deadlifts, Shoulder-Calves, Leg Day/Squats, and Arm Day. She will take off some days if she is feeling run down.  In the case of skipping days, Jenna starts back where she left off.  Jenna’s dedicated efforts include getting up at 5:30am daily, running two miles, preparing food and everything she needs for the day, and then heading campus and starting with her ARC workout.

Reaching goals in the gym is natural for McGuigan who has a vision for her future in the field of prosthetics because she loves helping people. She studies physics at SDSU, volunteers for Coaching Corps, and is working on a biomechanical research project studying the elderly with Dr. Levy in Kinesiology. She is only a sophomore but says, “I want to get the most I can from being here at SDSU.” McGuigan says that she is motivated by her professors and she feels respected by them because they recognize her drive.

11188425_10204401205933541_8171323466297958984_nMcGuigan’s greatest inspiration has come through hardship. After being infected with Lyme’s disease, McGuigan’s mom became physically handicapped in 2009, creating a sense for Jenna to never take anything for granted. It also was during this time when Jenna learned how to cook, which is a skill that helps her stay on track with her wellness regimen now. McGuigan sees working as a volunteer in coaching corps as inspirational for both herself and the kids she coaches; “Many of the kids are from families going through financial hardship and don’t have opportunities. For them, the time we spend doing sports and fitness is an important memory.” McGuigan was elected next year’s Coaching Corp president and is it any wonder that the SDSU chapter of Coaching Corps is one of the fastest growing chapters in the country?

Jenna says some of her greatest inspirations have come from realizing how good she has it and making sure she takes advantage of that good fortune. From this sense of gratitude, her personal motto is: “The rest is up to you.”

Read Jenna’s Blog: http://believeinthebeast.com/

Reach Your Goals With Group Fitness

Group fitness classes are included in the Aztec Recreation membership and are a great way to help you with your 2015 fitness goals! We offer cardio, strength, mind/body, and dance formats so you can enjoy a huge variety of classes that make exercise fun. Beginners are welcome; previous experience is not required! If it’s your first class, feel free to introduce yourself to the instructor prior to class. That way he/she will be better able to cater to your experience and fitness level. Check out the current schedule.

Looking to achieve internal balance and reduce tension and stress? This class uses breath-synchronized movement to create internal heat that purifies muscles and organs by expelling unwanted toxins from the body in the form of sweat. Dynamic, flowing posture sequences will build strength and flexibility. You will learn to set an intention for your personal yoga practice and take the necessary steps toward reaching that goal.

Heard of the at-home Insanity® program? Now it’s in your group fitness studio! This class utilizes the concept of max interval training, where longer high intensity cardio intervals are interspersed with short rest periods so that you can get the most out of your workout. All levels are welcome in this body weight workout that can increase your cardiovascular endurance, as well as muscular strength. Just one question: are you ready to dig deep?

Article by: Liana Tsirklin

Who Wears Short Shorts?

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Let’s not beat around the bush here. Walking around campus, it is almost impossible not to notice those toned legs, massive thighs, and boy-oh-boy those short shorts. Yes, we’re talking about the Rugby guys; the Sport Club Rugby Team.  Why short shorts? Is it just a Rugby tradition? Is it to show their fitness? That might have something to do with it, but in the sport of Rugby more fabric reduces an athlete’s flexibility. And, don’t worry about teasing the Rugby guys about it. They are all about the short shorts!

How is it that the team stays so fit? This year the team has a new coach (Rugby lingo: 7s Coach). He’s got the team doing stuff like flipping 750 lbs tires, incorporating wrestling, and most importantly, providing a nutrition program.  “The difference speaks for itself as we are a lot more conditioned then we were last year,” says Ari Flink (sweeper) 2nd year.

The new fitness regimen is paying dividends.  Our Rugby Sport Club team won 4 of 4 games at Sac State Sevens National Qualifying Tournament! For most of us who don’t know Rugby talk, this was a HUGE deal! The tournament invited the best Cal State Universities to claim the title for best Cal State team. And Aztecs dominated! Sonoma State 26-5 , Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 27-7, Cal State Fullerton 43-0, Sac State FINAL 28-12.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was their biggest competition. The score was 5-7 at half time with SLO in the lead.  SDSU came back with a vengeance and ended the game with a score of 27-7. Winning this tournament qualified our team for the national championships which is taking place near the end of the school year.

Good luck at Nationals!

Keep killing it boys!

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

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SDSU’s New Yoga Club

An interview with Club President, Kelilah Federman

Aztecs! SDSU has a new Yoga Club that will start meeting soon. We had a chance to sit down with the president of the Club, Kelilah Federman for an interview.

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Q:  Tell us the benefit you want to share with other students.

Federman: Yoga helps us be more centered, present, and less stressed.

Q: How did you get started?

Federman: I saw a sign near my home and got hooked from the first class. Now I practice about five times per week, and sometimes twice per day.

Q: Define the primary need a yoga club will meet for students.

Federman: The club will be a way for like-minded individuals to come together and connect. The goal of meetings is to have fun, practice yoga, and relax.

Q: If one great thing comes from developing the new club what would that be?

Federman: A connected group would be the ideal outcome. We plan to have yoga adventures, in amazing new places like beaches and mountains.

Q: What is your vision for a typical gathering of yoga club members?

Federman: Our typical meeting will be nice grassy areas nearby campus. We want to make this club accessible for all SDSU students. Practicing outside is a great way to connect with the earth and the other students around you.  


10518988_10152524497884321_2527555110462679907_nQ: What was your greatest yoga experience?

Federman: I have had two amazing experiences with yoga and travelling abroad. I was participating in the SDSU study abroad program in Costa Rica and had an opportunity to instruct some of my fellow SDSU students.

I also travelled to Israel and met a friend who also practiced yoga. We kept coming up with poses that we could do in the various places we travelled, like doing camel pose next to a camel!

Q: If students want to get involved with the club, how do they start?

Federman: The best way to contact me is by email at kelilah.federman@gmail.com

Also, if students are interested in getting more involved in the club, some leadership positions are available

Q: What is your major at SDSU and when will you graduate?
Federman: I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies with the honors program. I plan to graduate in 2017.

 

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness Model

If you are staying active and eating healthy, you are on the right track to being the best version of you. But fitness and nutrition are only part of the puzzle when it comes to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This Eight Dimensions of Wellness Model is a resource to help you take a holistic approach to your health. When you think of yourself holistically, you realize that these dimensions are interconnected and that your well-being involves a balance among these dimensions:

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Physical: Caring for your body in order to stay healthy now and in the future; eating well and being active.

Social: Maintaining healthy relationships; enjoying being with others; developing strong friendships and intimate relationships; caring about others and letting others care about you.

Emotional: Managing your emotions in a constructive way; understanding and respecting your own feelings, values and attitudes; appreciating the feelings of others.

Occupational: Developing a sense of your strengths, skills, values and interests for your career; maintaining a balanced life between work, family, play and taking care of yourself.

Multicultural: Being aware of your own cultural background and becoming knowledgeable about, respectful of, and sensitive to the culture of others.

Environmental: Awareness of how your behavior impacts the earth, as well as how the physical world impacts you; demonstrating a commitment to a healthy planet.

Spiritual: Finding purpose, value and meaning in your life with or without organized religion.

Intellectual: Growing intellectually, maintaining a curiosity about all there is to learn; valuing life-long learning and responding positively to intellectual challenges.

 

#LIVEWELLAZTECS

The Live Well Aztecs initiative is a partnership of campus resources with the goal of providing programs, services and outreach efforts that educate, support and inspire SDSU students to lead healthy, balanced lives.

SDSU students will benefit from:

  • Centralized coordination of outreach efforts.
  • Enhanced integration of programs and services focused on supporting individual well-being.
  • Fostering a campus culture that supports healthy, balanced lifestyles.
  • Utilizing the Live Well Aztecs brand to enhance awareness and impact of programs, services and outreach efforts at SDSU.

Article by: Tyler Aguilar, Recreation and Wellness Commissioner

 

YOGA Abs

This sequence is made up of poses that will improve your core strength and help build your abs. While doing yoga is not the best way to get a six-pack, you can expect to significantly tone and strengthen your mid-section. Strengthening your core can also help relieve back pain and improve posture (nothing makes your belly look bigger than slouching!). Many of the poses recommended below are balances, which are a great way to work the core.

 

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa