Good afternoon folks and happy fall break to my fellow Hokies!
Yes, it’s true. Virginia Tech, the lovely and amazing university I attend, was ranked #1 in 50 Fittest Colleges 2013 by The Active Times. In no way am I surprised by this. I’ve always gotten that vibe, but being officially told how fit we are feels pretty darn good. I know this because— everywhere you go, no matter what time of day, Blacksburg sidewalks are filled with runners, our gyms are always packed, and our award-winning dining halls are always loaded with healthy, organic options for the health-conscious student, like myself. It’s a great feeling to be surrounded by people that recognize the importance of staying healthy and fit. I don’t think I could’ve picked a more fitting school.
Honestly, what fit list isn’t Virginia Tech on? This school’s got dining halls dedicated to organically grown, sustainable food systems, an exceptionally athletic and active student body, and according to the Princeton Review, it’s home to some of the happiest students in the entire nation. Oh, and of course there’s more. With multiple top-ten ratings on college healthy dining lists across the board (one student said, “Honestly, this campus is perfect in terms of food.”), a handful of continually successful Division I varsity sports teams, and nods from the Princeton Review for an exceptionally high quality of life, VT barely had to blink an eye to earn the top spot on our list. Go Hokies!
As if that wasn’t enough, Virginia Tech was also ranked #3 of the 25 healthiest colleges in the U.S. this past April by Greatist.
This weekend is Fall Break, as in Virginia Tech allowed us a measly one day off of school. I’ll take what I can get though. To my surprise, most students went home. Personally, I figured I would use this extended weekend to relax, stay put and do the things I haven’t been able to lately with the busyness of school.
Yesterday morning I hiked Dragon’s Tooth, one of the three most popular hiking trails in the New River Valley, with a group of friends that all stayed in Blacksburg for break. Let me tell you, this 4.8 mile round trip hike is no walk in the park. Scaling vertical rock sheets, pulling yourself through caves and stepping up two to four foot rocks is the majority of the hike; and will really do your booty some justice! Once we reached the top, it was stunning. There’s no better feeling than that sense of accomplishment you feel after hiking a challenging trail, reaching the top and admiring the beauty amongst the high elevation. Dragon’s Tooth looks exactly how it sounds. The peak of the trail is atop the vertical rock formation, where we sat for at least half an hour admiring the view.
Once we regained our composure, we then had to scale the rocks back down, which is even worse and 10 times more dangerous. I can easily say I felt like I was going to slip and fall a good five or six times. I survived though, don’t worry. It’s just a trail you can’t zoom through. Caution is key.
Hiking was a great way to spend my morning and afternoon, being in the great outdoors, getting some exercise with my fellow fit Hokies. The fact that students want to do these kind of activties on their days off really means something, and probably has a little to do with our number one spot on the college fit rankings.
This morning I headed to McComas, our main rec center on campus, for a nice workout. This time though, I tried something different from my norm. Following along with my friend Ryan for his “leg day,” I did a whole lot more weight lifting than I am used to, and loved it! I do currently feel like I can’t walk, but that only means I worked my butt off today. Literally. Go me!
After a one mile warm-up jog, we headed to the weight room.
Leg day consisted of:
- Leg presses
- Front squats
- Leg extensions
- Romanian dead lifts
Being a beginner weight lifter, I used minimal weight and focused on my form.
We finished up with some ab exercises and stretching. When I got to my usual ab routine, I noticed that my abs were already worn out. I guess leg day also managed to hit my abs as well. Colleen likey.
I definitely enjoyed the change of pace from my normal cardio-heavy workouts. I can definitely see myself incorporating weight lifting into my routine. I’ve been wanting to add variation to my workouts for some time now and I think this is just what the doctor ordered. 😉
All in all, I’ve been having a great Fall break thus far, couldn’t be more proud to call myself a Hokie and am excited to see where weight lifting will take me. I’m so grateful to be in an environment where my love for health and fitness does not go unmet, with the abundance of fellow fitness freaks and foodies that surround me. #hokiepride
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