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Hey, so this is Spencer here. The person who is behind the camera in many of the videos on here. I have been used to working out regularly throughout high school due to my involvement in the water polo and swimming teams at school. In 3 years, I whipped my weak 8th grade body into a water-pounding machine. I have been pretty bogged down lately due to IB exams and all of the other Senior year related business, so I’ve digressed phyisically.

I miss that hot bod.

SO. I have now adhered to the following workout regime, taken from my water polo practices:

  • 3 x 75 crunches
  • 2 x 60 supermans
  • 2 x 50 obliques (ea. side)
  • 3 x 25 push-ups
  • 50 elbow-know crunches
  • 1 or2 minutes of bridges
  • 2 x 25 chair dips

This may not be the most efficient workout schedule, but it is effective for me. I don’t have a workout ball nor any weights nor pull-up bars, so this truely is the best plan.

I plan to do this workout 3 times a week. If things get easier, I have some 3lb and 5lb weights I can grab onto to increase the difficulty.

Yet, this workout is not the entire story. It is merely in addition to my true goal.

Recently, I was talking to my dad about his experiences in high school. It surprised me to find out that he was an avid bicyclist, riding several hundred miles each month. He said to me that he was in such good shape that he could ride all the way from his hometown (Stockton) to Sacramento and back with ease. That is roughly 50 miles of mind-numbing nonethingness at a crusing speed of 16 miles an hour.

He then proceeded to call me weak. I would not take that.

I swore to him that by the end of this Summer, I will be able to do as he did and conquer the pathway to the home of the Gonvernator.

This summer, I will train at least thrice a week. I plan to ride 20 miles continuously at 16 miles an hour. In addition to riding, I will be maintaining a balanced meal to ensure that I have enough protein (to build muscle) and carbs (to suply energy).

Wish me luck! Hot bod here I come!


The teens from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are all currently filming a monthly video series about healthy living for Channel One News.

The topics are as follows:

December- Food For Thought 1 (Grocery Shopping and Food Labels); January – Food for Thought 2 (Creative Exercise and Smart Snacks); February- How Health Conscious is Your Route to School (Advertisements); March – How Health Conscious is Your Route to School 2 (Creative Ways to Make Your Route Healthy and Fun); April and May – Your Story (Personal Story on How You Live a Healthy Life)

I am currently working on getting the December video up. However, I do have the January video.


The Olympic games have always been a grand spectacle to watch. The best of the best in the world compete in various sports in hopes of receiving a gold medal as a trophy to bring back to their country.

The games can also be very inspirational because you are watching the product of hours, months, and years go into the effort of the athletes making them push themselves to their maximum effort. Take the time to watch some of the games (though try to limit the time you spend in front of the tv to less than two hours). Hopefully, you will be inspired to take up one of the sports that you see.

The various olympic sports are: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Football (Soccer), Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Softball, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball (Beach and Indoor), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wresting.

Another interesting fact, is that there are two Youth Advisory Board Members who have goals to one day be in the olympics. Isabella Acosta Barna is already nationally ranked in epee fencing and has the goal to be on the US olympic fencing team in the future. There is also Justin Deparis who is determined to be on the US Olympic Team for gymnastics. If you also have similar dreams, go for it.

The sports that I like to play to get active are water polo and swimming. I have been a member of my school’s varsity water polo and swim team from freshman year. What I like the most about sports is that feeling of being happy and relaxed right after a hard practice or a game.  You just can’t get the same feeling from watching television or playing video games.

Getting active is very important. If you don’t want to start off with a sport that is very hard like running or soccer, there are other alternatives. Walking is an easy way to get active along with yoga. Pick someting and try to commit to spending at least an hour 3-5 times a week being active.

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