For all of you video game addicts who realize that adding a bit of exercise to your couch potato routine wouldn’t kill you, consider looking into Fitocracy. Fitocracy, started by Penn alumni Brian Wang (’08) and Dick Talens (’08), uses the same concepts behind video game addiction to get people movin’ and groovin’ to the tune of their own fitness goals.
Don’t buy it? Fitness is more like a video game than you think:
- Seemingly small skills are developed, but only the final outcome determines your success: Did you reach a high score of 600 points or a set of six pack abs?
- Motivation is driven by a single goal: Beefy arms are fundamentally the same as rescuing the Princess from the palace.
- Intensity: If you can feel your thumbs or haven’t hit lactic acid fermentation, you’re doing it wrong.
Are you there, Amy? It’s us, UTB. We only had three days of classes this past week but we’re already knee-deep in work and getting back to our old habits: sleeping in lecture, sleeping in recitation, sleeping on our ellipticals, sleeping during our mid-essay 4th floor Van Pelt poop seshes. It’s just too much! Luckily, we’re planning on spending those precious few moments when we aren’t sleeping or under the influence at a smorgasbord of events! A smorgasbord! Think about that.
Karate Demo Class
When and where: Thursday, 6:45-7:45 p.m.; Pottruck Studio 305
Why: Hiya! Machop! Those were the sounds of us smashing your bedroom door in half. Just kidding! We can hardly separate our chopsticks when we get sushi. But after this free demo we’ll probably be able take you in a fight.
This sad lil’ guy (number redacted for privacy) was spotted outside of Pottruck at some point yesterday afternoon. Any idea who he might have been intended for? We’re guessing the grand gesture that these were likely a part of didn’t end up going too well. There’s always next year!
All the reality shows we secretly love are back in full swing, and if you need another reason to stay tuned into these guilty pleasures, we’ve got your back: the Quaker reality TV streak seems to be going strong with Penn Dental student Ashley Hebert as a contestant on this season of The Bachelor.
We’d hate to reveal any spoilers for those of you slacking on your episodes, but last week’s chapter featured Ashley’s one-on-one date with bachelor Brad at a carnival. After a roller coaster ride and a mandatory heart-to-heart, our girl successfully snagged a rose and then examined Brad’s teeth…with her tongue. (Dentistry joke? Anyone?)
If you wanna see more of Ashley, stay tuned for next week’s episode (airing on Monday at 8 on ABC), or just check her out at Pottruck, where she’ll be teaching a Hip Hop class this semester. According to numerous gossip sites, dancing is Ashley’s planned “side-career.” What ever happened to hobbies?
Just when you thought you shared everything with Foursquare, along came the location “Pottruck Showers.” Dana T. is a fresh and so clean sophomore from Menlo Park, California who, when not showering, is avoiding old Asians.
UTB: What’s your favorite thing about the Pottruck Showers?
Dana T.: Going to work naked everyday is kind of fun.
UTB: Do you feel that foursquare has inspired you to be hygienic?
D.T.: Um, every once and a while, it has inspired me to wear pants. Lots of butts. But, I manage. Read the rest of this entry »
Attention fitness gurus and lazy asses alike: all group exercise classes at Pottruck at completely FREE through July 2nd. If you have a valid PennID on hand (recent grads, we think this still includes you), just waltz right in and take a trial run of that Body Pump class you’ve been too stingy to indulge in. If you’re the more aggressive type, we suggest taking the next step to Body Blitz, and if that doesn’t do it for you, try BODY COMBAT! Spinning is also being offered, which (we hear) is great if you’re a mom. Check out the full class listings and schedule here.
With all this sunshine, it’s just too easy to play on the word “spring.” Last weekend, father time told us to “spring forward.” And we’re all looking forward to that (sexual or intoxicated or both) “spring fling” in the coming month. So, it’s no surprise Pottruck joined in. Tomorrow night’s Late Night event at Pottruck, “Spring into Fitness,” features new releases of the unnecessarily capitalized (but necessarily intensified) “BODYPUMP” and “BODYCOMBAT” workouts.
Gym rats, rejoice. If free BODYCOMBAT doesn’t get you going, we’re not sure what does. For the rest of us, the timing of this free workout session is prime–especially considering how many calories will likely be consumed today.
We couldn’t help noticing this sign as we dragged our feet into Pottruck this morning. We knew the gym offered classes and games, but Guitar Hero? Not much info appears on the sign, but if you’re interested you can email email@example.com. As for us? We’re holding out until they can spring for Rock Band.