When former University of Minnesota men's basketball coach Clem Haskins dislocated his shoulder some speculated the dislocation occurred when Haskins ripped off his suit jacket, hot about a referee's call.
Others speculated the dislocation occurred when Clem patted himself on the rear end for turning around the Gophers' program.
I'm not planning on suffering a dislocation but I am gratified by the fact, for the first time since college, I've stuck with a regular fitness program.
As of Feb. 8, I had completed one year of Group Power at Brainerd Family YMCA. Group Power is a 60-minute barbell program taught by energetic instructors in a group environment. It strengthens all major muscle groups and is done to music. Exercises include squats, lunges, presses, curls and core.
As a concrete sequential person, not to be confused with being anal retentive, I've kept track of every time I've done Group Power. Friday marked my 134th session, roughly three times a week for a year.
My participation in Group Power began inauspiciously. The YMCA was offering a media challenge (between Dispatch, TV and radio employees) for three months in 2006.
As with virtually everything out of my comfort zone, I reluctantly agreed to participate. Weightlifting? Wasn't that something Arnold Schwarzenegger did? Wasn't it monotonous and challenging? Group environment? I hate crowds.
But, I decided to give it a whirl. And, I'll admit it's not easy but there's something to be said for the saying, "No pain, no gain."
After the three-month media event I thought if I didn't continue Group Power that my efforts would be all for naught. Wouldn't it be easier to sleep late? Do cardio whenever I felt like it (which was rare)?
I'm frankly amazed I stuck with it. But I didn't realize the benefits until I went to Brainerd Medical Center for my annual physical in November. My ears peaked when I was informed I had lost eight pounds from my 2005 physical and my blood pressure had dropped from 130/80 to 110/60.
No other change in lifestyle could have been responsible. I hadn't changed my eating habits, which are often awful, and I hadn't increased my cardio workouts. Weightlifting had to have something to do with it.
Following the media challenge I convinced my wife to give Group Power a shot. She and I wound up going three times a week throughout the summer and she continues to do the program as well.
Two weeks ago, surprising myself once again, I reluctantly agreed to participate in another media event in conjunction with the BodyWorks Fitness Challenge. My wife, Brian and Patty Wallace and I compose the "White Sand Walleyes" team.
Participants in the five-week challenge, which ends March 7, receive a training log that monitors, and awards points, for how much water you drink, how many servings of fruit and vegetables you eat and how much cardio you do. Participants earn points for not eating junk food, for weightlifting and weight loss.
Participants who earn a minimum of 60 points a week are eligible for weekly prizes. Each week a participant earns at least 70 points they're eligible to win the grand prize, a car detail package from Mills BodyWorks.
My first two weeks have fallen considerably short of winning anything but I have started drinking more water, doing more cardio and not eating junk food but, man, it's tough to refrain from cookies and ice cream.
I'm convinced my physique will always more closely resemble former American Wrestling Association patsies George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski and "Sodbuster" Kenny Jay than former fitness guru Jack LaLanne. And, I won't become an ultimate fighting foe for Brainerd's Brock Larson.
It's just gratifying to be physically active again.
Mike Bialka, sports editor, can be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5861.
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