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Posted November 12, 2014in Locker Room

First aid (cocoa) kit

There aren’t many things that will motivate a sedentary person to go for a jog. Aside from being chased by Jason Vorhees or maybe a bribe, most folks are content with how they’ve chosen to best take care of themselves. Fortunately there are more than a couple of things that

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Posted November 05, 2014in Locker Room

(Family) Fight Night

After 13 long years of lingering like an elephant in the corner, Impact Pro Wrestling (IPW), a family-owned wrestling company, is making its debut in the Capital City. “I put a lot of pressure on myself that if I ever ran in Des Moines, I wanted the situation to be

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Posted October 29, 2014in Locker Room

In Waukee, foosball plays you

Let us take a dive into the Meta and figure out just what the devil is going on with this week’s athletic endeavor. The game of soccer is played on a massive field where players (depending on position) run about seven miles per game. Foosball is a table-top game that

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Posted October 22, 2014in Locker Room

Girls of the gridiron

The NFL is now entering its eighth week, and it seems virtually everyone has caught football fever by now. Sure, some just have a side comment or an anecdote about particular players, but others live and die by their team. But don’t worry; there is a cure, and it’s simple:

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Posted October 15, 2014in Locker Room

Warriors and Nuggets invade Wells

The National Basketball Association (NBA) season is nearly here, and that means only one thing: traveling exhibition games. And while it’s been nearly 17 years since the last NBA matchup in Des Moines, fans are eager to see what the stars have in store for them. Or more appropriately, one

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Posted October 08, 2014in Locker Room

FootGolf: The best of both sports

You have to admit that FootGolf (a.k.a., SoccerGolf for Americans) sounds like the “brilliant idea” your buddy came up with after a night of excess. Sure it makes sense, and it’s doable — but only in a buddy’s backyard, right? Not if you’ve already got a golf course and a

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Posted October 01, 2014in Locker Room

The smell of manure in the morning

With the weather cooling down and the winds picking up, time is running out for comfortable running outside. Make the most of the next couple weeks and get out as much as you can. To start, check out the Wild Boar Challenge (WBC) obstacle course. “There are water- and mud-oriented

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Posted September 24, 2014in Locker Room

Hop in a boat to come out of your SHELL

Sometimes you have to go backwards to move forward. While this may seem like a Yogi Berra quote — or a Tarantino movie trope — it’s an absolute truth when it comes to rowing. “For me personally, I joined up with the Des Moines Rowing Club because I missed rowing,”

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Posted September 17, 2014in Locker Room

Whiff-It, whiff it good

After the inaugural Whiffle Ball Classic, Doug Vinsand, Katie Ketelsen, Chris Juhl, Jason Wells and Brian Flynn got together for drinks. Their conversation steered toward setting up a tournament that combined memories of their youth with fundraising. The solution was simple: more Wiffle ball. “We wanted to have a true

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Posted September 10, 2014in Locker Room

The more, the merrier

Have you heard the latest craze? It’s the new fab exercise sweeping the nation, and we have God to thank! Recent studies suggest that kneeling for long periods of time, followed by occasional standing and swaying, reduces your cholesterol count while boosting your immune system. While the above may be

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