As some of you may or may not know, freshmen at The University of Scranton get the unlimited meal plan. This means that they are able to enter the buffet-style cafeteria an unlimited amount of times during the day. I remember when I was a freshman living in Driscoll Hall. My roommate was Bobby Dudik – him and I went to high school together, although we did not really know each other well until the end of senior year. When we came to Scranton, we were awestruck with the unlimited meal plan! Each night we would both eat at least five plates of food without any guilty conscience – that is until we decided to start power lifting.
Freshman year is always a time for firsts. From my personal experiences, including those I have witnessed as a Resident Assistant to freshmen, it is a pivotal time in a person’s life. People may find their first love, meet their first best college friend, or even first start power lifting – such was the case with me. During my freshman year, I thought to myself, “Wow! It’s a new beginning, I get to be whoever I want to be, and there is a clean slate ahead of me!” Therefore, I had the not so genius idea to begin exercise and attempt way too much on my first night. Goodness, back then Bob and I knew nothing at all about the gym or how to use even half the machines in the darn place! I recall that on the first night him and I went to the gym, we tried way too much; I distinctly remember working triceps and chest that night. When Bob and I returned to Driscoll Hall, I do not believe I had ever felt a worse pain than I had when I stepped into the shower. He went to shower at the same time that I did and he still laughs to this day when we reminisce over past gym experiences. I was leaning on the shower wall divider and moaning in pain, “Oh my goodness… What the heck did I just do to my muscles? This is the worst thing in the world…”
This was over two years ago. I can gladly say that he and most certainly myself improved significantly. During my freshman year when everybody would talk about how much they could bench press, I was barely able to do the bar. Due to the fitness movement I started my freshman year between my roommate and I, we have bettered ourselves exceptionally and we are all the more proud of it.
Segway into fitness related story: The University of Scranton is a Jesuit institution; therefore Lent is a big deal to the community. Bob is a Christian but he doesn’t routinely go to mass. Believe me, I have tried to drag his butt to church on many occasions! Every time he would not budge, it was a defeat for me. However, the one triumphant victory I had over him resulted from his will bending when I asked him to Participate in the Lenten season. Together, him and I gave up all manners of sugary drinks for Lent, minus our whey protein supplements. The only thing we were able to drink was water. At first, this task was hard but Bob and I stayed ever faithful to the plan and as a result, him and I both cannot stand drinking soda, or even anything sugary for that matter! On second thought, this is mostly true; I occasionally cheat when I indulge in sweet tea. Sweet tea is truly my kryptonite. It really doesn’t help that one of our cafeterias has a Chik-fil-a that dispenses the world’s greatest sweet tea. Regardless, I still keep up just fine with Bob in the gym, if not out-lifting him!