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June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #1127
howdy all… iʹm a newbie in every since of the word, hoping to make it onto the ice for the 2008-09 season. since i donʹt have any practical questions to ask at this point – i thought iʹd inquire about some of the smaller details regarding life at mcmurdo and/or the pole. in my spare time i do like to do some serious weight training. i was wondering if someone could clue me in regarding the type of gym facilities available at either base. in particular, is there space to do heavy (free-weight) trainingʔ iʹm sure i could find a way to make a routine work regardless of what theyʹve got – but i havenʹt seen any specifics about the gym facilities so i thought iʹd ask.cheers.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9585
i donʹt hang out too much in the weight gym @ mcmurdo, but if memory serves me, and i can check tomorrow or something, the short answer is yes, there is adequate space and equipment for training with free weights. i canʹt speak too much for pole, only spent a few days there, but i was impressed with the fitness facility there.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9586
hi m0loch, thanks for the reply. my needs are pretty basic, but sometimes space is an issue. if theyʹve got space/equipment to do the 3 main lifts (bench, deadlifts, and squats) iʹd be really happy… however, i can make do with just about anything. i recognize that my time/motivation may go down significantly once iʹm on the ice… but iʹd like to try and maintain my regime while there. cheers.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9587
pole has a nice brand new workout area some of us call “the mezz” (short for mezzanine … not original i know) in the new station. during summer, thereʹs a more sweaty steroid junkie style weight gym in summer camp. one thing, thereʹs no squat rack in the new station for various reasons, valid or not. but there are free weights, machine systems and plenty of aerobic machines (treadmills … at least when the doc isnʹt hogging it, eliptical machine, bikes and a rowing machine).June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9588
thanks for the reply groovesoop. no squat rack ehʔ thatʹs unfortunate, but i suppose not unexpected. iʹd like to hear what some of those reasons (valid or not), but only because it sounds like thereʹs some history there.”steroid junkie style” in summerʔ… does that mean thatʹs when the big boys come out to playʔ iʹm no monster, but it is nice to have some other people lifting heavy weights for advice, assistance and just general motivation.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9589
yeah, i guess you could say the “big boys” … no squat rack because thereʹs disagreement about whether the floor can hold the extra weight and also, itʹs not very big up there for all the gear thatʹs already there. i think this is one to be sorted out each season. for now the rack is in summer camp only, but that is closed in the winter, so the debate is just for the winter.June 14, 2009 at 6:59 am #9590
groovesoup didnʹt mention the 12,000 foot groomed running/nordic skiing track at pole. aircraft use it during the day, but it may be sometimes available during off hours. iʹve logged a couple thousand miles on it over the years.
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