RSO encourages fitness and camaraderie


Are you interested in bodybuilding or just getting in shape? Do you find it difficult to keep up with a workout plan or have difficulty creating one in the first place?

Consider joining Redbird Bodybuilding, a new Registered Student Organization (RSO) dedicated to bringing students with an interest in natural bodybuilding and overall fitness together.

The ultimate goal “is to get a group of people together who would like to participate in a bodybuilding show at the end of the year. The process of cutting down is really hard to keep track of when you’re by yourself. If you’re with a group of people with similar goals, it is much easier,” group member and junior economics major Ryan Anderson said.

Jake Johnson/Photograher Members of Redbird Bodybuilding meet once every two weeks to discuss their goals and training plans as well as eat meals together at the dining centers.

Jake Johnson/Photographer
Members of Redbird Bodybuilding meet once every two weeks to discuss their goals and training plans as well as eat meals together at the dining centers.

Right now the club has about 30 members who meet every other week to discuss goals and training plans. Members of the group also aim to eat a meal together at least once a week in one of the dining centers on campus.

Next semester, they plan to hold monthly events. One event will be a screening of the documentary “Bigger Stronger Faster,” which addresses the steroid subculture in America. These will take place to develop a more close-knit community among the group, but also to encourage members not to go out and drink.

RSO president and junior small business management major Chris Worman said, “Going out really ruins your chance at competition, it’s a ton of extra calories you can’t afford when training.”

If you have not tried bodybuilding before, you should not feel intimidated joining this group. Everyone involved has different levels of experience and some are not working toward the bodybuilding competition at all, but simply a healthier lifestyle. The group welcomes men and women interested in improving their bodies on a regimented schedule.

“Bodybuilding is a lifestyle … and we are trying to find students on campus who are interested in the same things as we are. We want to help them learn about dieting and training. We have a sponsor, Chris Carter, the nutritional advisor for ISU sports teams and former natural pro,” Dustin Husarik, a member of the RSO and sophomore finance major, said.

The group does not always meet as a whole to work out, but instead often forms partnerships or small groups who keep one another motivated while training.

Jake Johnson/Photographer Ethan Arendt, a 21-year-old senior who majors in business management, is also part of the Body Builders RSO. The group is planning on having competitions sometime in the future.

Jake Johnson/Photographer
Ethan Arendt, a 21-year-old business management major, is a member of the bodybuilders’ RSO. The group is planning on having competitions sometime in the future.

“All 30 of us obviously cannot train at once, but if you go to the rec, you’ll know some people who are part of the club in there,” Worman said.

“Right now, there is also a Facebook page called ISU Bodybuilding and we also have a group where people can discuss their progress. We post on this group where we meet, when and what we are going to talk about,” Worman added.

The sense of community and support felt by the members of this group is extremely important to them.

“Bodybuilding isn’t the most exciting sport. As far as the process and the training goes, it’s all pretty simple. If you ask us what we do, we train together, have meals together and watch movies. To us, it’s awesome because that’s what it takes. People usually see men who bodybuild as a bunch of dumb guys who can’t do anything else, so they work out and they look down on women and say they look ‘disgusting.’ But it’s not about getting bigger than everyone else on campus, it’s about getting healthy. We all come together and talk about what we have seen work successfully in the past, and learn from one another,” Husarik said

Those interested in joining Redbird Bodybuilding should look up their Facebook page and send questions regarding sign-up through a message. The members of this RSO welcome anyone to join and help build their community.

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