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Hi, my name is Jon Guy Owens, 39 years old and the director of the Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP) at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. As director I facilitate weekly trips for students that include rock climbing, whitewater canoeing and kayaking, backpacking and caving. I also teach adventure recreation and outdoor leadership courses in the physical education department. Recently, one of the newest aspects of my job is the development of the Hollins University Downriver Racing team. Working with the students we have developed a competitive team that competes 2 to 3 times a year in the American Canoe Association's collegiate series. This past year the team got first in Virginia State Championships and 3rd at Nationals. This is more impressive when you realize that Hollins is an all women’s school competing against coed schools. This has led to a dynamic change in some aspects of my job, including the development of a conditioning program for the students. This includes strength training, cross fit styled workouts and nutritional education. The workouts for the students on the downriver racing team became so popular that I ran into the problem of students and faculty that were not on the team showing up for the workouts and I ran out of space and equipment. This led to the development of a class now called "Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness" which is now offered every fall semester.
My interest in developing these workouts came from my own desire to get back into shape. My story is not that different from many others as we age and become less active. In short, I just got fat. In November 2009 my son was born, and I had even less time to be outside and my fitness level dropped even more. Then, that following May I shattered my collarbone horseback riding and required surgery to fix it with 3 ½ months of restricted activity. It was an awful time for my heath and in the end the culmination of it all was just too much. I realized I had to make major changes to the way I was living. So I shaved my head at the end of the summer and started doing cross fit with a friend that had just received his Level 1 certification. I also started looking into what other changes in my life needed to be made. I knew one of those changes had to be nutrition. I needed to stop eating crap, educate myself in good nutritional basics such as smarter choices of carbs. This was not rocket science, but will power and self- awareness./font>
This is when I decided that a good supplementation program was needed as well. I had a major shift in my mindset concerning nutrition for athletes once I started working out more myself. Eventually, I noticed that my chiropractor sold NOW supplements and introduced me to NOW products. Many of the supplements they carried were things I had never heard of, such as GABA, Glutamine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. This lead to some long hours of research on my part and the development of a new diet and supplementation regimen that included NOW® Whey Protein. The Whey Protein was part of the total process to my personal weight loss of 28 lbs and a drop from 23% to 14% body fat.
Personally, I spend as much time as possible backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater paddling (kayak and canoe), stand up paddleboard, fly fishing, ice climbing, mountaineering, skateboarding, martial arts, and raising a 2 year old boy. In the last year I have also started trail running in addition to strength training and High Intensity Interval Training.
The following is my current NOW supplementation regimen:
• PM Regimin
• Before workouts Shake
• After Workout Shake