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We’re halfway through. That really flew by. I haven’t really hung out my kids as much as I’d like, but they’ve been wanting to read and draw a lot more since dad has been doing homework at the dinner table. Silver lining. The last week has been pretty eventful – I’ve been working on a new punch recipe for fall at our restaurant, and juggling Biology, Communications, Health Behaviors, and PE. So far so good. Today, we went did some fitness testing and I saw just how much of an effect ditching the gym for study time has had on me. Not as strong as I was, but my stabilizer system is still in pretty good shape. I got some good advice from my Bio professor on overloading myself: “don’t.” I really ought to take the time to get up and move. Did a little skating today with the neighborhood kids, and almost lost the Caesar salad I had on campus when one of them pretty much mowed my daughter down. She was fine, it just took her about 15 minutes to realize it. I’m exaggerating – it was closer to 13. I must say, it felt pretty good to get out there on the board, especially after getting all noodly in PE. The facilities at Takoma Park/ Silver Spring are more than enough to get us loose (Rockville too). We ran through some good tests: bench press, military press, leg extension, leg press, lat pull down, and standing row. I needed that Caesar salad from the cafe. As I sat and worked my way through the greens like a wood chipper, I listened to the Salsa lessons above me on the second floor of the ST building. Sounded like fun! Pretty cool to know that if I wanted, I could leave my current status as worst Latino dancer in the Western Hemisphere. I think I’ll wear the crown a little longer. A lot going on – especially since priority registration just opened up for Health major students! I’ve pretty much got it all planned out from here to the BS in Kinesiology- thanks to the weighted Academic Plan assignment issued by my PE instructor. A blessing of an assignment, if you ask me. So here I sit, writing this over the course of three hours while registering, calculating my V02max, and listening to “come thru” by Samiyam on repeat. Nothing like a good beat. Speaking of “good beat,” according to exrx, my cardiovascular rating is excellent. That’s good news. Now if I could just get my bench press up. Good thing there are open gym hours all week here and Rockville. No excuses!

Raul

My name is Raul Torrento. I am a local, born in DC proper and raised in the area (Aspen Hill, Springfield, DC, Falls Church, Annandale). Music, gymnastic strength training, and Muay Thai are just a few things I enjoy. I also have a slackline and a skateboard. Those get used.

I am a lover of complete and total physical and mental exertion. Finding new ways to achieve that panting glory is what keeps me spry. Music is something I’ve always loved, since my hands first touched the congas at age 4. A father of three, I appreciate every little moment I remember to focus on – because they tend to pass by in a blur as a result of trying to keep up with them. I don’t take myself too seriously, instead I focus on the importance of my work – whether that’s practicing a tuck handstand, fine tuning an L-sit, finding a new groove on my bass, nailing a new recipe, or whipping up a classic cocktail for a complete stranger. Oh yeah – I’m a bartender too. More importantly, I am a student. Of everything. Forever.

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