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MASS: The Muscle and Athletic Sports Society

Visited the gym on campus recently? Seen anyone wearing a MASS shirt and wondered what on earth it was on about? We are The Muscle and Athletics Sports Society, Reading’s complete fitness society!

Mass Daytrip to Ripped Gym, Harlow for a Group Training Session Picture Credit: David Bissell, MASS

Mass Daytrip to Ripped Gym, Harlow for a Group Training Session
Picture Credit: David Bissell, MASS

Although we have only been around for a few years now, we are growing and fast. We focus on various types of sports exercise from general “keep-fit” all the way to fully competitive powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit®, strongman/woman, bodybuilding and physique competitions and more so we are kept very busy as a society! We have had many athletes who have already competed, some of which at a national level all of whom performed exceptionally well.

Our goal as a society is to try and encourage student fitness across campus as well as across the entirety of Reading for that matter, trying to motivate as many people as we can to look after their health and to actually enjoy exercising all while making good progress in the gym all while providing a strong, friendly community of students all with similar interests.

Mass at BodyPower Expo 2015 Picture Credit: David Bissell, MASS

Mass at BodyPower Expo 2015
Picture Credit: David Bissell, MASS

It’s far too easy to fall into the stereotypical student trap when you first arrive at university, where every meal consists of Super Noodles washed down with a refreshing snakebite with the only exercise consisting of walking to and from lectures; believe me, we’ve all been there at some point! Getting a proper diet down and a consistent gym or exercise schedule is a great first step in looking after your health which is something I am sure we all are striving for, no matter how many times you may have said “I’ll start tomorrow”.

Nutritional seminars, guest speakers, technique sessions and group workouts are just a small fraction of all the sessions we are running this year, perfect for anyone that want to kick their fitness up a notch, get into shape and are also a great way to meet like-minded friendly people.

We are just a bunch of students just like anyone else all of whom just so happened to have got bitten by the gym bug. I personally just started to go to the gym simply to lose a little bit of weight, not a clue what I was doing but with time I slowly started to get more and more into it and lo and behold, I eventually started to enjoy going. I now strive for 6 days in the gym which to the uninitiated may seem ever so slightly excessive but for a regular gym goer it’s completely the norm. With each day I see a minute bit of progress which over time adds up and that is why I and so many others keep coming back for more.

Mass Reading at the MASS London Regional Powerlifting Competition. Picture Credit: Dom Coe-O’Brien, MASS

Mass Reading at the MASS London Regional Powerlifting Competition. Picture Credit: Dom Coe-O’Brien, MASS

Of course everyone has to start somewhere and we want to be the very first port of call for every student’s fitness journey. We also want to support those who have been in the gym for years and want to take their progress to the next level. It is our ambition to help as many people as we can in whatever way we can.

Interested in what we do? Why not come along to one of our sessions to see what we are all about or check us out across all of our social media pages, search for “MASS Reading”.

Join the student fitness revolution today!

About Danny Ward

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