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Cross Reference Fit!: Get Started with the newest fitness craze!

April 1, 2019. The Library exercise program you've been waiting for!

Cross Reference Fit! The Library exercise program you've been waiting for!

Introducing Cross Reference Fit!

Need to do homework and get some exercise?  Now you don't have to make the impossible choice between the two!

New, April 1, 2019. We've all been there, trying to make the maddening decision between going to the library to get research done, or going to exercise to get fitness done.  Now with Cross Reference Fit you don't have to decide!


Stretch your mind, and your body!

Strengthen your arguments, and your muscles!

Start Cross Reference Fit today!

Developed by librarians, Cross Reference Fit combines in-depth information literacy frameworks with intense plyometric, circuit-based workouts designed to build core strength, engage your stabilizers, and increase the credibility of your evidence.  Co-collaborator and archivist, Nat Wilson, says: "When it comes to healthy living, you need to think of not just your muscles, but your entire self, holistically."


Cross Reference Fit Circuit

Warm-up stretches

  1. Top and bottom shelf stretches: These stretches help you reach books on the top and bottom shelves of the library, and they stretch out your back and hamstrings!  Stretch up to reach the highest shelf you can and hold.  Now bend at the waist and take a look at the books on the lower shelves.
  2. Side to side stretches: You know that books are shelved next to other books on similar topics, right? (We really need you to know this.)  Use these stretches to see more of the books on your topic, and get a nice stretch on your side!  Stand up straight, now bend to the left at your waist and hold.  Stand up straight and bend to the other side and hold.  Look at all those books you could use!

Leg Exercises

  1. Lower shelf squats: Books on the lower shelf can be useful.  Do squats to get those books and strengthen your quads!  Need a challenge? Add weight by holding a book.
  2. Upper shelf heel lifts:  Need to see a higher shelf? Lift those heels to get a better view and strengthen your calves!

Arm Exercises

  1. Encyclopedia curls: Encyclopedias are a great way to get background information on a topic.  Plus, they're often heavy and great for strengthening your biceps!  Looking for extra weight? Try the Essay and General Literature Index, 1948-1954: OSF Ref A13 ES 73.

Cardio Exercises

  1. Reference desk sprints: You're working on your paper and realize you're making a claim but you don't have any sources to back it up.  Sprint on up to the reference desk to get some expert help and a cardio work out!
  2. Stairs to the bathrooms: We all have to relieve ourselves sometime.  Lucky for your heart-rate, our bathrooms are up or down at least one flight of stairs.  Run up the stairs to get there. Run back down.  Want a challenge? Head up to the 4th floor!

Core Exercises

  1. Use your sources sit-up twists: You'll need to be on the ground for this one, with a book or article on one side and your laptop on the other.  Sit down in a sit up position.  Twist to the side to read your source and find the good stuff.  Twist to your laptop and add that citation.  Twist back to the source to get more information.  Repeat.  Remember to engage your core! Now your abs and your argument will be rock solid!

Cool Down

  1. Sit down with a good book: You've gotten your work out, and your research done.  Settle into a comfy chair with one of our leisure reading books!

Credits & Disclaimer

We are librarians, not medical or exercise experts. Please practice good information literacy and get exercise advice from a professional. Also, this was published on April 1, what do you expect? Though if you're looking for health or exercise science information, we highly recommend talking with Karen Brunner, our Health and Exercise Science Librarian.

Text and visual demonstrations: Ann Zawistoski

Name "Cross Reference Fit": Nat Wilson.

Videography and general shenanigans: Meg Manahan.