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The Secret to a Fast Metabolism

A “fast metabolism.” Just the sound of that phrase makes you visualize a rock hard, fat free body. Having a “fast” metabolism means that you’re burning calories efficiently all the time, whether you’re resting or training. When you have a slow metabolism, your diet doesn’t work as well and even a well designed training program is rendered less effective. Slow metabolism syndrome is why it’s possible for a person eating very few calories and “aerobicizing their brains out” to see little or no results. Your mission is clear: find ways to speed up your metabolism and get it revving as fast as possible. This article will show you how.

The practice of eating small, frequent meals – one approximately every three waking hours – is by far the most effective way to speed up your metabolism. It’s so effective, in fact, that when you see the results, you may wonder why you’ve ever had any difficulty losing body fat in the past. After 12 to 16 weeks of strict pre-contest dieting on super clean high protein foods eaten six or seven times a day, competitive bodybuilders often have metabolisms “spinning” so fast, they burn through huge quantities of food – even junk food! (and they just keep getting leaner and leaner). Their bodies become like “human food incinerators,” producing enormous amounts of heat and burning off calories at an alarming rate. When frequent eating is combined with the right food choices, your body will literally turn into a turbo-charged fat burning machine! Coincidentally, eating a properly constructed meal every three hours is also the only way to effectively build and maintain muscle. The longer you consistently practice the five to six meal per day discipline, the more muscle you’ll develop. The more muscle you develop, the faster your metabolism will become – it’s a positive, self-reinforcing cycle.

Why you will never reach your maximum potential without eating five or six meals a day.

Just how important is frequent eating? Well, let me put it this way: Comparing three “squares” to six meals a day is like comparing a 450 horsepower V-10, 8.0 liter Dodge Viper to a four cylinder Honda Civic. There’s nothing wrong with a Honda Civic – it will get you where you want to go – eventually – but if you wanted to get somewhere in a hurry, which engine would you rather have? With a top speed of 192 mph, I bet you’d take the Viper wouldn’t you? The odds are good that you invested in this program because you want to get results faster and reach your goals sooner. There are limits to how fast you can safely lose body fat, but high meal frequency will allow you to do it as quickly as possible. You can eat the right foods and work out daily but if your metabolism is inefficient it’s like swimming upstream and fighting against the current.

I’m not saying you can’t get any results on three meals a day – of course you can. A traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner, carefully selected using the guidelines in this program and combined with aerobic and resistance training, will definitely get you some noticeable results. Unfortunately, it will take longer, and if you have any substantial degree of endomorph in your body type mix, it might take much longer. If you have ambitious goals, such as bodybuilding or fitness competition (or if you just want to look like a bodybuilder or fitness model), then five or six meals per day is an absolute requirement.

What is the optimal number of meals? 4, 5, 6, 7… more than 7? ONE or TWO meals a day is a disaster. If you haven’t been eating at least three times a day, you are causing serious damage to your metabolism. If you want to get your metabolism back up to speed, read the rest of this chapter very carefully and follow the instructions to the letter.

Eat THREE meals a day, properly balanced with the right nutrition foods, and work out hard and you’ll get some results. But…you’ll get about half the results you’d get from six meals a day and it will take you twice as long to get there. If you have less than “elite” genetics or a naturally slow metabolism, you may have serious difficulty on only three meals. And if you miss even a single meal, then you’re causing metabolic damage.

If you eat FOUR meals a day, making intelligent food choices and combining your foods in the ideal ratios, you’ll see substantial results. But you’ll only get about sixty or seventy percent of the results you’d get from six meals a day and it will take you longer to get there, if you do get there.

FIVE meals a day? Now we’re getting somewhere. Five meals a day will give you good results on a weekly basis. If you’re a guy, you could still do better by adding a sixth meal.

SIX small meals a day is the answer! Two simple facts of physiology will explain why: (1) It takes about three hours to digest each meal, and (2) protein (amino acids) lasts about three hours in the bloodstream. If you sleep eight hours per night, that leaves 16 waking hours in the day. Six meals over 16 hours equals one meal every 2.7 hours. If your goal is five meals, then your target is one meal every 3.2 hours. Average it up for simplicity, and that’s where the guideline of one meal every three hours comes from.

Five meals a day seems to be the optimal number for women and six meals is ideal for men. The difference is because men require on average, about 600-900 calories per day more than women. So, if five or six meals a day is good, then seven or eight or even ten must be even better, right? Well, not exactly. You could experiment with one extra meal and it might produce slightly better results. However, it takes a minimum of two to two and a half hours to digest a meal, so it doesn’t make any sense to eat more than six or seven times per day. If you did, you would only be piling food on top of undigested food. How much you eat isn’t as important as how much you fully digest and assimilate. Unless each of your meals was tiny, you also might be eating too many calories for the day.

Extremists that they are, some bodybuilders figure that if five or six meals a day is good, then seven or eight is even better. Heck, some of them even set their alarms and get up in the middle of the night to eat! As in most areas of life, when anything is taken to the extreme, there is a always a point of diminishing returns or even damage. If your goal is to gain muscle and you’re that die-hard (dare I say crazy?), then knock yourself out. A light protein meal in the middle of the night might fend off some of the muscle loss that occurs naturally overnight as you sleep. But there’s a trade off – uninterrupted sleep is important too. If your number one priority is fat loss, you’re better off not eating late in the evening at all, let alone in the middle of the night. Get your zzz’s – you’re gonna need them with the training program I have in store for you.

This article is an excerpt from Tom Venuto’s new manual, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle (BFFM) – Fat Burning Secrets of the World’s Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models. Copyright 2002, by Fitness Renaissance, LLC. How To Quickly And Easily Lose Fat Permanently… Even In Your Mushiest Spots…Without Drugs, Without Supplements, and Without Screwing Up Your Metabolism! Guranteed!

http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/print/metabolism_p.php

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Atlit & pemakanan

Semasa makan tengahari sejurus selepas program junior Sekolah Alam Shah Sabtu lalu, saya bertanya tentang perkembangan latihan atlit-atlit kebangsaan kepada Majai (ZulMajdi). Kagum dengan semangat mereka meski sibuk dengan jadual kuliah, mereka mengatur latihan sendiri. Kali terakhir mereka menyertai kejohanan adalah beberapa bulan yang lalu. Masalah utama yang mereka hadapi setelah berehat dari kejohanan tersebut adalah berat badan.

“Berat saya kini 78kg dan saya perlu menurunkan berat ke 70kg untuk acara lightweight. Sudah seminggu saya tidak mengambil nasi untuk diet dan menggandakan latihan seperti jogging bagi usaha menurunkan berat badan. Tetapi saya tidak nampak apa-apa perubahan.”

Itulah antara keluhan mereka. Seperti yang saya jelaskan, struktur tubuh dan komposisi badan mereka bukan seperti orang biasa yang tidak aktif. Oleh itu, bukan mudah untuk mereka menurunkan berat badan dengan cara yang drastic seperti itu. Oleh itu saya merujuk kepada artikel yang dipetik daripada laman web: http://www.thestretchinghandbook.com/archives/print/metabolism_p.php. Di sebalik objektif utama mereka menurunkan berat badan, mereka sepatutnya menumpukan usaha bagi meningkatkan metabolisma.

Slow Metabolism Syndrome adalah salah satu punca utama kenapa seseorang mengambil kuantiti kalori makanan yang sangat sedikit dan menggandakan latihan aerobic hanya untuk melihat perubahan yang sangat sedikit atau tiada perubahan langsung.

Sebenarnya, rutin pemakanan yang sedikit tetapi kerap – setiap 3 jam setakat ini adalah cara yang paling berkesan bagi meningkatkan kadar metabolisma. Kerana keberkesanannya, bila anda melihat hasilnya anda akan tertanya-tanya kenapa anda mengalami masalah menurunkan berat badan selama ini.

Percaya atau tidak selepas 12 hingga 16 minggu anda mengamalkan rutin diet ini berserta pengambilan makan yang sesuai dan latihan aerobic, badan anda akan bertukar menjadi turbo-charge fat burning machine!

Perlukah saya terangkan lebih lanjut? Artikel yang saya paparkan akan menjawab segala persoalan anda. Selamat membaca dan mengaplikasikannya.

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Rowing Junior Program: Updates

Cadangan pembentukan Kelab / Pasukan Mendayung Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya:

1. Pembentukan Kelab/Pasukan
2. Perlantikan Ahli Jawatankuasa
3. Perlantikan Guru/Pegawai/Pengurus Pasukan yang tetap
4. Menetapkan jadual latihan
5. Menentukan kategori dan posisi crew
6. Merangka perlawanan

Pembentukan Kelab/Pasukan:

Memandangkan komitmen yang telah ditunjukkan oleh pihak sekolah, secara peribadi saya mencadangkan pembentukan kelab/pasukan secara rasmi. Dengan penubuhan kelab & perlantikan guru yang bertanggungjawab, segala keputusan & perancangan dapat dibuat dengan teliti. Segala bentuk komunikasi dapat diseragamkan.

Perlantikan Ahli Jawatankuasa dalam kelab:
Berdasarkan pengalaman saya semasa di kampus, perlantikan ahli jawatan kuasa akan dapat melicinkan program latihan di mana jurulatih dapat menumpukan perhatian terhadap pembentukan fasa-fasa latihan. Perlantikan di kalangan pelajar dapat membentuk sifat-sifat kepimpinan dan kemahiran komunikasi sesama mereka. Jurulatih akan memimpin mereka dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab dan memupuk semngat kerjasama sepasukan.

Perlantikan Presiden Kelab, Naib Presiden, Setiausaha & Bendahari serta ahli jawatankuasa yang lain bukan sahaja membantu jurulatih malahan guru-guru yang terlibat. Disebabkan guru-guru mengambil giliran membawa kumpulan pelajar ini, status & perkembangan pelajar tidak dapat di laporkan secara berkesan kepada guru yang bertanggungjawab.

Selain itu, keperluan ini dapat memenuhi kepentingan mewujudkan pelapis yang akan membolehkan kelab ini terus berdikari dan hidup dengan sokongan pelajar yang lebih berpengalaman walaupun tanpa kehadiran jurulatih.

Perlantikan Guru/Pegawai/Pengurus Pasukan yang tetap:
Perlantikan ini akan dapat membantu jurulatih membuat keputusan dengan persetujuan bersama pihak sekolah. Guru ini akan dapat menyampaikan mesej atau keperluan-keperluan lain yang mungkin timbul. Kehadiran guru ganti tidak menjadi masalah asalkan ada seorang yang boleh membuat keputusan.

Menetapkan jadual latihan:
Jadual latihan telah di faks kepada Presiden PERDAMA. Jurulatih mendapat makluman terus daripada Presiden. Tidak timbul isu besar kecuali jika berlaku perubahan.

Menentukan kategori dan posisi crew:
Kemahiran mendayung memerlukan masa yang agak lama untuk diadaptasi. Untuk membolehkan 4 orang mendayung dengan baik, 5 sessi diperlukan secara berturut-turut bagi melatih mereka. Oleh itu, jika kategori & posisi pendayung dapat dikenalpasti lebih awal, masalah di atas tidak akan timbul.

Pembentukan kelab akan memastikan kesinambungan ini dimana pelajar-pelajar yang mendaftar dengan kelab atau pasukan sahaja yang akan turun untuk latihan.

Merangka perlawanan:
Seperti yang dimaklumkan oleh Cikgu Fadhil, perlawanan antara rumah-rumah akan diadakan. Oleh itu, ketegori bot harus ditetapkan lebih awal. Untuk memastikan kelancaran perlawanan tersebut, semua perkara-perkara atas perlu dipertimbangkan dengan teliti. Saya mencadangkan acara Coxed Four (M4+) & Eight (M8+). Itu bermakna setaip pasukan rumah akan menghantar sekurang-kurangnya 9 orang pemain. Atau 9 pelajar x 6 pasukan rumah, totalnya adalah 54. Tapi jumlahnya agak besar pula. Minima 5 orang sepasukan, atau total 30 pelajar wajib turun setiap kali latihan. Untuk makluman 9 pelajar bermaksud 8 crew + 1 jurumudi (coxwain) atau 5 pelajar bermaksud 4 pendayung bersama seorang coxwain.

Cadangan-cadangan yang tersebut di atas adalah berdasarkan kepada beberapa isu atau rintangan yang dihadapi semasa perlaksanaan program seperti berikut:

  1. Masalah komunikasi – percanggahan waktu latihan yang tidak tetap, tidak pasti siapa guru yang bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya, tiada keputusan dan sebagainya. Masalah ini diangagap telah selesai dengan penerimaan faksimili yang mengesahkan jadual aktiviti dan guru-guru yang bertugas.
  2. Penglibatan pelajar tidak konsisten – jurulatih terpaksa mengajar asas rowing setiap kali latihan kerana masih ada pelajar-pelajar yang baru pertama kali terlibat. Kesinambungan latihan kurang berkesan.
  3. Koordinasi & kerjasama sesama pelajar – Hubungan yang dingin antara sesama pelajar yang dibezakan mengikut tingkatan. Pelajar senior lebih cenderung memerintah daripada menunjukkan tauladan yang baik. Namun kawalan jurulatih mengurangkan dominasi & merapatkan jurang.

Saya membayangkan masa hadapan pasukan junior ini sebagai atlit kebangsaan yang boleh bermula seawal tahun 2010. Itupun bergantung kepada komitmen pihak pentadbiran sekolah dalam memastikan kesinambungan ini. Saya difahamkan terdapat 5 buah sekolah di sekitar putrajaya dimana jika dimanfaatkan “The Junior Boat Race” mungkin boleh diasimilasikan. Wah.. tingginya cita-cita. Tapi mana tahu, ada sejarah yang boleh dicipta.

Nota: Untuk pengetahuan, “The Boat Race” adalah acara klasik & bersejarah selama lebih 150 tahun yang masih dianjurkan hingga ke saat ini. Perlawanan bot eight (M8+) antara 2 universiti terkemuka Britain & dunia di Sungai Thames iaitu University of Oxford dan University Of Cambridge. Sila layari website ini : http://www.theboatrace.org/ untuk lebih maklumat terperinci.

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UNITEN ROWING 2008

Berita terkini, acara disahkan berlangsung di Putrajaya Water Sports Complex, Presint 6 pada 5hb hingga 10hb Ogos 2008. Jemputan ke pertandingan ini akan diedarkan ke institusi-institusi berkenaan. Oleh itu, di harap persediaan awal untuk latihan dapat dirancang.

Imbas kembali: Pembangunan Sukan Rowing peringkat Negeri
Berdasarkan kepada pengalaman-pengalaman yang lepas, kesinambungan sukan rowing tidak dapat diteruskan di peringkat negeri atas sebab kurangnya jurulatih berpengalaman & atlit yang konsisten. Program Klinik Rowing tahunan pernah di adakan mengikut zon-zon seperti berikut:

  1. Zon Timur (Kelantan, Terengganu & Pahang)
  2. Zon Selatan (Johor, Negeri Sembilan & Melaka)
  3. Zon Tengah (Perak, Selangor & Kuala Lumpur)
  4. Zon Utara (Penang, Kedah & Perlis)

Saban tahun, penyertaan atlit mengetengahkan muka-muka baru. Acapkali latihan terpaksa bermula dari peringkat asas. Fasa latihan tidak dapat dibentuk dengan sempurna. Disebabkan sukan rowing ini memerlukan masa untuk mengasah kemahiran, tumpuan tidak dapat diberikan bagi meningkatkan kecergasan dan stamina. Pada ketika itu, jika dapat mengimbangkan bot sesama crew dan mendayung ke garisan penamat sudah dianggap satu kejayaan. Tahap kemahiran berada di takuk yang lama.

Insentif perlawanan: Kekerapan perlawanan juga menjadi faktor di mana satu-satunya kejohanan adalah Regatta Rowing Kebangsaan. Tiada insentif perlawanan dapat diberikan memandangkan peruntukan kejohanan yang terhad. Namun itu bukanlah sebab utama kerana ganjaran boleh di cari melalui penajaan. Saya percaya PERDAMA cuba menerapkan nilai bahawa atlit tidak seharusnya mengejar kemenangan demi hadiah kewangan sahaja. Meski perkembangan sukan & atlit rowing tampak hambar dan lembap, namun di sebalik itu segelintir atlit yang dihasilkan mempunyai semangat jitu yang tinggi dan masih ingin meningkatkan kualiti sukan masing-masing.

Tetapi, berdasarkan feedback dari atlit tempatan kurangnya sokongan dari persatuan membantutkan usaha-usaha ini. Jika atlit ini mendapat 60% sokongan seperti projek gemilang 2001 bersama kerjasama MSN, pasti perubahan dapat dilihat. Faktor-faktor berikut dilihat sebagai penyumbang utama:

  1. Bimbingan latihan di gymnasium
  2. Pemakanan dan supplement tambahan
  3. Psikologi sukan : mental training

Jurulatih rowing tempatan sangat terlatih dan pakar dalam latihan di air dan ergometer. Tetapi, untuk membentuk stamina dan kekuatan badan, bantuan pakar dari MSN boleh membantu. Apa yang tidak disedari oleh atlit adalah tindakbalas dari tubuh mereka terhadap rintangan & latihan. Kesakitan, keletihan & kelesuan seringkali di abaikan keperluan untuk memahaminya. Respon tubuh terhadap sesuatu memberikan tanda samada badan dapat menerima latihan atau tidak. Sekiranya PERDAMA dapat memahami keperluan-keperluan ini, pastinya atlit gembira dengan perhatian yang diberikan.

Kembali kepada tajuk di atas, kita cuba bongkar apakah yang boleh membantu meningkatkan prestasi pasukan universiti anda?

  1. Ketua/Pengurus Pasukan: Bentuk kelab mendayung di universiti. Lantik seorang presiden kelab, setiausaha dan pengurus pasukan. Rancang aktiviti dan latihan persediaan. Kekalkan pasukan yang sama setiap kali kejohanan. Lantik muka-muka baru sebagai pelapis. Ini bukan sahaja meningkatkan jatidiri anda bahkan kepimpinan dan pengurusan berkesan anda dapat diuji.
  2. Kem latihan: Rancangkan aktiviti tahunan berdasarkan kepada kejohanan-kejohanan yang dianjurkan. Buat kertas cadangan dan bentangkan di hadapan pihak pentadbir. Adakan kem latihan sekurang-kurangnya selama 4 hari sebelum setiap perlawanan. Atau dengan lebih konsisten pada/setiap hujung minggu, adakan camping di Boathouse, Empangan Batu Ulu Yam bagi tujuan latihan ini. Kos penginapan dapat dikurangkan yang pastinya pihak pentadbiran universiti sukar menolak kertas cadangan anda melihatkan kesungguhan ini.
  3. Coxwain (jurumudi): Jurulatih-jurulatih yang cuba dihasilkan melalui kursus-kursus kejurulatihan kebangsaan kurang menyerlah disebabkan faktor pengalaman & mungkin komitmen. Tanpa minat & kesungguhan yang luar biasa, jurulatih-jurulatih ini tidak akan dapat berdepan dengan cabaran-cabaran dalam pembangunan sukan. Tidak dapat dinafikan juga, faktor elaun dan gaji menjadi penentu kesinambungan. Adakah anda perlu diiktiraf jurulatih untuk meningkatkan prestasi pasukan universiti anda? Ya, di sinilah peranan coxen @ coxwain menjadi penting. Jika anda seorang coxwain, peranan anda sangat penting! Masa latihan di air sangat terbatas. Disebabkan kemudahan bot yang sukar diperolehi berhampiran dengan tempat anda, masa harus dihargai sepenuhnya. Kenalpasti coxwain anda dan pastikan mereka terlatih secukupnya untuk membantu memperbaiki kemahiran crew masing-masing

Dari semasa ke semasa, saya akan mengemaskini perkara-perkara di atas. Sehingga kita berjumpa lagi!

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Junior Training Program:Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah

Venue: Putrajaya Lake Club, Presint 8
Every Saturday: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Participants: 25 students form 2 & 15 students form 4.
Headcoach: Coach Halim
Asst.Coaches: Majai, Wan & Mus

Training Program has been divided into two phase. Indoor & Outdoor Rowing. The participants also been divided by two group base on their age form 2 & form 4.

Training Content: Indoor Rowing

  1. Introduction to the boat & equipment : Type of boats, rowers position, oars, stoke side & bow side, sliding seat, rigger and rudder.
  2. Ergometre : Rowing Machine equipment (flywheel, slider, seat & PM3 metre). Basic movement in rowing include 2 phases (DRIVE: Leg->Body->Arm & RECOVERY: Arm->Body->Leg).

Training Content: Outdoor Rowing

  1. On-water session: How to enter the boat, boat balancing & oars level on water


Hello guys! ROW..ROW..Row your boat…

First time on boat. First lesson: Balance your boat!Group of students waiting for their turn to row. Gosh! It’s a hot day!

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Becoming a Successful Coach

by: Damanhuri @ OCM

As a coach and role model, you will affect the lives of your players.Through your approach to coaching, you will show your players how todeal with many of the challenges they will face in life.

Take Delight in Young People
Liking kids has to be a priority. Your primary reason for coachingshould be to help young people grow, mature and develop in tosuccessful, well rounded and respected adults. If course we all wantto win, but if winning is the only thing that counts, you’ll neverhave the pride and satisfaction that comes from your players succeed at life.
You have to coach for the right reasons. You must focus on teachingyour players proper values. Important values to teach includediscipline, hard work, conquering fear and tension, having pride intheirselves and their teammates, establishing attainable goals, andmore importantly stiving to accomplish those goals.
Don’t coach for the wrong reasons, such as boosting your ego orwanting to be in the limelight. Don’t use your players to fan yourego because then they become pawns instead of people.

Organization
You won’t be able to accomplish everything that you want toaccomplish if you don’t have a concrete, workable plan. Everypractice is a race against time, don’t waste a minute. Determine whatyou want to accomplish for each practice in order to obtain your teamgoals. Your assistants must understand your plan and how you want thefundementals to be taught. You must also listen to imput from yourassistants and be willing to take their suggestions underconsideration. This should be done before practice so that no time is wasted.

Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is a necessity whether you are coaching baseball,basketball, soccer, softball or volleyball. The thought of workingwith your players should motivate you and get you excited about whatthey are accomplishing. You should treat every player as if they wereBabe Ruth or Michael Jordan and every practice as if it were the lastgame of the World Series.

Patience
The ability to go over things again and again, never losingenthusiasm, is a must for a great coach. Every great athlete had amentor who had the patience to teach the fundementals of the sport.One of the greatest experiences of coaching is to see the leasttalented suddenly blossom, all because you never gave up on theplayer. The player will not forget how they became successful andwill take the same values into their lives.

Persistence
It is difficult to differentiate between patience and persistence,they go hand in hand for a coach. You must persist and you must teachyour kids to persist. Persistence in simple words, is never givingup. Each of us has failed at times but what is more important thanfailure is what we do after we fail. The greatest thing about defeatis that it is a powerful learning tool.

Sincerity
You must be sincerely concerned about your players, first as humanbeings and second as players. Being concerned, listening as well asteaching and sharing decision making will empower you players to playtheir best. Sincerity and concern mean that the game and its outcomeare secondary to the people playing it.

Fairness
Being fair goes along with sincerity and concern. Everyone wants afair chance to so what they can do. They want an opportunity! Eachday a coach must re-evaluate personnel. Never discuss one of yourplayer’s abilities with another player on the team. Make onlypositive comments during and after practice and games. Never singleout one player to praise. I try to keep a list during the game andwrite down as many positive things that a player has done that I canfind. After the game I will go through the list and state a couple ofthings that each play did that helped the team.

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Malaysian Rowers

The team was on their way to Manila Sea Games 2005. Location: KLIA

The scullers: From the left, Tonga (Syukri), Acap (Syahrul), Coach Hadi, Aidy (#1 fan), Dedeq (Nordiana) & Afong (Tan Suet Fong).


Moderator & the scullers.

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Just say row: Blindness is no handicap

by joe eskenazi
staff writer

When Aerial Gilbert first learned to row, her college coaches often advised her to close her eyes, shut out the distractions of the outside world and soak in the feel of the boat. She never could have realized how important the advice would turn out to be. Decades later, when a bottle of tainted eyedrops robbed Gilbert of her sight in 1988, it changed every aspect of her life. But one. “Being blind, you’re on an equal playing field in the boat as a sighted person. You’re rowing backwards, anyway,” said Gilbert, the director of volunteers at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. “As long as you have someone to guide the boat down the river, you’re on an equal field.”
Come Sunday, March 28, Gilbert will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on eastern Long Island, N.Y., where a plaque in her name will be on permanent display. Gilbert was nominated for the honor by a fellow U.S. national team rower.
Rowing has been a huge part of her life ever since she was first transfixed by the awesome power and effortless synchronicity of sculls gliding across the surface of the water. But, following her accident — which police believe was the result of a disgruntled factory worker filling the eyedrop bottle Gilbert would eventually buy with lye — rowing has become the 49-year-old’s catharsis and refuge.
The sudden, painful blinding left Gilbert, a busy pediatric nurse and an athlete since age 2, unable to even walk safely around her own house. “The first six months, I didn’t handle it well. I didn’t go anywhere or do anything. But a friend from the boathouse said, ‘I’m taking you out rowing. You don’t have to see in order to row; we’ll take out a double,’” recalled Gilbert, who lives in Petaluma and now rows in two- and four-person boats. “It was like getting onto a bike after you learned how to ride when you were a kid. It was instantaneous. There were no problems. I just jumped in the boat and started rowing. Getting into the boat and moving through the world feeling strong and safe was an amazing opportunity for me. … I have to say, between rowing and getting my guide dog, those were the pivotal factors that allowed me to put my life together.” Gilbert immediately laid her own doubts to rest, but the rest of the world took some convincing. More than a few boathouse owners were reluctant to allow a blind rower out
onto the waves for fear she would run into something and ruin the expensive boat. They sang a different tune, however, once they saw her out on the water. That’s not to say there haven’t been dicey moments out there.
While competing in a race in the last Petaluma River Regatta, a stray eight-man boat crossed Gilbert’s path. She was smacked across the back by an oar and propelled into the water. Gilbert had the wind knocked out of her, but quickly found her way back into the boat, kept rowing, and her two-person boat finished second in the race. In addition to rowing in Master’s Division tournaments, Gilbert has helped to start up an “adaptive division” U.S. national team boat, featuring a pair of blind rowers and a pair of above-the-knee amputees. Competing in the 2002 World Rowing Championships in Milan, Gilbert’s adaptive boat took home the bronze medal.
Her inauguration in the Sports Hall of Fame — yes, she says with a laugh, there is such a thing — is a double victory. Not only is it a win for disabled athletes, it’s also a big step for an athlete in a non-major sport.
But Gilbert’s biggest thrill will come when more young people hop into boats and prove that blindness may be a disability, but it’s no handicap. “There are sports where blind kids can participate with other blind kids, but there are no other sports where blind youth can participate equally with sighted kids,” she said. “Since I’ve lost my sight, rowing is the only time during my waking hours when I can forget I’m blind. Other times, I’m really aware of it. But I put all my power into it and I don’t have to worry about running into everything. I can just row.”

CopyrightJ, the News Weekly of Northern California
Rowing Canada Aviron

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Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive rowing is rowing or sculling for rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the Adaptive rowing classification regulations. Adaptive implies that the equipment is “adapted” to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being “adapted” to the user.

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) is the sole world governing body for Rowing, and the sport is practiced by athletes in 24 countries. It was introduced into the Paralympic programme in 2005 and will hold its first Paralympic events in Beijing in 2008.

Adaptive rowing is open to male and female rowers, and is currently divided into four boat classes which are part of the World Championships programme: LTA4+, TA2x, AW1x and AM1x.The LTA4+ and TA2x are mixed gender boats. Races are held over 1000 metres for all four events (although LTA4+ was raced over 2000m until the 2005 World Rowing Championships).

ELIGIBILITY & CLASSIFICATION

A. LTA (Legs, trunk and arms)
The LTA class is for rowers with disability but who have the use of their legs, trunk and arms and who can utilise the sliding seat. LTA rowers must meet minimum disability requirements in at least one of the following three disability groups:
(1) Intellectual disability
(2) Visual impairment
(3) Physical Disability

B. TA (Trunk and Arms)
The TA class is for rowers who have trunk movement but who are unable to use the sliding seat because of significantly weakened function of the lower limbs as defined below.
Eligible TA rowers would typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:
1.
• Bilateral around knee amputation, or impaired quadriceps, or
• Neurological impairment equivalent to a complete lesion at L3 level, or an incomplete lesion at L1, or
• Combination of the above such as one leg with around knee amputation and one leg with quadriceps impairment; or
2.
• have been classified by the international sports federation for athletes with cerebral palsy (CP-ISRA) as eligible to be in CP Class 5.

C. A (Arms Only)
The A class is for rowers who have no or minimal trunk function (i.e. shoulder function only). An A class rower is able to apply force using the arms and/or shoulders only. The classifiers shall adopt a Functional Classification Test in their assessment process, using the scale set out therein.:
Eligible rowers would typically have a minimum disability equivalent to at least one of the following:
• Cerebral Palsy Class 4 (CP-ISRA); or
• Neurological Impairment with a complete lesion at T12 level, or an incomplete lesion at T10, or
• Functional impairment of rectus abdominis (Beevor’s sign).

Refer more details at this link:
http://www.worldrowing.com/index.php?pageid=17
http://www.rowingcanada.org/domestic_rowing/adaptive/

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