Saturday, December 29, 2007

STEROIDS (Performance Enhancement Drugs)

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (USA) Each day, more than 8,000 kids try an illegal drug for the first time. One in four 12th graders is a current drug user; among 8th graders, the rate is approximately one in ten. Also, an increasing number of youth are illegally using steroids to enhance athletic performance. Performance-enhancing drugs pose a significant risk to the health of athletes, especially young ones.

Something we should be concerned before the craze hits this community. We have been addressing the use of narcotics in this community and yet sports drugs (steroids) are something our athletes are not aware of.

Below are some side effects of doping with steroids.

  • cancer of the liver, prostate, kidney
  • reduction in HDL the "good" cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • enlarged prostate
  • liver damage
  • aggressive behavior
  • post-use depression
  • aching joints
  • injury to tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • blood coagulation disorders
  • HIV disease from sharing needles
  • acne, swelling of feet or ankles
  • nosebleeds
  • reduced libido
  • increased sex drive
  • increased fatty deposits
  • heart arrhythmia's
  • stunted growth in immature individuals
  • breast growth in males
  • reduced sperm count
  • shrinking of the testicles
  • baldness
  • body hair growth in female
  • masculinization, clitoral enlargement and breast reduction in females

Why athletes use steroids …

Most of them use steroids as they believe that steroids will give them a winning edge, in developing strength, power, muscle growth and recovery from intense workouts.

Fuller and LaFountain (1987) found that athletes rationalized their use by trying to justify that using steroids caused no harm either to themselves or to others. Also, individuals perceived their competitors were taking anabolic drugs, so they needed to use to compete at the same level.

Some individuals use steroids because they perceive that increased muscle mass improves their appearance (Yesalis, 1998).

Mottram (1996) has suggested that social norms about "bigger being better," feelings of inadequacy, and low self-esteem may influence the younger generation's use of steroids.

The sports world has gone so far that everything which matters for the athletes is winning, with or without drugs. Imagine the world most prestigious sporting event “Olympics” how many of us can identify athletes competing using performance enhancement drugs? Look at the Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Championships when the line up is made how many of us can identify athletes on steroids, when we watch the Tour De France cycling race we see the strength of the athletes but do we know how many of them are on drugs.

The use of steroid starts as a young athlete, therefore we as trainers, and parent need to be aware, we need to be in a position to explain our athletes the side effect and the harm which may cause to human body by using performance enhancement drugs.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has strict standards of testing for these substances when participating in any regional or international games, having a testing procedure to catch the culprits is not the solution, we need to educate our young athletes, to live and win drug free. We should not estimate that our community is totally free from sports drugs. We need to be alert before the deadly craze hit our young athletes.

Reference:

1 -Sports Drug Review, Office of National Drug Control Policy (United States of America)
2 - Drugs in Sports Journal, Trinity College, Perth, Western Australia
3 - Sports Drug Review, Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority (ASADA)

- A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU -

Thursday, December 27, 2007

MRf 100,000 for Mr. Maldives 2008

Mr. Maldives 2007 athletes from Male' Fitness Club

This is amazing news from Bodybuilding Federation of Maldives. According to the local newspaper Haveeru Mr. Mohamed Haleem (Kesto) Vice Chairman of Bodybuilding Federation of Maldives revealed that the next Mr. Maldives will be awarded with the largest sum of money an individual winner is ever awarded in this country, Mrf 100,000 (One Hundred Thousand).

The news also mentioned that the famous bodybuilding icons like Mr. Mohamed Afrah, Mr. Ali Abdulla (Body Alla) will do a come back to defend the title. As far as my thinking goes I believe that Mr. Ahmed Shakir and Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim who also had won the title before will appear on stage again as the reward looks interesting.

Looking into the history of this competition if Afrah, Alla & Shakir competes on this challenge it will be a fight to remember as if anyone of these three individuals wins he will be declared the best in this country. As all three of them has won the title twice and will be competing to win it for the third time.

One time winner Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim is also someone one to watch out, his symmetry, definition and posing ability will put the rest of the competitors in a thinking position. Present Mr. Maldives Mr. Mohamed Rasheed will compete to defend the title with these past winners; his perfection on definition and his courage is hard to beat.

For Male’ Fitness Club, the present team who competed in the 2007 competition will be back with more freaky muscles, with more new comers who will challenge the experienced. At the end of 2006 Mr. Maldives event we took a team of 10 athletes and only 04 could make it to the competition floor due to several reason.

The trainers team of MFC will work with the competitors of Male’ Fitness Club to win this title, while we choose our athletes we look into the spirit of sportsmanship. We need more new comers like the present team who are hungry to win, who are disciplined to follow the hard and fast rules of training, who are willing to feel the pain of training and the glory of winning.

We do it as a team … and we are confident with the Team MFC

News: Haveeru
Photo: Nazeeh

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Male' Fitness Club athlete wins Mr. Maldives

Photo: Nazeeh

Photo: Shafraz

Congratulations Mr. Maldives 2007 Mohamed Rasheed (Rachey)


Friday, December 21, 2007

Mr. Maldives 2007

The sport of bodybuilding (at the competitive level) was introduced to Maldives during 1999, it was the birth of Mr. Maldives. The Bodybuilding Federation of Maldives (BBFM) was founded by Mr. M W Deen, Late Mr. Adam Haleem, and Mr. Mohamed Haleem (Kesto).

The sport of bodybuilding was developed by the administration of Mr. Mohamed Haleem (Kesto), he has performed in the bodybuilding administration at top level and his administration has produced fantastic results in International Competitions at regional level. I can still remember the moment I announced the first GOLD MEDAL for Maldives at Kathmandu, Nepal in the South Asian Championship where I got the opportunity to be the stage judge. All credit goes to Kesto and his team for winning glory for this country.

It was a privilege to get this opportunity to work as the administrator for this years Mr. Maldives competition. This can be called a payback to where my fitness career started.

During the last one month working for this years competition I have noted some points to consider for further development of bodybuilding in the country.

1 - A youth development program to identify talent (preferably introducing weight training to secondary schools, identify genetically potential youth for the sport)

2 - A structured ranking system for the competing bodybuilders (Example: A National Team to be selected at the end of every National Championships)

3 - Develop a Technical Development Committee consisting with top trainers, and specialists on Sports Science, Physiology, Sport Psychology, & Human Movement. Where this team will research and develop plans for youth and existing top athletes.

4 - Produce a year round calendar where the athletes will work for charity, fundraising and promotion of bodybuilding in the country

I have never wanted to be an administrator of bodybuilding, as I consider being an administrator directly interferes with my expertise field as a trainer. No hard feelings … I took the job to lead the administrations of this year’s championship with the request of my good friend, although I believe I am the least qualified for this job.

In the future I do not plan to be an administrator in bodybuilding but be the same old teacher and personal trainer, the work I admire and want to do. It has been a pleasure to be around since 1999 and will be but from now I move directly to home ground of bodybuilding the WEIGHT ROOM. Training champions is what I do and what I dream.

All of you are invited to Mr. Maldives 2007 at Maldives Center for Social Education (MCSE) today 21st December 2007 at 20.45Hrs, Hope it will be a fine show.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Q & A - 4

Question: In the DhiFM program DhiFM Doctor you were asked if you have joined Victory Sports Club as a trainer, you did not answer the question on the show. why?

Answer: I did answer the question, few first division football teams are interested in my service as their trainer, we are on the negotiation phase at the moment. If an attractive offer works out I will work with a team in the coming season 2008. For me I have my business Male’ Fitness Club Pvt Ltd, a teaching career and police physical training consultancy, if I can find time out of these I am interested in working for football in this country as it is the number one sport here.

Question: After the appointment of interim executive committee of Football Association of Maldives the news reported that all other even the General Secretary has lost his post. What is the present status of Technical Development Committee? Is it functioning now?

Answer: I have not been informed by FAM if the TDC is dismissed or not, also not been called for a TDC meeting since the appointment of new interim committee. And to tell you the truth I have no knowledge on what’s going on in FAM on this transition process. But I can assure I am available for service on my expertise area if they require.

Question: I am a 35 old women wanting to start exercising. I want to buy some home use equipments. What do you recommend?

Answer: A home use treadmill, a Gym Ball, a Medicine Ball and an exercise mat.

Question: I have done a fitness assessment lately from a local gym (name of the gym withheld), after the assessment my results states my flexibility is poor. The test conducted was called SIT and REACH according to the trainer. Can you explain how flexibility is measured in this test?

Answer: Flexibility best defined as “the range of movement in one or more joints”. The assessment which you mentioned (SIT & REACH) is a flexibility assessment which measures the muscle elasticity of Hamstrings, Back (Erector Spinae) and muscles in the arms (biceps). When this test is conducted the results is based on the elasticity of all the muscle groups mentioned. On my openion this is not the best test to conduct to assess flexibility as it give a result based on three or more muscle groups together. It is advisable to measure flexibility of single muscle groups separately with instructor assessing each muscle group related to a joint separately whilst the muscles are relaxed. This way you could identify the muscle group with poor flexibility, in a sit and reach test you can only predict it to be hamstring, lower back or biceps.

Question: Lately while browsing internet I got to know “pace running”, is this an effective method of jogging.

Answer: Absolutely yes, pace running is a very good method of cardiovascular training. The concept is you have to maintain the same speed (pace) through out the jog. The intensity is high but it’s a fantastic method, especially for athletes.

Question: I feel a pain in front of my lower leg when I increase the time of my jog, why does this happen?

Answer: It’s called shin splints, refer to my article shin splints , which gives you the cause and the rehab process.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

GOAL KEEPER IMRAN FIT TO PLAY

On the 21st July I started rehabilitation process of Goal Keeper Imran (No:1 Goal Keeper of Maldivian National Team & Victory Sports Club). On the post I wrote regarding his rehabilitation I mentioned that his rehabilitation process will take estimated 4 ½ Months.

Today I have concluded his rehabilitation process and he is fit to play. From day one of rehab process (21st July) it took 4 months and 19 days for the total process until today (11th December). All credit goes to Imran for his dedication and effort on training.

Following rapture on his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and a sprain in Lateral Colleteral Ligament he did an Anterior Cruciate Liagment reconstruction which needed him a proper strength and conditioning phase to bring him back to field.

When I started his rehabilitation process I had pressure, as he was a requirement for the National Team in SAFF championship which was scheduled for mid December at that time (later delayed to mid 2008). For him to play the SAFF championship was always secondary, the priority was for him to be 100% fit for the game.

Imran has been a dedicated and disciplined athlete, We have had a close rapport during the past 4 ½ months which helped him to undertake his training as scheduled. Below are some stats which he has been tested for.

100m Sprint: 13 Seconds
400m Sprint: 1 Minute 03 Seconds
5000m Run: 23 Minutes

6RM Squats: 90Kg
6RM Leg Press: 125Kg

After the intense training for the last 4 ½ months he will be taking a rest for 10 days. After 10 days we will be continuing his off season training till his club starts training for next season.

At this point I would like to congratulate Imran for his effort, discipline and determination during the phase of training. I am confident he will remain the No:1 Goal keeper in Maldives through out his career.

More to come from him …

Friday, December 7, 2007

DETOXIFICATION FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Drugs!! A world wide dilemma, imagine of a person you love who have been in this, imagine thousand of young people both male and female who are suffering, imagine how many of them are dying in young age.

Let’s WAKE UP … be part of the Wake Up movement ...

We need to find a solution for this, yeah I guess prevention is something we should do but we cannot leave behind the addicts and say they are not a part of this society. Detoxification is a hard job but it’s proven that a program does work.

People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol for diverse and complex reasons, but it is clear that our society pays a significant cost. This substance abuse results in direct damage to health and physical trauma.

This poor habit of substance abuse begins in childhood or it can be called the teens. The main reasons identified by professionals are:

1 - Chaotic home environment
2 - Ineffective parenting
3 - Lack of nurturing and parental attachment

Factors related to a child’s socialization outside the family may also increase risk of drug abuse.

1 - Inappropriately aggressive or shy behavior in the classroom
2 - Poor social coping skills
3 - Poor school performance
4 - Association with a deviant peer group
5 - Perception of approval of drug use behavior

Can exercise help the detoxification process?

The detoxification program developed by Hubbard is aimed at mobilizing and eliminating foreign compounds, especially those stored in the fat. Components include:

1 - Exercise, preferably running, to stimulate circulation and enhance the turnover of fats.

2 - Prescribed periods in a low temperature sauna to promote sweating.

3 - An exact regimen of vitamin and mineral intake. Niacin in gradually increasing doses is used to transiently increase fat mobilization. Vitamin and mineral supplements are included to replace vitamins, minerals and electrolytes lost during increased sweating and to correct any nutritional deficiencies.

4 - Sufficient liquids to offset the loss of body fluids through sweating.

5 - A regular diet including plenty of fresh vegetables.

6 - A properly ordered personal schedule which provides the person with the normally required amount of sleep.

Clients are on this program up to 5 hours per day, every day, until program completion. Daily aerobic exercise is followed by frequent periods in a low-heat (60-80 °C) sauna. The program is pursued individually until a stable clinical improvement is achieved, generally from 4 to 28 days.

I stand to help the addicts as I believe it’s a social responsibility for me as a Personal Trainer.