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Hapless Rams in Hot Water for Nudie Run

The East Burwood Rams Football Club is under investigation for forcing its players to run nude around the oval as punishment for poor on-field performances.

The incident is said to have occurred Thursday May 22, with players as young as 17 said to have been forced to bare all to the Melbourne chill. The Eastern Football League is investigating the incident after a slew of complaints from outraged parents. “Once the investigation is complete,” said Chief Executive Phil Murton of the Eastern Football League, “the details will be assessed and any penalties or sanctions will be delivered based on the findings and in accordance with [league] procedures and rules.”

Photo from www.news.com.ay

Photo from www.news.com.ay

The hapless Rams are winless since the first round of the season and seem to have the wooden spoon wrapped up.

To add insult to injury it seems the punishment run did nothing to benefit the team. Two days after the alleged incident Doncaster East put a 61 point hiding on them.

Club President Sue Bailey refused to comment on the incident.

Stadium Stomp is Coming to the Gabba.

This relatively new endurance sport began at the MCG on June 22 last year. It is described as part obstacle course, part endurance race, and all lung-busting, leg-burning, sweat-pouring fun.

Races have teams of competitors beginning in intervals before traversing a marked course that includes climbing all the stairs around the grounds … at least once. The race at the Gabba will have racers complete two laps of level 4 and one lap of level two before running a final full lap of the oval and collapsing over the finish line. It’s estimated this course will challenge competitors with over 5000 ascending steps.

Marshals are on hand to ensure the rules are strictly adhered to: No passing on the stairs except in designated passing zones; no passing or running down the steps; no skipping over steps (every step must be taken); no ipads or MP3 player during the race.

Stadium StompThe race organisers have made it very clear that sporting stadiums have been built for sport viewing, not sport hosting. That they have been given permission to host an event like this is a privilege, a privilege that comes with very strict guidelines.

But if those guidelines are followed, and if previous events in other locations are anything to go by, then the Gabba Stadium Stomp is likely to attract huge numbers of participants with all sorts of fitness levels. Many will be there only to see the stadium from new vantage. Most will be there to simply have fun. All of them will be there to challenge themselves.

Sport supplements – do we need them?

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In the sporting world, supplement products are everywhere, and so is the controversy. Which ones are good for you, which ones are absolute rubbish, and what are the benefits of taking them? When it comes to working out, competing in sport events, or bettering your personal training efforts, the question remains if we actually need to take supplements. Everything from pills, powders and protein shakes are on the market, and it’s up to the individual to decide if it’s for them or not.

Pros

The issue with dietary supplements is knowing when and how to use them so that they actually help with nutrition goals. When used in the right way, with the right amount, at the right time, they can help an athlete train and compete at their best. Athletes with a busy schedule don’t always have time to get the nutrition they need, so sport supplements can be a good way to keep diets balanced and healthy. There’s also a huge convenient factor – it’s a lot easier to grab a gel or bar for a long cycle or run, than it is to squash a sandwich in your pocket!

In many cases sport supplements can be shown to directly enhance the performance of an athlete. There are a range of studies that have shown that sports drinks improve performance in prolonged exercise sessions, and more recently, in high-intensity events of about an hour. This is proof that some supplements are beneficial for both elite athletes and those training regularly.

Cons

supplementWhile most people think that if a product promises something, it has to be true, the same doesn’t always occur with sport supplements. In Australia, supplements that belong to the pill, potion and powder category fall under the control of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and are only required to prove that they don’t contain ingredients banned by custom laws. There is no requirement for these products to actually prove any benefits of the supplement. Sports foods, including bars and drinks, fall under the control of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. It’s these guys who provide regulations about the ingredients and labelling of sports foods. What most people don’t realise is that they also permit a limited number of claims to be made on the product package.

The brand names

There are plenty of names out there that fall under the category of sport supplements – Gatorade, Powerbar, Maxim – and most are considered acceptable forms of nutritional assistance. For athletes and regular exercise-fanatics, these supplements offer a range of benefits, if used at the right times for the right reasons. If you’re looking for somewhere to find more supplements – and where to buy them – Supplement Mania is a good place to start.

If you have the knowledge, and know how to apply it, sport supplements can be a useful tool for athletes in training. Because whether you’re an athlete or keen fitness fanatic, sometimes, we just need that extra boost in a workout, and all the sleep and food in the world can’t always provide it.

The Grom and Inamuragasaki

This is a story about just how the Grom, an online surf store, rescued a holiday.

The parents of one my son’s high school buddies were taking their family on a trip to the resort town of Inamuragasaki, on the main island of Japan. They had been there several times before. They loved everything about it: the people, the food, the sheer amount available to do…

_K4_9775When my son’s friend suggested bringing his buddy (my son), the parents seemed quite open to it. Of course, I was more than thrilled to be rid of him for a few weeks (don’t get the wrong impression, my son and I have a good relationship, but you can get too much of a good thing). He had a little of his own money saved, from doing odd jobs and a bit of pocket money. I filled in the rest. ‘It’ll be a good experience for him,’ I thought, ‘visiting another country.’

But it didn’t turn out the way either of us expected.

For on the day of their arrival the boys were stunned – Inamuragasaki had the best surf either of them had ever seen.

The parents, I must hasten to say, had never brought their family to Inamuragasaki. as_surf_japan_dm_drop_576Neither of them were surfers and hadn’t thought to mention it. Of course both boys were too busy surfing to research the holiday destination; and so found themselves at one of the most fabulous surfing spots in Japan without any boards.

And here is where things get interesting – Both boys found it would be cheaper and faster to buy boards from the Grom and have them shipped to Inamuragasaki than to have me wrap and send them myself. Neither boy wanted to buy a local board (they only do and will ever use Elnino boards; in fact they’d rather give up surfing than use anything else) and so this turned out to be an excellent solution.

The parents loved it too – both boys spent the entire holiday surfing, leaving them plenty of time to do whatever they wished. Plus it wore them out, so there were few, if any, ‘teenage incidents’.

Post-Exercise Routine

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After exercising, many people feel a strange mix of relaxation and stress. Endorphins are flowing after a span of time spent on a rewarding, comforting activity – depending on the intensity of the exercise that’s been undertaken, of course. However, time pressures (‘I’ve got to be on a train in forty minutes!’) can cut the post-exercise afterglow short. It can seem like there are a million things to do, without the span required to do any of them.

To avoid post-exercise panic, it’s important to develop some sort of routine. There are certain tasks that, despite being time-consuming, absolutely must be ticked off if your exercise is going to be beneficial.

Stretch

This might seem obvious, but you need to cool down after exercising. A surprising number of people forego post-exercise stretches in the rush to get on with things. This approach, though, sees exercisers bypass what might be the most important injury prevention tactic that they have at their disposal.

Stretching allows individuals to catch their breath – literally and figuratively. From a psychological and emotional point of view, taking a few minutes to cool down will establish a sense of calm. Stretching also helps to reduce muscle fatigue, and improve circulation. It can even help exercisers to pick up on any niggling aches or pains that they might otherwise miss.

Re-hydrate

These days, entire supermarket shelves stacked with pre-, during- and post-exercise drinks are a common sight. The sheer amount of choice available to shoppers can be perplexing. The best option largely hinges on the duration and intensity of the exercise being undertaken, plus the fitness of the individual.

In general, short bouts of exercise should be accompanied by water. However, those exercising for an hour or more at a time should consider sports drinks like Gatorade. This is because they hydrate the body, and also provide much-needed sodium and carbohydrates that will keep up energy levels and can also help to avoid cramping.

After exercise, some form of drink is certainly needed. Water is, in many cases, your best bet; it will help to cool the body and offers the most natural form of hydration. However, water won’t top up your carbohydrate levels – something you’ll need to consider when deciding what to eat (see below). Alternatively, ‘recovery drinks’ allow exercisers to bounce back and perform well when they next exercise – the downside is that they’re clearly much more expensive.

Shower and moisturise

Having sweated out toxins from the body, all exercisers should be vigilant in making sure that they clean their skin properly. Failure to take a shower or bath could result in a build-up of these toxins being worse than before, potentially leading to acne break-outs. Plus, you’re bound to be rather smelly.

routine-foodIn addition to bodily toxins, other things like sunscreen and chlorine should be washed off. Mere soap may not be enough; botanical bath products & body scrub in Australia could be required to ensure that the body is fully clean.

After this, the exerciser should follow their normal skincare routine. In many cases, this will involve facial & body skincare products in Australia, aiming to protect the skin from sun damage and ageing.

Eat

Between 20-60 minutes after exercising, food should be consumed. This bracket of time allows the ingestion of foods without making the exerciser feel bloated or lethargic. Nutrient-dense foods containing good doses of cabohydrates and proteins are recommended to bolster energy levels. Foods like eggs, vegetables and fish are ideal.

Eating within the 20-60 minute bracket should be feasible, assuming you don’t spend too long in the shower and you haven’t taken too long enjoying your Crabtree & Evelyn bath products. If you’re exercising at the gym, you should try and bring your food with you inn a Tupperware container – this will ensure that you’re within the desired time-frame.

Enjoy the endorphins

If you’ve undertaken the correct process, you should spend the rest of the day (or at the least the morning) on a white, fluffy cloud of endorphins. Enjoy it – you’ve earned it.