Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Dream Team- Rowan Rugby

Rowan Rugby has been on an impressive winning streak starting out the season 3-0 with the wins coming from a 91-0 win against TCNJ, a 68-0 win against Lehigh, and a 24-0 win against IUP.
They are really doing big things this season they are dominating and the games aren’t even close. In three games they haven’t even allowed the team to score a point yet.
They think this is a collective effort and the team seems to be a cohesive unit headed into the stretch of the season.
“I can’t single out an individual player,” said Coach Kurt Gruber when asked who has been his best player so far in the season. “The forwards and the backs have both played well and have both put out a great effort week in and week out.”
The team plays like a team is supposed to play and that is together. But what do you tell a team that blows out a team 91-0? How do you stay composed during times like this when everything seems to be going your way?
The team is very confident.
“I don’t think we can lose,” said Rowan Rugby player J.C. Carr. “I think we’re a very good team this year. We’re executing the game plan that the coach has for us and if we keep playing and practicing the way we are then we will be alright.”
The coach has an answer for what to tell a dominating team.
“We have to work on our fitness and our fundementals,” said Coach Gruber. “I think that because we have a lot of senior leadership our fitness is our strong suit and we have to keep working to develop that.”
Fundementals will come with practice and repetitions. The team really goes at it when they practice. They run a bunch of different drills that gets the team ready for when they have to face a tough opponent like IUP who they beat 24-0.
“We got a whole new playing style,” said Rowan Rugby player Dan Portillo-Moro.  One of our coaches, Coach Scott, decided to revamp everything where we have completely new plays , new field positions and everything and that honestly is one of the reasons why we’re doing so well.”
That could help. Changing the plays could really build a fresh new outlook to the team and once the players by in, which it looks like they definitely have, good things like a 91-0 blow-out could happen.
Rowan Rugby is a division II team but this week they are taking their talents to division I University of Delaware where they will face off against a tough opponent to see where they really match up to the best.

“Every week is a good opportunity to see where we match up to the best. Rowan has a very good program and everybody knows it’s going to be the toughest game on their schedule so they all want to knock us off,” said Coach Gruber.

-Albert Dadson

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trainer Spotlight- Daysjia Black

Daysjia Black is a Junior here at Rowan.  Her major is athletic training and she has been working at the Rowan Rec Center for over a year now as a personal trainer.  She is originally from Jersey City, NJ but has been greatly enjoying her time here at Rowan, even if it has been really busy.

Why did you pick athletic training as your major?

All throughout middle school and high school I as involved in sports.  I also however had asthma.  I remember once during a cheerleading competition I had an asthma attack and the first person to come help me were athletic trainers.  This had a big impact on me and influenced me into looking into what athletic trainers do and how they help people.  This made me realize that I wanted to help others too.

What is your favorite part about being a personal trainer?

My favorite part of being a personal trainer is influencing the lives of my clients. I get to help the make better choices and improve their lifestyles.

What is the most difficult part of your job and how do you deal with it?

I started athletic training my sophomore year of college so I was young and the majority of my clients were a lot older than me.  It was hard for me to get people to take me seriously and look at me as an authority figure that is knowledgeable and can help them. 

Are you involved in any other organizations on campus?

Yes, I have been very busy this year. I also work at the Rec Center and I am part of the athletic training club.  I also used to be part of the Rowan cheerleading team and I also hold an achieving the dreams scholarship.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I used to be a cheerleader so I am good at tumbling

If you are looking to hire a personal trainer, stop by the Rowan Rec Center today and inquire about it at the main office.  They can be a great help to helping you achieve your fitness goals!


Monday, October 12, 2015

How to Become a Runner (Even if You Hate Running)

                Running at least 10 minutes per day has extraordinary benefits. Not only can it help you maintain your weight but just one mile a day can help improve your entire cardiorespiratory system, making everyday tasks a lot easier. Running also lowers blood pressure, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Running has been even shown to help prevent some types of cancer!

However running can be hard, especially when you’re not used to it. So let’s start now! No more excuses. Below is a bunch of tips that will ensure next time you step on the treadmill or pavement you’ll feel prepared, confident, and excited for your run!

Forget the past

You may have had bad experiences with running in the past, time to let that go! It’s time to start a new leaf don’t let the past discourage you.

Set a realistic goal 

If you haven’t been running recently, set an acheiveable goal like “This week I’m going to run a total of 4 miles, and next week I will run a total of 6 miles”. Goals create a benchmark for your progress and accomplishment and are critical towards your positive results.

Avoid Running if you’re hungry… or stuffed! 

About an hour or so before you set out, eat a light snack made up of simple carbs, which are easy to digest into fuel and will go easy on your stomach. Bananas, or a piece of toast with peanut better are good examples of these snacks.

Buddy up 

It’s a proven fact that working out with a partner increases results. Catch up with a friend while running and watch the miles fly by!

Make it interactive 

Another way to keep things interesting is to make a game of your run. Try to find all of the letters of the alphabet with the street signs. Count how many dogs you pass by. Anything to keep you thinking.

Treat yourself

Sometimes all the inspiration you need to hit the gym or go on a nice run outside is a new workout outfit to show off! There’s nothing like new gear to get you going, so hit Lulu Lemon or Sports Authority and start swiping that card.

Post Run, don’t forget to give yourself a sufficient amount of time to cool down and get your heart rate back down to normal. Also don’t forget to stretch, rehydrate yourself, and make yourself a nice lunch!