Building endurance, step by step

first_imgOne morning last month, a solitary figure started up Harvard Stadium’s rows of cold concrete. He avoided the easier, smaller steps, instead using long strides and an exaggerated arm swing to move up the wider seats. He turned to the stairs only for a relaxed walk back down, moved to the next section, and headed up again.Since 1903, the fields at Harvard’s iconic stadium have seen contests of all kinds: football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, even ice hockey. But there’s a dedicated contingent that routinely runs and walks the ziggurat-style rows at Harvard Stadium whose efforts show that there are athletes in the stands as well.Some are members of sports teams, seeking the unique combination of cardiovascular and muscular intensity that bounding up the stadium seats can provide. Some are fighting the effects of a modern, inactive lifestyle or the inevitable slowdown of age. And most, at one time or another, with legs like lead and lungs burning, have had to dig deep and find that something that keeps them going.When a foot injury ended his long-distance running career over 30 years ago, William Graham, dean of Harvard Divinity School, started running the stairs. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerStadium runners swear that the workout is one of the best around, the intensity of which almost guarantees achieving “spaghetti legs” in no time. It has been hailed in blog posts as “a challenging workout,” “heartbreaking,” and “a mutha.” In August, the Boston Daily blog spoke for a community of stadium runners when it named Harvard’s “the best stadium steps you love to hate.” It cited the allure of an incomparable post-workout high as motivation for “risking life and limb while you force your trembling legs to heave your pretty-sure-I’m-dying body up the knee-high concrete Steps of Death one more time.”Though the most common way to tackle the Steps of Death is to run or walk up the seats and then walk or jog down the smaller steps, athletes use Harvard Stadium in a variety of ways. A few hours watching on a busy afternoon can yield almost as many variations as there are people working out. Some new to exercise or returning after a long layoff can build endurance by running up and down the steps themselves, avoiding the more challenging seats entirely. Others running the seats can do a few sections instead of the whole circuit, go up and down sideways, or mix in activities like push-ups and stretches. There’s even video evidence of Harvard wrestlers crab-walking and carrying each other up, piggyback.The practice took on the trappings of ritual in 1960, with Harvard’s legendary crew coach, Harry Parker. Parker, fresh from the 1960 Olympic Team, coached freshman crew that year. For training, he took a page from the books of West Coast Olympians who used stadium running as part of their training.In the years since, Parker has taken his teams to the stadium whatever the weather, shoveling snow for winter workouts. The height of the seats, Parker said, provides not just a strenuous workout, but is the perfect conditioning for the leg portion of the rowing motion. The stadium workout, Parker said, has been one piece in the training puzzle that has led to Harvard’s dominant crew teams. Today, crews from area colleges and high schools seeking to emulate that success work out at Harvard Stadium, and so do members of other Harvard teams.Harvard lacrosse player Henry Mumford Jr., does planks after running the stadium steps. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOne recent afternoon saw members of the men’s lacrosse team and the Boxing Club working out on the steps, along with a smattering of other students and people from the nearby community.“It’s good for the legs, which gives us power, and it’s rewarding,” said George Hageman, president of the Harvard Boxing Club, who led a dozen club members up and down the stadium on a recent afternoon. “Boxing is high intensity, like this.”William Graham, Albertson Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and dean of Harvard Divinity School, counts himself among the stadium runners. Graham, 68, who is leaving the deanship in July, said he turned to doing the 37 stadium seat sections when a foot injury ended his long-distance running career over 30 years ago. These days, Graham comes to the stadium every other day and says that using stair-climbing to keep in shape for mountain climbing has additional benefits — he can work out at just about any hotel around the world when he travels. He has climbed hotel back stairs in Istanbul, Cairo, Bangkok, and Delhi — and has taken a side trip to traverse Athens’ Olympic Stadium.“I feel so much better when I do it,” Graham said. “It’s a form of stress management. I’m probably more pleasant to be around when I’ve done the stadium circuit that morning.”Running stadium steps is done around the country, of course. But aficionados of Harvard Stadium insist the concrete edifice isn’t just the nation’s oldest. For this activity, they say, it’s the best.Students in Harvard’s Boxing Club use the stadium stairs as part of their training. The team members must run 10 round trips. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOther stadiums rise at a gentler angle, robbing stadium runners of intensity, some say. Or they have noisy seats made of aluminum, not concrete. Or they have backs on the seats, making traversing them impossible.“You can flow around the stadium; there’s no obstructions,” said Larry O’Toole, founder of the Somerville-based Gentle Giant moving company, who has run Harvard Stadium since he was a rower at Northeastern University in the 1970s.Today, O’Toole is something of an expert on running stadiums. His athletic past and chosen field makes him prize conditioning both for himself and his workers. O’Toole has made running the stadium a rite of passage for new employees, a test that, from O’Toole’s point of view, reveals a person’s mettle, both physical and mental.“You can tell everything about a person if you bring them over there,” O’Toole said.As the company has grown around the country, it has subjected new hires to whatever stadium or imposing hill is nearby, such as San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. But O’Toole says it’s not the same as the original, so he still leads employees to the stadium when they come visit the home office.Paul Berkeley, a lifelong resident of the Allston neighborhood, has been running the stadium for 20 years and is among a group of community members who take advantage of their proximity to it. Berkeley rises three times a week for the short jog to the stadium and his typical 5:45 a.m. start.Berkeley, 62, a runner all his life, began to have knee and hip problems when he was in his 40s. He shifted from running on the road to doing tours of the stadium. At first, Berkeley did just six or seven sections, gradually adding more until he was completing a circuit of the stadium’s 37 sections.“You get drawn into it once you start doing it,” Berkeley said. “It took a while to get the whole stadium. It felt like such an incredible accomplishment.”The stadium has seen more than its share of highly trained athletes over the years whose competitive natures have pushed them to complete the 37-section circuit faster than others, or to do it more than once.Parker said the speed record for completing a circuit is in the 16- to 17-minute range, though O’Toole said he knew someone who did it in 13 minutes, in 1984.“This guy was absolutely phenomenal. We’d start on opposite sides, and he’d try to go around twice while I did it once. I was 33; he was 21,” O’Toole said.In the early 1980s, Parker and Charlie Altekruse, a three-year varsity oarsman and member of the U.S. crew team for the boycotted 1980 Olympics, decided to do a “century” — 100 sections, or just under three full tours of the stadium. Both finished in less than an hour.“I accept the blame or credit for that, however you want to put it,” Parker said. “It’s a bit crazy, but it’s good exercise.”last_img read more

Feel like you are in Tuscany upon entering this mega mansion

first_img12 Becker Place, Mount Ommaney.Mansions in this southeast Queensland suburb are something out of the ordinary.The latest multimillion-dollar home to be listed with NGU Real Estate Toowong’s selling agent Emil Juresic is this stunner at 12 Becker Place, Mount Ommaney.The property is in the same street as 32 Becker Place, which has a $6 million price tag.Two large balconies further add to the property’s holiday Tuscan villa vibe.The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is a Mediterranean-inspired, three-storey grand masterpiece.Mr Juresic said: “Upon entering the home you instantly feel like you are in Tuscany, a true family home feel with open space for all to enjoy the surroundings”.“The house itself is massive and has the most amazing outlook with extensive city and river views,” he said.Perfect for a few laps, the pool area also benefits from an undercover dining spot.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAesthetics include wrought iron and terracotta tiled balconies off every bedroom, timber shutters, marble bathrooms, feature tiling and striking columns.Mr Juresic said the Tuscan villa was the ideal house for entertaining.Other features include a four-car basement, tennis court, swimming pool, cinema room, two kitchens and two offices.From court to pool in one effortless step.A timber and wrought iron staircase weaves its way between all three levels.The lower basement level offers the perfect option for extended families or when guests decide to stay.What a view.The second level is for larger groups as it includes the main kitchen and meals area, a dining room, study, two living rooms and a billiards room.The top floor has four bedrooms, three of which have an ensuite, as well as another lounge room and three balconies off either the front or rear.last_img read more


first_imgThe achievements of the Donegal County Enterprise Board has been celebrated at an awards event in Belfast.Eight firms from across Ulster, including new businesses and successful exporters, were presented with prizes in the regional stage of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in association with the Belfast Telegraph, Invest NI and InterTradeIreland.The winners at the ceremony at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast were Bubblebum in Derry, which took home the start-up business award. Wholeschool Software in Belfast triumphed in the innovation and emerging technology category, while Andor Technology won the international business award. An award for social entrepreneurship went to Donegal County Enterprise Fund, while the prize for a family-run business went to Wilsons Auctions in Newtownabbey.The prize for environmental friendliness went to Envirogreen Recycling in Coalisland, while Wilson’s Country Foods in Craigavon won an accolade for agri food and drink. A prize for service businesses went to Autoline Insurance Group in Newry.Ian Jordan of Ulster Bank congratulated the winners, who will now take part in an all-Island final in Dublin on April 14.Mr Jordan said: “There were almost 400 entries to the awards, which in itself is encouraging. Even more pleasing is the high quality of many of the entries, including a large number of new and emerging companies. “There were however a number of Ulster businesses that stood out for particular recognition and we are delighted to present these eight companies with their awards. We wish them the best of luck in the all-island stage of the scheme.”DONEGAL COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD SCOOPS TOP AWARD was last modified: January 31st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Early Oxygen Fuels Fire in OOL Camp

first_imgLive Science reported a new claim about oxygen on the early earth appearing far earlier than usually assumed.  A Penn State astrobiologist is claiming that uniformly high oxygen levels existed on earth 3.8 billion years ago, a billion years before previous estimates.    Oxygen’s presence on Earth has been typically inferred from sulfur isotope levels in rocks due to the way ultraviolet light processes volcanic gases in the absence of ozone.  Hirosho Ohmoto, director of Penn State’s Astrobiology Research Center, found modern-like sulfur isotope signatures in Australian rocks dated at nearly 3 billion years old.  His team’s findings, publishing in Nature this week,2 suggest not only that oxygen was present far earlier, but casts doubt on the detection technique used to infer its presence: the sulfur isotope signature “was mostly created by non-photochemical reactions during sediment diagenesis, and thus is not linked to atmospheric chemistry.”    This announcement is producing emotional as well as chemical reactions.  The LiveScience article states,“There is going to be a howl, even outrage,” over these findings, geologist and isotope geochemist Paul Knauth at Arizona State University told LiveScience.  They will say hot springs could have swamped the rocks Ohmoto and his colleagues looked at with normal sulfur, or that the crystals they analyzed washed in from elsewhere, or that their measurements are inaccurate, he said.  However, Knauth noted Ohmoto and his colleagues did address these points “and make good arguments.”The problem with oxygen is that it is highly reactive and destructive to prebiotic chemicals.  None of the amino acids or other “building blocks of life” famous from the Miller experiment and similar tests would have formed in the presence of oxygen.  Astrobiologists had assumed that no oxygen was present until the emergence of photosynthetic bacteria, some two billion years after the formation of the earth.    This finding has implications for other planets, too.  Ohmoto believes that early oxygen could be a common characteristic on planets around other stars.  His paper did not address the impact this finding would have on research into the origin of life [OOL].  He only told LiveScience that the question of when oxygen first appeared on the early earth “is closely linked to those related to the biological evolution on Earth and other planets,” an ambiguous and indirect comment at best.  Reporter Charles Q. Choi seemed to think this was good news.  He titled his article, “Alien life might arise quickly, study suggests,” and began,Scientists have found that oxygen and the life that generates it might have enriched the Earth far earlier than currently supposed.    The discovery, sure to be controversial, suggests life could arise earlier than now thought on alien planets, too.1Ohmoto et al., “Sulphur isotope evidence for an oxic Archaean atmosphere,” Nature 442, 908-911(24 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05044; Received 21 June 2005; Accepted 10 July 2006.For spinning a disastrous finding into a blessing, Choi wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  Bringing oxygen into the picture before photosynthesis is like bringing out the rugby team before the grass has sprouted.  The astrobiology gardeners will only get mud if Ohmoto is correct.  Early oxygen will destroy any chances of life starting by chemical evolution (as if that fairy tale had a chance to begin with).  If they respond like Choi and just assume this implies “alien life might arise quickly,” then they must believe a second miracle, that the complexities of photosynthesis also arose quickly.  Watch those miracle words emerged, appeared, and arose.  Words can’t short-circuit reality.  Arose by any other name would smell as cheat.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Keeping Crime Out of Gaming Industry Major Focus of BGLC

first_img Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, the Director said that persons wanting to become owners and operators of gaming machines will need to obtain a gaming licence from the BGLC. Story Highlights Keeping crime out of the gaming industry is a major focus of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), says Director of Enforcement at the BGLC, Noel Bacquie. Keeping crime out of the gaming industry is a major focus of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), says Director of Enforcement at the BGLC, Noel Bacquie.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, the Director said that persons wanting to become owners and operators of gaming machines will need to obtain a gaming licence from the BGLC.However, prior to receiving a licence there has to be a ‘fit and proper’ assessment to ensure that people entering the industry are not criminals.Therefore, Mr. Bacquie pointed out that there is a three-tiered process for covering the various categories of licences.“For the licences, the BGLC would require individuals to give detailed information about themselves – two references; a criminal certificate from the police; as well as to undergo an interview,” Mr. Bacquie said.He highlighted that as the risk level rises, so does the level of investigation, explaining that there is an even higher level of investigation for betting and lottery agents.This level of investigation would take into account education, employment history, credit information and legal standing.He said that an even higher tier is the multi-jurisdictional level, where the applicant has financial interest outside of Jamaica; then a third party would be engaged to conduct those investigations. However, prior to receiving a licence there has to be a ‘fit and proper’ assessment to ensure that people entering the industry are not criminals.last_img read more

Evan Turners No 21 to be raised to the rafters at Feb

Former OSU guard Evan Turner (21) is set to have his number retired on Feb. 16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSA fifth number will soon be hanging from the rafters of the Schottenstein Center to signify Ohio State men’s basketball immortality: Evan Turner’s No. 21.The former three-year OSU guard made Columbus his home from 2007-2010, winning the Naismith Award for the top player in the country for his final 2009-10 season. In that year, he averaged 20.4 points per game on 51.9 percent shooting and added 6.0 assists and 9.2 rebounds per contest.Turner left for the NBA after his junior season, where he went second overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. After parts of four seasons there and a brief stop in Indiana, the Chicago native now comes off the bench for the Boston Celtics, averaging about 27 minutes per game.The 6-foot-7 Turner was the fourth individual OSU player to win the national player of the year award. He finished his collegiate career 18th in OSU scoring with 1,517 points and ninth in assists with 414.The No. 21 is scheduled to be lifted on Feb. 16 in a halftime ceremony during a game against Michigan, the same opponent Turner hit a famous buzzer-beating 3-pointer against in the 2010 Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.Turner’s number will join John Havlicek’s No. 5, Jerry Lucas’s No. 11, Jim Jackson’s No. 22 and Gary Bradds’ No. 35 in the Schottenstein Center rafters. All but Havlicek won a national player of the year award.The game against Michigan is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16. read more

Team first mindset part of balancing act for Ohio State mens gymnastics

Facing difficulty in balancing classes, work and social life is commonplace for college students. Add in conditioning and training, and you get a combo that leaves little time for sleep. Just when there is a moment to get a few hours of rest, it is time to wake up and do it all over again, said John Laing, a senior pommel horse specialist for the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team and a civil engineering major. The life of a male gymnast is a balancing act between the achievement of perfection and time management while working toward competing on a collegiate level and being a college student. “It’s tough balancing the workout schedule and all the stuff outside the gym,” said Michael Newburger, a redshirt junior pommel horse specialist and a mathematics and physics major. “I spend a lot of time in my classes and you always want to have a social life, too, but you always think about putting the team first.” Rustam Sharipov, the OSU men’s gymnastics coach, said he thinks learning is the most important part of being a student-athlete. “Gymnastics is one of the sports where you never waste your time,” Sharipov said. “As long as the kid got his education and he doesn’t have any regrets, I’m fine with that and that means I did my job. And that’s what it is all about.” While some naive onlookers may not realize it at first, men’s and women’s gymnastics have different sets of rules and regulations, even though both sports are fundamentally based on perfection and physical and mental strength. “People think we use a lot of music like the girls and it’s really choreographed,” Newburger said. “Although it is an artistic sport, we try to keep that perfection and that performance attitude, but it is a very physical, very serious athletic sport.” After tying for second in the 2013 Windy City Invitational Jan. 19 in Chicago and earning second place in the Metroplex Challenge Friday in Dallas, some members of the No. 5-ranked men’s team said they still are striving for more. “Things don’t just happen by themselves, you have to make things happen and not sit back and wait for things to happen,” Laing said. While sports like football and basketball enjoy relative levels of popularity nationally, Laing said gymnastics’ relevance in major college athletics isn’t quite as clear. “There are 17 Division I colleges that participate, and it is slowly getting less and less popular with everyone in general,” he said. “The average person can’t come in here and do a flip, which to us is very basic, but it’s not something where someone off the street can just come in here and mess around and do.” read more

Womens basketball Ohio State selected as No 5 seed in Lexington region

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell drives to the basket and attempts a layup against Purdue in the Big Ten tournament semifinal in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team (26-6) has been selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 5 seed in the Lexington region and will play No. 12 seed Western Kentucky on Friday.The Big Ten regular-season champion Buckeyes will play the first two rounds in Lexington, Kentucky with a possible matchup against the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the second round.This is OSU’s 24th appearance all-time in the NCAA tournament and the program’s third straight appearance. Last season, OSU lost as a No. 2 seed to No. 6 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16.OSU finished at No. 11 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll.The Buckeyes are coming off a Purdue upset in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 4. The Boilermakers halted OSU’s momentum, ending their 12 game win streak. Big Ten Player of the Year Kelsey Mitchell leads the charge for OSU with 23 points per game, which ranks sixth nationally. Mitchell also averages 2.8 assists per game and is shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3.Senior forward Shayla Cooper averages 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun is one of OSU’s top outside threats, splashing in 39 percent of her 3-point attempts this season.It’s still a question whether or not redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga will be available for the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten’s leading rebounder went down with a foot injury in the final month of the season and hasn’t played since Feb. 4 at Wisconsin. read more

Inter to secure two more new players Luciano Spalletti

first_imgInter Milan Coach Luciano Spalletti says even though “there are difficulties and things to complete”, the club’s squad needs two more new players.Inter Milan have been out in search for a right-back and there are reports they already close to Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as they also target Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal.“There are reinforcements, but there are difficulties and things to complete,” Spalletti told SportMediaset as quoted in Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“With an army of feeling behind us it’s important to have a good season, and to do so takes certain characteristics, a number of the right players to cover all competitions.“We all know that a couple of pieces are missing, but not to give me an advantage. It’s for the 40,000 that have always been there.”The nerazzurri already signed six players this summer and have been linked with the likes of Matteo Darmian, Mateo Kovacic. Inter have signed Stefan de Vrij from Lazio on a free transfer, Radja Nainggolan has arrived from Roma and Matteo Politano has been secured on a loan deal from Sassuolo.last_img read more

Pochettino under pressure to halt Spurs slide

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to halt the team’s poor run of form when they face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.Spurs have lost their last three games in all competitions including a disappointing midweek away loss to Inter Milan in the opening group game of their UEFA Champions League campaign.Pochettino takes his team to face the seagulls this weekend in the Premier League who are in search of their first win since thrashing Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.“The group is, of course, a little bit anxious about winning games because it is normal when you don’t win the atmosphere and the energy is different but that happens,” said Pochettino on Thursday, according to France24.“Sometimes it is good to feel the pain of defeat, not only one but two or three.”“After Manchester United, the perception was completely different. Now, after three defeats, all seems different but not under my eyes.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.However, Pochettino has refused to blame a lack of summer transfer activity on the team’s poor form.“Now it’s easy to blame or regret different things, that is the easy way to avoid responsibility,” he said. “I’m not going to avoid responsibility.”Spurs have conceded four of the last six goals against them from set pieces and Poch insists they have to improve.“We need to be strong because the games that we lose, in the way we conceded the goals, it’s so painful,” added Pochettino.last_img read more