Train and win at ‘The Unit’

By K. Rajshree

The power lifting team from The Unit, a fitness studio at Kotturpuram, marched their way into the ‘Bench press and Dead lift Championship 2017’, by bagging 28 medals in the bench press and dead lift categories. About 16 members took part in the championship conducted by the Chennai district Power lifting Association on Nov.5. The members have also won various championships at the state and district level championships.

15 year old K.Samyuktha is the youngest participant from the studio and has bagged gold medals in both bench press and dead lift; Vikram Cotah, aged 53, bagged silver medals in dead lift and bench press. The Unit is headed by Jyotsna John who is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. She is also a cross fit level 1 instructor and an Olympic weightlifting instructor. The centre has other instructors – Prasanna Sukumar, Zhara Keraluwala, Karthik and Veera.

“At Unit, we focus on strength training, functional fitness, body building and aesthetics. People approach our studio with various goals- for weight loss, rehab, strengthening and general fitness. First we listen to their requirements and then we come up with a training regime, We have a team of dedicated and motivating fitness enthusiasts to train the members with a systematic, progressive, well designed training plan. We have around 150 members from 15 years to 70 years training here,” says Jyotsna.

She further adds, “Most of our members do power lifting for fun. We never forced anyone to do power lifting; they started the regime on their own interest and that’s why they are able to excel in it. Many have been practicing power lifting for more than a year.”

Jyotsna also addressed the general myth that surrounds women who do weightlifting. She said “Many think that women become muscular and do not look feminine if they do strength training. Lifting weights makes up for great cardio, helps in fat loss and strengthens your posture. Women don’t produce testosterone hormones, which aids to develop muscular build. Women can tone up their muscles and improve their figure by weight training without taking steroid supplements. Our studio has many women in their 30s and 40s who lift weights.”

The Unit is at 33, Ranjith Road, Kotturpuram. For details, call 94452 86950 and 95000 81262.

A trip down memory lane

By K. Manjula

The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between teams representing regional cricket associations. The competition is named after the first Indian cricketer who played international cricket, Ranjitsinhji, who was also known as ‘Ranji’. He played for England in 1896 in a match against Australia.

S. Vasudevan, former captain of Tamil Nadu cricket team and a resident of Gandhi Nagar shares his experience with Adyar Times on his successful Ranji tourney in 1988, when the home team lifted the trophy.

Inspired by veteran cricketer Sir Gary Sobers of West Indies, Vasudevan took to playing cricket at a very young age.

He was a successful First Class cricketer and has been a part of the winning team which lifted the Ghulam Ahmed Trophy in 1970-71 during his school days, the Gopalan Trophy in 1974-75 and the Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1975-76 while he was with the Madras University team. He was the captain of the Tamil Nadu team which won the Ranji Trophy in 1988, an unbeatable feat till date. An all-rounder and an excellent slow left-arm bowler, his team won the Ranji finals against Railways and he took 7 wickets in the second innings by just conceding 59 runs thus enabling the home team to win by an innings and 144 runs.

“We were a confident team and there were some extremely good players like Robin Singh, V. Sivaramakrishnan, L. Sivaramakrishnan , D.Girish, and W. B Raman to name a few. All the team members contributed to our victory. We had won 3 matches outright out of 5 league matches and topped the Zone. In the Quarter Finals against Uttar Pradesh we scored 578 runs, in the Semi Finals against Punjab, 601 runs and in the final match against the Railways, we scored a whooping 709 runs. Our side was a strong one and we kept improving as a team with every match,” shares Vasudevan.
In a time when there weren’t even many video footages to analyse the opponent team, he captained the State team to a glorious victory. “The initial few overs of the match were crucial in evaluating the opponent. I made my decisions based on that and fortunately my decisions were fruitful. As a captain, I motivated every person in my team individually and made sure that I brought out the best in them”.

He retired from the sport right after the Ranji victory and pursued his other passion, computers. In 2011, he returned to cricket as a coach in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) fulfilling his son’s last wish. His son late Adith Krishna wanted to see his dad as a cricket coach, mentoring young talent. He was a student of BVM and was an avid cricketer himself; his untimely death made the veteran come back to the sport. He is now coaching young cricketers at our very own Gandhi Nagar Cricket Club, the very ground where Vasudevan played his first ever league cricket match.

Speaking about the performance of the home team in the current Ranji series, he feels that it is unfortunate that Abhinav Mukund and his men have not registered a win in this series despite having an excellent team. Positive at heart, he believes that Tamil Nadu has great potential and with hard work and perseverance the players will lift the Ranji Trophy in the coming year and will also make a mark at the International arena.

Vasudevan can be contacted at adikrishna@yahoo.com.