THE FITNESS BEHIND THE SPORT

World Bowling talk to Mohamed Janahi on fitness, nutrition and bowling.

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Mohamed Janahi is one of Bahrain’s best bowlers and a keen ambassador for linking the pursuance of athletic fitness to the success and longevity of athletes in the sport of bowling. Janahi explains why he believes the fitness and nutrition regime of a bowler is so vital for achieving optimal results.

Janahi is a bowler, a coach and a personal trainer. He has been playing the sport for 25 years and competing for 18 but still says he has much to improve on in his game. He has an athlete’s mentality and is trying to instill the same professionalism in the young bowlers he coaches. Janahi explains that many perceive the sport of bowling to be made up of 80% mental strategy and 20% physical competency. He thinks the physical component is undermined and believes that a balance between fitness and nutrition gives a bowler the mental endurance needed to concentrate during long competitions or practice sessions.

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“If you are not physically fit, you do not have the ability to concentrate on the mental part of the game or the ability to sustain peak performance for the many years it takes to achieve good results in the sport.

“I used to train myself in the gym to build big muscles but it didn’t improve my performance”. He has now switched his gym routine to train with high intensity interval circuits to increase his maximal oxygen uptake, or VO2 Max and to promote the endurance needed to compete. To compliment this routine he incorporates yoga to increase his flexibility and prevent muscle injuries. Previously Janahi had suffered from several bowling related injuries including two torn ligaments, problems with tennis elbow and had to undergo knee surgery to fix injuries of the cartilage. Repetitive stress injuries are common practice in bowling and Janahi believes that maintaining a high level of fitness can assist with preventing these.

To compliment his physical fitness, Janahi recommends paying attention to body mass and ensuring proper nutrition. Janahi switched his diet to include a high carbohydrate content that is low in sodium. This combination aids the endurance needed for practice and reduces bloating that can prevent swing coordination. “Even half an inch change to your swing can effect the way the ball moves, this is why you need to train the correct muscles in your arm, chest and shoulder. If you are overweight sure you can play but you wont get your best swing”.

Mohamed Janahi is next set to bowl in March’s World Bowling Tour event, the Brunswick Euro Challenge.

To follow Janahi’s game or the Brunswick Euro Challenge head to: http://www.brunswickeurochallenge.com

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