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“Flexibility and concentration – these two factors are very important in order to be a good skater,” says Rahul Rane

Written by AmritaJain |
April 23, 2011 1:59:15 am

For skating trainer and coach,Rahul Rane,eating in moderation is the key to remaining fit

“Flexibility and concentration – these two factors are very important in order to be a good skater,” says Rahul Rane. A roller skating coach for the last 23 years,Rane is currently involved in training the team for ongoing International Roll Ball and Skating Championship at Balewadi. “Skaters should be very agile and quick,and they need to supplement their diet accordingly. What works for us,works for most sports and nothing out of the ordinary is required,” he says.

“I begin my day with fruits,eggs and cereals and then go for skating,” he says. In the 18 years of his skating career,Rane participated in international events too. And throughout,he has avoided oily food. “My breakfast is quite filling and is the most important meal of my day. But I make sure that whatever I eat is low on oil.”

Rane also actively organises speed inline races and camps all over the country and has made innovations in racing equipments that suit Indian conditions. Food has a direct impact on his performance,he says. “I make sure that whatever I eat gives me energy. My lunch is mostly Indian and full of green vegetables. I avoid spicy food and eat very little rice. I prefer chapatis.” Everyday,Rane puts in almost six hours of practice and coaching. “Three hours in the morning and evening,” he says,“My diet makes the whole routine simpler.”

He eats at regular intervals. “I have some snacks in the afternoon. My last meal of the day is quite light. I think that all sportspersons should have everything in moderation,” he says. Rane also feels that dinner before 9 pm does the trick. “A light dinner,at least two hours before sleeping,is ideal for me,” he says.

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