Practical Steps into Becoming the Peaceful Warrior

Practical Steps into Becoming the Peaceful Warrior

Jun 19

Anger is generally a destructive force. While it could be used toward some good by building something up rather than breaking something down, anger often comes on too suddenly and hormones are rushing through a person’s brain when the time to make a decision comes. That state of mind can make it difficult even for level-headed people to make the right choice – it’s effectively like acting under duress.

Because of this, I recommend trying to keep calm throughout the day, rather than succumbing to those small, annoying things which can so quickly pile up at work, at home and elsewhere. It isn’t necessarily an easy thing to do, but learning how to better deal with those small annoyances will help a lot later on, when something more serious happens. Think of it as a kind of training for the mind rather than the body.

There is no panacea for anger or a short temper. Like improving yourself in many other ways, getting a better handle on your anger is going to take some time and practice. If you follow these practical steps when you feel rage building, you can help abate it and not get so worked up.

Top 10 Reasons for Active Lifestyle

Top 10 Reasons for Active Lifestyle

Jun 19

There are really too many reasons to list them all here, but getting physically fit and embracing an active lifestyle has always been good for people. I tell that my students and players all the time, but finding a fitness regimen and sticking to it isn’t just good for improving your performance in the football matches – it’s absolutely vital to maintaining positive health and being comfortable with your own body. So I’ve decided to list out top 10 reasons on how living active lifestyle can benefit your everyday life:

Increased Energy

This is kind of a no-brainer for me, but I’ve got plenty of athletic training experience and kind of have an edge when it comes to physical fitness. For everyone else, it’s important to know that increased physical activity actually leads to more energy, not less.

Faster Metabolism

I mentioned it above, but an increased metabolic rate is a kind of double benefit to getting active. While it will help your body’s cells to get more oxygen, heightened metabolism helps to break down sugars, fats and proteins faster, getting all that extra energy into your blood at a quicker rate than if you were just sitting around.

The Best Sport in the World – Football

The Best Sport in the World – Football

Jun 11

Now, before you get ready to fire off a nasty email on account of mine thinking Football (soccer) is the best sport in the world, take a breath of calm. Nobody is making you read this and you’re free to roll your mouse cursor to the northeast corner of your screen and just close this window out now if you’re just going to complain about what’s written here. I hear lots of people go on about how their favorite sport is the best game in the world. Those are matters of opinion, and this is just my own opinion, along with a few good facts to back up the claim that Football is the best sport in the world.

Like most articles about a person’s favorite sport, mine is going to begin with a recount of my first game. I was young; a lot younger than I am now, let me tell you. The world was my oyster, so to speak, and I thought I could do anything if I had the will for it. Maybe it had more to do with me being in the prime of my life than Football itself, but I loved the game.

It didn’t matter that I haven’t scored on my first real game – some of the best players in the world go through an entire match without a goal to their credit. However, I did set up a couple other players to score, entrenching in my mind the idea that teamwork can make or break a sports team. That’s truer in Football than in any other game, I’d say.

At present, there are five solid reasons I can come up with, each of which supports my claim that Football really is the best sport in the world. You may disagree with my ultimate synopsis, but it would be difficult even for die-hard fans of other sports to argue with the following points:

My favorite water sports

My favorite water sports

May 12

Feeling the sun on your skin while gliding through crystal clear water – that’s one of the reasons I love water sports so much. During the past couple of years, I’ve tried more than a dozen, and quickly became an enthusiast. Although I’ve enjoyed all of them, there are some I plan to make a part of my yearly outdoor adventures. So without any further ado, here are my favorite water sports!


If you’ve never tried it, you should! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this particular sport, here’s a short introduction.

Parasailing is also called parascending and parakiting. It’s a recreational water sport that combines the fun of being on water and the thrill of flying at full speed. While parasailing, you are basically being towed behind a boat to get to that kind of speed. What they use to get you up in the air is called a parasail wing.

But don’t worry, there is a strong and secure harness that attaches you to the boat and keeps you from getting hurt. Some of the reasons why I love this so much are the beautiful views and the feeling of strong wind against your body.


Most people don’t see the reason for doing this, but those are the ones that haven’t tried it. I myself was one of those people, at least until I stumbled upon KayakOuch and started taking an interest in the sport. Although it seems like all you do is paddle, you simply can’t reduce it to that. Kayaking is a strenuous sport that requires a certain level of knowledge and experience, and this is what makes it so fun. Of course, besides allowing you to enjoy some of nature’s most beautiful sceneries.

Another cool thing about kayaking is the fact that you can combine it with fishing, if that’s what interests you. Since I love fishing and find the combination extra fun, I’ve started looking into the best kayaks for that specific purpose, and this is what I’ve found:


This is a classic water sport that will win over almost anybody. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a water sport enthusiast, or simply love being out in the open sea.

Although it might seem undemanding, sailing requires lots of practice. I actually think that one of the reasons why I love it so much is the fact that you have so much to learn before you’re able to do it right. It makes it challenging, if you know what I mean. And doing sports is, after all, about challenging yourself to things you think you won’t be able to do.

I hope you see why I’m so into water sports. It’s just such a rewarding experience, being on water, breathing in fresh air and all the while learning new things and pushing yourself to the edge. Even if you hadn’t thought yourself the type to do them, maybe I’ve made it interesting enough for you to change your mind. And if you’re already a water sport enthusiast, I’d like to hear about your experiences.

How to choose the right running shoes

How to choose the right running shoes

May 11

Running is a sport which gives you freedom, it is like flying without lifting off the ground and the best part is that everyone can do it. There are no barriers to enter and a pair of good running shoes is probably a single important piece of equipment you will ever need.

But as simple as it may seem, choosing the right running shoes will always pay dividends at the end of the day.  They are the most important piece of equipment for a reason. Not only that they improve athletic performance, but they also offer arch support, protect feet and ankles and help in the prevention of injuries.

Being passionate about active lifestyle and sports, I have spent a good deal of my life searching for the right ones. After making a proper effort in online researches, going from one shoe store to another and talking to knowledgeable staff, I have finally found the best shoes for myself (you can check them out here). I’ve also managed to learn things which may be of a great value to many trying to find good running shoes.

First of all, you need to keep in mind which type of terrain you will be running on. Running shoes for pavement are differently designed than those for trail or those for gym. I have always enjoyed running through forest roads covered with rocks and mud, which is why I chose running shoes with aggressive tread to offer foot stability and stiffer sole to protect feet from bruising.

The next thing you need to consider is your body frame. If you are taller and heavier you might consider running shoes with lots of cushioning, but if you are shorter and lighter you probably won’t need as much.

Motion mechanics is also very important while looking for the right running shoes. I tend to push off evenly from the front of the foot which is called pronation and it is a normal feature of neutral runners. But if you push off from the small toes on the outside of the foot (under-pronation) you will need flexible shoes with plenty cushioning. Also if you push off from the large toes on the inside of the foot (over-pronation) you will need motion control shoes.

Another important trait is the foot strike pattern. Depending whether you are forefoot, midfoot, heel or extreme heel striker, you should determine which part of your shoe requires extra cushioning. If you are a forefoot striker you will need shoes with plenty of forefoot cushioning. An extreme heel striker, like me, will require shoes with extra cushioning in the heel.

Considering all of the above, buying running shoes may not be as simple as many people assume after all, but if you don’t want to end up with great pain in your feet, it is an investment which really pays off.  Also you will still need to keep in mind that it will take you some time to break in a shoe. You will need to run a few miles before all shoe features will be felt.

Playing Music for Plants

Playing Music for Plants

May 01

I know, I know. I can already see the look on your face; a quizzical expression that asks if I’m really serious here. Well I can tell you I am. I’ve been playing music for the plants in my garden for some time now, and I can guarantee you it’s been good for me in the least if it hasn’t helped them heaps. I’m no scientist, but I can read their writing just fine, and I know there are some unique relationships between plants and sound energy. Unlike intense heat, wind or radiation, sound is one energy type which will rustle plants but never really do them any harm.

Okay, so if you were to put a massive amplifier right next to some plants and blast loud music through it, you could probably kill them. But you could probably make somebody go deaf doing that too. There are some things you just shouldn’t do, see? But playing music for your plants isn’t one of them. If you’re any good with an instrument, you could play the music yourself and get in some practice while giving your garden a little treat. It’s also possible to play recorded music using a device connected to some speakers, though this does come with the added cost of electricity.

Plants are like people in the sense that the things one plant likes may get a negative response from another plant or even kill a third kind. That said, it’s not really clear if there is any single, specific sound which is really the “best” for them, but then there’s also no sound which is always bad for them either. Making music with whatever you have handy will probably only help things, so if you have an instrument somewhere, use it. If you don’t, you might consider taking one up during your free time. Check out for the skinny on small horns that are portable and light.

That’s probably what you should be looking for if you do decide to start playing music for your plants. You’ll want an instrument which you can easily move around, which is also easy to play without exerting any great effort. Trumpets are good, as are digital pianos and other lightweight equipment. Whatever you end up using, make sure it’s not so loud as to disturb neighbors or other people nearby. Unlike plants, people are much more vocal about the things they don’t like, and you’re liable to get a complaint if you bother people with your music.

There is actually a lot of proof that playing music for plants is beneficial to them. A recent study by the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea evidences a link between increased growth rates in rice paddies and classical music. This is just one of many studies proving links between exposure to pleasant music and increased production in the plants which hear it. It’s really fascinating stuff if you haven’t read about it before, but if you’re already caring for a large garden, you may have read something about this in the past.

Practicing the Sliding Tackle

Practicing the Sliding Tackle

Apr 30

While the move is not in and of itself a foul play, you’ll find many players who execute a sliding tackle in football will end up getting their team hit with a penalty kick or free kick, or with a much more personal yellow card or straight up sending-off with a red card. If you ask me though, the major problem with the sliding tackle is the fact most people don’t train for it. It’s not a move that gets used as often as passes and kicks in football, and so naturally players don’t spend as much time learning to master it. But what if they did?

Well, you’d see a lot more people forcibly taking the ball from each other in professional and amateur games, I’d bet. You’d also see a lot more people wearing guards on their legs if more players were sliding and kicking. The problem with more people utilizing a move is essentially that they don’t necessarily all know how to perform the move. Unlike a bad pass or shot which could get turned over or give the other team a chance to score, a bad sliding tackle can seriously injure both the target as well as the tackling player, perhaps even enough to end a career, like if a leg or ankle is broken in the process.

Practicing the sliding tackle is crucial for learning how to execute it without hurting yourself or the people you target with it during gameplay. As tempting as it might be, you don’t want to catch even the smallest piece of their foot, shin, thigh or any other part of their body. You want to get in low and fast, send the ball away from their feet and give your teammates an opportunity to get back the ball. The only problem with practicing the tackle is that you’ll have a hard time finding other players who want to risk getting a high speed kick to some part of the lower body, just to help you learn a move.

Fortunately, there are items like these grappling dummies which were more or less designed to take abuse from people. While you aren’t practicing any martial arts moves, these dummies accurately emulate the size and shape of a person, so if you were to set a ball between the feet of one and try to slide tackle it away that would be very similar to practicing the move on another live person. While the dummy won’t run around or try to avoid you, you will know if you kick it during your tackle, which will tell you if you’re aiming correctly or using too much force relative to where you begin sliding.

This AMBER LEGGED DUMMY would be as good a choice as any other. You need something which is visible and easy to see, but also durable enough that it can stand up to getting kicked, and regularly. Because you probably won’t be using your above the leg level for too much, you might have a unique opportunity to resell your used dummy later and recoup some of the costs. Or you should just flip it over and use the arms as if they were legs once the actual legs are too worn and damaged from use.

Let’s Talk About Football Tactics

Let’s Talk About Football Tactics

Sep 16

Though Germany may have won the World Cup in 2014 and professional level Football may be over until the weather begins to warm up once more, people are still going to play Football in every corner of the world. It could just be the most popular sport on Earth, so there’s no surprise at all in that. Sadly, while many people love watching Football and playing it through various video game consoles and computers, it seems that just as many people have no idea how to even physically dribble a ball, let alone play the game on a competitive level. If you don’t mind, let’s talk about Football tactics for a bit.

Basic Attacking

To defend and stop opposing players from scoring goals is good, but the ultimate goal in Football is to outscore an opponent and walk away from a game with a win, rather than a draw or loss. There are factors outside of the players’ control, like the position of the scoreline, which have positive and negative effects on a team’s push to get a goal. There are a few commonly used team styles to consider.

Football Based on Possession

Passing the ball and keeping the team moving has always been a major element of professional Football. You can observe this practice even in minor leagues, as well as at schools and colleges with Football programs. If you or a teammate has the ball, then the opposing team does not – you are the aggressor and they, the defenders, exerting effort to stop you from scoring rather than to ruffle your net themselves.

For those who do not understand the game, this practice of constantly passing the ball can look downright boring. That’s a major complaint about Football in various corners of the world. However, those who groan the loudest about this are only demonstrating their ignorance as to the game of Football. Teamwork is essential in this, as well as other games, and a winning team must be able to play effectively. While you may kick the ball back and forth between teammates, your opponent must approach to steal, and keeping them moving more often than not will undoubtedly diminish their stamina over time.

Football Based on Defense

While the team controlling the ball is attacking, the opposite side is defending, and you cannot hope but to switch between these two sides several times during a game. Even on a good day, it can be difficult to clear 11 defenders and score a goal.

Keeping in your own half will make breaching and mounting an attack seem easier, but if you keep a couple men ahead in the pitch, you can snatch away the ball while the opposing team is committed to attacking. A successful steal while utilizing this pattern will allow you more through ball opportunities, and give your strikers fewer defenders to contend with on the opposite half if you are able to get the ball.

Making Plays

Offense and defense are fairly straightforward in Football. However, coming up with the right field setup and plays to make the most of the times you are attacking and defending is something that takes lots of experience, as well as research into tried-and-true, as well as upcoming methods which work well. I think it’s better to develop these skills in real sports, not in virtual games like you might play on some video game console or computer.

Winning a Football game is hard work, and that work starts long before a team of players takes to the field. You might want to celebrate winning by throwing out a party, in the event you’re able to overcome an opposing team. Losses are nothing to celebrate, but if you are recording the games in which you play, they will yield more information about what your team is doing wrong and where it can improve than a game won can ever show.

As for making the plays, I was recently in Brazil and I learned a few nice moves from veteran coaches there myself. Let me outline a couple here for you.

Man-to-Man Marking

This might be more readily apparent to those who have been playing the game longer, or those who watch lots of other sports. Assigning all 10 active players on your team to one each of the opposing 10 active players (Goalies can’t move, eh?) ensures that every man has someone guarding him. If you’re working with a knowledgeable coach who understands your team’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opposing team’s, than this type of play can help you to regularly beat out your opponents and leave them struggling just to keep up.

However, there is a flip side to this one on one marking. For example, if you were to assign a slower man to a faster striker on the opposing team, he will run circles around your defender, suddenly making your game more like 10 vs. 11 rather than 11 vs. 11. This is not a play style for amateurs, and some studying should be done before a game to make accurate marks and matches.

Utilizing Set-Plays

To take what I’ve just said further, sometimes the team you’re playing against will have a clear cut advantage over your own. If you cannot hope to beat your opponents with skill and finesse, you may be able to take advantage of set-plays to get good kicking opportunities and score on a team, against which you otherwise could not.

This is a relatively common method for sides which are obviously deficient. Exploiting all the free kicks penalty shots, throw-ins and corner kicks you can might just be enough for your team to come out on top, or at least prevent you from losing and allow you to declare a draw, rather than a loss. Haughty players and coaches might call this bending the rules, or regard it as being a poor sport, but like anything else, you must do whatever is in your power to help you and your team win.

Golfing with My Uncle Mike

Golfing with My Uncle Mike

Sep 15

Uncle Mike and I are close. He is only five years older than me, and it’s like he’s an amalgam of a fun uncle and a cool big brother. I always admired the things he taught me. Fishing, hunting, and golfing. A couple of weeks ago, Uncle Mike paid a visit to my town. He likes to travel and since it’s been a year since he has last seen me, I told him that he could stay in the spare room. We planned beforehand to go head to the green and make some hole-in-ones. A good game of golf and intellectual talks were great memories I have gained from him.

Before he showed up I looked at my brand new tool I purchased at where it hosts a wide variety of range finders and how to choose which one is right for you. Before I get into the website, let’s talk about what a rangefinder is and how it functions. A rangefinder is a device that calculates the distance between the device itself to another point the person wants to measure. Horizontal distance (or range) is calculated to measure distances between itself and the intended target. They are helpful when a GPS signal is unavailable and for activities such as hunting, photography, and of course, golfing. There are specific types of rangefinders that caters to one’s needs. I will talk about what a golf rangefinder does.

Okay, so a golf rangefinder measures the exact distance from where the golfer is standing to the flagstick. I explained this to Uncle Mike, but he told me he has used them before and brought his own after looking at the neat golf rangefinder reviews. He told me of a website that was recommended by his boss, who is an avid golfer. The boss knew Mike was a golf enthusiast (might have been the golf clubs in his office…big giveaway), so he sent him an e-mail with the site I mentioned to you readers earlier.

I have been using this nifty laser golf rangefinder at the golf course with Uncle Mike and it worked like a dream. I have been getting the exact measurements and perfected my accuracy. Better than the old one I used to own. Uncle Mike and I had fun discussing the reviews we read about our devices and even talked about going to a shop to look at other golfing accessories. I learned about what is allowed by the professional golfing associations since it is not allowed to have rangefinders that calculate the slope. Lucky for us we aren’t professionals,  and we were simply trying to have some fun. I showed him the capabilities of mine and vice versa.

Today, I have gotten three hole-in-ones, and Uncle Mike earned two. We had so much fun on the green. So much fun that memories started to flood our minds back in the old town we used to play at. I hope to golf with Uncle Mike again real soon.

A Perfect Season to Go Hunting

A Perfect Season to Go Hunting

Sep 16

Hunting, what a wonderful sport. Man and nature intertwined from inside and out, we walk, fish, run, and hunt to gather meat for ourselves and our families. A perfect sport and art of survival into one–who wouldn’t love it? Autumn is the perfect season to go hunting whether you are solo or with a group of survivalists. Usually I would take one of my firearms and take out a rabbit or two, but this time, my friends and I went for a hunt that I will never forget.

I learned how to hunt with a heavy duty recurve bow I found, after reading some reviews at over the Internet. Another thing I learned? Purchasing a nice bow does not have to break my bank account or pockets. My friends Troy, Darryl, Mikey, Kyle, and I looked at the beauties displayed on the site with such structure and elegance. It was decided that I needed one of this year’s models. My decision was made by looking at the style, price, body weight, brand, and skill level. My skill level is novice.

I saw this novice bow that had little vibration and that tuning it was pretty easy. It is considered something that a hobbyist would enjoy using and someone new to the sport would like to have. A little over 5 feet in length and less than 4 pounds, the draw weight can go up to 55 pounds and is cost efficient. I put that in the “maybe list” and started to search through some other options. Another bow that truly caught my eye was exactly 5 feet in length and had similar draw weight, but was extremely expensive and the site said it was not ideal for a beginner to use. I never knew recurve bow hunting (pun intended) was this difficult.

That was when I found something that made me say to myself, “That is what I want. That is the bow I need!” So, a little description of this beautiful bow that I could not wait to use. Now, this bow was recommended for beginner bow users, and it is good enough to last you through the intermediate levels as you get closer to that dexterity. I admit, I was nervous because I wanted to make sure I was making the right choice. Mikey and Troy assured me that this was what I needed to spend my money on. It is 64 inches, 3.4 pounds, and has a range of 30 to 55 pounds of draw weight included. The recurve bow reviews gave it high ratings.

So, when Troy, Darryl, Mikey, and Kyle went hunting in the woods about 40 minutes away from Darryl’s home, I was prepared. Of course, I did practice with the guys several times before the big hunt. I was able to get a couple of squirrels and one rabbit. We took what we killed and cleaned them. I had the chance of trying out roasted rabbit and squirrel meat. I decided to use the rest for a stew the next day.

Getting My Partner a New Sewing Machine

Getting My Partner a New Sewing Machine

Sep 14

My girlfriend Rae has a hobby for making clothes. T-shirts, skirts, and short are usually what can be found in her storage containers. Her birthday was coming up this past Monday, and I knew I had to get her something. She has done amazing things for me for my birthday and Christmas, so I wanted to do something special. I knew sewing was what she loved doing ever since she was a little girl. She would tell me stories of when she would visit her Grandmother on the weekends. Together, her and her grandmother would talk about threads and yarn and how to make beautiful masterpieces. The smile Rae gets when she reminisces those times make me smile, so I was able to figure out what to get her.

I saw these nice advanced sewing machines that I knew Rae would love. She told me how her old sewing machine wasn’t doing the trick anymore, and besides, she wanted to look at recent models. I agreed with her since I have seen her look at some online. Anyway, I saved up enough money to get her what she needed. Sewing machines can take up space, so I knew I had to have it well-hidden before her birthday party.

This website – – is a godsend for anyone interested in purchasing a serger. For those who do not know what that is, it is a machine that stitches items together efficiently. You have to make sure that you or the person you are buying this device for knows what their specific needs are and the serger is in the right budget range. I was kind of uncertain as to which model, color, and brand I should look into in-depth. That is why I had to narrow it down.

I knew Rae’s favorite colors were pink, black, and red, so I narrowed those options. I had saved so much money from my coaching for the local high school football team, so price was not an issue really. Brother and Singer were the best brands I knew of, so I looked into that and saw a white Singer with red trim. I read the serger reviews and decided that this was the one. I cannot tell you how excited I was to get it for her! I knew she was going to love it.

I wrapped the box with pink and purple wrapping paper with a bow. Well, okay, I asked a friend to help me wrap it. The point is, I chose and bought the wrapping supplies and I hid it in our garage so she wouldn’t find out. The night of Rae’s birthday party, our friends and I started to hand out gifts. She received a sweater, some movies, two gift cards, and lovely makeup to add to her already overflowing makeup bag, and tickets to a festival she has been dying to check out. When Rae finally opened my gift, let me tell you, she was grinning from ear-to-ear. She said to me, “This is a wonderful gift, I am lucky to be your girlfriend.”

A Saturday Afternoon with Longboards

A Saturday Afternoon with Longboards

Sep 13

So, I was researching online for a topic I wanted to write about. I realized that I could talk to you, the reader, about what I did this past weekend. It was a Saturday afternoon and the weather was pretty warm. The sun was shining, kids were playing, and I was at the skate park with my brother, Jim. Jim and I wanted to do something pretty exciting, and I remembered he brought up a fun activity he used to participate in with his college buddies. Jim and I headed to this site called where a wide variety of longboards can be purchased with reviews alongside the photos given.

Longboards are like the big brothers of skateboards. The site describe it as a place to learned about the exhilarating experiences and adventures partaken by rookie and veteran longboarders. If you are looking for pure and unadulterated freedom on the pavement, this is the activity you should look into.

A wide variety to choose from in terms of brand, color, accessories, lengths, and more. After reading the reviews of the particular brand I wanted, Jim and I ordered our very own longboards with strong bearings, light weight, and good dimensions considering I was and still am a novice.

Let’s talk about some of the different parts of the long board. Why is it important you ask? Well, let’s say you wanted to buy a television, but you didn’t know of some of its capabilities. Or, say you wanted a smartphone that can get certain apps, but the one you bought doesn’t allow those apps to get downloaded. That is why it is vital to know what a longboard consists and if it is right for you as a newcomer or an experienced rider. You have to look at the most awesome longboard brands for you. Now, let’s look at the parts. Bearings are used for stability. You want strong bearings, especially if you are new to longboards. Trucks are those “T-shaped” pieces helping to hold the wheels together and can feel different based on the type and size of them. Examine the different types of wheels to use to benefit you during different speeds.

Again, if you are new to this, its best to purchase a protective helmet as well as a pair of slide gloves. I became one of thousands of longboarders in the world when Jim and his friend Kyle showed me some cool tricks. I was nervous at first, but it wasn’t so bad when you start ignoring the laughs from your own brother and his friend. Seriously though, it was awesome!

The only advice I can give you is to look online for reviews, videos, and much more. Practice as much as you can each week and if you want, record yourself doing tricks. If you need to, ask for someone experienced in longboards to “tutor” you. Most importantly, have fun! Don’t stress yourself if you mess up once of twice. I know I did plenty of times Saturday. And I am definitely trying again this upcoming weekend.

Helping My Best Friend Set Up a Home Gym

Helping My Best Friend Set Up a Home Gym

Sep 12

My best friend, also someone who I consider my “bro,” needed some help at his new place. He has helped me dozens of times, so of course, I couldn’t say no. Mikey asked me to help set up a home gym in his basement. Admittedly, I was amazed at how much space Mikey had downstairs. He has this vision of making a great place of him and a couple of friends to train each other before their next baseball game. Knowing that I am a part-time Crossfit trainer and knowing that I owed him big, I obliged. We were going to set up the home gym!

I told Mikey straight up that what he needs is a brand new power rack. I consider them one of the mandatory pieces of gym equipment to own for any gym, especially for home training. You can do a number of exercises all thanks to the power rack. They can range from squats, to bench pressing, and shoulder presses. Before making such as large purchase, be sure to know how to pick the right equipment.

Sadly, many gyms do not have a power rack, which is why homeowners construct their own gyms at the convenience of their own place. Some racks will only way less than sixty pounds, while others stand weighing over 100 pounds. They are constructed to withstand heavy free weights, which is good because you can gain way more muscle mass than using machines. These racks are simply easy to use, especially when needing to put down heavy weight. With the power rack, it makes exercises such as box squats better to do with decreasing the risk of injury. This leads to the safety issue. Without a power rack, you can strain your muscles or cause worse injuries such as broken bones. Safety pins are designed with the power rack to catch the barbell if something doesn’t go correctly. The third reason why I love this tool? The variety of exercises you can do with them. Like I mentioned, bench pressing and squats are great exercises to do with power racks.

We went to the site and I showed him how to pick and choose. First off, a person must know how much room they have for the piece of equipment. Nothing too big should be bought. Also, make sure there is enough space for the other tools such as weights. The power rack should have the accessories you want as well as making sure that the rack itself is big or small enough for the body frame. A tall guy may need a different rack than a shorter fella.

Mikey and I were able to put the power rack together very easily after reading the instructions carefully. The next day, him and I worked on our chest and triceps, isolating the muscles with exercises such as close-grip bench presses and skull crushers. We still spot each other since we like to go heavy. It was worth discussing the benefits of buying a power rack and using it to our full advantage.

The Many Benefits of Boxing

The Many Benefits of Boxing

Sep 11

I consider myself to be an active individual. Football coach, part-time Crossfit trainer, and a writer all wrapped up in one man. Another activity I love getting involved in is boxing. For a few years, I have been going to a boxing coach and practicing what he has taught me. When I am not inside the gym, I am practicing at home. I have my own home gym where I would train myself with the tools and gear necessary for improving my technique. I noticed that the used boxing equipment that I had wasn’t cutting it for me. That was when the decision of purchasing new equipment popped inside my head.

Now, before I get into this decision, I want to say there have been benefits that I have gained during my several year-long journey in the sport. It has helped me bring my mind, body, and soul into one when I train or fight against a competitor. Boxers are well-known for their punching dexterity, I mean, look at Mike! You must have the combination of power and speed to land a perfect hit. Boxing isn’t simply a sport; it is an art.

Since when two boxers are fighting, they are in close range. A fighter must have superb reflexes because there is not enough time to contemplate when or how to punch. Other sports such as basketball or football have the luxury and the advantage of having more time to think and plan cautiously. Over time, I built my reflexes while knowing when to defend or offend when necessary through training. When I train, I use the finest boxing gloves I can afford. I break them in before I really go off on my competition.

Now, when I talked about my training previously, I was talking more about the physical action. Training is so much more than that. In boxing, you have to have the ability to train yourself emotionally and psychologically. Sparing and competing among one another is an expectation that must be followed in order to meet perfection. I learned in the past year how well boxing has sharpened my mental acuity.

Onto the new equipment I hunted for. Appropriate gear is necessary to take part in the sport. Beginners may not need these right now, but as time goes on, it is smart to go and pay for some quality tools. For example, I found something really sweet on sale when I started shopping online at this website. There was some of the best heavy bags and I was able to look over the reviews. That was how I made the decision to get a brand name heavy bag that will keep me wanting to practice even when its wet or dry outside.

Words cannot describe how I feel in my home gym or in the ring. My coach is very encouraging, making sure that I watch other boxers and view some tapes that he allowed me to take home for review. Don’t hesitate to gain some of the benefits I received out of the sport–it can make a changing effect to your overall health.

My Acquaintance with Sport in Brazil

My Acquaintance with Sport in Brazil

Aug 21

As a football coach for junior level teams in and around Manchester, I’ve spent a lot of time teaching people how to play football. It’s a popular sport here in the United Kingdom, but if you were paying attention to the world cup coverage this year than you know how much more popular it is in Brazil. I recently visited Brazil, which I believe is the spiritual capital of football. I was looking to find other sports which are highly popular with the people of Brazil, and I ended up discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Let me tell you a little more about that.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a mixed martial arts style that focuses on downing an opponent quickly and efficiently, with a minimum of wasted movement and energy between strikes, parries and attacks. It’s a very fluid fighting style which requires a sort of elegance to pull off effectively, so it’s not for everyone. Big bruisers with bulky muscle aren’t as mobile as smaller, trimmer people who are just as healthy but lighter on their feet. For them, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu may not be the best choice of martial arts.

Combat is entertaining regardless of where you are in the world. In some places, people fill up event halls to watch two boxers bash each other upside the head for a number of rounds. In other places, it’s all about seeing how far and how hard one person can throw an opponent. Combat, fighting, it sells if you ask me. It’s like the best type of drama, because you have clear sides at the start and the story is resolved in a short amount of time. A fight is far different from a book, that’s for sure.

Because it’s so popular in so many places, I kind of figured that some sort of martial arts or combat sport would rank highly in Brazil, up there with other popular sports like Football. I didn’t know it would be Jiu Jitsu though. Back in the day, I heard a lot about Brazilian kickboxing and Muay Thai, which is a combat style focusing on the use of legs to attack and defend. Apparently they’ve come up with something even better, because this was what I saw studios all over advertising when I was visiting.

I saw gear for the sport in various retail outlets as well. Seeing as the people appeared to be so serious about Jiu Jitsu, I figured it would be a good idea to pick up some souvenirs for myself – a decent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi and a true quality grappling dummy. That second bit was especially heavy and a real pain to fly back home, but it’s got to be the best training dummy I’ve ever seen. It feels like hitting muscle when I hit it, and there aren’t any sharp metal bits of patches of thin stuffing hiding under the exterior that I’ve noticed yet.

The gi is the ideal outfit for training of all types. It is non-restrictive clothing, allowing for free movement. It’s nice for just walking around in during the day too, but it’s really intended for combat and training alone.

My Visit to Zombie Survival Camp

My Visit to Zombie Survival Camp

Jul 20

Though I do like adventure sports and game to some real bone chilling adventure, I was not that much into the ghost busting or troll hunting thing. My adventure into the dark, eerie and forbidden world was very much limited to watching ghost buster movies and Halloween costumes. But while all these horror filled things did not appeal to me much, the Zombie camps certainly roused my curiosity.

Are they as frightening and terrifying as promised? I enlisted myself in a Zombie Boot Camp deciding to try the camp for myself and find out what the ruckus was all about. Zombies are already dead and I didn’t know why make such a fuss about dead and decaying creatures.

Training day

There are specially trained military guides who helped me out with my battle with the Zombies. I was given full weapon paraphernalia to fight the imaginary and fictional characters. With the weapon equipment, you also receive a uniform, with high quality military boots. The tools I had with me included pistols, grenades and rifles. I was taught on how to handle these survival tools.

This was followed closely by a briefing on how I would take on the enemy and dispatch them as fast as I can. I was now part of the heroic mission of annihilating the zombie hordes and cleaning the warehouse (World?) of the evil zombies

The Mission

The main mission involved clearing the Zombie infested facility of which the guard force gave a detailed briefing. Now all I’d to do was unleash the power of my tools on the Zombies, which I did with much enthusiasm. After all it is not every day that you get to play with such deadly tools. The paint guns along with the riot tools were worked on the wily zombies.

I was given specific instruction on how I need to stick with my team and render the dead zombies a final deadly blow. After I’d successfully neutralized the zombies who I encountered, I was sent back to base and readied for deployment again. I’d by then got the hang of the whole thing and started to get into the spirit of the battle. The gear along with the boots made me look really mean and strong.

Warehouse attack

The attack on the warehouse is the actual one with the earlier attack serving as a rehearsal.  I was faced with a warehouse packed to the full by dead Zombies who nevertheless were wandering about in a stupor.

I was then paired with another volunteer and we were supposed to attack and destroy the zombies as a team. Now all I’d to do was repeat my earlier action sequence with the guns. The only addition here was I got to use the grenades to clear out entire rooms. And if still the zombies came at you, the next and only option was to take them on in hand to hand combat.

The entire mission lasted for 4 horror filled hours, after which I was clearly disabused of the notion of apocalypse and aliens.

Motorcycle + Football = Motoball

Motorcycle + Football = Motoball

Jul 19

I had a surprise encounter with a weird game this summer, a motoball match, when my friend conned me into playing it. Have you ever heard of football being associated with motorcycles? Well Motoball is a game, which involves players riding on their motorcycles and doing dangerous and risky stunts with the ball. For those with feeble minds this is certainly not the sport of choice to watch.

I’ve not played the game before, as it is not that popular in America. It is however a well-known game in Europe.  You can see many countries with their own national motoball team. I can hear you asking, ‘What exactly is Motoball?’ It is type of soccer but a more violent, cutthroat and hellish version. Russia has some of the best motoball players in the world.

Though initially I’d some doubts regarding the game and its fast pace, soon I got caught in the thrill and incongruity of the game.  My lucky moto boots brought us a win that day and such was the potency that I’m still reeling from the effects of the game. So for those of you who do not know about the game, here is how it is played.

•             The game is held for 40 minutes, which is split into 2 20 minute halves

•             The motoball match uses the same field as a normal football game including the goal posts.

•             There are two teams present with each team having 5 players, namely four motorcycle riders and a goalkeeper

•             When a rider nears a ball, he halts the bike with one foot and uses the other to kick the ball.

•             There are 2 referees to officiate the game and 2 linesmen aid in the process

•             A red area which is a zone where the driver cannot enter is the spot where the goalkeeper stands.

The eight riders can pick up a speed of over 65 miles per hour, while they chase the ball. To play a motoball match, a player should have highly talented maneuvering skills and super-fast reflexes. Sitting on a motorcycle and hitting the ball needs high power and control on the part of the rider. The game has some rules that are drawn for player safety including no smashing of the ball, but these are few compared to the things that the players do leaving them much at the mercy of the game.

The motorcycles used generally have twin shock absorbers and are fitted with some safety additions like chain guards that are fully covered from top to bottom. The edges are rounded and the ground clearance is minimized with a small sized frame to prevent the ball from getting under the bike. Yamaha, BSA C15, Hondas and Bultacos are some of the bikes used for the game. Players need to have strong and sturdy boots with good grip to maneuver the ball around.

Though the sight of grown men riding on motorcycles and going after a ball can look absurd, the game has its own group of fanatic followers and can take you for a rough ride, if you can stomach the bizarre game.

A Barbecue party For the Win!

A Barbecue party For the Win!

Jul 18

I still remember the day my junior football team won their first match. I was thrilled beyond belief and the boys got so excited that it took them some time to get down to earth. They really put everything they learnt into the game and went at it with such a passion that I really wished that I too was out there maneuvering the ball.

Since I grew up in a family that always had barbecues for whatever occasion we can think of, I decided to hold a barbecue for the boys to celebrate their win. My father was a pro at barbecuing and took great care and did elaborate preparations whenever we had a barbecue party at home. The smell of roasting meat has me salivating even now.

I always associate BBQ with family and friends, relaxed atmosphere and lazing around in the pool with friends. My father always preferred having absolute control for making roasting meat. We used the traditional barbecue pit. But since I didn’t have the time or the inclination, like my dad, to start from scratch, for the party I used decent BBQ smoker.

Poolside BBQ

I’d picked out the backyard of my home, which had the right amount of space to hold the boys without appearing too crowded. I’d put up the grill in the patio area, so it didn’t get in the way of the boys enjoying their victory. Poolside barbecues are the best, but when there are children around, you need to ensure that the pool is properly protected. Since I’d not expected any such trouble from the boys, I was not concerned about the open pool, though I did check in on them now and then.

I’d put up some folding chairs, which I’d borrowed from my neighbors to seat all of them, which I need not have bothered in the first place, as you know how boys are. They just can’t sit still, even while they eat.

Appetizing and hearty food

I’d decided on a simple, but hearty meal of burgers, hot dogs and potluck. Since I’d held the party to celebrate the win, I took care of the coke and other soft drinks. For the drinks, I’d placed the cooler in the garage. I’d also added ice cream cones for dessert.

Barbecues are casual parties where the food preparation should not take much time, nor should it have too many courses. If children are present, a menu that suits their palates should be picked out and they should be served well in advance, before the adults take over.

Best BBQ

We had a smashing time at the barbecue and seeing the boys’ enthusiasm and the way they enjoyed it, I vowed to repeat it soon. To enjoy a barbecue to the maximum, a friendly ambience is must.  Keeping the area swept clean of leaves and weeding the plants will give a neat and well-kept look. Potted flower plants and perfumed candles in the evenings will create a great atmosphere. Games and music should be planned ahead to keep the party live and vibrant.

Health Benefits of Fishing

Health Benefits of Fishing

Jul 17

Recently I’d a whale of time with my junior football team, when we went out on a short fishing trip. It had me and of course my players hankering for more such fun filled and invigorating trips. Nothing matches to the moment of peace and tranquility that comes, when you lower the rod and wait for the catch.

Relaxation means different things for different people. While some like to sweat it out by indulging in marathons or adventure sports, there are others who like some peaceful pastime like watching a movie, playing their favorite video game or go fishing. The appealing thing about fishing is you are always surrounded by nature and its elements.

I chose fishing for our trip because not only does it give some peaceful time out for the boisterous athletes of my team, but it also is a physically beneficial exercise, which many of us do not know much about. Though some of the boys balked at the idea of fishing in the first place and came along because of my insistence, they soon began enjoying it once they got the hang of it.  We even managed to catch some fresh trout, which we cooked in open air and had lots of fun eating it. I use fishfinder for a decent catch, which makes the process a bit more entertaining.

I still remember the fishing expeditions that my dad used to take me to. I’d be too excited for words and though I cringe at the sight of those squiggly worms, I handled them gamely, not wanting to appear squeamish in front of him. Now I can laugh over the things I did, but those episodes sure did me a lot of good, as I’d quite a lot of time to think about matters, while I waited for the fish to be lured by my bait.

De-stressing with fishing does wonders to your mind, but the benefits of fishing do not end there. Y

•             Fishing does not need you to have strength or stamina generally. The simple act of holding the rod itself is a sort of exercise for your lungs and heart, and certain muscle groups in your body. The upper part of your body especially the wrists, hand and forearms are exercised and agility too improves by fishing.

•             To get to the fishing spot, you need to do some amount of walking or climbing to find the perfect area. This gives your cardio vascular system a good workout keeping it functioning properly.

•             Health wise too fishing is good for your skin. The fresh air and the sunlight you get exposed to while you fish, makes your skin glow. This is why I prefer early morning fishing trips as the sunlight at this time is not too intense and also does not have much of the harmful UV rays. With a healthy skin, you will look vibrant and young.

Patience is one thing that you need to have in plenty, when you are out fishing. You may sit for hours on end without a single fish grabbing your bait. But once you get one hooked, no matter what type it is or what size it is, you’ll be thrilled beyond belief. The thrill of the first catch will linger in your mind for a long, long time.

Welfare of Protein Supplements Usage for Women

Welfare of Protein Supplements Usage for Women

Jul 16

The other day during one of my usual CrossFit training classes, I’d this female client of mine approaching me about how a certain protein supplement would help her get rid of her excess weight. This had me thinking of why exactly women need supplements. Is protein only for weight loss?

Men take up protein supplements to build muscle mass and get a stunning physique. But this is not the case with women. The need for supplements in women is much more basic and vital for their healthy living too.

Let me explain about the fundamental functions that protein performs in the body.  The muscles are built, repaired and maintained by protein. Especially, when you have an injury or your body is under stress, the proteins wield their almighty power over the body and give it the strength needed to recover. The stress or injury may be due to:

  • Medical conditions like surgery, dialysis, or a chronic condition like diabetes
  • Strenuous exercise sessions which result in muscular strain and tear

Protein in addition to muscle buildup also keeps the body immune to illnesses and gives the calories the body needs for its various functions. Nitrogen an essential nutrient for the body is supplied by protein.

The problem with women is they do not know how much of protein the routine diet they take should include. Though in general women need less amount of protein when compared to men, the amount definitely varies depending on factors like age, activity levels, weight and several other factors.

The amount of protein required on an average by an adult woman is around 46 grams per day, while it is higher for lactating and pregnant women who need over 71 grams per day. Further, the calories taken per day should be from at least 21 percent of protein foods they eat.

For women to meet the necessary protein requirements, supplements are essential. Though protein supplements mainly target the weight loss and fitness industry, protein is recommended for the chronically ill patients and the elderly who have a high risk of developing muscle wasting.

Other than the above mentioned benefits, I’d also like to highlight the other ways in which protein helps.

  • Deficient protein can lead to not only muscle loss, but also loss of hair and a general weakening of the immune system
  • Protein keeps you feeling sated and full reducing the calorie intake, which makes it a good weight loss aid. For those on slimming diet, protein supplements form a replenishing and nutritious meal replacement. I recommend my clients checking this place for protein supplements reviews.

I generally make it a habit of suggesting protein supplements to all my clients, especially women, as the protein helps them gain the right balance of muscle mass increase and weight loss, which is what they aim at. Better consistent muscle mass and muscle repair with lean fibers is possible. Additionally and more importantly it helps them remain healthy.