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:
The Skills Required Are Not Commonplace
For instance, and this is an immediately apparent point even to those watching their first soccer game; Football requires a ridiculous amount of coordination and a high level of physical fitness for players who want to be successful. Anyone can grab a ball and run around while holding it, or even toss it to another person, but Football isn’t like that (except for the keepers who can use their hands, of course). Have you ever even tried dribbling a soccer ball? It’s hard enough to do while stationary, but major and minor league Football players all need to be able to move their bodies while moving the ball.
I have to say, that was one of the hardest things for me to get right. It’s also a point with which many of my younger players struggle, especially if they’re just getting into the game of Football and don’t have previous experience playing outside of our team. While American Football focuses on individuals passing, kicking or carrying a ball, soccer demands that every player be proficient in all of these actions, so the skill required to play the game well is higher, hands down.
The Whole World Knows Football
Speaking of American Football, that’s pretty popular in the States, Canada and a couple other places. However, it doesn’t have the worldwide appeal of which traditional Football is possessed. My favorite sport in the world is actually played throughout the world, which is a big help in maintaining its humongous fan base. Just look at the World Cup and all the buzz surrounding it this year – the Superbowl can’t come close to comparing, and I’m not even mentioning other end of seasons sports events like the World Series of baseball, the Stanley Cup of hockey or other “big” games.
Players and Fans Are Passionate
There’s another word for the buzz surrounding Football: Passion. I know I’m passionate about the game. I know other people get really into it too – just look at all the protests in Brazil about the games held in the country and you’ll quickly see that tempers can flare up into full-blown fires with very little help. This is just the passion of viewers, mind you. The players take Football even more seriously.
For us, it’s something to watch after work or during off time, but for the players? Football is their livelihood. While I’m out coaching young people on how to play the game properly, those who play Football at a professional level are literally risking their lives and limbs out on that field.
That passion which goes into each player’s game makes for some truly memorable moments. Now I know, I know, there are scoring plays in every sport that get fans talking and make for some nice conversation with friends and family after the game. However, how often is it that a scoring drive is remembered – and talked about – decades after the game it happened in has been decided?
Famous players like Pele, Messi and others still get fans talking today, which is more than can be said for bygone athletes from other sports. If you don’t believe it, go ahead and ask a grandparent about their favorite Football player. You’ll probably be surprised at the answer you get.
Naturally, one of the most exciting parts of Football is the scoring of goals, just like scoring plays in pretty much every sport. There’s just such an amazing feeling that comes with scoring a goal and bringing your team that much closer to beating your opponents; it’s hard for me to describe. One thing that’s easy to describe, though, is the most exciting goal a person has ever seen.
Those major scoring plays really stick with a person. Most soccer fans will be able to come up with the time, the place, the players and other facts surrounding a goal, in addition to the scoring play itself. They might even go back to an old game and watch that play over and over, memorizing it like a film fan memorizes their favorite scene from a movie. While this isn’t exclusive to Football, I’m positive there are more memories like this dedicated to Football, simply due to the great number of Football fans in the world.
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:
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.
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.
Men and women everywhere are looking for attractive and healthy mates. Giving your body a bit of muscle tone could do more than just improve your perception of yourself – it could also improve the way others perceive you. Naturally, there’s no beating genetics, so if you’re from a family of short and stocky people, don’t expect to change that.
Handling Stress Better
When some people get stressed out, they reach for calorie-rich foods that are typically high in fat, cholesterol and other things which aren’t necessarily good for the eater. If only those people would reach for some free weights instead! There is paramount research that physical activity helps to reduce stress levels and improve the moods of people.
Strengthened Immune System
An active lifestyle won’t just make you physically stronger – it will also make your immune system stronger. This, in turn, will lead to an increased ability to fight off infections and get over illnesses quickly.
Faster Physical Recovery
From small scrapes and cuts to serious physical injuries, recovery times can be cut considerably by getting active. Although it might be more difficult following an invasive surgery or other event, staying active will maintain muscle tissue and boost white blood cell counts.
There’s a certain sharpening of the senses that goes along with increased physical activity. That is thanks to improved circulation and increased oxygen levels in the brain. If you want to increase your focus, increase your level of physical activity.
This benefit is easy to spot, even for amateurs. The more you do, the more you will be able to do.
This particular benefit could be garnered just by stretching every day, but there’s no denying how helpful increased flexibility can be. Avoiding injuries that plague stiffer people is a great perk to exercise.
Greater Lean Body Mass
No, I don’t mean a greater weight, not necessarily. Did you know that 5 kg of fat takes up about 5 times as much space as 5 kg of muscle? Converting the former to the latter will help to improve your overall health, since muscle tissue burns through calories faster than fat tissue.
So here you go! Are you ready now to go outside and take a nice run? Or maybe do some squats? All in all it’s up to you to choose on how you want to feel now and years late. As for me, my everyday training routine is football – the best game in the world – it gives me strength and power to live a better and fulfilling life. Stay healthy!
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.
You’ve probably heard something about taking deep breaths to settle down before, but it’s still a step many angry people ignore or fail to recall when they get mad. More oxygen in your blood means more oxygen in your brain, which is what’s behind your decision making process. That one sharp breath could give you the little bit of clarity you need to prevent yourself from overreacting to a tense situation.
Getting angry isn’t an excuse to go crazy and do something violent or obscene. You have to consider your perspective before you let anger get the better of your higher thought processes. You’re not someone who has no control, and you know the difference between right and wrong. Don’t forget about that just because you get mad at something – or somebody.
Remember Some Anger is Justified
While actions people perform in anger may be hard to condone, the act of getting angry itself is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s a perfectly natural response to being slighted, hurt, lied to or otherwise cheated in some way. Attaching a stigma to getting angry can cause some conflicting feelings when it does happen, which might make it harder to do the right thing when upset. You may not be able to control getting angry, but you do have control over how you act out those negative feelings.
Should You Be Angry?
If you’re facing a situation and you aren’t sure if you should be mad or not, the odds are very good you shouldn’t be. Every little thing that happens shouldn’t get a reaction out of you as if it were something serious or major. Not only does this go over poorly with others, but it can lead to many sharp spikes in your blood pressure and pulse throughout the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 RangeFinderAdvice.com 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.
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 10xshot.com. 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.
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 - http://www.sergerpro.com - 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.”
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 LongBoardingNation.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coaching junior teams certainly has its own benefits. I’ve always been passionate about football and training these budding athletes is quite a satisfying experience. Whenever a player comes up with queries regarding a better workout for getting physically fit for the game, Crossfit pops up in my mind.
As I’m also a crossfit trainer, I’ve personally experienced the effects it has on the physique and how it impacts my football training session. I often get asked about CrossFit Football and whether it is of any help.
Though the usual workout regimen that the players undergo is sufficient for building stamina and get them through the play, I know that their performance can be enhanced further, when they have CrossFit Football training.
So when I mentioned about this to the curious players, they were all agog about it and started asking all sorts of questions like ‘Is it effective?’ ‘Will it involve playing the game’ and other such inquisitive queries?
CrossFit Football is actually a training program that uses the movements that are used in CrossFit. The volume, intensity and safe balancing, which is essential for playing the sport is replicated in the CrossFit Football program. www.crossfitway.com is a great place to know more about crossfit.
And it is not a program where you play a football league game or some such football related action. It is intended to help the football athletes gain strength, get bigger and move faster.
I can see eyebrows raised, on it being another one in the long line of physical workouts, which athletes hate to do. But CrossFit Football is much more than your average physical training. It uses the typical training in CrossFit to some extent and includes a lot of beneficial moves that football athletes need vitally.
To those who are new to CrossFit Football, here is a breakup on the program and its benefits,
• The program uses multiple levels of movement, which is required in football and other field sports. The sprinting mechanics used in the program equip the athletes to pick up speed.
• Each athlete is evaluated on the strengths and weak points in their play and the training is modified to enhance the positive points and improve on the weak areas.
• The movements present here include toes to bar, box jumps, burpee, hang power cleans etc. Cone drills, gassers and true pushups are a few of the new and unique styled movements included. With the proper Crossfit equipage, these can be done easily.
• There are two types present namely Strength Workout of the Day or SWOD and Daily Workout of the Day or DWOD. The former has an amateur, collegiate and a professional level and don’t worry it is not connected to your football prowess. The levels show how much your strength capacity is.
• The SWOD is done first, then it is followed by a warm up and the DWOD is done.
• The two workouts infuse strength, fluidity and endurance, so the athlete can put up a good performance.
In short, CrossFit Football gives the athlete the endurance and power needed for the game by targeting on the right workouts required for the game.
Nowadays, without any doubt, virtual sport is becoming more than ever popular due to progressively more advanced technology. However, I believe that virtual sports might bring us joy but it can never replace the real sport.
First and foremost, in real sport there is more interaction between the people which lacks in virtual sports. In games like football or tennis, you can look at the actions and expressions of the other players in real time. The main fun of real sports is responding to the opponent’s moves by finding their weaknesses through their expressions. That is what makes sports so entertaining. Whereas, in virtual sports, the opponents are usually computer-generated characters, whose actions are imitated on the screen by a virtual figure. This results in detachment among people, taking the human factor out of sports.
Moreover, the feeling of interaction with the environment in real sports has no comparison with virtual sports. The beauty and touch of nature can be felt while playing a real sport. You can feel the scorching sun or the winds or hear the chirping of birds. But when you are playing a virtual game, all you do is sit in your house and wave a plastic remote while staring at the screen.
I have lots of friends all around the world, which I contact time to time. Recently, my good friend send my an email, showing off his son’s skills and progress in competitive virtual sport. My friend is a good lad and a tech trendy person - having a job as a project manager at Citrus Solutions defines your inner character and way of thinking. But, nevertheless the technological advancement and it’s influence on our daily life, I still think, that virtuality won’t be able to replace the adrenaline rush – at least any time soon - while playing REAL sport.
The main cliché in virtual sport is that it only has adverse effects on people. Addiction to virtual games is one of the adverse effects. Virtual games can be played by sitting on a couch in your room but that is exactly what keeps the children at home and keep them away from physical activities. It causes health problems like obesity and becoming antisocial.
The exercise concerned regarding the virtual sports is not as much of that in real sports. For example, in virtual sports, a short sprint to reach a tennis ball means a slight leaning of body just due to the space limitations. Hence, the physical movement involved in virtual sports is little and so are the health benefits – on the contrary of active lifestyle – playing real sports.
Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that there are few benefits of virtual gaming. Rather than nothing at all, the virtual alternative is beneficial for the people who can truly not participate in real sports. It is better than sitting on a couch as at least the person would be moving physically. Besides this, virtual sports are easy to set up and can be an origin of entertainment. There are some sports like skiing or rock climbing which you might not be able to practice in real life but can have the joy and fun by the means of virtual sports available.
Therefore, I consider that virtual sport has it’s cons and advantages. Although they cannot be replaced by real sports in terms of interaction with human and environment, touch with nature and the amount of exercise, at times it can surely be entertaining. At very least, rather than staying at home; we should make an effort to play real sports to be benefitted from its natural gifts once in a while!