Storing Your Sports Equipment: A Quick Guide

Storing Your Sports Equipment: A Quick Guide

Oct 19

Care for property, especially their own sports equipment and apparel, is one thing that I always remind my players. Aside from practical reasons, it should also teach them the value of discipline which is essential to all athletes.

Sports gears and equipment, whether for basketball, soccer or volleyball, can live longer (more than just one season) if they are properly maintained, cleaned and stored. If you just toss it to the corner of your room, don’t get surprised if you find it in an unusable state when the playing season begins. For sure, you don’t want to spend unnecessarily with new stuff for the next season. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your sports equipment.

  • Get it ready

Before you even think of storing your equipment, make sure that is cleaned up. If you are storing sports apparels, jerseys or other clothing, wash it to remove any dirt, oils and grass. Dirty, moist clothing in storage is a yummy target for bugs, termites and mice.

Place them in a concealed, plastic box or bag. If your place is infested with pests or mice, then you might need to use pesticides or mouse baits like this http://insectmurderer.com/best-mouse-bait/ to finally get rid of them. Place bulky stuff that are difficult to clean, such as shoulder pads, knee pads or helmets, in a separate bag or box.

  • Remove smell

It’s not uncommon for sports equipment to get stinky. Before you store them, be sure to de-stink them. Baking soda is a great de-stinkifier! To do this, place all the equipment in one box and store them in an area where they won’t be disturbed. Inside the box, place a large bowl filled with baking soda. The baking soda acts as an absorbent, ridding your stuff from all the unwanted smells. It just takes a week for the baking soda to do magic!

  • Keep it stink free

After de-stinking your sports equipment, you can now store it. To keep it stink-free during storage, make sure to wrap each item individually in a bag with a commercial odor absorber, a charcoal briquette, or a small box of baking soda inside. Mice and rodents are very keen with these nasty smells so you want to keep your stuff smelling fresh. They love to feed on stinky, unclean sports stuff. If you want added protection from these pests, you check out some nice mouse traps at http://insectmurderer.com/.

  • Storage

Storing Your Sports Equipment A Quick Guide

Once everything is clean and stink-free, you can begin boxing your stuff. For a more organized storage, you should label the boxes or storage containers. You can choose to re-purpose old boxes, buy cardboard boxes or stackable storage bins. Organize the contents of each box so that it is easier for you to look for them in case you need to in the future.

Lastly, make sure that the place where you store your stuff is clean and free from pests. Choose a space in your room or garage that is not very hot at same time not prone to flooding. This should keep your sports equipment in a good shape and ready for the next playing season!

Did you find my tips helpful? Do you have any other tips to add?

Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Managing Distractions for a Successful Workout

Jul 05

For your workout to be a success, you have to develop not just physical but also mental strength.  Whether you are working out at home or at the gym, distractions are aplenty. Often, these distractions result in unsatisfactory workout results. As such, you have to develop a strong will and determination to be able to zone out these distractions and get focused to building your body.

So, how do you manage these distractions? Here are some tips we’ve used in our soccer training camps to avoid disturbances during the boot camps.

  1. Set a clear goal

Once you’ve finally decided to work out, you need to have a clear picture your goal. At our boot camps, we set short-term and long-term goals. While players are focused to achieving the end-result (the championship), they get to celebrate milestones. These are regular successes provide reinforcements.

  1. Choose the best workout time

As with soccer training, you have to schedule your workout when you are already free from all worries. Some choose to do early morning workouts. It’s always a rule that soccer players should never bring their problems to training camp – same as when you’re working out. You should free your mind and just think of the training routines during this time. If you are working out at a home gym, installing a nice wireless doorbell at the gym door would help you reduce unwanted walk-ins which are truly distracting. If you are keen at installing one, I’ve found nice reviews on different wireless doorbells at Doorbell Base. Discover what time of the day you are most enthusiastic and energetic so that you can have an optimal training.

  1. Background music

If you are still reading this, I am pretty sure that you are determined to achieve your fitness goals. Match this determination and focus with a good playlist. It sets the tone of your training and pushes you to do more. There are a lot of other auditory distractions that can keep you out of focus. By having a playlist dedicated for training, you’re conditioning your mind and body to concentrate on the physical workout.

  1. Perfect the routines

Focusing on achieving the best results requires perfect execution of the routines. This is why we spend hours practicing different soccer plays. In workout, you have to be aware of your body movement and your form. This is the reason why gyms are surrounded with mirrors. Aside from getting the best result, you also avoid the risk of injury. By concentrating on the perfect technique and form, you eliminate the distractions and turn your focus back to your training goals.

  1. Plan the workout routine

It is best to have a fitness trainer (much like a coach in a soccer team) who will guide you through the routines. However, if you don’t have one, you can still create your personal workout plan so that you don’t waste your time at the gym. There are a lot of workout schedules available in the internet that you can tweak to suit your fitness needs. A workout plan also helps you track your progress, what machines you’re using, rest periods, weight, tempo, etc. On the other hand, by not having a plan, you are leaving the door wide open for distractions and ultimately a failed workout.

Remember that workouts, whether Crossfit, Zumba, weightlifting, and others, requires progressive overload. You have to know where you’re going for it to be successful. All of these concepts are just the same as in our soccer training camps.

Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Simple tips on Lawn Maintenance

Apr 29

Not many have the patience of maintaining a beautiful and appealing garden and lawn. While it is not exactly a difficult thing to do, you need to be patient and willing to put in some effort to achieve the look you want.

Some of my neighbors complain that it is too much work and they usually have very little lawn space, so there is minimal work involved for its maintenance, or they use a lawn maintenance service, and grumble about the expenses. But the entire work is simple, all you need to know is how to go about it. Here are some tips to help you keep a low maintenance garden and lawn.

Healthy grass

For a perfect lawn, the grass should be healthy. You need to know the soil pH level to achieve a good-looking lawn. The acidity or soil pH level is important. Even if the soil looks black and rich in mineral, it may not have the right pH level needed for the grass. Send a sample of the lawn soil to a local testing service for knowing about the pH level. If the pH is low, you can add lime to the soil or if high, you can add iron. The average pH level is between 6 and 7.2

Shady areas

Most often grass in shady areas is given more attention as it struggles to grow in such regions. There is a tendency to use more fertilizer than necessary to compensate for the loss of proper sunlight.  If you are in a region that receives very little sunlight for most part of the year, using indoor growing systems is a good choice.

Applying too much fertilizer is bad for the grass as it can kill the grass. The fertilizer and water needs of plants in shade and direct sunlight are different. Less water is sufficient for the shady areas, since the loss of water by evaporation is less, whereas for the grass present under direct sunlight, water is needed more. The fertilizer needed is also less as without much sunlight the growth is not as much.

Healthy soil for fewer weeds

Lawns, which are nutrient deficient, favor the growth of weeds. So all you need to do to avoid pulling out weeds is having a healthy lawn. To ensure a healthy lawn, test the soil for the fertilizer type and amount needed.

With the right fertilizer, the grass will dominate and eliminate the weeds helping you avoid the use weed killer in huge amounts. Whether you are growing plants outdoors or indoors, using a fertile and nutrient rich soil is important. While growing plants indoors, using fluorescent grow lights such as those at Plantozoid.com helps in boosting plant growth as effectively as under sunlight.

Another way to discourage weed growth and erosion is forming a good ground cover. The ground covers help soften patios, rock features etc., and prevent erosion in inclines. To ensure a good cover, kill the vegetation present and let it rest until it stabilizes the bank and forms mulch. Planting should be done on this dead layer. After planting, another layer of shredded bark or some other mulch should be placed to retain moisture. This also reduced weed growth, while the ground cover is formed.

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest Day

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest Day

Jan 21

If you’ve been training CrossFit for a while now, you probably know how intense the workout can be. This makes rest days an essential part of the training; otherwise your body may break down. However, one of the common mistakes of CrossFitters is that they shun rest days. So, I’ve come up with some tips for a successful rest day.

  1. Take rest.

Resist the temptation to shun rest days. On your rest day, you should not be lifting anything. The best thing to do is to watch marathon episode of your favorite TV show, read books or check your social media accounts. Some CrossFitters would say they’re doing “active rest” which means lifting weights or doing light workout. But this is a bad idea. You need to give your muscles time to rest and heal. If you aren’t into lazing around, you can try a hobby like doing crossbow hunting. For that you will need to visit this site to check out different crossbows.

  1. Get enough sleep.

Go to bed early. After days of subjecting yourself in physically draining, high intensity workout, your body and mind deserves a good night’s sleep – that’s 7-8 hours of sleep. Set your room into a sleeping mode by taking out distractions. It may be best to avoid doing physical activities past 6 in the evening. If you have developed some physical routines before you sleep, perhaps you have to channel it to some activities during the day.

  1. Hydrate yourself.

Drink plenty of water. And it should be water. That is not the same as soda, energy drink, coffee and most especially not beer. Water is all the body needs to recover. You don’t have to compound it with anything. If you are a coffee lover and can’t live without a sip of it, it’s okay but still gulp in lots of water throughout the day.

  1. Warm, relaxing bath.

Tips For A Successful CrossFit Rest DayWhile you may be doing it daily, taking a good warm bath (or salt bath) on your rest day can have a rejuvenating effect. It’s awesome not just for your skin but also for your muscles. Better yet, you can soak in your Jacuzzi for a more relaxing rest day.

  1. Relax your muscles.

While you are watching TV or checking your social networks, get the foam roller and start kneading your muscles. A good foam roller can help your sore muscles heal faster. It is also satisfyingly relaxing. If you don’t fancy foam rollers, you can use other items you can find around your home. A good massage is also very effective.

Aside from these things, you can also use your rest day to spend time with family and friends. I don’t really advocate it, but you can permit yourself to try eating something bad. Try to think of it as a reward for doing good. It’s alright to cheat every now and then, just make sure you don’t get used to it. Last and most importantly, enjoy the fruits of your workout!

Get rid of holiday flab with CrossFit

Get rid of holiday flab with CrossFit

Jan 09

With the holidays coming to an end, people start feeling guilty about the rich meals, overflowing booze and lazing around with friends and relatives all of which have added on quite a good deal of pounds. I have the right solution for taking away the holiday flab. CrossFit workouts are just what you need, if you are looking to lose the excess weight gained. The best thing about CrossFit equipment is it does not need as many equipment as you see in a conventional gym. Here are some tips to help you set up a CrossFit gym in your garage or basement.

Matting

Proper matting and most importantly sufficient floor space should be present before you think of choosing the CrossFit equipment. Since extensive floor work or explosive movements are used in CrossFit, you would need proper shock absorption to safeguard your joints and bones. Rubber mats helps in cushioning your body against impact. If you are considering a basement gym, make sure you have a quality sump pump such as those at SUMPPUMPJUDGE.COM.

Pullups

Kipping pullups form a regular part of the workout of the day in CrossFit, so having a pull up bar is essential. The bars are used to test the extent of progress you have made. Since most CrossFit workouts involve the pullup bar, having a sturdy one is necessary. The bar can be found in simple models easily installed over your door and removed too. And there are standalone versions too.

Weights

Dumbbells, sand bags, and kettle bells are among some of the important weights used for resistance training. The most significant weight used is however the Olympic weights with bar. This is used for over 17 percent of all exercises in CrossFit. Although this is a bit expensive, you can do several exercises ranging from squats to overhead press and the weights are easy to decrease or increase.

Rower

This is an absolute must for your home CrossFit gym. It has dual purpose of helping in strength training and cardio workout. Since there are no separate exercises in CrossFit that target cardio exercises, a rower helps to give you both the strength training and cardio benefits.

Gym environment

gym-595597_960_720While the basic equipment needed are not much, you should ensure that the atmosphere is comfortable and enjoyable. If you like music while you exercise, make sure the noise levels do not disturb others nearby or use headphones. The floor should be stable for withstanding the vigorous exercises you do. Make sure the place is safe from termites and moisture from snow or flooding. Having a good battery backup sump pump will prevent undue damage to the equipment and the basement, if you reside in a flood prone region.

And some of the CrossFit equipment can be made at home from items, which you use every day or which can be bought easily from general household stores. Sand bags, for instance, can be made at home with canvas sheets or heavy-duty cloth. You can make a sack out of the cloth and fill it up with gravel. For a kettlebell weight, you can use PVC pipes and basketball. Even the pull up bars can be made easily, if you have a bit of technical knowledge.

Tips on outdoor cleaning

Tips on outdoor cleaning

Dec 05

While we take pride in decorating our homes as best as we can, one thing that all homeowners put off at the first opportunity is cleaning and keeping their home in order. I’ve found that most people who do the cleaning or organizing do it reluctantly and as a last resort, while some don’t bother at all. I hate seeing a home in disarray. And especially, the exterior of homes.

The dirty garage door, cloudy windows, and unsightly cobwebs hanging in the corners are sure signs of a neglected house. But contrary to popular belief cleaning is not that difficult a task, once you set your mind to it. Here are some tips that I‘ve learnt along the way and am sure will help you too.

Spring-cleaning for instance, is not only keeping your home neat and tidy, but making it ready for inviting your friends and having loads of fun.

Garage door cleaning

I bet you’d never realized that your garage door needs a cleaning. The garage door is undoubtedly dirty being exposed to the outdoor dirt and dust all the time. But you need not worry over it, as cleaning it is very easy. The things you need include dish soap, terry towels and a bucket of water. An efficient pressure washer such as those at http://pressurewasherreport.com/ is necessary for a fast and thorough cleaning.

Mix a tiny portion of dish soap to some water in the plastic bucket and fill the bucket up till the rim. Dip a rag in the water, and use it to wipe the door. Kids love this and so you can leave it to them.

Once the door is wiped with soap water, you should use pressure washer to wash the dirt down. Be sure to set the pressure in the washer at a low level, as too much can damage concrete, brick, wood and other things.

Cobweb cleaning

In the cold winter months, it is common to neglect sweeping the cobwebs from under the eaves in your home. But as winter recedes and spring sets you will find that these have to be removed to get rid of that unkempt look from your home. A proper cobweb-removing duster fitted to a telescopic rod is best to clean the out of reach cobwebs. To remove cobwebs sticking to the duster, just roll it on your lawn or bush.

Window cleaning

When the snow and rain recedes, your windows will wear a dirty and dingy look. This will mar the glorious exterior view. A steam machine, water and terry towels are the things you need to clean your window. Fill up the steam machine in water and wait until the entire water is heated. Now steam the window using upward movement. This will remove all the dirt. Use a dry towel to wipe the window clean.

And don’t forget the trash cans. These can produce a strong stench that can offend you and your visitors. Use dish soap and pressure washer to clean the inside of the can. This will leave them devoid of any foul smell.