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Category Archives: Sport

Run a Faster 5K

1. Interval Runs:

Interval runs are used to up the runner’s anaerobic threshold levels, endurance levels and build muscle strength.

One minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with one minute of hard running, and one minute of recovery – repeat 8 sets of the same. Relax by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

Two-minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with two minutes of hard but with controlled effort running, and one minute of walking and one minute of jogging for recovery – repeat 6 sets of the same. Cool by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

1-2-3 Intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Then repeat the following steps three times –

One minute of hard running but with controlled effort and one minute of an easy walk or jog for recovery.

Two minutes of hard running and one minute of jogging and one minute of walking for recovery.

Three minutes of hard running and one minute of walking and two minutes of jogging for recovery.

2. Tempo Runs:

Tempo pace is completing a workout at speeds approaching 5K pace and maintaining it for a significant period of time. A tempo race is typically three to seven miles of distance to cover at a pace that is 30 -45 seconds slower than your 5K race pace. This workout is intended to be a hard effort, but not an all-out effort, which means that at no point in time should you be in oxygen-depleted stage whilst at tempo pace.

3. Hill Repeats

Hill repeats are a workout which will improve your efficiency by coaching a proper stride during fatigued legs. The concept is to run up an adequately steep hill for 40 to 60 yards, walk back down to the base of the hill and recover by waiting it out for two to three minutes before going at it again. Once a week, head for a hill repeat, taking in at least eight to ten sets each time.

4. Taper:

Tapering refers to the reduction in your intensity and mileage before your race. In the case of a short race like the 5K, your taper would also require being short.

Choose A Boxing Gym For Kids

1. Find out the average age of the participants. A third grader may not fare well in a class where most of the other students are in sixth grade. See if there are separate classes for younger kids, pre-teens, and teenagers.

2. Know the boxing coach’s credentials. How long have they been working with kids? What is their approach with dealing with students who may be shy? What is their training style? Does the coach know first aid and CPR?

3. Examine the equipment. Ask how old the bags, weights, etc. are and when the last time they were replaced or updated. If the gym provides boxing gloves and headgear, inquire how often they are cleaned.

4. Check if the gym’s hours of operation will work with you and your child’s schedule.

5. Learn if sparring and competing are optional or required. Boxing involves hitting and being hit. If children decide after one sparring session that they would rather just do the workout only, how does the coach handle this? If a child is upset after losing a match, what will the coach say to them? What measures will the coach take to make sure your child is safe while participating?

6. Ask what the coach’s expectations are of the parents. Does the coach need parents to volunteer in the gym from time to time? What help will the coach need from the parents when the kids are involved in boxing competitions? If fundraisers are done for the gym, will the parents be expected to participate?

All about Shooters Shoot

The first thing you are going to want to do in order to become a better shooter is to keep your eyes up and to look at your target. The earlier you look at your target, the easier it is for you to mentally calculate the distance of how far you are leading to a better shooting percentage. Keeping your eyes on your target earlier also gives you more time to gather your feet and have a strong and tight base for a more accurate shot. You want to land in front when shooting. What I mean by this is after you shoot, where you land should be in front of where you jumped. This leads to you putting your momentum forward with your shot instead of fading away against your shot. The next thing I want to talk about is being set before you even have a chance to take off and shoot, having that base results in a quicker shot and an advantage is gained over your defender.

Another big tip is all about your follow-through. Every coach drills into their players’ head to always hold their follow through. Thinking about the end result, the follow through, leads to mentally skipping over the progression of your shot so you just shoot and not think about it. When releasing the ball and following through, you should have as relaxed of a wrist as possible and let the ball spin off of your middle finger. Too firm of a wrist leads to you pushing the ball instead of letting it go.

While in practice, try using a ball that is either multi-colored or has a significantly distance seems on the ball in order to watch your rotation of the ball once you shoot. This lets you receive feedback immediately so you can fix it right away if you need to add more spin.

Adding more spin helps soften the your shot and the bounce it may have on the rim. Next thing you need to do is to put great arc on your shot. The more linear your shot is, the less of a chance it has to go in due to the angle off the ball. Having a higher arc creates the rim to open up more to go in.

Proper Running Shoes

Increase running efficiency

Scientific research has shown that a person running with a proper pair of running shoes uses a lot less effort and energy compared to those that run barefoot. A major reason for this is the extra cushioning in the shoes. For the barefoot runner, it is necessary to expend more energy and use the leg muscles more because of the missing cushioning.

Protection

A well made pair of shoes includes extra protection to avoid issues of discomfort or pain while the feet are under more stress. A midsole section helps to give protection against hard surfaces or objects that are run over. The softer the midsole the greater protection and cushioning it can provide. But, the soft midsole is not the most durable and means it is necessary to replace the running shoes more often.

Controls overpronation

Overpronation relates to rolling the foot too far inwards while running, which also flattens the arch of the foot. It helps to avoid this foot position because it can jar the knee and tilts the leg inward. The risk of running in this fashion can lead to foot problems like bunions, plantar fasciitis and shin splints. There are plenty of running shoes that are made to fix this specific type of problem. Most of these shoes include a stronger piece of material on the inside edge of the midsole which prevents the foot from rolling.

Fixes supination

A high-quality pair of running shoes is also used for fixing issues related to supination which is when the foot rolls outward when running. A downside of running like this is the extra stress put on the bones and ligaments on the outer side of the foot. The best shoes to give protection for supination include those with cushioning in the front and heel, as well as the soft midsole.

Appropriate Hunting Bows

A hunter should first consider whether he or she can shoot the bow accurately. It may be possible for a single bow to fit all the requirements the hunter desires. However, more often than not, the selection process must involve making some concessions. When dealing with the issues of draw weight, draw length and bow mass, no compromises should be made. There is a wide range of choices in the total weight- or mass- of a hunting bow. One should bear in mind that the total weight increases as someone adds a quiver of arrows. Should the bow turn out to be too heavy, the archer will not be able to hold it comfortably enough to fire a shot correctly. On the other hand, it will be difficult to hold a hunting bow that is too light when aiming at the target. An effective way of correcting this is the additional of a stabilizer in order to achieve the right weight.

Another tip involves taking a close look at the draw weight. Most hunters try to use a bow having too much draw weight in order to get a faster arrow speed. When the correct amount of draw weight, the archer will be able to hold the pin on the target in a way that produces a steady, smooth draw. This will result in a much comfortable shot that creates the least movement for the target animal to recognize. When preparing to shoot a fast animal like a deer, it is common for the hunter to hold the bow at a full draw while anticipating the best shot. Should the holding weight turn out to be too great, the bow arm will probably register a 6.5 Ritcher scale reading.

It is advisable for a hunter to go for a draw weight that he or she can manage comfortably even when they must hold a full draw. When the weather is cold, one should put into consideration any additional clothing capable of restricting the drawing process. Some hunters own only a single bow that they use for both hunting and archery. For those who fall under this category, it is advisable for them to get a bow having adjustable modules. This is because it is possible to adjust the draw length using such a bow.

Archery requires a draw length that is slightly longer than may be used during hunting. It is therefore advisable to get hunting bows that have shorter draw lengths than those of archery bows. A majority of bows have adjustable draw lengths capable of accommodating the arm length of an average adult shooter.

Tricks Improve Swimming

Break Bad Habits

Habits good or bad make up who we are. How we react to things, what we focus our energy on, what we eat, how we train and so on are pointers to our habits. However, with a commitment to daily actions, bad habits can be transformed into new better ones. There are 4 steps you can take to smash your bad habits:

  • Identify: search within yourself to determine what harmful habits you indulge in that is affecting your performance and when it normally happens. For example, do you give up on difficult sets when you fall behind your teammates or do you eat junk food lunches when you are at school?
  • What’s the payoff?: what do you stand to gain from the bad habits that you hold on so tight to them. In the first example, the payoff is the pride that a full effort wasn’t worth placing behind teammates, so you would rather not put in much effort and place second than to exert all energy and fall behind after all. The second scenario’s payoff is convenience; the 5 minutes before school it will take you to prepare a healthy lunch.
  • What’s the trade-off?: what are you giving up for the pride and convenience? when you hold on to pride you are giving up a better level of fitness and the confidence that would come with a job well done while if you go for the convenience, you would be giving up the proper fuel for your body to perform at optimal level.

Our bad habits are not neutral, they pull us in the opposite direction of where we are supposed to go.

  • Commit: make the commitment to change the bad habits, gradually change them into the form of a new better one. Do a positive self talk whenever the negative thought of “I CAN’T” creeps in. Every time you tell yourself that you can’t, that it’s too difficult, insert a “BUT” and a positive statement at the end. For instance, I can’t finish this set, it’s too hard… but if I did, it would make me a better swimmer.

Motivate Yourself

We all experience those moments where we have doubt. Both in training and competition, where things feel hopelessly stacked up against us. Having a history of your workouts can give you that push to help you get back on track, so to stay motivated, record all of your best times, from the short course and un-shaved off event, to your best 100 free kick (without board), it will help you to track and celebrate them.

Stay Focused

What distinguishes the great from the rest is the ability to focus when it matters most, to be able to shut out the world and make all the noise around disappear. So, to stay focused;

  • Do away with any form of distraction at practice or during competition, log out of your social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap chat and so on, turn off your mobile phones and any other gadgets.
  • Turn off all mental distractions within and outside you.
  • Don’t hinge on your time by going for long swim sessions, take frequent breaks to refresh yourself mentally and physically.

Track Your Performance

One of the biggest benefits of tracking your performance in the pool is getting accountability for your swimming. Regular evaluation is a must over the course of a training cycle or a season. This will help you to;

  • Stay on track with your goals.
  • Know where you are kicking butt.
  • Conquer the weak spots of your training and swimming.

Become Professional Basketball Player

  • Get your current priorities in order. Committing yourself to do what it takes to become a professional is no small order. One of the greatest sacrifices you’ll need to make is one of time and how you decide to use it. And the more obligations in your life, the trickier it gets. If you’re in school, you need to work your basketball schedule around classes, homework and studying, not the other way around. You don’t want your grades to slip. You might have work, a family or both. There’s a number of things that can factor in dividing your time. The biggest thing is making sure you understand what’s most important and moving forward from there. Students fail, marriages fail and plans to go pro fail when players allow basketball to overshadow the more important responsibilities. Don’t let that be you. Prioritize your life and work basketball into it.

  • Work your butt off. This seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s almost as if telling you to work on your game doesn’t need to be discussed. But you’d be surprised by how many people say they want to be in the pros, yet their work habits mirror none of their claims. Some people are turned off after they hear “Get your priorities in order”, so if you’re still serious about making it professionally, you need to be in the gym! Know what you’re great at, good at and not-so good at. Spend some time on the great, more time turning the good to great, and extra time getting the not-so good to a respectable level. After you’ve prioritized, you now need to maximize the windows of time that you’ve blocked off solely for basketball and get to it. Track your progress so you know you’re improving. Don’t forget weights and cardio training. Find someone to work with you. Do whatever you have to do to improve. Just make sure you’re working when you’re supposed to, and not TV binging on the couch.

  • Be relentless. This scenario is sadly, yet fairly common: Guy hits his workouts hard and is motivated to get better for a couple of weeks. The next week he hits it hard and is motivated for five days. The following week it’s three days. The pattern continues until he’s back to working out when he gets a chance, rethinking the path he wants to take in life. That’s some heavy stuff, but it happens. Look at new year’s resolutions. The success stories aren’t as prevalent as the ones that let it go not even a month in. If you’re going pro, you need to stick with it whether you feel like it or not! There will always be days when your body or the majority of your mind tells you “not today”. Guaranteed. However, that small light in your brain that reminds you it’s work out day is what you need to listen to. If you only work on the days you feel like it, you’re selling yourself miles short of where you could be. It’s said that 90% of success involves just showing up. Get yourself in the gym, and everything else will follow once you’re there.

Maintain Bows And Arrows

Whether someone has just began shooting or has been doing it for decades, he or she will want to take excellent care of his or her equipment. This involves making a habit of checking one’s arrows and bows before commencing shooting. Notably, one should check the limbs for cracks and nicks, and also that the bow has been strung correctly. The bow’s metal parts should be checked for corrosion or rust for those who shoot in rainy or humid places.

Some makers of bows advice that a light synthetic wax should be applied to a bowstring after every few months. In addition, the shooter should check the string for signs of broken or loose strands of fraying. For those who use compound bows, they should carry out routine checks on their cables and bow strings. This can be done by running fingers over the surface of a bow’s limbs while looking carefully for twisted limbs or bulges and cracks in the limb surface. Cracks are also likely to develop in some risers, although very rarely.

A bow that requires some repair or whose parts need to be replaced can break if the owner continues to use it. A notable problem involves damaged limbs or risers. Should this be the case, it is advisable to stop shooting and then unstring the bow carefully if it is a longbow or recurve. Then, one should contact the bow manufacturer or local dealer to seek advice.

Generally, it is the arrows that undergo the most wear and tear of all hunting and archery equipment. This underlines the importance of inspecting them each and every time one plans to shoot them. The archer should check the points to ensure they are not coming unscrewed or unglued. He or she should also check the fletching to ensure they are fully attached, while also replacing any nocks that are observed to have cracks.

For those who shoot wooden or aluminum arrow shafts, checking for straightness regularly is recommended. This can be done by laying them on a flat surface in a way that the fletching is off the edge. By simply rolling them back and forth, any bent arrow will immediately become obvious. In the case of wooden arrows, watching out for cracks is paramount. Such cracks can results in the arrow breaking dangerously in the midst of a shot.

Increase Vertical Jump With Plyometric Exercises

Plyometric training is beneficial to any athlete that wants to be more athletic and/or explosive.

If you’re willing to commit to doing plyometrics on a consistent basis, you can literally transform yourself from an average Joe to an athletic freak.

Plyometric workouts can work for anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the guy who can’t jump to save his life or the guy who has natural God-given athleticism; you will benefit from plyometric exercises.

At one point and time, people thought that athleticism was either something you were born with or you didn’t have. Fortunately, that is not true. Athleticism can be developed. You can increase your vertical jump and become a great athlete as long as you’re willing to do the necessary exercises consistently and persistently.

Some of the most effective plyometric exercises are, squat jumps, tuck jumps, depth jumps, and one-legged maximum height jumps.

There are many plyometric exercises to choose from but you only need to focus on using a few and then you can add others once your body gets used to the same exercises.

If you’re serious about increasing your vertical jump, you should know by now that you need to incorporate plyometrics into your workouts.

In order to get the most out of your plyometric exercises, you need to combine plyometrics with strength training. You want to strengthen your muscles with the strength training, and then train your muscles to be fast and reactive with the plyometric exercises.

Once you combine the two, you have a winning formula for increasing your vertical jump.

Items of Running Gear

Headphone

Headphones are a popular accessory for runners and make it possible to continue to listen to favorite tunes while on-the-move. For extra safety and comfort, there are special wireless headphones that make it possible to hear environmental noises or hazards, such as traffic, while out on a morning run. But, for those that plan to exercise on a treadmill or trail run, there is the option to go with the sealed headphones that block out distractions.

Fitness tracker

For those runners that like wearable tech, the fitness tracker or heart rate monitor is a great solution to monitor the running and training. Most come with an easy to read display that can include features like calories burned, pace, distance, elevation and heart rate. In order for features like pace and elevation to give accurate readings, it is necessary for the device to include GPS technology. Other features include adjustable straps to easily fit any wearer and the ability to withstand the effects of rain and sweat.

Waist bag

A centrally placed waist bag gives complete comfort to run with keys, phone, ID or other essentials. Most are large enough to easily accept the latest smart phones or other electrical gadgets you may wish to travel with. The preferred type of waist bag is made with a water-resistant material and includes an adjustable strap for the safe and convenient fit.

Socks

To avoid many of the common foot problems from running long distances it benefits to wear the right socks. Running in the exercise specific socks makes it possible to avoid issues related to toenail damage and blisters. By combining the running socks with a well-fitting pair of shoes the feet are kept healthy. Many of these socks are made in a merino wool and nylon material with no seams which can start to irritate the feet after a long run.