The Sports Archives – Top Adventure Sports for Thrill Seekers

The summer is the perfect season for seeking adventures outside. Whether you are into motor sports, underwater exploring or leaping from bridges, the world has so much to offer in terms of thrills and adrenaline. If you are into extreme sports in general, you’ll quickly find your next hobby in this list – to take you deep under water or far up in the air.


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Survival Camping

If you’d like to brush up on your survival skills for few days or a week, head out into the wilderness this summer and see how well you manage without the usual necessities. While it doesn’t seem too thrilling, to begin with, you’ll quickly find yourself in the middle of nowhere with only a sparkling fire and an empty stomach.

Bring your bike with to make it a bit easier to navigate as far away from civilization as possible, and remember to look at a mountain bike insurance before you head out.

Don’t go at it alone, though, invite a group of friends with you and divide the tasks to make it a bit easier to survive. Especially if this is your first time doing this – you don’t want your first survival camp to end with being rescued by a team after getting lost in the forest.

Slacklining

If you prefer to walk on a line rather than the ground, then this strange sport is for you. It’s the perfect combination of balancing and enjoying nature; if this is your first introduction to slacklining, you’ll be pleased to hear that most people find it relatively easy to learn.

Find yourself a steady someone, set up a line, and see how well you do. It’s a rather new sport, and you can find a lot of tips for beginners, such as in this handy article.

Cliff Diving

When you’d like to show off your skills, look no further than cliff diving. Besides from having to be quite the diver, you need first to climb up high, then figure out where to make the leap in order to avoid rocks, and finally muster up the courage to launch yourself towards the water. It’s the ideal sport for those who like heights, climbing, and diving – as well as having to be confident with pointing out a safe spot to dive.

When you get really into it, you might want to check out the different locations around the world that are popular for cliff diving. Red Bull’s cliff diving contest, for example, could be a good place to start if you’d like to find the best spots.

Extreme Motor Sports

Anything with a decent engine can be turned into a sport for thrill seekers, that’s for sure. Some people take it further than simply driving faster than normal, though, and feel the urge to leap through the air with their vehicle, driving off-road, and challenging their bike or car to perform the most outrageous stunts. There’s a lot to choose from, and you don’t have to stick to the regular drag race to feel alive.

If you’ve first caught the adrenaline bug, you’re most likely going to feel it call your name whenever you find a new extreme sport. Some of these are a bit more unusual than others, so it should be something for every thrill seeker to enjoy.

 

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The Sports Archives – How To Prepare For Your Bodybuilding Dreams

Bodybuilding is a bit of a niche market, but also a sport that requires skill and determination. Personality traits define whether this sport is right for you, but so does knowing what you need to do. Bodybuilding can seem expensive to keep up with and changes your body completely. So what are you in for? How do you get into the bodybuilding arena? There are two main things you need to know about when it comes to preparing for your first contest:

  1. Having the right equipment
  2. Know what you’re in for when it comes to the diet

So with those stipulations in mind, what do you need to know in order to prepare for your bodybuilding dreams?

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Have the right equipment

Finding the right equipment for you and how to use it is one half of the battle, with the other half being finding clothes that fit! This can be a hell of an issue, but knowing where to look for lift clothing makes the shop a lot easier. Most clothes that are right for a bodybuilder won’t be found in the shops due to their large-scale tailoring to the average body shape, and you wouldn’t want to wear these clothes on your new body anyway! The clothes right for you will depend on the development you’re going for and the size you already are, but items like high-waisted trousers and vests always work as both of these items won’t limit your maneuverability or try to cover too much at once.

A couple of the best muscle building training items are weights and benches. These are easier to start off with, can build your strength in your arms and legs quickly, and are more available for home gyms. A bench will give you a better form for exercising and make you less likely to strain yourself.

Know what you’re in for when it comes to the diet

It’s not the best idea to constantly burn fat when you’re shaping up for something as heavy-duty as bodybuilding. Including fat in your diet is a win for the bodybuilding arena already, but it’s the right type of fats you need to be consuming. Keep your carbs intake on the high side when training as your body needs all the energy it can get to keep up with the regime. Most of all, protein is the essential nutrient to building muscle mass. The standard rate for protein consumption is 1 gram per 1 pound of your body weight, but this isn’t a strict diet to keep to, and can dip below if you can’t manage that amount of food. Eggs are the protein wonder food, with about 6 grams of protein per egg itself. Another good food for your protein intake is meat.

Bodybuilding is a sport that takes great discipline when it comes to your physique and lifestyle. By following a couple of these tips you’ll be well on your way to entering the ring with the big guys.

 

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The Sports Archives – Pro Baseball Players Want You To Read This

Baseball is a notoriously difficult game to understand, especially those who haven’t been inculcated in its unique language from an early age. Just getting used to the terminology and statistics require a secondary education in themselves, let alone actually being able to play the sport. You would think that throwing a ball and running from base to base would be pretty straightforward, but there’s a lot of technicality and skill that goes into one of the US’s favorite sports.

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Pro baseball players want new players to join the sport and expand its reach, especially overseas. Here’s what they want them to know.

When Buying A Bat, Observe League Rules

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Bats are constructed from a range of different materials. Some are old-fashioned wooden types, but many new materials have found their way onto the market in recent years. However, different leagues have different rules when it comes to baseball bat size, weight, and materials, and so it’s worth checking with your league what type of baseball bats are allowed. The last thing you want to do is splash out on a new bat, only to find out that it’s banned by your governing body.

Practice In Less Critical Positions To Begin With

Some positions in baseball are essential for the success of the entire team. Catcher or first-base markers are essential to making sure that the opposing team doesn’t pick up easy runs. Find other positions to play in first which allow you to observe and don’t require you to take such an active role. Use practice time to hone your catching skills so that you can build the confidence you need to take up key positions when the time comes.

Focus On The Pitcher’s Hand, Not The Eyes

Pro baseball players never focus on the pitcher’s eyes. Instead, they try to focus on the spot where the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. This allows them to more effectively track the position of the ball as it flies through the air so that they can make contact with their bats. Try practicing by focusing on the point where the ball is released. Over time, you’ll develop an intuition for things like spin which slightly alter the flight of the ball as it comes towards you.

Buy A Glove That Fits

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Advice purchase a glove that fits might sound like a statement of the obvious, but often, parents buy children gloves which are too large for them, hoping that they will eventually grow into them. This is a bad idea, according to pro baseball players. The reason has to do with the way muscle memory works. People who wear gloves that are too big or too small for them automatically make small compensations in their technique. Then, as they grow into larger gloves, they have to modify their old techniques, which can be difficult. The best solution is to always buy gloves that fit and then sell them on eBay if finances are an issue.

Great Gloves Need To Be Broken In

Though the idea that you might need to break in a glove might seem farcical, it’s something that pro baseball players insist on. The reason has to do with the way the glove is constructed. When gloves are new, they tend not to have a natural pocket in which to catch the ball. Instead, the new material can often deflect balls and make catching them harder. The best approach, therefore, is to play a few rounds of catch with friends at the park before embarking on your first game.

According to a review at http://www.thebaseballdiamond.com/akadema-baseball-glove-reviews/, it’s also important from a safety perspective. When broken in, top gloves help to protect fingers and palms from balls in flight.

Practice With Your Gloves Every Day

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In baseball, you need your strongest arm for throwing. Thus, if you’re right-handed, you’ll be catching with your left hand, and vice versa. For many people, getting used to catching with the opposite hand is extremely difficult. However, according to pro baseball players, it’s essential. The ability to catch a ball in flight and transfer it to your strongest arm is key to ensuring that your team wins the derby. Practice every day catching the ball in your weaker hand. It’ll take some time to get used to, particularly at first, but with the help of the glove, the learning curve shouldn’t be as steep.

Don’t Have Time To Break In Your Glove? Then Improvise

Sometimes, especially before a tournament, you don’t have time to break in your gloves. But the good news is that you don’t need to spend hours in practice slowly bashing your new glove into shape. Just use a DIY method.

First, grab some shaving foam and a baseball. Rub the shaving cream into the pouch that holds the ball and then place the ball on top. Then secure the ball in place using a rope or elastic bands so that there is pressure between the glove and the ball. Finally, leave the chemicals in the shaving foam to soften the material and create a pouch for the ball. The whole process should take about 12 hours.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Baseball is a game where people never stop learning. Even professionals make mistakes which they use to improve their game. The same is true for people just starting out. If you make a mistake, don’t worry: consider it a learning experience. The best players in the world got to where they are today by making mistakes, diagnosing where they went wrong, and then correcting their technique. You can do the same. Professional baseball players want you to know that there’s no point getting caught up in mistakes and engaging in self-attack. Instead, use mistakes as a way to learn how to become a better player.

There’s No Need To Spend Hours In The Gym

Pro baseball players often spend a lot of time in the gym strengthening key muscles. However, this isn’t necessary to get a stronger throwing action according to https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-interests/sports-activities/article/top-10-tips-for-new-baseball-players/. Regular drills a few times a week is often enough to significantly improve your throwing distance.

 

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The Sports Archives – Top Summer Sports to Beat The Heat

With the warm summer months upon, we are all looking for ways to stay active and enjoy ourselves, but without over exerting ourselves in the hotter weather. Whilst winter sports generally tend to revolve around much more exertive and full-on challenges the summer tends to be more about sociable sports that bring people together, whilst not being too demanding in the heat. Therefore if you are looking for top summer sports, that beat the heat and bring family and friends together, then read on for our favourites.

Surfing

Surfing is a fantastic summer sport as it is something that you can do alone, as a family or with a group of friends. Although it is much harder work than it looks it is still an extremely relaxing way to spend a day or two, bobbing around on the sea looking at beautiful coastlines. So if surfing has always been something that you’ve been keen to try out, then this summer could be just the right moment to finally give it a go. There are a growing number of surf schools dotting around the coast these days, so have a look online to see where your closest surf school is. Or if you have a holiday around the corner, then why not do a bit of research in advance and see if there is a school in your holiday destination where you can give it a go.

Fantasy Football League

They come round every year, and each year they just get better and better. Fantasy football leagues or soccer betting is an awesome way to get into the sporty feeling without having to actually get sweaty over the summer months. The great thing about setting up soccer leagues is that you can be involved in as many as you like. You can set up a syndicate with colleagues, with friends and even with family members to completely immerse yourself in the summer soccer season.

Golf

Golf is a top summer sport as it is light on physical activity, but it takes you out into the great outdoors and allows you to enjoy some good bonding time with the lads. Knocking a ball around 18 holes and taking in the serene environment of a golf course is a great way to while away a couple of summer afternoons. So if you haven’t yet tried your hand at golf, perhaps now is the time.

Ping Pong

Ping pong is an awesome summer sport as it doesn’t require any running around or heavy sweating but it is still extremely competitive and addictive. Buying a ping pong table is pretty cheap these days, and there are even usually a few second hand bargains to be found out there also. Or you can even rent a table if you just fancy honing your skills for just a week or two. You can even set up a tournament with friends and combine it with a garden BBQ to get all your nearest and dearest together enjoying these lovely summer months. .

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The Sports Archives – The Best Methods For Any Lifter To Overcome A Weightlifting Plateau

It happens to us all. Sometimes, as experienced and competent lifters, we find that our standard methods for lifting weights, honed and trained for months or if not years, start slowing in progress. Despite the ‘noob gains’ phenomenon leading to massive amounts of strength and size in a matter of months, over time these efforts have diminishing returns, and the loving habit of lifting becomes all a matter of increasing the weight we use to get better strength gains or simply keeping and maintaining our current muscle.

However, for those in the weight room who are interested in finding out just what they are fully capable of, this period of diminishing returns can be disheartening. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, breaking that PR is impossible. Some lifts are easier than others to progress in, for example, the overhead press is much more difficult to progress in that the deadlift, thanks to the size of the muscle groups used and the fundamental balancing nature of the exercise. If you believe you have hit your natural limit, finding out more about how you could excel through natural boosters can be located if you click here. Sometimes though, people are much more interested in trying to see where that limit lies, and how to overcome it.

As a lifter, the following tips can help you in this process.

Eat More

Lifters have to eat more. That’s just in the nature of growing in strength and size. You simply cannot grow big and strong if you don’t give your body the nutrients it truly needs to gain this size correctly. You may need to increase your protein intake by 50g daily, or simply change when you consume it to directly after a workout. You might need to add another 1000 calories to your diet and worry about cutting the fat later. Getting huge and strong is intrinsically linked with having a body fat percentage. You can always cut this at a later date when you have progressed past the plateau. Eating more might be just the ticket you need to overcome your issues, and you’ll realize within a week or two if this is the case.

Sleep More

We need restful sleep to function at our best. Sometimes, you might find that you’re simply not getting as much rest as you thought you were. This is why it’s necessary to work on your sleep hygiene. If you currently get 8 hours of sleep a night, you might need to increase this to 9 or even 10 hours of sleep. This sounds like a lot, but remember, you are not living a normal life. Your body is undergoing stress that it simply needs to recover from in the best way possible. This is likely the key to helping you overcome your gym difficulties because it has the most profound effect on gym effectiveness.

Take A Break

You might not want to take a break in a vain attempt to keep all the progress you have made. However, you should remember that taking a week here and there, with your protein count still the same as it usually is, will give you and your body the actual significant rest it deserves after months of lifting. This is recommended by ALL fitness workout designers or elite bodybuilders/olympic lifters. Place your goals aside for one moment, and rest up. You will surely have earned it.

These tips will help you bust through that plateau with strength you’ve never felt before. You can thank us when you achieve it.

 

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The Sports Archives – How To Get Better At Tennis

If you’re one of those serious Tennis players, you’re more likely to have run into the feeling of hitting a plateau as far as your game goes. Have you ever felt like your Tennis game has stalled in its place? You’ve practiced all the techniques, you condition every day, but for some odd reason, you just don’t see yourself getting better?

Hitting a plateau is very common, and is a problem that exists in all sports and activities. It just simply means that with your current process, you’ve hit your limit and have mastered everything you were working on. The next question is, how do I get better at Tennis, and what do I need to do to take my game to the next level? Here is a list of tips that we recommend you apply to improve your Tennis game.

Tip #1: Tennis Ball Machine

Consider looking at Tennis ball machine reviews and think about buying one for yourself. Similar to how baseball players practice their batting technique at batting cages, the concept is very similar.

By owning a Tennis ball machine, you’re able to practice at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. This gives you a lot of time to think about and identify areas in your game that needs improvement. It’s not the same as playing against an opponent, but having something that throws Tennis balls at you all day will allow you to improve your technique, timing, and new strategies.

Tip #2: Play Against The Best

One of the best ways to improve your Tennis game is playing others that are much better than you. By playing against tougher opponents, you gain more out of the game than simply winning against easier opponents. You get to analyze what makes your opponent great and offers a deep insight into the areas in your game that needs improvement.

Tip #3: Observe The Pros

The best athletes that dominate our sport are also one of the greatest sources that we can rely on to improve our own game. One of the best examples is Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Both Michael and Kobe are so respected in their sports that many players will try to imitate their techniques or workout programs. Aside from the fact that many players admire both these legends, the focus of this tip is learning from the best.

To truly become great, it is essential that we imitate or at least, mirror what others have done before us to be successful in the position they hold now. By following the success of others, you are also setting up yourself for success because you are implementing their success-blueprint.

Tip #4: Tournament Play

A tournament is a great way to measure and assess your skills compared to other players. We highly recommend competing in a tournament to go up against a variety of players at very different playing levels. Going through tournament play gives you access to a lot of useful information from a number of opponents that will benefit you more than harm you.

Additionally, a tournament is a great way to benchmark yourself against other players. If you’re able to play and beat against tougher opponents, that’s a great sign that your game is improving.

Tip #5: Proper Diet And Body Care

One of the most neglected and often overlooked tips that players ignore to improve their game is taking care of themselves. Playing a sport like Tennis is very physically demanding; therefore, taking proper care of your body is incredibly important to make sure you are well oiled against your opponents.

We recommend laying off foods that have a high fat content to them and instead, consume learner and healthier foods. Having the right balance of meats, vegetables, and fruits, will not only ensure that your body is receiving the fuel it needs, but it also helps you reduce the chances for injury. Proper care of your body is one of the best ways to improve your Tennis game. Practicing at 100%, as well as facing opponents at your best, is much preferable and beneficial than doing it at about half your capacity.

We recommend a healthy diet and also at minimum, 6 – 8 hours of sleep for your body to properly heal itself.

Author Bio:- Peter Fryer is a Co-founder of Tennis Racquet Center blog; it’s a blog about tennis playing tips, guide, reviews, tennis news, events and about Tennis Players.

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The Sports Archives – 4 Ways To Enjoy Sports Hobbies After An Injury

An injury can be debilitating. It’s even worse when the injury forces you to drop your usual workout program for a while. Whether you’re an enthusiastic gym goer or a professional athlete, there’s no way around it: An injury sucks. But it’s not the end of your love story with sports. Just because you can’t go back to hitting the ball or the road, right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t do any physical activity at all… or that you can’t satisfy your interest for sports in any other way. Here are four ways to make the most of your recovery time without losing your connection with sports.

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Keep it friendly during your recovery

If the injury is not too handicapping, you can probably still take part to some friendly sports matches between friends – assuming that you pick friends who wouldn’t normally share your fitness level. You can still enjoy competition and a good game between friends if you take things easy. Badminton is a good way to keep moving without pushing yourself too much, so it’s a brilliant choice to play with a friend. If this is too much, or too painful for now, maybe you’ll enjoy a game of football. If you remember your classics, Joey and Chandler used to adore their foosball table, and you can have a great time with it too. Also, here’s a hint to make it work: Keep your ducks and chicks away from the foosball table, they don’t go well together!

Keep yourself informed

At the beginning of your recovery journey, you may find that you can’t move much, especially if it’s been a rather serious injury. Be patient; you’ll gain your mobility and your strength back. In the meantime, you can still down with a nice cup of coffee and enjoy the latest football articles online. It’s not quite like playing, for now, but it’s still great to keep in touch with your favorite sports. Don’t worry if you’re not a football fan. There are plenty of specialist resources dedicated to the latest news for basketball, cycling, running and much more.

Be zen and learn to take time

You can find it difficult to train while you recover from an injury, but there’s one thing that you can do to maintain your muscle mass: Yoga. Yoga can provide significant healing advantages, as it creates a new relationship with your body. Suddenly you are in a position where you listen to your body, and you understand its needs and its potential at a deeper level. Using yoga as a stretching routine will help you to keep your muscles active without straining them or making the injury worse. But more importantly, it will make it easier for you to go back to your previous performance after the recovery period.

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Coach someone

Some injuries are too terrible for you to go back to your old self. Sometimes, while you can still perform, you’ll never gain back the strength you’ve lost. But your experience and your knowledge can be useful to someone else. If you can’t practice anymore, maybe you can coach. Naturally, you’ll need to prove your worth, but it’s about knowledge and not physical abilities. So you can become a great coach for an athlete or at a school even after an injury.

Your love of sports never disappears, even after an injury. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself active, involved and engaged without risking further health backlash.

 

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