Offseason conditioning is a key element in being a successful Division I athlete. At Mississippi State, the coaching staff leads their team through a series of fundamental workouts with and without the basketball.
Within the spring and summer the team spends up to four hours a week in the gym and four hours in the weight room improving their physical strength. The following 45-minute workout should be preformed three days a week. Developing confidence, coordination, strength, timing, and stamina is the athlete’s main focus throughout the workout.
I. Defensive Slides/Three minutes – (width of free throw line) three sets: 30 seconds on/off (27 is great)
II. Backboard Taps/Six Minutes – (with ball) 40 in a row: 10 right/left/alternating/both, rest 30 seconds, repeat three sets
III. Backboard Touch/Three minutes — Start at free-throw line, sprint and slap backboard with both hands (net), sprint back and touch free throw line, repeat: 30 seconds on/off: 3 sets (11-plus is great)
IV. Mikan/Three minutes – (Hook right and left) 30 seconds on/off: three sets (17-plus is great)
Last year’s holiday was a bust before it even began, and this year you have something to prove to yourself and your loved ones. Rather than deal with crowded tourist attractions, expensive travel costs, and heightened stress, consider your options as this holiday season waits around the corner. First, you must decide whether you wish to take your holiday in Europe, Canada, or the USA. There are other locations available, but these are the best choices when you consider a walking holiday. Unlike traditional holiday destinations and attractions, a walking holiday is tailored to you and your loved ones instead of a much larger target audience. Consider these factors as you look at your options, and make the right choice in order to bring a new sense of adventure to your holiday season this year.
See More than You Ever Dreamed
Outside of the busy tourist towns and attractions, hidden wonders await you. On foot, you are given the unique opportunity to explore the breath-taking landscapes, history, and culture each new location has to offer. These tours are self-guided, and this is the perfect way to use your time and money. Whether you are on your
If you have been looking for the best ab machine that’s fast and effective at toning up your abs then you have been looking for the Ab Lounge Sport.
Ab Lounge Sport
With more and more people are looking for fun and innovative ways to lose belly fat and tone up their mid-section, and the Ab Lounge Sport can do just that and so much more. You can perform a variety of exercises, ranging from beginner to advanced degree of difficulty, depending on your level of training. The advanced jackknife design of the Ab Lounge Sport is a very effective tool for getting six pack abs and far more efficient than traditional Ab exercises.
The Ab Lounge Sport is the ultimate abdominal machine and you’ll enjoy plenty of support for your head, neck, and back throughout the entire exercise, so you won’t accidentally strain a non-ab muscle through poor form.
The best part aside from being a perfect way to build up core muscles and one of the best ab machines on the market for getting those sexy toned abs, is the fact the exercise while doing a multitude of other things. You could be watching television and doing
abdominal exercises, or
Martial art is one of the oldest combat sports, which have been practiced by humans for a long time. There are many forms of martial arts and most of them were developed for physical fitness and spiritual development. Martial arts can be defined as the coded system of combat practices that are used for self-defence and fitness purpose. There are many types of martial art forms, few of which are mentioned below:
Karate – This is the most popular martial art form and it originated in Okinawa, Japan. This martial art form basically involves elbow strikes, punching, kicking, and knee strikes.
Kickboxing – This martial art form also originated in japan during 1960’s and it is a contact sport. Kickboxing is mostly practiced for general fitness and self-defense purpose.
Jiu-Jitsu – This combat sport originated in Brazil and it involves intense grappling.
Aikido – Japanese martial art form Aikido is quite powerful and it basically involves turning and entering movements.
Wing Chun – Chinese martial art form Wing Chun is basically used for self-defense purpose. It involves striking as well as grappling techniques. This martial art form also specializes in close-range combat.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) – This martial art form involves both grappling and striking
As the weather changes and indoor soccer season begins, get prepared with the best gear and training to slay the competition. Indoor soccer is fast, exciting, and completely different than outdoor. Also known as fast football, players of indoor soccer are able to play off the walls, and actually play in much closer proximity as the fields are typically the size of a basketball court, (and in some cases, they are!)
It goes without saying that players will not wear cleats inside. Although they can wear regular tennis shoes, there are specially designed indoor soccer shoes made by all the brands players love. Nike indoor soccer shoes are among the favorites.
The Popularity of Indoor Soccer
Indoor soccer is very popular in the United States and Canada on both a professional and amateur level. Because outdoor soccer has a short season in Canada and much of the U.S. this gives players the chance to enjoy their sport for longer. In Mexico, indoor soccer is called “futbol rapido” and the fields are actually built outdoors. Indoor soccer is also popular in Europe, and there’s actually a European Minifootball Federation. Nike soccer shoes are available to all these countries, and are amongst the top sellers.
Storm has been known as the Bowler’s Company and for years and for a very reason. They are the market leader when it comes to bowling balls with their line that has a ball for every level bowler – from their Premier for the pros to the Ice Line for novices.
They are also a major player in the bags market even though they are N2 behind Brunswick. Regardless of that I knowpeople who would fight you all the way that no one makes better bowling bags than Storm.
Being a force in the bowling bags and balls market you would think that they would be among the top 3 players in the bowling shoes market as well, won’t you? Believe if you wish but Storm did not have their own line of shoes until 2012.
The fact that they were the last company to enter the market did not bother them. As a matter of fact quite the opposite happened – in this short amount of time they became a force to be reckoned with.
In the article that follows I’m going to share with you what I think about their line of men’s and women’s shoes.
Storm has seven models of men’s bowling
If you are working to gain the muscle mass that eliminates your body fat, you must remember that there is more to accomplishing this feat than just lifting weights. Diet, rest and consistency are going to play important roles in your success. Read the article that follows to learn more.
If you have been weight training for a period of time and want to see results a bit more quickly, work on your large groups of muscles, such as those in your legs, back and chest. Some great exercises for those groups are deadlifts, squats, bench presses, dips and military presses.
Consider drinking a protein shake before starting your weight-training workouts. Liquid minerals tend to be absorbed quicker in the body than solid food, so think about having a shake filled with protein, about 10 to 20 grams. The protein shake will help give you a boost of protein to encourage protein synthesis, which is the way to building muscles.
If you are working toward “bulking up” your muscles, do not do cardio for more than 90 minutes per workout. Too much cardio can cause the body to form “lean muscle” instead of the bulk that you desire. Cardio is very important, but
Does barefoot running do well?
Recently in America appeared some organizations of barefoot running, they say that this new kind mode of exercise makes them benefit boundlessly, there are much more sportsmen think the same barefoot running has made their life different, it is able to avoid various injuries coming up. So what is the reason of barefoot running? What’s the difference between barefoot running and running in shoes?
Barefoot running is popular in western countries.
he is always insist on running regularly, from east of London Renton’s home to the centre’s University Hospital, which is nearly 9 miles in all, he is 37 years old, who is a physicist engaged in medical research. He runs 30 miles to 50 miles every week, he has already completed three times Bristol’s halfway marathon, and he maps out to go in for marathon next year. So that he must be Nike’s iron customer?
Just in contrast. From on December of 2004, he barefoot runs wherever he goes, sometime on Welsh alps, sometime on the way to court. Now, the fans of barefoot running in England is more and more, and he is in the number the same,
Have you ever wondered what it REALLY takes to get better at volleyball? Well, in the end, it’s all about getting “touches.” LOTS of them.
In volleyball terms, “touches” would be opportunities one has to actually have the ball on your arms or in your hands. I’m always telling my students and players that the ball only does what you tell it to–but we speak with our arms and hands in this sport. Now to get those coveted touches!
They did a recent study about who was actually getting the most “touches” in a volleyball practice. Guess who it was? Hitters? Liberos? Setters?
No, it was the coach!
Amazingly enough, some coaches are so into their practices that they often start every drill with a toss or hit or serve to the girls on the other side of the net. They run their drill, then the coach reinitiates the start of the drill by entering in a ball. Over the life of a practice, the coach easily wins with the most number of touches.
So what to do about that? Well, for one, the coach needs to realize that the players need to
Before I forget – I think it’s important that I share with you an interesting piece of trivia about Brunswick.
The company that rhymes with bowling has been a leader in the bowling bags market followed closely by Storm for years but they weren’t among the major players in the bowling shoes business for a long time.
Then something happened two or three years ago. Brunswick fired the old management and put new faces in charge of their shoes business and it seems to be working. The new lines of shoes sell like hotcakes and catapulted the company to the N2 position among all US manufacturers.
One thing I have to mention though is that they don’t have a high-end shoe which I consider a disadvantage.
Now back to the shoes. There are total of 6 models for men in the 2013-2014 line priced between $35.95 for the cheapest ones to $66.95 for the most expensive ones.
But let’s take a look at each particular shoe
1. The Flyer – available in black or white only. This is the cheapest shoe in men’s line and sells for $35.95.
Being a shoe for beginners it has a surprising number of features – non-marking soles, textile lines with padded
The best running shoes is the one that effortlessly fits with your physique and isn’t uncomfortable. Finding the perfect running shoes is really an exacting task and demands much searching and patience. You need to make sure that it is a perfect fit.
Many people fail in finding the perfect running shoes due to lack of knowledge about the basics of what you have to look for while buying best running shoes. There are different factors that have to be meticulously looked into while purchasing running shoes and in no way it is an easier task.
The heel is the most important thing that has to be considered while buying the running shoes. It should fit in snugly and must not suffocate your feet. Running shoes with too tight heels make it difficult for your feet to stay inside the shoe while you are on run. The heel must be comfortable enough to let you feel slide out of the shoe comfortably. Before purchasing the shoes, it is important that you check at the store that whether it is comfortable or not.
A shoes upper part then should feel
Athletes, including swimmers, should incorporate different exercises into their workout routines to obtain muscle variance and cardiovascular fitness.
Running is a popular cross-training exercise for swimming as it is a good form of cardio that helps maintain a healthy weight.
Even though swimmers may run just for cross-training, it is still important to mix up the workouts in order to use different muscles and prevent injury and boredom.
Some days, you should go for long easy runs to build up endurance while other training sessions should include a track workout to incorporate speed. If you do not have a track close by, simply bring a watch and run sprint intervals between 15 and 30 seconds—broken up by a one-minute jogs—around the block.
Nutrition plays an important part in running as well as swimming. Eating lean meat and low-fat foods will inevitably help develop a lighter body composition. However, carbohydrates are essential to replenish the energy expended during exercise.
In addition to proper food, you should always stay hydrated. Runners are more susceptible to cramping when dehydrated. Drinking a sports drink, especially after a workout, will help replenish the electrolytes and salt that
A player’s optimum level of excitation will differ from player to player, with some needing to boost themselves up, and others to cool themselves down in order to play their best.
You must learn what your own optimum excitation level is through experience.
Do you play better when you are highly excited or when you are mildly so? At extremely low levels, all players are sluggish, slow to react and suffer from poor performance.
On the other hand, at excessively high levels, players are also likely to play poorly because they will be out of control, over-reactive and defective in their decision making.
All of us play best somewhere between the extremes. The trick is to figure out what level you need and to make sure you invariably attain it before the next point starts.
For example, Jimmy Connors was a high excitation-level player, needing to be wired-up to perform at his best.
He was also quite a crowd pleaser. Connors would make a shot, shake his fist or gesture at the crowd, and the crowd would scream and yell in response. They enjoyed getting in on the wave of emotion with
I recently got a not-so-happy email about yet another trash island from a friend of mine, Doug Woodring, who was writing from the beautiful Indonesian island of Lombok. Doug’s a competitive open-water swimmer and event organizer. Here’s a paragraph from his email:
I was out enjoying a swim in Lombok Strait, which separates the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea between the islands of Lombok and Bali. It’s far from civilization in what should have been beautiful, pristine waters. But halfway through my swim I hit a flotilla of plastic trash, a rude reminder of our consumerist, disposable culture. It really makes you wonder what we are doing to ourselves.
Doug actually knows a thing or two about “what we are doing to ourselves.” In addition to being a waterman, he’s the cofounder of Project Kaisei and founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance, two organizations dedicated to research and education about the environmental consequences of throw-away plastics in our waterways and oceans.
They might be out of sight and out mind after we chuck them, but all that plastic doesn’t just disappear. What doesn’t get recycled either ends up in a landfill or blows around on
Every sunny California day sees swimmers take to the beach and the pool to relax in the sun and play in the water. Swimming is a skill and a sport that native Californians and tourists alike enjoy. Most high schools have competitive swim teams that practice as a form of exercise and a stimulating team event.
Nothing can stop an enthusiastic swimmer from enjoying this healthy and invigorating sport. Nothing, perhaps, except the pain of a torn rotator cuff, a pulled groin muscle or a similar setback. Swimmers are prone to injury, particularly of the shoulder, groin, and neck.
To prevent your young athletes from sustaining a season-ending injury, encourage them to strengthen the muscles around these joints and perform a simple stretching routine every time they takes the plunge.
If your child or adolescent is part of a swim class, club, or team, coaches and teachers can be valuable resources. Be sure your child’s coach always has the team stretch before practice, so your aquatic kiddo can learn great habits and avoid injury.
Before You Take the Plunge: Warming Up
Warming up is essential before beginning a stretching routine. Five to ten