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Playing Tennis From Behind

Slow Things Down.

Whenever you are playing from behind, the worst thing that you can do is, speed up your playing tempo (You don’t want to do that), what you want to do, is keep them out there as long as you can.

Your opponent, will want to finish you off fast and quick, so try to prevent that from happening, by taking more time in between points.

Place Each Point Hard.

The next thing you want to do after you slow things down is play each point as hard as you can.

Win or lose, breathe it away and play the next one even harder.

If you start doing this and keep at it, you will find your rhythm again and play yourself back into the match.

The idea here is to take it 1 point at a time and play that point on your terms.

No Unforced Errors.

Last thing that you need to do is make your opponent earn every point.

That means no unforced errors.

Before every point, picture in your mind what you want to do with it and then flow with whatever happens when the point starts.

Practice winning points in your mind more, before you actually play them.

Info of Balance Bikes

be able to comfortably put their feet flat on the ground while still on their sitting on the saddle. They are also made of both metallic and wooden parts, to reduce their weight and lower the chances of injuring a kid. This also, makes them more stable and easy to balance for someone still learning to balance their own body. They can either be fitted with brakes or be without them since chances of wanting to break are very low.

Their size makes them ideal for these baby steps; the kid first learns to walk while standing over the saddle. This is more advantageous as they even hold on to the bike in case they feel like they are losing balance. Then the kid will learn to push the bike while sited on it but with the feet on the ground, this goes on until they are brave enough to scoot. The kids learn fast and they eventually become comfortable to lift their both feet off the ground and ride for shorter distances, then longer and with time they become better at it and the no longer feel afraid to cruise the bike around the compound without anyone’s supervision.

These bikes are the best in training the young ones and they are highly recommended for anyone with kids who wants to learn how to ride bicycles in the near future. This is because as discussed above kids learn to balance fast which is the essential bit in cycling. Tricycles can balance themselves thus they discourage the skill to learn how to do it by yourself.

Cycling is not only beneficial but it contributes a lot to the growth of a kid. To learn how to do it balance bikes have proved to be more effective and the best at teaching young kids.

Surfing Etiquette

1. RIGHT OF WAY

The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. Also the surfer furthest out or first to his feet has the right to be on the wave. In all of these cases other surfers will have to let the wave pass. Learn these ‘rules’ and act accordingly.

2. DO NOT DROP IN

Dropping in is the act of stealing someone’s wave described at point 1. By doing it you will create a dangerous situation for you and the other surfers. Collision might occur, bones and boards can break. It is a bad idea and everyone will be annoyed.

3. PADDLING RULES

Do not paddle straight to the line up where the waves are breaking and people are surfing. It is wiser and safer to paddle through a channel where there are less chances of a run in. If you see a surfer coming towards you, estimate his direction and then paddle the other way.

4. DO NOT DITCH BOARD

Always maintain control and contact with your surfboard. If you see a wall of white water coming towards you, do not ditch your board because it might hit someone behind you. Learn how to duckdive.

5. DO NOT SNAKE

Paddling around someone to gain priority over the wave is called snaking. This can be very annoying and if done repeatedly a big no-no.

Swimming Goggles

Sizes and Shapes

For some, choosing a pair is a breeze, but for some, it can be overwhelming. Goggles come in different sizes, shapes and even styles. Swedish, mirrored and metallic are just some classifications that you might encounter when shopping for your goggles. When you are shopping for your pair, look at the socket size as this indicates the size of the lens. A small one is lighter; however. it can put pressure on the orbital bone.

A large socket size on the other hand is bulkier but would have rubber or foam to hold the goggles in place. Another thing that you might want to consider is the lens width. The wider the lens, the more view it gives the swimmer. A smaller one, on the other hand, gives limited vision but is perfect for training sessions or competitions as it helps the wearer to focus on their path.

Good Fit

Once you decide on the size and shape of the goggles, it is important to try it out and determine if you are comfortable with the piece without it feeling too tight. Do remember that you would be swimming and as such the fit must be a bit on the snug side to prevent any leaks. Some have double straps that wearers can adjust to fit tightly. Diving can also dislodge this and as such, you should pick two or three pieces depending on what type of swimming activity you have in mind.

Aesthetic Purposes

Thanks to technology, improvements were made making them look aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. From cheap plastic that looks like safety lab goggles, swimming goggles today appear sleek and stylish without compromising functionality. That being said, the price also increases depending on the design. If you are on a budget or just want one for training purposes, then buying a lower priced one would be ideal. However, investing in a good pair is ideal for competitions as well.

Mountain Climbing for Beginners

• Destination- You can either go for a major climb or a minor climb. When a complete climb can be achieved in a day devoid of any exceptional effort and which takes within five hours to reach the summit from the point of beginning of the hiking, which is known as a minor climb. And the climb which takes days to complete and a where a lot of physical effort is required, is known as the major climb. You can decide which one to go for according to your capacity and experience. Also, you can consider the locality, availability of drinkable sources of water, view from the mountains etc while choosing the destination.

• Place to Stay- You can decide to stay in the local resorts or camp on the spot if it is possible and if you find a suitable place.

• Equipments- As a starter all you need is a good pair of hiking shoes, pants and jackets which are water-proof and which dries out quickly, and your trusty rucksack. The number of things to carry will eventually increase as you will get more experiences. If you are planning for a major climb then you can think of bringing a lightweight tent. Apart from these, essentials like food and water can also be carried.

• Personal Health- The right training and preparation physically are crucial before starting mountain climbing. Exercises to prepare the leg muscles like jogging and stair climbing carried out. You can also train to make yourself accustomed to the heavy load you will need to carry on the mountains.

• Climbing Partners- A guide must essentially be hired and you can also team up with mountain climbers who are experienced. This can help in avoiding the risks involved with climbing alone which should never be done.

Best Single Speed Bikes

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing such a bike. Below are some of the most important things to look out for:

Which is the best gear?

Because it is a one gear bike, it is a fundamental factor to have the right one. For instance, if the gear has a lot of resistance, then definitely you will have to stop at every steep landscape. On the other hand, if the bike has a little gear, you will have to constantly be spinning the legs to get yourself on the motion. Since the ration between the rear and front chaining is used to determine the gear, commuters will find it ideal if they are using a gear of about 65 – 7 inches. As for track cycles, they probably need a gear with bigger inches. Actually, the gear inches increase with the wideness of the tire.

And what about the bike’s size?

This is another important area to be keen on when selecting a single speed bike. Most people have regretted purchasing a bike of the wrong size because they get uncomfortable when riding due to it being either too small or too big. To avoid this, make sure that you see the specifications of the bike. Better still is when you try it out, like a sample ride to see if it really fits you.

Wheels:

When it comes to the wheels, the majority think that this is purely aesthetic. In reality, there is a difference in performance when it comes to wheel types.

  • If you choose a 30mm wheelset, it is considered to be the lightest and offers a perfect balance between rigidity and weight. It will be the ideal choice for those who commute.
  • On the other hand, wheels of 42mm (deep-v) rims weigh a little bit more and are perfect for those looking to put some power to prevent flexing.
  • Lastly, the mag wheels are known to be the heaviest of all. People prefer it because it gives the bike an appealing loo, but when it comes to weight, it is a drawback.

Handlebars: The actually are available in very many sizes and shapes. Here, it is the choice of one which can determine which is the best, though some bars are the best fit for specific applications. Examples of such handlebars include: Drop handlebars, straight bars, riser bars, and bullhorns.

Bearings: This is the part which basically runs the bike’s hubs, headset, and the bottom bracket. In the market, you will find two types of bearings, which are:

  • Scaled bearings: This type has one single unit which houses the bearings. The unit is directly pushed into the hub/frame. Bikes with this bearing spin freely and smoothly than those with open bearings. Because they got rubber seals that protect the bearings, they are easily maintained as particles or elements don’t get into the bearings.
  • Open bearings: It is an open system of bearings supported with a cone and cup structure. Such a system requires a lot of maintenance for it to operate smoothly.

Tricks to Swim Faster

If you have been swimming training for weeks on end, you will be in relatively good condition and more than ready to try something new. Swimming can be very boring if you let it, but it can also be a lot of fun too. If you have mastered the endurance part of swimming, it is about time for you to start focusing on improving your speed and smash that PB.

Long distance swimmers training for Triathlons or the Half Ironman, listen up because this article applies to you. You’ll be adding some “Fartlek” training to your training repertoire to increase your pace a little whilst also improving the speed at which you recover.

Fartlek is Swiss for “Speed Play”, it sounds fun and it is. Fartlek trains the body to switch gears and recruit different muscle fibres; it is often used by long distance runners to improve running speed, but can just effectively be used by swimmers to improve their times too.

During your laps you will be working at Pace 1 and Pace 2. Pace 1 is a steady long distance maintainable speed, Pace 2 is 50-70{3ef47828a7c259db772c7dd40d461a2fc3c07983a36e986141d323980a5355fc} maximum sprint speed, depending on your fitness level. As you get better these two speeds will gradually speed up. There’s four stages to the Fartlek, depending on fitness levels and your commitment, it may take a week or a month to advance through each of the stages.

Stage 1: Start your regular swim session with your usual warm up. The Fartlek session will be 10 laps. Swim half the length of the pool at Pace 1, then sprint the rest of the length of the pool at Pace 2. There’s no stopping when you finish the lap, just tumble-turn and slow down during Pace 1. Pace 1 is recovery, Pace 2 is at speed. You may need to adjust your pace so you can finish the entire 10 laps. At this stage burn-out halfway through the session is not the goal.

Incorporate Fartlek into your training at least three times a week on alternate days.

Stage 2: When you are ready, move onto doing 10 laps Fartlek training alternating each lap at Pace 1 followed by a lap at Pace 2. Remember, no stopping at the end of each lap.

Stage 3: Now you should be ready to alternate Pace 1 and Pace 2 for 10 laps, but with Pace 2 at maximum speed. It should burn and you should be breathless during recovery at Pace 1. If you’re not feeling it, push harder.

Stage 4: Really ramp things up by changing the recovery verses speed ratio. Aim for 12 laps, but we now swim one lap at Pace 1 followed immediately by two laps at Pace 2.

Stay Safe When Surfing

Dangerous surfing situations can happen fast and without warning. Follow these tips to do your part to stay safe out in the water.

Know how to swim. You must be a strong swimmer to surf. Treading water won’t be good enough if you’re tossed from your board or pulled out by a rip.

Wear safety gear. Use a leash. You’ll avoid losing your board or having it hit others in the head, and it can help you find your way back to the surface if you get disoriented underwater. Rash guards, wetsuits, and booties will protect your body from cold waters, reefs, and the sun.

Watch out for rips. Rip currents can be exhausting at best, deadly at worst. Avoid them at all costs. Watch for “rivers” in the water, areas of faster or backward flowing current. The waves will look flatter or uneven in this area. If you do get caught, motion for help or start paddling parallel to the shore until you break free.

Practice sun safety. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses or a UV-blocking wetsuit top. More surfers die from skin cancer than drownings.

Don’t dive head first. Never dive head first into unknown waters. Neck injuries can be life-long and debilitating. If you’re taking a fall, extend a hand out in front of you and fall flat. This is especially important in surf breaks over reefs or in shallow areas.

Protect your head. Make sure you know where your board is at all times. A leash helps with this. Protect your head as you surface to avoid getting hit by your board.

Surf with a friend. Use the buddy system every time you hit the water. If you get in to trouble, you’ll have someone to help you.

Know your limits. Don’t attempt to tackle waves beyond your abilities and don’t rely on your leash to protect you. Leashes can break in big surf, which means you’ll be out there without your board in conditions you may not be able to handle.

Know And Practice Surf Etiquette

Surfing is a fun and laid-back sport full of camaraderie. A lot of this philosophy can be attributed to practicing good surf etiquette.

Watch out for other surfers. Hang on to your board so it doesn’t hit other surfers. Never ditch it if you can help it.

Wear a leash. Related to #1 above, a leash helps keep your board with you. You won’t have to swim after if it you lose it and you won’t have to worry about it hitting someone else.

Don’t paddle in front of others. Also called “snaking”, this involves paddling around someone to get ahead of him or her and closer to the wave in an attempt to gain right of way.

Practice right of way. The surfer closest to the curl has right of way. Don’t drop in on them. Wait for the next wave. Paddling surfers yield to surfers riding a swell.

Right Football Cleats

If you are a quarterback player, you should opt for mid-cut football cleats as they will make it easier for you to move around on the field.

For skill players, low-cut football cleats are also recommended but they don’t provide as much support to the ankles. Low-cuts are lightweight but allow more flexibility so you can play well.

If you don’t play on different types of fields, molded cleats is your best bet. Usually, this type of cleats features rubber that is connected to the bottom. It offers more traction as you play on the ground.

On the other hand, if you keep on changing the type of fields you play on, we recommend that you buy shoes with cleats that are detachable. This will offer more versatility.

You can customize detachable cleats replacing them with a different size. For this, you can use a cleat wrench.

For wet or grassy fields, you can get shoes with 12 studs and long cleats. These cleats offer the best traction.

For muddy fields, cleats with a length of 2.54 cm are an ideal choice. These cleats will save you from sliding on wet fields.

For natural grass fields, you can use 1.27 cm cleats for more traction. The bottom of these shoes has little nubs that offer better traction for you to play on artificial grass.

Leather football shoes are all the rage these days due to a number of reasons. Leather shoes offer better flexibility helping your feet to breathe easily. However, you should keep in mind that leather shoes are not designed for wet fields. Playing on wet fields with leather shoes on will cause problems for you, as leather tends to absorb water.

You can use conditioner made of mink oil for maintaining your leather shoes. This conditioner will protect your shoes from water.

Serving In Matches

1) Set your own tempo and rhythm.

You need to always serve at your own tempo and pace.

Which means.

Never allow your opponent to dictate the tempo on your service games.

2) Start your motion on your own terms.

Never start serving until you have mentally recovered from the last point.

If you feel any carryover effect.

Step away from the baseline and breathe deeply for 3 times and start your pre-serve routine again.

This will help you set and maintain a good rhythm for your service games.

3) Never rush through your motion.

This is a very important point when serving.

You should never feel like you are rushing before or during your service motion.

Your body needs to be relaxed and your mind should be picturing one fluid service motion.

Again, if you are feeling nervous at any time before you start your service motion.

Step away from the line and repeat the above suggestions I just gave YOU.

Then start your pre-service routine over again.

At the junior level.