Boosting the Vertical Jump - The Way You Use Diversity With Exercising

Boosting the Vertical Jump - The Way You Use Diversity With Exercising

Submitted by: Teodoro Yaekel

When you're not playing basketball, increasing your vertical leap should be a goal that you have even during the off-season. This type of training, for it to work properly, involves several coordinated components. Of course you can just play a lot and get your workouts in that way. You need to consider this a little more deeply. If you want to improve your vertical leaping ability, this article is written to show you how to take your training time to the next level.

Have you ever done track and field running before? If you have, fast and slow twitch muscles are probably something you are familiar with. Sprinters have fast twitch muscles and distance runners have slow twitch muscle development. Fast twitch muscles in your calves and legs should be developed if you want to do high vertical leaping. So when you do squats, don't go all the way down to your calves, even if you are lifting lighter weights. That places tremendous strain on your knees and is not recommended. You basically want to go down to about 60%, then come up to a standing position to complete one repetition. You want this to be totally controlled. If you are not stable when you come up, fast twitch development will not occur. If your body is tight, then you are opening yourself up to the potential for injury and poor performance. It is imperative that, before you work out, you stretch your tendons and ligaments in your legs before you start your workout. If you want to jump, or improve upon this ability, certain muscle groups must be stretched before exercising. To name off just a few of them, your Achilles tendons, hip flexor muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps must all be stretched. It is also important to stretch your knees. You do this by initiating slow circular motions to get them limbered up. When you stretch your tendons and ligaments, you will see a dramatic improvement to your jumping every time you exercise.

A terrific way to build your rebounding ability and also work on your fast twitch muscle response is to do box jumping. It is a very simple thing to do. Locate a box that will not collapse with your weight, and jump on it, off of it, and then back up on the box repeatedly.

It will be more difficult when you use a box of a greater height. Jumping up on the box is something that you should be able to do initially quite easily. So the exercise is simply this: you jump off of the box, and the moment you hit the ground, jump back on it. Stretching your legs, and warming up, prior to this exercise, is something you should always do anytime you work out.

Hopefully this article has provided you with three strategies to improve your vertical leaping that will work for you. There are many more things you can do that will only help you even more. Using the information, whatever you get, is the key to making a difference with your jumps. As long as you try, and do the routines without fail, you will improve your vertical jumps in no time at all.

There is no doubt that all of these recommendations can help you to be a much better basketball player, on the other hand, in case you genuinely want to take your basketball game one stage further you need to focus on your vertical leap skill.

Take a look at the links down below for a couple of suggestions.

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Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Simple Tips for the Best Super Bowl Party Ever

Submitted by: KC Kudra

The final football game of the season is coming up. You want to invite all your cronies over to enjoy the biggest game of the year with you. However, how will you keep them content and fed? The good news is, there are lots of ways to not only keep your guests happy, but you can enjoy the game, too!

Think about all those tailgating parties you attended during the football season. You can plan your Super Bowl party the same way! Use lawn chairs in your living room for extra seating. Make great tasting snacks and set them out like a buffet so everyone can eat, as they like. Stock up on heavy duty paper plates and plastic silverware... it will make your cleaning up a breeze. Use those memories of tailgating to create a theme of camaraderie at your party.

Supply plenty of cold beverages. Soda, water, and beer will be the easiest to serve as well as what is expected. Keep them cold in chests full of ice. We are invoking that tailgating fun remember? Screaming and cheering brings on a lot of thirst, so be sure to stock enough!

Now for the food. You must have food for a good Super Bowl party. Snack foods are the best. They are easy to make and easy to eat while you are yelling at the game. Think of things like chicken wings, meatballs, nachos, pizza... anything that tastes great and you can eat with your fingers. Other foods like chili are always welcome, too. Serve everything up on platters or in crock pots so everything is ready when your guests want to eat.

Sub sandwiches are a great Super Bowl treat. Pile them high with cold cuts, lettuce, and tomato. Serve it up with lots of chips and dips. Finger foods like pigs in blankets and sausage rolls are super simple to make and they taste great. Keep it simple and fun so you can enjoy the party, too.

Not everyone is a big football fan, and it is inevitable that there will be a few who just do not care too much about watching. Let them congregate in a nice corner with lots of goodies to eat so they can visit and have a good time. If some guests are bringing children, set up a play room with toys they can enjoy during the game. Give them some snacks and they will have a great time.

Making Superbowl party food should be stress free and simple. You should be able to enjoy the game if you wish, or stay with the guests who prefer to visit. Either way, choose foods that make it easy for you. If you can prepare some the day before, all the better. Offer the food throughout the afternoon so it is not all gone at one time.

You should be able to relax on Super Bowl Sunday, or at least join in the mayhem as your team makes the winning touchdown. Football fans do get intense at times. Either way, you should revel in feeding your guests delicious snacks and having a ball.

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Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

‘When it's hot, I drink at least two more cups of water than usual,’ says marathon runner Robert McLane. If you're going out early, ‘hydrate throughout the day before,’ says Aaron Runyon. The rule of thumb is to aim for 500ml to one litre of fluid per hour of exercise, or 100ml to 200ml every 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you hydrate with fluids containing electrolytes since you will be sweating a lot of salt out. Look for a drink that contains 25 to 50 grams of carbs, 230 to 345 milligrams of sodium, and 40 to 100 milligrams of potassium.

Run Very Early or Very Late

‘We meet up anytime between 4 and 5am so we can be done around the time the sun rises,’ says Elizabeth Hensley, where the normal high in December is 36°C. If you can't go early, go as late in the day as possible. Although the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the earth's surface heat peaks between 3 and 5pm. ‘I run at midnight,’ says Nick Davis, ‘I wear just shorts and shoes.’

Plan Ahead

Run in a park with water fountains or on a route with petrol stations. ‘I map my run to make sure I can refill my bottles,’ says Dominique Perrier. Or stash a cache. ‘My weekday runs are usually a series of loops in the neighborhood, so I can double past my house, where I leave water or a sports drink by my post box,’ says Warren Biddle. ‘I sometimes ride my bike or drive the route and leave some water along the way,’ says Sloan McLaughlin, who lives in Egypt. Jesse Mack keeps a cooler at the end of his street with water, energy drink and a hat. ‘I grab a drink and switch hats, so I get a cooldown every loop.’

Check the Index

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. ‘Last summer, it was 31° at 8pm, but it's high humidity that will get you,’ says Runyon. Moist air slows down your body's ability to cool itself through sweat. The discomfort index combines temperature with relative humidity to give you the apparent temperature - how hot it actually feels. ‘I check the weather forecast the day before my long run to decide how early to go out,’ says Johan Havenga. ‘Here the temperature doesn't drop much at night, and humidity is higher in the early hours.’

Wear the Right Stuff

‘Last summer, I ran with a lightweight long-sleeved top that wicks,’ says Gaeten Dominic. ‘My skin temperature stayed cooler for a more pleasant run.’ Light-colored clothing reflects heat, and a loose fit lets air circulate. Hats are useful for more than blocking rays. ‘I pack ice under my hat, which lasts about 40 minutes,’ says Roger Trudeau, who lives in Tunisia. ‘The cooling effect of the water running down over me makes all the difference.’

Get Used to It

The good news is your body begins to adapt to elevated heat in only three or four days, though it might take up to two weeks to acclimatize. ‘Running in Guadalajara, Mexico, it's hot most of the time, so my 'secret' against heat is facing it on a daily basis,’ says Alberto Aguirre. ‘Long distance runs of 30km at noon are tough, but if you do it twice, you will be ready to finish even if the heat is on.’

Be Sensible

‘If you ever feel nauseous or heavy-headed, stop immediately, get in the shade and drink something cold,’ says Rik van der Vaart, who speaks from experience, having suffered heat stroke when he first moved to tropical Aruba 10 years ago. Tara Sweeney adds to the list of warning signs: ‘If you are feeling dizzier than normal, are feeling sick, or are not sweating, then you need to stop and get inside somewhere cool.’ Michael Bower says, ‘Above all, listen to your body and what it says. It knows more than you do.’

Seek Shade

Elizabeth Hensley's running group avoids the heat as much as possible. ‘Any time you can spend in the shade will help - stretching, warmups, even water breaks,’ says Hensley. Plot routes through residential areas. ‘There's more shade in the neighborhoods, plus there's usually the opportunity to run through a few sprinklers,’ she says. Or run by larger bodies of water. ‘I run near a river or reservoir since it is naturally cooler,’ says Maritsa. It can get very, very hot in the summer.

Race Easy

Save the 42.2km races for autumn, since the optimum marathon temperature is 12°C. Every seven degrees above that, your overall time slows by a minute or more. ‘My 10km race pace at 27 degrees is at least 10 percent slower than at 16 degrees,’ says Michelle Ginsburg. Jeannie Runyon says she and her husband stick to local 5kms. ‘That way we can enjoy the race-day experience without spending hours in the heat.’ Even with the shorter distances, forget about PBs. You can't expect to race all out.


‘I put on a pair of lightweight racing shoes, sunglasses and racing shorts, and run shorter routes more often,’ says John Fletcher. ‘I feel like I'm flying.’ Cool off by standing under a garden hose as does Victoria Stopp taking a cold shower, or getting in a pool. ‘I jump into the pool and cool my body off before I start,’ says Donna Parsons. Amanda James freezes paper cups of energy drink with sucker sticks for a post-run recovery snack. Appreciate the light mornings and the absence of pouring rain. Remember, it'll be cold again soon enough.

About the Author: Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at

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Flexibility Exercises For The Golf Swing Will Make All The Difference


Mike Pedersen

Virtually every golfer knows the importance of flexibility for a good golf swing, but not everybody has fully accepted the key role that flexibility exercises can play. In fact, the percentage of golfers who consistently stretch for golf is a minority percentage. Why is this when every golfer knows stretching would improve their golf swing, not hinder it?

Few understand exactly why flexibility exercises have made such a huge difference for the golf swings of many a golfer. They are totally surprised and actually puzzled as to why this new exercise wave has swept across the game and is proving not to be just a fad but something that will continue to be a part and parcel of the game for many years to come.

So why should flexibility exercise be so important for the golf swing? Is there not any other way that golfers can more comfortably improve on their golf swing without going for strenuous flexibility exercises? First off, these exercises do not have to be strenuous nor take a lot of time to complete. In fact, as little as 5 minutes of golf specific stretching daily can make a dramatic difference in your golf swing.

For a moment imagine the entire golf swing action from the back swing right through top impact and the follow through. What does your body feel as you go through the action? Does it feel tension-free and fluid? Or do you feel restrictions throughout the entire range of motion?

You will find that in many cases there is considerable pressure on certain parts of your body and even in some cases pain. This can best be seen with brand new golfers stepping onto the course for the very first time. And especially those who are not in good physical condition.

The next question you need to ask yourself is why your body is feeling the way it is? Why is it straining to simply hit a golf ball with a club? And yet it looks so simple and natural when those professionals like Tiger Woods are doing it?

The simple answer to that question is that the movement for a golf swing is so unnatural to the body that it is straining and hence the great impact any simple flexibility exercise for golf can have.

It looked very easy and natural when you see the professionals make their match winning drives and it is because they have worked an and condition their bodies for the golf swing with plenty of flexibility exercises. The results speak for themselves. The golf swings look natural because they feel natural to the golfer.

When you isolate the muscles in different phases of your golf swing, like top of the backswing, impact and full finish you will then see firsthand the beauty and results in this type of program.

There really is no other way for you to see great improvements in your golf swing without the help of flexibility exercises for golf! So don't deny it anymore and start stretching!

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Run 2 Fast

Run 2 Fast

Submitted by: Curt Shryack

Have you ever had people tell you that you run too fast? You can admit how good that feels.

Are you telling that running buddy of yours to slow down? If you are then I have a few great ways for you to learn how to run fast.

Anybody can learn how to run faster. I don’t mean that you will be setting world records. I mean that you can learn to run your best.

Here are just a few of the ways to run faster: Mechanics, Hills, Treadmills, Tempo Runs, and Stretching.

Stride Mechanics can be one the easiest and hardest parts of running to understand and perfect. Watching the really fast people run is a free way to learn what good stride mechanics looks like. Watch how they lift their legs; hold their arms, how they swing their arms, listen to their breathing, etc. When you run by yourself try and picture what you have seen. By visualizing good running form you will become faster.

Hills will give you the biggest bang for your buck. No other training method will get in you in shape faster or improve your speed like running hills. Running hills once a week for 4 weeks will improve your speed guaranteed. The beauty of hills is the improvements in stride mechanics and speed that you will gain.

Treadmills are a secret weapon that can be used to learn how to run really fast. By setting the treadmill at faster speed than your race pace and running repeats of three to five minutes great performance gains can be made. On a technical note there is a speed difference when using a treadmill. Always set the incline to 1 or 2 % when running your repeats.

Advantages of tempo runs for running faster show up in races longer than the 5k. Distances of 10k through the Marathon are better for tempo runs. The great advantage of Tempo Runs is that you can train longer without the long recovery involved with all out racing. People who use heart rate monitors have a great advantage by being able to zero in on their tempo pace. For those who do not use heart rate monitors remember to run comfortably hard and not all out.

There is a lot of debate about the merits of stretching. I personally stretch each time before I run. I have run for 10 years now without any real serious injuries. I don’t believe in stretching more than a couple minutes at a time. I do just three stretches that take about 3 minutes to complete. My feelings about stretching are that if my stride is longer by even an inch I will cover more ground and I will run faster.

Try these methods for yourself and see how your speed will improve. Don’t expect to go from a snail to a cheetah in one week. Give your mind and body a chance to learn how to run fast. Listen to your body it will tell you when you have trained enough.

About the Author: Curt Shryack of Moline, IL author of Fatigue Nutrition & Endurance Exercise

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Beyond Crunches

Beyond Crunches

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

A generation ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find elite runners paying attention to their abs. Today, it's practically mandatory. ‘Our coaches drill the importance of core conditioning into our heads,’ says world champion hurdler Lolo Jones. ‘We're at it all the time.’ That's because scientists and coaches now know that you can't run your best without a strong core - the muscles in your abdominals, lower back and glutes. They provide the stability, power and endurance that runners need for powering up hills, sprinting to the finish and maintaining efficient form kilometre after kilometre. When your core is strong, everything else will follow. It's the foundation for all of your movement, no matter what level of running you're doing.

The key is to train your core like a specialist. Experts have mapped out precisely how the movements of running draw on the strength and stability of the glutes, obliques and ab muscles that lie deep beneath the six-pack. They've learned how essential it is for runners to engage these muscles to finish fast, reduce pain and hang in on long runs. Best of all, they've tailored workouts to help them do that.

All runners - from those rehabbing injuries to elites gunning for PBs - can benefit from this detailed approach. When all the muscles involved in running are supported, and the muscles in the hips and trunk work together, you don't get as many injuries and can enjoy running more.

Quality core work isn't easy. But it doesn't require more than 15 minutes a few times a week - an investment that will pay dividends on the road.

Just ask Lolo Jones. Even in the off-season, she's working her core three times a week so that when she races, she'll have the stamina to retain her status as a top hurdler. ‘When my core strength is at its peak,’ says Jones, ‘I can run more efficiently and maintain that extra edge.’

The 15-minute workout designed just for runners

Quality core work doesn't require a lot of time or equipment - just a few key moves done correctly and consistently. This workout is designed by Greg McMillan, a running coach and exercise scientist in Flagstaff, Arizona, who has worked with many recreational runners and world-class athletes. The workout is devised to strengthen the specific muscles runners need for bounding up hills, sprinting to the finish, enduring long distances and preventing common running injuries. Try doing two sets of these moves right before or after your run, three times a week.


What it Hits: transversus abdominis (deep abs) and erector spinae (lower back) Start facedown on the floor, with your arms and legs extended out front. Raise your head, your left arm and right leg about 10 centimetres off the floor. Hold for three counts, then lower. Repeat with your right arm and left leg. Do up to 10 reps on each side.

Keep it Honest

Don't raise your shoulders too much.

Make it Harder

Lift both arms and legs at the same time.


What it Hits: glutes and hamstrings

Lie face-up on the floor, with your knees bent 90 degrees, your feet on the floor. Lift your hips and back off the floor until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Hold for five to 10 seconds. Lower to the floor and repeat 10 to 12 times.

Keep it Honest

Squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement, and don't let your spine sag.

Make it Harder

Straighten one leg once your hips are lifted.


What it Hits: obliques

Lie face-up on the floor with your knees bent and raised over your hips, with your ankles parallel to the ground, your feet lifted and your arms extended outward. Rotate your legs to the left side, bringing your knees as close to the floor as possible without touching. Return to the centre, then move your knees to the right side. Do 10 to 12 reps on each side.

Keep it Honest

Make sure not to swing your hips or use momentum; start the movement from your core and continue to move slowly from side to side.

Make it Harder

Keep your legs straight.

About the Author: Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at

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Choose The Right Golf Swing Trainer For Your Game

Choose The Right Golf Swing Trainer For Your Game

Submitted by: Mike Pedersen

There is a golf swing trainer for for all your golf needs these days! Want a longer drive? They have one? Need to fix your problem. Want to improve your golf swing it is!

Don't get caught in the trap of buying training aids for every occasion. I know my garage has a few, but I called a BIG "timeout" on purchase of every golf infomercial swing trainer. Those commercials are done so well...they have you pulling out your wallet 5 minutes into it.

Pick The Swing Trainer For Your Fault

I know this sounds like a "no-brainer", but listen up! Make sure whatever golf trainer you pick, it really focuses on your swing fault. There are many trainers that say they can cure everything under the sun. Don't do it! Do your research and get one that solves "your problem.

Try Before You Buy can actually give some of these golf swing trainers a try before you buy. Many of the golf stores have returns. These are used training aids. Take it into one of those hitting bays and use it, then hit some balls. Even though you can't see ball flight, you can get an idea of its effectiveness right there on the spot.

Shop Around

Once you've picked the right one, get on the net and do some comparison shopping. You'll be amazed at how many sites sell it quite a bit cheaper than your local store. Just make sure with shipping added, it's a better deal than just driving down and buying it locally.

Use It

Now you've done your research...bought your new golf swing trainer...and have it in your possession. Use it regularly! Don't use it once and put it away! Use it until your swing fault is fixed. This could take many days or months to accomplish, but don't waste your money by using it once or twice and putting it in your "golf garage!"

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Chess Is All About Strategy And Tactics

Chess Is All About Strategy And Tactics

Submitted by: Robert Michael

Chess is all about strategy and tactics. Each chess player commands an army of 16. In beginning players bring out their forces to prepare for combat. Players maneuver to carry out attacks and counterattacks. At the end of the game there are fewer pawns and pieces left on the board. This is when it's safe for the king to come out and take part in the battle. Here are some tips to improve your chess game.

1. Planning. Is important that you plan your attack. Your opponent will have an easy time defending themselves if you attack here in one move and do something totally different in the next. All the pieces must work together to be effective. Think of your chess men as a team and you are the coach. They must work together using their strengths and weaknesses to support each other.

2. Know the values that you place on your pieces. Consider carefully any time that you think about giving up one of your pieces to your opponent.

3. Pay attention to what your opponent is doing. Every time your opponent moves stop and think about what their strategy might be. Are there any threats that you should be on the watch out for? Is one of your men in danger? The only to successfully defend yourself is to understand what your opponent is doing.

4. Develop quickly and well. Timing is very important in chess. If your men are ready for action and to move quickly you'll be able to control the course of the game.

5. Keep your king safe at all times. The object of the game is to capture the king. Your opponent is seeking to hunt down and capture your king. Make sure you have a plan to protect your king.

6. Always make the best possible move. You should ask yourself some questions before making a move. Will this move improve my position by increasing the effectiveness of my piece? Does this move help to defend against my opponents threats?

7. If it is pawn, consider how you can keep it protected from attack.

8. If it is another piece that you're moving consider whether the enemy can drive it away.

9. The alert. Once you've reached a good strong position in the game it is important that you do not relax. This is a common mistake. You must always be watching for your opponents threats.

10. Know when to trade pieces. The best time to trade pieces is when you can capture a piece worth more than the one you're giving up.

11. Consider the end of the game. Always remember that every move you make can affect your chances in the end game.

12. Control the center. The player that controls the four squares in the center of the board will have the advantage in the game.

If you practice and consider these tips you'll improve your chess game.

About the Author: Robert Michael is a writer for Ray Chess which is an excellent place to find chess links, resources and articles. For more information go to:

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Play it Cool

Play it Cool

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

Winter puts a freeze on exercising and enthusiasm levels. Knock the urge to hibernate out cold with these four indoor activities and sports workout plan.

Winter is the time for hibernation - for stocking up on food and sleeping away the dark, cold hours. Unfortunately, it's also the quickest way to get a large gut. Our solutions? Four indoor sports that will keep you motivated to burn kilojoules and a sports-specific workout that'll improve your sports skills and transform your body into the athletic build you've always wanted.

Three rules to keep you at your fighting weight during winter:

1. Make it Easy to Exercise

An exercise program is only as good as your participation. Choose a sport below that you can do at least once a week with mates. Not only will you enjoy the time with friends, they'll also help to ensure you attend more often.

2. Give yourself Goals

Whether you want to win the league or drop a pants size, goals will help motivate you during the cold season. The secret? Make them realistic. Also, don't increase your exercise too quickly, as you'll head straight for injury. Whether it's kilometres, speed or weights lifted, increase them by only 10 percent a week.

3. Be Smart with your Eating Plan

Don't hamstring all your exercise benefits by eating the wrong foods. The best way to control what you eat? Pack your own lunch. Make sure you have plenty of fruit and vegetables, and steer clear of sugary, sweet drinks.

Indoor Soccer


Improves cardiovascular fitness, acceleration, hand-eye coordination, balance and lower leg strength. It's called the beautiful game, and the intricate mix of stamina, speed and teamwork translates into sublime gameplay on the field. Besides the skills, soccer is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. There is no time to rest during a game and you'll be performing repeated sprints, with and without the ball. Your ability to recover from intense exercise will improve 100 fold. But the beautiful game is not only about fitness. You'll become immersed in the tactics and excitement of it all. The indoor version is a lot quicker than the original, and the action is more intense with more goals and skill required on the ball. In a small area not longer than 40m, you'll be developing your creativity, agility, dribbling skills, anticipation ability, your ability to cope under pressure and decision making.



Improves stamina, hand-eye coordination, reflexes, agility, explosive speed and strength and balance. Continuous movement works the cardio respiratory system and melts kilojoules, while quick anaerobic bursts of jumping, directional changes and fast-breaks build strength and endurance. Besides the speed and strength aspects, you can also use basketball to become more agile. Your flexibility can improve through your hands-up defense and lunges for loose balls. During an intense game of basketball you're going to be burning between 2 500 and 3 000kJ per hour.

Action Cricket


Improves hand-eye coordination, reflexes, acceleration and balance. Cricket requires explosive running, quick reactions, timing and power, together with complete focus and concentration, as well as excellent hand-eye coordination - and that's for a five-day test. Package all of that indoors into a space no larger than a couple of cricket nets for over an hour and you've got five-day cricket at warp-speed. The skills required are varied, from the speed and flexibility of bowling to the strength and agility of batting. Fielding demands incredible hand-eye coordination and reflexes. If you need to be awakened from your winter slumber, look no further than your local action cricket venue.



Improves hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular ability, explosive speed and strength, reflexes and balance. Rated as the healthiest sport in a survey conducted by the influential business magazine Forbes, it's the preferred game for weary executives and businessmen. Thirty minutes on the squash court provides an impressive cardio respiratory workout where you burn around 2 000kJ. The cardio burn is not all that you get from squash. Extended rallies and almost constant running builds muscular strength and endurance in your lower body, while lunges, twists and turns increase your agility, coordination as well as flexibility in your back and abdomen. In addition to all the physical benefits, squash has many others including: improved psychological wellbeing, greater self-confidence, self-esteem and improved concentration.

About the Author: Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at

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Do You Want Better Tempo In Your Golf Swing

Do You Want Better Tempo In Your Golf Swing

Submitted by: Mike Pedersen

Are you a spastic with your golf swing? Do you tomahawk from the top of your backswing? I don't mean to get right at it, but what i am talking about is tempo of your golf swing? Tempo is a topic that is not talked about enough when it comes to a consistent golf swing.

When you think of tempo, don't you picture Fred Couples, Retief Goosen or even Ernie Els? Do you site a "hit motion" in their golf swing? You don't! They take it back smoothly and bring it down in the same fashion. No jerk, ballistic movement or hit in those golf swings.

Tips For Tempo

There are dozens of tips in regards to improving your tempo. One good one is counting. Get into a rythmn with your swing by counting one on the way back, two at the top (give it a little pause) and three on the way down. Be consistent with this and you will see your tempo improve.

Another tip is "think smooth". If I ever get to where I am trying to kill the ball...the very next swing I think smooth all the way. No aggressive or jerky motion for the entire swing. This usually gets my swing back in the groover right away, instead of the dreaded snow ball effect with your game, getting worse and worse.

The last simple tip is the big pause at the top before you come down. I mean pause! When you're hitting balls at the range, make 10 swings with a 2 second pause at the top, before you make your move down. The first couple of swings will be hard. Your contact with the ball will be terrible...but after a while you'll get to where you can make good contact almost everytime.

Golf Swing Trainers Can Help

The use of golf swing trainers to improve tempo can be very effective. In fact, I strongly recommend you do. One training aid I really like is the Medicus Golf Club. This club is one of the most effective training aids for not only tempo, but swing plane and path.

For the sake of this article, we are talking about tempo. When you take the Medicus back with a jerk it breaks. When you come down too quickly it breaks again! When you first use'll get very frustrated...but it will open you eyes to how slow (and smooth) you really need to swing to not break the hinge.

Your golf swing tempo can make or break your performance. Work on it and your scores will show it. Don't...and let your playing partners blow the doors off you every time you play them.

About the Author: Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf performance experts in the country. He is the founder of 8 golf performance websites including his review site. Check out is new review at

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