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Why Choose Krav Maga?

Why Choose Krav Maga?

Submitted by: Avi Moyal

Krav Maga is one of the most widely used and effective self-defense systems. It has a widespread following in six continents. Though commonly used by armed forces, not many common people know about it. Read on to know how Krav Maga can help you.

Krav Maga is easily the most modern method of protecting oneself from armed and unarmed people posing danger to your life. It can be learned easily and implemented quickly. It has been growing in popularity since early 1990’s. Number of schools providing various Krav Maga skills and trainings has multiplied recently, which is an indicator of how its popularity is increasing. There are various Krav Maga schools in the UK, US, Spain, Germany, China, Italy, South Africa, Australia and Brazil among other countries around the globe.

The philosophy of Krav Maga stresses on threat neutralization, simultaneous defense, offensive maneuvers and aggression. There are various reasons why one may choose to undergo Krav Maga training. Some of them are listed below:

Self Defense

With each class that you attend, Krav Maga teaches you valuable street smart self-defense skills. The world is not as safe as we would like it to be, that being said there's no guarantee that you are safe within your own home. Hence, Krav Maga focuses on teaching you practical and proven techniques against the most common real life attacks you might end up facing.

Keep in Shape

Practicing Krav Maga on a daily basis not only helps you lose body weight but it also helps you gain muscles. End result you will look fitter and feel much better than ever. The difference is made evident when you notice how differently your clothes fit once the training is in progress. Krav Maga will increase your endurance level along with stamina, strength and flexibility. The training methods and games guarantee to improve your heart rate. You are sure to breathe better, sleep better and feel an increase in energy level throughout the day.

Reduce Stress

Krav Maga is a real high energy workout and stress reliever. Its training methods have been designed in a way that they teach you to assert yourself under any circumstances. These drills will also help you avoid the need for a physical confrontation altogether. You are also trained to overcome your anxieties and fears. Krav Maga has special training drills that help you function under stress, shock and the adrenal rush of a sudden encounter. More importantly, skills you develop during Krav Maga training will help you deal with most of life's challenges in a more effective way.

Confidence Building

Krav Maga is an extension of your own natural reactions, thus it's easy to learn and implement. Its training is bound to take your self-confidence to roaring new heights. It will continue to soar as you constantly learn about new techniques. Most of the trainees, who undergo Krav Maga training report that they feel good about themselves. All the trainers are professionally trained to keep you motivated to achieve your self-defense and fitness goals.

On successfully completing Krav Maga training, a trainee can defend himself against kicks, punches, chokes, grabs, sticks, bats and multiple attackers among others.

About the Author: The author of this article is professionally associated with International Krav Maga Federation, a leading organization committed to teaching the most effective self-defense system available today. Website: http://kravmaga-ikmf.com/

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What to Look For When Buying a Beginners Bike For Triathlon

What to Look For When Buying a Beginners Bike For Triathlon

Submitted by: Stephen Harrington

What to look for when buying a beginners bike for triathlon

What do you need to know about buying a triathlon bike? It is a mine field and can be very confusing. There are a few basics however which will help get you started.

For beginners

In the beginning all you need is a bike! I have seen people do triathlons on mountain bikes and bone shakers. However as it does make a difference maybe as your first racing bike an aluminium frame with carbon forks would be plenty good enough. For a bike like this you should be paying between 500 and 1,000 however you can pick up a quality second hand one from eBay or gumtree for less than half that and for your first season or 2 that would be great.

I did my first 2 seasons on a bike like this and got up to 100 miles before I changed and managed to keep up!

Look for bargains and last seasons models as it makes no difference to you at this stage and all you would be paying for is the latest model which is pointless.

What you do need to do is

• Make sure it fits and is comfortable. Badly fitted bikes cause pain and injury and poor posture.

• Make sure it has enough gears so you can get up good sized hills if you need to, you don’t want to be running out of gears when you really need them.

• Try and get a compact gear set up as it is easier initially and easy to maintain

• Learn how to maintain the bike and keep it in good working order, always make sure the breaks are working properly and never scrimp on this

• Get quality chain lube and use it every few times before you head out

• If you do purchase a new bike get it serviced a couple of months after you get it at the same store (many will do it for free for the first one) as cables, gears and brakes become loose

• Spend money on a good helmet as it may save your life!

Get used to your new bike before you race and if you can make the decision for cleats or toe clips a good while before the race so you can practice with either.

If you are going to use cleats (these are the pedals where you clip the shoe in) then this is what you need to know

• Get a decent pair of shoes to go with them and make sure they are comfortable. As you go on longer rides this becomes more important. If you only get 1 pair of shoes then choose racing shoes so you can at least race and train in them. They come with 1 or 2 large Velcro straps and are easy to get in and out of. I made the mistake of getting cycling shoes and not triathlon shows so I could not get them on and off quickly and had to buy another pair!

• Practice for the first time on grass as you may fall off! When I started I fell off twice once on grass and once at traffic lights, not cool!

• As you slow up to maybe stop for traffic or lights, half unclip one foot and twist it to a 45 degree angle so you are ready to stop or ready to clip back in quickly and go again.

• Choose a common set up and cleat, you want lots of choice of shoes and colours etc

• Buy an extra pair of fittings for the bottom of the shoes as they wear out and you need to be able to change them

To improve your bike as well you can also buy triathlon bars which fix onto a normal pair of racing handle bars (picture below). A good idea if you want to start practicing and getting used to a more areo position and you can race like that too. Get ones which have the most amount of adjustment so you can get the most comfortable position possible.

Finally, yes you want to look good and have a great bike but your times will improve by training and not hanging around bike shops buying the latest bling. Train hard, enjoy the results then move on to bigger and better gear!

About the Author: Triathlon Success http://www.triathlonsuccess.co.uk is a web site dedicated to take the confusion and mystery out of triathlon

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Practice Is What It Takes To Become A Complete Baseball Player.

Practice Is What It Takes To Become A Complete Baseball Player.

Submitted by: Robert Michael

Baseball is primarily a game of skill and therefore the best athlete doesn't always make the best baseball player. This is especially true if they don’t have the skills needed to be a complete player. Baseball is a game of pitching, catching, base running, throwing, and hitting. If you want to improve in these areas you must practice, practice, practice. It can be particularly helpful to practice very quickly going from one drill to the other. But you must stay focused on getting the most out of every drill session. If you just go through the motions you're surely develop bad habits. You have to focus on quality practice. Therefore practice as much as you can while seeking quality training sessions. Here is some information and tips for you to keep in mind while you practice. These will surely help you improve your game.

Throwing the ball

Grab the ball with your index finger and middle finger along the seams of the baseball while keeping your thumb underneath it. As you prepare to throw square up your shoulders, move towards a target and throw with a ¾ arm action.

Fielding the ball

In order to maintain good balance keep your feet spread and get down. You do not want the ball to go down between your legs. You should have your glove in front of you so you can block the ball and see it go into the glove. Then raise the ball up your midsection to throw.

Catching fly balls

In order to catch a fly ball from the outfield you should be striding toward your target and you want to be behind the wall. First of all, you can see the ball and secondly, you can get into your stride to throw to your target. Finally, be sure to catch the ball above the shoulder with your elbow bent. This will help cushion as you catch.

Batting stance

For the most part, you want to balance your stance with your feet shoulder length apart. In order to keep your balance keep your toes pointed inward slightly. You should be looking at the pitcher with your head level.

Pitching

A good pitcher wants to achieve consistent strikes using proper mechanics in order to reduce the chances of an injury. Vary the speed of your pitches and you'll keep the batter confused and off timing. You should learn to find the ball inside, outside, up and down.

Base running

You should always run in a way to give yourself optimum top speed. For example, if you're running for more than one base you need to keep your steps so you hit the base with your right foot as you get less arc and therefore you keep a more consistent stride and don't lose speed towards next base.

These tips are just the beginning when it comes to learning how to improve your baseball game. Practice, practice, and practice is what it takes to become a complete baseball player.

About the Author: Robert Michael is a writer for Fau Baseball.com which is an excellent place to find baseball links, resources and articles. For more information go to: http://www.faubaseball.com

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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.

About the Author: Isn't it time to find out exactly how to take your game to a higher level? Take a look at this page at http://www.dgipoolproducts.com and learn about one of the most effective vertical jump programs available these days.

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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.

About the Author: Making easy Superbowl party recipes means that you can prepare all your snacks well in advance and relax with your guests when the game starts. There are lots of Superbowl recipes to choose from and meat snacks, like chicken wings, ribs and hot dogs, are always incredibly popular. http://www.EasyAppetizerRecipes.net You Make the Appetizers, We Help You Make Them Delicious.

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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.

Enjoy

‘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 http://bodybuild.rr.nu

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Flexibility Exercises For The Golf Swing Will Make All The Difference

by

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!

Mike Pedersen is an internationally known golf performance expert. He is Golf Magazines Golf Performance Expert; as well as GolfIllustrated.com's. Take at look at his best-selling golf flexibility dvd [http://www.performbettergolf.com/golf-stretching.html].


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 http://www.fatiguenutrition.com

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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.

Superman

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.

Bridge

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.

Metronome

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 http://bodybuild.rr.nu

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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 slice...no problem. Want to improve your golf swing speed...here 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

Yes...you 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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