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The 5 Best Skate Events in the World

Skateboards, PennyOriginally deemed to be just a fad, the art of skateboarding is now satisfyingly ranking around the same level as rap and video games for sheer piss-off-your-parents ability. But that’s not the reason why people take up this sport – well for some maybe. It’s about creativity, expression, freedom, triumph when you accomplish that trick and above all – pure destruction.

Because of its staying-power and ever-increasing popularity, it’s only natural that many competitions exist for skaters, seasoned or amateur to show off their skills. If you’re a professional skateboarder or just a happy spectator keen to keep an eye on the competition front, here is some of the best competitions to add to 2014’s calendar.

Dew Tour

While the Dew Tour may only be in its ninth year, it has made a huge impact on the world of skateboarding. The free four-day action and lifestyle festival has three separate events throughout the year focusing on different types of extreme sports from snowboarding to skateboarding. The summer series is where professional skateboarders and BMX riders come together to shred up the other competition. Along with live music acts and an MTV television broadcast, fans get the whole interactive experience with pro athlete meet and greats, sponsors freebies, and the opportunity to ride the skate and BMX fan courses.

X-Games

Nearing its twentieth year, the X Games is the epitome of extreme sports. It features the biggest collection of alternative sports including skateboarding, mountain bike, surfing, race car riders and roller blading in the summer and snowboarding, slope-style and snowmobile in the winter. Thousands of fans gather together for each event with the aim of witnessing a moment in sporting history. The X-Games boasts a carnival atmosphere with a multitude of tents and booths, along with the unavoidable expensive stall food, souvenirs and another sport related goodies.

Mystic Sk8 Cup

Regarded as the best skateboarding competition Europe has to offer, the Mystic Sk8 Cup not like any other. It’s not because of the $40,000 prize packet nor the fact that it offers both men’s and woman’s rounds. The Mystic Sk8 Cup is unique for one reason: each year the organisers like to spice it up by building a brand new skate park to meet the latest trends. This makes it interesting as competitors never know what to expect; it inspires them to perform at the top of their game and perform ground-breaking tricks. The contests include both men’s and women’s street competitions, prizes for vert and best trick. The Mystic Sk8 Cup is usually held in early July in Prague, Czech.

The Tampa Pro

Every year Tampa, Florida plays host to one of the most widely broadcasted skateboarding competitions, the Tampa Pro. Much like the Mystic Sk8 Cup, the competition is held at the Skatepark of Tampa where a new course is designed every year to keep the contestants on their toes.

There you have it, four great skate board championships to add to this year’s calendar. Interested in taking up skateboarding? Don’t make your first board one of those poorly designed creations from a department store. Make sure it’s a good quality skateboard from reputable brands like Penny Skateboards. With boards like this, you’ll be able to master awesome tricks in no time at all.

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5 health goals you should aim for in 2014

Measure Your HealthStaying healthy and fit is not just important so you don’t get in trouble when you visit the doctor. Instead, maintaining a certain level of health helps you live a long life, watch your children grow old and get more out of the time you do spend on this earth.

Now that it’s 2014, what are five health goals you should aim for? Have you included them in your New Year’s Resolutions?

#1 Plan a Realistic Diet

Many diets don’t help people to set realistic goals, and this is a major reason as to why they fail. Some diets want you to eat a ridiculously low amount of calories each day or to completely eliminate one food from your diet. By choosing to participate in one of these plans, you are practically saying you want to fail. Instead, work to craft a diet that integrates a variety of foods and does not leave you starving at the end of the day. If you want to test the latest – easiest diet – try the Fast Diet which means you reduce your caloric intake 2 days out of 7 instead of starving yourself all week long.

#2 Exercise on a Regular Basis

You might roll your eyes or shrug your shoulders when you think about joining the gym again and how crowded it gets at this time of the year. You don’t necessarily need to go to the gym, lift weights and run the treadmill to improve your health. Instead, consider participating in a sport you enjoy or signing up for some exercise classes you always wanted to try out. You could even look for a walking or running group around your community or neighborhood.

#3 Doctor and Dentist Appointments

Certainly, you can take some tips to improve your own health at home, and you might read some books or guides to help you out. However, no matter what, nothing can take the place of advice from a qualified medical practitioner. Let this be the year when you start to see your doctor on a regular basis again for an annual physical exam. You should also set an appointment with a dentist to ensure your teeth stay are and remain in good health. Remember, dental health is related to the overall health of your body and your wellness.

#4 Reduce Stress

Some people start out the year by saying they are going to get rid of all the stress in their lives. However, we are just human beings, and we are always going to have at least a little bit of stress. Instead of setting this unrealistic goal of eliminating all stress or booking the best Chiropedic in Melbourne (or wherever you are), work to reduce its presence in your life rather than trying to eliminate entirely. This might mean you work less hours at work or you let someone else take charge of a major project. Stress can contribute to ailments, make your life significantly less healthy and in extreme cases even kill you.

#5 Know Your Medical History

Confronting diseases that ailed, or even killed, beloved family members is difficult, but you must do so if you want to stay healthy. learn what your family’s medical history is, and start to take steps to help yourself. For example, if breast cancer runs in your family, now is the time to start going for regular examinations. We all know that early detection is the best source of prevention and disease management – but that can’t happen in ignorance.

Let’s face it, without good heath, life becomes much less enjoyable – most ailments and health issues are preventable, but it’s up to you to do something about it… NOW.

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Top 5 gym bag necessities

Gym BagHow many times have you intended to go for a workout session after work or school but forgot something and decided not to skip exercising and go home to the comfort of your couch…

We all know the saying that “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. It seems a bit extreme to compare this with forgetting something as silly as your towel, but if one of your goals or New Year’s Resolutions) is to take your fitness seriously, you are failing before you even get started.

That’s why a reminder to consider the contents of your gym bag can be the difference between working out – or not. I have seen many use their gym or in my case squash or hockey bags as a personal rubbish bag, filled with everything from dirty socks and underwear to damp towels and food that is months (years?) past its expiry date!

Your gym bag should be filled with the items you need based on your personal habits and expectations after your workout. Consider these must-have gym bag items for your next workout session.

Gym Towel

One of the most often forgotten items is your gym towel. Unless you are a member at a high end club, the last thing you want to do is borrow a towel or use one provided by the gym. The reason a gym towel is often missing from your gym bag is because you probably don’t forget to take it out to wash it, but might not remember to put it back into your gym bag!
You can’t really go workout without a towel since you need to wipe down the equipment after you finish using it – no one wants to use a piece of equipment that is full of your sweat.

Deodorant

You’ve just finished your intense session and you’re ready to get on with the rest of your day. You may be feeling on top of the world with your post gym glow, but you can’t exactly head into work, or out with the guys or ladies sporting your natural cologne. Instead, you’ll want to have Lynx deodorant handy.

Post Work Out Snack

Replenishing your body post workout with healthy food is important. Proteins and carbohydrates are important if you want to increase your energy levels and stimulate recovery. However, a hectic lifestyle may mean you might not have the chance to sit down and enjoy a full meal immediately following a gym or workout session. This is where pre-packing your bag with healthy snacks like protein bars, nuts, fruit and pre-made sandwiches come in handy and easy to eat while you’re on the go.

Thongs

Locker room foot fungus is prevalent in wet, damp environments like showers and changing rooms. If you plan on using the gym showers, protect your feet from Tinea by wearing thongs instead of walking around barefoot. It’s a small investment to avoid a chronic annoyance that is easily preventable with a little advance preparation.

Water

Sure, water fountains can be found in most gyms, but if you’ve ever had to use them it can get very frustrating having to stop what you’re doing, wait in line just to have a sip of water, not to mention doing your best to avoid germs on the tap. It’s much easier and less time consuming to be able to have your water bottle handy.

iPod or iPhone

Let’s face it – most gym exercises get to be routine and can be boring. Without music, most people admit they would never get through their workouts so make sure you prepare your playlists in advance to get and stay motivated.
What can’t you live without when heading out for a workout at the gym? Tell us in the comments below!

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The Best Bicycles of 2013

Cycling may have been getting some negative press following the Lance Armstrong Affair, but it is a growing sport, one that is quite popular with squash, tennis, racquetball and badminton players. In large part it’s because even though running and jogging are considered cross-training, they are also quite hard on the joints whereas cycling is largely impact-free (as long as you avoid dogs running across your path and of course potholes!)

Bicycles are efficient, eco-friendly and fun to ride. Choosing a bike, on the other hand, is not a simple task. If you are in the market for a top of the range bicycle, here’s the best of 2013.

Best Triathlon Bike – Felt DA2 Triathlon

felt-da2-2Have you got the need? The need for speed? Felt DA2 will be your new best friend. With its aerodynamic brakes to the Felt TTR1 aero tyre, every detail is designed for cyclists who love to race against the clock. Speed isn’t the only key feature on the DA2 and when it comes to riding quality, Felts aero bikes always have a reputation for smooth, efficient, and energy-saving for long haul performance. The DA2 is no exception to this.

The Bayonet feature is Felts biggest drawcard. By moving the forks steer tube outside the frame, they have been able to increase front-end stiffness and ultimate steering precision, making it the fastest in the world. It’s also 20% lighter than other Ultra Hybrid Carbon Advanced performance bikes due to the high fibre resin ratio in the modulus materials. It also helps that the fat nosed saddle, makes for an amazingly comfortable ride.

Best Mountain Bike – Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc

Santa Cruz Tallboy LTcThis mountain bike isn’t just a pretty face. The original Tallboy took the cycling world by storm for its world class innovation, now their new model has set a new standard for the mountain bike industry. It’s been said that the Tallboy LTc, lets riders do the things that previously you couldn’t, or wouldn’t do.

Here’s what the judges of Bike Radar had to say ‘With an all-new front end including chain guide tabs, armour strips and a screw-through rear axle, the Tallboy LTc is both stiffer and hungrier for chaos than the original.’

Best Road Bike – Boardman Team Carbon 2013

Boardman Team Carbon 2013The Boardman Team Carbon give riders the benefit of the same frame that won gold in Beijing, but at a fraction of the cost. Coming in at less than a grand is a rarity for a carbon frame, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in durability.

The frame features an aerodynamic down tube profile, oversize box section, chainstays for amplified power transfer, internal rear brake cable routing and improved gear cable routing through the head tube. Thanks to its comfy wishbone seat, the Boardman Team Carbon is best for weekend riders who prefer cruising at a leisurely pace.

Best BMX Bike – Kink Launch 2013 BMX Bike

Kink Launch 2013 BMX BikeThis is the best budget BMX on the market. Although, you have to assemble it yourself, your local bike specialist can put it together for you a matter of minutes – check out 99bikes.com.au for a rough pricing guide.

It’s a sturdy machine that you can take on any type of terrain, from trails, to streets, to ramps. The Kink Launch is ideal for beginners to the sport and gives riders an easy to learn system with a high end feel.

What do you look for when buying a new bicycle? Tell us in the comments below.

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5 Must Have Skills Of A Cyclist

Rex Boggs - www.marcdussault.comBeing a cyclist is more than knowing a few tricks. Though doing tricks like the one wheeler is all good fun but when it comes to safety, it is not a must have skill. To be a cyclist is to know the road rules, know how far you can ride and where you are going.

The following are five skills every cyclist should have…

1. Road Rules Smart

Just like with cars, there are fines for cyclists too. Stop lights, stop signs and every other road sign applies to you as well because you are a road user. Follow them and stay safe. Be ready to show your identification to authorities when a breach of the road rules has occurred. Always signal your turn before making it. The right way is to look back before indicating which direction you are travelling with your arm. Ride in the direction of traffic and if dismounted travel in the opposite direction of traffic.

2. Have the right equipment

Every cyclist needs a helmet, a working brake system and lights. In the early dawn hours and late at night, cyclists need to have white front lights and a red rear light or reflectors. This is to let cars know where you are riding and maintain a good safe distance from them. As for braking, know to brake specifically in an emergency. Lean back and put your weight over the rear wheel and brake hard. This can save you in lots of situations. Such as if a car suddenly brakes in front of your path. To ensure that you have the best bike, invest in one that champion riders use. Merida has some good ones on offer http://www.merida.com.au/

3. The moves

The bunny hop – Just lift your bike while riding. This move can help you avoid obstacles on the road and in the bush.
No hands/One hand – This is a matter of balance and either move can help you. With one hand you can readjust an uncomfortable helmet, grab your drink bottle and signal a turn. As for the no hands move you can cheer when you win a race or knock on a car window when they get too close for comfort.

Stationary Balance – Where you stand balanced with both feet on the pedals. This move saves your energy when you are waiting for stop lights to change or when you need time while approaching a difficult turn. This move also comes in handy when you have a slower rider in your way.

4. Power-to-weight ratio

This ratio helps you calculate how long and how fast you can travel according to your weight. To calculate your power-to-weight ratio, divide your body weight in pounds by 2.2 to convert it to kilograms, and then divide your weight into the average power from a 20- or 30-minute time trial. The lighter you weigh, the faster you can cycle.

5. Be resourceful

Map out where you are travelling and keep supplies handy. A small backpack carrying a map, phone, identification and money is handy. Also water to keep you hydrated. Bikes come with a special clutch to hold your water.

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