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Simple Steps to Buying Ski Gear Online

January 15, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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If you’ve caught yourself daydreaming about escaping the scorching heat and heading to the mountains for a snowy adventure, then you’ve probably started searching for ski equipment already. While the experienced skier or snowboarder will have an easy time replacing their gear, most newbies won’t even know where to start looking. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably a rookie, but don’t worry I’m here to help you out. The online market is arguably the best place to look for new equipment, as you can definitely find more affordable pieces, and you’ve got more choices to go through without actually leaving your couch.

If you’re into skiing, then obviously you need a pair of skis. You can buy ski gear online relatively easy, as long as you know what to look for. There are many different types and brands, and different types are meant for different terrain. More often than not, the website you shop from will have customer support – knowledgeable representatives, who will direct you towards a decent pair of universal-type skis that will be appropriate for most slopes.

Furthermore, you’re going to need a pair of poles. Unlike skis, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on poles. In fact, when you set out to buy ski gear online, buy the cheapest poles you can find. They’ll probably be good enough to get you through your beginning stages. Pay attention to their length, and make sure to refer to a sizing chart before you make your purchase. Composite and aluminium poles are slightly heavier than other types, but they’re incredibly durable, which is really important when you’re starting out and learning how to stay upright.

Then, you need to pick decent bindings. In case you didn’t know, bindings are the parts that connect your boots to the skis. The right width of bindings will depend on the width of your skis. It’s generally recommended that you get someone experienced to mount the bindings to the skis so that they can also help you with setting your DIN. The DIN is the release force setting which determines how sensitive the skis are to detaching under pressure. The right DIN setting depends on your skill level, height, and weight.

Lastly, you need boots. Ski boots can be uncomfortable at first, but eventually, they’ll settle on your feet nicely. Finding a pair that’s comfortable and fits you right is of paramount importance, as they can greatly influence how you perform on the slopes. You can also rent boots, and ask for assistance for a proper fit there. Once you get the right pair from the rental service, you’ll have a good idea of what to look for when shopping for a pair for yourself.

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Easy Steps to Planning an Amazing Kids Pool Party

January 2, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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We, Aussies are lucky to be able to enjoy lots of sunny days. In light of that, nothing can beat the fun from spending a great part of the day by the pool. This especially goes for kids, as they love to spend the hot summer days in the pool until their hands get all water-wrinkly. Whether you have a bigger pool or a smaller one, throwing a pool party that is reserved only for your kids and their friends can be more than amazing, plus you will instantly turn into the coolest mom ever. And no, do not let this whole pool party idea scare you, as now you can easily let the kids enjoy in their summer pool craziness thanks to the following easy steps.

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Epic Decorations

If you are into the whole decor thing, then you will probably love this first and very unique step. Setting the mood with some summery and festive accents is what’s going to earn you some additional cool mom points. Jellyfish lanterns, beach ball garland, sea-inspired table setting (for when they get hungry), snack table, and some interesting and festive signs are just some of the many things you can use. The bright and festive colours will immediately attract their attention and make the party unforgettable.

Inflatables

Whether we are talking about beach balls or inflatable floats, a pool party cannot be complete without inflatable. There are water inflatables for kids of all ages and the best part is that nowadays they are versatile, pretty affordable yet made out of high-quality, kid-friendly and non-toxic materials. Donuts, sharks, flamingos, airplane floats as well as smaller play pools for the little ones – there are lots of water inflatables for kids to choose from as they are the main attractions for kids. Available in different sizes, shapes, types and designs, water kids inflatables are really one-of-a-kind investment as both children and moms can have a peace of mind regarding the safety and fun of course (chuckles). Toddlers can play inside the pool with the inflatables designed for bigger children, while the smaller ones (those around 1 and 2 years of age) can sit and play in the smaller versions. A win-win combo, right?! A pool trainer toddler seat is also an option for those kids around one and two years, however, you should keep in mind that the presence of an adult is mandatory when in the pool.

Activities

Last but not least, kids can get bored easily if there is no fun game or activity included in this awesome pool day agenda. Water balloon pinata or some classic pool games (http://redtri.com/fun-pool-games-without-props/ ) are a must for a day like this. Sponge ball toss and water guns, on the other hand, are ideal for smaller children.

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Protective Gear for Bikers: Steps to Ensure a Safe Ride

December 24, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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The freedom of being able to freely move at your own pace is one of the best aspects of riding a bike. Plus, it is a cost-effective way to go places. But just like all other means of transport – it also involves some risks. The chance that you may lose your balance and fall is always present, so wearing the right protective gear is essential. Having in mind that the most typical injuries are the ones of the head, arms, and legs, you need to buy protective gear for bikers that will protect exactly these specific parts of your body. Let’s talk more details.

Helmet

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Research has shown that helmets reduce crash fatality by 37% because of their cushioned design. When looking for a helmet, it is important to buy the right one for your head, riding style, and budget. This piece of protective gear for bikers comes in many different styles such as an open face, full face, half helmet, modular or a motocross helmet. Full face models provide maximum safety but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best choice for your riding needs. Make sure you consider all the advantages and disadvantages of all helmet types before making your final choice. Buying the right size is another important factor. Every helmet brand has different shapes and sizes and every bike rider has a differently shaped head. The price also matters but keep in mind that a higher price does not necessarily mean better quality and vice versa.

Gloves

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Choose gloves according to your riding style and the weather conditions in the area you live in. Consider the breathability of the model, in other words, the ability of the fabric to allow for air flow and water vapor. All models are designed with the same purpose, but they come with different levels of protection. Waterproof is a great feature to look for if you live in a rainy area and you ride your bike no matter the weather. Most gloves come with a medium level of insulation, but the ones meant for winter cycling provide top-notch insulation for the colder days.

Knee Pads

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When looking to buy new pads, consider the following: protection, the range of movement and breathability. Having all these three features in one would be just perfect, but most of the times that’s not the case. So, you need to set your priorities straight and keep in mind your riding style. For example, riding your bike at higher speeds and on more rough terrain means that you’ll need knee pads with a high level of protection. Bulky pads are not such a bad choice if you are going for a short ride, but if you are planning to spend 4 hours or so on your bike then they will probably bother you.

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Steps to Replacing the Exhaust System on Your Dirt Bike

December 20, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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Installing a brand new exhaust system on your dirt motorcycle can be quite the task if you have no idea what you’re doing. All the different parts and motorcycle exhaust accessories may make it seem like mission impossible, but believe it or not, with a tiny bit of guidance, it’s perfectly doable even for those who aren’t as savvy and handy with tools.

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Simple Steps to Buying the Right MMA Belt

November 26, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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If you’re looking to buy MMA belts for your gym which you’re going to give out to students who are progressing through your ranks, you’ll come across many different belts from different brands. Most of them will have different prices, and it might be a bit confusing as to what the difference between all of them is. As you probably already know from previous experience, belts can be made of different materials, have different thickness and knot abilities, as well as different durability levels and structures.

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How to Be a Better Skier – the Steps to Take for a Safer Experience

October 31, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Are you planning a vacation to the snow-covered mountains? Great for you! Being on the piste and feeling the wind rush through you as you head down the slopes at a high speed is a thrill in itself. As a matter of fact, it is this thrill what makes people wanting to go back to the slopes year after year, especially those who prefer the more extreme elements of this sport.
However, as enjoyable as it can be, we can’t ignore the fact that, like most sports, skiing comes with a certain amount of risk. Falls are bound to occur, regardless of how good of a skier you may be, and collisions are relatively common. So, before you venture out to the slopes, it is essential that you have the right ski safety gear and know how to properly use it. Here are the basic pieces of protective equipment you should bring with you every time you head to the mountains.

Ski Helmet 

When it comes to preventing life-threatening injuries, a ski helmet is the most important piece of equipment you should wear. For the ultimate protection, get a ski helmet that fits you properly and make sure to keep the chin strap properly fastened so that it stays securely in place. Don’t assume that your football or bike helmet will do the job fine because they won’t. Get a real ski helmet that has all the right features and enables ventilation.

Knee Guards and Back Protectors

Skiiers, especially beginners, usually end up with bruised knees that swell really fast. For that reason, it is smart to invest in a good pair of knee guards. You can choose from the two types – rigid and squashy. The rigid type has become a bit old-fashioned after the invention of the squashy model. Besides absorbing impact better, squashy knee guards also mold to your shape, helping you maintain better stability.
While back injuries are not the most common type of injury related to this sport, they do happen and can be extremely serious when they do. In the past, people used to avoid back protection due to the fact that it is rigid, heavy and uncomfortable to wear. However, the great advances in technology have made it much more comfortable to wear. Nowadays, back protectors are created with more flexible materials, they fit better the shape of the back and follow your movement. Available in different models, including vests and jackets, the style you choose will depend on your personal preferences and needs.

Protective Shorts

Protective shorts are padded and they help protect your back and hips from injuries. They are designed to protect the coccyx which can be excruciating if knocked or landed upon, but they also help protect your thighs and hips in case of a fall. As a beginner, you will probably spend quite some time in the snow and this may result in a cold bottom if you don’t have enough insulation. Protective shorts often come with enhanced thermal technology which is a really good addition.
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Steps to Pulling Off the Skater Look

September 17, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Without a doubt, skating is a sport that requires a great amount of skill. But it’s much different from, say, football or skiing. You don’t need a team or a closet full of gear to skate. It’s more improvisational, encouraging a good deal of self-expression which is also conveyed through the choice of clothes. Skatewear has always been a blend of equal parts protective and rebellious. It’s comfortable, accessible, and makes you look badass. Let’s take a look at how you can pull off the skater look.

Skate Tees

The ultimate formula for creating a skater outfit is to dress in layers. Starting from the shirt. Skateboard T shirts are loose and baggy to allow the skateboarder a wide range of movement. But their distinctiveness doesn’t solely come from the cut. It’s mostly branding and graphic prints that give skateboard T shirts their special touch. Whether it’s something political, a logo from your favourite skate brand, or a graffiti-inspired art print – skate shirts are the best form of expressing yourself. But the design of the shirt is not the only thing you should consider. Skateboarding makes you sweat a lot and putting on a polyester or nylon shirt is the worst decision you can make. That being said, cotton is the material you should be looking for.

Bottoms

Skater trousers need to be pretty low maintenance, with stain and wrinkle resistant properties in order to withstand the wear and tear that comes with this sport. Considering this, worker pants have always been a favourite among the skating community. They are robust enough to resist falls and lightweight enough for summer. Cargo pants are another practical choice, which also perfectly complements the layered look. As for colours, black, navy, or stone tones are the smartest options when you’re heading to the skate park and don’t want to come home looking like a truck ran over you. Camo trousers are always a cool option if you want to make a more rebellious statement.

Shoes

The shoes are not only an important part of the skateboarding style, but they can also affect your performance. There are a variety of shoe brands to choose from, but it’s best to stick to the tried and tested classics. Converse are one of the first trainers to be adopted as part of the skater look. Now, they are available in every colour and design available, so you’re bound to find something you’ll like. Vans are another brand synonymous with skate fashion. They are great for the warmer weather, but some designs like the Sk8-Hi can also be worn throughout the whole year.

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3 Steps to Picking the Right Cruiser Skateboard

September 11, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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Riding a cruiser skateboard to work, school, the mall or the burger joint nearby can be a fun way to get around and get some exercise in the meantime. Why a cruiser skateboard in particular? Well, because you’ll be riding on flat ground for the most part, and cruising decks are the best type for that kind of skating. But which boards are cruiser boards? There are a couple of things you have to consider when buying one – the length of the deck, whether the deck you want should be stiff or flexible, and whether you want the deck to feature a kicktail or not.

First and foremost, when shopping for cruiser skateboards, you need to consider the deck length. Ideally, you want a deck that’s in the 28-46inch length range. You can go for a smaller one, but if you’re a beginner, that’s not advisable. Larger decks provide a more comfortable ride, especially if you’re tall. That being said, you could look at some sizing charts online, or talk to a skateboard store employee, and they’ll probably be able to tell you the ideal board length for your size.

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Steps to Buying the Ideal Skate Shoes

May 28, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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Shoes are one of the staples of the skateboarding culture. In fact, skateboarding has made a particular type of shoes so popular that their popularity has skyrocketed into a couple of different cultures, such as the streetwear culture. But the main reason why skaters use special skating shoes, is simply because they put them through a lot of abuse. The life of the average skate shoe can be brutal, as there are countless stunts which delegate heavy impact on the shoe, and the grip tape constantly grinds away its exterior.

When it comes to buying sneakers skate shoes come in two basic styles (vulcanised and cupsoles) and one of them (cupsoles) leans towards heavier defense against impact when coming down from an aerial, while the other one (vulcanised) offers better board control, allowing you to perform more technical tricks.

Vulcanised skate shoes are similar to casual shoes, as they’re slim, lightweight, flexible and feature thinner soles. All of these properties are ideal for maneuverability and board control when performing technical flip tricks. However, what these boots offer in control, lack in cushioning, so skaters who suffer from constant heel bruising might not be comfortable wearing them.

Cupsoles, on the other hand, are ideal for skaters who prefer flying down stairs and bucking themselves off large drop-offs, and as a result need to protect themselves against severe impact. Bulky shoes with heavily padded tongues and thicker soles provide the much needed cushioning for extra support from the arduous riding style, but sacrifice the maneuverability and control of vulcanised shoes.

When buying sneakers skate shoes offer protection in the form of a heel collar, dual heel cushioning and midsoles. Midsoles are typically lightweight and flexible EVA foam, made of thousands gas bubbles which release on impact then refill when the foot leaves the ground. PU foam is also a popular alternative to EVA, which is heavier and denser, but doesn’t break down as fast as EVA.

A heel collar is the thick padding around the heel which traps the foot in an attempt to prevent losing the shoe when performing tricks. Dual heel cushioning is the extra heel cushion which offers extra heel protection. G2 cushioning is the most common type of dual cushioning on vulcanised shoes, as it offers more impact resistance in thin-soled shoes.

That being said, skate shoes should be durable enough to withstand the abuse you put them through when performing tricks and maneuvers, and they should offer optimum protection for your feet, especially your heels.

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3 Easy Steps to Using Your Bike Power Metre Properly

May 22, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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There is a plethora of useful accessories that you could get and mount on your bike in order to give it a few features it didn’t have and one of the more useful features comes with installing a power meter. All a power meter is a device that is fitted onto the bike in order to be able to tell the power output the rider can generate. It is a strain gauge that calculates the power output by also taking into account the angular velocity. While that might not have cleared much up, you really don’t need the exact science, since all you need to know is how it can change your entire biking experience and how you work out.

Firstly, before you get started, you will need to decide on the exact type of meter you will be using. There are plenty of different road bike power meter types that you can choose from and all of them are essentially capable of the same thing with the major difference being the place on the bike that they are mounted on. For instance, the crank meter is positioned on the crank spider, the pedal one is located in the pedal axel or the pedal body itself, and the chain type is placed…well take a guess. All of these work in slightly or even vastly different ways, but they are all meant to gather data on the amount of torque the rider can put out. So don’t worry much over what type you get.

Next comes the trickier bit that’s little harder than just picking out the right item to buy. If you plan to get some accurate data out of the road bike power meter, then you will have to make a schedule and stick to it as consistently as possible. This means that you will not only have to try and get a consistent time while putting out what you judge to be your best or a base average strength while riding, but also taking a few other factors into consideration. What I mean by different factors is things like how you perform if you haven’t had a full night’s sleep or if you’ve just had an energy drink or a coffee, both of which might affect your output.

Finally, you will want to take your findings and look up the difference between days that you felt good or like you were in top condition and days that you didn’t feel like you were capable of much. These results and their variations can easily let you see what you are capable of, what regiment works for you best and what you would like to achieve next time so that you can set that as your goal.

That’s pretty much it. Strive to continue to improve yourself by trying not to skip too many days of cycling, and just remember not to overexert yourself since that may actually make your results come out worse in the long run.

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Steps to Buying the Right Exercise Mat for Your New Hobby

February 15, 2018 — by Valeriya Vimon

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If you’ve ever sat for a few minutes on a hardwood floor, you know how uncomfortable it can be. So why would you exercise that way, putting pressure on your knees and joints and risking getting a bad injury? Without a doubt, if you’re planning to even stretch out on the floor, you should get a proper exercise mat that will cushion your movements and provide a clean surface for you to lie on. However, not all exercise mats are the same; depending on what you choose you may either help or hurt your workout – and your body. Here are a few steps to ensure you’re buying a good mat that will give you proper support.

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Simple Steps for Making the Most of a Foam Roller

October 10, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Foam Roller

Muscle recovery is an important part of every exercising routine. After each workout you need to make sure your muscles recover properly before you hit the gym again. Beginners are more likely to experience muscle sourness after the first few workouts simply because their bodies are yet to adjust to the workout sessions. However, this can also happen to bodybuilders and professional athletes. They might experience pain in the muscles and limbs when increasing the intensity of their workout or when they expand their routine with more demanding exercises. Muscle pain is the direct result of inflammation within the muscles. When performing any kind of workout, be that weight lifting or running, your muscle fibres break down due to the enhanced pressure they have to endure while doing such an activity. After each workout, the fibres expand and become stronger, so next time they can withstand the exercising pressure better.

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What Makes Pull Buoy a Stepping Stone for Swimmers and Triathletes

August 24, 2017 — by Richard Dawson

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A lot of people prefer to stay away from pools this time of the year, but not triathletes. Experienced and aspiring triathletes and swimmers use the off season to get ahead of the curve. For most triathletes, swimming is the biggest nemesis in races. Trying to compete in three disciplines is challenging, so it’s of utmost importance to make sure when an athlete goes in the water, they make the most out of the session.

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3 Steps To a Safe Skateboarding Experience

May 19, 2017 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Skateboarders – you can’t just not love them. Everything about skateboarding is so cool, restless and simply awesome. We love their style, their moves, their skateboard decks, their shoes, their adrenaline-filled yet often-times funny youtube videos…that’s why many of us want to become “one of them” so badly.

Although most people that don’t practice skateboarding think of it as a simple hobby, if you ask any skateboarder out there they will tell you that it’s a lot more than that: for them it’s a way of life. And we understand them because, c’mon, have you seen what skateboarding looks like? It breaks boundaries and social rules just to make us rethink our everyday reality and problems.

Skateboarding actually is a creative force that drives fearless people into unknown parts of their souls and that’s why it’s so addictive and powerful. However, with skateboarding it’s not all fun and games. If not done right it can be a really dangerous sport. This is why no matter what you do and no matter how long you’ve been boarding the streets, you have to make sure you always follow some general rules.

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  • Get Skateboard Decks That Suit You

In skateboarding the deck is your life and soul – if you choose the wrong one you’ll be doomed to have a very bad skating experience. This is why when you buy skateboard decks make sure they are made of high-quality materials. Since normally most decks are made of wood, you have to make sure when you buy skateboard decks they are made of durable and quality wood material. Some of the high-quality wood materials include: Canadian maple, plywood, bamboo and birch. Besides the material of the deck, make sure you examine closely the wheels and the bearings.

  • Don’t Forget About Safety

As I mentioned before, skateboarding can be dangerous. And I know making tricks and boarding down the streets or the boardwalk is super cool and it makes you feel like the ultimate rebel around, but don’t forget that a simple mistake could be fatal for your skateboarding career. So whenever you get on that skateboard make sure you wear a proper helmet and some pads that will keep you safe from injuring your legs and arms.

  • Practice, Practice, Practice

Skateboarding is all about practice. Don’t forget that even masters were all once beginners. Don’t go too hard on yourself and always remember that by going slowly and patiently the results will be better and quicker.