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When it comes to athletic training, everything centers around the fluid motion of your body. Regardless of the sport that you play, the fluid motion of your body’s core is the most valuable tool that you can have. It is through this fluid motion that your body will be able to move like it needs to during your sport, without needing you to concentrate on making it happen.
The 8 Board is a new piece of athletic training equipment that is designed to help you turn the concept of fluid body motion into something that you do automatically. Through practice on this unit, athletes around the world are turning fluid body movement into an automatic reflex.
The 8 Board is a small exercise device that consists of two rotating discs on an adjustable mount. You position these discs so that they are shoulder width apart, and then climb onto the unit with both of your feet pointing directly forward. Once you are properly in position, you turn both of your feet to the left, and then swing them around to the right. Back and forth you go, creating a figure 8 shape with your body as you move.
Your muscles begin to feel this motion as you work with the 8 Board, helping you not only learn fluidity in your motions, but likewise helping you to strengthen the core of your body. With continued use, the fluidity of the motions that your body undergoes begins to become muscle memory. This means that when you move for your sport, or during athletic training, your body automatically wants to do so in a fluid motion that comes from the core of your body, adding strength and stability to your motion.
As an exercise tool that builds balance and tones the muscles of your core, the 8 Board is perfect for those recovering from accidents or surgeries as well. Physical therapy offices are starting to use this device more frequently to help their patients recover from traumatic instances more quickly. Fitness clubs are investing in the 8 Board for many of the same reasons.
As the importance of fluid body movements becomes more evident in athletic training, the 8 Board encounters more fans. The best way to prevent an injury, or to keep yourself from concentrating on injury prevention, is to make that prevention part of your natural instincts.
The cost of the 8 Board is $119.95 and can be found on their website at GrailSports.com.
When it comes to extreme sports, there’s nothing like being able to brag about your exploits on film. In order to capture your exploits in the perfect way, though, you need to know which camera you should take with you. The GoPro HD Hero3 and the Contour+2 helmet cameras both come with their own unique features. Choosing which one you’ll go with won’t be an easy decision.
The Contour+2 helmet camera is a step up from the previous Contour+ model. The Contour+2, like its predecessor, features a slide activated power switch. That’s all you have to worry about. Slide the wide button forward, and the camera turns on and starts recording. Slide it back, and it turns off. The Contour+2, however, comes with a locking mechanism to keep the switch from getting knocked to the off position while you’re out.
For the video and photo choices, the Contour+2 offers both full (1920×1080) and tall(1280×960) HD shots. Action HD can be shot in 1280×720, while slow motion can be captured at 854×480 in as much as 120 fps. When it comes to standard pictures, you can choose which photo mode you want them to be taken in. Increments include every 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, or 60 seconds. It, like the original Contour+, has a 5 megapixel capacity.
The other features of the Contour+2 vary widely, including a 170° lens that’s paired with a 270° swivel mounting bracket, both of which are capable of being remotely controlled from your smart phone app via Bluetooth. It can hold up to 32GB of space when paired with a standard MicroSD card, and is waterproof in its provided case up to 60 meters deep.
The GoPro HD Hero3 helmet cameras are smaller and lighter than the previous models by up to 30%. It features a small amount of buttons, able to quickly do what you need it to so you can get back to your sport. It can be remotely controlled via wifi with a separately purchased remote and an app on your smart phone.
Photo and video choices of the GoPro HD Hero3 can be operated in ultra-wide 1920×1080, 1280×720 and 270×1524 for slow motion needs. The fps ranges from 12 to 240, depending on the mode you’re using. The wide angle lens gives you the ability to capture what you’re doing, regardless of where it’s mounted.
The GoPro HD Hero3 features sharper resolution than the previous models, and a stunning 12 megapixels. Almost every aspect of the Hero3 is an upgrade from the Hero2, with faster video, better audio, built in wifi, and a reduced weight. In its special case, it is waterproof up to 60 meters deep.
Today, both the GoPro and the Contour will cost you $400; however, whichever one of these helmet cameras you decide to go with, just make sure you have something with you when you’re out doing what you love. After all, the best stories can only be believed when there’s video evidence that it happened, and your friends will love getting to see you in action.
With the recent spate of hockey injuries in the NHL, Intelligent Apparel glommed onto the gap to introduce the most “innovative foot sock in hockey today”. However, reviews by professional hockey players are categorically mixed!
When the Washington Capitals were gifted with a box of Kevlar Hockey Socks, courtesy of their general manager, George McPhee, some players immediately discarded them. Although management did not issue a directive to the players, it would appear common sense to try out better foot as well as skate cut protection rather than risk serious injuries.
Several players who elected to test Kevlar Hockey socks commented on their slipperiness and itchiness. Other players who previously wore lightweight socks approved of the upgrade.
How are Kevlar Hockey Socks Constructed?
Intelligent Apparel incorporated Dupont Kevlar, Coolmax XtraLife, a moisture-wicking material, abrasion-resisting Codura and shape-maintaining Lycra fabrics to construct their Tactics Armoured Hockey Socks.
Solefresh yarn imbued with Alphasan was used to restrain growth of bacteria, prevent odor and discoloration.
Kelvar fashions the lining of the outer polyester-mesh covering. The unique construction is believed to afford maximum protection to the hockey players calf muscles and Achilles tendons.
What is Kevlar Material?
If you’re familiar with the bulletproof vests that the law enforcement community commonly wears, you’ve been introduced to the wonders of Kevlar material. It is a stronger and lighter substance than those commonly used in personal protective equipment.
Kevlar hockey socks are considered the echelon of foot protection, in that they defy the slicing action of skate blades. Dupont lab testing has demonstrated the Tactics Amroured foot protection 400% more resistant to cuts opposed to the typical sports sock. This translates in real time that hockey players wearing them are four times more likely to sidestep potential injuries caused by skate blades.
What does the future hold for Kevlar hockey socks?
Some players remain unconvinced, believing accidents happen. Comfort dictates the refusal of other players to switch to cut-resistant foot protection. Cost remains a deciding factor for many youth players, since Kevlar hockey socks cost $30 plus, per pair. For NHL-ers, the deciding factor is often comfort.
Bottom line – the future remains to be seen, as it was and will always be.
SOL Republic is a new audio company founded by Kevin Lee, the son of founder and CEO of Monster Cables, Noel Lee. SOL Republic stands for “Soundtrack of Life” and the company focuses on headphones. You may have seen the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps sporting these in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. You can watch his “Soundtrack of Life” at SOL Republic. What is your “Soundtrack of Life?”
These new headphones seem to be growing in popularity ever since their inception. You can own your own SOL Republic headphones for as little as $99, ranging in price from $99-$199. Models include: Original Tracks, Tracks HD and Tracks Ultra. Their newest model, the Master Tracks looks to be coming out soon at a price of $199 and you can Pre-Order your Master Tracks today!
However, like anything, these tracks come with pros and cons. The only real issue is that design flaws result in some discomfort for prolonged listening periods. On the plus side, you won’t find a better set of light and durable headphones on the market for the price. The bass and sound quality is excellent and the built-in iPhone and iPod controls are also a plus.
SOL Republic has also designed these tracks around a kit of interchangeable parts (headbands, driver modules, and cables), making it very easy for buyers to mix and match colors to create their own truly unique design. SOL REPUBLIC and Colorware are also coming together to bring a unique blend of style and technology to completely customize your Tracks and Tracks HD Headphones. Customize your own stylish Tracks today or represent your college with the SOL Collegiate Series!
Overall, if you’re in the market for an affordable set of headphones that deliver style, class and performance, I would recommend a set of Tracks from SOL Republic.
If you’re a hockey player and particular about your stick (like I am) then this is the company you need to check out! It’s called BASE Hockey! They make custom-made pro stock hockey sticks to your specs: flex, curve/pattern, lie and grip. Not only that, you may choose from a variety of color combinations, as well as having your name, number and team logo on the shaft. There are custom team artwork options as well.
Another great thing about BASE is the sticks are more affordable than a stick off the rack. You will save a ton of cash in the long run because a BASE hockey stick will outlast a stick off the rack…4 to 1, think about the savings! After you get fitted they have all your info, so all you need to do is order more! The feel of this stick is amazing and once you get the right stick in your hands your confidence goes up and so will your stats.
At BASE Hockey, they strive to have each player go through a fitting to insure that the player is getting the correct stick. The fitting process is just like what golfers go through when getting golf clubs fitted and you are able to use a BASE stick (to your specs) during the fitting! In most cases for team sales, they’re able to come to a practice or team event to do fittings at minimal cost to the team. The concept is truly grassroots and highly revolutionary in the hockey stick industry. Not only is the performance top-notch, BASE sticks are also incredibly durable. Their warranty is 30 days per stick.
Contact your local BASE Hockey Stick Representative today!
Contact your local Midwest Regional Manager Dirk Balow.
To learn more about BASE Hockey check out their web site: BaseHockey.ca