SOCCER CLEATS – How To Choose Them

Soccer is a game played by thousands and loved by millions. Every soccer professional chooses their cleats according to their requirement and condition of the ground. If proper cleats are not worn by the player it may prove to be a big disadvantage on his side because cleats provide proper grip and adhesion towards the ground. Soccer cleats are chosen on the basis of various factors, some of them are as follows-

1. ACCORDING TO THE PLAYGROUND SURFACE- If the condition of a ground is rough and not too soft then the player should use firm ground cleats with 12 to 15 studs in other to maintain friction and allow flexibility. Studs come in different shapes like conical, blade-shaped, etc. But if the ground surface is wet and muddy, then the player should go for soft surface cleats, so that the stickiness of ground does not restrict friction and provides sufficient traction. However, in soft surface cleats, the number of studs is 6-7, structured ideally. And, for hard and rocky ground surface the cleats having flat studs are preferred as they provide maximum grip to maintain balance on the hard surface.

2. ACCORDING TO THE MATERIAL- Soccer cleats are made from various types of materials like from kangaroo leather, goat leather, synthetic material, mesh, etc. Each one has its own advantage and disadvantage. The cleats made from kangaroo leather are usually preferred as they provide great comfort to your feet and are quite durable. But they are very heavy and expensive so you can also opt for goat leather cleats as they are less expensive and provide the same comfort, but are as heavy as the former one. Cleats made from synthetic material is used widely because they are light weighing and cheap, but they are not suitable for all the weather and are not durable as kangaroo leather cleats. Many companies have started manufacturing artificial leather cleats having water resistant quality and durability.

3. ACCORDING TO THE COMFORT- Selecting right cleat could be a challenging task as the main priority is the comfort. Cleats should not be too small or too wide. They should fit properly and not hurt your toes resulting in blisters. Choose the cleats that can balance your back and forth movements. Your cleats must have a large strike zone so can easily kick the ball. The insoles in cleats should be soft and bouncy enough.

4. ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET- The price of cleats differs from company to the company offering different types of quality and material. The quality of cleats is classified as top-tier cleats, mid-tier cleats, and low-tier cleats. The professional soccer player chose top-tier cleats as they are manufactured to cater the demands of the player. They are very expensive and cost around 100$-500$ depending on the manufacturing company. The mid-tier cleats are in great demand as they are available at reasonable prices and are as durable as top-tier cleats. The low-tier cleats are for the beginner. They are cheap and of inferior quality.

Men, Unleash Your Potential With Boxing

Too many guys squander their time in the gym doing curls and other exercises to look pretty while never really challenging their bodies to be everything that they could be. Boxing is one of the best workouts that can help bring you to that next level.

GET RIPPED

Boxing may be one of the best ways to shed body fat and lean out while preserving muscle mass. Research has shown that interval style training like boxing is great for fat loss and for speeding up your metabolism. Exercise like traditional aerobic cardio workouts only create an increase in calories burned during the actual workout that drops off rapidly when you end your training session. But because of a phenomenon known as EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) you have a substantial increase in the amount of calories you burn for hours after you end a boxing workout. Since boxing uses your fast twitch muscle fibers to perform quick and powerful punches over and over again it encourages your body to hold onto muscle and even can increase your muscle size which will lead to a ripped broad shoulder look and not the skinny look that so many endurance athletes have. So, if you only have a limited amount of time to get a workout in, try attending a quality boxing gym near you which will give you better results for your time then a traditional cardio workout, such as going for a run.

SPEED, POWER, ENDURANCE

Few styles of training can give you the full spectrum of physical improvements that boxing can. ESPN ranked boxing the hardest sport in the world because of all the ingredients that go into preparation. The primary qualities needed to be a great boxer are speed, power & endurance. Here are just a few ways you gain those qualities through boxing training.

SPEED: Through hitting a bag or doing mitt work you are demanding your muscles to fire faster than you are accustomed to. Every time you punch, you must quickly twist your body, shoot out your arm, and bring it right back. You must move your feet quickly to get in, out and around a bag or an opponent. In a good boxing workout, a variety of plyometric exercises and other drills that demand your body to move as fast as possible are also mixed in which forces you to new levels of speed production you may have not thought possible.

POWER: Boxing teaches you to use your entire body to produce maximum power in a punch while delivering it accurately, quickly and on balance. The lock and squeeze at the end of a punch is a massive contraction of the muscle fibers in your arms and shoulders that happen in the very instant you first makes contact with your target. That contact puts a tremendous load on your muscles all the way from your chest muscles to the muscles of your back which must bear the load of hundreds of pounds of force when you land a hard punch. When punches are delivered properly you will feel the work that was put on these muscle groups the next day. ENDURANCE: A lot of research has been done over the past couple decades about the benefits of high intensity interval training on VO2 max ( a measurement of your body’s ability to utilize oxygen). Interval training like boxing has been shown to increase VO2 max faster and in shorter workouts than steady state cardio. Boxing is great cross training for individuals that play a variety of sports seriously or for recreation as it helps tremendously with boosting endurance. At the end of the day, boxing is a much more exciting and time efficient way to get your cardio in than running on a treadmill or spending time on a stationary bike.

FUN & EXCITING

We all know exercise can be fun, but boxing for exercise can be even more fun! Whenever you exercise, you get a release of endorphins that make you feel accomplished and satisfied after a hard workout. With boxing, you get the same feelings, but more. After a hard boxing workout you have the feeling of accomplishment as well as progress when you learn new techniques. The excitement of throwing punches, moving around, bobbing, weaving and blocking punches is a huge thrill that is extremely addictive and will leave you wanting more after every workout!

STRESS RELIEVING

Have you ever gone through a super stressful day and just wished you could have punch something? Energy like that, if held in for a long time, can be detrimental to your interactions with people around you and the people closest to you, leaving you easily frustrated and ready to fly off the handle. People that have made Boxing a part of their daily routine get to let out that frustration all the time! If you spend 30 min to an hour of throwing hundreds of punches as hard and as fast as you can, you better believe you will feel a huge sense of relief. When you train boxing, you are using that energy of aggression and transferring it into a positive outlet that will not only make you feel great, but look great as well!

THE FINAL BELL

I strongly encourage you to try a boxing workout either in a class or personal session. To get the most out of your workouts you need to go to a quality boxing gym and experience what boxing is really all about!

Innovative Mindset in Society Is America Losing the Edge in Innovation?

Is America losing the edge in innovation? How can this be? Where did we go wrong? What happened? Could it be that we’ve changed our education system and society in a way that gives less incentive to innovators? That would be a travesty since our entire national identity is in part founded on the ‘can do attitude’. Let’s discuss this briefly and you tell me if you see it too.

Are we losing our ability to think creatively and innovatively solve problems? I believe so. We also seem to be losing self-reliance, no need to solve problems – all the problems have already been solved. No need to think, just look up the answer on Google. Suddenly, there is no accountability or integrity – passing off copied ideas and plagiarism for innovation.

Look, I am not Luddite, and I don’t live in a cave, I know there is innovation out there – it’s just that I see an ocean of imitation and very few pearls of innovation in comparison. Everyone is busy liking, friending and forwarding – searching online for the daily highlighted viral original concepts rather than coming up with new ideas themselves. Maybe that instant gratification of a dopamine blast is as good as that “Ah-Ha Moment” when you solve a problem or when the light-bulb of innovation dings that bell inside your brain?

There seems to be a deep desire among members of our society to be creative and innovative, just as companies know there is a distinct advantage to the having a robust Research and Development Department and maintaining an innovative edge in their sector. Perhaps that’s why everyone and their brother claims to be an Innovation Expert Consultant. It’s rather hilarious how many of these ‘innovation coaches’ promise to teach us how to innovate, yet, I dare to ask; how many of them have original thoughts themselves. Is this yet another case of; ‘those who can’t teach’.

As an innovator myself, I find it amazing what is passed off as creative or innovative in this day and age. I guess we all have free speech in America and one is free to call themselves an innovator if they wish without any proof or examples of creativity of innovative attributes – but that doesn’t make it so. There is no honor in continuing this façade, we are only hurting ourselves and we cannot fix the problem until we address the reality and the problem here. Do you see it too? What should we do? Please consider all this and think on it.

Spares – How Do I Line Up for Spares?

So you’ve been bowling quite a few times now and feel pretty comfortable with your approach, release of the ball and trying for strikes. You are usually able to keep the first ball somewhere around the middle of the lane and hit the headpin most of the time. That’s great! I hope that some of my tips have helped to get you there. Believe it or not, that was the easy part–now it’s time for the real challenge within the sport of bowling, picking up your spares.

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

It seem logical that the fewer pins standing, the easier it should be to knock them down. Well, I’m here to tell ya, that just ain’t so! Even if you don’t count splits, consistently picking up your spares can be the hardest part of the game for many bowlers. The thing is, the fewer the pins, the smaller the target–therefore, less room for error. Think back to some of the strikes that you’ve had and how the pins were flying all over the place. You may not have hit the pocket (between the 1 and 3 pins for righties) or even the head pin, but somehow all of that pin action resulted in a strike. Spares are a different animal though. Fewer pins and less pin action requires greater accuracy. Don’t worry, it’s not impossible–here’s a technique that can greatly improve your spare shooting, which in turn will increase your scores (that sounds good to everyone).

3-6-9

What?! 3-6-9? I know, sounds like a counting drill or something. Actually, this is probably the quickest and easiest way to increase your consistency on spares. The 3-6-9 refers to the floor boards on the lane. You will be moving your feet that amount of floor boards to either the left or right in order to attempt a given spare. This method only works once you have a spot on the approach that you place your feet on for your first (strike) ball, as well as a spot on the lane (most bowler us the arrows) that you aim for on that shot. The amount of boards that you will move to the left or the right will be based off of your strike ball spot on the approach. I will explain this from the right hand bowlers’ perspective, so if you are a lefty use the same principle just invert the direction of the move.

Why Do I Have to Move?

The seven front pins that you see when you have a full rack are what you will use to determine your move, starting from your strike ball position on the approach. You will move you spot on the approach the opposite direction of the side of the headpin that your remaining pins are on. For each pin left of the headpin, you will move your feet three boards right while aiming at the same arrow. Conversely, for each pin right of the headpin, you will move left three boards. Since there are three pins to either side of the headpin, you will move 3, 6, or 9 board. So, if you leave either the 3, 6, or 10 pin, since they are to the right of the headpin, you will move your feet on the approach to the left 3, 6, or 9 boards to the left, respectively. At first this sounds and feels like it’s exactly the opposite of what you should do, but trust me it works.

So on the flip side, if you leave the two pin, because it’s the first pin left of the head pin, move your feet three floor boards to the right of your strike ball spot, while aiming at the same arrow. This will feel awkward at first but you will get used to it. Once you’ve move for your spare there are key elements to your success:

Walk to the foul line at your usual speed and STRAIGHT!
Aim for your usual mark (arrow) and watch the ball go over it.
Roll the ball at the same speed as for your first shot–don’t slow it down.

Many bowlers trying this for the first time have a tendency to walk crooked without realizing it; trying to walk toward their arrow. In order for the 3-6-9 method to work for you, you must walk in a straight line. To see if you are walking straight, pay attention to where you placed your feet to start you spare approach. Most bowlers use the dots on the approach to get themselves lined up. Well, the same dots are right at the foul line. After you let go of the ball look down at the dots and see if your slide foot is on or near the same dot (board) that you started on. If so, great! If not, keep working on it, you will get it eventually.

Got to Pay Attention to Yourself

Watch the ball roll over your usual arrow. If you don’t, there is no way to tell if you are doing this right. Accuracy is key, but slowing the ball down is not necessary. If you can usually hit your mark for your strike ball, you will be able to do this with a little practice, but slowing the ball down changes everything about your approach and release which effects your accuracy. Don’t do it. Maintain the same speed as your first ball; that’s the approach and release that feels most comfortable so stick with it–your just standing in a different spot–everything else should be the same.

What if There’s More Than One

This tip concentrates on the single pin spares, just to get accustomed to the new feel on the lane. For multi-pin, non-split spares, start with aiming for the pin closest to you. Once you get used to shooting at individual pins using the 3-6-9 method you will understand how to make small adjustments to get more that one pin.

This Can Work for Everyone

This can work with both a straight shot and the more advanced hook or curve shot. Those rolling a hook may need to adjust slightly depending on the amount of hook you get. That’s it! Not too tough, just takes practice. As I said, it feels awkward at first, like you are trying to do the opposite of what your mind believes to be right. Keep working on it you will get it–and in turn your scores will go up!Have fun on the lanes.

How Publishing Agencies Can Scale New Heights in 2018

Digital publishing has come a long way with thousands of books being published for devices of all form factors. Even though the digital platform is flooded with all kinds of reading material, journals can bring in a lot of revenue through a variety of channels. Journal publishing services in particular have a lot to contribute to the spectrum of content distribution this year.

Why Journals for 2018?

Looking at journals as a medium of content propagation and educational publishing, there are many benefits. First of all the feasibility of sending journals in a subscription based business model to audiences is very high. Subscription based businesses are quite the trend nowadays owing to their economical aspect and direct delivery to subscribers.

Another advantage of having journals is that they can make use of ads more effective. As per Hubspot, “67% of digital magazine readers actually want to buy directly from magazine ads.” Journals ads can be easily personalizable and ideal to use ads for targeting audiences.

Choosing suitable distribution channels

If a publisher chooses the retail distribution way as opposed to email, which is ideal in case of educational publishing, the subscription material has to be optimized to meet the requirements of the different eBook publishing platforms like Kindle, Kobo and Google play etc. It requires converting manuscripts into the suitable format for each such platform which can be easily managed with journal publishing services.

Email can be used to distribute journals and target audiences to make further purchases with personalized ads. Other ways to distribute journals can be through secure links or cloud storage platforms.

Making your publications available for all devices

One has to aim to provide an easily navigable user friendly experience across all platforms. All distribution platforms must get sufficient amount of attention as the aim should be to reach more audiences irrespective of devices and platforms.

Creating customized content for various distribution purposes

Depending on one’s content distribution need, there are many ways journal publishing services can be of aid. In case of educational publishing, one can have custom content created suited to MOOCs and online tutorials. Depending on the niche, with help of experienced professionals one can manage to roll out different customized content journals to keep readers from various backgrounds engaged, and expand reach to wider segments of readers.

Thorough testing prior to publishing

Prior to proceeding with your publication, it has to be tried and tested, because if there are any major issues, it might not go down well with the audience and result In negative reviews. It requires to be tested on multiple platforms and devices to make certain that the output is tangible and user friendly.

Your chosen journal publishing services company must put your products through a rigorous testing process, before release.