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4 of the Best Cities in the World for Sports Enthusiasts

Posted on October 31, 2016 in Sports Cities by

There is something about sports that connect to human emotions. Many who are into sports, regardless of role, would agree to what has always been said about sport being a metaphor for life. Stories about athletes’ dreams, struggles, wins, and losses are among the things that have inspired millions of people. While anyone can be an athlete and play everywhere, there are places that are veritable havens for people who love sports. Here are some of the best cities in the world for sports enthusiasts.

The city is home to not just its world-renowned soccer club — FC Barcelona. It also boasts of several sports clubs. It has hosted numerous major international tournaments like the European Champions League, FIFA World Cup, and an extensive list of World Championships for different sports. In 1992, the city served as a venue for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It has many sporting venues like sports arenas and stadiums suitable for hosting high-profile sports events.

London has a vibrant sport scene. Soccer clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and West Ham are among the major clubs that see action in the city. Soccer is indeed big in London. But it is not the only sport that enjoys huge support and following. Places like the Crystal Palace, Lord’s, The Oval , Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, and Wimbledon among many others serve as excellent venues for a wide range of sports. The city has thrice been an Olympic venue the most recent of which was in 2012. It also hosts various local and international sports events like the Boat Race, London Marathon, and Tour de France.

Australia has a strong sport culture and Melbourne is no exception. It is not only a popular destination for people who want to catch some waves. It also boasts of several sporting events. Basketball, cricket, rugby, soccer, and surfing are among its most popular pastimes with huge following. The city also has numerous sporting arenas and venues including the Albert Park, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne Ballpark, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Olympic Village, State Netball and Hockey Centre, Victoria Park, and a lot more. It has hosted the Olympic Games in 1956 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Tokyo is a major sports hub in Japan. It is home to many sports teams like the professional baseball clubs Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants. Many sports are played the most popular of which are baseball, basketball, football, rugby, tennis, and volleyball. Martial arts like judo, karate, and kendo are also widely practiced. There are many sports venues including the Ajinomoto Stadium, National Olympic Stadium, Meiji Jingu Stadium, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Dome, and Yoyogi National Gymnasium among many others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and is set to be the venue for the 2020 Games.

Factors to Consider When Preparing for Your Home Gym

Posted on September 28, 2017 in Staying Fit by

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Going to the gym might be time-consuming for most of us, which is why it’s better to have a home gym where you can always work out whenever you have a free time.

However, building one requires you to consider the following:


How much are you willing to spend? How many materials can you purchase with your budget? It’s essential to check the prices of the equipment before buying. Make sure you read reviews about the best one for the money as well.


  1. home gymThe place where you can build your gym should be spacious enough to accommodate the most important tools. A spare room would be ideal.
  2. Remember that as you improve, you’ll be needing more equipment, so make sure you have space for future equipment.
  3. Change the look of the room or space, making you feel motivated and not too comfortable.
  4. Clean the location—from the ceiling, walls, down to the floor—ensure that corner is free from dust and dirt.
  5. Paint the walls of the room with a light color which is pleasing to the eyes. Make use of a paint sprayer to make the job easier. There are paint sprayer reviews found here.
  6. Let the paint dry completely.


These are the five most crucial tools your home gym will need:

  1. Platform – This is essential because it will deaden the noise of weights. It will also protect your equipment as well as the floor. You don’t have to purchase an expensive one immediately. You can buy a simple one then upgrade in a few months. If you have an unlimited budget, then go for the top-quality platform your money can afford.gym bench, platform, and dumbbells
  1. Bench – A lot of exercises such as bench press and dumbbell pullover can’t be performed if you don’t have a bench. Ensure that the bench you’ll purchase can carry your weight and height. If you have the money, it’s best to have an adjustable bench so that others can also work out on it.
  1. Power rack – As the centerpiece of your home gym, the power rack may consume a lot of space in the room, but it is excellent for almost any exercise. It’s safe to use, and it’s definitely worth the money. Make sure you check the strength, height, width, and hole spacing before purchasing a power rack. You might want to check out the accessories too.
  1. Barbell and weights – Standard bars are for heavy lifting, and Olympic bars are for compound lifting. The number of weights depends on you, but you should ask a fitness expert to know what bar you should purchase.
  1. Dumbbells – These affordable tools are more versatile than barbells and are ideal for the home gym with limited space. If you want to be safe and comfortable while exercising, choose fixed dumbbells.


Why Athletes Should Train More Often Indoors

Posted on August 31, 2017 in Athletes & Beyond by


Whoever said athletes can just be trained outdoors has, most probably, never experienced what it’s really like to be healthy and fit.

You see, the indoors as a training ground can be just like the outdoors as a training ground: moderate and heart-warming, just like how you would feel after running around the block for a couple of times, and thanks to you still being able to do very simple workouts like breathing in deeply and simple workouts like stretching as far as you can indoors.

You also see, the indoors as a training ground can be more than the outdoors as a training ground: intense and heart-pounding, just like how you would feel after cycling around the park for a number of times, and thanks to you still being able to do elaborate workouts like planking for as long as you can indoors and very elaborate workouts such as lifting out heavily.

That being said, here’s why athletes should train more often indoors:

Training indoors allows one to stay connected with his innermost being.

And by this, it means not forgetting where he came from as he works on what he needs to do as a rising athlete while also working on what he needs do as a family member. And by this, it also means not forgetting who he takes from as he works on what he has to do as a star athlete while also working on what he has to do as a family member. Because that’s what staying connected with your innermost being is about – not forgetting where you come from even if you’re working on to be a rising athlete, as well as not forgetting who you take from even if you’re working on to be a star athlete.

Indeed, whoever said athletes can just be trained outdoors has, most probably, never experienced what it’s really like to be healthy and fit.

Because at the end of the day, all that matters when it comes to health, especially in the physical aspect of one’s life, is how you work on to be a rising athlete with the help of where you came from – your own home. Because at the end of the day, all that matters when it comes to fitness, especially in the mental aspect of one’s life, is how you work on to be a star athlete with the help of who you take from – you own family.

And oh, have I mentioned that training indoors is also just like you being able to learn about growing here even more?

The Most Exciting Thing Sports People Can Do At Home

Posted on August 27, 2017 in Sports & Beyond by


Being into sports is one thing. Being into sports is another thing.

Luckily, a sports person can do both at the same time. And luckily, a sports person can do both at the same time in the comforts of his own home.

And let’s just say it will then be like a real-life The Hunger Games – minus the killing part, of course.

That being said, here is the most exciting thing sports people can do at home:


Archery may have often been underrated in the sports industry, but has never been underrated in the fans industry. But while it’s been known for quite a long while now, even going back into the prehistoric era as means of hunting food, today’s generation has always seemed unaware of it – until Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games came to life on the big screen and inspired everyone’s hearts to survive life, no matter what it takes and no matter what kind of weapon you may have in your back. Gone are those days where people only get to witness someone equipping themselves with a bow and an arrow during the Olympics or a coronation. Today, sports businesses from here and these offer archery games and other related activities to allow people to unleash their potentials. Then again, who says you can’t do it yourself at home?

All you need is a target you can practice on, which you can either put up on a blank wall in your living room as part of your game corner or on a wooden stand in your back yard as part of your game corner also. Make sure to get rid of anything important that can be accidentally hit nearby as you take on bows, or even crossbows, and arrows during your practice game. Also make sure to equip yourself with the right gears like shoulder pads as you take on bows, or even composite bows, and arrows during your practice game.

Indeed, being into sports is one thing. And indeed, being into sports is another thing.

But you know what?

Being able to do both at the same time is an entirely different thing, one that will surely inspire more people to survive life, no matter what it takes and no matter what kind of weapon you may have in your back.

Are you into archery? Are you also into archery? Share to us your most remarkable experience with it by commenting below!

How Coffee Boosts The Performances Of Athletes

Posted on July 10, 2017 in Athletic Performances by


We all know how coffee boosts not just one’s energy, but also one’s immune system. It also helps one lower the risks of having diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Type-2 diabetes. It even helps one lower the risks of having other illnesses such as liver cirrhosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Even more so, coffee helps increase fiber intake to normalize one’s digestive system and reinforce DNA bondage to stabilize one’s cell production.

Of course, these health benefits can only be acquired through moderate coffee intake – or better yet, with Coffee-Channel.

But when it comes to athletes, drinking coffee proves to be more than just acquiring these health benefits.

Here are some ways coffee boosts the performances of athletes:

It helps reduce pain.

Athletes undergo training daily. Regardless of which training level a person’s enrolled in, there would always be 2 kinds of drills: intermediate during normal days or advanced during competition days. Either way, one can feel discomfort when stretching his body to its limit and even pain when using his body to its limit.

Thankfully, coffee is basically here to save one’s day. As per the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism’s research back in 2009, coffee helps reduce one’s pain – especially when doing something that requires one’s body to be used intensely like exercising. Thus, it’s only right for you to drink coffee before undergoing any kind of training daily.

It helps manage weight.

Athletes also undergo restricting daily. This is for one to get the right kind of weight to perform more effectively.  This includes controlling what one eats daily, as well as limiting what one does every day. This even includes controlling what one drinks every day, as well limiting where one goes daily. The only problem? Restricting can sometimes backfire and make one exhausted than usual.

Luckily, coffee is practically here to save one’s day. As per the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society’s presented research back in 2012, coffee helps manage one’s weight – especially for those who are doing something that requires one’s body to be used intensely like training. Thus, it’s only right for you to drink coffee while undergoing any kind of restricting daily.

These are only some ways coffee boosts the performances of athletes.

Always remember, though…

These, along with the health benefits mentioned, can only be acquired through moderate coffee intake.

Do you know any other ways coffee boosts the performances of athletes? Let us know in the comments section below!

Habits Of Great Athletes

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Great Athletes by


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Being a great athlete is not just about the recognition. It’s not just about the rewards. Being a great athlete is also about health and fitness. It’s also about patience and determination.

Most of all, being a great athlete is about self-discipline.

How? By practicing habits that will not just make them physically healthy and fit, but also mentally healthy and emotionally fit.

Here are some habits of great athletes:

They train hard.

Time and effort are needed to fully master something you’re good at. In the case of athletes, training hard – running early in the morning or even repeating things until it’s done perfectly – is one great way to make use of their time and their effort to fully master what they’re good at.

They take it easy.

Believe it or not, training hard is useless – but only if you can’t take it easy as needed. And this is where general warm-ups come in. The purpose of the general warm up is to condition your body enough for the extensive training’s rigorous undertakings, as well as for the actual sport’s rigorous undertakings – without getting tired easily and without getting pained badly.

They rest enough.

A great athlete doesn’t only train hard, but also rest enough. They don’t push themselves to succeed until their physical limitations, but rather push themselves to succeed despite their physical limitations. This is for them to remain in great shape not just physically, but also in great shape mentally and in great shape emotionally – as their bodies fully regenerate while sleeping.

They eat and drink well.

Great athletes are just like other people: they need to eat and drink well, in order to keep themselves healthier and fitter – inside and out. Their eating habits range from gluten-free diets to all-protein diets. Their drinking habits, on another hand, range from alkaline water to energy drinks.

Making Fitness a Priority

Posted on October 14, 2016 in Staying Fit by


Keeping fit is a commitment that many athletes take seriously. Whatever the sporting goal may be, one’s level of fitness can make or break the chance of achieving it. But sticking to a regular workout routine may sometimes be a daunting feat, especially for busy athletes. It becomes even trickier when there is a lot of traveling involved. If you want to make exercise one of your priorities while traveling, here are some strategies that can help you get started.

1. Stay committed. Everything is doable if you commit to it. And regular exercise is high on the list of must-dos that you can actually stick to if you choose to. You just have to get past the real or perceived obstacles that may hinder you from doing it. Foremost of which would be the initial inconveniences when you try to squeeze in some exercise time to your tight travel schedules. You should also be prepared to work around the inherent challenges of traveling. The hours can be unpredictable and you might have to deal with unexpected changes to your travel schedules. When you commit to your fitness goals, you are more likely to find ways to make room for exercise every day.

2. Maximize free time. Plan your day ahead so you can manage your time well. Set aside some time for exercise. If that is not possible given your itinerary, squeeze in exercise or any physical activity during your free time. Instead of sitting down for long stretches of time, you can spend it moving around. Maximize waiting times by going for a walk even just in building corridors.

3. Adapt. Exercise does not have to follow a rigid schedule. Chances are you will have more time for exercise if you just take advantage of every little time you can spare. Apart from a regular workout routine, come up with a list of other activities that could get you moving throughout the day. If you are just starting a fitness routine, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercises. You can either complete a workout at one go or divide your exercise goal time in chunks of three 10-minute exercises. The more short exercises you can do in a day, the easier it gets make your fitness routine stick.

4. Eat nutritious meals. Eating the right foods can help you sustain the energy to exercise on top of the many other things you have to do during your work trips. Maintaining a healthy diet has always been essential to a good fitness plan. Some foods can even provide you with the energy boost you might need to stick to your workouts.


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