Monthly Archives: February 2015

From Body Combat To Kickboxer

My girlfriends and I walk for exercise and just started walking again last week after taking a break during the school holidays. We walk for at least an hour each time. It is a challenge to get in the groove of exercise again after such a long break. I expected to be sore after my first one hour walk this year, but I wasn’t; so I’m glad. I didn’t get tired either. What bothered me more than anything was the heat. We walk in the morning after school drop-of. Even then, the sun was out full force and the humidity was uncomfortable enough for exercising outside. So I suggested to my girlfriends that we should consider walking in a shopping centre on those hot days or joining some group exercise class at a fitness centre with gym membership in Perth. We talked about joining a Zumba class last year, so I looked up the local council’s fitness centre and found a whole new set of classes I had never heard before; classes such as Body Attack, Body Combat, Sh’Bam and SmasHIIT. Body Attack is simply a scary name for a sports-inspired cardio workout to build stamina and strength. Body Combat is another scary name for a high energy workout involving kicking and punching with moves from boxing and martial arts. Sh’Bam uses dance moves to shape up and SmasHIIT is high intensity interval training with a trainer. They also offer a high intensity boxing class that uses basic boxing moves to help build overall fitness and strength.
My girlfriends and I watched a few of those classes online and it was hard to agree on which class to take. Two of us wanted Zumba and one wanted the Body Combat and Boxing classes because she wanted something that was high intensity as well as learn some self-defence techniques at the same time. After a few Body Combat lessons, my friend was inspired to join a Muay Thai gym in the neighbouring suburb to learn more about Thai kickboxing as a means of self-defence. It was a good thing she did that because she went on to learn about how to defend herself and strike with her fists, elbows, knees and shins. The use of eight body parts to strike is why Muay Thai is called “the art of eight limbs.”
The two of us probably should have joined this friend in her Muay Thai gym class, as she is so much stronger and fitter than both of us now because her Muay Thai conditioning involves running, shadowboxing, body weight resistance exercises, rope jumping, abdominal exercises, medicine ball exercises and weight training. She also conditions her shins for combat by kicking a sand-filled bag. My friend jokes that Muay Thai is good for getting her frustrations out at the end of the day before going home because she can kick or strike the sandbag. To join the fitness classes in Perth visit this website. 

Simple To Technical


There is not just one basketball system for sale but many, from many different companies but in the end they are all very similar, there is not much you can do with a hoop on a pole. There are the basic hoops that can be hung just about anywhere there is a suitable surface to attach it to, then there is the plastic models that have sand or water in the base to stop it from toppling over. The metal systems that need to be screwed into a sturdy surface to keep them upright and then the ones that need to be cemented in and you need a permanent place for them to stay, making your very own court in the backyard.
You can get basketball rings in Melbourne that have the backing board and netting or you can go the whole hog and have the backing board, net and a scoreboard that can be programmed to record every ball through the net and be rest when you want to start all over again. The more complicated the system the more it is going to cost you, a simple hoop can go from around fifty dollars while the whole set up can be in the thousands of dollars. When children are young it is best to stick to the cheaper models as they are going to grow out of them soon enough and you have no need for them to last ten years or so, they are specifically made for outdoors so they are hardy enough to be left out and you have no need to bring them in every time there is a sprinkling of rain.
As long as you have the appropriate place for it, the hoop all by itself is sufficient to teach your child to play and as the years go by you can just shift itup until you have the height that they play on the basketball court, no need for all the bells and whistles. The only thing you will have to buy that is a bit different is a ball that your kid will be able to handle comfortably, so over the years you will have a range of basketballs that will vary in size from very little to what everyone else uses.
The shed will end up being a growth chart of your kid, measured in basketballs, maybe after they have reached their full growth you can bring out all the balls to give them an idea of how much they have grown, that is if the dog hasn’t taken the balls as part of his collection and chewed them to death, which you know they will do. In fact the first basketball will probably have teething marks form your kid on them along with the dogs and it is probably best to buy a few little balls to start with as a few may become shreds of material from the baby and the dog.

Significance Of Fitness Workouts

The benefits of workouts are perhaps more than one can ever think of, they are seemingly endless. Researchers have proved that workouts are responsible for building self-esteem. Developing a good self -esteem is the basis of good living since a person will be able to tackle most of the life problems with ease. Apart from having a direct influence on a person’s mentality towards things in life, it has many countless health benefits that one can explore though regular training. Fitness exercising has no age, gender or physical ability restrictions. Everyone regardless of these limits can engage in physical fitness programs. People are more convinced with health benefits that can have an impact on their life span on earth. Hence some of the health benefits that one stands to gain from physical workouts include the following.
Exercising is essential in controlling excessive weight gain. It is also responsible for loss of weight. Generally, physical exercise helps in burning down calories which are stored in the body in the form of fats and proteins. Apart from just engaging in fitness exercises, it is important that a person mind their diet as well. If for instance one is participating in regular fitness exercises but in turn feeds on foods high in calories, then probably it might take them like forever to gain fitness through weight loss. If one cannot find time daily for workouts then they might consider involving themselves in workouts at their places of work, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevators among others.
Fitness workouts combat health defects and conditions. Conditions and diseases such as hypertension can be prevented through regular exercises. Engaging in group fitness training in Auckland could be a better solution to participating regularly in fitness programs. Exercise raises the heart activity which helps in smooth flow of blood in the veins and arteries. Apart from cardiovascular diseases, regular exercising can help in controlling other conditions in the body such as metabolic syndrome, stroke, diabetes of type 2, some types of cancer, depression, arthritis among many other diseases and conditions.
It is well known that regular exercises improves mood and social relation with other people.People are normally stressed after a tough day of work and some may resort to alcohol consumption for relief. Actually this does not help fix the problem but instead worsens situations. Spending some 30 minutes at the gym can be a better solution in reduction of stress and help improve relation with other people. A good personal trainer at home can also help a lot if one does not feel like visiting the gym. Creating a schedule when the instructor should be available for workouts could be a better idea.
Workouts help in building strength and flexibility. Perhaps one is looking for more in fitness workouts apart from just good cardiovascular performance. Boot camp fitness workouts are probably the best to go for. These are workouts which are used by the military in improving their agility and strength, but can be used by individuals as well through skilled instructors.