Why MMA is One of the Best Ways to Keep Fit

kickboxing-150331_640MMA or mixed martial arts is one of the top ways to keep fit these days, the sport has taken off and gone from something of an unknown to a popular sight in many gyms and has even worked its way into video games and television, the sport is becoming mainstream, and we’re going to focus in this article on its benefits in terms of keeping fit.

One of the main reasons Mixed Martial Arts is so great for those of us looking to keep in shape is that it requires both aerobic fitness and resistance training for your strength, providing the two key areas of workouts. As well as that, your agility and flexibility are constantly being tested. The combination of boxing and other forms of fighting and the more agile asian fights and martial arts make this the perfect combo for most.

One of the other benefits it is worth mentioning is the fact that it is enjoyable. Sitting and staring at a wall whilst on a running machine or stationery bike can get very tedious, this is a sport you can do with others (and it is growing at some pace)

In conclusion, there is likely to be an MMA club near you, such as chicago MMA – there are many opportunities to get involved with the various martial arts and fitness clubs discussed in this article, providing an interesting hobby that will also serve to keep you in truly great shape.


Introducing Kuai Biometric Headphones

kuaiOnce in a while a really exciting new project crops up on crowdfunding sites, and this is definitely one of them. Many smartphones, watches and other devices have provided us with help for our exercise and sporting activities but none of them quite to the extent of this, the Kuai.

They’re called Biometric headphones but the offer so much more than this. They’re the ultimate workout buddy, and work either with smartphones and other devices or on their own.

The Kuai’s are hard wearing, built to last and come with you through even the toughest conditions, they’re even waterproof, so there are few exercise scenarios you can’t use them for. They monitor your heart rate, and can even give you a workout plan delivered into your ear while you exercise. Their technology is patented so you won’t find it anywhere else, and an impressive 8gb of memory gives this device a lot of flexibility and capacity.

One of the coolest things about the device is the social aspect, not only can you download workout plans from others, you can test yourself against friends who have the device as your respective plans and levels are tracked, and you can closely monitor your improvement over time.

In conclusion, these biometric headphones have a real next-gen feel, and are affordable as well as being useful for bikers, swimmers, runners and any other sportsperson. Click the link below to get your hands on a pair on their kickstarter campaign.

Kuai -the world’s first multisport biometric headphones. Just launched in Kickstarter for $99.


A guide to Taking up Kickboxing

kickboxing-150331_640In the modern age there are a huge amount of sports for us to try and get to grips with, influences from around the world often see new sports work their way over to the UK and beyond, and a great example of this is all the different types of boxing and fighting available, one of which, kickboxing, is what we’re going to focus on here. If you want to get started in the UK, kick boxing london have a lot of information for you, but our tips below will also be really helpful.

  • Get the right equipment. A simple search online will lead you to the right shoes and gloves to start kickboxing with. Wraps, ankle braces and supports and much more are things you might want to consider.
  • Get the right instructor, you need someone to show you the ropes, and making the correct choice of club to go yo is a huge part of it, fortunately you can find reviews online or look for recommendations from friends.
  • Get the right food and drink in you. You need fuel for the engine, and kickboxing can be a really tough workout for you, make sure you have consumed plenty of carbs and are properly hydrated before getting started.

There are loads of different ways you can improve your workout and as you get used to kickboxing you will get better at it, especially if you have followed the steps above to ensure you’re prepared. Happy boxing!

What is Mental Rehearsal?

We live in an age where sports stars have to be more dynamic than ever to gain an edge over their opponents. Whereas 30 years ago sports science was a rarity, it is now embraced by most of the top teams in the world in all sports and can even be applied an an amateur level. One of the techniques used most commonly is mental rehearsal, so what is it all about?

Mental rehearsal is the act of playing through a scenario in your head before it takes place, it is different from a physical rehearsal as you’re not actually doing the actions but studies have even suggested the muscle memory is helped by doing this. There is little doubting that this visualisation technique helps. An example would be a penalty kick in soccer. Let’s say you need to take a penalty, before stepping up you rehearse in your mind over and over where you are going to put it, helping you by having a clear decision and direction and allowing you to go into the kick with more confidence.

This technique can be used for simple skills, sticking with the soccer analogy, something like passing the ball, or it can be used to visualise game scenarios and situation and what you will do when faced with those challenges. Mental rehearsal should be done before you take to a field, or even in bed at night, in a quiet room the day before a match, or whenever works best for your particular sporting challenge. Putting it into practice can definitely help your performance.

The Best Way to Watch Rugby Online

rugby-1-367955-mRugby is a rich and vibrant sport which is played in multiple parts of the world. It’s a noble game dating back hundreds of years and, like so many sports, originated in the UK, where it can be watched on lots of the television networks.

Rugby is not so easy to watch in some parts of the world, and though it is played a lot in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and more parts of Europe aside from the UK, it isn’t easy to find in some parts of the world, and even if it is, you may still want to look for the most convenient way to watch it online via a rugby live stream.

2015 is going to be full of exciting Rugby, we have a world cup to look forward to, the six nations, tri nations and lots of domestic rugby. A membership to rugby online stream could be your answer to make sure you don’t miss a try! Featuring global coverage, extremely impressive and professional HD coverage of a huge range of worldwide rugby fixtures and some great offers on membership prices, especially if you go for a long term membership, this could be the answer for all rugby lovers out there, whether you’re in the UK, America or anywhere else in the world.

In a world of online streaming, there are often ways and means to find the sports you want to watch, and when it comes to rugby, this one centralized hub will have all of your needs covered.

Best Cycling Locations 2015

cyclingFor the avid cyclist, there are few better feelings than combining this hobby with travel. Cycling is a worldwide phenomenon and there are so many opportunities to get out there, meet new people and explore new places on your bike. Whether you’re looking to branch out and explore the world or tone up your cycling and improve your times with a professional coach, the opportunities are out there.


Tuscany is well known for many reasons, but did you know that it is one of the greatest places to go cycling? The terrain is interesting and challenging, and the landscapes are truly stunning, just be sure you don’t go overboard on the tuscan wine in between!

Alpe D’Huez

It is on the tour de france cycling tour for a reason, a stunning eight mile climb that is a great challenge, but an attainable one, with an average grade of 8 percent, this can be done by the moderately good cyclists out there!


Long a tourist hotspot in Europe, mallorca is a beautiful island and cycling is growing there, 2015 cycling training camps Mallorca are a good way to learn from the pros and experienced riders whilst soaking up the atmosphere and staying in some lovely accommodation in this mediterranean paradise. Perfect if you’re training for something like a charity ride.

So there we have it, some top european cycling locations to head for in 2015, some of which have guides and package deals available to take all the hassle out of it. Enjoy your ride!

The Best Pre-Match Foods for Footballers

bananaIt is so important in any sport to eat right and look after yourself, gone are the days of a pre match fry up, especially for professionals, and the age of the nutritionist is well and truly upon us. What we eat before taking to the pitch can have a massive impact on performance, which is why we’re taking a look at the best foods to eat before a big game.

Rice Pudding – Rice Pudding is a great choice for some sustenance before a game, it is full of carbs, but that doesn’t always help, in this case, because they are slow release, your body will be feeling the benefits for some time, great for a long football match.

Bananas – keeping it light and fruity, a banana has a similar effect in that it releases its carbs into the body pretty slowly.

Meal Replacement or Energy Bars – designed to be low GI and not cause a spike in your body sugars, but give your body the boost it needs in long haul exercise, something like clif bars before a game are great for this, a really healthy football snack, organic and designed with sports in mind, especially longer workouts such as a footy match.

Jaffa Cakes – for something that can be easily found at the supermarket, jaffa cakes are said to be very helpful in giving a short term boost

Energy Drinks – they’re more commonly used by students for staying awake these days but can be very helpful for sports! That is what they were designed for after all!

Visiting Monaco Grand Prix

Run since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most important events on the racing circuit. Nothing short of iconic, the race is famous for being won 6 times by Ayrton Senna, five of which were in a row, an incredible feat for the Argentinian.

As well as being an iconic sporting event, Monaco is one of the most sought after places in Europe to visit, famous for its luxurious lifestyle, F1 Monaco has also seen many of the sports biggest names move to the famed tax haven. The monaco circuit is a beautiful one, and surrounded by a harbour with yachts and boats belonging to the rich and famous, there is no better way to enjoy the greatest of motor sports. Fortunately, there are people out there organising tours and packages that make this once in a lifetime experience even more amazing.

Everything from helicopter tours to luxury driving experiences that you can partake in yourself or with friends, there are also many luxurious hotels, penthouses and restaurants, where you’re also bound to see your share of world superstars.

Monaco truly is one of those places which will take your breath away, and the Grand Prix is the icing on the cake, whether you’re a lifelong F1 fan or just a sports fan looking for an experience, this amazing track and dramatic setting is sure to be an experience you never forget. It doesn’t come cheap, but the best things in life don’t, and trust me, this is one of the better things in life…

How to Book A Soccer Field in Singapore

chalkboard pitchFootball (or soccer, as many will call it) is the biggest sport in the world, with a huge following in south america, the whole of Europe and Africa and in other parts of the world it is growing rapidly, south east Asia being one of those parts of the world. Singapore is going mad for football and what better way is there to spend time with friends or a semi professional or amateur team playing soccer.

The main thing you need for football is somewhere to play it, whereas in South America there are pitches on the beaches everywhere and loads of people play on the streets, things are a bit more formal in Singapore, and you need to be more organised, it is tough to have a spontaneous kickaround. Fortunately, there are people out there to help, with one company in particular showing us how to book a soccer field in singapore.

Active SG is a website that lets you sign in either with email or even with a facebook profile and go ahead and book a pitch, you can see prices on there, divided into peak and off peak rates, you can book with an ewallet or your credit card, simply find the football pitch you need and the time slot you desire and make your booking, it is as simple as that, a smartphone can also complete the booking if you are already out and about.

So there you have it, the easy way to book your soccer field and enjoy your kickaround.

Ways to Watch the World Cup

spainThe time is almost upon us, the world cup, the world’s most famous and arguably most exciting sporting event is nearly here as it prepares to return to its spiritual home, Brazil, the team who have won the tournament more than any.

One of the problems the world cup throws up is the timing of the games, and watching live football matches can be tough depending on which part of the world and which time zone you are in. Luckily, this is the 21st century, and there are ways around it.

  1. On your television. The old fashioned way, this world cup is on terrestrial TV in the united kingdom and much of the rest of the world. You may get the best coverage elsewhere but the fact that you can tune in on your telly is superb.
  2. On your phone or tablet. Apps such as TV Catchup or iPlayers let us watch things on the go on our phones or tablets, make sure you have 3G or a wifi connection and you’re golden.
  3. On your laptop. Similarly, but this time we bring streaming into account via our browser. Many tablets and phones wont allow this as they dont support flash, but your laptop will. No excuses here.
  4. Cinema showings! This showcase can even be caught in some cinemas and other big screens.
  5. At a bar or pub. The social way, get your friends out for a beverage. You can bet your bottom dollar that if there’s a screen, they’ll be showing the world cup on it.
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