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Top 5 Locations for Extreme Sports

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Forget the beach and ditch the book, we all know that a holiday with a light dabble in some extreme sports is going to send you home with the best snaps…even if that means bone.

Here are 5 of the best locations in the world to tap your pulse and reinvigorate your adrenaline levels with some cool extreme sports.

1. Nicaragua, Volcano Boarding

Anyone can snowboard the peaks of Chamonix, but what about boarding down an active volcano? Nicaragua is well known for its long civil war but as calm has been restored, this volcano country has seen extreme sports enthusiasts bound in, board in arm, to take on one of the country’s best challenges.

You won’t be short of volcanoes to choose from but Cerro Negro, Black Mountain is up there – literally, it is 675m above sea. It’s still active, it’s covered in black volcanic matter from its last eruption and it’s can give you speeds up to 40mph, just don’t pick up any gravel rash on the way.

2. China, Bungee off Macau Tower

Bungee jumping has been around forever, or at least it feels that way. However, the man behind the bungee, A.J. Hackett has spent his life dedicated to keeping his gem of an idea fresh. From being set on fire and jumping into a pool at the Double Six night club in Bali (sadly no longer running, boo!) to his latest accomplishment – the world’s highest bungee (233m) off Macau Tower. If sailing close to the concrete isn’t extreme enough, coming within 30 metres of the solid floor surely is?

3. USA, Street Luge in San Francisco

What do you get when you add wheels to San Francisco’s crazy hills? Street

Luge! Finding yourself lying down on little more than a skateboard on the streets of California, where this extreme sport was invented, makes for one hell of a rush, especially if you manage to reach 97mph. Turning and stopping will be the last thing on your mind as gravity takes over and the world whips by, but it’s probably worth figuring these out before you let the wheels take control.

4. Dubai, Wingsuit Flying

Imagine being able to fly, and no, we don’t mean from Heathrow’s Terminal

5. Actual flying, in the sky. What used to be the thing of childhood dreams and comics is now possible with the age of wingsuits. Donning what looks like a mattress that has been thinned in places…for good reason, people have been jumping out of planes, helicopters and even off ski slopes to take flight. Getting an aerial view of Dubai’s Atlantis Palm as you soar overhead has got to be one of the most awesome experiences. You’ll need a few flying hours under your wings first, though.

5. Costa Rica, Surf the Salsa Brava

Some extreme sports don’t tire and surfing is one of them. Since it was first tried in Hawaii famous surf spots have popped up around the world, but few as infamous as the famous Salsa Brava. This legendry patch of surf can be found in Costa Rica and is loosely translated as ‘angry sauce’, which describes the skin shredding effect that comes when these fierce waves dump you on the coral reef.

Enjoy it while you’re on the board but don’t cry when you’re off.

Written by Annabel, Event Organiser for Chillisauce, a company specilaising in Stag Weekend Ideas and Hen Nights

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Tighten Your Core with Break Dance

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Of all the dance disciplines, there are few as intense and body-transforming as break dance. Not only does it look amazing (and, let’s face it, really cool), but it also does incredible things for your body. Upper body strength is key to break dancing and general fitness will need to be upheld just to be able to pull off some of the more complicated choreography. Warm ups before a break dance lesson will tend to include an aerobics-style workout, featuring crunches, push ups and headstands, making this one of the more tricky styles of dance to get into. More than worth it, however, as once you have begun to pick up even the most basic moves break dance is energetic, exciting and will transform body your physical shape and the general way you move.

The History of Break Dance

Break dance originated in the 1970’s, inspired in part by James Brown’s energetic onstage moves, and quickly became popular with young athletic men who wanted to take part in a form of dance that was impressive and acceptable on the streets. Break dancers formed ‘crews’ and could meet up to ‘battle’ (basically a dance-off, with the emphasis on pulling off the most impressive moves to win). In the 1990’s break dance became a widely accepted dance form as it began to seep into popular culture, appearing in films, music videos and even television ads. Very much associated with hip hop music, it became one of the most popular identifiers for young people (by this point both men and women) that were part of the hip hop subculture.

Although break dance has faded out of public consciousness since the 90’s, it is still very much one of the more dramatic and popular youth-oriented dance forms. You can take part in break dance and urban dance classes as part of many gyms, or in independent classes run by urban dance schools. Just do an Internet search to find your nearest class.

Break Dancing Moves

 

Break dance relies on a few basic elements. There are simple moves for each, which will build your strength and balance enough to move onto some of the more spectacular moves. Toprock are steps performed from a standing position, and are used often to warm up before dropping into the more complicated Downrock, which involves movements and positions on the floor, using hands as much as feet. Power moves and freezes are used to add more stylistic elements to the dance as a whole, with power moves being the more gymnastic movements, and freezes tending to end a section of break dance choreography – holding a strong pose either on your hands or feet (the physical representation of a ‘ta-dah!’).

When beginning to learn break dance, one of the first moves you will perfect is the 6-step, which is basically just walking in a circle on the floor with one hand on the ground. From this position, it is easy to move into more complicated poses, stands and movements. Once you have the 6-step down, the hardest part should be over and your rhythm and balance should be right for learning the trickier elements. This video shows a detailed instructions on how to do the 6-step so it is a great place to start and see if you can get the basic moves down.

Break dance will tone your entire body as well as strengthening your core as you learn to hold strong positions for long periods of time, and move your body in ways that you hadn’t previously even thought of! It will not only improve your general fitness, but give you better balance and posture as well, as you learn to move with much stronger control of your body.

Whilst not one of the simplest types of dance to pick up, break dance could easily be one of the most rewarding skills to learn.

Written by Caitlin who is a blogger for UK based poledancingpoles.info where she blogs about pole fitness. Caitlin is dance crazy and there is not a dance craze that she hasn’t tried. When she is not busy blogging she is usually found in a dance class or shimmying up her chrome x-pole and showing off her latest moves.

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Different Types of Climbing Outdoors

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When it comes to climbing outdoors there are several different options you can take. You can choose to enjoy bouldering or you can go for something that requires a little more skill like free solo climbing or ice climbing. Understanding the different types of climbing activities out there can help you to find which one really fits your niche and gives you a sport that you can really enjoy. Before you just go out and start climbing it is important to take professional lessons and to really perfect your skills. Here are some of the different types of climbing:

  • Conventional rock climbing – this is where you have a nice rope, harness, and you often scale up a large rock face with the assistance of other climbers and having a person to belay and to provide you with safety. This is a great way to climb and it is a lot of fun. Most people will learn how to start climbing this way indoors before they move onto outdoor climbing where it gets to be a bit tricky. Sport rock climbing also falls under this category as you have people that leave certain gear attached to the rock so you do not need to bring it with you.
  • Bouldering – many people enjoy bouldering when they are out hiking and enjoying the wilderness. Bouldering us where you will find very large boulders and you will climb up about 10 feet on the boulder. Usually you will not have any protective gear except a mat if you fall.

Ice climbing – this is also very popular but it tends to be very dangerous if you don’t take proper safety precautions. You need to use special equipment and climb up frozen waterfalls and glaciers. It helps to climb with a team of experts to ensure you will be safe and protected.

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Prepare for An Amazing Adventure Outdoors

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When you are looking for an adventure outdoors, you can try out many different things. An adventure can be a hiking voyage you have set out to complete for yourself or perhaps an adventure for your children that you have planned.

Ideas of activities that you can enjoy for yourself of a group of people would be a backpacking hike, a venturous voyage through a traverse canyon or a set out to reach a mountain peak  adorned in wilderness. These types of activities can seem like your own adventure.

Other ideas of an adventure outdoors might be trekking over a vast region to reach the other side; though if you choose this type of adventure you should be well prepared to avoid any tragedies. The feeling of accomplishing an adventurous goal in the wilderness will leave you impressed.

Take your kids on a fun adventure in the woods or a nice hiking trail where they can walk at their own pace, yet enjoy what nature has to offer. Many times, this can be an adventure all on its own. You can also think of many types of other ideas that your kids would enjoy outside.

Examples of other activities you can do for an adventure outdoors might be to help your kids build a tree house or club house that they can play in to help them stay active. Kids always enjoy a clubhouse as a way to have their own adventure outdoors.

Whatever you choose for you adventure outdoors, remember that there are many different types of activities that you can join in on and enjoy. When adventuring, make sure to play it safe and prepare beforehand. Don’t forget to bring healthy snacks to munch on and plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated. When you set out on your adventure outdoors, keep in mind that it is always about fun in the end.

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