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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Why Sports Should Be Part of Every Kid’s Life

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Sports. Some of us hate them, some of us love them. Some of us grew up as the team’s shining star. They woke up early on the weekends for football or baseball practice, or ran track until they puked. Then there were those of us who preferred to sit on the sidelines and watch. We relished the use of the snooze button and slept ’til noon every Saturday and then got up and turned on the TV or played video games. This trend has continued over the decades, with more and more kids turning on TVs instead of getting turned on to sports. The effects of this trend have been disturbing with childhood obesity rates on the rise, and far too many kids getting into trouble with drugs and violence. If sports were part of the lives of more young people, we might see the trend reverse.

Tackling Childhood Obesity Through Athletics

In most areas, some type of sport activity is available for kids of various age groups. While some children are eager to play sports, there are some children who simply do not show much interest in competing. However, in light of the obesity rates in children that continue to skyrocket, it just seems like common sense that some sort of physical activity should be part of every child’s life.

“Look at the obesity rate for kids right now. It’s terrible. Do I force my kids to do sports? YES! I don’t make them play a sport that they don’t like, but they will play a sport,” explained Dr. Kevin Berry, a Denver, Colorado dentist and father of three.

A High-tech World May Not Be The Healthiest For Children

Younger generations seem drawn to the latest and greatest technologies of today like moths to a flame. They spend hours of every day browsing the Internet, using their cell phones, gaming, and watching television. All of these activities require little to no physical movement, except maybe for kids playing with Microsoft Xbox’s new Kinect® system.

Parents need to step in to ensure that technology-based activities don’t monopolize the lives of today’s children. There is always time for sports, and if there isn’t time, time should be made for them. Sports allow children to be active and to spend time away from the devices that seem to be glued to their hands.

Studies have shown that the less active a child is, the higher chance he/she has of becoming overweight. The less kids move and the more downtime they have, the more likely they are to pack on pounds. Health agencies push for at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children each day and with sports, exercise becomes less mundane and much more exciting.

Playing to Learn

In addition to fighting the childhood obesity epidemic, sports are also important in helping children to grow and learn as high-functioning members of society. Sports allow a child to learn the importance of team work, dedication, proper social skills, the art of fair competition, and can even build a child’s self-esteem. As explained by Dr. Berry, “Sports give kids a sense of brotherhood; it keeps my son out of trouble. It reinforces the message of right and wrong that he gets at home. Even if it’s not competitive, it is a good use of their time.” Sports also keep parents involved in their child’s development.

Your child doesn’t need to be the local team’s star quarterback or the soccer team’s best goalie, but he should partake in some sort of sport. With such a variety of sporting activities available today, your kids should be able to find something that they can enjoy doing that doesn’t involve going online.

Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Dr. Kevin Berry is a general dentist who focuses on treating TMJ disorder and sleep apnea. He can be contacted at:

TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Colorado
8200 S. Quebec Street, A14
Centennial, Colorado 80112
303-800-7007

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Myron Rolle ranks his NFL career behind his education

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Myron Rolle ranks his NFL career behind his education

By Bill Smith

NFL scouts might question CB Myron Rolle’s 40 time, or if his hips are fluid enough but they can never question his intelligence. Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar. Today, he announced he would postpone his NFL career and spend 2009 in Oxford England getting a masters degree in medical technology.

But there is a lot more to this story than that. Rolle was told by the league’s NFL draft forecast that he would be a top 50 pick. That would mean a cash signing bonus of around 2 million and a 3 year contract worth about 18 million. That isn’t bad, but someone as smart as Rolle can do better.

Rolle came to Florida State from the Hun School of Princeton where he maintained a 4.0 grade point. At FSU he graduated in just 2.5 years majoring in exercise science with a focus on pre-med. He is currently finishing up his masters in Public Administration. At the same time, he became an All American corner back for FSU.

Sometimes football conflicted with his academic pursuits. His interview for the Rhodes scholarship was the same day as FSU was scheduled to play at Maryland. He went to Coach Bobby Bowden and explained the situation. Bowden did the right thing and told him to go to the interview. Then Coach Bowden got permission from the NCAA to allow Rolle to take a charter flight from Alabama to College Park as soon as the interview was over. He not only made the interview, he won the scholarship and made it back to the game by half time.

Not only does Myron Rolle deserve congratulations but so does Coach Bowden. His actions have given his team a real world example of how education and athletics can work together. It also was proof that Coach Bowden ranks education above football. How many coaches really believe that? We wish the very best for Myron Rolle. I am certain he will find a way to get everything he wants for his life.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for NFLDraftDog.com and edits fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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