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Benefits of Training: 100 Day Marathon Plan

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The 100 Day Marathon Plan is a book written by one of the best Norwegian runners. As a runner, Marius Bakken was dedicated to training and improving. This is mainly why he also decided to study the method of training that Kenyan and Italian runners practice.

Dr. Bakken noticed that he was the fastest non-Kenyan runner for 5000 m events. He then decided to go to Kenya and learn more of their training methods. He also went to Italy to train with the best Italian runners. He ran in competitions until he decided to pursue his studies in 2007.

Kenyan method

Kenyans are known for their performance in long distance running. The methods that they use for marathon training has been working for almost a generation. Dr. Bakken shares what he learned from them in his book.

Italian method

Italian runners have learned how to be their best during competitions. Their training makes sure that they are not tired or over-training for any event. Their methods are honed to make sure that a runner performs at their peak during any event.

World class training

The book aims to hone the skills of any marathoner. Through reading it, any runner can practice methods employed by Kenyans and Italians. This is the best combination that a runner can learn and improve from.

The plan indicated on the book is meant to make any runner perform at international level. The book and employing the training methods in it can get them there.

Twenty five supplemental videos are also available to any person who buys the book. These are instructional videos that can further facilitate training.

Anyone who purchases the book also gets access to Dr. Bakker.  The book is merely a part of the package. Through buying it, a runner can ask Dr. Bakker about anything regarding the training methods and running. It is an e-book which means that there is no need to wait and one can get it as soon as possible.

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Why I Prefer Not to Use Creatine Sports Supplements When Weight Training

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Many of my contemporaries in the gym use a variety of legal sports supplements to help with their weight training and muscle mass gain.  I have used them in the past but now am completely committed to training and building up my muscle with no supplements.  I feel a lot better for doing so and have the peace of mind that I have achieved my muscle growth completely naturally with no artificial aids or sports supplements.

One of the most popular aids to weight training is something called the Creatine sports supplement.  Creatine helps to increase your muscle gain, but my experiences of using Creatine sports supplements have been negative.  I didn’t notice any visible muscle improvements in over three months of use, plus had some unpleasant side effects to using Creatine which included stomach cramps and frequent trips to the toilet.

If you are going to use a Creatine sports supplement then I would advise you always go and have a consultation at your local medical center.  They will be able to tell you if it is a good idea for you to take Creatine or not.  They will also help you look at other body building favourites including Nitric Oxide supplements and whether or not your body will be compatible or not.

Nitric Oxide supplements are popular because they give you that feeling of being really pumped up when you leave the gym, but as with the Creatine sports supplement, I prefer a natural look to my body – and have achieved the physique I am really happy with through pure motivation and hard work.

By advice to any budding weight lifter or body builder who is just starting out would be to try and attain your goals with sheer will power – although sports supplements are very popular in the gym and do work for a lot of guys, there is nothing better than attaining muscle without any help apart from pumping weights all day – give it a go and see how you get on.

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Choosing a rod and reel for catching trout

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When fishing for trout it is very important to have the correct gear. If you have an unbalanced rod and reel you may have difficulty casting and fighting a fish, which isn’t an enjoyable experience. Fortunately, it is not difficult to set yourself up with some quality gear that will make fishing for trout a pleasure. The following tips will help you select a rod and reel suitable for trout fishing.

The Rod
Choosing from the many trout fishing rods on the market will basically come down to the type of fishing you plan on doing. If you want to take up fly fishing you will need a specific rod, and reel, to do this. Bait and lure fishing is a little more flexible, but most people choose a spinning or baitcaster fishing rod. Spinning rods are great for those who are new to the sport because baitcasters can be slightly more difficult to master in the short term.

The Reel
The general rule when choosing a fishing reel for trout is to match it with the sort of rod that you purchase. For instance, a fly fishing rod can only be matched with a fly fishing rod, a spinning rod requires a spinning reel, and so on. It is important to purchase a reel that suits your rod so that it is correctly balanced. You can ask the tackle shop owner to check this for you or have them select an appropriate match for you. This way you can be sure that you have a correctly balanced fishing rod and reel combo.

Fishing for trout can be a frustrating experience if you don’t have the right equipment. Fortunately, getting setup with the correct gear isn’t difficult. The biggest advantage of doing this is that you don’t have to worry about the quality of your tackle when connected to that fish of a lifetime.

Tailgating Family Style

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While tailgating is generally viewed as a party before a sporting event that involves mass amounts of alcohol, grilling meat, and overall rowdy behavior, this is not necessarily the case in all situations. The truth of the matter is the tailgating can be a family friendly excursion under the right circumstances, as football stadiums want to make these events more accessible. Over the years, I have found a few different ways to make a tailgate party a good time for the entire family, so make sure that you are prepared before you head out in order to make this fun for all ages.

The first thing that you will need to do is locate a spot to tailgate that will not contain rowdy fans. Many stadiums now have family friendly tailgate sections, which will allow you to enjoy your time on the grounds without worrying about exposing your children to negative influences. These sections usually do not permit alcohol, making it a very family friendly option for you to discover. In some cases, these locations will provide entertainment for children to enjoy, which takes much of the pressure off of the parents in regards to planning. It is still a good idea to have some entertainment ideas planned, however, just in case everything does not work out with the stadium’s entertainment ideas.

Probably the most important aspect of a tailgate party is the food, so you will want to make sure that you have plenty of food options available for your party. Kids can be difficult to prepare for, but things like hot dogs and hamburgers usually go over well. The good thing about these foods is that adults will eat them too, so you will not have to come up with separate menus. Many stadiums will also have places to purchase food or even provide some free food before the game, so you might have a few different options from which to choose. Grabbing plenty of snacks before the game is also important, since you could be outside for hours. Try using the snack period to get some healthy foods into your kids, such as fruits and vegetables. Just because you are out tailgating does not mean that you have to throw nutritional values out the window.

Make sure that you keep all children hydrated throughout the day, especially if they are being active. Bring bottled water, as it provides more hydration than things like soda and juice. Of course, it is always fun for children to drink soda and juice, so keep these options open as well. Provide plenty of fluids for the children while they are eating, as this might be the only time that you can get them to sit still long enough to take these fluids.

Be absolutely certain that you research the policies regarding the section in which you end up before traveling to an area, as you could be in for a surprise otherwise. While most stadiums outlaw drinking on their property before games, many of these stadiums also do not enforce these rules. These same stadiums, however, will usually have family friendly section set aside for people who want these rules enforced. Look for these family friendly sections before you choose your location and do not assume that just because a stadium appears to discourage drinking onsite, that alcohol will not be present.
A few years back, I took my kids to a tailgate party and assumed that since I was on a dry campus, that no alcohol would be present. I was absolutely shocked when I reached the location and saw a full-blown party occurring before my very eyes. Needless to say, I left immediately and it ruined my tailgate experience for years to come. I have now figured out how these things work, however, so I avoid sections of the party that have not been labeled as family friendly.

Tailgating family style can be a very enjoyable experience because it keeps the family together and allows you to have a day out in the sun. By finding one that is located in a wholesome environment, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and will ensure that everyone in your family has a good time throughout the event.

Joyce Brister is a loving parent and blogger for the My Baby Blog.  Joyce loves writing about situations that parents are often faced with.  She would like for you to take a look at her Baby Bedding or her Arkansas Razorbacks Bar Stools.

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