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Snowed in?

With all the snowstorms that have hit the east coast, many of you are probably dreading having to head out to shovel, but I swear, it can be so much fun (and a sick workout)! Shoveling is insane cardio & total body work: just 20 minutes can leave you breathless, burning and sore for days. Like running or obstacle racing, it’s also a “mission” which can help keep you motivated throughout (starting is a another issue, but once you’ve started, you’ve got to finish!).
 
I used to HATE to shovel, but I found a few ways to make it really fun. Add your own tips below! 

Ideas to make shoveling more awesome than ever… 
1. WICKED TUNES. Duh. Loud and proud, unless it’s too early. Eye of the Tiger works really well. 80’s anthems, hip hop, rock etc… A fun playlist keeps things moving and cuts your time down. Play them from your car or speakers, but try to avoid earphones if you’re shoveling in high traffic areas (too many accidents).

2. RACE A NEIGHBOUR. A LOT of fun AND gets the job done faster! If your neighbour’s snowed in, suggest a friendly wager. If you have kids/multiple helpers, make teams! Losers makes hot chocolate for the winning team. Bam.

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Little Boy’s Crazy Dance Moves Put NFL Cheerleaders to Shame

Like most NFL cheerleaders, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ squad members have a couple major things going for them: Good looks and polished dance moves. When it comes to cutting the rug, though, they’ve got nothing on this kid. He’s 10 years old, his name is Christian Bottger and he’s the Internet’s newest viral darling.

Bottger’s pretty epic dance performance — featuring snippets of “Gangnam Style” and “Teach Me How to Dougie” — came during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The YouTube video above has already been viewed 200,000 times since being uploaded on Monday, and it landed Bottger a Tuesday morning appearance on The Today Show.

via Mashable

Smile maker… :)

Sam Gordon, Girl Football Player, Stars In AWESOME Highlight Reel

Get it girl!

via HuffPo

A highlight reel of a peewee football player has become an Internet sensation, showcasing the impressive speed and versatility of Utah youngster Sam Gordon — a girl playing in an all-boys tackle football league.

While female football players tend to be relegated to the kicker position, Sam made waves on the field with her physicality and fearless nature. The video, posted by the girl’s father, Brent, displays the girl’s talent for bursting through coverage, breaking tackles and making tackles of her own. Most notably, however, is the section in which Sam shows that she can take a hard hit — just like the boys.

Sam finished the 2012 season with a stat line that would make any parent proud. According to the video, she scored 35 touchdowns on 232 carries, totaling 1,911 yards and averaging 8.2 yards per carry. She also added 65 tackles, for good measure.

Goalball: Dodgeball for the blind

Via The Greatist

Somewhere between the rocketing shots, diving saves, and lightning reflexes, we forgot all the players of Goalball are either blind or blindfolded. We then realized that we’d never be as badass as the insanely talented, hyperaware athletes featured in the video above.

Goalball is a bit like a cross between dodgeball and soccer — where all the players are blindfolded. There are physical markers on the court, and the ball (which is slightly heavier than a standard dodgeball) has bells inside of it so players can track it all by sound. (You can check the full rules here.) Sound hard? We think so. Goalball also has a really cool backstory to go along with its badass modern form.

Originally developed as a way to help rehabilitate visually impaired soldiers after World War II, Goalball was a way to help the troops stay active and enjoy competition while also training them to use — and hone — their remaining senses. Goalball gradually became recognized as a Paralympic sport, joining the official competition roster during the 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands.

The game has a surprisingly broad appeal compared to other Paralympic sports. Because Goalball only mandates visual impairment, sighted players can participate by wearing blindfolds.

Team USA Trick Shot Complilation

Pretty fun compilation from the Dude Perfect guys! Love it! 

"Would you be brave enough to climb it?

Excalibur is the tallest climbing wall in the world and it’s located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It’s 37 meters tall or 121 ft. You would expect to see a straight wall for climbing, but Excalibur is slightly bended and therefore a greater challenge to all the climbers.

This wall is climbable from all sides and great challenge for all wall climbers out there. There’s not a better feeling that standing on top of a 37 meter tall wall and watching the world bellow you. That’s something special and it’s definitely something that you should experience.Of course, if you’re afraid of heights, there’s a safety one mattress down bellow. One mattress might not be enough, but it’s good to know that it’s there.”

More pics here! Quote Via Interactive Architecture: http://www.interactivearchitecture.net/excalibur-tallest-climbing-wall-netherlands/

Bad Ass Tools For Fit Freaks:  Speed Resistance Training Parachute

Who’s it for? Runners, sprinters, athletes & anyone looking to boost power & speed.
Cost: $20-$30
What it does: The speed parachute adds resistance to your sprints, improves your stride, boosts acceleration & powers up your runs! The chute fills with air as you accelerate forward, adding about 15-30lbs of resistance (depending on speed). The design is light, compact and simple, allowing the user to move freely without sacrificing form. It’s designed to use during short, fast sprints: this isn’t a tool for long runs.
Pros: Lightweight, portable, adjustable & very affordable. Great tool for instructors/CPT’s.
Cons: Looks a little ridiculous if you’re using it solo, but hey, it’s ALL in the attitude. I know I’d be impressed watching someone run sprints with a parachute. :)

Bad Ass Tools For Fit Freaks: Speed Resistance Training Parachute

Who’s it for? Runners, sprinters, athletes & anyone looking to boost power & speed.

Cost: $20-$30

What it does: The speed parachute adds resistance to your sprints, improves your stride, boosts acceleration & powers up your runs! The chute fills with air as you accelerate forward, adding about 15-30lbs of resistance (depending on speed). The design is light, compact and simple, allowing the user to move freely without sacrificing form. It’s designed to use during short, fast sprints: this isn’t a tool for long runs.

Pros: Lightweight, portable, adjustable & very affordable. Great tool for instructors/CPT’s.

Cons: Looks a little ridiculous if you’re using it solo, but hey, it’s ALL in the attitude. I know I’d be impressed watching someone run sprints with a parachute. :)

"There’s nothing better than working up a good sweat," Finch says. "I make time to keep active. I know how important it is to keep moving."

With baseball season right around the corner, CNN jumped at the chance to ask Finch more about how she stays fit, the future of competitive softball and why we don’t watch professional women’s sports. The following is an edited version of the interview:

Why is it important for young girls to get involved in sports?

"It’s crucial. The statistics are incredible. Teen pregnancy rates drop. Grade point averages are, you know, higher. Suicide. Depression. It affects all of those. When you’re involved in sports you just have that much great chance of being successful and living a healthy lifestyle.

And I think learning things at a young age you can carry that with you forever. I know, for myself, there are lessons I learned that transcend into motherhood, into the business world, wherever I go: teamwork, leadership, discipline, sacrifice — all those things carryover.”

nationalpost:

If you didn’t get enough of the royal family yesterday …

It wasn’t much of a race, but then it really couldn’t have been as the world’s fastest man and Britain’s Prince Harry met up on a track Tuesday in the Jamaican capital.

The prince got off to a false start and was about 50 meters down the track as Usain Bolt bent over with laughter. The Olympic medalist then jogged up to Harry, making one of his signature skyward points for a crowd of onlookers at the University of the West Indies in the Jamaican capital.

In life, you’ll make mistakes & you may end looking silly. But how you handle it makes ALL the difference.

Keep calm & carry on!

(how CUTE is this kid!)

via BBC Sport

Extreme Sports: Tazer Ball

I’m not usually this blunt, but this is eff-in DUMB.

While the tazers being used are certainly not police grade, forcing your muscles to spasm repeatedly can cause all kinds of physiological problems, especially if players have pre-exisiting conditions (which we don’t always know about and can’t always be detected until it’s too late). Not to mention that being tazed, again: repeatedly, WITH an elevated heart rate, while in motion…sigh.

You get what you sign up for. And some things have to get really bad before people start to realize that they are not great ideas. Just hoping someone doesn’t get killed.

The tazer is considered a weapon in Canada.

Ridiculous. I think my favorite quote is ‘“There’s no risk of a heart attack or someone’s brain exploding.”

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Tazer Ball: The most shocking extreme sport of the year
A Toronto team is ushering in the world’s newest ultimate sports league, but don’t expect to see a home game anytime soon: One of the pieces of equipment used, a 300,000 volt electroshock gun, is considered a weapon in Canada.

“It’s not technically a police grade Taser,” said Eric Prum, 25, one of the founders of Ultimate Tazer Ball. “That being said, the first thing the [players] will tell you is that they hate getting tased. Those things really do hurt.”

The Toronto Terror is one of four teams in the newly minted Ultimate Tazer Ball league. The game puts two teams of four players on a field about the size of a hockey rink. Players have to get a large ball into a net while avoiding their opponents, all of whom are armed with the device.

“The reason it’s really cool in game play is because it causes your muscles to spasm, therefore you’re going to drop the ball, you’re going to trip, you’re going to fall over. And it’s fun,” said Mr. Prum. “There’s no risk of a heart attack or someone’s brain exploding.”

Snowboarder Shaun White wins Fifth straight Superpipe Gold Medal… with a first ever perfect score of 100.

Always good to leave on a high note! Wow!


LIFECYCLE: 365 days in the life of a bike in NYC

 conducted a very unique experiment. They took a fully loaded bike, complete with basket, bells, light, and whistles, and chained it on a busy street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. Everyday for a year, they visited the bike and took one picture. Over time, the effects of the city are noticed. The video is featured on BlameItOnTheVoices.

via ViralViralVideos

Via Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke succumbed to injuries Thursday morning that she sustained in a fall Jan. 10 while training in the superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort.

University of Utah officials confirmed in a statement that Burke passed away at 9:22 a.m. surrounded by her family. As a result of the fall, she suffered a ruptured vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain. The rupture of this artery led to severe bleeding. Emergency personnel performed CPR at the site of the accident, during which time she remained without a pulse or spontaneous breathing, the statement said.

She remained in a coma and on life support from the time arrived at the hospital. Doctors conducted numerous neurological examinations and tests and revealed that Burke had sustained severe, irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after the cardiac arrest, the statement said. In accordance with her wishes, her family donated her organs “to save the lives of others.”

The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude for the international outpouring of support they have received from all the people Sarah touched.

The family will not be making any other public comments about Sarah’s accident.

With her death, the world loses a world-class athlete, a tireless advocate for women’s athletics and a kind and generous soul.

"What defines Sarah now is what has always defined her," said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge. "She was always very gregarious, very outgoing and popular with those around her. She is very giving in terms of her time, especially in the sport."

Burke fought fiercely for the sport’s inclusion into the Winter Olympics. Last spring her efforts were recognized when the IOC announced ski superpipe would be included in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Burke said it was the fulfillment of a life-long dream.

"In many ways, Sarah defines the sport," Judge said. "She was one of the first people to get into the pipe and bring skis to the pipe. She’s always been very dedicated in trying to define her sport, and it’s never been about just winning. It’s been about pushing the limits. She’s always been more concerned about making herself the best, rather than comparing herself to other people."

On her website (www.sarahburkeski.com), Burke described how she was one of the first women to compete in the sport.

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Volleyball round goes on FOREVER.

This is AMAZING. I don’t know how many of you have played volleyball before, but a typical rally lasts for a few seconds, to maybe half a minute. I’ve never seen anything like this before. These girls are FIERCE! Some of the digs, leaps, rallies…. WOW.

So exciting to watch!

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