Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bowling Tips

1. Use the correct weight ball for your size.

Choose the heaviest ball you can throw without compromising your ability to have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and not cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early. A good rule of thumb to follow is to roll 1 pound of ball per 10 pounds of body weight, then add or subtract 1 pound. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds start with a 12 pound ball. It may seem to heavy at first, but as long as you have a full, relaxed arm swing, good speed, and it doesn’t cause you to lose balance or drop the ball early stick with it. If not, go up or down in weight accordingly.

2. Use the lane to help you aim.

When you stand on the approach ready to begin your shot, as you look at the lane you will notice a variety of markings. About 15 feet down the lane there are a series of arrows that point toward the pins. Most bowlers look at these arrows rather than the pins when aiming. Why? Simply stated, it is easier to hit a target that is closer to you. So, begin bowling and watch your ball roll over the arrows, ensuring you are standing in the same position to start each time–use the dots on the front of the lane to position your feet. Make a mental note of where the ball crossed the arrows when you hit the head pin. This will be your “mark”. Beginners should practice this method with the first ball of each frame first, it gets a bit more technical when trying to get spares.

3. Don’t worry about strikes.

No one gets a strike every time. If you put that kind of pressure on yourself you won’t have any fun. I always thought that was the idea behind playing games-have some fun! Focusing on technique will help you to improve. Once you develop the mark mentioned in tip #2, make sure that you actually watch your ball roll over it every time. If you hit it and the result is consistently different, consider developing another mark. Strikes will come, work on your technique and get those spares; you’ll find that a few strikes will sneak in there after a while.


Fishing Tips

  1. Making sure the rig is just right. There are two reasons making sure the rig is just right. First, a strong well tied fishing knot won’t break when setting the hook and second, certain knots swim your fly or lure in a way similar to the way fish swim making it more natural. There are many different ways of tying a knot and that all depends on what you are fishing for.
  2. Making sure your lure is swimming properly. You need to make sure that your bait is naturally moving through the water and mimicking fish movements and you do that with your rod tip and reel speed. When you pull on your rod tip and reel down to gather slack but making sure to keep in contact with your lure. Some people think they are going to catch something if they just cast and reel as fast as they can but if you do that your lure will not look like a natural fish in the water. Just make sure to swim your lure as the fishing spot dictates and you will have a better chance of catching that monster fish or just catching something period.
  3. Changing depths. Some people that fish the top of the water thinks it is fun but if there are no fish at the surface it won’t be as fun as you won’t be catching anything. If you are going to be fishing the top of the water, you want to make sure you are using a jig, spoon or a metal-lipped jerk bait to better your chances of catching something. You might have to go deeper to find where the fish are. There are going to be times where you will need to add or subtract weight when bait fishing or go to a sink tip or sinking line when you are fly fishing. Just remember if you are having any top water action you might need to go deeper to find where the fish are.
  4.  Changing location. If you have been sitting in the same spot for a while and have changed different lures and baits and there is nothing baiting, you need to move around to where the fish are at. But before you decide to leave the location you are at make sure you have covered all the water around you. Make sure to throw a couple of cast to your left, to your right, in front of the boat and in the back of the boat. You never know the fish could be anywhere and it is easy to move the boat to where the fish are.

Rock Climbing

  • Accessible sport

Obviously it’s going to take a little bit of practice before you’ll be carrying out death defying stunts, but rock climbing is actually suitable for most people to try out and is a highly regulated and safe sport. With the exception of the free-soloing climbers that you see performing on YouTube without any harnesses or safety equipment at all, rock climbers have a whole host of options to keep them safe whilst climbing. The adrenalin will definitely be pumping as you pull yourself higher and higher off the ground but you can relax in the knowledge that you will be safe.

  • All sorts

In top-roping, someone is sent to the top of the peak and attaches an anchor that the climber’s ropes are secured to. By clipping a harness to these ropes and the belayer at the top of the climb taking in the slack as the climber advances, if a fall does occur, the climber will drop a minimal distance then simply dangle before getting themselves back onto the rock. This is considered to be the safest kind of rock climbing, with the chance of injury being very small. Top-roping is an excellent entry level rock climbing activity. It is very safe, and you are always in the hands of an experienced climber.

Lead climbing involves two people working as a team. The leader will climb up the rock first, stopping along the way to attach his rope to secure points called cams and nuts. By using a quickdraw, which is basically a set of two clips, one of which attaches to the cam or nut and the other has the rope threaded through it, and the second climber or belayer only releasing enough rope to allow short upwards progression, the amount of slack in the rope is reduced, so that if a fall occurs, the climber will only to able to fall the same distance as the rope is in length. This teamwork then works in reverse as the second climber starts to climb. The distance the leader can climb is limited by the length of the rope, and once this distance has been reached, they must stop and anchor at a pitch. The leader then belays the rope to the second climber. Once both climbers have reached the same spot, the whole process is repeated until the summit is reached. Lead climbing is a challenging type of rock climbing and should not be attempted without thorough training from an expert. The chances of serious injury from a fall are far higher with lead climbing than top-roping.

  • Up the wall

Rock climbing can also be enjoyed inside on specialist climbing walls. Although they do not offer the panoramic views of outdoor climbing, they do have some distinct advantages. Because the walls are man made, the hand and foot holes are clearly marked and easily accessed, avoiding the panic that arises when you don’t know where to go next on a natural wall. The ground beneath the walls is padded in case accidents do happen and will help to prevent serious injury.

Indoor climbing is not weather dependent. Climbing outside is not advisable, particularly for beginners, if there has been bad weather in the days preceding climbing as the hand and foot holes can become full of water or slippery, thus reducing the chance of getting a good grip. But don’t think that by choosing the indoor option that you are choosing the easy way out. Indoor climbing centres have walls and overhangs suitable for all different levels and are not necessarily the easy option just because they are inside.

  • It’s a gift

Because rock climbing involves so much specialist safety equipment and knowledge about how to use it and the best places to climb, a great way to try it out is with a rock climbing gift experience. Other than donning suitable clothing, you won’t have to invest in any of the gear, and you can be expertly guided by a rock climbing pro. A rock climbing gift experience is suitable for most people, although the minimum age and maximum weight restrictions must be adhered to. Wannabe climbers don’t have to be excessively fit, although they should be in good general health and be reasonably fit, as rock climbing is physically demanding. Buying a gift experience for a friend or loved one is a great chance to buy them something different, help them to achieve a lifetime goal of completing a rock climb and create memories that will last forever.

Indoor Climbing

Summer’s almost over but the heat still remains. If you’re dying to get a good workout but can’t bear the warmth, indoor climbing is the perfect activity. The popularity of the sport is increasing because it doesn’t just cater to adults. Even very young children can engage in some fun in a safe environment, not possible with outdoor rock climbing. Supervisors and trainers are always on call if you need tips or find yourself stuck at an awkward height.

Like many full-body workouts, indoor climbing exercises the whole body. You don’t need super strong arms and legs to make your way up, just sign up for a beginner’s class to get started. It does help if your fitness levels are better than negligible but that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a try. It focuses on the entire body but lays emphasis on the hands and forearms, areas which are frequently neglected in ordinary workouts.

  • A huge calorie burner

According to research, indoor and outdoor climbing both burn up to 970 calories an hour depending on gender and height. And calorie burning doesn’t stop there. Even rappelling down is a workout, capable of shedding 700 calories per hour. For comparison, a 160-pound individual will burn around 730 calories in an hour by skipping rope. Despite the small difference in burned calories, indoor climbing is more fun and the safe environment makes it ideal for children, teens, adults and senior citizens. You don’t have to work your way up fast either; just the effort exerted to get up several meters makes a big impact on how many calories and weight you shed.

  • Great for flexibility

If flexibility is not a strong suit, indoor climbing can change that by forcing you to work your muscles. The first few sessions will be brutal but keep at it and you’ll be amazed by how much your range of motion has increased especially around the shoulders and hips.

  • A good brain power boost

Climbing requires thought. You have to figure out the best way to get to the top using a minimum number of moves to conserve energy. This strategizing increases problem-solving skills and improves hand-eye coordination, two traits not found in many standard exercise moves.

  • Expands social networks

An indoor climbing facility sees several people working out at any one time. It acts as a meeting place for like-minded individuals so if you’re looking to expand your social network or just need a spot to get together with friends, few places boast this trait. Even businesses can benefit by using it for a corporate outing. Some gyms offer package deals catering to businesses so pitch the idea to your boss the next time he plans an office outing.

All climbers will tell you that indoor climbing is addictive. In fact, you won’t be able to get enough of it. It doesn’t get dull as there are always new challenges and if you progress from the beginner stage, you’ll find yourself setting higher goals in the next session.