Hunting

How do Crossbows Work?

How do Crossbows Work?

Crossbows can be a powerful tool for hunting the way they made crossbows before are only slightly different from the way they make crossbows today. It was mainly used for shooting their enemies, but today they are mainly used for killing and hunting animals. This is a classic item that will never be forgotten because manufacturers keep on innovating the way it is made.

Cocking

First, crossbows need to be cocked before it can shoot an arrow. Crossbows require less draw length compared to other bows and they also produce a much faster fps to not let any target escape. Crossbows have a lesser draw length compared to the compound or recurve bow. Crossbows only have a draw length of between 14 to 20 inches. (more…)

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Female Athletes

When we invited celebrities to toast female athletes, we discovered that the athletes had become celebrities.

Here is what I know about work: You do it steadily, you enjoy it and you expect that, over the long haul, it will pay off. But you rarely see the progress or a single seismic change while you’re in the thick of it. Until one day, everything comes together. For us, that happened when we invited the most inspirational athletes of the past year to accept honors at the third annual Women’s Sports & Fitness Champions Awards.

Female celebrity athletes

What a great feeling to watch female celebrity athletes be honored by athletic-minded celebrities. Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy received an award on behalf of the U.S. World Cup Soccer Team from Katie Couric and her soccer-playing daughter, Ellie; Goldie Hawn presented to wheelchair marathoner Jean Driscoll; actress-model Tyra Banks honored WNBA superstar Cynthia Cooper; Chevy Chase and his daughter introduced golfer Juli Inkster; and track legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee helped us wish luck to a cast of Olympic hopefuls on their way to Sydney.

Each athlete made an eloquent acceptance speech. Swedish hurdler Ludmila Engquist offered a list of roles to live by, which had helped her win a medal at the world championships while undergoing chemo for breast cancer: “`Never give in’–Winston Churchill. `Live a normal life’–my doctor. `Nothing is impossible’–me.” Cynthia Cooper paid homage to her late mother: “She taught me to hang tough and finish what I started.” (more…)


Some Wonderful Places Outside

SNOW SPORTS

Mushing huskies in Maine

Zip up your parka and explore the hemlock forests, frozen shorelines and glassy ice surfaces of the Rangeley Lake region from behind a team of frisky Yukon sled dogs. Between mushing lessons, you’ll do some vigorous cross-country skiing.

Who: Appalachian Mountain Club, 603-466-2727. When: Just one weekend in winter; 2001 dates to be determined. How much: 2 days, $360 for members; $400 for nonmembers. Travel advisory: Don’t skimp on the polypropylene: You’ll need to change twice a day to stay dry and warm.

Extreme skiing in Chile

Ever dreamed of starring in a Warren Miller ski film? If you’re an advanced-intermediate or better skier, here’s your chance. After a week with the XTEAM in Valle Nevado, led by extreme skiers such as Dan and John Egan, Rob and Eric DesLauriers, and Dean Decas, you’ll carve expert turns and plow through powder like a pro. Taking advantage of the challenging South American terrain, you’ll also learn to ski steeps, couloirs and trees.

Who: XTEAM Advance Ski Clinics, 800-XTEAM-70. When: August. How much: 7 days, $2,540. Travel advisory: Do not underestimate the searing equatorial sun. Pack some heavy-duty sunblock, a pair of UV-protective sunglasses and a baseball cap or visor.

Skill building in Colorado

Telemark ski through pristine aspen forests and then camp down for the night in a snow cave you built yourself during the Winter Multi-Skill Intensive, held in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to teaching snow sports–such as ice climbing, mountaineering and telemark skiing-this backcountry primer tutors you in winter survival smarts, including cold weather physiology, avalanche safety and snow-shelter construction.

Who: Colorado Outward Bound School, 800-477-2627. When: December 29-January 20. How much: 23 days, $2,395. Travel advisory: Only hearty backcountry enthusiasts who are comfortable on telemark skis and are ready to handle nearly a month of nonstop outdoor activity need apply. (more…)


How to See The Olympics

How to see the Olympics or add oomph to your serve–she’ll answer anything

What’s better: three sets in a row for each muscle group or three trips around the weight room?

J.C., Medford, MA

Well, others may prefer that you don’t hog a machine, but doing three consecutive sets is better for you. “It takes about two minutes for the muscle to recover completely,” says Wayne Westcott, fitness research director of the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts. So doing three sets with only about 90 seconds rest in between makes muscles work harder. Even better, do three different moves for the same muscle group, like a set of triceps dips, followed by a set of triceps kickbacks and a set of triceps extensions. “Mixing it up helps build more comprehensive strength,” Westcott says, “because you’re involving more muscle fibers.”

I want to increase the power of my tennis serve. Any advice?

P.M., Lexington, KY

Try channeling Venus Williams, who holds the Guinness world record for her 127-mph power serve. Not psychic? Build Venus-like strength. “The power of your serve comes from the legs and the trunk rotation,” says Tim Howell, director of tennis at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California. His favorite move: racquet crunches. Hold your racquet with both hands in front of you as you sit up and twist your torso first to one side and then the other. For the legs, walking lunges (try coveting the whole length of the court) will build the strength you need to create momentum for your serve.

What’s the cheapest way to go to the Olympics?

K.P., Chester, NJ

Unless you can stuff yourself into Jenny Thompson’s gym bag, there really is no cheap way to go to the Games in Sydney. Cartan Tours (www.cartan.com) will plan the whole thing for you (airfare, hotels, tickets) with week-long packages that start around $5,000. (more…)