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Best Car Audio Speakers – The Names Cannot Be Ignored

It can say that a significant device is used in the vehicle ?car audio speaker. As a whole, to get the quality audio system for your vehicle, it forces you to have to pick up the right one. At present, it is not difficult to find the available speakers on the market. There are many selections, so you can be confused. Since it understands this, we want to supply a couple of the best car audio speakers that you cannot miss getting the high-quality sound for your vehicle. Let’s see!



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Mountain Bike: 7 Tips You Should Know

When it comes to the decision to buy a mountain bike, buyers often get confused with a wide variety of details and instruments for the bike. How many protective functions the bike has is also a matter to be cared for. Most importantly, people often want to possess the best mountain bike under 500 so that they could both bike comfortably and save a small amount of money.

However, before buying, there are 7 tips you should know and in this article, I will provide you with full of these 7 tips.

  1. Figure out the terrain for the bike

The bike you aim at has to be compatible with every characteristic of the terrain. If you choose a mountain bike randomly for the type of terrain you are not sure about then you will have to deal with a lot of troubles when you ride it.

Therefore, firstly, you have to analyze the terrain you are concerned about and then search for the type suitable. This is very important and will help you in some following cases. (more…)

Proper Way to Go Backpacking

If it is your first time to go backpacking, there are basic things you need to find out so you can survive the trip. You are basically going to live on whatever is inside your backpack and if you want something that is durable, buy one of the best carry-on backpack available. By using something that is made of high quality, you are going to notice the advantage it has over other backpacks that are not well-made. If you plan to go on a long backpacking trip, make sure you have everything you need and follow the tips that will be mentioned here.

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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.


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…)

The Water Work Out

Jump Lunge

For quads, hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors, and lats.

HOW TO: Warm up with 5 minutes of deep-water running then do the following exercises, resting 30 seconds in between. Repeat circuit twice. Start with lunges: Standing in chest-deep water, step forward with right leg, knee bent, and right arm back, left arm forward. Jump up high and switch legs and arms. Go for 30 seconds. MAKE IT HARDER: Cup hands to increase the resistance. (Splash water at onlookers.)


Deck Dip

For triceps, lats, pecs, and delts.

Here’s a novel concept: Build better arms and chitchat with your lazy friends. HOW TO: Stand in shallow water and face the side of the pool with palms flat deck, fingers forward. Jump up so arms are straight and supporting the body. Once you are balanced, slowly lower yourself till arms are bent to 90 degrees; then push back up, Continue for 30 seconds. MAKE IT HARDER: Continue for 60 seconds. (more…)

A Voice On The Wilderness

One of the most rewarding things about being a guide is watching my passengers slow down to the point where they let the landscape work its magic on them. How on the first day of a river trip, my passengers will be swaddled in layers of protective clothing, ointments and potions, and then they shed them little by little, day by day, until finally their skin becomes a color indistinguishable from the river.

How at first

How at first, they are so shy with their bodies, so modest about their athleticism, until a couple of near misses on the trip’s biggest rapids require everyone to give better than their best. How, once they start to recognize the birds and the flowers and the age of the rock layers, this new knowledge delights them beyond all reason. How their conversation too becomes more naked and demanding, how more and more of everything gets laid bare.

In just five days of slow and elemental travel, the river can bring even the most disconnected person back to the land and back to herself. In our modern lives–which so often endorse the ordinary, acknowledge the explicable and reward repetition–adventure is our last connection to the wild world we came from, which always was and still is full of mystery and surprise.

Adventure is good for people

There’s no question in my mind that adventure is good for people. I’ve seen what it does for them. I know what it does for me. And yet the question that presents itself in the wake of the adventure craze is, How good are people for adventures? Are we, in our enthusiasm, obliterating the very places we need if we are to keep our spirits of adventure alive?

As the places we go for wilderness and solitude get buried under more and more waves of adventure seekers, it is only natural that we look for what remains untouched. Nepal is overrun, so we go to Bhutan. Peru is passe, so we try Bolivia. Alaska has too many RVs, so how about Antarctica? Should we ask ourselves now if any undiscovered places will be left on Earth in 50 years to serve as the landscapes of adventure? Can we remember, even in the heat of the moment, that what makes an adventure exciting is less the remoteness of the location or the degree of difficulty and more our capacity for wonder when we engage the world?


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…)

The Shokki Softball Team

That first season, Shokki came in second in our league, and we won the Japan Cup, the national tournament. It felt good to help the team; they had never come in higher than fourth.

The night we won the Cup, my teammates put aside their usual reserve and got wild, drinking beer and singing karaoke. I was fascinated: Some of my teammates’ skin turned beet red when they drank.

The summer of 1993 was epic

I was home training with the National Team when the International Olympic Committee announced that softball would become a medal sport in 1996. I knew if I continued to train hard, I might make the first ever U.S. Olympic team.

Two summers later, the U.S. team selections were announced at our Olympic tryout camp in Oklahoma. It was one of the happiest and saddest moments in my life. Hearing that I had made the U.S. team was a life-changing experience, but it was heartbreaking when some of my best friends were cut and had to pack their bags for home.

A lot of people thought the Americans would waltz to the gold in Atlanta. We players knew better. Softball is a game of incremental advantage: One bad pitch can lose a game, one clutch hit can win one. Our competition was Australia, China and Japan.

Coach Ralph Raymond named me starting pitcher for the third game of the Olympic tournament-against Japan. They were my other teammates, so I knew that Yamaji liked inside pitches and that Itoh couldn’t hit my curve ball. I could also understand the Japanese coaches. They’d yell, “Shita!” for a low pitch or “Uay!” for a high pitch. Maybe it wasn’t the deciding factor in our win, but it didn’t hurt. (more…)

The Interesting Adventure

Maybe the first thing that has to change is the language with which we talk about our destinations. The days of bagging peaks and taming rivers are over. We need to be willing to celebrate the fact that Everest has allowed us to stand, for a moment, on her summit, or that the Salmon River has allowed us safe passage without drowning this time.

We need to think of the wild places we go to test ourselves as something not to be conquered but to be cared for. We need to earn our right to our adventures by honoring our bargain with the land.


Reads a sign in Provincetown, Massachusetts; GUARANTEED WHITEWATER EXCITEMENT, says a brochure on my desk. In all the rush to capitalize on the adventure craze, marketers seem to have forgotten that the words adventure and guarantee are antonyms. The fact that nothing can ever be guaranteed is the very essence of adventure.

No organization, no matter how rich and powerful, can promise that it will rain enough to fill the river, that the whales will be in the same spot they have always been before, or that bad weather can be held back long enough for us to reach the mountaintop, long enough even to bring everybody back alive.

We are all guilty of one form or another of disrespect. Even if we take nothing away from the land, we still leave footprints, both actual and cultural, on the wild and distant lands we visit. And the inhabitants of those places are forever changed because of this.

It does not escape my notice that I may be the very worst type of offender, because although I believe I treat the landscapes and the cultures I encounter with great respect, I come home and write about them, encourage others to visit them and inevitably change them forever from what they were.

Some people believe in wilderness for wilderness’s sake

That there ought to be places, both inhabited and not, that people of the modern world just can’t go. I have to admit it’s an attractive argument, but it comes from as separatist a view of the world as the one that says the sole purpose of nature is to be our playground. (more…)

Some Wonderful Places Outside


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…)

Yoga & Fitness Everyday



By now, your muscles must be tight as a cord. A yoga class will stretch them back out. “Yoga will help your performance in other activities,” says Mark Blanchard, who owns Yogatime in Beverly Hills and teaches Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. To do a modified crescent, start on hands and knees, then lift hips to form an upside-down V. Lunge forward with right foot; raise torso, extending right arm in front of you, and pull left foot to butt. Stretches quads and hip flexors.



Play hooky. “Rest makes the body stronger,” says Sean Harrington, owner and fitness director at VERT in Santa Monica. “It allows muscles to refuel with glycogen, which is used up during exercise, and to work harder during your next workout.” If you want to really spoil your muscles, get a sports massage. Here’s the rub: A good kneading relieves tension in the muscles, alleviates stress and improves circulation and flexibility. To find an affordable (around $1 a minute) licensed massage therapist near you, call the American Massage Therapy Association at 847-864-0123.



If you resist the urge to stop for gorp every half mile, hiking is a top-notch cardio workout and fat-burner. Go for at least 60 minutes. If you don’t live near hiking trails, get outside and do anything active, such as inline skating or biking. (You won’t miss the gym stench, we promise.) Hiking, especially on steep inclines, taxes the calves and hamstrings. Going up, stay on the balls of your feet. Feeling tough? Walk with hiking poles to work your upper body and burn 25 percent more calories.



A hybrid workout of ballet and yoga will “make your butt head north instead of south,” says Melody Morton of L.A.’s Body & Soul Workout. For each move, do 2 sets of 8: (A) Releve with plie: Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width, toes pointing out. Squat, lift heels and squeeze glutes for one count. Works glutes, calves, quads, hamstrings. (B) Degage: With heels together, toes out, lift right knee to hip level; point toe, then straighten leg. Switch legs. Works quads, abs. (C) Side stretch: Extend left arm overhead and lean right for 5 counts. Switch sides. Stretches abs, lats. (D) Pelvic tilt: Lie with knees bent. Raise pelvis, extend left leg up and pulse hips. Switch legs. Works butt, hamstrings.



Strength-Training Circuit

“A circuit is a smart technique for building strength and burning lots of calories,” says trainer Jim Barcena. Today, emphasize the arm, abdominal and back muscles. Start with a 5-minute cardio warm-up. Do one set of 10 to 15 reps for each exercise. After you complete all 6 exercises, hop on a cardio machine for 5 minutes. Repeat the circuit 3 times. (A) Cone jump: Jump laterally with both feet over a 4- to 6-inch cone.

Land with knees bent, then quickly jump back. Repeat for 30 seconds (to advance, go for up to 1 minute). Works quads, calves and glutes. (B) Cable row: Wrap a resistance band around a pole and hold the ends at stomach level. Step back until band is taut. Stand with arms extended in front of you. Pull hands back toward chest, bending elbows. Works back, biceps. (C) Skate squat: Stand with feet just beyond shoulder-width, arms extended in front of chest.

Squat, bending knees. As you rise, lift left leg up behind you as if you’re inline skating. Lower leg; repeat, lifting right leg. Works glutes, quads and hamstrings. (D) Triceps extension: Lie on bench holding cable handle. With hands at ear level, elbows bent and pointing to ceiling, straighten arms and push up; lower. Works triceps. (E) Box: Stand with knees slightly bent. Punch bag with right arm, then with left for 2 minutes. Works shoulders. (F) Crunch: Lie with knees bent and hands behind head. Raise shoulders off the floor, lower. Works abs.



Switch gears and put your heart into your workout: A 40-minute Spinning class builds aerobic endurance and burns around 500 calories; plus it strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, glutes, abdominals and triceps. The workout can be as intense as a 3-hour Tom Hanks movie, so make sure you are properly positioned for your ride: Adjust the height of the seat so that your knees are slightly bent during the down pedal stroke.

The handlebars should be level with or slightly lower than the seat. (The lower they are, the harder you work your abs and legs.) Always keep your shoulders down, elbows bent and your weight back over the seat (don’t lean on the handlebars).

Begin with light to moderate resistance, says Janet Fitzgerald, who teaches the hottest (literally) Spinning class in L.A. at Body & Soul Workout (if you can get off the waiting list, you can pedal with such stars as Kyra Sedgwick and David Duchovny). “Work at your own pace, but make sure you push yourself,” Fitzgerald advises. “To improve, train a little harder each time you spin.” When you’re warmed up, move into butt-toning jumps and out-of-the-saddle sprints. Then mop up the sweat.