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HARD EXERCISE WORKS: It never gets easier, it gets better!

first_img I am 49. For the greater part of my life, I was fit. I averaged about 5-6 mile runs four days per week, taught tons of boot camp-style classes at various gyms and did a ton of core. But at 38, I tore my Posterior Cruciate Ligament and started a PhD program. These two events interrupted my exercise regimen, to say the least, and I basically quit doing everything besides an occasional hike. I gained weight, lost muscle and lived for pumpkin bread and cappuccino. What motivated me to sign on with BRO for the fitness challenge was when a dear friend and avid runner was diagnosed with cancer and unable to work out because chemotherapy made her so sick. I decided I could do anything if she could endure cancer, and I signed up for a month at Hard Exercise Works (HEW) in Asheville, North Carolina.Old, out of shape, and addicted to Netflix marathons, I thought for sure I was out of my league when I entered the gym. The only thing I knew about the place was that my daughter had trained at HEW religiously before attending plebe summer at the United States Naval Academy to prepare for military-style workouts, and she LOVED it! I started the class the day after Memorial Day weekend. I was terrified on Day 1. Steps, kettle bells, jump ropes, weight balls and rowing machines lined the walls, visible signs of what was in store! Along with a pre-workout waiver I was asked to submit a food diary of what I had consumed the previous three days. As it was a holiday, I was horrified as I documented the disgusting things I put in my mouth over the weekend. The staff reviewed the information and offered some nutrition counseling after the workout that was well received, despite my utter horror that someone actually knew how unhealthy I could be! When Kelly asked to take my measurements—a great way to gage the impact of the program—I refused since I had engaged in extremely unhealthy holiday celebrations. She was so forgiving and accommodating and offered to take measurements later. This relieved my anxiety and ramped up my enthusiasm for the workout.MY FIRST CLASSThe HEW workout facility is bright, open and clean. Part of the warm up takes place outside on a marked asphalt course behind the building marked at 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters. The gym is split into two levels to accommodate large classes. There are typically four circuits set up so that everyone is able to do a station without having to wait. It looks like a traditional gym but with tons of light and mirrors across the walls. During my first class there were over 20 people in attendance. It was an evenly split between males and females. Most were in their 20s-40s and ranged from super fit to beginners.  There were two men over the age of 60. The class lasted about one hour and was set up as four circuits that included sit-ups, kettle bell swings (various weights are set up to accommodate the different levels of fitness), barbell dead lifts to curls (various weights again), and squats with one arm held straight overhead with a weight.There was a huge timer set to accommodate 30-second cycles where eight reps of each exercise were expected. After each circuit, the class went outside for 400-meter sprints. The sprint was very difficult for me.At the end we stretched. During the workout, numerous people encouraged me with chants of “you got this” and “great job” that made the experience much more enjoyable. The best part of the class was the timer on the wall that beeped when the circuit set was over. It allowed me a few seconds of rest before the next set began.The most unique aspect of the fitness program was the lack of monotony and the speedy nature of the workout. It was over in what seemed like a few seconds!My friend Chakara Dickerson was in the class. She had attended HEW for six weeks and lost over 2 inches in her waist. She also completed the MURPH challenge over Memorial Day Weekend. This is a HEW annual event where the individual runs 2 miles, does 100 pull ups, 200 sit-ups and some other terribly hard things. She completed it and felt amazing! The instructor was terrific! Arnauldo Alvarez, the owner of HEW, met with me prior to class and explained what I would be doing. During the class, he talked to individuals, checked on form, encouraged the stragglers and really motivated the class to reach its potential. He was helpful as I struggled to do all of the circuits and often yelled, “great job, Mary.”His assistants were exceptional as they walked about checking on form and bolstering enthusiasm by turning up the music and engaging with clients. Luke Kimlinger and Jesse Redinger assisted with the class, demonstrated proper form and checked to make sure participants used correct technique, consumed plenty of water, and had a great time. “You want to push yourself but not push past yourself, meaning you want to be the best version of yourself,” states Redinger, who has worked at HEW for the past four years. “The coaches are here when you’re not quite sure on form or technique. The support of the coaches will give you that extra confidence that you need to kind of tackle things that you typically wouldn’t.” According to Redinger, the most rewarding part of her job is empowering people through fitness and watching individuals transform with the support of the HEW community. HEW holds events where members meet for trivia nights at local bars and other social gatherings. It is a community where members support and encourage each other to reach their potential. HEW offers ten classes per day during the week, two classes on Saturday, and is closed on Sunday, so there is really never an excuse not to go. It is a weighted/cardio mix that is managed by an instructor who constantly switches up the circuits, so you really feel like you have accomplished something without being too exhausted at the end of the workout. The pre-workout nutrition counseling and measurement review was extremely helpful as I moved forward into this month-long fitness program.Anyone who is interested in building strength while gaining a huge community of fellow fitness friends and cardio will love HEW. It is not easy and there are no shortcuts, but the instructors are engaged and encouraging.Never will you do the same workout twice. Modifications are demonstrated and encouraged, especially for beginners. Everyone’s level of fitness at HEW is different in every class. No matter your fitness level, the group encourages each other, and the instructors support and assist you the entire time. What I have learned is that I am not as out of shape as I thought and that community definitely matters. last_img read more

Unique Maradona shirt sold for 12,000 euros

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Maradona (left) with MessiNaples, Italy | AFP |  A unique red Napoli shirt worn by Diego Maradona with a number nine on the back was sold for 12,000 euros ($13,600) at an auction in Turin on Thursday.The Italian club usually wear sky blue and the Argentina star was best-known for wearing the number 10 jersey — one was sold for 6,500 euros at the same event.Maradona played in the top during an Italian Serie A fixture away to Pisa in 1990-1991 after he had given his usual number to team-mate Gianfranco Zola. Two-hundred-and-twenty-two other sporting memorabilia, including football jerseys worn by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane, an Eddy Merckx cycling vest and a Richie McCaw All Blacks rugby shirt, were bought in northern Italy.last_img

Law & Public Service Students Hot Young Voter Registration Breakfast

first_imgCOLTS NECK – As a part of their senior project, six Law & Public Service Learning Center students decided to host a Young Voter Registration Breakfast for their peers on May 24.The group invited Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso and County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon to speak to seniors in the Law & Public Service Learning Center during the breakfast. DiMaso spoke about the county government and the roles of a freeholder. Hanlon explained the voter registration process to the group.Many of the seniors who are already 18 said they had not registered yet and were eager to fill out the registration form. Hanlon also told the students about a new law which allows them to complete the registration process at the age of 17. If a person were to turn 18 a few days before an election, they previously would not be registered in time to vote in that election. Under the new law, if the registration is completed at age 17, the individual would be registered and eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.The Colts Neck High School seniors who organized the breakfast were Geoff Bartner, Dominic Conoshenti, Devin Clementi, Emma Tucker, Josh Korn and Chris Meehan.The Law and Public Service Learning Center at Colts Neck High School is a rigorous program geared toward highly motivated students with demonstrated interests and abilities in history, politics, government, law, volunteerism and leadership. The program started in 2003 and currently has 122 students enrolled. In order to be accepted into the program, applicants must take an entrance exam and complete an essay, as well as having exemplary grades. Peter Krais, supervisor of the Social Studies, Law & Public Service Learning Center, estimates that roughly one- third to one-half of their students go into some sort of pre-law/public policy/political science type of college major.last_img read more

Spain, Portugal target last 16 as Russia ride momentum

first_img0Shares0000Sergio Ramos and Spain have coped well so far since the shock dismissal of coach Julen Lopetegui © AFP / OZAN KOSEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – World Cup heavyweights Spain and Portugal can lock down spots in the last 16 on Monday, as hosts Russia ride a wave of national euphoria into their clash with Uruguay.Spain crashed out in spectacular fashion in the group stage four years ago in Brazil, but the 2010 champions are on course to reach the knockout phase in Russia despite sacking their coach on the eve of the tournament. They require a point against Morocco in Kaliningrad to secure qualification, and new coach Fernando Hierro promised they would not underestimate a North African side playing for pride.“We can’t afford to relax… We need to be awake with our eyes open and be aware that Morocco aren’t going to give anything away,” warned Hierro, who replaced Julen Lopetegui a day before the tournament started.Portugal meet former coach Carlos Queiroz and Iran in their final Group B game in Saransk. Cristiano Ronaldo’s side will advance with a draw, but a win for Iran would see the European champions or Spain suffer a shock exit.“Both teams have something to win and also to lose, neither has more to win than the other,” said Portugal boss Fernando Santos.In Group A, Russia will bid for a third straight win after a stunning start to the tournament for a side initially written off as no-hopers.Stanislav Cherchesov said he would stick with the same line-up that beat Egypt 3-1 as Russia lock horns with Uruguay in Samara, with first place on the line.“We don’t choose our opponent in the last 16. We’re not doing the calculations, we’ve never done them,” said Cherchesov.“And in any case we don’t have the choice, they play after us. We know both teams, the football gods will decide.”– ‘Extremely painful’ –Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated his side’s crucial 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday to midfielder Carlos Sanchez after reports the midfielder received death threats for his red card against Japan.Carlos Sanchez was sent off against Japan © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSanchez has had “a very hard time” dealing with the fallout from his third-minute sending-off in the 2-1 defeat to Japan in Colombia’s opening game, Pekerman said.He said he spoke for the whole squad when he dedicated Colombia’s win over Poland to the 32-year-old player.“This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he’s had a very hard time in the past days. I want, and we want, to share it with him,” he said.Pekerman added: “We received certain information, but I can’t confirm anything. The player was deeply affected by this matter.“It went beyond football. It’s a game that we play with a lot of hard work and dedication, but these things should not be taken lightly.“Whether it’s confirmed or not… this is extremely painful.”It evoked memories of the chilling murder of Colombia player Andres Escobar, who was killed after his own goal led to defeat to the United States in the 1994 World Cup and Colombia’s elimination from the tournament.Robert Lewandowski’s Poland were unceremoniously dumped out following the loss to Colombia, who can guarantee a place in the last 16 by beating Senegal in their concluding game in Group H.The west Africans and Japan are both in control of their destiny following a 2-2 draw in Yekaterinburg that left both nations on four points.– Kane streaks ahead –England striker Harry Kane surged ahead of Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the World Cup golden boot after hitting a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Panama on Sunday.The Tottenham star scored twice from the penalty spot before deflecting in a Ruben Loftus-Cheek drive with his heel to make it five goals from two games as England sealed safe passage to the last 16.“I’m very proud. Not many players get to score a hat-trick in the World Cup,” Kane said.Harry Kane clings on to the match ball after his hat-trick in the rout of Panama © AFP / Martin BERNETTIGareth Southgate’s side lead Belgium at the top of Group G by virtue of having received one less yellow card going into their showdown in Kaliningrad on June 28.Mohamed Salah is likely to start Egypt’s final match against Saudi Arabia on Monday in a fixture between two eliminated sides in Volgograd.But Egypt’s 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary may have to wait to come off the bench to set a record as the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup.He would smash the age record set by Faryd Mondragon in Brazil four years ago.The Colombia goalkeeper was 43 years and three days old when he played against Japan in a 4-1 group stage victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Madison Williams’ no-hitter powers Humboldt State past Molloy to keep 2017 season alive

first_imgOnce Madison Williams hit the end of the handshake line and made her way back to the Humboldt State dugout, her facial expression started to become more and more visible.Right behind her was her catcher, Kelly Sonnemann, who wasted little time extending her arms and giving Williams one of what seemed like hundreds of congratulatory hugs that were about to come her way.Williams’ third no-hitter of 2017 proved to be the biggest one to date, as she was absolutely on point from start to finish …last_img

Linshell – Linziclip Midi – Black Solid Gloss, Brilliant hurricane prof comfy clips

first_imgVery well built, hard to set in. Tricky to hold enamel open up on the two hinged sides. Are unable to get all of my air into it—it would be much easier if only a person hinge.I purchased two and use them virtually just about every day. They grip the hair really correctly and can maintain it all day (based on how rough you are). The enamel are fairly robust and while my hair is quite slender i am absolutely sure it is sturdy adequate to maintain thick hair in area.Thought this would be a good strategy, but however my daughter broke one particular of the bits off when she initial attempted to use the clip so could not use it.Key specs for Linshell – Linziclip Midi – Black Solid Gloss:Revolutionary patented claw clip in blackUnique shape with hidden springsEasy-to-use and non-slipComfortable to wear, stylish and suitable for most hair typesMade from quality plasticComments from buyers“Not for Fine Hair!, Almost does what they suggest, Description incorrect, Great strong grip, Maybe it’s because my hair is fine but this keeps falling, Brilliant hurricane prof comfy clips”Difficult for me to keep open up now, prior to it would have been simpler, hinge a small much too potent for me now. . Excellent plan right before my future haircut,i hold making an attempt distinctive options, more youthful persons toy. Its time for alice bands & scrunches now.I will need to purchase some a lot more of these in different colors – these clips are terrific as you you should not have the ‘wings’ sticking out of your head as you do with other clips.I have medium size hair and it is rather thick. This clip is excellent, it holds my hair up truly securely and you can hardly come to feel the clip is in your hair. Other clips would irritate my head and harm soon after an hour or so, my hair would also start off to drop out of the clip, but this a person does precisely as the description suggests, i’m really impressed.Enjoy these clips, the price is a bit much, but definitly quite fantastic for wonderful or silky hair. Holds hair up with a strong grip.Possibly it really is for the reason that my hair is fine but this retains falling. Perhaps it’s mainly because my hair is fine but this keeps falling. I like that i can have on it when i go to bed but besides that specific aspect i really don’t see anything at all particular about it. It can be just yet another hair clip.Outstanding hurricane prof cozy clips. How good not to have grotty plastic tat sticking out from one’s clip. Quite neat and surely more cozy when driving one’s ferrari. Stays the class on daddy’s yacht.These are a bit much too significant in the middle for my good hair – it tends to slip by. Moreover the ‘wings’ are so short, when you try out and open up the clip, it goes traveling across the space.My granddaughter loved it and is likely to buy an additional in a distinctive colour. Its just something various to the norm.Pretty much does what they propose. I purchased my 1st linziclip a couple of years ago and was really let down when it broke, as i utilised it a whole lot. So i purchased a substitute, which i’m of course very satisfied with once more. I would say my hair is medium to thick in thickness, and i cannot get all of my hair into the clip, so i are unable to use it to secure ponytail-form designs. I failed to buy it for that, however, so that would not trouble me. Not like some other reviewers, i really don’t feel particularly cozy if i lean again with it, but that is not a large deal to me either. It looks a lot a lot more stylish than most clips of this form and holds my hair effectively if i twist it up or do a fifty percent ponytail. I even have it in the tortoiseshell/black variety, which i am also really content with.I haven’t worn a lobster clasp clip in ages but it arrived currently and i place my hair up in a single for the very first time in a long time. It is wonderful and a little diverse as well. Great restricted in good shape, my hair has a ‘thinning’ minimize to it and it holds my hair just great. A very little much more costly than i am made use of to but no regrets below.I you should not have enough hair to fill clip, but it was fantastic when i positioned it a diverse way. It finally broke and did not re buy.I had one particular of these years back which ultimately broke and have been searching all over the place for a alternative ever considering that. I usually use this where by i beforehand utilized a hair barette but these are much greater as they you should not ‘cut’ your hair. They have acquired a significantly flatter profile then most other hair clasps which suggests you can lean your head again versus e. I also have a tendency to leave the clip in when sleeping and have never ever had an problems with comfort.This hair clip is alright but my hair is so comfortable it keeps slipping out so not a superior buy for me but it is a great products and properly designed for the ideal hair.These are the best clips i’ve found. For thick hair, these are the most effective clips i have observed. Additionally they sit flatter than a standard butterfly clip so are a lot more comfortable.Pony tails are on development at the second. This is a extremely helpful, cleverly made hair accent. Considerably less damaging to hair than stretchies or bands & appears much more elegant.Nice hair clip easy to use appears sturdybut too modest for attempting to putting up all my extended hair 🙁 but that is my faultok for placing up sides of hairwill test to invest in a bigger a single :).I was so excited when i noticed this clip and eagerly expected it truly is arrival but was pretty disappointed – not in the products as it is great good quality and appears lovely – but i have long high-quality hair and this just fell appropriate out of each individual fashion i tried. I’m ineffective with hair and needed a little something quick and unique from my common ponytail but i guess it is again to the drawing board for me.Fantastic solution only one particular star since it said a three pack but only a single was sent. Fantastic customer assistance from linziclip. Incorrect description on merchandise but they are honouring this.I am very remember to happy with my hair clip it is truly good to tie my hair up with. The assistance and the quickness of the arrival of my hair clip was seriously great as perfectly.Exceptional clips, the only types that preserve my hair up all dayswift supply, excellent affliction.Whilst my hair is not thick, it was comfortable to have on this clip. Holds on for a ponytail and other hairstyles as pictured.last_img read more

Hotshots reach semis

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to go to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.The ball did go to Walker, who then set Maliksi up for the game-winning jumper from the free-throw line with 9.5 seconds left.The Hotshots did not need as tight a finish as the Elite did, putting together a strong second half to overcome an NLEX squad that was seeing action in its first playoff stint under coach Yeng Guiao.The hard-fighting Road Warriors looked headed for a do-or-die as they stormed out of a deadlock at halftime to take a 63-55 lead in the third quarter.But Star went on a strong run to take a 69-63 edge before stretching the lead to 10 late in the fourth period behind huge baskets by Paul Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Import Kristofer Acox and Lee carried the Hotshots in the second half and finished with 21 and 18 points, respectively, for Star, which at one point in the tournament was staring at a possible seventh seed in the playoffs.“We came from seventh spot and we were able to get No. 4 so we just took advantage of it,” said Star coach Chito Victolero.Acox also had 12 rebounds and two steals for Star.In contrast, NLEX started the Governors’ Cup strong and was one of the early favorites to nab a crucial twice-to-beat advantage but the fickleness of the tournament, where the closely-packed standings meant one loss could spell doom for a team’s chances, dropped the Road Warriors out of the top four.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot—a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia—went off target.“We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker had only 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points there.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, logged a total of 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points—including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining—21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 seed when it tangles with Meralco on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESStar became the first team to reach the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup even when the top-seeded Meralco Bolts had an earlier game schedule—and a supposedly lighter quarterfinal opponent.The Hotshots came back in the second half to eliminate the NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four of the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who finished second in this tournament last season, could have gotten to the semifinals ahead after drawing an earlier game time and a quarterfinal pairing against eighth-seed Blackwater.But Allein Maliksi came out eager to prove that the Elite made a good decision in trading for him late in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the Bolts, 92-91, to force a do-or-die in their pairing.“Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was an opening, we take it,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac after the gripping showdown between seeds at the opposite end of the spectrum at Mall of Asia Arena. 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New Delhi: Oct 20, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi/Nagpur/Mumbai/Jabalpur/Amritsar: Diwali festival/smog (B+A) Dehradun/Kedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttarakhand (B+A) Kolkata: Heavy rains in Kolkata (B) Patna/Jammu/Amritsar/Bhopal: Govardhan Puja/Kali puja (B) Imphal: A Fish Mela at Hapta kangjeibung Imphal east (A+B) INTERNATIONAL Sochi : President Vladimir Putin speaking at annual meeting of the VIDC (A) Pamplona : People enjoy thermal water (A) Roberval : Justin Trudeau in Roberval (B) Moscow : Croatias President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill pose for a photo (B) Newark : Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvassing event (A) Mexico City : Luz Helena Gonzalez during a memorial ceremony (A) Gainesville : Randy Furniss, of Idaho outside a University of Florida auditorium (B) Las Vegas : Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich perform (B) Brussels : EU summit in Brussels (A) SPORTS Luzern/Belgrade : Europa League soccer match (A) Phillip Island: Practice session for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (B) Toronto : NBA basketball game (A) PTI PHOTO HS jagmohan OSSlast_img read more