Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 Reasons To Use HOTWORX

Source: Planet Beach

Finding time in an active lifestyle to stretch and recover from a day of work, sport training or cardio exercise can be challenging. Setting a goal for what you want to accomplish is good but: What is the plan to maintain athletic intent? To maximize my daily potential I use HOTWORX(HWX) fitness program at the end of a training day at Planet Beach. The fitness program is based on the fusion of infrared heat and isometric exercises. Here are 5 reasons to use HOTWORX.

Source: George Melichar - HOTWORX

1.) RECOVERY
I like my personal space when I am sweating. Yoga was not always my favorite activity because I do not like overheating in a yoga room and feeling like the hot air is difficult to breathe. HWX uses infrared heat rather then hv/ac systems. The HWX room is made of Canadian Hemlock for a natural environment and has a sliding door for privacy. By feeling comfortable in the HWX space, the infrared heat gave me a more efficient experience.

2.) BEYOND HOT YOGA
The HWX session provides a yoga video that offers a great stretch, isometric yoga exercises and cool down. I like that I am in the room by myself but the video makes me feel like I have support in my active goal. I freeze a half a bottle of water the night before to have available to me with water during my hot yoga session.

Source: George Melichar - HOTBOX

3.) PAIN RELIEF
Stretching is important before and after any activity. Before I discovered HWX I would go home after a long run or bike ride and take a nap in front of a fan to regain my energy. The HWX exercises are a way I maintain my bodies flexibility. If I am sore, I can give the muscles in question additional attention or less attention.

4.) WEIGHT MAINTAINANCE
The benefits of the HWX isometric exercises are muscle development, bone strength, increased metabolism and blood flow which leads to fat burn. Infrared heat aids in athletic recovery. Because the HWX yoga video provides a personalized experience; I feel more confident during and after the yoga exercises in reaching fitness results.

Source: George Melichar - HOTBOX

5.) DETOX
The infrared heat environment and isometric exercises provide a more natural way to heat the body and to cause sweat for detoxification. I add pbHEAT lotion to intensify my sweat development to assist in flushing out unwanted impurities from my body. I have more energy by improving my circulation, cellular health and immune system.

Knowing after a long day I will have a HOTWORX session of stretch, relaxation and recovery to look forward to is empowering. Having your body finish strong in your days tasks feels great! I remember a friend telling me for months to try the HOTWORK and I finally did it. I highly recommend trying the HOTWORX fitness program based on the fusion of infrared heat and isometrics to maintain athletic intent .

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Planet Beach: www.PlanetBeach.com

Planet Beach French Quarter: @PlanetBeachFrenchQuarterLA

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SnapLaces



This post contains sponsored links from www.runNOTC.org and I am a 2016-2017 New Orleans Track Club(NOTC) elected board member. At the NOTC 53 Anniversary Race I received a pair of SnapLaces. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I tried them out during my training runs in New Orleans, Louisiana - USA and enjoyed wearing them. The laces are stretchy, adjustable and easy to use.

Source: George Melichar

I specifically became a fan when I put the SnapLaces on my track shoes. My coach told me the importance of untying my shoes and not putting them on laced. On an average training day at the track I will work on speed exercises and distance running. When I am physically tired I find the act of changing my shoes multiple times challenging from track cleats to distance runners, unlacing and lacing my shoes - repeat.

Source: George Melichar

The SnapLaces web site and instruction insert in the packaging gives an example on how to lace-up your shoes. My track shoes are extra tight because I have a wide feet. I lace my shoes a little differently from the recommended method for comfort and performance as seen in the picture above. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

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SnapLaces: www.SnapLaces.com

Thursday, August 11, 2016

USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championship 2016

Source: George Melichar

The USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championship was held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois - USA. I meet fellow thrower Sue Hallen at the USAT&F Masters Outdoor Championships 2016. She encouraged me to participate in the throws event and was an impressive thrower to watch.

Source: George Melichar

The Throws Pentathlon consists of hammer throw, shot put, discus, javelin and ultra weight. I have competed in most of these events individually but never as a Pentathlon. My age grouping started last and it was a long, sunny and hot day! The last part of my groups flight was throwing a 15.88kg or 35lb metal ball. Those last three throws felt like the last .02 miles of a marathon.

Source: George Melichar - Hammer Throw cage 

Source: George Melichar - Shot Put Cage 

Source: George Melichar - Javelin 

Source: George Melichar - Weight Throw


The Superweight Pentathlon consisted of throwing a 35lb and 56lb ball like a hammer throw implement. Participants get 3 throws per weight.

Source: George Melichar - Superweight Implements

The Ultraweight Pentathlon consisted of throwing a 98lb, 200lb, and 300lb implement. Some athletes tried throwing the 98lb implement like a hammer throw. Honestly I just did my best. Anything I threw during the Ultraweight Pentathlon that day was a personal record.

Source: George Melichar - Ultraweight Pentathlon Implements 

Source: George Melichar - Athlete throwing the 300lb Ultraweight Implement  

Source: George Melichar - Athletes

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Source: George Melichar - George Melichar(L) & Chris Buckler(R)


USAT&F Masters Throws Championship 2016 Results

For more information about Masters USAT&F visit www.usatf.org


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championship 2016

Source: George Melichar

The USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championship 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan took place at the Grand Valley State University track & field stadium in Allendale, Michigan - USA. The new outdoor athletic complex had a 9 lane track, throws area, pole vault and a great athlete locker room. July 14 was the athlete and implement check-in. Officials were finalizing the last details for the weekends event schedule while athletes mentally prepared themselves.

Source: George Melichar

July 15-17 was the Masters Outdoor Championship T&F meet. Throws was to the left of the stadium and track to the right. The weekend was clear or cloudy with heavy storms. During my competition times there was no lightning, so I did not have any weather delays.

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 Source: Rina Schincariol

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Participating in the competitions, attending the Hall of Fame dinner and having my sister at events to cheer for me was great. The friendships I made and athletic support was the best part of the weekend.

Source: George Melichar - George Melichar(L) & Rina Schincariol(R) 

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Source: George Melichar & Hall of Fame athlete Mrs. Meiler 

Source: George Melichar - athlete getting into his zone 

Source: George Melichar - Pentathlete Mrs. Warren


Source: Rina Schincariol


Source: George Melichar - M35-39 Silver 5,000m & 10,000m


USAT&F Masters Outdoor Championship 2016 Results

For more information about Masters USAT&F visit www.usatf.org


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Grand Valley State University  -Track & Field


Monday, July 11, 2016

MISO-CUP Soup Mug

MISO-CUP Soup Mug
Convenience Without Compromise

Source: Edward & Sons

Traveling domestically and internationally can present a challenge when looking for vegan vegetarian food items or restaurants. Upon arriving to my travel destination; I am usually focused on navigating an unfamiliar public transportation system and getting mentally prepared for sports event. I like bringing my own food and discovered MISO-CUP reduced sodium soup. 1 MISO-CUP box has 4 single serving soup packets.

Source: George Melichar - Reduced Sodium Nutrition Facts

On the side of the box I noticed a special offer for an attractive MISO-CUP Soup mug. The mug is $3.99. All proceeds from the offer are donated to the reforestation agencies Save the Redwoods, Rainforest Action Network and American Forest Foundation. I needed a mug so I wrote a check for $3.99 to MISO-CUP Soup Mug Offer and mailed it to P.O. Box 1326, Carpinteria California 93014, USA.

Source: George Melichar - Special Offer Information

Source: George Melichar - Package Arrival

I LOVE THIS MUG + all the packaging contents are recyclable. If you do not have recycling available, most United States Postal Offices have a blue bin for paper mail recycling.

Source: Edward & Sons

Source: George Melichar - Free Samples

The mug is easy to wash and there were free samples inside the mug as an added surprise. When I prepare my mug for the day I add some chopped basil or cilantro from my garden. All I will have to do is add the MISO-CUP packet contents and hot water later in the day for a great lunch or dinner. I highly recommend purchasing the MISO-CUP Soup mug offer and MISO-CUP Soup!


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Edward & Sons

Friday, July 8, 2016

Q&A: Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire

Q&A: Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire
Life & Style

Source: George Melichar - Olympian Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire


Born in Nigeria, Aiysat Yusuf-Aromire is a EuroGames 2016 participant in Helsinki, Finland - Europe. She has competed in 2 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournaments in Canada 2002 and Thailand 2004, 1 FIFA Women's World Cup in China 2007 and the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008.  Ayisat is also a board member of FARE since 2015. Fair's website states "Fare’s commitment to tackle discrimination through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion. Fare combats all forms of discrimination,  including racism, far-right nationalism, sexism, trans- and homophobia and discrimination against disabled people."



What inspired you to participate in football?
What really inspired me to participate in football was when I was young I saw a lot of boys playing football in my community. From there I started playing football with them and at that time I used to be the only girl playing among boys. It was kind of funny and fun because I used to be the tomboy .

Fondest memory from the 2008 Summer Olympics?
My fondest memory from the 2008 summer Olympics was when I dined with some great athletes and celebrities like Lione Messi, Ronaldinho Gaucho , Kobe Bryant, The american great basket player Asafa Powell and many others.


What sports apparel item can you not live without?
Any Nike product + NIKE canvas shoes!

What is your favorite football shoe?
NIKE football shoes!

Fondest memory from the 2004 African Women's Championships?
After winning the Gold medals and we where flown straight to Abuja in Aso Rock to dine with the president of Nigeria.

Fondest memory from the 2007 Women's World Cup?
My teammates and I played 1-1 against USA's team. It was a very though game! Abby Wemback scored from the United States and Cynthia Uwak scored from Nigeria.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Back to my teenage age years LOL!

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My Mother because she as always be there for me. In sports international soccer player from Nigerian Mercy Akide-Udoh and Olympian Lionel Messi of Argentina.

What is your favorite food?
Amala with vegetable soup, rice and plantain.

What was the most important piece of advice given to you in your life?
Don't care about what other people say about you! Care about what you are passionate about, have a reason for your actions, and embrace your faith in God. 


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Freedom Bike Ride 2016

Freedom Bike Ride 2016
Ride For Your Rights

Source: Freedom Bike Ride

Cyclists from Russia rode approximately 250km from Vyborg, Russia to Helsinki, Finland - Europe as part of the Freedom Bike Ride 2016. With overnight stops in tents along the kings road, the Freedom Bike Ride is in solidarity of the Russian LGBTQII communities path to their freedom. In 2015 the inaugural bike ride went from Voyborg, Russia to Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: Fredom Bike Ride - Russian Medieval Castel

Freedom bike rider Alexandr Agapov said "The Freedom Bike Ride is a new project. We launched it in 2015 and it was highly important to us to carry it out this year as well. Fortunately we did it! There is no need to be a super professional biker to participate in the project. On the contrary, our idea is to involve ordinary people who wants to experience something new. There is no gender, age, or sexuality restrictions. Though there were no foreign participants so far, we more than welcome them too. Because during the ride we learn each other better, we share our experience and feelings what, in the end, helps Russian participants to emancipate and become more open. I hope, the next ride will have more participants and will be international."

Source: Freedom Bike Ride

When I asked Alexandr Agapov about one of his memorable ride moments he said "on our way to Porvoo, I had to repair a back wheel. The tire got a tiny hole and I had to put a patch on it. It was raining cats and dogs. My sneakers were full of water just like a sponge. I wore a rain coat and only my face and hands were open. But neither hard rain nor the rain coat could protect me from annoying and hungry for blood mosquitos. They were flying around and biting my hands and forehead. It was very hard to concentrate on repairing the wheel when a dozen of mosquitos are trying to suck out as much blood as they could."

Source: Freedom Bike Ride - St Henrik church in Pyht√§√§, Finland


Source: Russian Channel 47 News

Russian Channel 47 News reported "Gays take Vyborg on bikes!" & "Non-traditional men in tights." I would not describe this news article as supportive of the Freedom Bike Riders. The nervous correspondence by father Dionisy was disappointing as well but not surprising.


 Source: Freedom Bike Ride - Rider Alexandr Agapov

Source: Freedom Bike Ride - Alexey Liskin

The freedom bike riders arrived in Helsinki for the EuroGames 2016. Alexey Liskin participated in the 9.5km PRIDE Run the morning before the Helsinki PRIDE Parade. I encourage everyone to read(translate online if needed) the Channel 47 news article. The Freedom Bike Riders are more then just athletes on bikes, they are courageous LGBT athletes and leaders.

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Freedom Bike Ride - Facebook

Russian Channel 47 News - www.47news.ru