The Best Neck Strengthening Exercises and Routines

You can build a fairly strong neck with a great neck strengthening exercise or routine. If you are trying to build a great physique, you need to devote time to building a strong neck as well. There are many benefits to building a strong one.

Benefits of Having a Strapping Neck

You are into wrestling or mixed martial arts, you will benefit from having tough neck. It will help you resist being easily overwhelmed by your opponent. You will be able to control your opponent. It will protect you against injuries. You will be able to defend yourself against a choke. You will also be able to deal with punches more effectively if you have a well-built neck. A strong neck represents power and this will prove as a deterrent against attacks. Your opponent will think twice about attempting a choke against you.

Neck Strengthening Exercise Tips

You can actually get someone to help you with your neck exercises. In fact, having a partner and getting him to help you with your exercises can be fairly beneficial. This is also quite effective and it is a good option if you do not have the funds for good equipment or gym membership. You only need to get a few tools like a neck harness. Of course, you have to make sure that you get the best for durability, effectiveness and comfort. Here are some tips on how to strengthen your neck:

  • A harness is really great for developing the muscles in front of the neck, but you do not need the same thing to strengthen the back of your neck. You just need to have your partner sit on the back of your head – yes, the back – and he will perform abdominal work while he seats on top of your head.
  • To work the front of your neck, your partner should first stand up and straddle your body. He will have to put his hands on your forehead and then he has to pull your head back. You need to resist the pull and attempt to pull your forward while he continues to pull your head backwards. Try to do 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions.
  • To work the sides of your neck, you can also work with a partner to strengthen the sides. Many wrestlers ignore the sides of their neck, choosing to focus on strengthening just the front and the back. They do not realize that they can be hit anywhere. Their opponents can hit from all angles especially during a grappling match. In order to work on the sides, you need assume an all-fours position. Then, you need to place your head against a fixed object or equipment that is bolted on the floor. Once you have assumed the position, you can then push the side of your neck against the immovable equipment as hard as you can and maintain this for 10 seconds. Continue to breathe as you push your neck against the object. Do 6
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Swoosh Defense! Can Young Players Learn the Flat Back Four Zone Defense?

I was recently asked, "Coach Hardy, why are you coaching youth soccer teams
To play a flat back four zone defense? "The perception being that a sweeper /
Stopper system is a 'safer' defense for younger teams. First of all, any defense
Will have its strengths and weaknesses. A knowledgeable coach will know those
Weaknesses and will encourage their team to break it down. All disclaimers
Besides, the flat back four is the preferred system of most modern teams. A
Youth soccer coach should emphasize the development of players within the
Context of modern soccer.

When properly executed, a flat back four will provide excellent
Defensive pressure, cover and balance. Young soccer players should be
Developed to play at their highest potential level and nearly all higher level
Teams play a flat four or three system. Coaching a flat back four defense gives
Players a foundation for future success in soccer. Even a team as young as U11
Team can successfully play a flat back four zone defense. A team may give up
'Break-away' goals in the short term, while they learn the system, but in the
Long run they will have the ability to confidently step into a modern defensive
System.

A team can successfully play a flat back four after just a few training
Sessions and a handful of games. I use the pre-season practices, tournaments
And scrimmages as a time for a team to learn the player roles and team shape
Of a flat back four zone defense.

To help players visually understand the team shape of the defense I
Call it the 'Swoosh' defense. As the back four defenders shift left and right
Across the field, the shape of the defense unit looks like the Nike "Swoosh"
Logo. If the players drift out of shape I can just say "Swoosh" and immediately
The players know where to position themselves. As the players feel comfortable
With the system they will remind each other to "Swoosh". Here are four basic
Ideas to be aware of when coaching the Swoosh defense.

1. Swoosh Defense

The back four defensive shape will prevent the other team from having
'Break away chances' by making sure the far-side outside defender and the
Far-side central defender shift and cover diagonally behind the pressuring
Near-side defenders. It sounds complicated but it's actually pretty simple. The
Defenders shift diagonally to the position of the ball.

With this correct positioning the 'Swoosh' defense is condemning ball
Penetration, the dangerous attacking players are marked and the covering
Defenders will 'sweep' any ball that gets played through. If the ball is switched
To the far side of the field, the defending four players will shift the 'Swoosh'
Accordingly. I have found that young players can easily remember to 'Swoosh!'
More that 'Pressure, Cover, Balance'.

It is important for players to remember that the diagonal cover shape
Is why the team does not need a sweeper. The most common defensive mistake
Is for the team to stand totally 'flat'. This …

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Soccer Drills for Kids

Sharks and Minnows: soccer drills for kids don’t have to be with a ball or even resemble a soccer drill. We use this drill for warm ups and speed training. Although to the players its more like a friendly game of tag. Start off with one player or the coach as the Shark. The other players(minnows) are all side by side spread out across the field. The Shark will say go and all the Minnows have to make it to the other side of the field without being tagged. Those Minnows that are tagged become Sharks. The game continues until the last Minnow is caught. This drill teaches speed and side to side moves as the Minnows attempt to escape.

Follow the Leader: I like this soccer drills for kids because they learn to control the ball while moving side to side and reversing their field. Start this drill by pairing up the players. One player has a ball the other does not. With the player without the ball being the leader, have him start jogging slowly forward then zigzag to the right then left then in a circle. Use different variations of this drill, have the non-ball carrier stop and take a step back to teach the pull back move. Rotate players every few minutes.

Capture the flag: This is another soccer drills for kids that will teach ball handling skills. Make a large 20 foot circle, every player inside the circle with a ball. Every player has a flag hanging from their waist. All the players dribble the ball around the inside of the circle. While controlling the ball every player try to capture as many flags from their teammates as possible without losing their own. Once your flag is captured, you’re out. The winner is the last one with the flag. A couple of rules to follow. You must be in control of your ball when you capture a flag and if you leave the circle for any reason you’re out.

Knock out: One final soccer drills for kids is knock out. Once again make a circle about 20 foot round with all the players inside the circle each with a ball. Blow the whistle to start. All the players begin to dribble in any direction they choose. The object of this drill is to protect the ball while making a defensive move to eliminate the other players by knocking their ball outside the circle. Again the winner is the last one inside the circle with the ball. Same rules as the last drill, you must be in control of your ball when knocking out an opponent and if you leave the circle you’re out.

So as you can see soccer drills for kids can be a lot of fun for the players as well as the coach and parents too. As the coach feel to take part of the drills. If the kids are real young, encourage the parents to get involved too. The funner these …

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The #2 Tip to Overcome Low Ceiling Heights in Your Basement Finishing Project

If you’re considering a basement finishing project to increase the usable square feet and value of your existing home, you might have realized a significant challenge that has you a bit concerned: low ceiling height!

Perhaps you’re worried about low ceilings throughout the basement. Or maybe you’re more concerned about beams, pipes, and vents that seem to all be in the wrong spot.

Whatever your concern, these are the challenges and limitations that almost everyone faces when completing a basement finishing project. Your particular situation may be unique to the vision you have for your completed project, but the several tried-and-true techniques for disguising low ceiling heights are sure to rescue you.

Recently, in another article we suggested 7 tips for dealing with the ceiling height dilemma (search “The Ceiling Height Dilemma in Your Basement Finishing Project and the 7 Top Tips to Overcome It”).

Today, we’ll discuss the second tip from that article: Tray Ceilings.

You might refer to these as coffered ceilings, recessed ceilings, inverted ceilings, etc., but for the purposes of this article, we’ll refer to all types simply as tray ceilings.

A tray ceiling is an ideal architectural element to add to your basement finishing project if you are trying to camouflage a low ceiling, or disguise pipes or vents running horizontally along your ceiling.

A common basement hindrance, you may have a drain pipe from an upstairs bathroom or kitchen, or a trunk line (ductwork) that supplies or returns air to or from the upstairs. Simply boxing around this (a soffit) is the most conspicuous way to hide it.

For a quality basement finish, you’ll want a better solution to the problem.

In rare cases, you may be able to simply move these mechanical elements out of the way. So, if design and budget allow, your best solution is to move them.

However, even with the best design and an unlimited budget, you might be unable to eliminate mechanical elements from interfering with your basement finishing efforts.

If this is the case, take a look at the pipe or vent running down the length of the ceiling. Is it running down the middle of the room, or on one side?

If it’s running down one side of the room, imagine that another set of pipes/vents are running down the opposite side (a mirror image). Now imagine a set of pipes/vents on each adjacent side of the room (by now the picture in your mind should be of pipes/vents running around all four sides of the room).

Now, imagine this room finished with walls, and these pipes covered by a soffit. You should be envisioning finished walls and a finished ceiling, with a rectangular box at the top corner of all four sides of the room. Each soffit should be the same width as the other so the room achieves symmetry.

What you’ve imagined is a tray ceiling, a fabulous basement finishing technique to deal with low ceiling height. If pipes or vents are running down …

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Soccer Socks

When selecting soccer socks, it is important that users are familiar with their fit and purpose. This is because for users who are not used to wearing soccer socks may find their first attempt to be uncomfortable. Soccer socks are very unlike their regular counterparts and are much thicker than regular socks. They are available in pure cotton blends, cotton wool varieties and some may have a towel like appearance. Soccer socks are not available in ankle length varieties and hence, most company offered designs of soccer socks, stretch all the way to the calves when worn.

Soccer socks for amateurs and professionals differ greatly. For beginners the choices are much simpler. It is important to find a variety that can be worn comfortably with shoes because most of them are thick after wearing studs and soccer shoes and the fit may seem imperfect. For this reason, it is advisable to try new soccer socks with shoes while buying them. This may not always be possible as soccer socks are packaged and most companies consider the socks sold, once they are taken out of the packets. To combat confusion when buying, clients must always remember their regular sizes. This tendency prompts users to purchase soccer socks from the same manufacturer once they find a pair that suits them. A common practice to measure soccer socks is to wrap it around a tightly closed fit. This can be compared to a person’s ankle size and its length can also be determined. Apart from this, most manufacturers print the sizes, material used, and care tips on the packaging.

Soccer socks are available in a variety of colors. This is because they provide support to shin and calf guards that are enclosed by the socks during play. Although they have to display great elasticity, it is important that the open end of the soccer socks do not boast a tight elastic band. Otherwise, it would disrupt normal blood flow and prove to be continuous source of irritation, apart from leaving prominent and agitating marks on the skin.…

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2009 Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football Preview

Joe Flacco and the 2008 Baltimore Ravens came out of nowhere finishing 11-5 and winning 2 playoff games before finally succumbing 23-14 to the Pittsburg Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Nobody and I mean nobody could have predicted Flacco’s success as he clearly demonstrated that he has the mo-jo and leadership qualities necessary to be a success in the NFL. However, historically the Ravens have not been known to produce many fantasy studs and that was no different last year as with the exception of WR Derek Mason and RB LeRon McClain no Raven invoked fears amongst fantasy owners.

Flacco was a nice surprise in 2008 but that doesn’t make him any more attractive in 2009 as a fantasy starter. It is not so much Flacco but the system that he plays in and the receivers that he has at his disposal that makes him fall well short of a number one fantasy option at QB. Furthermore, teams will not be surprised by Flacco much in the same way that they will not be surprised with Atlanta QB Matt Ryan. Both had exceptional rookie campaigns but this is the NFL and teams always make adjustments and this will no doubt be the case regarding both Flacco and Ryan. Pure and simple Flacco just doesn’t have many weapons to work with and that hurts his fantasy stock dramatically. Until the Ravens get Flacco some legitimate targets to replace the rag tag guys currently on the roster at the WR position don’t look for him to produce quality stats and certainly don’t look at him as a starting fantasy QB.

McClain was a nice surprise last year and he no doubt helped some owners to titles with his play down the stretch run. The problem is that all reports coming out of Baltimore indicate that McClain is going to be relegated to FB behind Willis McGahee and Ray Rice. McGahee, while only 27 has had numerous major injuries and is extremely weathered. Furthermore, he seems to think that he is better than he actually is with his attitude. Heads up Willis, you are an average NFL RB at best. McGahee rushed for 671 yards and 7 TD’s in 2009 falling well short of what owners who drafted him expected. Don’t look for much more out of McGahee this year as McClain in my estimation will still see the majority of goal line reps and Rice will cut into his attempts between the 20’s. McGahee will go higher in drafts but I believe that Rice will be the more productive fantasy back this year for Baltimore. Treat McGahee as a number 4 rusher similarly to Cleveland’s Jamal Lewis only to be used in desperate situations. Keep on eye on both McClain and Rice in drafts and if you can secure the services of either with a pick around the 9th-10th round snag either of them.

Every year people treat Mason as a fantasy piece of trash yet year in and year out …

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Soccer Shin Socks Are a Great Alternative to Traditional Youth Shin Guards

Soccer shin guards are critical to child soccer players and generally are required by most youth soccer leagues. While there aren’t a lot of pads and protection worn in soccer, the pad worn in soccer are fairly universal and rightly so. The shin portion of the leg is susceptible to kicking and banging in soccer, and thus injury, making this equipment crucial.

If you are shopping for new youth shin guards for kids, there is a special type you should consider. Soccer shin socks, a different type of soccer pad, can make owning and using them easier, especially for kids. These special socks integrate the 2 pieces, and thus eliminate management of the guards and the socks separately.

Normally, to wear these, you buy them and then buy kids soccer socks to go with them. These socks are long and are designed to stretch over the guards to keep them in place while playing. Once you are finished with your soccer activities, you remove the socks and the guards and can wash the socks, or both pieces of equipment.

With shin guard socks, the padding is sewn into the layers of the sock. This means kids can easily but on their shin pads simply by sliding theme onto their legs as if they are putting on their regular socks. Because fitting your normal soccer socks over you shin pads in the right and comfortable position can be tricky, often parents have to help young kids with this task. This new product often eliminate this need and enable youth to put on them by themselves.

As mentioned, the upkeep and management of soccer shin pads is generally easier than separate equipment as well. Many Moms and Dads have scrambled on Saturday mornings to find their young one’s soccer socks and guards before a morning game. With this product, there’s less pieces to own, keep up with, and find on Saturday morning before a game.

You can generally wash this product easily as well. Manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike have made this equipment such that the padding used for the shin pad inside the sock is resistant to washing machine and drying processes. This makes things easier on Mom and Dad as well.

As your children get older, you will find a smaller selection of integrated shin pads and socks, which is probably the only downside to this type of soccer shin guard. You’ve got more options for products styles and designs with the non-integrated versions. Also, if your child plays on a team with a uniform that includes socks, you’ll have to find these products that match the uniforms.

If you are shopping for your youth shin pads, you should consider soccer shin socks as a smart alternative.…

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Guide To Be A Successful Soccerpunter

Why becomes a soccer bettor one may ask? Where it is considered a negative occupation where it is often regarded as non productive, immoral behaviour. well as for every other thing everything there is the pros n cons.if you able to use it to your advantage it could be becomes your full-time occupation or a second income. morever, soccer betting is a big thriving business where it is prevalent throughout the worldBy the use of statistics, experience and practice, an astute gambler can consistently beat the posted odds .however to do so one must behave in a manner consistent with success. one thing a successful bettor must do is to continually learn.

Handicapping

There is no single method that is considers the best method, everyones tackles the soccer problem differently,one thing for sure is the harder one works intelligently and practically and the more experience he has the more positive results he will realised.

Objective approach

The use of statistic to help the bettor to determine his picks. It should be noted that statistic are fundemental but its how they are used that makes the difference between winning and losing. however if everyone comes to the same conclusions the oddsmaker could still eliminate any advantages by adjusting the line to keep everyone guessing. either way it is to the bookies advantage.

Subjective approach

After yrs of handicapping the sub-conscious mind help the bettor to finalise his picks. when he starts to win the bettor will get carried away however if his results turns negative his emotions and his mind will short virtually making the bettor ineffective. it is extremely important the bettor at this time knows to hold back and observe for his form to pick up before betting again.

Trends

It should be noted that the best trends are those that are unique, valid and relatively unknown. any seasoned soccer bettor knows that once the trend becomes too popular the linesmen will adjust the line to leave people lost. when using trends you should notice whether it is getting stronger and weaker?

Bankroll mangement

Definition-the amount of money you set aside for betting and not hose for paying bills, groceries or money even when lost would not cause much unbalance in the bettors life.

How much to bet per game?

I would suggest 5% of your bankroll to be used for betting and not to bet more than 3 matches per day, reason because its very difficult to pick winners for every match and the most likely results are you will have a few winners and a few losers resulting in minimal bankroll growth which is the most likely results or worse lose all the bets which is highly possible. Another very important reason for this is you are able to gauage more accurately how much you will lose should you indeed lose.

Summary

To begin with, one must understands what he is up against, there is no method or systems that could contiunues to win every game , …

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Beating Tips For Slime Soccer

World Cup Slime Soccer is like actual soccer in general, the difference is slime soccer is two dimensional, with 1 (semi-circular) player on every team, tiny nets, a wall on each side and a quite smaller field. You have an option to play with two players for a minute, two minutes or eight minutes. Plus you can have a chance to play another by pressing “World Cup”. If you see a line under each net, do not go on the one under your net for too long because if you do, you will be “pinged” and your opponent will earn the point.

During the qualifying round, the game will be played against either with Argentina, Belgium, Australia, Iceland, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Cameroon or Denmark. It will be a 30 seconds game and not that hard to beat, especially if you know some soccer ball tricks and how to beat it. Primarily, do not go and grab the ball easily, instead, let your opponent to bring it to you. Have the patience to wait for it. One bet soccer tip is at a right time, with appropriate jump, it will go into the net. If it’s in the air, no better trick awaits your opponent.

In the quarter finals, the game will be played against Denmark, Ecuador, Mexico, France, USA, Italy, Japan or Russia. It is a two minutes game with extra time if deemed to be necessary.

For the Semis, it will be against either with Russia, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa or South Korea. Same with 2 minute game with extra time if necessary but this time more defensive and smarter.

In the finals, the game is against either with South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, Brazil, and England, Germany or funny thing called the Night Elves. It is a 5 minute game.…

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Golf Carts – Why Walk When You Can Ride?

When shopping for a golf cart you should look for specific features that appeal to you. First of all you need to look for a golf cart model that will be big enough to accommodate your golf party. If you are a lone golfer or if you golf with a friend or significant other then a two seater is large enough for you, however, if you often golf with a group of four or more then you will need to select a model that can seat More people.

Style is also important. Every manufacturer offers different cart designs. You should select the design that reflects your personality, and that appeals to you. Also look for a design that will not become dated too quickly. Finally look for a cart that offers you optional accessories and that also provides you with easy ordering options for golf cart parts and upgrades.

Yamaha is a manufacturer that produces golf carts. Their line includes the Drive and the U-Max. You can also buy custom golf carts and certified pre-owned golf carts. In addition to offering quality golf carts, Yamaha also offers a full line of golf cart parts, accessories, and towing equipment.

EZ Go is another golf manufacturer. Their line includes Fleet golf carts, Personal Golf Cars, Clays Cars, and previously owned golf carts. This company has been in the golf cart business since 1954, and now they are one of the largest golf cart companies in the world. Because of their international popularity, EZ Go golf cart dealers are fairly easy to find, no matter what state you live in.

In the early 1960s Club Car opened its doors and began manufacturing electric golf carts. In the 1980s this company expanded to gas powered golf carts. Today Club Car is a leader in revolutionary manufacturing processes. Their golf carts use ArmorFlex in the construction of their cart bodies. This material is flexible and lightweight, yet extremely durable. The color is also not sprayed on to the ArmorFlex, but it is instead molded directly into the panels. This means that you do not have to worry about paint chips or scratches. …

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