Throughout high school, Michael Beck was always "the bigger kid." No surprise there; he was a linebacker for the football team. After graduation, he kept working out. He lost weight and felt good. But then life, in the form of a desk job and unhealthy eating habits, got in the way.
Technical fabrics have taken over athletic apparel for a good reason. You want the sweat to wick-away from your body during a workout, not stick to your shirt and get heavy like a traditional cotton T-shirt. This is true whether you're in the gym or outside running, hiking, or biking - which is why when it comes to shirts designed for these activities, non-cotton fabrics are basically all you'll find. There is, however, one drawback with many technical fabrics: They stink. Or to put it more diplomatically, they hold on to odors, both while on your body and sometimes even after a trip through the wash.
Lifting and toning your muscles to lengthen your body are the staples of the ever-growing barre movement. Though the moves incorporate ideas from ballet, yoga, and Pilates, the strength training exercise will have you sweating and sculpting in no time.
The notion of traveling across the globe induces an exhilarating thrill. Hopping on a plane, soaring through the sky, and landing at your dream destination - what a concept. However, the reality of traveling is far less glamorous and much more exhausting. While there is certainly nothing Zen about long TSA lines or sitting between two selfie queens, there are ways to manage your stress level.
Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic-class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake and who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted. Have a photo of a recent catch to share? Email it to email@example.com with “fish photo” in the subject line.
As safe as we like to think we are when we take to the streets or trails to run, there's no guarantee harm isn't lurking around the corner. The most recent case in point: murders of women runners in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan.
In 2012, Lolo Jones, at one point the fastest female hurdler in the world, started to inhale bacon cheeseburgers, wear skintight bodysuits and push a sled more than double her weight down an icy descent. That left Coby Rosemier-Gussio to wonder: "Who does bobsledding?"
Trail running shoes offer a lot of variety - largely because we all have a different idea of what it means to run on a trail. For some, a trail is the crushed-limestone or woodchip trail in a park or forest preserve. Others get their trail-running fix by climbing mountains via single-track trails that are covered in rocks, roots and downed trees. Of course you'd like to find a shoe that works for any trail condition, and the Saucony Peregrine 6 comes pretty darn close. Winner of Runner's World Editor's Choice Award for 2016, the Peregrine 6 is a rugged looking shoe, with a tough outsole to handle any terrain you try to tackle. The sole is made of a sticky rubber with many multidirectional, angled lugs that should help you keep your balance over the toughest obstacles.
The prospect of getting your body into gear can be intimidating enough without also considering the impact it might have on your bank account. The rapidly rising cost of trendy boutique workouts and flashy gym memberships doesn't make it any easier.
Anyone interested in athletic conditioning knows that fitness trends are always changing. From non-stationary resistance to zumba classes, there's always something new. This time, it's tactical training. Instead of dancing around a gym floor or ho-hum weight lifting, tactical training borrows from navy seals, law enforcement, the military and other groups who excel in strength and fitness.
As you're watching Michael Phelps collect Olympic gold after Olympic gold, and Simone Biles vault her way to the top of the podium, it's time to start thinking about your own Olympic training. Or, at the very least, Olympic-inspired training.
On July 29, 2016, a California Highway Patrol helicopter team rescued an ailing hiker from the Bear Creek area, southeast of Edison Lake in the high country of eastern Fresno County. Kelen Poorman of Oceanside was suffering from flu-like symptoms. A search-and-rescue team reached Poorman from the ground and stayed with him until the copter arrived.
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