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Forgive me if I don't know the archery-terminology, its been years since I've released an arrow. My primary advice is to go shoot at a local archery range if you're a beginner, and you'll probably get competent advice there as well. When I started to shoot, I didn't buy any equipment - I could get a beginner's set of everything I needed at the archery range ...


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I've ran twenty marathons and ultras, so far without injuries. I think this is because I do a lot of strength training. The simplest is walking upstairs and downstairs. My building has 30 floors, and walking up and down 3-4 times is a nice workout in bad weather. When I walk upstairs, I step on the balls of my feet only, which better develops my calves and ...


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It is definitely a good idea to take a day in the week to rest. Just like someone who lifts during the week or has a serious workout regiment, a rest day is necessary for the muscles to recover and gain strength.It is a good idea for you to take that day to let your body re cooperate. THis should definitely help you gain strength in your arms and legs for ...


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The answer varies significantly by sport, and in part by team. Those reasons that are common: Training camp is often much more focused practice and learning time than other times (during the regular season). Think of it sort of like a retreat: you live in a more confined area, with just your teammates, and think "your sport" 24/7. It allows teammates to ...


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There is great site http://www.playsportstv.com/soccer that has alot of tricks try it! Cones are the best way but you can also use rope: taken from http://voices.yahoo.com/soccer-drills-speed-agility-ball-handling-drills-for-893859.html 2 Foot Ladder Drill In this drill the coach will lay out a rope ladder and the soccer players will line up at ...


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I played Soccer for many years and the way that we always trained acceleration is to lay on your stomach with your arms out at the side of you. On the blow of a whistle, or even a mental "Go" push up from the ground and sprint for 10m or so. The reason that this is a good starting point instead of positioning your feet like a sprinter is because in a game ...


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It was Emil Zátopek!! Thanks to JeopardyTempest in comments I could track the results from the European Athletics Championships. There, I found a couple of interesting and promising results: Oslo 1946 - 10,000 metres. Difference of 39 seconds. 1st, Viljo Heino Finland 29:52.0 CR 2nd, Helge Perälä Finland 30:31.4 Brussels 1950, 10,000 metres....


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The main benefit for me is in preventing body fluids from pooling in my legs (I have very low blood pressure). This is billed as assisting in recovery post exercise.


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That sounds like too much swim training to me for a 7-year-old. My kids do competitive swim training and I can't imagine getting them up for a 5AM start ! For one thing, what time will she to bed at night ? Getting enough sleep is just as important, if not more so, than the 3 elements you mentioned. It seems that young swimmers are pushed very hard at an ...


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As outlined in Tim Noakes book "Lore of Runnning".(1) Performance in races of 60 to 200 m is always superior at altitude, with the benefit improving with increasing altitude. Performance in races of 400 m improve progressively up to altitudes of between 2000 and 2500 m but then begins to return to sea-level values. However, even at altitudes of ...


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There is no one-true way to shoot in football, the only correct way is the way that works (i.e. the way you can score the most with). That being said shots can be classified with the part of the foot that comes in contact with the ball, as SahuKahn has mentioned in his answer. I'll give more details: Inner side of the boot: the most classic shot with the ...


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The obvious answer here is "ask your coach". If they can't tell you how to be a better athlete, then they're not the right coach for you no matter how good their technical volleyball coaching might be.


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The single best thing you can do to get better at skateboarding is stop watching TV and go out and skate. It won't take you long to get the basics, but having played with various balance boards and decks I can confidently say that while they will improve your balance there is no substitute for just getting out and skating around, up and over kerbs, along ...


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I have exactly the same problem. My teachers said that's because I want to do one of two things: See where it will land before I even hit it. Trying to hit harder to get more distance. I have two drills that my teacher make me do, I think it depends exactly on the error you have. Put your head (your forehead) againts a wall. Then practice your swing ...


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Building consistency in snooker (and actually doing anything) is all about progressively adding complexity to the shots you practice. A straight blue off the spot into the centre pocket is easy, right? So practice it until it becomes second nature. Once it is, progress to a thick 3/4 ball. Then 1/2 ball. Then 1/4 ball. Practice each step until you can make ...


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As far as I know, there are no specific drills that will help you improve the "lens-shots" (I think they're called that in English). It'll come naturally as you spend more and more hours on the court. However, some exercises can help you more than others. (1) Boast-straights One player plays in front of the T, and the other one behind it. Of course, both ...


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When I started swimming I had the same problem. I come from an ultra running background so I had very little flexibility in my ankles and poor technique. The following worked for me: do lots of stretching to get some flexibility back in my ankles. You must try to point your toes to the back and not down; Take a look at this page http://www.feelforthewater....


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It comes down to a couple things. Ankle flexibility is huge. Your ankles are what creates propulsion in your kick. Not your thighs, not your calves. Your ankles. The more flexible they are the more water they push back (and not down, as is typically practiced). Kicking and swimming with a narrow profile. Most swimmers feel like they have to kick big and ...


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I use a tiny device similar to this: You push the button at every turnaround. The device counts the lengths and records the time for each. You can view the times, as well as the average etc, at the of the session. Some of the functions (e.g. pausing the clock) are a little awkward to use on my lap counter. However, I don't find this to be a major ...


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Knowing how much vertical jumping is important in basketball, some safe plyometric workouts for 10-12 y/o kids would be to have them squat down and jump up as high as possible while reaching up with one or both hands and hit a flag or a point directly above them. Then, upon landing, immediately jump up again and attempt to reach higher. It is important to ...


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Hal Higdon has a ton of training plans. Here's his one for multiple marathons. http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51153/Marathon-Multiple-Marathons-Training-Program The specific answers to your questions is to do what you want while listening to your body. Higdon's plan for two marathons two weeks apart has a 1 -2 hour run on the weekend in between. That ...


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I've not used it, but the FINIS Swimsense watch claims to count strokes (and laps and distance and...) which then can be uploaded to a computer. There are also on-finger counters, although those might be more applicable to lab counting and not your application unless you really like twitching your fingers... Timed swimming on the cord, compared with ...


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This site gives a description of throwing technique for a cricketer: http://www.coachingcricketexcellence.co.uk/cricket-coaching-advice/catching-and-fielding/how-to-throw.shtml It describes the side-on technique, where you point with your non-throwing arm towards your target and you then can use your weight to provide impetus to the ball. For a different, ...


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Medicine ball such as 3kg for an adult and 1-2kg for adolescent is an awesome investment to improve your balance, patience and leg-eye coordination technique. Learn to balance on top of the medicine ball to work on your core, vital to fast turns and more advanced shots in soccer. Learn to keep the medicine ball on your leg and then proceed to real ball -- it ...


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The best way to improve ball handling is to actually practice dribbling. You'll improve your passing and catching of the ball too because you'll improve your reaction time and get a better feel for the ball and how it comes off the ground at different angles, spins, and velocities. Few people go to the gym to practice their dribbling because it seems tedious....


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One particular thing that has been fun and useful for me and most of my friends, is to get a smaller ball and play around with it. You can get a size 3 ball (regular size is 5), and try to get fully familiar with it. Once you are comfortable playing with a smaller ball, try out new tricks that you might have seen on TV etc. Since the ball is smaller/lighter ...


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Buy a football and keep it at home - then just take it around with you (ok, stairs may be an issue). You'll either get annoyed with it or really good at control. Then ask what you're trying to improve - close ball control is great if you're looking to run with the ball, dribble, take on players, etc. You should also be concentrating on quick control of ...


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