Kinect Sports Game Review

May 17, 2017

After purchasing the Kinect for a younger family member this holiday it was only natural that I finally had a go and found out what all the fuss was about with the Kinect. I’ve now played most of the games available for the Kinect and today I will be telling you exactly what I thought about the Kinect Sports.

There are various different gaming modes on the Kinect sports, these include: bowling, boxing, soccer, table tennis, beach ball and track and field. I found all of the games to be enjoyable but I did notice that some where more responsive than the others.

Although the boxing on Kinect sports is much better than the boxing on the Wii console I found that sometimes the Kinect suffered from the same problems that the Wii does as it wasn’t picking up all of my body movements and punches, this then led to me swinging my arms in all directions which seemed to be a winning strategy. This was only a small problem that can be overlooked because the game mode is so much fun.

Another game mode that I enjoyed was track and field and although I really dislike track and field in real life I found that when using the Kinect I was really drawn in. Track and field allows you to take part in three different game types such as running, jumping and Javelin. I think out of all the game modes track and field may be my favourite gaming mode.

Obviously it wasn’t going to be long before Kinect sports and Wii sports were compared and in this instance the Xbox blows the Wii out of the water in every way possible. The game play is more engaging and fun while the Xbox 360 graphics outshine the Wii’s in each and every way.

If you already have an Xbox and have a Kinect then this game really is a must own game. Young, old and everyone else in between can enjoy the Kinect Sports games. There’s no complex button sequences to remember, all you have to do is use your body I a natural way. For example in the boxing you don’t have to worry about learning which buttons block, which buttons jab and which buttons throw a hook or an uppercut punch instead you can raise your arms to block, punch with your weaker arm to jab and throw a punch in a certain direction to hook or uppercut.

The multiplayer mode in Kinect sports is also excellent and if another player wants to join in then all they have to do is stand next to you, the console them recognises this person and throws them right into the game. The Kinect sports is very family orientated and If you’re looking for a game that all the family can enjoy and play together then this is it.

The Insanity Workout – My Insanity Workout Review

May 17, 2017

About Me

I decided to take up the Insanity Workout as I wanted a refreshing change from the gym. I had grown somewhat tired of weight machines and mundane running on the treadmill. With a young baby, and working full time i needed my workouts to be time efficient, intense, and challenging. I primarily used the Insanity Workout as a way of supplementing my judo training. Being a 1st Dan black belt, I need to be in good shape especially with further promotional gradings looming.

About the Insanity Workout

The Insanity Workout programme consists of 10 intense DVD workout sessions packed with cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training.

With most interval training routines you have a normal level of exercise activity with short bursts of intense activity. In this workout you exercise at an intense level with short breaks of lower activity. The great thing about this home workout is that you do not need any weights or expensive equipment as your body provides the resistance. The only thing i got was a yoga mat, to stop the carpet wearing out!

The DVD workouts are clearly demonstrated by former Track and Field star Sean T. He is a great motivator, full of positive encouragement. Watching the others struggle in the workouts helps you get through it. The workouts also include frequent stretching and cooling down, which is very important to reduce muscle strains.

Does the Insanity Workout work?

The answer is yes, but it does not come easy. Be prepared to sweat, and then sweat some more. If you are a beginner it will probably take longer than 60 days as you may progress through the DVDs slower, at your own pace given the high intensity. I worked through the 60 days, using the calender provided, monitoring my improvements through the fitness tests set at required intervals. I lost over half a stone, gaining a leaner muscular frame.

The Insanity workouts are tough, and you will need to rehydrate properly. The Insanity Workout is as much about mental strength as well as the physical aspect. The recipe book provided offers some great tips on healthy and varied eating. The second month is a lot harder than the first, but as you improve and get used to the routines, you will soon adapt.

You may feel tired and sore but if you stick with the programme you should achieve great results. Overall i found it a very rewarding experience.

A good tip would be to do the workouts in the cold autumn, winter months rather than sitting watching the TV. You can watch TV after your workout!

I wish you every success if you decide to take up this challenge or another intense home workout. Thank you for taking the time to read this review article.

Bud Scranton – Boot Tracks, There and Back Review

May 17, 2017

Bud Scranton writes from a position of having lived through the tough times, through the changes, and over the long hard roads of history in the making. This story of his life written to share family history with his grandchildren will bring tears, laughter and understanding to those who read it.

Scranton, a survivor of the ’30′s dust bowl days, details his efforts to bring sheep to Colorado. Walking a path of determination he wore the soles off many pair of boots to make it there and back, again and again.

Scranton’s dedication to life in southeastern Colorado, his family and neighbors is evident in his book. Weather darkened skin, wrinkled by the sun surrounds clear blue eyes when he speaks to you directly, sharing his memories of life on the prairies of Colorado. He often speaks of the hard work he accomplished in his younger days and how much he appreciates the distance he’s traveled. A rags to riches story, as some may say, have brought him to where he now lives in a small country home that overlooks a lifetime of achievement.

This long-time resident of Prowers County, near Lamar, Colorado will gladly share the accomplishments of his siblings, his children or grandchildren, if you stop for a moment to visit with him at one of his many “haunts” around town. Whether he’s working the fields with one of his children or sitting at a coffee shop visiting with “the farmers” from near his home, Bud Scranton is always the same; just a dedicated man remembering the past and working for a better tomorrow.

The book, transcribed by his wife and edited by his daughter is published with Author House and available at Barnes and Noble Bookstores (you can order it if you don’t find it on their shelves) or Amazon.com online. Or you can order the book directly from AuthorHouse.com.

His first book signing will be at the Senior Resource Center in Lamar, Colorado, Thursday, January 13th, 2011, from 10 AM until 12 Noon in the card room.

Rodan and Fields Business Opportunity: A Comprehensive Review

May 17, 2017

Rodan and Fields is a rising network marketing company. Since it launched in 2008, the growth has been impressive and on track to break sales records. But what does this mean to a new distributor looking to join Rodan and Fields?

The company seems solid and backed by two well-known Stanford dermatologists: Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields – the creators of Proactiv.

Since they launched their own network marketing company, the leadership team not only includes an online nurse to assist with product related questions but also corporate staff that includes the former CEO of Arbonne, Bob Henry. The company has all the ingredients for success and poised to continue growing with a stellar leadership team in place.

There are numerous training and support from corporate as well as field training and multiple live business opportunities/seminars for consultants and guests.

My only concern is in the business opportunity itself and the high-end prices. I talked to several consultants during my research and there seems to be a big emphasis on ‘leading the business with the business opportunity first’ rather than selling the products to customers.

In my experience, to sustain long-term growth, a network marketing company should include active business builders but also customers.

The only cost to become a consultant is $45. However, some uplines encourage consultants to invest in business builder kits costing $395 or $695 because there’s a bonus for the uplines to sign up new consultants that start with these kits. This is particularly worrisome to me and tends to bring out the not-s-honest folks.

Frontloading is an issue in some network marketing opportunities. You don’t have to look hard to find all kinds of network marketing products on Ebay. I’m particularly weary of companies that offer mutliple start kit options loaded with products.

Not that it’s not a good value from a savings standpoint because it is. As long as you plan on re-selling the products so you can profit sooner than later, otherwise you’ll be stuck with those products.

The only cost to become a consultant is $45. However, some uplines encourage consultants to invest in business builder kits costing $395 or $695 because there’s a bonus for them to sign up new consultants that start with these kits. This is particularly worrisome to me and tends to bring out the not-so-honest reps.

With that said, if you are planning on hosting home parties, and demonstrating products then having these product lines available for your guests to sample wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Unfortunately, most people start out with this intention because they’re excited about the opportunity but inevitably end up stuck with these products. Hence, always ask if there’s a buy-back policy or if there’s a limit to discourage overstocking.

As for the products… they are pricey. I’ve used Proactiv a few times with success and they costs around $19.99. The new Rodan and Fields acne line Unblemish is a whopping $160 for four products. And yes, they are from the same creators, however the new line has some slight changes to them.

That’s not to say you can’t convince people to buy the products. But since there are no samples to try before you buy, I’m not a likely customer to cough up $160 plus shipping to test the products.

Even though there’s a guaranteed 60-days to return the products. Nevertheless, it’s an investment but more importantly, returning products is simply a pain in a (you know what I mean).

If you are serious about joining Rodan and Fields as a business builder, I would do a thorough research and contact corporate directly if something doesn’t sound right to you. Network marketing is a fantastic industry however as with any industry, a few rotten apples can ruin it for the rest of the honest folks that are building the business with integrity.

Regardless of what you do, you must take 100% responsibility for your business, and only do what is comfortable for you. More importantly, Rodan and Fields is one of many network marketing opportunities available to you.

No company will make you rich unless you DO the work yourself. And when it comes to any business success – products don’t sell themselves. Nor can you piggyback a reputable brand such as Rodan and Fields. Your success is up to your entrepreneurial mindset and your marketing skills.

In today’s competitive marketplace – if you don’t know how to position yourself and leverage the internet to attract prospects, your business will eventually fail without new leads.

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Secret Track and Field Training Stretch Exercise

May 17, 2017

This is a secret technique I did in my Track Star days which I have never made mention of or ever bothered to tell anyone about. Now I cannot say if it helped me to stay undefeated for 4-consecutive seasons or not, indeed all I can say is it is yet one more component of a serious athlete.

There is something I use to do to train that no one else did, that I just made up, I never told anyone else. What I would do is start out at the 50 yard line and run, but I would drag one leg as a balance and make the other leg do all the work, by bringing the good leg knee up high and pushing off really hard and then accelerating on the grass of a football field.

You have to pump your leg in use really hard to do it and still accelerate. Then switch off and do the other leg. I use to do this for a warm up about 50-75 yards at a time (3-4 sets) and a couple of times in the middle of the work out, it seemed to stretch the muscles and strengthen them. Sometimes I would do this while out jogging on soft terrain, trails or grass. Think on that, see if it works for you.

The reason I just now have remembered this, was because I was reading up on the “Plyometrics” stuff last night that while working on a running book, book review. And I remembered I use to do that all the time. And no one ever told me to and I have never met anyone else who has, but I did it. Of course no one ever beat me in those 4-years either.

Maybe that might be a little secret to remember? I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.