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Monday, December 29, 2014

New Years Resolutions?

It's the time of year when everyone has that New Year's Resolution to change something in their life. The most popular resolutions people make are weight loss and fitness goals. There are many others such as better mental focus to getting out of debt as well, but regardless of what they are why do most people not stick to them?

Today we will talk about why people make a New Years Resolution to lose weight and become more fit or active.

First what is a New Years Resolution? According to Wikipedia it is a secular tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere, but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year's Day.

Now the majority of people regardless of the shape they are already in want to become more fit with the vast majority wanting to lose weight. Those are great goals for everyone as health and wellness are very important to the human body.

For those that want to lose weight why do they not see their Resolution through? The biggest factors are, not knowing how or where to start, lack of support, loss of motivation, and financial reasons. There is no acceptable excuse if you are serious enough.

Knowing where to start is as simple as doing some research. There are thousands of search results that can get you in the right direction. You can't let lack of support stop you either. The only support you need is your own. To stay motivated keep an end goal in mind while making weekly goals that will get you to your final goal. That could be to lose 5 lbs each week or run 10 minutes longer each day. Whatever goal it takes for you personally to keep it fun and interesting. Even financial reasons are not an excuse. Yes financial can get in the way of joining a health club, but that is it. There are many ways to reach your goal without a health club membership.

Although the reasons for not seeing a resolution through for those that want to become more fit can be the same, they do differ a bit. There is more procrastination on just getting started, with the most common excuse being. "I'll start tomorrow". To some it's even fear of something new and even worried they can't handle the change. Others even have a fear of being judged for the lifestyle change by friends or family who do nothing in regard to fitness. Again though if you are serious enough none are legitimate excuses.

So we know why some people do not follow through with there New Year's Resolution, now lets talk about how you can start and see it through.


Regardless if your goal is weight loss, getting more fit or both one of the best ways to start is to find the right supplements. Now when we say supplements we mean more than just a daily vitamin. We are talking for energy, strength training, immune health, bone/joint health and much more... The right supplements can have a dramatic impact on your health.

Once you find the right supplements to complement your goals the next thing is to get to the physical aspects of your goal. If you need support it may help to find a friend or family member looking to accomplish a similar goal. This can help the both of you with support from each other as well as keeping each other motivated. Now, obviously the best way to achieve your results would be a health club and utilize a personal trainer. Having an expert guide you is always best, but we know not everyone can afford it.

From home all it takes is 15 - 30 minutes each day. Whether that is a workout DVD or just a walk you can achieve results by doing anything that keeps you moving. There have been some women who after having a baby found  a way to get exercise in lifting their baby and doing laundry. So you can do it too.

Make up your mind you want to change and stick with it. Stay positive and stay away from negativity. Use affirmations every day like " I am Happy, Healthy and Wealthy" until it becomes your reality and continue them. For some this may mean surrounding yourself with a different more positive group of friend that will challenge you and motivate you to achieve your goals. Others may join a recreational softball team or the like to start being more active. Whatever you need to do, DO NOT make excuses and DO IT!

Every link in this article is from our Health and Wellness Partner. They have everything you need to see your Resolution through. From a 24 day weight loss program, safe products, a financial opportunity, a great support system and even debt help. The endorsers of this company are all unpaid endorsers and the national spokesperson is a leading pro football quarterback. We highly recommend for those serious about losing weight or becoming more fit as their New Year's Resolution or even those looking for extra income and getting out of debt to take a serious look at this company.

We hope this has helped all of you that have these goals in mind as your New Year's Resolution. If you need some extra advice or have any questions leave comments below and we will help you the best we can. Happy New Year to all and we wish you the best in achieving your New Year's Resolution and goals.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Golf E-Book Hits Amazon

We did an article about this book back on November 7th, 2014. This book, Manage Your Golf Game is possibly one of the best instructional books on the market today. The best part is it has nothing to do with swing changes or gimmicky training aids.

This book is now available from Amazon. Only available as an E-book right now, but we understand that plans to have it printed in paperback are under way.

This book was released to the public during late October to market during the Christmas Holidays. It is available at a mere fraction of the cost of what it takes to learn this in person. And when we say a fraction we are talking about a savings of near $460.

Recently released on December 8th, 2014 on the Amazon.com Kindle Store with a new cover, it is our understanding that this book has already become very popular.




If you are looking to improve your golf game virtually overnight, this book will help. It is a practical application book that can be applied to your very next round of golf. This book is about the least talked about and least taught method in golf today. Why? Simple, it only has to be taught once. There are no extra lessons or equipment to sell once this is learned.




The author of this Book will be coming out with some instructional videos early next year and we will have samples of those video's on our YouTube Channel. Being that this is still a work in progress if there are any specific tips and or videos our readers would like to see please let us know.

If you are interested in more lessons keep an eye out as we will also be offering an opportunity for golfers, tennis players, and more to send in videos and have them critiqued by a professional from that respective sport.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Year Round Gulf Coast Fishing

Where else can you fish year round on a boat and still catch fish regardless of the weather? Along the Gulf Coast that's where.

With an average annual temperature of 76 degrees, you can understand why so many fishing charters along the Gulf Coast are not a seasonal business.

We came across an article today from OutdoorHub about an experience had with one such fishing charter service out of Bay St. Louis, MS. - Shore Thing Fishing Charters. The article, entitled Beating the Drum in Bad Weather Along the Upper Gulf Coast is a true testament as to why so many people visit the Gulf Coast all year long for fishing. Good, bad, hot and cold weather you are sure to find fish with the right charter service. We highly recommend you read the article we mention above.

Although the Gulf Coast is more known for it's beaches along the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast, it's casino's on the Mississippi Coast, It's Swamps of the Louisiana Coast and more beaches along the Texas coast, it is also know for some of the best inshore and offshore fishing in the world. You can fish for Trout or Redfish inshore as well as offshore or even go fish for Cobia, Snapper (when in season) or even bigger Fish such as Tuna and Amberjack.

No matter what your fancy is, if you prefer offshore with heavier rod's and reel's or the lighter tackle of inshore fishing, along the Gulf Coast you have plenty of options.

If you are planning a trip to the Gulf Coast whether you stay at a Best Western, Hilton or one of the Casinos Hotels, with the friendly southern hospitality, they will help you find a fishing charter that fits your needs. If you are traveling to Bay St. Louis, MS give Shore Thing Fishing Charters a call @ 228-342-2206. You can also check out a short video from them on our Fishing page as well.

For other fishing Charter information we have searched for you and here are the links to Charters along the entire Gulf Coast. Each link is just the Google Search results of each area






We will soon be doing reviews of different Fishing Charter Services along the Gulf Coast, with Video's of how they went as well as a write up of the service, price, etc... If you would like specific information about fishing charters in a certain area please feel free to leave a comment of what you would like to know and we would be happy to answer them for you. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Golf Course Review - TPC of Louisiana

Today's review comes from the TPC of Louisiana. Home to the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. TPC of Louisiana is located in Avondale, LA, a part of the New Orleans Metropolitan area, and is a 15 minute drive from downtown.

Upon arriving at TPC of Louisiana you first get a feeling of seclusion as you turn into the entrance and head your way to the clubhouse. The entrance, as with every golf course, is the first impression anyone will get of any golf course property. This entrance is a good start as to what one can expect the rest of the day.

Once arriving to the clubhouse itself you get your first taste of Southern Hospitality as you are greeted by the staff at the bag drop. This also becomes the first impression of what to expect from the rest of the staff you will encounter the rest of the day. The outside service personnel will greet you with a smile and make you feel very welcome. Whether it is your first time there or if you are a regular they treat everyone the same.

Your second dose of hospitality comes with the staff in the clubhouse. Whether you decide to first check in with the Golf Shop staff or perhaps you arrived early for a bite to eat and experience the dining at TPC of Louisiana, you will be greeted with the same Southern Hospitality.

Before your golf begins, as you meander your way through the clubhouse, you will find that no amenity is missed. With full dinning, a full service golf shop, and both Men's and Women's locker rooms, just about anything you need or can think of is at your disposal. The dinning experience is filled with the normal golf course favorites, but also has a grand New Orleans cuisine available. The Golf Shop has everything you need to compliment your round of golf. If you want a souvenir or just need to grab a few extra balls for your round you will be sure the Golf Shop has it. Which the staff will also ask, as to remind you in case there is anything you need or forgot. The locker rooms have full showers, lockers, and lounge area's for those not in a hurry or would like to clean up before heading back home or to their hotel. You will also find a very friendly beverage cart service on the golf course seven days a week.



As you make your way to prepare for your round the practice facilities are top notch, as you would expect from any golf course that host a PGA Tour event. A full range, practice chipping green with bunkers, and a large putting green will help you tune all areas of your game before you get started.

The golf course itself, designed by Pete Dye, gives you a true South Louisiana feel as the course winds through native Cypress Trees and natural wetlands. Mr. Dye has also designed two other golf courses for the TPC Network, the AT&T Canyons Course at TPC San Antonio and the more famous Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, which all host PGA Tour events. As his reputation has preceded him, Mr. Dye did not disappoint here at TPC Louisiana.

Although a challenging golf course, TPC of Louisiana is also a very fun golf course. Playing where some of the best in the world have played is always a great experience. You can appreciate the challenges the professionals face each week. An added bonus at TPC of Louisiana, that you do not get at every golf course that host a professional event, is that they do their best to keep the conditions for everyone what they are for the professionals. You may also encounter an alligator or two during your round as well as other Native Louisiana Wildlife.



The course condition were excellent. The greens were not super fast, but still had some speed, and they were rolling very true. TPC of Louisiana also keeps the the rough height short, making the golf course a more enjoyable experience. By no means are we saying it still does not pose it's challenges, the rough is just not 4 inches deep. This also allows golfers to more easily find that occasional shot the misses the fairway. All the bunkers throughout the golf course, which there are plenty, are all well maintained as well. This is great for both the aesthetics as well as the play-ability of each bunker on the golf course. 

There is a really good mix of holes and the golf course is routed through the property very well. There are some very short and unique holes, like numbers 8, 13 and 16, as well as some unique par-5 holes, such as numbers 11(with a giant Cypress Tree in the fairway) and 18. The 18th hole at TPC of Louisiana is ranked as one of the best finishing holes on the PGA Tour. Once you play it you will understand why and if you have never seen the Zurich Classic Of New Orleans in person you can imagine the excitement the 18th provides during the final round. 

If you live in the greater New Orleans area or are visiting the area, the TPC of Louisiana is a must play for any golfer. Not only is the golf course one of the best in the New Orleans are, but it is also one of the best in the entire state of Louisiana and perhaps the Gulf Coast. The course, which is also part of the Audubon Golf Trail, has received numerous awards from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine

The following is our raring for: Overall Experience, Course Conditions, Course Design, Value received, Facilities, and Staff. A 0-10 point system is used with 10 being the highest and 0 being the lowest.
Overall Experience
9
Course Conditions
9
Course Design
8
Value Received
8
Facilities
9
Staff
9

Another great compliment to TPC of Louisiana and it's professional staff is how they operate and accommodate large groups, charity events and celebrity events. Very professional and efficient, whether you have a large group of friends or looking to host an event you can be assured they will make everything they do seem effortless and put you at ease. We know this from experience having participated in several events at TPC of Louisiana.  


Membership to a TPC golf course is not limited to only Private TPC clubs. TPC of Louisiana Membership is very affordable and has some great perks to it. We are surprised that such a premier course can practically give away memberships. It is such a great deal that we are considering joining. 

For those looking to improve upon their game, this TPC is a destination of the PGA Tour Experiences with PGA Tour Academy instructors. We have experienced their instruction first hand and it is by far some of the best instruction in the world. Each instructor must meet a very strict criteria to be part of the PGA Tour Academy. You will experience top quality instruction as well as have a wonderful time. A great example is this following video of Senior Head Golf Professional Brian Long. 



If you have any comments or questions about TPC of Louisiana feel free to let us know by commenting on this post. You can also contact the TPC of Louisiana directly at 504-436-8721 or visit their website at www.tpc.com/louisiana

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Gift Idea Follow Up

We are doing a short follow up to yesterdays article Sporting Goods Christmas Gift Ideas. We offered to help people find certain products and answer questions they may have about specific products or categories. Well we received several emails with questions that put us searching for more product ideas.

The most popular request was where can one find Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles? Here is what we found to have the most options and plenty more.

This company handles more in the Sports Memorabilia and Collectibles than any other company we found.

Beckett Media - - Beckett Media has been the voice of the collectibles industry from the time Dr. James Beckett published his first Sport Americana Baseball Card Price Guide book in 1979 to the launch of the first issue of Beckett Baseball magazine five years later. In the 30 years since that rather simplistic first issue of Beckett Baseball, the magazine – and the company itself – has grown in significant proportions, similar to the very field it covers.

Beckett Media covers the following areas and more: 
Auction Services - Fantasy Sports - Digital Magazine - Online Price Guide - Grading Services - Fan Shop - Coin Collection - Cards in all Sports - Monthly Magazine - Membership Opportunities - and Easy Accessible Apps - Their marketplace has an inventory of over 30 Million Sports Cards and Collectibles. 



The second most popular question was where to get Fitness Gear and Technology and one with the biggest sales or best prices. 

We found one company that not only has prices up to 60% off and great prices but also with a very large selection of various products.  

Clever TrainingClever Training is a multi-channel specialty retailer and leading provider of innovative athletic training gear. Whether preparing elite athletes for competition or helping individuals lead healthy lifestyles, our fitness experts focus exclusively on providing our customers with the latest fitness tools and innovations to help them achieve their goals. Clever Training has grown into a team of fitness experts who have evolved the company, which began as a small business and local store, to a world class provider of fitness technologies and equipment. Along the way, Clever Training has become the industry leader for passionate, competitive athletes who have learned to trust in the brand. We want to be their FIRST choice.

Clever Training has top brands in all their categories of Run, Cycle, Swim, Outdoor, Fitness, as well as Men and Women's Apparel and Accessories. Each category even has sub categories that make their website easy to navigate and find what you may want. 



All other questions we received have gotten direct responses for the specific's they asked about. If you have any questions about any products that are sports related, please do not hesitate to ask us. We want to help you find the right gift for family, friends, or even for yourself. Email us at - HrubesSportz@live.com, comment on this article, visit our Facebook Page, Google+ Page, or our Twitter Page to contact us. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sporting Goods Christmas Gift Ideas

It is that time of year again. The time where we get Christmas gifts for those we love.

Sometimes it can be a daunting task to find a gift for anyone, but even more so when you are getting a sports related gift for someone. When it comes to gifts in the sporting goods category you have to be careful what you get a friend or loved one. So many people even at a recreational level of sports are picky about what they use for their respective sport of choice.

Lets take fishing for an example: A man or woman who fishes may only like a certain brand rod and reel to use, a certain type of lure, or even a certain brand of sunglasses.

To be sure you do not get them a gift they may not like you should try and get as much information about what they like and do not like. Most people will gladly tell you what their favorite equipment or brand is for a sport. they will be excited to talk about it and even tell you why they like it so much.

All sports have top brands of clothing and equipment that people favor. We will break down some of the top items of the four most popular recreational sports as well as some things to stay away from for each sport. Of course the safe route for any gift,especially in sporting goods is a gift card.



The following is a breakdown of the four most popular recreational sports of Golf, Fishing, Fitness and Tennis. Each will start with what to stay away from then follow up with two product gift ideas.

Golf: 

Golfers may be the pickiest of all to shop for. golfers will be particular about the ball they play, the brand shirts they wear, down to even the color of tee's they use. The best thing for a golfer is a gift card to their favorite store like a Golfsmith or Edwin Watts or their favorite brand perhaps like Taylor Made. The things you DO NOT want to get any golfer, unless they have specified they want them, are the cartoonish club head covers, golf balls (unless you know what brand they prefer), training aids or any equipment. Here are the three top ideas you can get a golfer.

1. Apparel - 2. Rangefinders/GPS



The Nike Men's Victory Short Sleeve Polo combines timeless style and performance technology to keep you comfortable on the course. Made from moisture-wicking Dri-FIT fabric, it moves sweat away from your skin, keeping you dry when your round heats up. The classic silhouette also features performance stretch and ergonomic flat-seam construction that minimizes chafing and helps you make every swing, pitch and putt in ultimate comfort.








 SkyCaddie® TOUCH by SkyGolf. The SkyCaddie TOUCH features a glove-friendly, easy-to-use, easy-to-read touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity to provide golfers with the ultimate user experience and convenience when coupled with a FREE Smartphone app.The TOUCH features a hi-resolution, sunlight readable, color display that amplifies the superiority of SkyCaddie's preloaded maps over its competition.






Fishing:

Fishing is not as tough as golf, but those who fish are picky about certain things. You almost can't go wrong with anything you get in this category, but there are some things you should stray from getting as a gift. Don't get a rod and reel combo as this is the pickiest item for most fisherman. The only other item we recommend staying away from would be sunglasses. Not only are there different brands that fisherman are picky about, but the color lens (blue, yellow, etc..) and type of lens (polarized, or non-polarized) are all personal preferences as well as a performance issue depending on where they fish. Here are the top two suggested items:

1. Marine Cooler - 2. Electric Filet Knife


Pelican Marine Cooler - Available in 35qt -95qt 7-10 day ice retention, freezer grade gasket, 2" polyurethane insulation. Press & Pull Latches (Wide for Gloved Use). Molded-In Tie Downs. Molded-In Lock Hasp, Stainless Steel Plate. Sloped Drain & Tethered Threaded Plug (Garden Hose Attachable). Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel Hardware. Guaranteed for life. Assembled in the USA with US and foreign components. Ice retention - Initial test results are based on the Pelican 65Qt Elite Cooler model. Testing was conducted using forced air circulation in a temperature controlled environmental chamber at 90 degrees F. The test specimens were loaded to capacity with commercial cubed ice. Performance will vary by model size and external user conditions, such as; (sun exposure, wind, ice type, frequency of opening, etc.). Interior Dimensions: 15.75"x 12.00"x 11.50




Rapala ProGuide Cordless Fillet Knife Set. Quick and easy fish prep! Makes quick work out of your catch of the day! And no cord means no tangles and no restrictions. The rest: 2 removable rechargeable battery packs; 6" and 7 1/2" blades included to match the knife to the species. Order yours today! WARNING: You must be 18 or older to purchase Cutlery. Cutlery cannot be shipped to Marin, Napa, Ventura and Yolo counties, CA; CO; CT; D.C.; MA or Puerto Rico. Please check your State, County and City laws for restrictions before ordering Cutlery. Rapala ProGuide Cordless Electric Knife



Fitness:

In the fitness category there isn't really anything to stay away from as a gift. However you would not want to get someone a pair of shoes or fitness equipment. We all know why shoes are a bad gift idea. There is a brand preference, sizing, color, and comfort factor. As for fitness equipment, unless specified, giving this as a gift can be taken as an insult and there is the type and size of the equipment that would be a preference. There are however some top HOT products that sport fitness lovers are looking for. Here are the top two suggested gift ideas. 

1. Fitness Trackers - 2. Gym/Duffle Bag



Nike+ Fuelband SE Fitness Tracker - •Available in three sizes: small (5.79 inches / 147mm), medium/large (6.77 inches / 172mm) and extra-large (7.76 inches / 197mm). •Includes two easy-to-insert links (.32 inches / 8mm and .63 inches / 16mm) for a fine-tuned fit •USB charging cable and sizing tool included •Ambient light sensor detects environmental light levels and adjusts accordingly •Bluetooth 4.0 pairing to smart phones (for use with the Nike+ FuelBand app for iOS 6.1 and above, iPhone 4S and above, and iPod Touch 5th generation and above) •Optimized for the web (Mac OSX v10.6 and above / Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8) and works on iOS devices (iPhone 4S and above, iPod Touch 5th generation and above). •Water-resistant





Ogio Unisex 4.0 Gear Bag - Ogio is a leader in marketing and supplying the Powersports industry with performance gear comprised of bags, packs, ramps, stands and other accessories. OGIO's focus on innovative products is paralleled with the finest quality construction using premium materials that have been rigorously tested against blowouts, abrasion, color fading.







Tennis:

Tennis just like other sports you would want to stay clear of equipment such as rackets. Tennis players will have a certain preference of name brand, weight, and how the racket is strung. Also stay away from any kind of training equipment. One the gift could be taken as an insult insinuation the person is not a good tennis player or it may not be the training they need. Here are two of the top suggested items on the Tennis wish list. 

1. Performance Wear - 2. Tennis Balls





Adidas Performance Women's Tennis Core Tank - Complete your new adidas tennis with the sequencials core tank. Tennis tank features a scoop neck, contrast piping and a contrast Melange fabric panel at the sides. Made with soft, cotton feel Climalite fabric for superior moisture management.








Penn Championship Extra Duty Tennis Balls
  • America's #1 selling tennis ball.
  • Official tennis ball of USTA League Tennis.
  • Controlled fiber release for consistent nap.
  • Natural rubber for consistent feel and reduced shock.
  • Interlocked wool fiber for longer wear.




One other great gift idea for any sports lover is a gift card for a hotel stay at a place like Best Western. With this gift they can travel to a sporting event, a golf course out of town they have always wanted to play, to a favorite destination for a fishing excursion, or anywhere they want. 

We hope this has been of great help in finding that sporting good item for that friend or loved one that loves sports. If you have any other ideas our readers may like please leave them in the comment section of this post. We thank you for reading andwish you the best in your search for a gift.

If you would like addition help or have any specific questions regarding a gift in a particular sport please feel free to email us and we will help you the best we can. Be it searching for you to find a specific item or just answering a question about a specific sport or product you can reach us at hrubessportz@live.com