All right shredders, it’s here! There’s snow on some of
North America’s mountains, and lucky folks have already enjoyed powder days at
resorts across the western U.S. and Canada. It’s time to put all those training
hours from the days there wasn’t snow to good use. There’s still time to get
to build that stable trunk and bomb proof quads, but you’d
better hustle. Now is the time to do our preseason gear check.
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Like many of our mountain carving brethren, I am a bit of a
gear freak when it comes to my winter sports.
The mountain beckons.
Around the time when the leaves begin
to turn, it’s call grows louder in my ears until I can almost hear it
whispering to me in those rustling leaves. My lungs crave the crisp mountain
air. My skin longs for the stark contrast between warm sunlight and cool shade.
My whole being hungers to be away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town,
to escape to the freedom of the country.
As a skier, I feel that these autumnal hikes lay the
groundwork for my relationship with the mountain.
family is growing! No, there aren't any unexpected engagements, marriages, or pregnancies. Rather, there is another outstanding young man joining our ranks in the shop. It gives me great pleasure to introduce the world to a truly exceptional young man, Aaron Jessee.
Throughout the year, I receive emails from Boston Area college students looking for experience in coaching, personal training, physical therapy, and more. Very rarely do I receive an email that makes me react the way I did to Aaron's introduction.
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As a society, I think we have come a long way in how we view
our athletes and their style. In the eighties, you would be hard pressed to
find an NBA player with more than one or two visible tattoos. Now, that is the
exception, rather than the rule, with a large number of NBA players totally
covered in art of varying degrees.
Pierced ears? A few decades back, just the
left, and only for the truly flashy or outlandish like Deion Sanders or Dennis
Rodman. Now, lots of pro athletes rock both ears pierced with giant diamonds in
Here's fun exercise that I like to use in my beach class at the Boston Institute of Jump.
Lateral Shuffle to Sprint
1. Place a ball or other marker under the net at
the middle of the court.
2. Stand on one of the sidelines of your court
in a loaded defensive position with good posture, facing the net.
3. Begin shuffling towards the opposite sideline
as quickly as you can, staying low with your hands out in front of you and
making sure to pick your feet up out of the sand.