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The Official Rules of Grunting at the Gym

The Official Rules of Grunting at the Gym

-By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure Correspondent   Gents, drop the Blender Bottles, leave your gallon water jugs by the preacher curl bench, and for the love of God, CrossFitters, put your shirts back on. You’re not even sweating yet.     Now huddle up: We need to talk about grunting at the gym.   As someone who goes to a box (shout out to CrossFit) and does some solo work at a conventional gym, I get it. To hit that final rep, sometimes you have to make noises that sound like the lovechild of Thor the Thunder God and...

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Training like an Olympic Diver

Training like an Olympic Diver

We caught up with Olympic Diver and Silver Medalist Sam Dorman about his training routine, his Rio qualifying experience, and of course his four-legged bud, Hank.   Diving is not what you would call a popular hobby for most people. How did you know you wanted to be a diver? When I was six years old, I started doing gymnastics but I didn’t like my coaches. After seeing the Olympics on TV and watching diving for the first time, I knew diving is something I had to try. So I quit gymnastics. Since my dad was a teacher, he had...

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7 Hot Springs in the U.S.

7 Hot Springs in the U.S.

  The benefits of hot springs have been known for ages as natural treatments for stress, pain, skin ailments, and more.   When applied directly to skin, mineral-rich and high silica content found in hot springs can smooth and soften dry, rough skin. In case moisturizer is not enough for you, we have a list of hot springs for you to check out, not only for the healing powers, but also for the opulent natural wonders.     1. Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, Oregon This secluded Oregon retreat is the paragon of serenity. Breitenbush offers day use of their clothing-optional natural stone...

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A Man’s Guide to Yoga Vocabulary – Part 1

A Man’s Guide to Yoga Vocabulary – Part 1

By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure CorrespondentThe yoga teacher is pacing the front of the room while I breathe like Darth Vader and wonder if my pits stink like a Wookie. I’m there because few things boost athletic performance, mental health, and injury resistance like yoga. However, it can be an intimidating environment for men. There are a couple of reasons why:a) Yoga favors flexibility and a high strength-to- weight ratio. Great for women, rough on menb) There’s always one dude wearing eyeball-searing, nut-hugger shorts, and he sits in frontc) Half the things the teacher says don’t make any...

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