First Experience in Skydiving

First Experience in Skydiving

Tandem Skydiving with Blue Sky

Welcome back, sports fans! I’ve returned to share with you something even I can’t believe took me this long to try, skydiving! The idea of jumping out of a plane going hundreds of miles an hour while strapped to another human may seem daunting to some. Once you actually get there and stand at the edge of the door, you can understand why. It doesn’t matter how many times your tandem partner has jumped before, in that moment it’s just you and the world. I can now definitely count skydiving as one of my favorite extreme sports and you should too.

Waiver and Wait

Before actually getting to the skydiving place, I needed to read safety materials and watch a few videos online. I signed several waivers swearing not to sue the company if one of the many things that could go wrong, does go wrong. Once all the paperwork was done, I chilled out for a few hours while waiting for my turn.

Getting Dressed

Finally, someone called my group and I went to the changing room filled with brightly colored jumpsuits in a multitude of sizes. A photographer followed us around and snapped pictures of the various preparation steps. She also told us how to position ourselves while jumping to get the best shot. I met my tandem partner, Zach, who went over the steps for skydiving again.

Skydiving with Ground in Background

Flying and Jumping

We boarded the plane and everyone chatted nervously to their partners. The plane climbed steadily until we reached about 10,500 feet above ground. Zach led me to the door and I stood at the edge of the unending miles of earth stretching to beneath me. My heart pounded so loud in my ears I almost couldn’t hear Zach reminding me to bend my knees on landing.

Zach and I jumped out of the plane and my photographer joined a few seconds later. The first 60 seconds out of the plane you are in free fall. The uncanny sensation makes you feel like you’re not moving when you’re actually hurtling to the ground at a couple hundred miles/hour. Soon we got the part where the parachute opens and we gently floated toward the landing zone.

The Landing

As we floated down, Zach spun the parachute around a few times to give me a 360-view. I floated just under 10 minutes after the chute opened, plenty of time to look around. We reached the landing zone and I remembered to bend my knees for a surprisingly smooth landing. 10/10 would recommend a tandem skydiving jump to anyone looking for an adrenaline rush with a high safety record and lots of support.

Skydiving companies, like Cigognes Chute Libre in southwest France, offer tandem jumps to beginners to help them get a taste of adrenaline. Or check out the time and cost to learn to skydive alone!

Skydiving Over Lake with View of Land

Swimming for kids

Swimming, as a competitive or recreational sport, has been around pretty much as long as mankind. The benefits of learning to swim are huge, from saving yourself or others from drowning, to keep yourself fit and healthy. The sport gives pretty much your whole body a workout, with a very minimal risk of injury and is a great way to socialize and cool down on a hot day.

The younger people learn to swim the better to gain the benefits mentioned above. Children can start learning to swim as soon as they are born. Many small children can actually swim before they walk, they are used to water having spent 9 months in liquid, inside their mothers. With small children though it is best just to play with them in the water first and let them become accustomed to idea of water and more importantly breathing above it. A great thing to try and teach kids of this age is to breath in above the water, then breath out underneath it, as this is what they need to learn to become proficient swimmers in the future.

At age 3 is probably the best time to put them in proper swimming classes. At this age they are aware enough to follow instructions and socialize with other kids in the group. As well as improving health and fitness, swimming can improve your emotional health. Being in water, in a safe environment can be a very relaxing experience. Kids enjoy swimming so much it is usually very difficult to get them back out of the pool.

There truly are only positive things to say about teaching your kids to swim, and from a very young age.

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Best Hockey Enforcers of All Time

Hey sports fans, Alan back with another sports and fitness post for you all! I hope you are all getting ready for Christmas, I know my family is. I found my son a copy of the ‘Top NHL fights of all Time’ DVD and a bunch of cheap used hockey equipment on the secondhand bargain website My little man loves playing ice hockey, and since he isn’t that little anymore he is having to play an enforcer role this year. I thought with him having this historically vital role, I would go over some of the top enforcers of all time. He seems to want to continue playing hockey for a while, so I thought that a set of gear would help him for the next couple years and the DVD should help him see what it means to be a true hockey enforcer

I got him some great ice hockey skates, from here;, and I can’t wait to see him in action.

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Colton Orr Tommy Sesito

What makes a good Enforcer?

In hockey, straight up goons are a dime a dozen. An enforcer however, is a special player not completely unlike a unicorn. Any goon can throw a bunch of punches, but an enforcer is feared for his ability to knock an opponent onto their back and then dump the puck into the net. With this in mind, it is no coincidence that the greatest fictional enforcers were a reference to the Godfather of the position, Eddie Shore. Shore played for the original Boston Bruins back when the league had six teams. In just a 44 game season, shore would regularly have over 100 penalty minutes, but he would also have double digits goals and even goals from the blue line. Shore was so good at what he did, he was able to capture the Hart trophy (awarded to the best player in the league) four times.

Clark Gillies

There must be something in the grain over there in Saskatchewan, Canada. Just like Shore, Gillies was born in the flatland of the Canadian Prairies. Gillies began his mark as a great enforcer in his home province, playing for the Regina Pats, managing an astonishing 570 penalty minutes and 283 points (117 goals among them) within only three seasons. He was selected by the New York Islanders, and actually cleaned up his act playing in the NHL. He was no less feared as a scrapper or power forward however, and made his big mark during the 1980 Stanley Cup run. Gillies was tasked with protecting his stars against Terry O’Reilly and got the better of him in the series and tallied 16 points while doing so.

Tie Domi

No enforcer list is complete without the tiny man, Tie Domi.This is the kind of guy I would expect to see crocodile bungee jumping Measuring in at only 5 foot 9 inches, Domi was selected by Toronto in 1988 but dealt away soon after to the Winnipeg Jets. He soon hit his stride with the Jets, and in the 1993-1994 season he achieved 347 sin bin minutes protecting his stars in Teemu and Salanne. He would leave for Toronto again in ‘96, becoming a fan favorite in town. Domi would go on to become the number three all time for penalty minutes with 3505, but is most know for a couple key hits/fights like the infamous elbow that knocked Scott Niedermayer out of the playoffs in 2001.

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Dave Schultz

As far as nicknames for enforcers go, Dave ‘Hammer’ Schultz has the best one. Another Saskatchewan boy, Schultz was the typical feared enforcer who also had the ability to kill your team with a well timed goal. In the 1970’s, the Philadelphia Flyers played a very high action, in your face type of game and had no real need for a brawler/enforcer but Schultz made a place for himself. During the Flyers first Stanley Cup winning season, Schultz totaled 348 penalty minutes along with 20 goals, and had another 139 penalty minutes during the playoffs with a half dozen goals thrown in. He made the record book the next season, with a still not matched 472 penalty minutes. That is the equivalent of just over 10 whole games! In his 535 career games played, the Hammer totaled 2294 penalty minutes and an even 200 points.

Valeri Vasilev

Vasilev is the only European on this list, and he deserved his spot. Someone who if he would be playing now-a-days would for sure be caught up in the doping scandal, Vasilev is considered the most brutal enforcer to every come out of the Soviet Block. He played for nine Soviet League winners, and unfortunately as the exposure to the west was limited at that time we know little about his play there but when he competed at an international level, all eyes were on him.

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Stamkos fighting

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So that is the list I compiled for my son about the best hockey enforcers of all time, these tough guys are great to learn from as a young goal scorer. I hope you liked this list, more to come soon. Merry Christmas everyone.


Craziest Extreme Sports

Welcome back everyone, my name is Alan and I am so glad you could join me for the newest post in my sports and fitness blog. I have been trying to push the envelope in the sports I participate in, and that lead me to the world of extreme sports. I have found some ridiculous extreme sports that people do in different places around the world, some that I really want to do and some that I think are absolutely insane. The craziest extreme sport I found was crocodile bungee jumping, and it’s exactly what you would expect. Some geniuses decided to put a crocodile pit underneath a bungee jump, and so far no one has died! One lady did have her cord snap, but she was able to swim to safety even though her feet where tied up. 

On the more conservative side of extreme sports, we have cheese rolling. This is again, exactly what you would expect. Roll cheese down a hill, chase cheese. Pretty simple right? Well try doing it with 100 other people down a 2 kilometer hill after a ten pound wheel of cheese. Interested yet? I would hope so, as the winner gets to keep the wheel of cheese which I’m sure has gained some unique flavor from its journey downhill. Another extreme sport that you might kill yourself in is Extreme Dinghy Racing. This is one of the chaotic motor sports there is, and that makes it equally entertaining. The races take place in small rivers and canals in Australia, and often has huge accidents. I would still prefer chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill though. What extreme sports do you guys like? Tell me in the comments! See you next week.

extreme dinghy racing boat

Russian Doping at the Olympics

Hey sports fans, Alan here again. I would like to thank you in choosing my sports and fitness blog, we know you have your choice when it comes to sports and fitness blogs and we thank you for choosing Alan’s. Now, for the sports world news of the week-Russian sponsored doping including the Olympics. I don’t know how many of you have read the latest Mclaren report, but it says that over 100 Russian athletes are involved in a government sponsored doping scandal. The report included athletes from over 30 sports (including football) and from the past 6 years, starting in 2011. A main point is the London 2012 Olympics, which are quoted as being “corrupted on an unprecedented scale” so we can all assume that the 2014 and 2016 Olympics were equally corrupt, at least where the Russian athletes were involved.

This just brings more scrutiny to the Olympics, which did not have a good public reception this year in Brazil. With the green pool water, polluted racing water, athletes being robbed and kidnapped and the situation involving an American swimmer trashing private property, the Olympics could use some good publicity but this is the exact opposite. Why Russia was awarded the Sochi Olympics makes no sense to me in the first place, Russia has long been questioned for cheating at the Olympics, and corruption is very evident in Russia. Hopefully the Olympic committee can raise their image again before the Tokyo Olympics, but for Russia this report may have been the final nail in the coffin. I haven’t seen any word from other international sports authorities but I assume there would be bans handed out soon. Keep your eye out, and enjoy your week everyone. See you later.

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Welcome To Alan’s Fitness Journal

Hello.  I’m Alan, and this is my new sports and fitness blog / online magazine, Fast Lane BMX Mag.  As you can tell by the title I’m a big car racing and BMX nerd.  

I can remember back to my 7th birthday when my dad bought me my first BMX bike.  They weren’t very big at the time yet, so I wasn’t completely sure how special the BMX truly was.  However it was truly love at first sight, and ever since then I’ve always had a BMX bike by my side.  I started competing in BMX competitions when I turned 10 and although I never was able to rank globally I would always come top 3 in the local and national competitions.  

During my late teens I moved on from BMX competitions to drag racing.  I bought myself a little moded up scooby and would head out to the local racing grounds.  These days are now behind me, and instead I’m more interested in sitting at home and watching the races, but occasionally i’ll still head out with mates.

Anyway, that’s enough about me.  I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Have a nice week, and I’ll post soon. Thanks, Alan.