Hot Shots

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Firstsource

Kodak PlayTouch 1080p
$230 @ Kodak.com

Blu-ray quality 1080p HD video is rare in such a small digital video camera—but the PlayTouch’s got it. It also features a 3-inch touch screen so you can easily swipe through your videos and photos.

Nikon Coolpix s1100pj
$350 @ Nikon.com

Project amd share pictures and HD videos from your camera onto any surface. Images come through bright and clear and can be stretched up to the size of a 47-inch display from up to eight feet away.

Samsung PL90
$150 @ Samsung.com

A built-in USB connector on this inexpensive and easy-to-use gem allows you to forgo wires when uploading pics. Other highlights: auto-face detection and and red-eye correction, a 12.2mp image sensor, 4x optical zoom, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.

Canon s95
$400 @ Canon.com

Don’t be fooled by the simple, sleek design—the s95 packs pro-level capability and high-end features like a bright wide-angle lens, pro-style manual controls, and improved low-light shooting. A nice upgrade.

Fujifilm Finepix 3D W3
$500 @ Fujifilm.com

That’s right. You can now shoot real 3D photos and video. Two 3x zoom lenses take shots from different positions. The camera then merges the images into a single enhanced 3D photo. (If you’re feeling retro, the W3 shoots conventional 2D images, too.)

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Hottie of the Day

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Fittest Tennis Pros

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Firstsource

When people tell me, “If you played today, you would be competitive against Federer,” I just start laughing. My ass would get kicked so fast and so hard. The fitness, the training, the preparation, and the understanding of the game have all changed since I played 20 years ago. These guys are more complete players. There are few or no weaknesses in their games today. Now you have to be strong, agile, quick, and be able to last longer than the opponent if it comes down to it.

ROGER FEDERER

He has the whole package. He’s very physical and confident, has a well-developed upper body and is extremely quick. I don’t know if there’s a better natural mover on the circuit. Staying on top requires mental fitness, which is connected to physical fitness. You can be the fittest guy and still lose a match [to Federer] because you got tired, and he didn’t. Federer has superior stamina, and it’s easy for him to be mentally tough since he knows he won’t be tired later on in the match.

RAFAEL NADAL

The problem with the upper body during my time was you had to carry that weight around, and you got tired quicker. But today you have these guys with bigger upper bodies who are still controlling the ball extremely well. Nadal uses his strong arms to his advantage. He can hit the ball harder.

ANDY RODDICK

His serve is tremendous, and that comes from core strength. When he changes shirts on the court, what jumps at you is his abs. They’re the source of his power, and he uses that really well.

Australian Lamb on a Shovel

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Firstsource

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs thick-cut rib or loin lamb chops
  • 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • Lemon wedges

 

You’ll Also Need
Logs, wood chips, or wood chunks, plus a grill or campfire and a clean metal shovel, if you want the full (but optional) old-school presentation.

How to Make It
1.) Lightly brush the lamb chops on both sides with olive oil. Season both sides with salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary.

2.) If you are using just a campfire and shovel, heat the shovel blade in the fire and then arrange the chops an inch apart on the blade. It’s OK to work in batches. Cook the chops until done to taste. Skip step 3.

3.) If you’re using a charcoal grill and want to use logs or wood chips, place them on the coals. If using a gas grill, add the wood chips or chunks to the smoker box or place them in a smoker pouch under the grate. Brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange lamb chops on the hot grate and grill them until done to taste, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

4.) Transfer to plates and, if desired, drizzle extra olive oil over chops and serve with lemon wedges.

Nutritional Breakdown
Per serving
Calories: 293
Protein: 25 g
Carbs: 1 g
Fat: 21 g
Fiber:0 g
Serves 4

Beer and Food Pairings

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f someone ordered an Indian Pale Ale with their cheese, would that be so wrong? No. It’s all about personal preference after all. Wine always has its place beside any aged, dairy delicacy—or other less moldy edibles—but a perfect lager or ale can stand up to any red or white vino when pairing food and drink.

“Beer is a great match for food because of the complexity of its flavors, its ability to provide refreshment and to interact with many food flavors,” says Marc Stroobandt, master beer sommelier for the Food and Beer Consultancy, UK. “Even before the meal, beer already is doing its work for food pairing as the hops stimulate the appetite.”

When pairing beer and food, it all comes down to matching the food’s flavors to the flavors of the beers. We went directly to the experts to get their advice on mating the best brews with your favorite bites.

Cheese, Sandwiches, Pizza
Wine and cheese is a universally-known pair, but what most people may not know is that beer is one of the best matches for cheese. “Wine may cover up some of the flavors in cheese while the carbonation in beer creates a lighter acidity and lifts the fats in the cheese off the palate,” says The Beer Sommelier, Matt Simpson. “Whether it’s a straight-up cheese platter, pizza, sandwich, goat cheese salad, almost any beer is a go when it comes to cheese.

Recommended: All beer (Note: for stronger cheeses like goat and blue, grab a darker lager or ale.) Try Hennepin Saison (Belgium)

Chicken, Seafood, Pasta
The one rule with dishes like chicken, fish, salads or pastas are that you don’t want to overpower them with a beer. Therefore, lighter is better. A light German lager or Belgian Saison with chicken or fish is perfect. (If creams or sauces are added you need a heavy, richer beer.) Pasta is slightly more versatile but still pairs well with similar brews like blonde ales and German or American wheat ales.

Recommended: Belgian Blonde ale; German Hefeweizen; American Hefeweizen or wheat beer (as long as it is not too hoppy). Try Duvel (Belgium), Widmer Hefeweizen (US), Blue Moon (US)

Frites and Fried Foods
Even if the Belgians make the best frites in the world and are the largest consumers per person, those salty potato sticks are still an American staple cuisine. In general, fries (or frites) are light in flavor profile, so opt for a brew that will help cleanse the palate. “In general ask for a beer to cleanse your palate without washing away all the salty flavors, cutting through and bringing out the taste of the food,” says Stroobandt, who prefers a nice Stella Artois with his frites. The same recommendation goes for most fried, salty dishes.

Recommended: Light German Lager, Marzen-style (more malt); Octoberfest brews; Belgian Blonde ale or lager. Try Samuel Adams Octoberfest (US), Stella Artois (Belgium), Leffe Blond (Belgium)

Burgers/Steak/Roasted Meats
Steak and Cabernet are classic, but darker, heartier beers like brown ales or stouts can balance the bigger meats. It’s all about finding a beer that is equal to the meat. “The idea is to balance the sweet malt and bitter aromatic hops,” says Simpson. “Any big robust beef or meaty food should include a beer that is big and bold enough to stand up to roasted meat like a darker, fuller porter or stout.”

Recommended: Belgian-style lagers; pale or amber ales with deeper, roasted flavors; more toffee-like brown ales and stouts; darker, spicier lagers like German Dunkels and Belgium Dubbels. Try Newcastle Brown Ale (UK), Guinness (Ireland), Maredsous 8 (Belgium)

Spicy
Buffalo wings, spicy Thai, Szechuan Chicken and Mexican dishes all go well with light lagers—basically anything with more hops, which help cut down the spices in the food. “Little goes better with spicier dishes than a light Mexican-style lager,” says Matt Simpson. “It’s almost like milk when it comes to spicy food. It doesn’t coat the tongue, but the spice in the hops cut through the spiciness in the chilies and peppers and allows the beer to shine through.”

Recommended: Lighter lagers; Indian Pale Ales. Try Negro Modelo (Mexico), Corona (Mexico), Spaten-Fransikaner (Germany)

Dessert
The Chocolate notes in stouts always pair well with brownies or any rich dessert. Lighter, fruit-based lagers or ales can also provide a nice balance or contrast. Think raspberries and chocolate. “Beer and dessert is not the first choice for most, but a whole new world of flavors await you when you try fruitier beers with a wide variety of puddings, ice creams or sorbets,” says Stroobandt.

Recommended: Light, fruitier dessert beers; stouts; Indian Pale Ales. Try Lindeman’s Framboise Raspberry Lambic Beer (Belgium), Brooklyn Chocolate Stout (US), Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Rasputin (US)

When in Doubt . . . Go Regional
If chicken chimichanga or fajitas are on the menu, then opt for a Mexican brew. Leave it to the country of origin when pairing if the options are too overwhelming. “German foods like pretzels, brats, knockwurst, I like to pair with German beer,” says Simpson, who believes Americans and beer drinkers still need to educate themselves on the possibilities of pairing beer and food.

“It’s all about trial and error and finding that unique combination of food and beer,” says Stroobandt. “The wine industry is years ahead with informing and educating the consumer, so brewers have to step it up a gear and provide some info on how their beers can work with food.”

Get Ray Allen’s Stamina

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–>As NBA star Ray Allen goes for the all-time three-point record this Thursday, we take a look at the conditioning regimen that has kept Allen in the game over the years.

Back in 2007, the Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coaches, Walter Norton Jr. and Bryan Doo, worked overtime to get Ray Allen ready for 2007-’08 after he underwent double ankle surgery during the off-season. “We were concerned about getting his joints to move well again,” says Norton, “as well as strengthening his lower body, from his ankle to his knee to his hip.” Most athletes, the trainers say, tend to be quad-dominant, so they had Allen train with resistance bands to recruit his glutes when running or jumping.

 

“When he’s on the court,” says Doo, “we want him to use all his muscles, not just his quads.” The bands also help Allen focus on proper mechanics. “In an effort to get him more explosive, we’ve had to try and teach him how to land all over again,” says Norton. Allen performs nearly every exercise in an athletic position to simulate how his body moves on the hardwood.

He may have a band around his ankles or knees while squatting, lunging, or reaching.

“He’ll train in shoes one day and bare feet the next to change the stimulus,” Norton adds. Allen might stand on one foot while a staff member throws him medicine balls at different heights,allowing him to work on his balance.

“He has to use muscles in his core to slow the ball down,” says Doo. This sort of functional training, combined with Allen’s attitude, has kept him healthy and performing at a high level this season. “Ray is a pro,” Norton says. “He definitely understands the value of what we do.”

On Game Day…
Ray Allen rarely forces a bad shot on the court, so it’s no surprise that his discipline extends to pregame training rituals. Before tip-off, Allen sticks to a rigid schedule so he’s always ready to rain his sweet jumper from anywhere on the floor.

8 A.M. Wakes up, reads the paper, eats Aunt Jemima pancakes made with blueberries, a super food rich in antioxidants. 10 A.M. Attends morning shoot around at training facility in nearby Waltham, Mass., just to get his blood flowing. NOON Eats lunch. Usually a lean turkey sandwich on whole-wheat bread. 1:30 P.M. Takes a two-hour nap. “This is my time to relax and recharge,” he says.

3:30 P.M. Eats pregame meal—generally baked chicken and rice with broccoli. “I ate too many heavy starches when I was younger and it seemed like my legs were always heavy starting games,” Allen says.

4 P.M. Arrives at TD Banknorth Garden three hours before tip-off. Runs through rigorous shooting drills, simulating every possible shot he could take in the game. He launches about 200 shots in an hour and on a good day will convert 170.

5 P.M. Stretches and replenishes with two peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches on wheat bread, plus 32 ounces of water.

7 P.M. Game time. Between his pregame work and his off-season workout regimen, Allen knows he’s ready for almost anything. “When I’m on the floor, I’m not going to break down,” he says. “I’m not going to be breathing heavy or panting. I’m either chasing somebody or they’re chasing me. But I can outlast them. When that happens, I’m going to make my move and get my shot off before they can stop me.”

10 P.M. Postgame cooldown with his feet in a tub of ice. “Just my feet for 15 minutes,” he says.

11:30 P.M. Bedtime. There’s another day of preparation on the horizon.


The Celtics staff makes sure Allen’s hamstrings are loose before tip-off.


Allen gets focused (and a quick pump) on the sidelines.

Sculpt Her Five Favorite Body Parts

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by Firstsource

Sure, she’s attracted to you. But wouldn’t it be better it she couldn’t keep her hands off you? We surveyed women to find out what they like most about your body, and asked James Chan, NSCA-CPT, author of Strength snd Physique: Neo-Classical Bodybuilding, how to make it even better.

Most of these exercises require no weights—you’ll use your body weight to perform each exercise. “Saying you can get strong on machines is kind of like saying you can ride a bike, but you’ve been riding with training wheels the whole time,” Chan says. “Body weight exercises make you work harder to stabilize muscles, so you’ll get a better workout.”

Complete as many reps as you can of each exercise three times a week, and you’ll have a ‘bod she’ll brag to her friends about in no time.

Arms

If you have access to parallel bars (yes, the kind gymnasts use), use them to do dips. This will tone your chest, triceps and back. And don’t worry if you can’t do more than three at first: “Most people will find parallel bar dips very difficult,” Chan says. If you can’t go all the way down, partial reps will work wonders, too. No parallel bars? Push two chairs of equal height together at home, place your hands on the top of each chair back, and complete the dips this way. For biceps she’ll love, pull-ups are your best bet. Use a bar at the gym, buy a pull-up bar and mount it on a doorway in your house, or visit a local playground for free.

 

Abs

Another reason to invest in a pull-up bar: it can give you the most effective abdominal workout there is. Grasp the bar with both hands and let your legs hang down. Raise your knees up to your chest, curling your body as far up as you can go on each rep. Lower your legs until your body is straight again; that’s one rep. Unlike traditional crunches, which require a small range of motion and are only effective if you keep your abs tight throughout the exercise, leg raises require you to activate more nerves in your midsection, which means you’ll see a six-pack more quickly. Resist the urge to do these every day, or you’ll increase your risk of overtraining and fatigue.

 

Legs

For Beckham-worthy quads, Chan recommends a challenging exercise called sissy squats. Stand near a table or surface that is waist high and grab on to it with one hand for support. Squat down until your shins are parallel to the floor—you’ll be balancing on the balls of your feet in order to do this—then return to a standing position; that’s one rep. Keep your upper body in a straight line as you go down. “Bending at the waist takes away the emphasis on the quads because the glutes and hamstrings come into play,” Chan says. “These squats will create a toned look, especially around the knees, without adding extra bulk.”

 

Glutes

If you’ve been trying to squat your way to a better backside, you probably haven’t made much progress. Why? Most men don’t lower their bodies until their thighs are parallel to the floor—the position you need to be in to really target your glutes. If you’re one of them, lunges are a great alternative. Start at one end of the room and do walking lunges; 10 to 15 reps on each leg is a good goal. If you don’t have the space, you can do alternate leg lunges from a standing position. For a bigger challenge, hold a dumbbell in each hand during each rep, or put a barbell behind your shoulders. Either way, be sure to use enough weight so the last few reps are challenging.

 

Chest

Standard pushups will give you a strong chest, but for one she’ll really want to rest her head on, try side-to-side pushups. Start in a raised push-up position, but instead of going straight up and down, lower your chest until it almost touches your left hand, return to an upright position, then repeat on the right side. Too easy? After you lower your body to your left, shift your weight towards your right hand, and then straighten your arms to return to start. Don’t let your chest touch the ground, and keep your body in a straight line. At the gym, a worthwhile machine to try is the pectoral fly machine. “Your chest will look bigger and more sculpted, and it’s not that hard to do,” Chan says. But be sure to grab the handles, not the pads—or you’ll risk hurting your shoulders. Aim for 10 reps, and always pick a weight that feels difficult towards the end of each set.