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A PILATES BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO USING PROPS

A PILATES BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO USING PROPS

Whether it’s because you’re working for long hours on your computer or regularly using the sewing machine, your body would definitely be bearing some imbalances and weaknesses.

And one fantastic way that helps eliminate these imbalances and work on strengthening your muscles is Pilates.

Here are some tips on how to use props to assist you with your Pilates practice.

 

First and foremost, invest in some good products!

   Sometimes, it’s about supporting a specific part of the body that’s not involved in the exercise to avoid tension and pain.

For example when doing a spinal twist, it’s good to prop yourself up on a cushion to avoid tension in the hip flexors.

A good way to do so is by using a good yoga bolster to lift your hips up and give yourself some space to relax your hip flexors and feel supported.

 

 

 

 

 Strong legs? Yes, please! A good way to make sure we activate our adductors, is to put a yoga block between our knees when doing exercises such as Bridges or even “Crunches”. This helps you focus on keeping your inner thigh muscles activated to make sure the block doesn’t slip and fall.

 

 

 

 

   Finally, if you feel like you need more challenge, you can always use some elastic bands to add a little extra resistance during exercises such as Clams or Leg Extensions.

 

 

 

 

Get yourself a couple of bands with different intensities so you could exercise every day and use whichever strength you like depending on how you feel on that given day, some days you would be feeling strong and excited for a challenge. Others, you’ll feel like just doing a workout is an accomplishment.

So set yourself up for success by giving yourself this flexibility. -no pun intended-You can also use elastic bands as support for the abdominals in exercises such as Crunches. Or exercises with the legs extended at 45 degrees by putting the elastic band around your feet and held in your hands.

For these exercises you’ll need the long bands.

This type of bands is a great combination of assistance and resistance depending on how you use them.

 

 

 

 

   So, there you have it! Some easy and simple tips to help you get the best out of your Pilates session using some great props.

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A NOTE TO THE FITNESS CONSCIOUS JET-SETTER

A NOTE TO THE FITNESS CONSCIOUS JET-SETTER

Remember what it felt like using an airplane to go somewhere? Now remove all that pre-pandemic nostalgia and you will remember that most of the jet-setting isn't that comfortable (unless you belong to the lucky few who get to shut a first class cabin door during their flight).

Sitting upright for hours in a narrow seat, a screaming kid kicking behind you, food that you would normally not eat even if it was served for free, dehydration because water servings are miniscule and flight attendants are not very eager to replenish them, and airport check-in and security routines that keep you standing for hours with the heavy carry on luggage strapped around your neck.

     So by the time you arrive at destination you are done, exhausted, aching, and stressed. When you feel these symptoms at home, most of the times you try to find some remedy but during travel, options are limited (even if you are a dedicated fitness enthusiast who hits the hotel gym right after check-in). But sometimes small items can take you a long way, you just need to remember to pack those as well. Here is our list of five fitness favorites that can help you deal with travel stress.

 

01.

Hypervolt GO

It packs the oomph of it’s bigger brother/sister Hypervolt and Hypervolt Plus but in a fun and travel friendly size. Our absolute favorite to relief muscle ache while, you guessed it, on the go.

 

 

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PowerDot 2.0

A muscle stimulator does not only relief pain after gym, it is also great for your muscles after a long flight. Its compact size makes it very travel friendly.

PowerDot 2.0 Uno | Red (One Pod) | Powerdot 

 

03.

B Yoga Silk Sleep Mask

This silk sleep mask is light yet very effective in blocking light out which makes it the quintessential travel accessory.

The Silk Sleep Mask - Marbled Emerald | B Yoga

 

04.

Stryve Fitness Mini Bands Set

Small and lightweight with a handy travel pouch these bands fit into the tiniest hand luggage and provide you with a quick resistance workout anywhere.

Fitness Mini Bands | Stryve

 

05.

Tangram Smart Rope

Admittedly, your destination will need an outdoor space or a high ceiling indoor one to use a skipping rope. However, it is easy to take along and the smart app keeps count of your jumps.

 

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WHAT ARE THE RULES OF TEQBALL?

WHAT ARE THE RULES OF TEQBALL?
Teqball has become increasingly popular over the past few years; to the point of becoming the world's fastest growing sport, and rightly so! It is fun, innovative and makes you work on serious mind / body coordination. The rules are not always very well known so we felt we should make those available to you all future "Teqers".
 
Teqball can be played with balls used in football, with size five being official and recommended.
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Teqball can be played by two players (singles game) or by four players (doubles game).
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A teqball match consists of best-of-three sets.
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Each set is played until a player/team reaches 12 points.
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Every player/team has two attempts to complete a successful service.
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The players/teams change service after each four points.
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It is forbidden to touch the ball with the same body part twice consecutively.
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It is forbidden to return the ball with the same body part twice consecutively.
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Every player/team is allowed to return the ball with a maximum of 3 touches by any body part, except for the hands and arms.
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In doubles, a team has a maximum of 3 touches, however, the teammates must pass the ball at least once to each other.
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While playing, neither the table nor the opponent can be touched.
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In case of an edgeball, the rally shall be repeated.
     
    These rules make this sport tremendously spectacular and suitable for even professional football teams for training purposes. Teqball can be played by 2 players (singles game), by 3 players (Canadian doubles), by 4 players (doubles game) or even by several more players similar to the ‘Round-the-table’ game in Ping Pong. On our Teq Smart tables individual games and training sessions can be conducted.
     
     
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    NINJOO'S 101 TO GREAT GIFTING

    NINJOO'S 101 TO GREAT GIFTING

       Who doesn't like receiving gifts? Well, this editor doesn't (most of the times). If you think of gifts you have received, how many of those would you have actually purchased for yourself? I thought so! Most presents end up being something you never wanted and never needed, they lay around your home unused, in rare cases get exchanged, and leave you with a feeling of having to reciprocate the gesture for something you had no use for in the first place. So, what does it take to become a stellar gift giver? Here is Ninjoo's list of 5 things to consider:

    LISTEN

         One of the main keys to buying great gifts is to be a good listener to a person's interests, passions, hobbies, or even plans in life. When someone mentions how often they go to the gym or how much they enjoy their active lifestyle, you already have a strong hint on what to look for. They could need nutrition supplements, a protein shaker, a gym towel or a smart skipping rope. A few innocent questions might guide you to finding the perfect item for them.

    TAKE A HINT

         Studies show that people like to receive things they want and ask for, don't worry about being predictable. The satisfaction someone gets from receiving exactly what they wanted is hard to match with random gift attempts (think of when you were a child and you wanted a specific pair of sneakers which were then given to you). When you hear someone say that they got too much sun at the beach and that they need to buy an umbrella, then a Sport-Brella is probably the perfect present. By extension, you know that this person likes to go to the beach so they might appreciate beach paddles to keep them active under the sun, or an XL beach towel to fit several people on it. Just ask if they would enjoy those.

    ALWAYS LOOKING

         A great gift giver is always on the lookout for things that might make a perfect present. When you say "hey, I found this water bottle for you when I was searching the Internet for new gym equipment for myself" it tells people that you were thinking of them while you were doing something else. "I came across this cool basketball and since I know you like to shoot hoops I thought I buy it for you" is as personal as you can make a present to a friend.

    MAKE IT USEFUL

         Studies actually show that gift recipients often prefer usable and practical presents over expensive and sentimental ones. The added benefit of useful presents is that they (as the adjective suggests) will be used and this means the receiver gets the chance to think of you more often. Fact: I received my Hypervolt as a present and every time I use it to sooth my muscles after gym I am grateful to the person who gifted it to me.

    PRESENTER'S PARADOX

         Believe it or not "presenter's paradox" is an actual thing (Google it). This term describes people's tendencies to prefer one expensive item over that same item combined with something cheaper because the human mind tends to evaluate items in clusters and averages. Example: you receive a high-quality muscle stimulator together with a pair of gym gloves as a present; while this should be a great combo for every gym enthusiast, our mind tends to average out the two items and it appears as less valuable to us than if we had just received the pricier item on its own. So, the advice here is, if you buy an expensive gift refrain from adding a second item of much lower value.

         The conclusion to great gifting is actually quite simple: it does not matter how much money you spend as long as you make the present relevant to the receiver.

         Now that you have graduated from Ninjoo's gifting academy, go out and spread gifting joy among your family and friends.

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    NINJOO'S LOVE FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP

    NINJOO'S LOVE FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP
    When you love what you do you are defined by passion, patience, persistence, attention to detail, and a natural interest to improve. These are essential qualities of great craftsmanship and the qualities needed to make products that are more than a trading commodity in today's mass-market. Craftsmanship is also a manifestation of cultural heritage passed down from one generation to another.

    Why is craftsmanship important to us? 

    True craftsmen care about their work in a way a machine doesn't. The limited few that exist in today's fast-paced world dare to care and invest time in improving the quality of their products beyond your average industrial quality control. If you ever held a Bredder Balance Board, you would feel the passion for perfection and aesthetics that went into manufacturing it. From sourcing the best, sustainable birch wood, to the 10-layer construction, to the carefully worked out fingerprint of the wood, the craftsman who produced it wants to give you more than a board: a product you can form a deep connection with.

    Also, it would be a sad loss for mankind if skills that were developed and improved over generations were to just disappear one day. Avora Life, now a manufacturer of high-quality beach paddles, has a more than 100-year-old tradition in woodcraft and quality furniture. You can see this tradition in every set of paddles; contemporary design paired with an age-old understanding of material and crafting process required to produce timeless and long-lasting products.

     

    Finally, true craftsmen nowadays have an inherent respect for raw materials and their sustainability. RS Barcelona, award-winning manufacturer of what they call intense living experiences, abides by the philosophy that a product's durability is the essence of sustainability. Their products are made to last, something only skilled craftsmen can achieve and thereby defy today's throwaway mentality.
      
     
    We at Ninjoo will keep looking out for products that have proudly been created by craftsmen, old and new. 
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