Your first Ironman isn’t going to be a walk in the park, but with the right mental preparation, physical training and grit, you’ll be able to dominate the course.
The hardcore triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run, raced in that order without a break. That is the formula for an Ironman event. We’ll be teaching you how to get into mental and physical shape for one of the most grueling sporting events ever concocted. Read at the Adrenalist..
The Great Wall of China seems like a runner’s paradise, and every year, the Great Wall Marathon transforms the architectural wonder into just that.
Marathon venues do not come much more spectacular than the 6,000 km Great Wall Marathon. The marathon is held at, you guessed it, the Great Wall of China, one of the most stunning achievements in human history – a wonder of the world. Read at the Adrenalist..
When fans think about their favorite basketball players, they imagine the pros performing in front of millions in America’s biggest arenas. But many of these same pros built their talents not in extravagant venues, but in the outdoor streetball courts found in playgrounds and parks across the U.S. Streetball is one of the most intense and pure sports an Adrenalist can take on. In streetball, there’s no referee. The only thing keeping players in check on the court is respect and honor. Read at the Adrenalist..
You may have seen the startling footage of daredevil kayakers paddling right up close to a spewing Hawaiian volcano. That act was perhaps overdoing audacity a tad – an oar actually caught fire. Volcanoes that aren’t right in the act of erupting, however, make great places to explore – their volatile theatrics remind us that our planet is a dynamic environment whose root processes are beyond human control.
So lace up your hiking boots and join us on a tour of five breathtaking volcano tours and hikes. The Adrenalist.
Whether the shoes you wear count more in any sport than basketball seems unlikely. If you want to own the court like a pro, you must have a professional pair of sneakers.
Here are 5 of the best basketball shoes for performance on the market. Read at the Adrenalist..
If you thought muscle is muscle, think again. Essentially, muscle breaks down into two kinds: slow-twitch (type I) and fast-twitch (type II). Slow-twitch muscles work well if you run marathons, but if you want to achieve fast, explosive movement you need bigger, high-velocity, fast-twitch muscle fibers. Read at the Adrenalist..
Have you ever come close to drowning? It can feel as if you’ve lost all control, as panic and desperation set in. Your body will force uncontrollable movements, and without help you may suffer an ultimate fate. Fortunately, there is a survival technique that you can turn to water disaster scenarios: Drownproofing. Read at the Adrenalist.
Few sights on earth pack more power than waterfalls. Waterfalls scream adventure, danger and beauty.
They are also a searing reminder of how much wilderness we have lost. As part of our Earth Week series, we honor their poignant power. Read at the Adrenalist..
Happy Earth Day, Adrenalists. For 43 years, this global holiday has been held to celebrate our natural planet and draw attention to many of the threats facing our environment. As climate change concerns have grown, so has support for the holiday, with over 1 billion people expected to participate in 192 countries this year.
We can thank Earth’s natural landscapes for fueling adrenaline-infused exploration, adventure, and dozens of sports from climbing to kayaking. This week, we’ll be honoring the planet with our Earth Week series, starting with today’s look at some of the last rainforests and jungles in the world. Read at the Adrenalist..
For most of us, running just one marathon is a big day out, so picture how it feels to run 1,000 miles in 30 days. The Guardian reports that three friends are running the equivalent of 39 marathons across eastern Europe to raise money for charity. An amazing feat worth noting.
The event underlines that the trend in ultra running that keeps going farther and farther, as more weekend warriors aim to DO:MORE. Here are five backbreaking 100 mile races.
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Who would’ve known that one of the hardest moves in surfing is the relatively simple skateboarding kickflip?
To pull off a kickflip, the rider kicks his foot out and flips the board 360 degrees. On land, the kickflip is far from one of the toughest skateboarding tricks, but when performing a surfboard kickflip, the required skill is amplified due to the motion of the water and size of the board.
In fact, the surfing kickflip is so hard that it has scarcely ever been done on a board amid the waves. Read at the Adrenalist..
The recently completed first women tandem descent at Celestial Falls yielded some stunning photos. The kayak taking the 45-foot plunge outside White, Oregon, hit the water at a 90-degree angle.
The press hailed the kayakers Nicole Mansfield and Katrina Van Wijk as daredevils, which they certainly were. Strangely, Mansfield and Van Wijk are also part of an extreme tradition of waterfall diving. Last week we showed you a host of waterfall kayaking dives, now check out these 5 modern and historic waterfall dives and falls of every kind. Read at the Adrenalist..
An internet tycoon’s private undersea exploration team recently recovered Apollo rockets on the ocean floor. Amazon.com creator and space fan Jeff Bezos described the Atlantic Ocean discovery as “an incredible sculpture garden” and “an underwater wonderland.”
Bezos’ underwater discovery highlights the sea’s capacity to hide all kinds of extraordinary relics. Join us on a tour of some of the greatest underwater discoveries ever made. Read at the Adrenalist..
f a prize existed for the world’s most bluntly named marathon, the Aalborg Brutal Marathon might win it. The marathon is slated to take place in the industrial city of Aalborg, Denmark on Mar 29. According to the Danish website, the marathon with a charging rhino logo stretches for 42 grueling kilometers – enough to test the stamina of even the fittest athletes.
Here are three simple tips that will teach you how to build your stamina for running and outlast the competition. Read at the Adrenalist..
A massive rock climbing facility is slated to open in Long Island City in April, featuring 30,000 square feet of climbing space that can fit 500 climbers at once. The venue, The Cliffs, will be one of the biggest gyms in the country.
The Cliffs should entice plenty of clients, given that rock climbing is reportedly the fastest growing indoor sport in the country. There is, however, more than one way to tackle a rock face. Here are three intriguing rock sports that probably won’t be available in any gym. Read at the Adrenalist.
Summer is on the horizon and it’s time to boost your workout routine. Why not try one serious form of high intensity training: the old-school, intense but effective training method known as wind sprints. Read at the Adrenalist..
If you have ever dreamed about flying like a bird for long distances, a microlight can you take you close to that sensation. Read at the Adrenalist..
Picture sliding down a street feet-first on a plank at more than 60 miles per hour. That, in a nutshell, is street luge.
Street luge emerged in Southern California as downhill skateboarders found that they could go faster by assuming the position. Fast forward to 1975 when the first professional race unfolded at Signal Hill, California, run by the U.S. Skateboard Association. The winner was decided on speed. Read at the Adrenalist..
Everyone, including professional athletes, feels pressure. Gutsy athletes like Aussie free-diver Christina Saenz de Santamaria and radical rope swinger Devin Supertramp, however, handle the triggered burst of the fight-or-flight hormone, adrenaline, better.
The reason for such apparent ice-veined cool is not just superior genetics. Bold high-achievers have a grasp of the art of stress management – and we can all learn to improve our composure. Here are five tips on how to stay calm under pressure. Read at the Adrenalist..
Picture standing with your back to a thunderous 100-meter waterfall. You have a harness, a helmet and maybe a raincoat and a waterproof camera. Read at the Adrenalist..
On Feb. 25, one of the most punishing events in the action sports calendar unfolded: the Sahara Marathon. Set in Al Ayoun, Algeria, the event was complete with a piles of stones, flags and other makeshift markers.
The unforgiving 42km length of the main marathon and the inevitable blistering heat causes competitors to utilize any endurance supplements they can for some extra kick to help them do more. Let’s take a look at 3 amazing foods and juices that can help you increase your endurance and energy naturally.
Let’s face it: not everyone has time to hit the gym. Even if you can, sometimes you just don’t have the time to go as much as you’d like.
Why not get out more and engage in exercise that doesn’t require a membership or a set time? We’ve got your solution. Here are five serious workouts without weights. Read at the Adrenalist..
No matter how many insane rapids you’ve kayaked or massive swells you’ve surfed, there’s one watery obstacle you may not want to mess with: the whirlpool. To us, the very word conjures up images of mythical adventurers being sucked into a black, hole-like void. Though today’s most violent natural whirlpools, also known as maelstroms, may not actually be able to take down ships, they could pose a lot of danger to unaware swimmers or smaller boats.
Here are three of the world’s craziest natural whirlpools. Read at the Adrenalist..
At some stage, almost every gung-ho Adrenalist dreams about joining a Special Forces cadre. Although fighting is extremely dirty work, Special Forces organizations retain a sheen of glamor and honor. It helps that Special Forces members must be some of the most highly trained men in any field – the ultra-effective elite of the elite.
Do you think you could cut it as a Special Forces agent? Here is some intel on five extreme military tests and workouts.
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Few landscape features on Earth pose a more daunting challenge than coastal Sicily’s snowy Mount Etna. The 11,000 ft. monster is one of the world’s most active volcanoes – it exists in an almost constant state of activity, seemingly perpetually poised to erupt. The word “Etna” literally means “furnace.” The perfect spot for some volcano sports. Read at the Adrenalist..
Forget Twitter for a second and think about a potentially tremendous networking platform: the passenger jet. Any airline flight is likely to be peppered with powerful people who cannot escape.
If you are canny enough, you can turn chit-chat conducted at 35,000 feet into connections that give your small business added oomph.
Read more at the Age.
“Plyos” or plyometrics are exercises involving explosive movements. They are used by athletes to better their performance in sports, especially those hinging on speed and power.
Plyos mimic the motions produced by sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis, football, skiing and boxing. The exercises are perfect for athletes looking to pursue a diligent exercise regime. By featuring rapid-fire movements, plyometrics are capable of jamming a high-intensity workout into a few quick workout sets. Read at the Adrenalist..
How tenacious are you? Do you set goals and stick with them? The missing ingredient in the toolbox of many an athlete is psychological: the desire to win. Sometimes will to win beats skill to win. Here, we showcase five tips on how to be more tenacious.
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The hybrid sport of bikepacking has been likened to alpinism since an alpinist must heft all his gear over the obstacles on the road to the mountain summit. Both sports require Adrenalists to travel light and carry the tiniest pack possible. A bikepacker can cover hundreds of miles of grueling mountain trails if he has the essentials he needs to camp overnight, but those essentials must not weigh him down. Read at the Adrenalist..
Polo was first played in Persia (Iran) somewhere between the 6th century BC and the 1st century AD. Yes, polo is seriously old. The classic, original version of the game, which resembles croquet on horseback, hogs the limelight. The sport, however, has also evolved and diversified into all kinds of weird and testing versions. Here are 4 extreme types of polo.
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Some of the world’s most talented skiers converged last week for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup at the Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel. Hahnenkamm Mountain, which soars 5,600 ft. above sea level, was host to events such as Super G, downhill and slalom, with contestants reaching speeds of up to 90 mph. Read at the Adrenalist..
The Red Bull Nanshan Open must rank as one of the most enticing contests open to snowboarders, or any extreme athletes for that matter. The all-expenses paid, week-long event from Jan. 16 – 22 features fancy dinners, karaoke, sightseeing and the chance to win a whole lot of prize money. The venue? Nanshan Mellow Park, just outside China’s capital, Beijing. Read at the Adrenalist..
Every year at this time, action sports fans and athletes flock to the yearly Snowboard Jamboree: the platform for the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup. This year, the event runs from Jan. 15 to Jan. 27 at Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec, Canada.
Six events and 11 competitions will be held across 10 days. The agenda includes all kinds of dry and icy snowboarding disciplines. Think half pipe, slopestyle (various tricks including grabs, grinds, spins, and flips), snowboardcross (a twisting group race) and Big Air (tricks performed after launching off a man-made jump built for the event). Amateur races, fashion shows and parties are also part of the adrenaline-pumped picture. Read at the Adrenalist..
Germany dominated this year’s Bobsleigh World Cup.
German bobsleigh aces Thomas Florschuetz and Francesco Friedrich tied for the victory in a German podium sweep during the two-man bobsled event. Underlining German excellence, rising star Maximilian Arndt led a German clean sweep of the podium in the 4-man contest, beating compatriots Manuel Machata and Thomas Florschuetz on home ice in Altenberg. Yet another German, Cathleen Martini, broke Canadian Kaillie Humphries’ eight-race winning streak in the women’s bobsled in Altenberg.
Extreme skating is even trickier than it seems – just look at all those blooper shows depicting would-be skaters having stunningly painful falls. Still, some extreme sports enthusiasts keen to test their mettle manage to up the ante, dabbling in extreme skating variations with playful sporting twists.
How strong is your sense of balance? These extreme skating variants will push your agility to the limit.
A volcano makes a stunning venue for an adventure sports event. On Jan. 13, competitors in Chile’s Pucon Triathlon will strive to complete 1.2 miles of swimming in Latin American Lake District icon, Lake Villarica, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles of running: all under the flinty eye of Villarica Volcano. In theory, the volcano could blow any time because it one of Chile’s most active stacks.
If the epic exercise fails to get entrants’ adrenaline pumping, that thought should. If they can handle the heat, they might want to try some other sports that revolve entirely around volcanoes. Read at the Adrenalist..
If you want to blow away the holiday season cobwebs, consider the charms of skeleton. Despite its morbid name, the winter sport whose world cup winds up on February 17 in Sochi, Russia, is seriously invigorating.
Skeleton involves forces of up to 5g. Just try to imagine the distorting effect that pressure must have on your face as you barrel headfirst down an ice track at 85 mph on a slab of metal half your body length. Read at the Adrenalist..
The human body is designed for movement. It’s simple: the more you move, the better you feel. This tenet is the basis of MovNat: a physical education and fitness system rooted in honing the full range of natural human movement skills. Think locomotive skills like walking, running, jumping, balancing, climbing, crawling and swimming. Think manipulative skills like lifting, carrying, catching and throwing and combative skills like grappling and striking.
MovNat owes its existence to Santa Fe-based French pragmatist Erwan Le Corre, who has been called “one of the fittest men in the world” and a “fitness visionary” by Men’s Health magazine. Read at the Adrenalist..
One of the most exhilarating ways to burn off some energy and have a blast during the winter months is to take a “polar bear plunge” — jump into a freezing pond, river or ocean. As your body scrambles to adapt to the drastic temperature drop, you may feel an Adrenaline surge like you’ve never felt before.
On New Years Day, many bold plungers broke out of their comfort zones and went for an icy swim. Some plunges will take place later in the year.
Here are five extreme polar bear plunges. Read at the Adrenalist..
A double black diamond sounds like a rare, exotic jewel. In fact, a double black diamond is a slope deemed extremely advanced and marked by two black diamond signs that reflect the radical gradient.
Think sheer. Think bumpy. Think insane.
Here are five stunning examples of the slopes that only the deep adventurous and “steep freaks” will even think about carving. Story live at the Adrenalist..
When you think of polar exploration, your mind might turn to hoary greats like Captain Scott and Shackleton. If you thought that society doesn’t make them like that any more, however, you’d be wrong.
This century has its share of hardy mavericks ready to venture into the depths of the Arctic and Antarctica. Meet five of the 21st century’s most intrepid polar explorers: icemen with the heart to keep going when the mercury plummets to epic depths. Read at the Adrenalist..
On Dec. 12, the results for the coveted sailing award, Ocean Racer of the Year, were announced. The contest, run by The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), recognizes sailors from around Australia who are sailing icons or pursue the sport just for the love of it. Darryl Hodgkinson snagged this year’s top honor for the period of July 2011-July 2012.
The award heralds the approach of one of the biggest competitions in the sailing calendar: the Sydney to Hobart race starting on Dec. 26. Yet Sydney To Hobart is just one of the world’s greatest yachting events pitting man against the whims of wind and current.
Here are five extreme ocean races. Read at the Adrenalist..
You run, you bike, you lift, you stretch. Do you think you’re in awesome shape? Where would you rank yourself on a scale of 1-10?
There are some men out there who far surpass the standards most exercisers can be judged by. These athletes have developed the steel abs and iron will needed to sustain relentless fitness regimens that would reduce most reasonably active people to jelly.
Here are three of the world’s fittest men. Read at the Adrenalist..
Adventure sports do not come much more fringe or hardcore than iceberg climbing. Just ask Canadian adventurer Will Gadd, who has climbed and jumped from icebergs ten miles off Labrador’s coast.
“Soon after I jumped off this brittle, 10,000-year-old berg, a dump truck-size block broke off right where I’d been perched! We learned that mountain boys may well be out of their depths in the North Atlantic,” Gadd told National Geographic. Read at the Adrenalist..
There is a new and exciting craze in the world of adventure sports. It’s called coasteering, and it involves swimming, climbing, scrambling and diving along a rocky coastline without the help of boats or surfboards. Read at the Adrenalist..
Fitness professionals agree that cross-country skiing is one of the most efficient cardiovascular activities out there. Cross-country skiing is a truly lung-busting, muscle-melting workout. From Dec. 6 to 9, the Cross-Country World Cup will unfold in Quebec, raising the profile of the endurance sport that dates back 5,000 years and makes everyday skiing seem like a breeze.
Yet cross-country skiing isn’t the only adrenaline-fueled variety of the classic downhill sport. There are a plenty of ways to engage with snow strapped into the sleek, thin ski blades.
Here are the best extreme skiing variations at the Adrenalist.
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, Malaysia was host to the Terengganu RIP CURL Pro 2012, the first ever 6-star Asian Surfing Championship to take place there. With surfers from all over Southeast Asia competing, some crushed waves with the standard “regular foot” (left foot forward) stance, while others took the “goofy foot” (right foot forward) approach.
The offbeat, goofy foot style gives surfers an intriguing edge – which many have used throughout the years to snag some pretty impressive wins.
Here are five goofy foot surfing champions. Read at the Adrenalist..
Get ready for one of the noisiest, most competitive Caribbean action sports events of the year. Rally Jamaica will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in New Kingston, at the heart of the tropical island nicknamed, “Jamrock.” The second longest running International rally in the Caribbean lures world and national champions, who race on loose gravel stages at neck-breaking speed. Read more at the Adrenalist.
You probably remember Papisse Cisse’s goal of the season, scored against Chelsea for Newcastle this past May. The soccer goal featured above is easily in the same league – or arguably even better. Read more at the Adrenalist..