The Importance of the Entertainment at Corporate Events

When you are holding a corporate entertainment event, one of the most important things to do is to get entertainment for the event. This may seem pretty obvious considering the fact that entertainment is part of the concept of corporate entertainment. However, many times companies will choose the wrong type of entertainment and the wrong entertainment can cause serious problems with any corporate entertainment event. So, what can you do to ensure that you get the right entertainment?

A successful corporate event is one that is not going to be forgotten and that is very important because you want your customers and your employees to remember the event for a long time. This helps to build business, improve productivity and get better morale within the company. There are many different kinds of corporate entertainment acts that you can choose from. Really it depends on what you want for the event and what you think the audience will enjoy. Some of the choices for acts that you have include:

· Comedians

· Bands

· Solo musicians

· Actors

· Circus Acts

· Contortionists

· Look-a-likes

· Magicians

A good idea is to talk with your employees and do a survey. Ask them what they want to see at the event for entertainment and then use that as a basis for what you are going to choose. When you get entertainment that fits the corporate event you get something that can make the event something to remember for many years to come.

As the organizer of the corporate event, you have the task of finding good entertainment and by talking with employees and customers; you will get exactly what you need for the event. Remember, the entertainment should not only be memorable, but fun as well.

Source by Jacqueline Itson

The History and Evolution of Extreme Sports

From barrier breaking auto-racing to the calm and peaceful game of golf, the world of games and sports has always been exciting. While the masses enjoy commonly watched sports such as tennis and soccer, there are many people who are involved in sports that do not have much fan following. Yet, even those sports are enough to fascinate the athletes and audience alike. For instance, kayaking is not a very common sport yet you can find a lot of shops with Kayak accessories and kayak hardware.

There is one kind of sport that is although very popular but only few people are courageous enough to be a part of it as a professional athlete – the extreme sports. The true definition of extreme sports is hard to find, yet it can simply be categorized as a sports or activities that are associated with the adrenaline rush that is felt by the athletes and the audience as well.

Extreme sports are also referred to as action sports or adventure sports because they mostly fulfill the thirst for thrill and adventure. These sports can take participants to the edge of their physical and psychological extreme. Also, these sports involve a very high risk of fatal injury. However, every sport that involves a high risk of injury might not be extreme.

The term extreme sports is said to be coined by the highly publicized TV event, The X games. However, the origin of such games links back to simple games and sports. The extreme enthusiasts usually add new and risky techniques and maneuvers in existing sports to make it more thrilling for them and exciting for the audience.

Skateboarding, which is a common and popular activity around the neighborhoods of America, was taken to extremes by performing extraordinary maneuvers at unimaginable heights and dangerous terrains. Similarly, extreme enthusiasts took the typical bike and BMX ride and turned the activity into extreme sports such as dirt biking and extreme BMX.

The scope of going extreme in a sport is not limited to being land but also in the sky and water. Sky diving, paragliding and bungee jumping are some of the most favorite sports of this kind. Plus, hiking is also taken to the next level by climbing the most impossible places such as glaciers and high mountains.

Water gliding, surfing and paragliding are only few of the sports that take the participants to the extremes of their physical and mental endurance. Other water extreme sports include canoeing and rafting against speedy raging rivers.

As apparent in most sports of this kind, these sports do not need any special ground or conditions. Rather, they are played in a natural environment with virtually no or very less safety gear and equipment. Today, there is a new breed of extreme sports that relies totally on human physical capabilities and the ability to transform the body into an extreme machine. A popular example of these activities is free running in which participants jump and run with nearly super-human skills.

Source by Connor R Sullivan

Jumping Stilts – Is the Newest "Extreme" Sport Extremely Dangerous? – Here’s the Real Scoop

Are jumping stilts – the newest extreme sports equipment – extremely dangerous? One look at these radical new kinds of stilts will give any parent a twinge of fear for their “baby,” that’s almost a given. “Not my kid!” can be a pretty typical parental reaction after seeing jumping stilts for the first time. Anything that has a person standing 18 inches taller on what look like very small “hooves” on the end of very long springs just can’t be safe, right? And any parent doing holiday present Google research to find out what Johnny meant by “jumping stilts!” on his yes-I-really-was-a-good-boy list will find those wacky YouTube videos of crazy young people flipping, flying, and bouncing through the urban landscape like crazed maniacs while wearing no helmets, pads, or even shirts!

So, seriously, who could believe that this wild new extreme sport is safe at all?

It turns out, oh nervous parent, that the extreme look of jumping stilts does not translate into extreme danger. Yes, you may breathe a sigh of relief now… whew…

Here’s why: The inventor, German aerospace engineer Alexander Boeck, thought long and hard about the design of these crazy-looking stilts, and he engineered them so that when you’re strapped into them and standing tall, the stilt hooves are directly below your natural center of gravity. That turns out to be much better than even those silly regular stilts we all tried out as kids which made you feel wobbly because your center of gravity was to the inside of the stilt, which made it awkward to walk on. Most people who try jumping stilts find that surprisingly quickly they feel very comfortable and balanced on their stilts.

But, says the worried parent, what about the fact that my child can now go bouncing off down the road anywhere and since he or she can now jump up to six feet high – well, that’s a long way to fall?

Fair point, dear parent, and this is why every expert in the sport says “wear your safety gear, no exceptions!” and “never try tricks on stilts that you haven’t tried in a gym!” In fact, most bockers (what jumping stilts users call themselves in honor of the inventor) will tell you is that their safety gear – a helmet, as well as wrist, elbow and knee guards – has saved them from scrapes and bruises more than once, and they wouldn’t go bocking without them. They also know to learn their tricks without stilts first – on a trampoline or on a gymnastics spring floor – and even then, to use mats when they first try those same new tricks on stilts.

Think back about 25 years, do you remember how insane snowboarding seemed? Do you notice how normal it appears to be now? Hmm… could it just be that new sports always seem more dangerous just because they are new?

Do injuries happen to bockers? Honestly, yes, and usually, it’s because they were pushing their limits (and knew it) or didn’t put on their safety gear. Gravity will always win if you try to cheat. The bottom line is that – just as in any extreme sport – the equipment itself is no more dangerous than a baby bunny rabbit. It’s how you use the equipment that determines the level of danger and potential injury, and with proper protective equipment and by following some common sense rules, Johnny will be safe as can be as he experiences the thrill of the world as a trampoline on his new bocks that he got as his holiday present this year.

Source by Jay Gerring

Prepare for Your Visit to A Skate Park

There are various parks in the United States that are designed for skating. Known as skate parks, each of these parks are designed in a similar manner but offer potentially unique and different skating experience. If you are planning a visit to one of these skate parks, always remember to check a few details:

First of all determine the kind of skate park you are going to visit. Depending on whether the park is meant for street skating, vertical skating, or both, you need to choose your skating board and protective gears. If the park is for vertical skating, then you need to carry along some knee pads, elbow pads and most importantly headgear. You can purchase a pair of BMX pads and skateboard helmets. Street skating is comparatively less risky, but even then you need to determine the kind of skateboard helmets or other protective gears you need. If you are taking children along with you, make sure that they have put on their skateboard helmets and BMX pads and are always accompanied by adults.

There are some commercial skate parks where you can rent the protective gears you need. They offer everything starting from skateboard helmets to BMX pads or any other protective gear that can be needed during skating. These facilities are especially helpful during an unplanned visit after school or if you are a beginner and not sure about the type of skateboard helmets and BMX pads you should purchase.

If you are visiting a skate park in your hometown, make sure that you find out all the required information beforehand. It will not be difficult for you to research about the park’s hour of operation, the kind of skating options available in the park, and what other facilities and accommodation are available there. Many skate parks are privately held whereas many others are combined with city parks and maintained by the city government. You can either search about them online or can call the operations unit and ask your queries.

If you do not have any skate parks in your hometown and planning to visit a park out of the town, make sure to check accommodation facilities beforehand. In addition to skateboard helmets and pads, you may also consider carrying an extra skate board in case one breaks. If you have not carried any protective gear along with you, you can ask the locals about the best skate shops around. The locals will also be able to help you with other attraction for skaters in the town.

Source by Peter Alvo

2006 Giant Anthem 2 Mountain Bike Review

Close to the end of summer 2008 I bought a used bicycle. The bike I choose was a 2006 Giant Anthem 2 and I rode it as often as I could before it started to snow. Now that spring is coming I thought it would be a good time to review the Giant Anthem 2 for anyone out there that might be in the market for a really good used mountain bike.

Now for a little background on why I was in the market for a new bike. After riding my cheap, heavy hard tail mountain bike with my friends I realized I had to get a better bike just to keep up with them. I also had plans on going mountain biking but didn’t want to use the old bike because I was concerned about breaking some of the cheap components on the bike.

I had been keeping an eye on Craigslist (check out my post on Buying a used bike on Craigslist) for a better Mountain bike and one day I noticed someone was selling their 2006 Giant Anthem 2. Before I even called the seller I did some research. Both online and at the local bike shops. In 2006 the Anthem 2 Mountain Bike was the second from the top of the line Mountain Bike for Giant and in 2009 the Anthem Frame is still used as Giant’s top of the line Mountain Bike. The bike was in perfect condition and looked like it had barely been used. In 2006 the MSRP was around $2,300 because of the bikes high end components. And that is also why it is so much lighter than my other bike and it weights around 26 pounds (which is pretty light for a Mountain bike). This bike is lighter than many of my friend’s hard tails. I guess it’s true – you get what you pay for.

The only thing I have changed on the bike is the seat. The bike came with a cheap pair of pedals (higher end bicycles typically do not come with pedals) so I added a pair of clipless pedals. I also put on a Specialized Elite Cycling computer on. And when the sun goes down I attach lights so I can see where I’m going and other people can see me.

I have to tell you I absolutely love this bike and I have been very pleased with this bike with the bikes performance. I would also highly recommend this bike to anyone who is serious about mountain biking. The bike is light and performs very well on paved trails and off road mountain bike trails. And the suspension soaks up the bumps extremely well and the suspension is adjustable both front and rear and they even have lockouts.

The frame on this bike is aluminum, not carbon fiber. It doesn’t seem to affect the performance of this bike but I have never ridden a carbon fiber mountain bike. I should also let you know I am not a professional Mountain Biker so I don’t have anything else to compare this bike to other than my cheap hard tail. But I have been biking seriously since 2007 so I’m not a novice. I don’t feel that the aluminum frame is a drawback for this bike but I thought it should be pointed out just in case you have your heart set on a carbon fiber bike.

I plan on using this bike for at least one mountain bike race this summer. Plus there are many mountain bike trails in my area so check back for more updates on this bike and the mountain bike trails in the Twin Cities area.

Source by Dennis Gertgen

Skateboard Vert – 5 Best Tricks Ever!

We’re getting close to the return of the Dew Tour, and I can’t wait! June 25th needs to hurry up and get here so I can see all the crazy tricks I haven’t even imagined yet! The tour starts in Boston and should give us some of the best skateboarding, BMX riding and FMX the world has ever seen. The Dew Tour, like the X Games, is known for progressing the disciplines of skateboarding, BMX, and FMX. The tour is 5 stops and is a season long contest. You can’t win one contest and get the cup, you have to be consistent through all 5 stops to have a chance at the crown. That being said, here are the 5 best skateboarding vert tricks ever thrown in a contest, according to me that is.

Starting at #5 are all the crazy kick flips that have been put down lately. I never thought the kick flip would be a normal part of a vert routine, but all the finalists at last year’s X Games had at least 2 flip tricks in their runs. From a regular kick flip to Danny Mayer’s kick flip Mc Twist, they are here to stay in vert. The complexity of flipping the board, catching it, and placing back under your feet is obvious upon first viewing. Kick flips add a great amount of difficulty and excitement to any run.

On to #4, Shaun White’s 540 body varial, which he calls the Armadillo. The first time I saw this trick I was in total disbelief that he could rotate his body and board in that manner! While doing a 540, he grabs the board with his back hand in front of his front foot and spins the board around and tucks it back under his feet with his hand on the back of the board under his back foot. I had to watch the video of this trick several times to comprehend everything that is happening. I have heard rumor that Shaun is working on adding a kick flip to this trick and hope it is true.

Coming in at #3 is Danny Mayer’s kick flip Mc Twist. When Danny gets into this trick it looks like he is not going to catch the flipping board as he rolls into the 540. He has to rotate the board when he kicks the flip so he’s actually doing a kick flip 180 so the board keeps up with the rotation of his body. This trick is so difficult that it’s won a few best trick contests for Mr. Mayer. Now, on to the heavy hitters!

At #2 are all the 720s that have been landed. The video doesn’t show all the crazy variations the riders are doing nowadays, but you get the point. PLG and Andy Macdonald perform different versions of the 720 in their regular vert routines. It wasn’t too long ago when a 720 could win a best trick contest by itself and now it’s become a staple!

#1 should be no surprise to anyone that loves vert: the big 900. Tony Hawk started it all, but now at least 4 people have landed this huge trick in competition. It’s hard to imagine that Tony was that far ahead of everyone else, but he was.

That’s the list of the best vert tricks if you ask me, but now I am asking you. What do you think are the best tricks ever thrown on a vert ramp?

Source by Brian Beagle

What Are Extreme Sports?

An extreme sport can be defined as any activity that has a real or perceived high level of danger. This can be anything from bungee jumping to hang gliding, scuba diving to snowboarding and rock climbing to extreme ironing – literally anything that gets your adrenaline pumping can be classed as extreme! Originally extreme sports were associated with adult sports such as those described above, however the term now includes sports like skateboarding and bmx bikes ‘ target=’_blank’> bmx ing which are popular with teens too.

The history of the term ‘extreme sports’ is quite often associated with Ernest Hemingway who stated ‘there are only three sports – bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering, all the rest are games’. Whether you agree with this statement or not, it is clear that from as far back as the 1950s the term was associated with sports that could lead to death.

Most extreme sports are solitary activities although there are some exceptions to the rule such as paintballing (yes it really is extreme when you get into a game) and white water rafting which are clearly both team sports. Most people become interested in one or many at a young age and they usually only get a coach if they wish to take the sport further – this is clearly different to other sports such as football and swimming for example.

Another difference between extreme sports and normal sports is that the performance of a sportsman is not as clear cut. For example, a person’s ability to rock climb is evaluated on more subjective and aesthetic criteria, rather than on a speed or score level. With every mountain being different, and the variables also changing in the other sports, it just isn’t possible to create a set performance system. Of course, this isn’t the case for all extreme sports but it is the norm for most.

Nowadays there is even an international competition that celebrates these sports known as the x games. This includes people participating in extreme sports in a controlled environment. It began in 1995 in the United States and it is now a hugely watched competition throughout the world. This has also enabled many extreme sporters to participate in a sport full time due to the levels of sponsorship received.

Whether you fancy skateboarding or scuba diving or any of the other sports that fall in between, one thing is for sure – your adrenaline will be pumping and you are sure to have an experience that is like no other you’ve had before!

Source by Laura Ginn

Favorite BMX Racing Training Workouts of Olympic Medalists

Favorite workouts of Olympic Medalists Mike Day and Jill Kintner:

With their personal coach Greg Romero

When I was coaching and preparing Mike and Jill side by side for 12 months leading up to the games we had simply had fun everyday. Either way, my goal with their training was to keep it interesting and having them feel good about it. This month I’m going to touch on a few protocols that both Jill and Mike liked that had them leading up to eventual medal winning performances at the Olympic games!

I will touch on one off the bike and one on the bike training protocol for each athlete!

Jill Kintner off the bike exercises: Dynamic warm up.

If any of you have had the opportunity to watch Jill at a race then you might have seen her in the parking lot doing lots of funny callisthenic looking exercises near the pits or the rental car. What she is doing is what we like to call a dynamic warm up. First off, you’re going to need some regular athletic shoes. The first thing we like to do is open the hips so we start with a knee to chest walk. You take a step forward and with both hands grab below the knee and bring it to your chest and then immediately repeat on the next step.

This opens up hip extensors and lower back. The forward lunge is the next exercise yet targeting the antagonist hip muscles. This time it’s the hip flexors. Simply take a nice step (approximately 5 shoe lengths in front of you) and while keeping your upper torso vertically straight, bend at the back knee and follow with the front, and do this movement slowly. This is a nice dynamic stretch of the hip flexor in which will allow you to pedal efficiently! Jill says “If I can only do 2 warm up exercises then I would focus on the hip muscles so I can pedal without inhibition”.

Mike Day off the bike exercises: Plyometrics

Let’s face it, BMX is power and if you can pick one exercise that can hit all the components of power then it would be doing plyometrics. Plyometrics are basically jumping on your feet using your body weight only. The best exercises for kids are simply doing jump rope or skips and hops. This is perfectly fine and safe and they do this kind of stuff all day during recess at school. As long as they’re not jumping off 4-foot high boxes or ladders then their joints and tendons will be fine. They can first start off with jump rope skipping for 10-20 quick jumps. Mike’s favorite is the jump rope because it warms him up, hitting ankle joints, knee joints and warming up his wrists, elbows and shoulders. Then once he is ready he likes to move on to Jump Squats.

Simply place both feet shoulder width apart, keeping the upper torso vertically straight, push your hips back followed by a bend at the knees, lowering yourself to about 45 degrees and simply counter with an explosive jump as high as you can. The key is to take off through the ball of your feet and land on the ball of your feet with a nice slight bend in the knees and hips. You can do this one at a time or rapidly. Mike likes to do them one at a time, reset and focus for height. Mike says, “I’ll do the jump rope 3 sets for 20 skips and then jump squats 3 sets of 5 jumps, and then I am ready to train in the gym or ride the bike”.

Jill Kintner on the bike: Stand Start easy gear sprints.

In the past 5 years while racing Mountain Bikes, Jill never worked on explosive sprint power from a dead start. In BMX she came to find that it was necessary to give herself a chance down the first straight so she can have a chance at a medal. Her favorite sprint session was doing stand start easy gear sprints. I designed this exercise with an emphasis to program pure sprint acceleration out of the gate. We used flat pedals so that it was 100% focus on down stroke and we used an easy gear so that she was forced to accelerate it fast. “I love these so much I had a dedicated flat pedaled easy gear bike set up at the Olympics that I would use as a warm up between rounds of qualifying” Jill says.

What you do is gear down 1 or 2 teeth easier than race gear and change your pedals to flats. On a flat open parking lot with no cars around, take 2 cones, one for a start point and one for the needing point. You can mark of the distance by placing one down and then pedaling from the start cone to the ending cone. Jill liked to do these with approximately 7 full cranks. How to do the sprint: Standing up in the gate start position with cranks level, approach the start cone slowly and then explode keeping the front wheel down and straight.

Make sure to minimize the bend at the hips and try to stay tall, focusing on the extension of each pedal stroke through the feet. “It’s not a hard workout, it’s about a quality one, and I love this because when I get on the track I feel explosive out of the gate”, Jill says. Do 1 set of 8-10 efforts and rest 3-4 minutes between to recover the ATP energy system. This sprint workout is about neurological programming, not a muscle breakdown. In fact we hardly ever do any training that has an emphasis on muscle breakdown because BMX is about quality power.

Mike Day on the bike: Full Laps.

If you don’t have the gas to make a full lap without getting tired, then you’re not specifically fit for BMX. “There seems to be an impression that you need major endurance work on a road bike to be fit for BMX, and I haven’t touched a road bike all year, I do full laps,” Mike says. I say why not? It’s very specific, you get the dynamic power component of the jumping and the lactic build up towards the end. This is the perfect training protocol for those who find themselves struggling to get to the finish.

The key with this workout is to keep the intensity just below “all out”. What makes this workout work is that it’s training your ability to repeat motos at your fullest physical capacity. “Greg always talks about how repeatability is the limiting factor to a good day of racing” Mike laughs, “At first I hated these but then I started to see my racing getting better towards the finals and at the Olympic games, I never felt better” the silver medalist says. The key is intensity, the rest in between the efforts and how many. Mike likes to go out and do 5 full laps at 90% intensity with 10 minutes rest in between. For kids under 16, I would recommend a shorter rest interval of 6-8 minutes as they don’t produce lactate acid like the older crowd.

Source by Greg Romero

Should We Let Our Kid's Race In A Motorcycle?

Now that the weather is warm and the school year is about to be over, more kids are looking ahead for productive activities to do in the coming summer. Parents are also surveying various options on how to make their kids summer worthwhile. Summer is the time of the year that kids have a handful lot of time spare, unless a kid did poorly in his or her academics and must attend summer classes to compensate. With the fine weather that can accommodate so many activities, surely no kid would want to stay in their homes all summer long doing absolutely nothing.

Motorcycles have come a long way, since it was introduced to the public many years ago. Before motorcycles are strictly for adults only, but right now more kids are granted access by their parents to operate this two-wheel machine. Kids these days have the potential to outdo adults in almost everything under the sun. Besides from owning a car, kids also aspire to have a motorcycle of their own. For the past 7-8 years, during summer, more and more kids have been interested in motorcycle racing, which is good because these activities could help them avoid drugs and bad influences on the streets, but we must not forget that motorcycle racing is not a safe field for kids. Before making a decision, what are the things that would come in mind, upon allowing the kid to race?

• We have to find out if the kid is mentally ready. At a young age, sometimes you could find a responsible kid. More often kids are reckless, and doing so, they prone dangers and accidents.

• Assess the level of sincerity of a kid, this also a way to find out about his or her maturity. Remember this not a simple piano lesson a kid would like to take part.

• Set some rules and regulations, for example no racing during school days, there is plenty of time for that during weekends, practices are also going to be scheduled in the weekends.

• He or she must comply with the safety code of motorcycle racing. Safety precautions must come first above anything else. There should be no exceptions when it comes to safety.

• Choose the appropriate trainers and coaches to guide the child. Their credentials must be excellent or good would be nice. Make sure they are more than capable to teach kids.

We all know that parents would love to support the positive activities of their kids. A parent without a doubt would always have second thoughts with the participation of their kids in motorcycle racing. The fear of accidents would always be there, but give the child room to grow, provided he or she would follow the rules and regulations given. Let the child choose the path he or she wants to pursue, who knows the next big thing in motorcycle racing is right under our noses. At the end of the day, let just hope that we made the right decision.

Source by Sandra Chaser

The Difference Between Scrabble Dictionaries

The internet has changed the face of Scrabble play – there are lots of online games such as the official Scrabble game by Hasbro, and similar word games such as Wordscraper, Lexulous and Words with Friends. Each of these games offers several options for the game dictionary – which should you use when playing with friends versus playing in a tournament?

The ‘Official Scrabble Players Dictionary’ was originally compiled in 1978 by members of the US National Scrabble Association for use in sanctioned tournaments. For a word to be included in this dictionary it must be present in one of five standard print dictionaries – Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate, Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary of the English Language, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Webster’s New World Second College Edition, and The Random House College Dictionary. The current version of this scrabble list is OSPD4.

In the United States, Canada and Thailand tournament play now uses the Tournament Word List (TWL) which is a modified version of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. The dictionary has been edited from the original OSPD version to remove some words which are less suitable for tournament play. The removed words are those that could be considered offensive to players. The current version used in competition is TWL2, and is sometimes referred to as OWL (Official Word List).

Within the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand the dictionary used is ‘Official Scrabble Words’ (OSW). This is a collection of all the words and combinations playable in tournament Scrabble within those countries and uses British English.

In the rest of the world, the SOWPODS dictionary is used. The SOWPODS dictionary is an amalgamation of the British OSW and National Scrabble Association’s OSPD dictionary. It is not published as an actual dictionary with definitions, rather it allows for either of the OSW or OSPD dictionaries to be used as a reference when playing Scrabble.

So, which list should you use? The SOWPODS word list has the most words in it, which would give you the most possibilities to play in a friendly game. If you’re practicing for a tournament or playing in a more competitive game, the official word list for your country should be used.

Source by Dave Shimoda