Shaq Holding Sign
Singing for Charles
Singing for Charles Barkley might be a new career for Shaquille O’Neal. The 4-time NBA Champion shocked the world with his innovative lyrical skills back on May 27, 2011. Holding up a sign that saw Barkley in drag, Shaq began to sing and dance his heart out on “Inside the NBA.” To date, the video of his performance remains as viral as ever. In fact, the video has received well over 25,000 views on You Tube. As Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Ernie Johnson laughed their heads off, Shaq continued to sing and dance to an infectious hip-hop beat. O’Neal is no stranger to hip-hop, as he appeared on the Fu-Shnicken’s “What’s Up Doc?” song and video several years ago. While Shaq was merely poking fun at his Barkley, countless fans enjoyed his live performance and improvisation.

The cardboard cutout of Barkley also soared in popularity last year. From San Antonio to New York, fans of the 11-time NBA All-star began carrying Barkley signs at games and events. Singing for Charles also showcased O’Neal’s hidden talents. Not only did Shaq create the hilarious rap, he was also on cue for the entire duration of the song. O’Neal also utilized the bounce sub-genre of rap, which continues to dominate dance floors all across the globe. To some, Shaq also captured the essence of Luther Campbell’s Miami bass style of rap that was prevalent years ago. As Barkley nearly fell off his seat laughing, fans also got a chance to see the lighter side of Shaquille.

While no official title has been giving to the song and video, “Singing for Charles” might as well be it. In fact, this is the most popular term on Google and video sharing sites for the song. There are also a number of mock videos that emulate Shaq’s dancing and musical skills. The video also continues to attract NBA and music fans, as well as basketball enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Shaq’s performance also made his transition into the “Inside” team easier and enjoyable. While O’Neal is known for his serious and reserved demeanor on the court, his touch of comedy will now follow him for years on end.

The cardboard cutout of Barkley in a dress was from a Weight Watchers commercial. Barkley has always been known for his comedic nature and antics. This time around, however, it was his turn to be in the spotlight. Singing for Charles might even propel Shaq to officially record the parody song. Rumor has it that he has been approached on more than one occasion about licensing or making the song an official anthem. The song and video, however, may only continue to be a highlight on various comedy and sports reels. While O’Neal and Barkley have been fierce rivals on the court, it was great to see them laugh and have a good time on the air. In fact, many are commenting that Barkley will get Shaq back one of these days. For now, Singing for Charles continues to be one of the most hilarious and popular songs by a world-renowned basketball athlete.


Aerobic Exercises
How Aerobics Teachers make Their Workouts Count
Flexibility, strength training and cardio workout are just some of the hallmarks you can expect when you train aerobics. The word ‘aerobic’ has its origin in Greek; with the word “aero” meaning air, and “bios” meaning life. Literally, aerobic translates as ‘with oxygen’ or ‘living in the presence of oxygen’.

The underlying principle that is achieved when a person begins to train aerobics is that as the body is exercised, there is an increased need for oxygen. The heart begins pumping faster, the blood pumps quicker through the organs and tissue, oxygen is spread quickly throughout every part of the body. The lungs and circulation begin working at their peak capacity. As a person’s inner athlete has the opportunity to emerge when beginning to train aerobics, transformations occur. Increased health, vitality and happiness are noted results.

Each aerobic teacher might have their personal tips and area of expertise. There are different exercises or routines instructors use to train aerobics and can include jogging, running, hiking, cycling, dancing, walking, swimming, even stair climbing.

One of the newest techniques that well-known instructors who train aerobics are encouraging students to focus on is the short quick and to the point exercises. Begin by doing a short, optimum workout, take a break or interval, and then begin another shorter intense workout. By following this routine of shorter spurts, they say it actually gives greater results as well as impacts the important growth hormone.

Another key when you begin to train aerobics is that you have to be consistent. Aerobics instructors continually stress the need for consistency in building up strength. With consistency in routine it also helps to reduce any potential harm or damage to your body. The benefits of daily exercise are seen in the 3-fold transformations that begin in the body, in increased energy and in a positive mental outlook.

Adding strength training to your aerobic activity is also a method that aerobics instructor’s use to make their workouts count. Using heavier dumbbells and barbells or adding resistance to your aerobic workout gives it the perfect balance of aerobic training and strength training at the same time. This allows you to cut your workout time down. For instance, adding more resistance to your cycling or rowing machine while workout out is a great way to develop leg muscles and arm muscles, which will in turn increase your resting metabolism. BodyPump is the latest craze in group aerobics classes created by Les Mills. It incorporates the use of free weights and barbells into the aerobic workout routine and is gaining in popularity.

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Tai-Chi Practice
Learn Tai Chi and Improve Your Life
Martial arts are excellent for your overall fitness, and Tai Chi is one of the best of the martial arts. Many people around the world learn Tai Chi as a means of getting in shape, losing weight, and many other benefits. Learning Tai Chi is actually one of the best things that you can do for your body, and you will find that your life is improved in every area by taking the time to learn Tai Chi.

The main benefits that you receive as you learn Tai Chi is the fact that your coordination and balance are greatly improved. All of the motions and postures that you learn in Tai Chi are about balance and harmony. You also enhance your flexibility as you learn Tai Chi, and you learn the proper breathing to regulate your body’s balance and pulse. Learning Tai Chi is a great way to get exercise, as the postures that you learn in Tai Chi can be performed at high speeds as a martial art with strikes, blocks, and kicks.

Learning Tai Chi also helps to improve your mental state. You learn how to focus and as you learn Tai Chi, and you will soon see that the exercises that you have done to improve your mental acuity enhance all of your senses. As you progress and continue to learn Tai Chi, you will find that every area of your body experiences the balance, focus, and harmony that you achieve through the mental and physical exercises. You will find that every aspect of your life has been improved as you take the time to learn the ancient martial art, and you will have more peace and tranquility in your life as well.

There are various ways to learn Tai Chi: in local clubs, from online videos, or by working with a personal trainer.

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Badminton Display
Why You Should Learn Badminton

Badminton is a less famous and yet still rather popular sport for all ages and sorts of people. It is especially widespread in Ireland, but also common in many parts of Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. It is extremely fun and competitive, and there are even badminton tournaments often held in different places around the US and Europe. Not only that, but badminton as a sport is very good for you. The benefits of badminton are many and varied.

Many people today are unaware that the sport of badminton originated in India as a recreational activity for British officers who were stationed there in the 18th century. One has to wonder what led to the idea, and some accounts show the sport to have been originally played with a ball of wool rather than a shuttle. However, as the game’s popularity grew, it soon spread back to England. Before the end of the century, a badminton association had been established along with the new sport’s first competition event.

If you have been wondering why you should learn badminton, there are a few answers to that. The first of the benefits of badminton is the fact that it’s an extremely healthy sport. The exercise involved in playing is certainly one of the greatest benefits of badminton. You are constantly moving around during a badminton game, meaning you not only burn a good deal of fat but you also increase your stamina and endurance. Other benefits of badminton also decrease your chances of heart problems, diabetes, hypertension, and more. Not to mention the fact that your improved fitness will make you look and feel more beautiful and happy.

Another one of the extremely useful benefits of badminton is the increased coordination and concentration your mind and body develop. You have to constantly watch and keep an eye out, and this increased alertness helps stimulate your mind as well as your body, increasing mental stamina and adeptness.

The physical benefits of badminton are one thing, but another great value the game can add to your life is the friendships and companionships that can be forged by fellow badminton players. You can join a badminton club or meet up with colleagues from the game and make new friends and contacts every time you play. Badminton isn’t just about winning, or getting into shape, or meeting people, or learning to hit a badminton shuttle; it’s about all of these things and more. These are just some of the many benefits of badminton, and a few reasons why you should start learning today.

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Sailing Out
The Fine Art of Sailing
The water calls to you. The adventurer in you wants to experience sailing! And the good news is that sailing is really not all that hard to do.

If you are just starting out, you will want to consider doing some study and training before you get to experience sailing for yourself. There are many courses available, such as online courses which feature videos, instructional classes, and design calculators.

You will need lessons on navigation, safety concerns, and the workings of the sailboat itself. Each one in themselves could be an individual course, and some sailing schools will delve into these topics in depth. This is very helpful for the amateur who has not yet had the experience sailing that he or she will need before eventually going sailing without the help of an experienced sailor.

There are both private schools and charities that teach sailing, as well as online programs. You could even familiarize yourself with sailing via a sailing simulator. Or buy a set of DVD’s with detailed classes and quizzes. None of these will be quite like putting your boat on the water and feeling the wind on your face as you experience sailing for the first time! So if it seems daunting, or like a lot of information to absorb, don’t give up!

The experience sailing out on a river, lake or sea is worth every step along the way. Another option is to have a friend or coach give you private lessons, as you go out sailing together. When you choose this method, it is still wise to take a simple course beforehand, at least getting comfortable with descriptions of the boat and sailing, so that you can make the most of your time with your tutor.

Dive in! Experience sailing sooner than you dreamed possible!

The water calls to you. The adventurer in you wants to experience sailing! And the good news is that sailing is really not all that hard to do.

If you are just starting out, you will want to consider doing some study and training before you get to experience sailing for yourself. There are many courses available, such as online courses which feature videos, instructional classes, and design calculators.

You will need lessons on navigation, safety concerns, and the workings of the sailboat itself. Each one in themselves could be an individual course, and some sailing schools will delve into these topics in depth. This is very helpful for the amateur who has not yet had the experience sailing that he or she will need before eventually going sailing without the help of an experienced sailor.

There are both private schools and charities that teach sailing, as well as online programs. You could even familiarize yourself with sailing via a sailing simulator. Or buy a set of DVD’s with detailed classes and quizzes. None of these will be quite like putting your boat on the water and feeling the wind on your face as you experience sailing for the first time! So if it seems daunting, or like a lot of information to absorb, don’t give up!

The experience sailing out on a river, lake or sea is worth every step along the way. Another option is to have a friend or coach give you private lessons, as you go out sailing together. When you choose this method, it is still wise to take a simple course beforehand, at least getting comfortable with descriptions of the boat and sailing, so that you can make the most of your time with your tutor.

Dive in! Experience sailing sooner than you dreamed possible!

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