first_imgTomorrow (Sun), July 21, 22 members of Rushe Fitness have a 6am start as we are heading down to Oldcastle in Co Meath to take part in Tough Mudder.Click here to join our gym family.The 10-mile course has 30 amazing and tough obstacles throughout it and is sure to be a tough, but very satisfying event. Mud runs are becoming more and more popular.Each county is opening their own versions, of the larger national events, and more and more people are taking part in them.They are a great day out and are fantastic as a team-building event.With such huge variations in the type and length of these events, it has to be asked; How exactly should you train for a mud run?You need to have some level of fitness.You need to be able to pull yourself through mud and over obstacles.You also need to be able to run like hell from the guys who may be shooting at you.As hellish as that may sound to those who have never tried it, it’s not actually as bad as it sounds, and they are really fun to do. There are a few considerations that you should take into account before you start training for one of these events.• Your experience• The type of event• Are you in it to compete or just to complete it?• What is your current fitness level?• Are you part of a team?1. The first consideration and the one that most people tend to overlook is the actual length of the course.Tough Mudder is 10-miles or 16km. Hell and Back is anything from 8-12km from the previous ones we have competed in.Most of the local ones are all around the 10k length and usually have a 5k option for beginners.With such a difference in the length of the events, it wouldn’t make sense to train the same way for each one.Your aerobic base is hugely important in your ability to not only complete the event but also to recover quickly after each obstacle and continue to keep jogging.You are never running the full 10 or 16km courses all in one go.The obstacles break up the course and you won’t be doing your 5 or 10k pace in-between either.The main thing you will need is time on the legs.So, if you are able to run a 10k without having to stop, that should see you through the longer courses without much issue.2. The second consideration is your strength level.With the wide range of obstacles throughout these events, you must have a good base of strength.• Use bodyweight exercises• Compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, heavy presses, heavy pulls.• Functional work like prowler pushes, farmers walks, heavy sledge drags, rope slams, tyre flips.• Grip strength for the dreaded monkey bars or rings.Get used to carrying awkward loads on your shoulders, in front of you and on opposite shoulders as you’ll meet something like this in all of these events.If you have it done in training, it won’t be as big a shock when you have to do it.3. The next consideration is your speed and agility workMost people who take part in these events are doing it for fun and just to complete the course.So, adding in some short sprints, cone drills and exercises like burpees etc., will be enough to see you through the event.The sprints will be essential for dodging snipers and getting used to quick turns for your ankles and knees can be added in to prepare ahead of time.4. The last consideration is your mobility work.The length of the course, the type of the terrain, mud, water, walls, crawling, running, walking and sprinting all take its toll on you over the length of the event.Keeping yourself mobile and flexible, especially around the hips and lower back will reduce the chances of injury and allow you to complete the course and also to compete in the next event when it comes around.If in doubt, always remember the 5 P’s• Proper• Preparation• Prevents• Poor• Performance.There you have it; an outline to how you would plan out your mud run to help you to finish the course with ease.#summershapeIf you would like to take part in one of these events, we regularly take groups to them and our Lean in 2019 program is perfect for these events.Our next phase of classes starts on August 6th and you can pre-book your place now through the link below.BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!DD Fitness: How to train for a mud run? was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many different segments of industry across America are curious as to how the policies of a new and quite unorthodox Trump Administration will affect them and their businesses. For the agriculture sector, an advisory committee that includes two prominent Ohioans, will help set the tone for policy that pertains to rural America.Plain City, Ohio’s Fred Yoder has been farming in Union County for over 40 years raising corn, soybeans and wheat. In the mid 1990s, Yoder served as president of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and then took leadership roles at the national level as the Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Biotech Working Group and then President of NCGA.“In the role as NCGA president I was able to get involved with other state organizationsFred Yoderand I learned that there are a lot of similarities and many differences as well,” Yoder said. “I’m a big believer in coalitions and talking things out. One of the things that I am most proud of was being a trade representative for NCGA and working out some differences with NAFTA in Mexico City where we negotiated a settlement for high fructose corn syrup to Mexico and Mexican sugar coming into the United States.“There was a complete difference of opinion, but we got the job done.”Yoder hopes that type of attitude will begin to change the way things are done inside the Beltway and he is encouraged by the new era of politics that President Trump will bring.Over the years, Yoder has gained a large amount of experience and knowledge in different aspects of agriculture, from biotechnology to policy. He says he will be willing to take on whatever role the new Administration will ask of him, but there is one role that Yoder said he would be most excited about and that is a position that dealt with trade.“One of the things that alarmed me about President Trump’s campaign rhetoric is how trade was a disaster and NAFTA is no good and I took exception to that because I knew agriculture has benefited extremely well from NAFTA,” Yoder said. “I know now that he isn’t anti-trade, he just wants to make sure that all of America benefits from trade.”Yoder joins a list of who’s who in agriculture on this committee and hopes that rural America is comfortable with who has President Trump’s ear when it comes to issues important to them.“Mr. Trump has told the committee that he doesn’t know much about agriculture but he trusts who was named to the group and if we do our job he’ll leave us alone and if we don’t he’ll fire us,” Yoder said. “My goal is to make sure that the Midwest is represented and I think we need some people that understand the full picture and how important the right policies are for us to flourish.”Also joining Yoder on Trump’s Agriculture Advisory Committee is Pickaway County’s Bill Richards, known by many as the grandfather of no-till in Ohio.Bill Richards, left, being recognized by ODNR.Richards graduated from The Ohio State University in 1953 with no farm background to speak of, but had a strong desire to become a farmer. After marrying a farm girl, he and his new bride bought a rough piece of Pickaway County ground.“Out of 325 acres there was only about 140 that we could farm,” Richards said. “We bought the land on a shoestring and used machinery off of the Dad’s machinery lot and got started.”Richards was taught early on that there were not too many good reasons to till the land, except for weed control. That was right around the time that atrazine and 2-4D were introduced.“We made an effort early on to cut down on tillage,” Richards said. “It was the early 1960s when we developed a till plant system that would be called strip tillage today.”One of the first trips to Washington for Richards was as part of the “Farmers for Nixon” campaign. Then decades later, troubles with the 1985 Farm Bill and a large farmer rebellion led Richards back to D.C.“I’ve always liked the idea of getting involved in politics and having farmers represented,” Richards said. “When asked to serve on this advisory committee I was honored to do so and I welcomed the opportunity.”The message he hoped to get across to President Trump’s administration is that farm programs should be designed for a voluntary, not a regulatory approach.“I want to let the President know that we can produce enough food to feed the world and that exporting ag products is a necessity,” Richards said. “We also have the opportunity to sequester carbon to help balance out the carbon that comes from the coal and oil industries.”Richards echoes Yoder’s hopes that trade will be looked upon favorably, especially when it comes to farm commodities.“The Corn Belt has entered a cycle of surplus corn and soybeans,” Richards said. “I hope that the President will use that surplus as an opportunity to generate trade from our country to level out the trade deficits we are seeing within other industries in the United States.”While there are clearly very divergent opinions about Donald Trump, many in Ohio agriculture can get behind the involvement of these two well-respected agriculturalists and the wealth of experience they bring to the advisory committee for the new administration.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Analysis#Features#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The US Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a ban on a stock market practice known as “flash trading,” where supercomputers get access to information milliseconds before other traders and can rapidly buy and sell in ways that are argued to influence the market unfairly – thus discouraging mere mortals from participating. Many bleeding-edge trends in the consumer web play out writ large in financial markets; as all of us look at the growing prominence of real-time information on the web, the debate over flash stock trading raises issues worth considering outside the stock markets as well. If the real time web at large grows up open and democratic, then we’re likely to see innovation, understanding and growth. If it’s priced out of reach to all but marketing and state interests, then an experience analogous to that of small-time stock traders today could become what the web at large looks like.It’s easy for technologists to say that this is progress and rejecting the advantages technology brings would demand a return to time before the abacus. It’s not so easy to explain why we have to take an all-or-nothing approach to judging technologies and their implications – why not look at them one at a time and evaluate them intelligently? Here’s how the introduction of real time information is being debated regarding financial markets, followed by some thoughts about the analogous transformation going on around the web.This isn’t just a story about robot stock traders and the SEC; it’s also a story about Twitter, Facebook and the Pushbutton Web.Robots in Financial MarketsLast month the New York Times’ Charles Duhigg wrote a high-profile story about the practice of high frequency trading, including this juicy description of the practice:Powerful algorithms — “algos,” in industry parlance — execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously. They can spot trends before other investors can blink, changing orders and strategies within milliseconds.High-frequency traders often confound other investors by issuing and then canceling orders almost simultaneously. Loopholes in market rules give high-speed investors an early glance at how others are trading. And their computers can essentially bully slower investors into giving up profits — and then disappear before anyone even knows they were there.Rich Miller, writing at Data Center Knowledge, a blog that tracks the powerful computers that high frequency traders (among many other industries) use, called the article one-sided and inconsiderate of the argument that “this activity provides liquidity to execute trades that would otherwise not be possible, making the market more efficient.” He also said the press was widening the debate over the practice by bringing it into the mainstream.Now U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) has sent a letter to the SEC this week, calling for action to be taken against the practice of flash trading in particular, the act of selling for a fee access to trading information milliseconds before it is otherwise available. He argues that the practice “creates a two-tiered system where a privileged group of insiders receives preferential treatment, depriving others of a fair price for their transactions. If allowed to continue, these practices will undermine the confidence of ordinary investors, and drive them away from our capital markets.”Schumer focuses on the early access to information, but always in the context of the computer-driven trading that occurs based on it.Trader John Hempton writes that critics over-estimate the financial impact of flash traded stock, needlessly complicating a situation that he describes with the following, fascinating, story:We trade electronically at our fund. We were recently trading in a stock with a large spread. I have changed the numbers so as not to identify the stock – but the ratios are about right. The bid was about 129.50, offer was about 131.50. We did not want to cross the spread – so when we bid for the stock we bid $129.55. Within a second a computer (possibly at our own broker but it makes no difference which broker) bid $129.60 for a few hundred shares. We fiddled for a while changing our bid and watching the bot change theirs. We would have loved to think we were frustrating the computer – but alas it was just a machine – and we were people up late at night.Actually obtaining the stock required that we paid up – and when we did so it was probably a computer that sold the stock to us.…It is always there – even when buying defaulted debt that trades once per month. We simply ALWAYS find the bot. What About Real-time Robots on the Web?Could the real time web give some people such an unfair advantage over everyone else that non-early adopters of new technologies or people outside of marketing firms could be left out in the cold? Presuming we’re talking about important, actionable information online and not just real-time chat and fun – it’s possible. The question is: will the most important parts of the real time web be open and democratized, or proprietary and shared only with those who can pay a high price for access? That question hasn’t been answered yet.If you were among the people who purchased the new Breaking News Online (BNO) iPhone app (released an eternity ago, yesterday!) then today you probably found out about the two US journalists being freed from North Korea and the shooting in Pennsylvania at least 45 minutes before almost anyone else did. (CNN posted a link to local PA news 45 minutes after the BNO network published.) That notification system costs $1.99 to purchase and $1 per month to stay subscribed.If you’ve visited Yahoo’s social-bookmarking turned real-time news service Delicious since this morning, you’ve seen that hot news links are now found not just by vote counting, but with a new method augmented by tracking the open, rapid conversations on Twitter.These are innovations built out of elbow grease and publicly available feeds of data. Yahoo might be, but the scrappy guys at Breaking News Online definitely aren’t, using software something like IBM’s new stream processing software, for which it will charge “at least” hundreds of thousands of dollars.No, this real-time public web is very low cost and increasingly both open sourced and decentralized. It’s akin to what Anil Dash calls the pushbutton web.Pushbutton is a name for what I believe will be an upgrade for the web, where any site or application can deliver realtime messages to a web-scale audience, using free and open technologies at low cost and without relying on any single company like Twitter or Facebook. The pieces of this platform have just come together to enable a whole set of new features and applications that would have been nearly impossible for an average web developer to build in the past.As long as it’s open and low cost, real time information on the web should be as democratic and fair as computer use is. It’s not perfect, but it’s no longer the David and Goliath-on-steroids fight that critics of high frequency stock trading say that market has become because of real time stock data.The Risk: FacebookThe real time web is a shimmering mass of conversation and data, but there’s no guarantee that it’s going to stay open, free and democratic forever. Already, in fact, there’s no bigger river of the real time social web than Facebook. Facebook is simply huge, it holds huge sums of information and so far it allows aggregate access to no one. As far as we know. If Facebook, or some other equally important site of the real time web, began offering access to its data but pricing mere mortals out of that market – then we could have a situation where individual software developers and social scientists were like grandpa reading the stock pages in the newspaper and huge marketing firms and government agencies had the kind of advantage that high frequency traders are alleged to have in financial markets.Anil Dash puts it this way:Pushbutton technologies are not just free and open, they’re decentralized, which is a serious threat to the “lobster trap” model of social software. We can expect serious competition from the centralized networks that are currently building these sorts of systems. If a threat arises to Pushbutton’s adoption, this is the most likely source. Worry? Definitely.In addition to development concerns, there are also analysis concerns. If stock trading equals liquidity and knowledge is the new currency, then open access to aggregate data could be the equivalent of high-powered stock-trading tools for all instead of for just the already-richest few.Some research has already been performed on the connection between communication on social networks and real-world events. The Information and Language Processing Systems Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam, for example, correlated mood messages on LiveJournal closely with world events. (“Mass increase in the level of worriedness around major weather phenomena, such as hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005 – Excitedness around global media and culture events, such as the release of a new Harry Potter book on July 15, 2005 – Mass increase in the level of distress and sadness after terror attacks, as witnessed by the response to the London bombings on July 7, 2005.”)Analysis of real time mass communication could lead to a world of innovation and understanding – if that communication is an open fire hose of data and not shared only with deep pocketed commercial partners.Everything is Complicated, Some Can Afford to Ponder ItIs high frequency, low latency, computer executed, “flash” trading unfair? It must feel that way to individual and small investors who can’t afford killer number-crunching robots – but it’s also pretty awesome technology and is said to provide liquidity that the markets depend on.Could the real time consumer web be made undemocratic by being priced out of reach for edge-case developers and social scientists outside of government and the corporate world? That could happen. As we speak, though, there’s a lot of innovation going on in the real time web that’s open, based on standards and available to all of us. Let’s hope it stays that way marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

first_imgBan on single-use plastic came into effect in all urban areas of Odisha on Wednesday on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Manufacture, sale, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of single-use plastics are prohibited as per a notification issued by Odisha Forest and Environment Department on September 30, an official said. The ban is imposed on polythene carry bags of any shape, thickness and size (excluding compostable), Polyethylene Terephthalate (Pet/Pete) bottles of less than 200 ml capacity, he said. The vendors will not be allowed to use polythene sheets of less than 50-micron thickness for storing, transporting, dispensing or packaging of any article or commodity.last_img read more

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of awards and special incentives for dedicated doctors, paramedical staff and other healthcare workers of government hospitals across the State.Stating that his government was emphasising on quality healthcare under its 5T (transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation) initiative, Mr. Patnaik said that 10 doctors and other healthcare workers will be presented with Chief Minister Award, which includes cash prizes of ₹10 lakh and ₹5 lakh respectively. Government healthcare institutions providing quality service will also be rewarded, he added.last_img read more