How To Start Wingsuit Flying

If you’re anything like me you’ve got a real thirst for adventure and love to feel adrenaline coursing through your veins by doing extreme sports. If Danger is also your middle name then you will want to join me in this sport, but it’s not for the faint of heart!

 

I’m talking about wingsuit flying, it’s the extreme sport right now.

 

What is wingsuit flying?

Wingsuit flying is a little bit like skydiving in a way, but you wear a specially made suit for it. Skydiving is so yesterday’s news anyhow. The suits can be called wingsuits, squirrel suits or birdman suits – they really do make you look a bit like a superhero as the name suggests. The suit has wings on the arms and legs and it’s really aerodynamic. Parts of it inflate and allow the wearer to cover impressive flying distances. And the person can control their speed, lift and direction too, so they aren’t totally at the mercy of the elements. Practice makes perfect and a good wingsuiter can achieve speeds of up to 220mph. That’s pretty damn fast by anyone’s standard!

 

Starting wingsuit flying

Wingsuiting isn’t just the kind of thing where you can turn up and have a go. It’s a complicated discipline and a lot could go wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing. So you start wingsuiting by doing something which isn’t wingsuiting. You will need to do a bit of skydiving first – a lot of skydiving actually. As it is a very similar discipline you’ll need to build up quite a wealth of skydiving experience – the more the better.

 

You’ll need to find a static line (RAPS) or accelerated freefall course (AFF). You will have a whopping two days of training on the ground before any actual jumping takes place. You need to be fit. Regular workouts to keep your body in great shape are a must as wingsuiting is incredibly physically demanding.

 

Now you’ll finally be able to complete your first beginner jump.18 solo jumps later and you’ll be legally qualified as a skydiver and you’ll be able to do it at any skydiving centre, anywhere in the world.

 

I know, it’s a lot of effort and you still haven’t so much as tried on a wingsuit. Have patience, my friend, you’re almost there.

Almost.

 

Your skydiving skills will need some honing. You can expect to do another 200+ jumps. You’ll be an expert before long! And that’s the plan. To minimise the risk of wingsuit flying you need to be at one with the conditions, knowing every possible eventuality you could experience.

 

Another preparation you can make is taking up BASE jumping, the extreme sportsman’s extreme sport. Be careful though. Do it off a bridge over water to start. It’s all about getting a feel for the freefall, not about being a daredevil. And you want to live to do your first wingsuit flight. There are qualified BASE jumping instructors who can help you get started and minimise the risk of an accident.

 

And now you’re finally ready to start.

 

How much does wingsuit flying cost?

Are you sitting down? You’re really going to need to while I tell you this.

 

Beginner’s skydiving – $1800

Additional jumps – $6000

Parachute – $3000

Additional equipment – $750

Wingsuit – $1200

Wingsuit course – $750

 

The prices are only an estimated, but that comes to a grand total of $13500 and that’s before you make regular jumps. It’s a pretty hair-raising amount of cash to part with, but that’s the price of cool. You are going to have the most interesting and dangerous hobby of everyone you know and you’re going to be the centre of every party you ever go to. In that case it’s money well spent.

 

Taking it to the next level

Once you’ve mastered the basics – and I say basic here loosely because even the easiest aspects of wingsuit flying are complicated – you can take things up several gears.

 

Wingsuit BASE jumping (or BASE flying) is the next logical step to make you stand out from the crowd that little bit more. It’s a new skill and it’ll take a while to master, but yur knowledge will now be immense and with great care you can be doing this as part of your jumping routine. If this doesn’t impress people nothing will!

 

Remember though, it’s a different kettle of fish and you would want to make sure you have plenty of experience with ordinary BASE jumping before attempting it in a wingsuit. It is recommended that you have completed at least 50 BASE jumps before even considering it.

 

Technology is your friend

When wingsuit flying you can track your flight – or someone else can – using GPS. You can then later check on your PC all the statistics such as speed, length of flight and angle of descent. This is all important for reviewing your flight afterwards. You can learn a lot from the statistics gaining valuable experience for future wingsuit flying.

 

And make sure you have a camera! A Gopro on your helmet or even a (carefully) handheld camera if you’re experienced enough will produce some epic footage to show to your friends. They’ll so want to be you!

 

Remember though, there is an element of risk involved in wingsuit flying, way more risk than most other pastimes. There’s not much chance of dying while collecting stamps, but with wingsuiting there is a significantly higher chance. Always make sure you follow safety procedures and never attempt anything too advanced, too quickly. There have been a number of BASE jumping and wingsuit flying fatalities and you don’t want your name adding to that list. You want to live to jump another day.

 

And that’s it for the lecturing! Now go and have fun and get your jump on, dude!

 

If you want to learn a bit more about wingsuit flying and check out some pretty cool videos of it, head over to http://www.wingsuitfly.com/ and take a look.

Starting Crossfit – Keep That 12 Things In Mind

Level: Beginner

While the Hipsbear is not a big fan of CrossFit, it has been taking the world by storm. Despite its naysayers, CrossFit continues to raise the number of people who love it. It all started back in 2000 when we all thought, machines will take over the world because of the millennium bug. Surprisingly that didn’t happen, but Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai founded a company named CrossFit, Inc. The first gym opened up in Santa Cruz, California and by 2005 there were already 13 gyms, but it didn’t stop there. Now, by the end of 2016, there are more than 13,000 gyms. CrossFit has gotten a bad rap by some people saying that it can’t give the results that it claims. However, based on the gyms that keep popping out around the world I would say that I highly doubt those doomsters. As in every hobby, sport or activity there are things that we wish we knew before we started so that our transition will be easier.

Stereotypes

This is probably the most important of them all, because if you will start listening to some people they will try to pull you down or tell you that it’s wrong. From experience, we’ve all have seen people that once we start something new, they will tell us that we shouldn’t do it for this or that reason. So you must be mentally prepared to ignore those people and continue with your workout.

Your body is out of shape

CrossFit is different than many other sports or physical activities and it requires hard work and dedication in order to make it. You go to the gym and finish your first workout and the next morning you can barely move because every muscle your body has will ache and you might feel like giving up, but the best thing that you can do is get back to that gym and do your workout. You will not regret it on the long run.

Confidence

Confidence is the key. Just like in everything in life if you’re not confident, you can easily fail. You must get rid of the voices in the back of your head that keep telling you that you can’t do it and it’s better if you just quit, so it’s extremely important to keep pushing yourself and not give up no matter what happens.

Keep the ego in check

Confidence for sure is the key when doing CrossFit, but it is also important to know that you’re a beginner at this and have the beginner’s mindset. There are many fit people that when starting CrossFit think that they can do it with no problem but soon they find out that it’s not as easy as it looks and you must learn how to keep your ego in check.

Clarifications

Always ask for clarifications. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do the workout properly. If you don’t know how to actually do the work out always ask, until you’ve fully understood. Don’t feel like you’re holding the others back, remember everyone was a starter at some point, so there’s no need to feel ashamed.

Write things down

Those 3 simple words can help you more than anything else. Many newbies will feel bad to keep logs because they want to hide the fact that they’re beginners. This will help you more than you know because you can see your grows. If you don’t want to write about it in a log, you can use apps like Wodify. When you’re lacking motivation sometimes and feeling like you will give up, knowing how far you’ve come an being able to prove it to yourself in numbers can be a huge boost and help you get out of a rut.

Blisters, scrapes and bruises.

You need to be prepared to have blisters, bruises and scrapes and a lot of them, more than you ever had in your life. If you’re not ready to be a little hurt, it’s better not to start. You will get rope burns, blisters in your hands, your shins will hurt like hell from trying to do a box jump and missing the box and many other injuries.

The entire experience is customizable

The idea behind this is that everything can be customized to fit you. You don’t have to do it with the same weights or try to do the workout exactly like them. You can take your time, customize it and scale it to your liking. Don’t be ashamed that you can’t do the workout the same way as the people who’ve been doing it for months or even years, after all it took them that amount of time in order to be there.

The only competition that you have is yourself.

While it is fun sometimes to compare with your friends and see if you can a certain workout better or faster than them you must always keep in mind that you’re competing first and foremost with yourself. You’re competing to be better than you were yesterday. You will get frustrated from the times that you will fail or the pain that you will feel after workouts or when you injure yourself. The hardest part is admitting to yourself that when you fail doing a certain workout it’s all your fault and you need to do better than that in order to succeed.

Every day is different

It is guaranteed that every day will be different. From warm up to workouts everything will be different each time. Many sports or hobbies become boring after a while because they get repetitive and the excitement goes away because there’s no variety. That’s not the case with Crossfit, it constantly changes and this is what keeps people coming.

Friendships

Many people are afraid to start CrossFit because they don’t know people, but the truth about CrossFit is that after a while you will form friendships that will last a lifetime. If you get injured the coaches will always help you and if you miss a few workouts your CrossFit friends will ask where you’ve been.

Gear

Get yourself some awesome gear to start. Buy good sports shoes and an awesome tank or/and shorts. You will feel much more confident and your motivation will increase. Also, putting on your training gear is like turning a key. You will go full crazy, once you’re common with it.

 

I hope I could make you interested in CrossFit and shaping your body. The good thing is, you’re gaining muscles AND do your cardio at once. And all that, having fun while doing it. So, what are you waiting for?

How To Start Running

Level: Intermediate

Running is the fastest and the least expensive way to feel better, get fit, and even start new relationships with other people who share the love for this amazing exercise. Contrary to the popular opinion, starting the habit of running is not difficult if you have a pair of comfortable running shoes and a desire to move at you own pace. If you still have not decided whether to get started with running and need some motivation, let me be your personal trainer for a minute. Let’s roll!

Benefits of Running

There are a lot of benefits in running for you. Scientists have long been studying the impact that the exercise has on our body and found that it has health benefits that extend beyond any medication a doctor could prescribe. Specifically, it is known to prevent a wide range of diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, it helps to lose weight!

In other words, running is one of the best calorie-blasting and butt-kicking workouts ever. Today, all these awesome benefits were proven scientifically and busted some of the myths people had earlier. For example, have you heard this saying that running is bad for your needs because it puts an immense load on them? Well, it’s a complete lie not based on any solid facts because the truth is pretty much the opposite: running improves knee health. Period.

If you are worried about “losing it” as you age, running is the right exercise for you. There is an avalanche of evidence proving that running slows down age-related mental decline and improves memory and attention. It also helps your brain to perform better. If you rely on a Starbucks double latte or espresso for getting your brain started in the morning, you should remember that running has the same effects plus it keeps heart healthy! Running, just like the coffee, raises the heart rate and increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. However, it does not increase the risk of heart attack, like the coffee does.

If you’re still unconvinced that running is good, listen to this: running makes you happier. How? The mechanism of this action is simple: running triggers the release of endocannabinoids, which are known as “feel-good” hormones. Simply saying, they are internally produced marijuana! Now, endocannabinoids are used to explain “runner’s high,” a sense of euphoria that people have after this workout.

So, how do these benefits sound? Ready to get addicted? Well, there are several other things you need to know, so let’s continue with our training session.

Mental Preparation

Believe me, you want to be as prepared as you possibly can because running can be just as tough mentally as it is physically. This means one thing: you should build mental toughness. Even if do not race against others (at least for now), you need to know about the traits of mental tough runners: strength, resilience, focus, vision, and trust. Let’s discuss them real quick.

Resilience and focus are the most important ones. First, resilience is your ability to bounce back from pain or poor performance. It’s simple: if you cannot admit your mistake and learn a lesson, you won’t be a mentally tough runner. Next, you need to keep focus in the face of distractions and address the situations instead of avoiding them.

One such situation almost ruined a running career of my friend who kept falling short of the distances given by his trainer. Eventually, he started to give up even more because he was not mentally prepared and thought he couldn’t do better. Only after he started running with a trainer who motivated him, he stayed true to course.

So, if you feel exhausted in the last mile of your workout and want to quit by thinking something like “come on, it’s just the last mile. I’ll do better tomorrow,” the only thing you should quit is thinking these horrible things! In case you need additional motivation, find a friend who is willing to run with you and make the exercise even more fun.

Other things to take care of

Conventional wisdom falls short when it comes to running shoes because there are many myths about them. Runner’s World gives a great explanation of the five most popular ones. For example, many people believe in the existence of the ultimate running shoes that are suitable for everybody. Well, they could not be more wrong because these shoes are designed for different types of feet and running. Thus, if some shoes worked great for your friend, that does not necessarily mean they will do the same job for you.

Another myth that I want to give a special attention to says that shoes can make a runner fast. Just remember all those Nike and Adidas commercials saying that their shoes will help you to jump higher and run faster. That’s the most absurd thing that I have ever heard about runners because shoes do not place jets on feet of people who wear them! I agree that they could protect the feet and keep you comfortable, that’s it. Your running power only comes from your heart, lungs, and muscles, end of story.

The lesson for you here is to select only perfect fitting shoes that will protect you from the stress of running. Make sure you get advice from an expert here.

Other critical things that we need to discuss are hydration and injury prevention. First, you need to avoid dehydration, so design your own hydration plan. Do not overdrink and remember that plain water is the best choice for short distances up to several miles and fluids with sodium are better for longer distances. For those who need more, I recommend referring to these hydration guidelines developed by the American Road Race Medical Society. As for the injury prevention, I prefer to listen to my body and know my limits. You should do the same.

The Bottom Line

Running is an incredible habit that has a lot of benefits. To make sure that you enjoy them, you need to prepare yourself and stay on the right course. Let these tips be useful for you to become an amazing runner!

How To Start With Bodybuilding In 7 Steps

Level: Beginner

I started bodybuilding a few years ago and let me tell you bro, it changed my life completely. Believe it or not, I was always a bit weedy as a kid and I was never really noticed much as a teenager either. I decided it was time to do something about it and so bodybuilding it was.

It was tough at first, but I stuck it out and rode through the pain on many occasions. I wanted to be more muscular, to bulk up. And once I started to see results I was hooked. I wasn’t the only one who noticed the results either. Girls started to notice me and I got a few phone numbers in bars – that had not happened that way before. Well, guys noted it too, but in a different way. They respected me more, it seemed. All of this had an amazing effect on my self-confidence. I went from shy wallflower to confident, fun guy in no time at all.

Want to know how to do it yourself?

Read on!

 

Preparing mentally – Step 1

 

Too many people race in and try to lift weight that is too much for them, thinking that it will lead to faster gains. Wrong! This can tear muscles and leave you seriously injured and out of action for a while. Think before you start. You have to start at the bottom and you need to be mentally tough enough for the gym. It’s not easy seeing people lift more than you and you can become self conscious, down about it even, but remember: they started once where you are now and aren’t judging you. You’re all in it together!

You need to be prepared to devote time to bodybuilding, a lot of time. You need to be strong and say no to nights out, to certain kinds of food and even certain kinds of activity if you’re to succeed at bodybuilding.

Have you got what it takes?

I thought so!

 

Getting started – Step 2

 

So, you’re ready to start. Just get in the gym and get on with it, is it?

Wrong!

You need to make sure you’ve got the right equipment, that you’re warmed up and that you know how to use the gear.

Wear clothing that’s comfortable, not so tight it restricts movement or blood flow and not too loose that it falls off or becomes tangled in machines.

You should absolutely always warm up without fail. Light jogging and stretching is great for this. As long as all the muscles you will be working on are warm you should be fine.

And equipment-wise, any self respecting gym will have someone show you around and demonstrate how all apparatus is used safely before you’re let loose on any of it.

 

Don’t overtrain – Step 3

 

You want to see gains immediately, don’t you? You want to lose fat and you want to gain muscle and you want it to happen yesterday. But it takes time. Patience Is what you need, my friend. Overtraining is the enemy. It can serious hinder your progress and while the temptation is to lift more, do more reps, do more sets, you should stick to the plan. If you’re lucky you might have a personal trainer. If not you will have prepared a routine before you set foot in the gym. Stick to it.

 

Don’t forget leg day – Step 4

 

You know, it’s not all about the biceps and pecs. We’ve all seen that guy who has a torso like a WWE wrestler but has pipe cleaner legs. Don’t be him. Your body needs to rest after the intense lifting on your arm days. That’s why we have leg day in between these sessions. Sure, you’ll walk like your legs are jelly afterwards, but the result of huge calves and quads will be worth it. It’s not only men who find the opposite sex’s legs sexy. Muscular legs in shorts in the summer will turn more than a few heads – trust me.

 

Mix it up – Step 5

 

It’s important to follow your workout routine, building up as the weeks progress, but it doesn’t have to be monotonous. Train with a friend and spot each other or workout alone if you want to – some find this almost meditative. Bodybuilding can be done with nothing but the soundtrack of weights being lifted or you can create some awesome playlists to help you reach your goals.

 

Diet – Step 6

 

This is as important for bodybuilding as the actual lifting itself.

If you’re the kind of person who eats takeaways five nights a week then shame on you and it’s time to change. You will have to eat healthily. You will eat a lot of carbs. Sometimes you will feel like you’re eating too much. You will crave foods you can no longer have. You will spend a lot of time preparing meals.

This is all important stuff. You need commitment in the kitchen as well as in the gym. Years ago not as much was known about the science of sport and bodybuilding was no different. Now we know so much more and gains can be maximised with the right, stringent diet. Speak to a nutritionist and fellow gym-goers or find a diet online that suits your training needs.

Don’t forget supplements too – they’re like bodybuilders’ milkshakes!

 

Remember cardio – Step 7

 

It’s no good having the physique of Arnold Schwarzenegger if you get out of breath climbing a flight of stairs and let’s face it it’s not very sexy either! After every session of lifting do a little cardio. This can be on an exercise bike or treadmill. Slow it down towards the end and you’ve warmed down too.

Now you can hit the showers!

 

So there you have it, bro. That’s how you start bodybuilding. It’s a long, hard road, but it’s totally worth it. It’ll change your life. It’ll make you more confident and more attractive as well as improving your health and maybe even increasing your life expectancy.

Keep at it and you too will have a body like the Hipsbear!