Learn about the sport of Parkour with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.If there was only one way to describe parkour, it would be to call it a sport. Parkour involves the task of overcoming obstacles, both physical and mental. But not everybody is in agreement with what parkour is truly about. What we do know is that parkour originated in France where it is sometimes referred to as ´´l’art du déplacement” meaning ´´the art of displacement”. The basic principle of parkour is to use only the human body to move from point A to point B in the most efficient, direct and fluid way possible. A parkour practitioner is referred to as a ´´traceur” if they are male or a ´´traceuse” if they are female. All parkour practitioners use their bodies to move through various landscapes with the minimal amount of effort. They do this by running, jumping, rolling, climbing, vaulting, and using other movements to maintain momentum. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories; become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. iMinds is the knowledge solution for the information age cutting through the white noise to give you quick, accurate knowledge .. Perfect your dinner party conversation, impress your boss - an excellent way to discover topics of interest for the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luca James Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000039/bk_imnd_000039_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. This perfectly describes football. Many may not be a great fan of this game like other sports, but many had already considered football to be part of their lives. Teamwork, together with intelligence, are the two most important ingredients for a group to win in a football game. This is not just the secret to win a football game but also value that one can treasure in his life. That is why in some schools, physical education teaches sports like football to all their students. And for students who are die-hard football fans, there is a football superstar you will be truly captivated by his skills, and that is none other than Peyton Manning. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rick Vaught. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059614/bk_acx0_059614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pro basketball player Rasheed Wallace often exclaimed the pragmatic truth ´´Ball don´t lie!´´ during a game. It is a protest against a referee´s bad calls. But the slogan, which originated in pickup games, brings the reality of a racialized urban playground into mainstream American popular culture. In Ball Don´t Lie!, Yago Colás traces the various forms of power at work in the intersections between basketball and language from the game´s invention to the present day. He critiques existing popular myths concerning the history of basketball, contextualizes them, and presents an alternative history of the sport inspired by innovations. Colás emphasizes the creative prerogative of players and the ways in which their innovations shape - and are shaped by - broader cultural and social phenomena. Ball Don´t Lie! shows that basketball cannot be reduced to a single, fixed, or timeless essence but instead is a continually evolving exhibition of physical culture that flexibly adapts to and sparks changes in American society. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079455/bk_acx0_079455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With every touchdown, home run, and three-pointer, star athletes represent an American dream that only an elite group blessed with natural talent can achieve. However, Kimball concentrates on what happens once these modern warriors meet their untimely demise. As athletes die, legends rise in their place. The premature deaths of celebrated players not only capture and immortalize their physical superiority, but also jolt their fans with an unanticipated intensity. These athletes escape the inevitability of aging and decline of skill, with only the prime of their youth left to be remembered. But early mortality alone does not transform athletes into immortals. The living ultimately gain the power to construct the legacies of their fallen heroes. In Legends Never Die, Kimball explores the public myths and representations that surround a wide range of athletes, from Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio to Dale Earnhardt and Bonnie McCarroll. Kimball delves deeper than just the cultural significance of sports and its players; he examines how each athlete´s narrative is shaped by gender relations, religion, and politics in contemporary America. In looking at how Americans react to the tragic deaths of sports heroes, Kimball illuminates the important role sports play in US society and helps to explain why star athletes possess such cultural power. The book is published by Syracuse University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert J. Eckrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090273/bk_acx0_090273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Critically acclaimed In Search of Burningbush is a beautifully written true-life story of an unlikely friendship between two men with nothing in common except a consuming and abiding passion for the links. Michael, a successful young journalist, and Don, a middle-aged card dealer with brittle-bone disease, go to Scotland in search of the mystical course ´´Burningbush´´. As Don struggles with his physical challenges, Michael struggles to keep the game, and life, in perspective. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lloyd James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000051/bk_graw_000051_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you tired of striking out, getting weak hits or failing to make that crucial play on the field? Whether you want to (1) hit better, (2) play your position like a pro, or (3) master the game, this audiobook will get you there. Do your teammates grumble when it´s your turn at bat? Discover the three things you can do to shore up your weak areas, boost your strengths, and equip yourself to play at your very best each and every time you take the field. From physical exercises designed to strengthen your arms and body to mental tips that will keep your mind in the game, the proven strategies in this audiobook will help you improve your overall playing ability! Use the same techniques that the pros use to improve your swing. Boost your batting average by improving each of the four stages of your swing. By adopting the specific tactics in this audiobook you can revolutionize your at-bats and start driving in runs and getting on base with much more frequency. Increase your enjoyment of the game. Baseball is so much more enjoyable when you know exactly what to do in key areas of the game. Discover all the specific tactics that you can use for your position on the field, so that you can react instantly when the time arises. Recapture the fun and excitement of baseball while having more fun and playing better than you ever thought possible. Approach the diamond with confidence and enjoy the sounds of the cheering crowd. Get in the zone and start crushing it at the plate and on the field: buy it now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joshua Mackey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038952/bk_acx0_038952_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most of us never truly get the chance to feel free in our environments, we never get to experience the amazing skill and abilities that our bodies inherently have. We don´t often push our own limits. Free running changes all of this. Parkour is an art of movement that has its roots in France. It is a practice that demands a high level of discipline. Free running does not view objects in the urban environment as buildings, sidewalks, and railings; it views these objects as opportunities. In training in free running, one is able to increase their physical abilities dramatically, from flexibility to strength to agility. Free running is the ultimate exercise. And the best part is that doing it is incredibly fun. Noted free runner Zach Rucker guides you through the amazing world of free running, teaching you how to train to be a free runner as well as running through the basic moves and a few of the more advanced moves. Learning about the benefits of free running has never been easier! 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. David Harris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/029032/bk_acx0_029032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Humans evolved over the millennia to become one of the most exceptional distance-running species on Earth. So why are injuries so common? Are our shoes to blame, or is it a question of running form, training, or poor diet? In this groundbreaking book, Peter Larson and Bill Katovsky explore the reasons why runners experience injuries and offer potential solutions to the current epidemic of running-related injuries. Their findings, gleaned from research studies and conversations with leading footwear scientists, biomechanical experts, coaches, podiatrists, physical therapists, and competitive runners, are informative and enlightening. Topics include: How modern runners differ from their ancestors Why repetitive stress causes most injuries, and how runners can safely reduce their occurrence The pros and cons of barefoot running Why it’s time to move beyond the pronation-control paradigm with running shoes How certain running-form flaws might increase injury risk How footwear has evolved over the past 10,000 years The recreational runner Why running shoes are not inherently evil Tread Lightly is a highly listenable, multifaceted investigation of running - past and present, with a hopeful look to the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009023/bk_adbl_009023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 2006, Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail solo round the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Her story is an adventure in the true sense of the word. It is about physical hardship in terrible conditions, overcoming solitude, sleep deprivation, the worry of crucial equipment failing, 34 days of gales, 12 metre waves, cyclones and a lightning strike. It is also about a woman who stepped outside her safe zone, gave up a good job and financial security, all because she wanted to sail. She dared to dream, and her courage resulted in a place in the history books alongside a handful of men. More people have walked on the moon than have successfully completed a westabout circumnavigation, and in this inspirational book Dee shares the story of her journey from beginner to record breaker. ´´I feel I have been preparing for this my whole life. This is my dream. To be the first woman to sail the globe single-handed, westabout. It´s twice as long and twice as hard. We can do more than we think we can. We just have to dare to dream.´´ (Dee Caffari) ´´Dee has inspired the imagination of a worldwide audience. She has joined only four men who have achieved this feat. Other women may follow, but she will always remain the first.´´ (Sir Chay Blyth) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Gray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009463/bk_adbl_009463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Warming up is extremely important for athletes in all stages of life, and yet it is often the most neglected portion of a work out, simply because it can often become repetitive and boring. This book aims to put the fun back into warm ups by getting athletes moving in new and unexpected ways. It is written for anyone who coaches athletes in a group setting: physical educators, team sports coaches, camp counselors, CrossFit gym owners, personal trainers, scout leaders, and more. The activities described here are appropriate for young and old, for experienced athletes and newbies, for small groups and large ones. Don´t underestimate how fun simple playground games and competitions can be for adults as well as children! They can also be used as cool down activities or as ice breakers for large groups. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Diane Lehman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/030100/bk_acx0_030100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.