A lot of folks who want to do something for their fitness are normally going the route that they sign up with a fitness centre. The usual routine will then be to visit the gym, say once or more times each week which supposedly gives those although well-meaning people some sort of feeling the they are actually doing something for their health and fitness.

The reality however cannot be further from the truth.

Personal TrainerMost of the time, people who attend a gym don’t have any type of former experience when it comes to exercise routines.

These people will in all likelihood end up randomly selecting some exercise equipment at the premises and then use them, most of the time in entirely wrong ways when it comes to their fitness goals.

In not too rare cases, people who are not accustomed to exercise equipment and how to properly use it may even damage their health.

That is why I am always saying that going to a gym alone by itself doesn’t really have any benefit whatsoever if you don’t know exactly what type of exercises to do and how to do them the right way. And most of the time, the only person who can advise you in this regard would be a qualified fitness trainer.

Unfortunately, with the current wave of low price bargain gyms in the UK, these qualified and helpful trainers are scarce. There are not many gyms left in the United Kingdom where you can get to help you would require, simply because a lot of fitness chains are saving money wherever they can to be competitive and our pricing. (In other words: you get what you pay for)

The best way to go about your fitness would be a few choose a good gym where you can get a hold of a personal trainer. Yes, such a personal trainer will cost you more than good gym membership alone, but this is definitely an investment that more than worthwhile if you ask me. With a personal trainer it will be easy to do exactly those types of exercise routines that will help you get to your fitness goal most effectively. He or she can advise you and help you at all times which is invaluable especially if you’re less experienced.

At personal trainer Hackney you can read all about how a personal trainer can be one of the best investments you can make for your health and fitness. Think about how such a little investment can greatly pay off when it comes to your health and fitness!

 

Sports venues such as clubs and stadiums are among those commercial properties that are at an increased risk for fires. This is especially true if the venue incorporates a commercial kitchen which is quite often the case.

In the same way as restaurants and hotels, those sports venues with commercial kitchens need special measures in place to quickly detect and fight a blaze.

Even more so as compared to residential structures, it is critical that a fire is being extinguished while keeping downtime for kitchen operations at a minimum. In addition to that, no toxic or otherwise harmful extinguishing agents can be used.

The Ansul kitchen fire suppression system is a fire suppression system that is proven to work reliably. It can quickly detect and fight a blaze caused by hot kitchen equipment such as grilles or broilers. It is also capable of cooling down cooking equipment to prevent re-flashing.

What makes the Ansul kitchen fire suppression system unique is the fact that its extinguishing agent is self-dissolving. This means that there is no more major cleanup required and downtime due to a blaze will be minimal. The agent used is also non-toxic which makes the system ideal for restaurants, hotels or clubs.

Fire safety for public locations should always be a top priority, this is why I recommend that you look into modern fire detection suppression systems. More information on fire hazard prevention can be found at http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/resources/health_and_safety/hazardsatoz/fire-safety-1.cfm

michael goveAccording to the U.K.’s Michael Gove, the University Technical Colleges program is a failure.

The former education secretary made the statement after the seventh UTC closed in Oldham were none of the attending students have gotten a grade C or better in their GCSE.

Previously, the UTC had been among Mr Gove’s priority policies. They had been launched seven years ago as part of the free school project in the United Kingdom

UTC had been intended as a way for students to combine academic studies with other classes such as science and engineering. These colleges are sponsored by local employers or universities which makes them free schools in the UK.

Yet, after spending of hundreds of millions of pounds in tax money on these colleges, it seemed that the policy has not worked according to Mr Gove as stated in The Times.

It quickly crystallised that OTC is became a harbour for underperforming students in strong contrast to they are initial purpose.

He was quoted as saying that “there comes a point when the evidence has accumulated and the verdict is clear and even the most optimistic of us has to acknowledge that Godot won’t arrive, the base metal won’t turn into gold and the emperor really is in the altogether.”

Likewise he mentioned what he deems a “lack of academic rigour” in these colleges , one of the reasons for their failure which other schools siphoning off under-performing students to UTCs to improve their own league table results.

The programme had always been criticised for it forcing students to specialise in certain fields to early. Mr Gove said that there is evidence that “the longer students follow a demanding academic curriculum the more highly they perform in every area and the more options they enjoy when it comes to work or study in the future.”

He’s blaming the poor performance of these technical colleges in UK on of middle-class politicians, stating that those “have long regarded technical education as something for other people’s children,” and have, according to him, “avoided researching the efficacy of such an education”.

Since the launch of the UTC project in the United Kingdom back in 2010, more than 40 tech colleges had been established with more than 7000 students. As of today, more than 20% of these schools had been closed again.

These news from the U.K.’s education sector are brought to you by Kingshottschool, one of the premier private schools in Hertfordshire. Private education in the United Kingdom can have many advantages over state schools.

ESPN announced that it is shutting down the Grantland website. We this move the network is ending the publication that has found a devoted following for its variety and longform writing.

In a public statement, ESPN said “After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact”.

The move separating the network from Grantland comes after an acrimonious suspension of Grantland’s founder Bill Simmons for his tirade against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Simmons is now working on new projects for HBO.

ESPN praised Simmons along with its numerous writers ‘n editors: ““Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.”

It is not that long ago that Bill Simmons accused ESPN as what he called as being “in the back” with the NFL, pointing out the 15.2 billion contract that the NFL has with ESPN to broadcast Monday Night Football. He moreover implied that the network tried to deliberately undermine the site, saying that they “weren’t trying to make us succeed”.

If you own a sports store (or any type of retail store matter), whether it’s an online store or a brick and mortar store, chances are you will know about the hassles that come with processing your invoices. From all the tasks in the office, the invoicing can often take up the most time.

What is the more puzzling is that the invoicing process hasn’t really seen any major improvements in the last decades, that is until the advent of what is called electronic invoicing.

e-invoicingIf you ask me, electronic invoicing may well be one of the greatest improvements in terms of various business tasks along with other things such as email or the shift from retail businesses to online.

The good thing about e-invoice is that it is rather easy to implement without the requirement for any major changes in your process. The main difference here is that you will send and receive your invoices over the Internet as opposed to postal mail.

In the same way as with email and fax, electronic invoicing can help save you considerable time. Depending on the size of the business, e-invoice may even save you do need for dedicated staff and in some cases the operation of a mail room.

Electronic invoicing only helps to process your invoices a lot faster, whether you are the sender or the recipient. If you have a high volume of invoices on a regular basis is can also help you significantly on mailing costs. In addition to the time and cost savings, the e-invoice also helps to minimize problems with lost mail that can happen once in awhile.

Today, you can find several electronic invoice service providers such as CloudTrade. Those companies serve as a middleman between you and your supplier. What you do is that you send your invoice to the provider. The electronic invoice service provider converts invoice for you and sends it to your recipient in digital format.

I can recommend that you look into electronic invoicing if not done so already. It may well help you to save considerable time and money in your business.

Tiger WoodsAccording to Tiger Woods, the venue for this month U.S. Open is “very challenging “. Woods inspected the venue after several officials from the USGA said that  Chambers Bay would require “extensive homework”.

He visited the site this Monday and Tuesday on his way to the Memorial tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In a public statement, Woods said: “When Mike (Davis) says something like that, you got to pay attention to it, because he’s an extremely bright man and we got out there and it was like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s so many different options here’. It’s very challenging in the sense that Mike has so many options that he can present us as challenges off the tees or into the greens. There are so many different numbers that you have to know off the tees and how that’s going to play.”

His comments can be an indication of what players have to expect at this year’s Open: USGA executive director Mike Davies said that those who will only get a couple of practice rounds will likely have no chance of winning.

stadium-seatingIf one is thinking about sports stadiums or whatever random sporting event, lavish luxury and comfort while attending those events is certainly not the first thing which comes to mind.

In fact, the majority of sports stadiums in the UK still has seating that is anything but comfortable.

If you’re fortunate enough to get a seat at all, that is…

Now, increasingly more organizers of major sporting events and owners of stadiums and sporting halls are looking into how they could spice up their interior and exterior seating.

The main reason for this is obviously to keep current visitor numbers high but also to attract new ones. Movie theatres and similar venues in the UK and the US are applying this strategy successfully for a while already.

It is obvious that more comfortable ergonomic stadium seating might motivate the one or the other spectator to come back more often, something which may not necessarily be the case when the visitor can hardly bear two hours sitting their bums on a chair that causes them a lot of pain.

Then again, exchanging and replacing an entire stadium’s seating for new, ergonomic seats and chairs is certainly not something every small town sports club can afford. Here it makes sense when the club owners calculate the expected returns versus the required investment.

If you are interested in a good ergonomic chair you can find more to read at Workers and Workstations.

drones at sports eventsUnauthorized drones seen at increasingly more major sporting events are now prompting  concerns amongst numerous safety experts.

As if the large crowds and tailgating parties in our stadiums are not enough we are now witnessing another danger in the form of rogue drones this can appear anywhere out of the blue.

The FAA is now investigating a number of incidents where drones equipped with cameras violated airspace restrictions in particular at major United States sporting events. The problem is in particular evident when there are NFL football games but drones are now also increasingly seen all across the UK and other European countries.

A campus police spokesman from the University of Wisconsin in Madison to the press: “those drones are an absolute safety concern. You never know what might be carried along with something like that”.

What do you think? Do you think that drones are a safety concern when you are visiting a ball game? Let us know!