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Ask anyone about their dream physique and you’ll probably hear a lot about abs. Whether that means losing a few pounds around their midsection or sculpting washboard abs––the core is a key concern for many people.
For those of you still stuck in a crunches conundrum, we rounded up five abdominal workout routines (see below) from fitness enthusiasts on Instagram. Each workout is uniquely tailored to blast your core and help you achieve that six-pack you’ve always wanted.
If the winter of COVID-19 throws a wrench in your ski or snowboard adventure plans, consider one of North American heli-skiing’s best-kept secrets, hiding in a range just off Interstate 80. The crown jewel of Nevada’s Great Basin, the Ruby Mountains cover roughly 1,000 square miles, with 10 peaks topping out above 11,000 feet. Joe Royer, a Snowbird ski patroller and San Francisco surfer,
began exploring these mountains in the early ’70s and established Ruby Mountains Helicopter Experience to share their rugged beauty.
For the last 44 years, Royer, his wife Francy, their son Mike, plus their guides and staff have known that “Nevada’s Yosemite” holds straight aces when it comes to backcountry skiing and riding. The terrain is varied and vast, offering 200,000 acres of world-class couloirs, wide-open bowls, steep chutes, and mellow glades. Making dry, light powder turns amongst ancient bristlecone pines is a specialty, as is the occasional first descent remaining to be claimed by guests of the remote range’s exclusive heli-ski operator.
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This article originally appeared on Surfer.com and was republished with permission.
It wasn’t that long ago that Ireland was barely a blip on the surf world’s radar. But as Irish surf culture steadily developed, clips of them riding bigger and burlier waves continued to surface.
In late October, a monster swell from Hurricane Epsilon slammed into Ireland’s Mullaghmore Head. Soon after, a viral clip of Conor Maguire riding a 60-foot monster wave dropped jaws around the globe.
Learn more about the surfers and culture in Ireland that paved the way to Maguire’s epic ride. This video comes from filmmaker Mikey Corker’s award-winning 2018 docu-series, Made In Ireland.
The most successful businesses are the ones that can effectively navigate unforeseen challenges. Nobody predicted a pandemic would cause a global economic shutdown in 2020, but every company has been forced to adapt. Some succeeded and others folded, but this year’s challenges have underscored the importance of building a talented team.
Of course, identifying talent is the tricky part.
The Talent War solves this critical problem. Topping Amazon best-selling charts in multiple categories, this highly-anticipated book makes a convincing argument that the business world needs to rethink how they recruit talent. More specifically, it provides a fascinating analysis of how the U.S. Special Operations Forces have developed the most successful recruitment strategy in the world.
Written by former U.S. Navy SEAL Mike Sarraille, along with co-authors George Randle and Josh Cotton, PhD, The Talent War lays out a comprehensive plan for companies to not only recruit the right people, but more importantly, adopt the mindset needed to survive in today’s hyper-competitive business world––the talent mindset.
The concept behind this idea is simple: hire for character, train for skill.
Drawing parallels from the battlefield to the business world, The Talent War makes clear that a company’s secret weapon is their people. Laying out an incriminating case against traditional hiring practices, the authors explain why industry experience is an overvalued metric and true talent is what really matters.
This concept is best summed up in the following excerpt from The Talent War:
The five Special Operation Forces (SOF) truths have led to a foundational talent mindset that drives the success of Special Operations. These truths directly translate to business truths:
- Human capital is your most critical resource, your only true competitive advantage in any industry.
- It’s not about a head count; it’s about talent.
- Hard skills can be taught and thus mass-produced, but talent cannot. Talent is innate and hard to create where it does not exist.
- Successful talent acquisition requires well-thought-out, forward-thinking planning. It takes time to develop a world-class talent pool.
- It’s a team effort. All supporting business functions, all departments, are crucial to your business’s success.
By adopting and living by these truths, you can begin to build the talent needed to achieve Special Operations levels of victory.
The Talent War expertly decodes the U.S. Special Operations Forces’ recruitment strategy and provides real-world hiring tips for managers and executives at all levels. This includes valuable lessons on how to assess, select, and develop talent––a process that starts with identifying the character attributes of talented people.
Hiring the right people is an incredibly important and difficult decision for a company––no matter the industry. And while old-school hiring techniques may still be prevalent, updating your hiring strategy could give your company the advantage it needs to succeed during these uncertain times.
The Talent War arms readers with the necessary tools and strategy needed to adopt the “talent mindset” and incorporate it into a business model––a must-read for anyone involved in business management.
This article originally appeared on Bikemag.com and was republished with permission.
In the early 90’s, Christian Bagg was at the top of his game. He was pushing the limits during the early days of both snowboarding and mountain biking. He was riding on the edge and searching for that next thrill––bigger, steeper, faster. But one day, Bagg crossed that line and broke his back during a snowboarding big air contest. The fall would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.
However, Christian Bagg was not about to surrender to his circumstances. As a mechanical designer, Bagg began working on prototypes for adaptive cross country skis and mountain bikes. The task was daunting but his motivation was summed up in a simple sentence: “If I don’t build it, no one else will.”
Bagg’s initial five attempts at building an adaptive mountain bike failed. But eventually, he hit the right combination.
“The Reach evolved from this thing with a cross-country sit-ski bolted to the front of it, to this super professional, electric motor, articulation, best bike part on the planet,” said Bagg. “We built a mountain bike.”
He certainly did. And this three-wheeled beast wasn’t built to simply cruise around on a dirt road––it was built to rip. In this video, Bagg shares the inspirational story of how he developed the Reach, what it felt like to ride again, and the reward of helping fellow paraplegics get back on the bike.
“I get to have these moments in nature that I had when I was a kid,” said Bagg. “It’s unbelievable.”
This year marks my 20th anniversary of moving to New York City, a temporary adventure turned into a more or less permanent perch, a writing career, a marriage, and a daughter. This month she turns seven, a second-grader in an unprecedented school year, the weird weeks zigzagging forward. I’ll always look back on that November night when she was born at the stroke of midnight, right on time for a new day and a new life. To toast parenthood and soothe my new-parent anxieties over changing diapers, I bought a case of one of my most favorite IPAs, Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA.
The beer was born in 1981, just a couple years after me, but Celebration is the rare American beer to stand the test of time and taste electrifyingly new whenever I open the year’s first bottle. I attribute it to annual anticipation and continued excellence.
Celebration is Sierra Nevada’s fall seasonal, running roughly from October through December. Gaze at the label, garlanded in fresh hops and a cozy cabin glowing in a snowy landscape, and your mental associations might run to winter, to big stouts, strong barley wines, or spiced Christmas ales, liquids to lessen the brain ache of family gatherings. (Remember those?) The IPA can serve that role reasonably well, especially at 6.8 percent ABV.
Celebration, though, salutes the hop harvest. The beer is made with the harvest season’s freshest hops, kiln-dried to preserve their fleeting aromas and scents. Here, Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops are tabbed for leading roles, layered across a reddish base that’s rich with caramel, but not too much. The sweetness here acts as support structure for hop expression, the taste experience like strolling through a strand of resinous pine trees while nibbling on grapefruit peel.
Celebration uses its rugged, earthy bitterness for balancing effect, an enduring example of the West Coast tradition. Those 65 IBUs might jar taste buds attuned to the profuse juice of hazy IPAs, but it’s 2020: We should all be acquainted with ever-present bitterness by now. Embrace it. This is the season of Celebration.
In February 2020, following one of the resort’s deepest snowfalls in its history, visitors to Vail waited for hours in a crowd that ballooned so big you would have thought the lift operators were handing out wads of hundreds and an affordable place to live. The internet deemed it “Lift Line Apocalypse” and, at the time, I felt sorry for all those skiers and snowboarders. Now, I realize they had never been so lucky.
To be clear, I hate lift lines. There are not many things in life I despise more than cow-eyed single-file standing, shuffling inches forward every five hours toward a chair, where I’ll get to sit and keep waiting. I’d rather take a Mike Tyson uppercut to my bathing-suit area than be stuck in traffic. Hell on earth, to me, is a festival ATM.
I’ve done my best to avoid lines. I moved from the crowds of Chicago to the peaceful Colorado mountain communities of Telluride and Carbondale. While ski towns often offer streets with more snow than people, skiing is a sport stuffed with lanes of humans. Lift lines, especially long ones, are the necessary evil all skiers/riders tolerate. But standing within arm’s length of anyone—let alone a crowd of strangers—amidst COVID-19 causes more anxiety than a middle school dance your parents are chaperoning. So how exactly are we going to ski during a pandemic?
At the end of August, Vail Resorts laid out a winter operating plan that includes a ticket reservation system, capacity restrictions at lodges, and socially distant chair-loading policies. This is all well and good, but what about everyone waiting at the base?
According to Vail-Beaver Creek spokesman John Plack, Vail Resorts will apply learnings from its summer operating procedures: larger maze construction at lift bases, physical distancing signage, and a zero-tolerance mask and distancing requirement. Plus, said ticket reservations will redefine what “crowded” means. Even with a powder-day forecast, Plack assures the resort can “maintain a level of visitation to our mountains that encourages the physical distancing we all need to stay safe.”
Needless to say, last February’s Vail-pocalypse isn’t likely to happen again this winter. But we also shouldn’t expect any kind of “normal” lift line experience, or “normal” ski experience for that matter. It’s all going to feel a little…off. We will ski, it will be different, and that different ski experience, like everything else during the pandemic, will surely make us grateful for things we previously thought we could live without.
Just like a chest-burning uphill on a mountain bike delivers a fun downhill and guilt-free donuts, lift lines gift the greatest feeling known to humanity: skiing. And even though I often moo aloud like a cow going to slaughter as I waddle forward, lift lines are the place where skiers and riders rejoice and laugh and hug and high-five in celebration. Even when you’ve just skied molar-cracking death ice, lift lines are the spot for “Wow, that was really terrible” giggling conversation.
I miss people and crowds so much that I’d happily stand in a line for a festival ATM inside a Porta-Potty. I miss the communal stoke of powder days. I miss hugs. I miss high-fives. I miss high-fives that miss and turn into hugs. I miss huge groups of skiers all smiling at the same thing, unafraid to be close to one another.
What the pandemic has best illustrated is that, as a skier, happiness isn’t simply first tracks in snow so deep you can’t breathe, or not having to wait to get scooped up by a chairlift. Happiness is community and shared joy. And in a post-COVID world (whenever the hell that will be) happiness is a lift line—even an apocalyptically long one.
This article was produced in partnership with Leatherman.
Sometimes adventures—and everyday life—follow Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will. But one mishap doesn’t have to derail your camping weekend or your commute. With a good multitool in your arsenal, you can handle quick repairs and hands-on tasks with ease (and without carrying an entire toolbox). For that, turn to Leatherman. Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1983, the company has manufactured durable, feature-packed multitools for decades.
Leatherman offers a wide range of tools, and with their 25-year limited warranty and rugged construction, they make excellent gifts for anyone on your list. To power through your holiday shopping, read on for the Leatherman multitools that make great picks for anglers, DIY fanatics, and more.
Best for Hikers
The FREE K2, part of Leatherman’s new FREE line, makes a great addition to any hiker’s pack. It’s lightweight and features eight useful tools, but the real standout is the heavy-duty 3.3-inch knife. It’ll make quick work of everything from cutting wood shavings for a campfire to divvying up a Clif bar. Better yet, like the rest of the FREE line, the K2 is made with all-new “magnetic architecture” technology, which makes each tool easy to open with one hand.
Best for DIY-ers
Another highlight in Leatherman’s FREE line, the FREE P4 offers a deep well of tools to help you tackle nearly any job around the house. It packs in pliers, wirecutters, serrated and smooth knives, an electrical crimper, scissors, and more all into one implement. Like the K2 above, it utilizes magnetic architecture for easy opening, and the internal locking system provides haptic feedback so you know when the tool you want is ready to use.
Best for Anglers
One thing that’s hard to get right in a multitool? Scissors. Fortunately, the Leatherman Micra is a winner in that department: Its spring-action scissors are a cinch to use (they open up like a pair of pliers would in other multitools) and they provide plenty of leverage thanks to their large handles. They’re great for snipping fishing lines, and the Micra’s small size makes it easy to throw in a tackle box or attach to a keychain.
Best for Backcountry Adventurers
The Signal is built for heading into the wild. With tools like a fire-starting ferro rod, hammer, saw, one-handed knife blade, and customizable bit driver, it’s an ideal companion for setting up camp, cutting up kindling, or keeping your gear in shape. It’s DLC-coated for excellent durability, and at just 7.5 ounces, it won’t weigh down your pack, either.
Best for First Responders
Leatherman designed the Raptor with input from special operations medics, EMTs, and firefighters to create the ultimate multitool for first responders. The folding stainless-steel shears are built for getting out of sticky situations, and it includes helpful tools like a strap cutter, ring cutter, and a carbide glass breaker—the kinds of things you hope you’ll never have to use, but you’ll be glad to have if you get into trouble.