NBA plays of the week

Plays of the Week 17/1/17

1) Russell “Brodie” Westbrook – Oklahoma City

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2) Russell “Brodie” Westbrook – Oklahoma City

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3) Russell “Brodie” Westbrook – Oklahoma City

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Five Football Funnys

17/01/17- Reactions to Pogba’s performance against Liverpool and new hashtag

Football fans on social media had plenty to say about Pogba’s new emoji, released in conjunction with Twitter over the weekend. Unfortunately the emoji’s release also coincided with his abject performance for his club Manchester United against rivals Liverpool. The Internet’s reaction was swift and merciless.

Here are our top 5 social media reactions to the news:

1) Does Pogba’s emoji need a creative edit after the Liverpool game?

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Pogba Apparently Paul Pogba is the first footballer to get his own emoji on Twitter?? I don’t think so, Wilshere has had one for ages!

2) Was Pogba really the first pro player to get his own emoji?

SoccerSatireday on Twitter

Pogba Apparently Paul Pogba is the first footballer to get his own emoji on Twitter?? I don’t think so, Wilshere has had one for ages!

3) Was Pogba dabbing when he conceded the penalty against Liverpool?

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4) Abgop Luap

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5) Amusing Typo ✅

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This netball player inspired us!

Every day at GO Mammoth, we speak to people who absolutely love netball, but haven’t played for ages. They’re worried about things like fitness, ability level and whether they’re too old to get back into it.

We had a conversation with one netball lover on our LiveChat tool, which goes to prove you should never let age stop you from having fun and getting back into the sport.

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Chatting with this lady reaffirmed our love for netball and just goes to show, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from giving something you like another go.

So did she this lady sign up to play? Well we’re still working away on trying to find a netball league that’s right for her. If you’re not playing netball but want to give the sport another go, we’d also love to help you find a league that’s right for you.

If you’re worried about your fitness or your ability level and want to play in a more casual environment, why not check out our new beginners leagues in London:


Our Beginner league will:

  • Introduce or re-introduce you to the rules of the game
  • Help you develop your netball skills
  • Improve your general fitness making you more match-ready 
  • Increase your tactical awareness
  • Develop awareness, positioning and co-operation within your team

What to expect each week:

  • You’ll spend 20 minutes learning various netball drills, improving your all-round ability in the sport
  • You’ll spend 20 minutes putting your newly learnt skills to the test in a casual, friendly match

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It definitely doesn’t feel as serious

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Forget the PE kit – you can wear jazzy leggings!

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Mixed netball at school wasn’t a thing – adult mixed netball is!

A first win of the season for the @AKQA Thunder mixed netball team!

There isn’t a PE teacher to have a go at you if you make a mistake

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You don’t have to play games on the weekend meaning more time for this…

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You can have a glass of wine with your team after a game…

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Yout don’t have to worry about being picked last as we put individual members in a team

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The 8 professional netball players you must follow on social media

Article by Netball Squad

Despite being the most popular female sport in the UK, netball doesn’t always get the TV coverage it deserves. Luckily you can get all your netball news and inspiration online via the social media accounts of the world’s best players. Here are 8 suggestions to get you started:

Tamsin Greenway

Tamsin Greenway is a recently retired England WA and Surrey Storm player/coach. She’s now become the director of new Superleague franchise Wasps, as well as being the go-to netball spokesperson for Sky Sports in the UK.

Follow her for: Weekly drills to try and news on this year’s Superleague.

#mondaychallenge time to get dizzy….????

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Sharni Layton

If Twitter is anything to go by, Sharni Layton is the Aussie netballer with the most fans in the UK – she’s known for her distinctive, passionate style of play. She and some other members of the Australian netball team have recently signed a deal with Samsung and are filming loads of genuinely inspirational videos.

Follow her for: Photoshoots with the Australian Diamonds and general ‘life of an international netball player’.

Repost @caitlinthwaites Pushing Thwaitey overboard!!! @aprilbrandley ? #Sunshine #LollyPops #DarlingHarbour

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Serena Guthrie

England netball star and ‘best WD in the world’, Serena Guthrie spent the last year playing for the Northern Mystics in Auckland. She has just signed for new Sydney franchise Giants along with England teammate Jo Harten.

Follow her for: Awesome diving photos and general holiday inspiration.

Maria Tutaia

New Zealand’s golden girl GA is sponsored by Adidas and has over 60k followers on Instagram. She’s a proper celeb in New Zealand and is blazing a trail for other netball players in terms of press coverage and sponsorship.

Follow her for: Power couple goals – Maria has just got engaged to Aussie rugby player fiancée Israel Folau.

My Fiancé ? AAARRRRRGGGHHH??

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Caitlin Bassett

Caitlin Bassett is an Aussie netball player and ‘best GS in the world’ (think Aiken would have something to say about that). She’s on the Samsung Role Models roster along with Sharni Layton – check out her vid here.

Follow her for: High quality photos from Samsung and pictures of her pets.

These girls/ladies/Diamonds… ? #Gear360 #lasttraining #sisters

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Romelda Aiken

Romelda Aiken is the star GS for Jamaica and Queensland Firebirds. She provides us with some of the best GIF content at Netball Squad because of her huge jumps and brilliant catches.

Follow her for: Instagram posts on ‘tall girl problems’ (Romelda stands at 1.96m).

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Helen Housby

Another of the England Netball team heading to Australia for the new season, Helen Housby is one of England’s rising stars. She’s signed to the New South Wales Swifts as part of the new-look Aussie netball league.

Follow her for: an insight into the life of a 21-year old heading down under for the first time.

The Colonel and his chickens ?? Epic weekend at @bournemouth7s with this lot??

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Kim Ravaillon

Move over Kayla Itsines, Aussie netball player Kim Ravaillon and teammate Gretel Tippett have their own fitness business. She’s also signed to Samsung’s Role Models initiative – watch her film here.

Follow her for: Netball fitness inspiration and wanderlust-inducing shots of the beach.

Pretending to laugh at her joke otherwise she hurts me ?@gtippett #beachdays #bestdays

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The 5 Most Complex Netball Rules Explained

Post by Netball Squad

When you first start playing netball the rules can seem really complicated. They’ll be second nature before long, but we’re giving you a head start by breaking down 5 of the most complicated netball rules to help you better understand and enjoy the sport.

Rule 1: Short pass

It’s always so frustrating to get called for a short pass. You basically have to have enough room to fit a defender between you and your teammate every time you pass the ball – I guess the logic is that otherwise you’d be able to just line up and hand the ball to each other down the court. Another thing to watch out for is catching the ball at the same time as one of your teammates – it can count as a pass.

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Look – two whole defenders can fit in the space between this pass!

How to avoid getting called: Make sure that you pass the ball with plenty of space between you and your teammate.

Rule 2: Delaying play

Ever wonder why everyone runs back to their centre pass positions after a goal has been scored? If you’re not back behind the line before the centre steps into the circle, you’re delaying play. The centre can’t wait for you either – if they don’t jog straight to the circle, they’ll get called for delaying play.

How to avoid getting called: Run straight back to your starting position as soon as a goal is scored.

Rule 3: Footwork

In school you learn that you can’t move with the ball, but that isn’t really the case. The rule actually is that you can’t put your landing foot back down. This means that you can do a kind of triple-jump move where you jump to catch the ball, then take two steps and pass on the run.

Check out this demo from England WD Serena Guthrie – totally within the rules:

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How to avoid getting called: Remember which one your landing foot is when you catch the ball (if you landed on both feet at the same time, you get to choose!).

Rule 4: Obstruction

There are lots of ways you can get called for obstruction, but the one that can be most confusing is the ‘natural body position’ rule. The aim is trying to stop you restricting someone else’s movement with your arms. In practice it means that when you’re marking close to your player your arms have to be close-ish to your sides.

How to avoid getting called: Focus on defending without lifting your arms up to the side.

Rule 5: Replayed ball

Everyone knows you can’t bounce the ball in netball like you do in basketball, but you might have seen people do something similar and wondered why the umpire didn’t pull them up. The general rule is that you can’t pick up the ball again after you’ve been in control of it – so if you tap it and then pick it back up that’s fine, but if you grab it with both hands, drop it and pick it back up then that’s replayed.

Thompson probably would have been allowed to pick this back up if she hadn’t gone offside.

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How to avoid getting called: If you drop the ball after properly catching it, leave it for a teammate to pick up.

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HIIT Workouts: 3 Common Mistakes That Prevent Results

Superior to many other exercise strategies, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has led to successful fat-burning  and improved fitness for tons of exercisers. It is far more efficient than many other programs and can require 10 minutes or less to be effective.

Unfortunately, not everyone has been successful using HIIT. Maybe you have been disappointed with your own results, or lack thereof?

Discouraging, right?

Don’t give up on HIIT just yet.

There are three likely reasons why HIIT is not meeting your expectations, and rest assured, there are several effortless adjustments you can make to get back on track.

First, let’s get an understanding of what HIIT is.

Understanding HIIT and Why It Can Be So Effective

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HIIT is an exercise strategy that utilizes alternating intervals of intense physical activity and rest.

Instead of moderate exercise being performed for a lengthy period of time, HIIT’s purpose is to provide an intense workout in a short time period. Providing briefer workouts, coupled with superior results, is why HIIT has seen widespread growth in recent years.

The intense exercise intervals and subsequent rest periods that make up a HIIT workout spike and drop your heart rate respectively. This pattern creates an inefficient use of energy in your muscles and cardiovascular system.

Inefficient? Is that a good thing?

Yes, in this case it’s the inefficiency that you want. Imagine you are trying to lose 10 pounds of unwanted fat. Jogging on a treadmill at a steady pace for a prolonged period of time will help you burn a few calories, but this steady-state exercise also allows your body to become very efficient. Your body gets comfortable jogging at the same pace and you therefore use less energy (i.e. calories) to perform this work. 

Note: HIIT or steady state cardio won’t do anything unless your diet is on track. You need to consume high quality gym meals and monitor your overall caloric intake.

In contrast, a HIIT workout, with it’s varying levels of intensity, prevents that “comfort level” from setting in. Your body is always adjusting, therefore energy usage (a.k.a. calorie-burning) remains high, and those 10 pounds will melt away much more quickly.

In fact, research has shown time and time again that HIIT is your answer if you hate running or cycling, but still want to drop a few pounds.

Not only is this true during the HIIT exercise, but also after you’ve finished working out. After an intense HIIT workout, your body greatly lacks oxygen. Some studies have shown that the body will continue to work at balancing this oxygen deficit for up to 40 hours post-workout. This is know as Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and it leads to a ton more calories being burned than you’d ever experience doing regular cardio.

Despite all the great reviews, some people who use HIIT still aren’t reaping the rewards. If you fall into this camp, below are three mistakes you may be committing during your HIIT workouts.

 

Mistake No. 1: Prolonged HIIT Workouts
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It is imperative that your HIIT workouts are short. The best HIIT routines should last 10-20 minutes. If you go beyond 20 minutes, it is impossible for your body to recover from the high-intensity nature of HIIT and you may be damaging your body instead of helping it.

The solution is to ensure your intense intervals are exactly that, intense. The Journal of Physiology has stated that ten 1-minute sprints are equivalent to moderately-paced cardio that lasts for several hours. This is just one simple HIIT protocol that demonstrates the effectiveness of keeping the timer on your workouts set short.

 

Mistake No. 2: Too Frequent HIIT Training

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After HIIT, your body is in dire need of rest and recovery time. The high-intensity level of HIIT workouts (think back to those ten 1-minute sprints) breaks down your muscles much more so than a traditional workout, and can cause inflammation around your muscles and in your joints.

This isn’t necessarily bad, but it can be if you keep pushing through HIIT workouts without proper recovery time build in between. Too much HIIT leads to increased cortisol release (which triggers fat storage!), and potential for injury.

Performing HIIT minimally is your best solution. For beginners, consider doing only one HIIT routine during the week. Eventually, after building your endurance, you can perform the recommend maximum of 2-3 HIIT exercises a week.

 

Mistake No. 3: Fake HIIT Intensity

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This principle is vital: You cannot be participating in HIIT, and will not experience its advantages, if you do not give the workout your full, 100% effort. Anything less is what I call “fake HIIT” exercise.

Think about everything we’ve discussed so far. The power of a HIIT workout is predicated on your commitment to give it your all for a very short period of time. Slacking off, even just a little, during the work intervals of a HIIT routine will leave you with just a short workout.

Back to our ten 1-minute sprints example: Jogging ten times for 1 minute each is NOT the same as sprinting for those intervals. It’s not even close.

Yet many people are accustomed to what a moderate-intensity workout feels like, so that’s what they bring into their HIIT workouts. Sorry, but this strategy will not work.

If an all-out effort seems too daunting, start with just 1 or 2 such intervals. Your body can push extremely hard for just a minute or two. Test it out and see how you feel. Then, add one more interval to your next HIIT workout. Then add another. Soon you’ll be able to complete 10-20 minutes at a very intense level.

 

Author Bio:

Dave Smith is a fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. He works with clients from around the world using the Total Coaching training platform, helping each client institute the right habits that will lead to meaningful results. You can catch Dave’s weekly Q&A fitness podcast or learn about all things health-related on his blog at makeyourbodywork.com.

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Passing & catching are two skills that every netball player should always practice and develop. Here are a series of netball passing and catching drills that will help develop your abilities in this area of the game.

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