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Unstrapped, I lifted the 20-kg plates again, under my own steam. I felt a harder 'pull' returning -- it's not that I can't lift the plates without the Model Y, it's simply easier with it.

While most of us can handle lifting and moving a 10kg-weight plate or two, loaders during competitions like this will have to deal with bigger weight plates and shift more than 100 of them over the span of a competition. The reduction in muscle fatigue is apparently one of several benefits, according to Panasonic. The suits improve safety, helping spotters catch loose weights or when an athlete loses control of the barbell. With less stress on the loader's back, it speeds up the entire process, as they calibrate the weight on the bar for each athlete.

This was the first appearance of Model Y assistance at a powerlifting competition outside of Japan, but Panasonic's latest exosuit has performed the same duties at several meets in its home country. According to Takashi Tsurumaru, who works in the Business Development division of ATOUN (partially owned by Panasonic, which established the spin-off company), there have been no major changes to the suit between these competitions.

The Model Y does, however, come from a long line of power assist suits. Compared to the now-discontinued Model A, the Y is lighter and more streamlined. It weighs roughly 50 percent less, while it can work for twice as long between charges. The design is also far more streamlined. That said, in over 15 years of development, the models have got more expensive -- and bigger.

But at approximately 4.5kg, the Model Y is the lightest power suit in its class. It also has IP55 rating and can be worn outdoors and in rainy weather.

Those specs are further proof that the Model Y isn't built expressly for weightlifting competitions. In the run-up to this next year's Olympics, Japanese companies like Panasonic will be teasing the sheer breadth of technology it would showcase at the Games. The ATOUN Model Y was part of that, strapped on to assistants in airports so they could effortlessly unload suitcases. The company envisions the suits helping human labor in construction, farming and logistics -- anywhere repetitive physical tasks are commonplace.

This might be the buttoned-up reality of suits for now, but the company has several prototypes that seem far more sci-fi. Its NIO project is a heavy-lifting exosuit that would look perfect on Ripley, while the NININ 'Intelligent Assist Chair', apparently aimed at office work, looks like the perfect work furniture for an evil genius.

Tsurumaru notes that nursing home staff could use power assist suits to lift or turn older patients. The ATOUN team is also looking into "walking assistance models" and locations where these exosuits could work. Companies in Asia are very much interested -- Panasonic says ATOUN has sold hundreds of power suits already.

Its appearances in Tokyo, whether on the Paralympic stage or merely at the airport, would have helped ATOUN garner international attention, but the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics have put a pin in those plans for now. Panasonic reiterated to Engadget that it was "committed to supporting the Olympics next year."

Perhaps by 2021, ATOUN will have a new model to showcase to visitors.

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Mar 26th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

Assuming Gulfstream Park can go on with its Saturday card, the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby is another excellent edition of this race on the extended 2020 Kentucky Derby trail.

Tiz the Law, the 3-year-old division leader, will attempt to keep his momentum going after capturing the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) last month. He lost training time after that, however, and now faces the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) winner Ete Indien again. Independence Hall and Gouverneur Morris are also prominent in this 1 1/8-mile feature.

The Florida Derby is carded as Race 14 with a post time of 6:36 p.m. ET.

1. As Seen On Tv, 12-1 (Lookin at Lucky Kelly Breen/Paco Lopez 5: 2-2-1): After a close battle to lose by a head in the local Mucho Macho Man Stakes, he was an interesting horse on the trail with some upside. This colt is bred top and bottom to route and figured to move forward, but he disappointed with a flat third-place finish as the 2-1 second choice in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), 8 lengths behind Ete Indien. The rail post will help him save ground in this spot and he could use that to his advantage for a piece of the pie again. But in terms of the top slot, the right horse is elsewhere. Use underneath.

2. Shivaree, 30-1 (Awesome Of Course Ralph Nicks/Emisael Jaramillo 9: 3-2-1): His two-turn route attempt last September is not too inspiring, as he finished a finished a distant fifth by 12 lengths to Chance It in the Florida Sire In Reality Stakes. Also notice that his half-brother is Garter and Tie, who ran a dismal 10th in this race last year and went back to sprint distances afterwards. Expect similar for Shivaree. Toss.

3. Disc Jockey, 20-1 (Bodemeister Saffie Joseph Jr./Tyler Gaffalione 3: 2-1-0): Given his most recent effort is a runner-up finish in a local starter stakes, it is hard to imagine him hitting the top half of this field. If he manages to win or break into the trifecta, it will defy all handicapping logic. Toss.

4. Soros, 30-1 (Commissioner Gustavo Delgado/Edgar Prado 2: 1-1-0): Given he lost to the slow Fort McHenry at Gulfstream Park West last November, he would also defy logic by winning this race. To Soros credit, he did go on to win the Smooth Air Stakes locally later in the month. But he defeated a weak field. He would need to move 20 lengths or more off the layoff to compete in this spot. Toss.

5. Gouverneur Morris, 8-1 (Constitution Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez 3: 2-1-0): This Pletcher-trained runner garnered buzz before his debut at Saratoga last September. Subsequently, the public let him go at less than even money, and he responded with a nine-length win on slop. In his second start, he was second but well beaten by Maxfield in the Breeders Futurity (G1). To Gouverneur Morris credit, some handicappers regard Maxfield as a possible super horse. Perhaps this one only needed more seasoning. After a break, Gouverneur Morris returned in an optional claimer at Tampa Bay Downs last month and beat a loose-on-the-lead Untitled by 1 lengths. It is concerning that Letmeno and Sounion only finished five lengths behind them, though, as neither of those horses are especially fast. Gouverneur Morris TimeformUS Speed Figures are nothing eye-opening either with a 111, 101 and 96 in his three starts. Regardless, trifecta and superfecta tickets must include him. Use underneath.

6. Ajaaweed, 20-1 (Curlin Kiaran McLaughlin/Luis Saez 5: 1-1-1): Despite a perfect pace setup in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3), this closer didnt threaten, crosseing the wire 13 lengths behind Sole Volante. The concerning part is that Sole Volante is a closer who took advantage, yet Ajaaweed never got in the right zip code. A quality horse would at least make a dent with a pace setup, no matter if the distance is slightly less than ideal. He does get the extra ground now, and if the pace is hot, he might clunk his way on the board. Use underneath.

7. Tiz the Law, 6/5 (Constitution Barclay Tagg/Manuel Franco 4: 3-0-1): After winning the Champagne Stakes (G1) in only his second start, Tiz the Law disappointed backers with a third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2). In that race, he did not appreciate the pocket position and was discouraged in the stretch when an opening came up. But in his return start in the Holy Bull, Franco gave an interesting ride by taking up along the back stretch in order to tip Tiz the Law into the clear. The tactics helped, and he fired by challenging Ete Indien on the far turn and proving the better horse. He could fire again, but note the gap his work tab between Feb. 10 and March 2 due to a foot bruise. In addition, he also tries nine furlongs for the first time, and bettors are often advised to play against a heavy favorite trying something new. Win contender.

8. My First Grammy, 50-1 (Curlin Amador Sanchez/Hector Isaac Berrios 3: 0-1-1): After losing by 6 lengths earlier this month in a local one-mile race, it is difficult to endorse this maiden. His presence is only notable because he brings speed to the table, which means he could end up being a nuisance to Ete Indien. By the far turn, though, expect him to fold under the weight of more talented horses. Toss.

9. Independence Hall, 9/2 (Constitution Michael Trombetta/Joel Rosario 4: 3-1-0): Detractors argue he is distance-limited because he finished second in the Sam F. Davis after Sole Volante mowed him down. But if every speed horse who ran second in a route was a sprinter or miler, then how many routers are left? Independence Hall actually ran well in his defeat. The son of Constitution chased a speed duel by Premier Star and Chapalu and continued on to fight in the stretch while those two horses folded badly. Notice that Independence Hall had 12 lengths on the fourth-place horse after a half mile in 46.52 and 11 lengths on Ajaaweed at the finish line. Independence Hall ran hard at almost every point in the race. Also note that Sole Volante returned to close for a strong second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) after getting caught behind a slow half mile in 48.16. With his odds likely sticking around 9/2 because of Tiz the Law and Ete Indien, he offers value as well. Its possible Independence Hall isnt the best horse going up against Tiz the Law, but hes the right one to bet. The pick.

10. Candy Tycoon, 20-1 (Twirling Candy Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano 6: 1-2-2): As with his stablemate Gouverneur Morris, this Pletcher trainee had hype at Saratoga last summer before his debut. Unfortunately, he burned money with a third-place finish and continued to do so until breaking his maiden locally on Jan. 25. He then moved forward with a runner-up finish to Ete Indien in the Fountain of Youth. Even though he lost by 8 lengths, roughly the same margin as As Seen On Tv, Candy Tycoon gets more credit having just made a jump to stakes company. As the months progress, he could still develop into a formidable 3-year-old. For now, he is limited to the bottom slots in a difficult spot. Use underneath.

11. Sassy But Smart, 50-1 (Overdriven Kendall Condie/Joe Bravo 4: 1-1-1): This one did finish fourth by 1 lengths in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) on turf. The winner Vitalogy previously finished second in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland last fall. Sassy But Smart also broke his maiden on turf. Can he transfer that form to dirt? His only try is a fourth-place finish in a maiden sprint in January. This post will hurt as well, as only talented horses win from the outside in two-turn Gulfstream routes. Toss.

12. Ete Indien, 4-1 (Summer Front Patrick Biancone/Florent Geroux 5: 3-1-0): No one can deny this colt is a talented pacesetter. In the Holy Bull, he finished a strong second after taking some mild pressure from Relentless Dancer early. Despite eventually losing by three lengths to Tiz the Law, he managed to separate himself by 11 lengths from the third-place Toledo. Spaced-out margins are always a great sign in dirt racing. Ete Indien also backed up the effort with an 8 -length win in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) against mild competition. But if Tiz the Law passed him with no problem in the Holy Bull, why not choose him again? Of course, the value is low on Tiz the Law, and this one is working exceptionally well. But the longer nine-furlong distance is a question mark, especially since he looked tired toward the end of the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth. As a last strike, he draws a bad post position too, although he proved in the Fountain of Youth that he owns the speed to clear the field. Even though his morning line odds say 4-1, that is not realistic. Expect 2-1 or 5/2, and if that is right, the value is questionable. Win contender.

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13. Rogue Element (Honor Code Dale Romans/Miguel Vasquez 3: 0-1-0): If this maiden draws in and wins from Post 12, it will be one of the biggest upsets in Florida Derby history. He is better off trying to break his maiden. Perhaps the connections think the track might close soon and want to take shot. Toss.

Conclusion: Odds and value aside, Tiz the Law looks best on paper. He owns the right running style and drew a post position that will allow him to run in the clear. The only knock on him is whether he can fire his best having lost some training time.

Ete Indien is training superbly and owns plenty of speed, which he used to finish second to Tiz the Law in the Holy Bull and win the Fountain of Youth. Can, however, Ete Indien handle nine furlongs?

Independence Hall brings stamina questions as well after finishing second in the Sam F. Davis. But he gets a pass for the fast pace and will likely go off as third choice. He can win this race and offers better value than the two names above.

As long as Independence Hall is third choice or higher, he is the pick.

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Mar 26th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

We test around 100 pushchairs, strollers and double buggies every year, so we can tell you the ones that will last and those that have potential safety risks or hazards.

Our testing gives you vital information you wont get elsewhere, especially when it comes to safety and durability.

In the past six months weve tested 42 pushchairs and found a total of 11 Dont Buys and seven Best Buys.

Read on to find out about some of the concerning issues weve found in our rigorous tests.

Our durability tests are largely the same as the tests that manufacturers are required to comply with according to the latest British pushchair safety standard BS EN 1888:2019.

This includes an irregular-surface test, where we wheel each pushchair over 200km of bumpy treadmill, loaded with the weight of a baby in the seat and the maximum allowed weight in the shopping basket.

The distance is roughly the equivalent to travelling from London to Birmingham and it indicates whether a pushchair will last, or if there are any weaknesses in the chassis or the connection points that we need to know about.

Six pushchairs broke during this test in the past six months, including one 250 pram that collapsed due to the snapping of the rivets connecting the shopping basket to the frame.

All were unusable following the tests, and in two cases this was because the x-frame support structure cracked or sheared off.

The handlebar of your pushchair needs to stand up to years of use, going up and down kerbs, being pushed over rough ground and manoeuvring around obstacles.

With each pushchair we test, we check the integrity of the handlebar in an identical way to the British safety standard.

We do this by using special equipment to test the strength of the handlebar by repeatedly pushing it up and down 10,000 times, replicating several years of use.

Five pushchairs failed this test over the past five months, including a premium stroller costing more than 400.

Our tests prove that price isnt necessarily an indicator of safety and durability, which is why its essential to check our pushchair reviews.

For example, while recently testing the handlebar of a 900 double buggy, one nut loosened and fell from the corresponding bolt, causing the handle to become loose on one side meaning it was no longer practical to use with two children in the seats.

No one wants to use a pushchair with a wobbly handlebar, or worse, one that breaks while youre using it with your children, potentially putting them at risk of injury.

The harness is essential to keep your child safely in the pushchair seat, especially if you accidentally hit a pothole or jolt the pushchair going over rough ground.

Our tests apply pressure to the harness buckle to see whether the harness is resilient enough stop your child from flying out of the pushchair head first.

Three pushchairs failed this test over the past six months, including one stroller which had stitching come loose on the harness that secures the crotch strap to the seat.

But the damage was hidden from view by the seat cushion, which means it could come loose without a parent noticing. And if it comes away altogether theres a risk that a child could potentially slip under the waist bar and get stuck around the neck.

When testing the strength of the harness of another pushchair, one side of the buckle broke and could no longer function, which could be a safety risk if a parent then chose to not use the harness and their child fell out of the pushchair.

Our pushchair experts search for any entrapment risks, where you or your little one could trap fingers, hands, arms and legs.

In our tests the most common hazard from moving parts is closing the hood.

The risk is usually either on the inside of the hood, where your little one could put their fingers, or on the outside of the hood, where your hands and fingers could be pinched.

Back in January we tested a double pushchair and found a risk of finger entrapment with both of the hoods. They close and leave a gap thats less than 12mm, which can be painful if your fingers get caught.

Our safety tests also include seeking out any potential choking hazards, for instance if any foam can be detached from the bumper bar by a child chomping on it.

A travel system pushchair thats received multiple awards from other reviews sites recently failed this test.

We also found another pushchair that had a small sticker, which could be peeled off the care label on the seat liner by a curious toddler and swallowed.

Our tests show that swivelling wheels can in some cases touch, or even overlap, which could mean that your pushchair suddenly stops when going downhill.

This could be dangerous because you could go crash into top of the pushchair or lose control of it.

Its a fairly common issue and weve seen two pushchairs fail this test over the past six months.

Weve also seen ineffective brakes, where pushchairs slide down eight-degree slopes.

Typically this happens when the pushchair is facing down the slope and the seat is parent facing and reclined.

Three pushchairs weve tested over the last six months have had this issue, and in each case we advise caution when pushing these particular buggies down an incline.

Find out more about how you can keep your baby safe in our pushchair safety tips and discover the Best Buys that sailed through our tough tests.

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Mar 26th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

You dont need fancy equipment to stay in shape while youre stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, you dont really need anything at all to enjoy a killer workout routine. Body weight exercises like pushups, air squats, calf raises and lunges are free to do any time.

But if you want to take your workout game up a notch, you can easily build a home gym for less than $200, provided you skip the expensive weights and focus on building dynamic strength.

Even in normal times, the benefits of working out at home are numerous. Theres no commute time to the gym, no hidden fees, no television mindlessly blasting some talk show you have no interest in watching.

Plus, once you assemble the pieces of your home gym, its completely portable. Here are a few things to get you started with links to workouts.

The basics

Workout/yoga mat ($17): Any flat, non-slip surface will do, but a mat offers a convenient place to stretch and lay out. Make sure to keep it clean.

Yoga strap ($8): Even if your idea of yoga is a down dog and a few deep breaths, yoga straps are useful for various stretching methods including active isolated stretching.

Jump rope ($12): Cardio and balance? Sold.

Notebook ($2): Tracking your workouts provides motivation and helps build progression. So what if you can only do a couple of pushups today? In a couple of weeks, youll be doing power sets.

Resistance bands

Thera bands ($13): The backbone of home workouts. They come in various colors representing different strengths ranging from yellow (easiest) up to black (hardest.) I primarily use them for ankle exercises, but they can also be used for upper body work.

Fit Simply bands ($17): Unlike thera bands that are loose and untied, these little circular gems are perfect for working the lower body. Every runner should have them.

Corded bands ($20-40): Ideal for curls, they can also wrap around a bench for blasting the pecs and shoulders. (In a pinch, an ottoman or a sturdy table can be converted into a makeshift workout bench.)

A word of caution: Resistance bands are super light, but dont be fooled. Its just as easy to strain muscles using them as it is with heavy weights. Go easy at first and build your strength slowly with good form.

Upper body

Pushup handles ($12): I picked these up after straining my shoulder. Seems Id been doing pushups with less than ideal form for years. As an added bonus, the handles take pressure off the wrists.

Grip strength ($10): Perfect for strengthening wrists and forearms. Ive taken a couple of nasty falls during training runs and was sure I had fractured my wrists. So was my doctor. Miraculously, the bones stayed intact thanks to using these for prehab work.

Core

Swiss Ball ($15): When you get bored doing crunches and planks, a Swiss ball provides numerous opportunities for variations. As an added bonus, you can also get a serious leg and back workout.

Foam rolling and myofascial release

Foam roller ($15): High-end foam rollers can run over $100, but honestly, whats the point? Foam rolling is a great way to release tension and unlock knots in your muscles. An even cheaper option is to use a piece of PVC pipe. Just make sure youre using good form.

Lacrosse ball (three-pack for $10): The foam roller cant get everything. Lacrosse balls are hard and smooth, perfect for working out knots in calves and releasing foot tension. A staple of pro sports locker rooms everywhere.

Foot massage ball ($6): For even deeper work, this small dimpled ball will help keep plantar fascia at bay. Every runner gets plantar at some point. Its especially prone to flare up when you start logging more miles, or if youre just starting to run after an absence. A golf ball will also do just fine.

The Stick ($30): You can hit every major muscle group with the options listed above. This is the upgrade to get really deep into those hard to reach places like upper quads.

The secret weapon

Wobble board ($20): Behold the perfect tool for turning wobbly calves and glass ankles into instruments of steel. If youre going to spend any time on trails, the wobble board is essential.

Powerlifting upgrades (if you have a little more to spend)

Stackable weights ($150 and up): When space is at a premium, theres no need to fill out a weight rack. Stackable weights use a pin system that packs a big lift in a tiny space. You can often find expensive gym equipment used online for a discount, although now might not be the best time to take somebodys hand-me-downs.

Kettlebells ($20, each): You really dont want to drop one of these on your floor, especially if theyre cast iron. You can get a monster workout in a short amount of time with kettlebells. Provided, again, that you use good form.

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Mar 25th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

If you were to define the TV chefs in one word Jamie: pukka; Gordon: angry; Delia: mumsy; Hugh: posh; Nigella: saucy; Heston: bonkers; Floyd: pickled you would define the Hairy Bikers as jolly. Their concept is simple. They are hairy (Si King, 53, sports the bushier face-fuzz; Dave Myers, 62, is more coiffured). They ride big, angry motorcycles. They are northern (King is from County Durham, Myers from Cumbria). They are lovable in a larky, Ant & Dec way, and not frightening in an about-to-get-kneecapped-with-a-pool-cue-for-asking-to-use-the-toilets-in-a-strictly-bikers-only-pub, Sons of Anarchy way. And they like their grub. Boy, do they like their grub. Best served by the trough-full and as physically close to a park as possible.

The HBs first appeared on our screens in 2004 in The Hairy Bikers Cookbook, where Si and Dave two-wheeled around the world, only stopping to stuff their faces with whatever the local cuisine had to offer. Nothing was off-menu, from crocodile satay in Namibia to goat penis in Vietnam (yum). The boys lapped it up. If theyd run it over, theyd probably have had it for lunch in a baguette. The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain saw them scoff their way from Lands End to John O Groats, pitting their culinary skills against local chefs, and rustling up Lincolnshire plum breads, Norfolk dumplings and Welsh black beef wellingtons. In Best of British, the duo crammed their cakeholes with the history behind traditional British cuisine, from steak and kidney puddings to faggots and spotted dick. In Mums Know Best, they ding-dong! gatecrashed families trying to eat their tea to half-inch mothers top-secret recipes for paella, pavlova and mulligatawny soup.

Their recipes such as Shropshire Fidget and Sultans Delight may have sounded more like definitions from Roger Mellies Profanisaurus than food. On a difficulty rating of Ainsley to Heston, the Bikers happily sit around the Tim Lovejoy mark, ie about the level of your mate whos much better at cooking than you. Then, in August 2012, all hell broke loose. After one too many mud pies in Mississippi Adventure they returned in Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight. Laudably, King n Myers shifted 2st each in three months. But, more boringly, they decided wang on about it. So it was out with the motorbikes and in with the pedal cycles and new entries to the Hairybiketionary like (gasp) HEALTHY sweet and sour chicken, (yikes) LOW FAT beef and potato pie and (gulp) SKINNY lemon cupcakes. Alas, the jolly TV chefs just werent as jolly any more.

Half travelogue, half cookery programme, the shows appeal had always been in watching Myers work his fingers through a bowl of 94% fat suet and King getting bits of battenberg stuck in his beard. The lads have kept the weight off through Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure, Mediterranean Adventure and Route 66, but watching them politely turn down that third chocolate brownie isnt the same. If music be the food of love, play on, wrote Shakespeare. What Shakespeare doesnt mention is that dieting can turn you into an eternal bore.

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Mar 24th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

This was the season Neuqua Valley senior thrower Matt Appel had been building toward.

After placing third in discus and fourth in shot put at last year's Class 3A state track and field meet in Charleston, Appel had his sites set higher.

"I was thinking this was my year to, hopefully, be double state champ," he said Monday.

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemics has changed the landscape. The closing of all schools meant the postponement of interscholastic competition. For now.

Like so many athletes involved in spring sports or offseason training, Appel -- committed to Yale since November -- is doing his best to stay in shape while keeping fingers crossed he gets the chance to pursue his goal.

"I'm just trying to stay positive and keep on going as if a state championship is still going to happen, which I really hope it does," Appel said. "I'm really happy that the IHSA hasn't canceled anything prematurely."

Neuqua Valley throws coach David Ricca set up a Google classroom for his athletes. It included a link to a body-weight workout the throwers could do at home in place of their usual weightlifting routines. The workout includes exercises like push ups, body-weight squats, squat jumps, lunges, lunge switches, step-ups with knee drive, planks and pullups, among others.

"Pretty much anything you can think of," Appel said. "Some of the muscles in that workout get hit a little bit harder than the ones that we do in the weight room. I've actually felt a little sore in places. As long as I'm pushing myself, I feel like I'm getting a good workout no matter what. I feel pretty good."

Batavia brothers Quinn and Trey Urwiler are both committed to college football programs. Quinn, a senior football and baseball player committed to play linebacker at North Dakota, is scheduled to leave for training camp on July 6. Trey, a junior wide receiver, recently committed to Northern Illinois.

Quinn said he is borderline obsessed with maintaining his fitness level. "If something doesn't seem right, I always have to fix it," he said. "My cousins are freakish with working out, too. It runs in the family."

In fact, their father, Gary Urwiler, is a CrossFit coach in addition to being the Executive Director of Mooseheart Child City & School.

Gary said he has been doing his CrossFit workouts on the driveway of his home. Meanwhile, his sons are doing lots of push ups, sit ups and running. Quinn is also trying to stay in baseball shape in case someone says play ball.

"Right now we're just going outside and throwing and finding a spot where you could possibly get some hitting in," he said. "We play catch but someone always ends up throwing it over someone's head. Then it's like, 'No, you go get it.' "

Social distancing keeps players from working out in groups. Palatine baseball coach Paul Belo said the unique circumstance gives athletes "an opportunity to grow within their own household."

Belo should know. His son, Bryan, is the returning shortstop at Jacobs, which reached the Elite Eight of the Phil Lawler Classic last summer. He said his son is doing his best to stay fit.

"He's down in the basement trying to make the best of what he has," Paul Belo said. "We do have a medicine ball and a physio ball down there, a Dyna Disc and bands and cords, so he does the best with what he's got. He continues to move his body with front squats, back squats, anything he can do with body weight or maximum resistance."

As for batters looking to stay sharp, the veteran coach offers some advice: "Sometimes it's a matter of getting in your garage and doing it like we used to in the old days. Get your tee out, hang a carpet from the rafters and hit into it. (Bryan) is not beyond doing that since all the facilities are shut down."

The weight room at St. Edward High School in Elgin closed along with the school on Friday, March 13. That meant the end of weightlifting for junior baseball player Johnny Jimenez, who had been working out six days a week. His routine has been scaled back.

"I have some weights at home so I'll do as much as I can," the 16-year-old Elgin resident said. "I'll go outside to keep my arm loose and hit off the tee. Basically, I'll do as much as I can to stay in shape for the summer season if it doesn't happen this spring. But we're just all hoping to be a team again before the year ends.

"I'm trying to mentally stay focused because you never know if you're going to get the call."

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Mar 24th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

Hurst played last season at 265 pounds, which is nine pounds heavier than Hoopers listed weight. He also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds, while Hooper runs it in 4.72 seconds.

In a playoff-clinching win over Buffalo, Hurst broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown catch and reached 20.5 mph on the play.

When I got to Baltimore I put on some weight because of the run game, but I was able to maintain my speed, Hurst told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. I played last year at 265 and thats where Im at right now. I think thats a pretty good playing weight for me to handle the run game and I kept my speed as well.

The speed part is what makes Hurst an intriguing replacement for Hooper. The Falcons were considering Hurst in the 2018 draft, but the Ravens selected him one position in front of Calvin Ridley.

Hooper made two trips to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, working mostly underneath the routes of wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Hooper ran a lot of crossing routes and found holes in zones.

If they get the right matchup, the Falcons can shoot Hurst up the seam of zones on deeper routes.

Its going to be a perfect fit, Hurst said. (Offensive coordinator Dirk) Koetters pass-heavy offense is going to suit me well. Its going to allow me to do some things that I personally do well (like) stretch the field vertically and hopefully create some mismatches for the other guys, Julio and Calvin. I saw where theyve picked up Laquon Treadwell as well. Its a pretty potent offense. Im just excited to be a part of it.

In the trade, the Falcons received the Ravens fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft, but gave up their second-round (55th) and a fifth-round pick in this years draft to get Hurst. WithHooper set to join the Browns in free agency and therelease of tight end Luke Stocker, the Falcons were getting thin at the position.

Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier were the only tight ends on the roster before the Hurst trade.

Hursts career has gotten off to a slow start. He played in 28 games and made only four starts for the Ravens, in which time he caught 43 of 62 passes targeted for 512 yards and three touchdowns.

My first year was tough with the whole stress fracture in my foot, Hurst said. I missed four games, but I felt like I was competing at a high level before (the injury). I finished my first season pretty well.

I came back the next year, and the way that (Ravens offensive coordinator) Greg Roman utilizes the tight ends in Baltimore is pretty unique to any situation. I think with me, Nick Boyle and Mark Andrews, we had quite the rotation at tight end. We all did things really well and complemented each other.

Like most young tight ends, Hurst had to work on his blocking.

As far as the run game, thats the thing that really helped me mature as a player, Hurst said.He utilized me down the field. I was able to make some plays there at the end of the season to help us win some ballgames.

Hurst,who has talked openly about his battle with depression and a suicide attempt, is a former baseball player who played three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. After that, he was invited to walk-on at South Carolina by Steve Spurrier Jr. After Spurrier Sr. retired/left, Will Muschamp moved Hurst to tight end.

It was kind of whirlwind once I left the Pirates, Hurst said. I came back here to Jacksonville and actually practiced with Bolles, my old high school team. ... The college coaches were coming by looking at the high school kids, and coach Spurrier (Jr.) came down. He watched me practice with them one day and offered me the walk-on spot. The rest is kind of history from there.

Hurst spoke with Koetter, tight ends coach Ben Steele and coach Dan Quinn.

Me and coach Koetter talked last week, and he told me about how he used Cameron Brate (in Tampa Bay) and the things he did with Hooper last year, Hurst said. Its exciting to be a tight end in that offense, especially with how Matt (Ryan) throws the ball to the tight ends and utilizes them.

Steele has provided some playbook materials for Hurst to start working on.

Coach Quinn reiterated the Brotherhood message, and I think Im going to fit that well, Hurst said. I always have been a team-first guy. Coach Muschamp really instilled that in us at South Carolina.

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Mar 24th, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

The Athletics MMA writers have decades of combined experience covering MMA, spanning events on multiple continents across many different eras and promotions. In this series, they revisit the fights, stories, and moments that stick with them even years later, for one reason or another.

In late 2010 the word came down from on high: The WEC was finished, over, fit only to be swallowed whole or ransacked for parts. Well, it had been a fun ride.

Ever since Zuffa, then the parent company of the UFC, bought the World Extreme Cagefighting organization and began promoting events under that banner in 2007, the whole thing had always had the feel of an adventurous experiment. This was when MMAs popularity and visibility were both surging. It seemed reasonable to think that maybe the industry giant could run two organizations simultaneously one for little fighters, one for bigger ones.

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Choosing clothes for babies and kids can be stressful, especially for the uninitiated. The wrong clothes could mean overheating (and an increased risk of SIDS in infants), rashes, or any number of unlikely-but-still-possible outcomes that can threaten your child's health. Fortunately, these shopping and safety clothing experts have got you and your little ones covered.

Fibers and fabrics

Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics for babies' and kids' clothes. "Cotton is king when it comes to clothes for kids and babies it's a workhorse fiber," confirms Matthew Sebra, Macy's Senior Fashion Director, Men's & Kids. "Cotton has the mix of comfortability and durability that lends itself well to almost every silhouette out there." And no wonder, since it's incredibly versatile: Denim, corduroy, flannel, fleece, terry, and jersey are just a few of the many cotton fabrics available. Best of all, most cotton clothes can be tossed in the washing machine, making them easy to care for.

Polyester is also common in kids' clothes. This synthetic fiber is lightweight, durable, dries quickly, and resists wrinkles and stains, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Polyester/cotton blends are common in sweatshirts and sweatpants, and 100 percent polyester t-shirts and pajamas are available. Polyester is also used in children's outerwear, linings, swimwear, and sports gear.

The scoop on sizing

As you've no doubt discovered, sizing varies between brands. This is due to the fact that some, but not all, U.S. clothing companies use the voluntary sizing specifications published by the standards development organization ASTM International to assign clothing size.

To choose the right size for your child, "Start with age, it's a good indicator of what's going to fit," Sebra advises. (Generally, in toddlers' and kids' clothes, the size number indicates the age of the child the item is supposed to fit.) "That said, be sure to check a respective brand's size charts, which will help you zero in on what size is most ideal based on factors like height and weight." Clothing retailers should have size charts for the brands they sell; check their websites. Local children's clothing stores may also be able to help; staff there will likely know if a label tends to run large or small.

Safety by design

To prevent strangulation, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) bans hood and neck drawstrings (the kind that used to be common in hooded sweatshirts) in children's clothing sizes 2T-12. Small parts, like buttons, can be a choking risk if they come loose, so make sure all fasteners and decorative elements adhere securely to clothes. Better Kid Care, an educational program from Penn State Cooperative Extension, recommends that all attachments on clothing for children under three be at least 1" in diameter and 1" in length.

The CPSC also requires sleepwear for children 9 months-14 years be either tight-fitting or flame-resistant to prevent burns. Because my son's adorable polyester fleece pajamas seemed to trigger static electricity when he tossed and turned in bed, I now buy tight-fitting non-fleece sleepwear one size larger than my son usually wears. The pajamas still fit closely, but the tops don't ride up his belly, or set off sparks.

If you're concerned about a garment's safety, you can search the CPSC's list of consumer products, including kids' clothes, that have been recalled here.

Chemicals in clothing

Unfortunately, your kids' wardrobe may also contain toxic chemicals? "Flame retardants are used to help fireproof clothing and can be found in children's clothing," notes Charlotte Tate, labor justice campaigns manager for the environmental health and social justice non-profit Green America. In addition, the cancer-causing gas "formaldehyde is used to keep clothes wrinkle-free and shrink-free," and toxic "perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are used to make clothing waterproof and stainproof."

Allergic skin reactions are the main risk of wearing clothes treated with flame retardants, PFCs, and formaldehyde, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and other government agencies. More serious health dangers, which may include damage to children's development as well as cancers, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, and immune and neurological system effects, are associated with ingesting (via contaminated food or drink) or inhaling these chemicals.

However, as the authors of a 2019 study in Environmental Research point out, there's just not much research on the effects of chemical exposure via fabrics, and skin contact "might lead to potential systemic risks." Research suggests children are more likely than adults to be affected by toxins in the environment, so if you're concerned, it makes sense to avoid these chemicals.

To do this, "I would recommend parents opt for certified organic cotton garments," says Tate. Look for certifications like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, and Bluesign on clothing; these labels "ensure that harmful chemicals aren't present."

And because "kids are constantly growing out of clothing, establishing a network to exchange clothes, rather than buying new, is a great alternative for the planet, workers, and your children," Tate adds. "Used clothing that has been washed several times is a good way to avoid contact with residual chemicals that can be found on new clothing. If you need to buy new and organic cotton isn't any option, I recommend washing the piece of clothing before your child wears it."

While you may feel overwhelmed at the thought of all the clothes you have to buy for your rapidly growing offspring, with a few tips, choosing your children's clothes should be less exhausting. At least until they're teens.

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Mar 23rd, 2020 | Filed under Loss Weight

Not there! says my pal Turk Mudge, as I line up a shot on a pool table.

I stand up straight, holding the cue vertically.

Hit it right here, he says, pointing to a spot on the 7-ball.

I bend over again and draw a bead, pull back the cue and let loose. The 7-ball slices off at an angle and drops neatly in the side pocket.

Nice shot, says Turk kindly, knowing that I am challenged when aiming at anything.

Thanks, I say, as I take another shot, this time at the 3-ball, which hammers around the table uselessly while the cue ball drops in a corner pocket as a scratch.

Dummy, says Turk, who then proceeds to clear the table of the even-numbered balls, the last being the 8-ball, which gives him his 4th straight win.

Lets go bowling, I say. Maybe Ill have more luck."

Were 17 years old, which means we fancy ourselves the smartest two guys who ever lived. It also means that were too old to obey our parents rules about hanging out in the local pool hall.

Youll need more than luck! hollers one of the farmers playing poker in the corner. He spits a wad of tobacco 10 feet, where it pings into the old brass spittoon as punctuation for his statement.

Whippersnappers, says another of the farmers, slapping his cards down on the table to claim the pot.

Be better off bailin hay than playin pool or bowlin, says a third farmer. Young punks.

Lighten up on them city kids, says the fourth farmer. They caint help it if they dont know nothin.

Tell you what, I say to the table. Turk here will whip any one of you at a game of 8-ball. Ill lay 50 cents on that!

Youre on! says one of the farmers. Fred herell play for us.

The balls are racked and the game is on. It is no contest. Fred the Farmer beats Turk the City Kid, hands down.

Note, by the way, that we city kids live in a town of 2,000 people where the tallest structure in town is a church steeple just two blocks from the only traffic light that is there only for practice for kids taking drivers education.

Fred the Farmers win is not due to his superb skills. It is due to the fact that there are three other farmers standing at the northeast corner of the pool table every time Fred takes a shot, while there is only one of me standing there when Turk takes a shot.

Every guy in and around town knows that the floor at that corner is a little bouncy, probably due to a broken floor joist. Put the weight of two or three men there, and its nearly impossible to miss a shot into that corner pocket.

That fact has brought many victories to the locals when playing against the occasional visitor. Since our little town of Morenci is Michigans southernmost town, butting up to the Ohio border, it means most pool-playing visitors are foreigners. Buckeyes. Late-teen guys from Fayette or Lyons coming to our town to poach our girlfriends, whenever we are across the border trying to poach their girlfriends.

But this time, the loss is ours. City boy Turk versus Fred the Farmer and his three OshKosh clad buddies.

Thats OK. I like farmers. And furthermore, Im now out of money, losing my last 50 cents.

That means I dont have to be humiliated in a bowling match with Turk.

Jim Whitehouse lives in Albion.

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