This is a new series that I’ll be adding to my blog. The aim of this and future posts will be to give you my opinion on what three different brand’s have to offer, at three different price points. I’ll give my recommendations on which, give you, the best bang for your buck. This post will look at 3 brand’s sportswear. Under Armour, ASOS and New Look are all featured, I’ve made a conscious effort to steer clear of Adidas and Nike in this post in order to give you something a little different. So let’s jump straight into it.
Under Armour – £££
Training Fleece Half-Zip Sweat (Black) – £45
When I’m not being active with my own exercise, one of my favourite things to do is chill out on the sofa and watch Netflix. Just because I’m being lazy, doesn’t mean I’m any less interested in sport. Among the favourites that everyone knows, there are some fabulous sporting shows, documentaries and movies on Netflix. They’ll allow you to see behind the curtain of what really goes on in a professional sports environment, immerse yourself in a sport you’re not too familiar with and maybe even motivate you to get off your own backside.
Here are 5 of the best sports’ titles:
“City Runs” is a new series that I’m introducing to my blog. Throughout the series I’ll visit different cities at home and abroad and give some recommendations of the best places to run. Hopefully this will inspire you to get you outside and give you a great active experience in that city should you ever choose to visit. I’ll also go on the run that I’m recommending to you to make sure it is enjoyable, engaging and not some random route that can be plucked from the top of a search engine. I am effectively your guinea pig.
So to kick off the series, where better than London? I’m from Essex, so this is my closest city, therefore, I didn’t have to push the boat out too much with the budget for travel and after bribing a photographer (my brother), with the promise of tacos upon completion of his days work, I was set. With the abundance of parks and city scapes, London is full of great places to run. After some research and conversations with friends who live in London, I settled upon Regents Park.
Regents Park is a large area with winding footpaths, gorgeous nature and various running routes. It’s closest underground station is “Regents Park” on the Bakerloo line which pops you out opposite the park. The park actually has a map of all its possible running routes which I’ll insert below for you to take a look at.
In honour of Mother’s Day and last week’s International Women’s Day, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at some inspirational women throughout sporting history who you may, or may not, know much about. These women have made a huge impact on their respective sport or in some cases multiple sports. They have been pioneers in changing the attitudes of people towards women’s sport and societies attitudes towards women in general.
Billie Jean King
With celebrities now making it an acceptable fashion choice to wear football shirts at non-sporting events, here are my hot tips for the best that the 2018 Russia World Cup has to offer you. It’s now only 100 days until the tournament starts and I can guarantee you that during the June-August period while the World Cup is on, you WILL see Drake wearing at least one of my choices. Here are the best of the bunch (some are still to be released and are leaked images). If only this style of fashion was acceptable when I used to wear my weirdest kit on non-uniform days at school, man that Leeds United kit did not go down well…
Belgium – Home
If you play any sport, you know that there aren’t many feelings better than getting some brand new equipment, especially as a kid (sometimes at great cost to my parents, suckers…) As I was packing my bag before my football match this weekend, I placed my boots in and realised that I have had a lot of pairs during my relatively short playing career. So I thought, why not take a look back over some of the best of the bunch. A warning to all you purists, this list may contain bright coloured boots. So if seeing a pair of orange boots on a Sunday morning is like a red rag to a bull for you, then you may be disappointed in me. However, there are certainly some absolute classics on this list. Here’s a list of the top ten boots that I’ve owned.
10: Adidas Predator Power Swerve
Now, I realise that these boots may not be the most memorable for a lot of you. However for me they are extremely memorable, although for the wrong reasons. I had these boots for all of one week, after wearing them to a training session or maybe a game I’m not sure, I left them on the door step to dry out. The next morning as I was about to leave to go to school I found the tattered remains of my brand new boots that had been nibbled by a fox. Gutted. That being said after finding a picture of these boots for this post I was surprised at how damn good they looked but even so these had to make it on to the list for that stupid fox alone.
9: Nike Air Zoom Total 90 II
Elise Christie has had yet another Olympic Games to forget after she was disqualified from her 1000m short track heat. The event was her last hope of picking up a medal at the Pyeongchang winter games this week. This comes after being disqualified from all three events in the previous winter Olympics held in Sochi, 2014. This means that out of the six olympic events she’s ever competed in she’s either fallen or been disqualified.
Elise fell during the 500m final after a collision attempting to move into a medal place, she then crashed during her 1500m and discovered she had damaged ankle ligaments after being carried off the ice. Despite her ligament damage she managed to finish second in the 100m short track heat only to find out she had been disqualified by race judges. The BBC have described her as “one of the unluckiest Olympians” and maybe she is cursed to never pick up an Olympic medal.
However, after seeing her story I got thinking about how many other athletes have come back from failures in their career to go on to be great champions. Here are some of the greatest athletes/teams at their respective sports that have failed yet gone on to become a great.
One of my favourite sporting quotes comes from Michael Jordan during an advertisement for Nike. Check out the advert in the link below. In the ad Jordan speaks about the amount of times he could have won his team the game but didn’t, how often he missed free-throws, as well as how many times he lost in his career. He goes on to cite that as the reason for his success. Michael Jordan is regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time despite his failures mentioned in the ad and even being cut from his high school basketball team in his sophomore year.