Today in Rawai Phuket, a rather unusual challenge took place with Krix Luther, founder of Clean The Beach Boot Camp, Phuket taking to the water in an attempt to hold his breath underwater. For 10 minutes! The purpose of the challenge was to raise funds, through sponsorship, for the Clean The Beach Boot Camp now in its 4th year. The CBBC has up to 40 – 100 volunteers cleaning up one of Phuket’s beaches every two weeks. Over the past two years the groups has cleared hundreds of tonnes of rubbish off our beaches and made a big dent in the rubbish problem. For their efforts they also get a free workout with one of the island’s leading health practitioners. After some pre-preparation, which included meditation, Krix took to the water surrounded by safety experts and friends, all on-hand to offer guidance and much needed safety support. The event was streamed live on Clean The Beach Boot Camp Facebook page. During the challenge, two safety officials were on hand in the … [Read more...] about Don’t hold your breath! Unless it’s for a good cause.
World record of holding breath
The allure, excitement and spectacle of magic tricks and illusions and endurance tests featuring one of the world’s most famous magicians and endurance artists will sweep the entertainment scene. David Blaine finally comes to Manila for a special show on September 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. Titled Real or Magic, the one-night-only live show marks the debut performance of the 41-year-old star who is on his first-ever Asian tour following his hit ABC television special of the same title in 2013. Blaine is dubbed “the most exciting and most creative magician since Houdini” for his high-profile feats of endurance and marvelous street and close-up magic. For 90 thrilling minutes, Blaine will blow his audience away as he performs a breathtaking array of magic tricks and endurance stunts that will test the limits of his physical strength and capability. Real or Magic aptly describes the amazing saga of Blaine who developed an avid interest in … [Read more...] about The magic of David Blaine
KYOTO, Japan: Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: “let’s rumble!” Hidekichi Miyazaki—who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed ‘Golden Bolt’ after the Jamaican flyer—plans to wait another five years for his dream race and was happy to reveal his secret weapon: his daughter’s tangerine jam. “I’d love to race Bolt,” the wispy-haired Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after tottering over the line with a joyful whoop at a recent Japan Masters Athletics competition in Kyoto. “I’m keeping the dream alive. I try to stay in top shape and stay disciplined and healthy. That’s important for everyone—even Usain Bolt.” Born in 1910—the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still under construction—the pint-sized … [Read more...] about Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’: 103-year-old challenges world’s fastest man
I AM both claustrophobic (with fear of closed spaces) and acrophobic (with fear of great height) and I can no longer remember how and why I have those. I just feel cold and unable to breathe when I am inside an elevator, a small-closed toilet or a room without any window and my knees tremble when I look down if I were on a high place. So just imagine me inside an airplane. No open window. Flying up in the air. It must be the greatest agony I could ever have. And, ironically, I have to fly every now and then because of my work. Aviaphobia or fear of flying is common. I know I am not alone. But what is it about airplanes that make us anxious? Accidents happen but they are exceedingly rare and when we feel all the turbulence in the air, the planes usually end up landing safely with no injuries. Flying is safe yet it’s feared as if surviving a flight is pure luck. Passengers’ emotions flood in (with a strong “whew!”) every time the plane lands as if they … [Read more...] about Fear of flying: Not that bad
Expectations are high for Katie Ledecky at the Rio Olympics. After sweeping the 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyles at the 2015 World Championships and setting world records in the 400, 800, and 1,500, anything short of dominance in Rio will be a disappointment. Yet prior to Ledecky’s rise to becoming the best female swimmer – and arguably the best swimmer overall – in the world, she made a not-so-minor change to her approach that fueled her greatness. According to Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin, during a practice in 2011, Ledecky was challenged to swim laps in fewer strokes and often had to lunge at the wall to complete the lap. Her then-coach Yuri Suguiyama had been theorizing that Ledecky would benefit from a “gallop” or “hitch” stroke, similar to how male swimmers like Michael Phelps swim. The drill proved his theory. Sheining describes the stroke as more “syncopated” than … [Read more...] about Katie Ledecky made an unusual change to her stroke 5 years ago, and it helped her become the most dominant swimmer in the world