Stay Fit and Spend Less – Wholesale Sporting and Athletic Equipment

Nowadays with the increasing work load and pressure to meet deadlines it is tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle. People who enjoy a good game or two cannot afford to take time out to go to a gym and exercise or even play for leisure and as such the need to have fitness equipment at home itself is a great option. If our house is well equipped with sporting and fitness equipment then we need not travel to any place for working out and can do so in the very convenience of our homes.

To own sporting and fitness equipment can be a costly affair and the best way to do this is to buy them in wholesale. The wholesale market offers a wide variety and range of sporting and fitness equipment at reasonable prices. Well known websites like Salehoo can help us find the best wholesale seller according to our preferences and desired rates.

Sometimes the old stocks or stocks that have not been sold are offered at great discounts and if we do not mind owing such equipment then we can go ahead and buy them as it can contribute a lot to our savings. Discounts are also offered on items that are purchased in bulk and as such we can buy equipment in bulk we can end up profiting a lot.

Wholesale sellers usually offer a wide variety of sporting and fitness equipment like sports like basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, softball, football, diving, snowboarding, mountain biking, skiing and even for activities like camping and fishing. Thus, the range of products offered is very vast.

We also have to make sure that the sporting equipment is in good shape and is of a good quality as if we buy safety equipment of poor quality then it increases our chances of getting hurt and as such it is always important to verify the quality of products before buying them. Thus, with so many benefits and options it is a great choice to buy sporting and fitness equipment in the wholesale market.

Fitness For Sports And Athletes

Keeping fit is all about remaining healthy, free of any disease or ailment and not getting disabilities in the pursuit of one’s daily routine for making a living. Sports Athletes in all fields of activity are prone to injuries, which may affect them temporarily in the physical aspect but may do permanent damage to the professional careers as a sports athlete.

Traveling, different types of food at different places and climate changes may affect their general health also. Of course, these days all sports athlete are advised a particular diet and regimen of exercises to keep themselves competition fit.

Their sporting and the resulting earning careers are of short duration ranging from 5 to a maximum of 15 years, in a few rare cases. So, they are usually careful in these matters and keep themselves in a physically fit condition.

The recommended diet varies from person to person and activity to activity. But, generally it is a high carbohydrate diet, which is considered most suitable for athletes supplemented by plenty of fluids. It depends on the body weight also.

For a person with a body weight of 60 kgs, 360-600 gms of carbohydrates are required. A fluid requirement of 400-600 2hrs before an event and 150-350 ml whenever possible has to be met. Minerals, vitamins and fibers are to be taken as per the advice of doctor or dietician. Proteins are required for building of muscles but carbohydrates and fluids are the most important aspects of a sports persons diet.

Plenty of cereals sports drinks, fruits have to be taken. A non-vegetarian food like beef is a good source of protein and vitamins but the high fat content is taken into account. Fish and chicken are also high in protein content. An average of 12 – 14 gms per 30 kg body weight is recommended. Lean meat, fish and poultry and low fat milk are part of the diet.

Regular exercises as per the regimen must be done to keep fit. The purpose is to build up strength, stamina and suppleness. Arm circles, trunk twists, leg flexes, basic and advanced push-ups, squat jumps, sit up, walking and jogging etc have to be done under supervision and watchful eyes of the trainer.

Injuries vary from muscle cramps to fracture depending on the sport. Some may need hospitalization also. An athlete or sports person who leads a disciplined life with proper diet and exercise can hope to last long in the field.

Staying in the Game – Throwing Sports and Athletes

Terms like “injury prevention” and “sport specific” get tossed around in the fitness and coaching community too often. Fact is, even the best trainers and strength coaches can’t “prevent” injury. Proper training serves a critical component in helping athletes and clients compete and stay active, while reducing the occurrence & severity of injury–IF a balanced program is followed. But we can’t “prevent” the possibility of someone getting injured while practicing or competing.

Unfortunately, people overusing these terms just don’t take a look at what really needs to be focused on in a strength training routine. This leads young athletes and adults as well to think they should only train the movements most involved in their sport/activities of interest. What’s the problem with that? This training approach often relates to higher injury increase by developing muscle imbalances.

Let’s take a look at one part of the training puzzle: mid-upper torso & limb strength, mobility.

Take for example an overhead throwing sport athlete–baseball, softball–or an overhead hitting sport athlete like a volleyball player… If they only train movements primarily for the anterior body (mirror muscles) on the front of the body, they are missing out on important movements & musculature that contribute to torso and limb deceleration. Training movements that focus on muscles on the back of the body (posterior) trapezius, rhomboids, posterior deltoids and latissimus dorsi, serve to not only assist in the desired sport action (throwing/hitting) but also play an important role in slowing down the torso and upper limb after throwing, hitting or batting.

Simply put, include movements with medicine balls, bands, free weight and body weight to train the posterior mid and upper torso & limb. I’m a BIG fan of using bands with athletes I work with. They’re extremely versatile and help put the athlete in position to react to the desired training focus.

Exercises may include: Standing face pull with cables/bands, Horizontal rowing, shoulder specific exercises for the rotator cuff-internal & external rotation (which are too difficult to explain in a blog post without pictures/video), pull-ups with varying grips, bent over d-bell/barbell rows, band pull-apart, are just a few of important movements that will train the above mentioned.

It is important to include training prior to the season. Waiting for in-season programs without having previously prepared your body often leads to less than desirable performance or worse yet, injury; which sets you on the bench to rehab.

A well rounded program is key to successful sport and activity. Since this post focused more on upper torso and limb, it’s not to forget the importance of lower body, legs and core strength & stability training. I’ll cover more of that in another post. Pre-hab is the best plan to staying in the game.

Train hard, play harder!

Hollister Struck, CSCS is Owner if StrengthByStruck Athletic Development & sports performance training in Minneapolis, MN. Hollister serves as a highly sought after strength coach, soccer coach and sport movement coach, helping athletes and youth learn stronger training methods to keep them in the game and excelling in athletics and life.