If you are an athlete that is looking to make some extra money on the side or is wanting to turn your passion into a business, then opening up an online e-commerce store is the thing to do. Let’s say you know all about basketball, you already know all the equipment necessary to play the sport such as shorts, basketballs, basketball shoes, compression gear, head bands and many other items that you can have in your store. If you want to be niche only and focus on basketball you can really get a hold of a small piece of a large market very easily. I would recommend that you start off small with what you know and then expand into other horizontal sports markets.
Where Do I Get My Products From?
You can source products from all over the internet. My recommendation is that you source products directly from the manufacturer in China. A good place to start looking for products would be alibaba. It is very easy to find good products and make money with alibaba really fast. Alibaba if you haven’t heard, is the largest Business to Business marketplace in the world. You can source all your products on their by searching for manufacturers that make your products all day long. I would first start out with getting some samples from a few different vendors so you can test out the quality and make sure it is up to par. They should be able to send you 3-5 sample for free and you just pay for the shipping. I would recommend you have them ship the items on their account via DHL express. It should take about 7-10 days for you to receive the items after they are shipped. You eventually want to get to the point where you have all your products coming over on a boat where shipping costs you pennies per item.
After you get some sample items you can begin testing some online platforms such as Etsy or eBay to see how much the market is willing to pay for them. If you don’t have any experience with ebay then I would suggest you go to their website and they will walk you through exactly how to sell on ebay for beginners.
Are you interested in finding out how to improve your vertical jump so you can finally dunk the basketball? Want to jump over tall buildings or simply want to be able to jump higher to impress your friends? This is a list of 10 great ways to improve your vertical jump. I give four basic, easy things you can do to improve your jump with little to no equipment. I then give four more moderately difficult exercise that requires a little more effort. Then I give two intense workouts that will greatly increase your vertical if done correctly.
I have researched as well as done all these exercises, and, in my opinion, these are the ten simplest and easiest ways to improve your vertical. The key to improving your vertical is using the vert shock program. These workouts help to improve your athletic performance and help you dunk faster. It may take a few weeks, but by doing these exercises, your vertical should greatly improve.
The first basic exercise that will help you improve your jumping is stretching. Simple stretching will help loosen up all the muscles that are important for jumping. This is especially important for those who work out a lot. Lifting a lot of weights, tightens up the muscles and sometimes begins to hurt their range of motion. It will also help your body stay flexible after some of the other exercises are done in this workout. One stretch I find especially good is the turning lunge. This is performed by putting one leg back, so you are in a lunge position. Then extend the arm on the side of the leg that is back straight up in the air. Slowly turn away from the arm as far as you can go and then hold for 15-20 seconds. Perform three sets for each leg. I found out about this stretch when I was in sixth grade, and I wholeheartedly believe that it single handily added 2-3 inches on my vertical.
2. Calf Raises
A Calf raise is another basic exercise that can improve your vertical. These can be done in many different ways. The most basic way is to stand on a stair or some other object where your heel does not touch the ground. Rise up on your toes as far as you can, and then come back down, completing a full range of motion. Weight can be added as your calves become stronger.
3. Jump Rope
A third exercise is the jump rope. This may seem easy and simple, and that is because it is. Jumping rope not only builds calf muscles and gets the body used to jumping, it also builds core strength. Core strength is another important element of jumping. To not bore yourself doing thousands of jump ropes, consider using different techniques such as jumping twice in between each swing of the rope, or switching feet in between each jump. There are many different jump rope techniques, feel free to experiment with them.
The last basic way to improve your vertical jump is by simply jumping. Go out and play basketball, work on exploding off your toes to the rim. Perform every jump with as much effort as possible. By constantly jumping as high as you can, your jump will naturally improve.
5. Box Jumps
Box Jumps are a slightly more advanced way to improve your vertical. These are done by getting a box, jumping on to it, and then jumping off. People often jump from side to side or front to back. The choice is yours, but I would recommend both. The height of the box can also be increased as your strength increases. This exercise is another good way to work on your explosion. Remember to do every rep with a strong intent.
Squats are the most basic lift to build strength in the legs. A squat done correctly will greatly increase one’s vertical jump over time. I believe this is the most important lift for most athletes. It works many muscles in the legs and, if done correctly, can improve balance and muscle control. A squat is performed by bending at the knees while keeping the back straight, until the thigh is nearly parallel to the ground. Experts often argue on how far down a person should squat, so I will not recommend exactly how far you should go. I would ask your coach or trainer, and see what they say. I will say that I have never gotten injured performing squats, and I believe that they are very, very helpful in improving one’s vertical.
Another good and perhaps different way to improve your vertical is by improving your core. A good way to do this is by doing crunches or planks. Leg lifts also improve core strength, but they are rumored to cause back pain if done incorrectly (I have not experienced this). These are fairly simple exercises that will help build a strong core, which is crucial to having a good vertical jump.
Step-ups are another fairly easy exercise to do that will help improve your leg strength. They are performed by stepping up onto a box, rather than jumping, one foot at a time. When you step down, step down first with the first foot you stepped up with. Weight can be increased with time to build great strength.
9. Hang or Power Clean
The first intense exercise is the hang clean or the power clean. These two lifts work on total body explosion, a concept crucial to the vertical jump. Chances are the more you can clean, the higher you can jump. Remember to perform each rep with a strong intent. Slacking off on these exercises will not help you.
10. Jump Squat
The last great way to improve your vertical is the jump squat. A jump squat is basically a squat except the lifter explodes through the squat, causing the feet to leave the ground. This lift should be done with less weight than the squat to reduce the chance or injury, but the intent is extremely important. The lifter must act as if they are trying to jump as high as possible, putting as much strength into the lift as possible.
These ten exercises, if done correctly and with a strong intent, should help you greatly improve your vertical. It worked for me and it will work for you.
Football players are typically a rare breed of individuals. They live for the big hits and the loud stadiums full of cheering fans. The fans only see the games which are once a week either on Friday (high-school), Saturday (College) or Sunday (NFL). They don’t understand the amount of work that goes on behind closed doors that allows these football players to perform on game-day.
The truth is, these football players put in hours each day during the week to perfect their craft. Players in college must attend classes as well as meetings and practice. This puts a great deal of stress on the players however it teaches them responsibility. Playing football also teaches these players the meaning of teamwork and discipline.
So what makes a football player a great football player? Is it speed? Is it strength or size? Believe it or not it is neither. What makes a great football player is someone is willing to do what everyone else is not. This means staying late after practice to run sprints, to catch extra balls to practice a bit more on their technique. It’s the little things that separate the great for the good. You don’t need to be the fastest and the biggest or strongest to be a great football player.
Why is it that so many players in the NFL go undrafted because they were looked at as too small or too slow or simply just not good enough? It is because these players that are aware of their limitations make up for their lack of natural ability by studying the game and finding ways to outsmart their opponents. The question I see asked of those athlete’s who say they want to be great is “how bad do you want it?” Are they willing to stay late and practice while everyone else goes home? Are they willing to study the playbook when everyone is out having a good time? If they are then they will get an edge that over their opponents who may be better athletes or bigger and stronger.
Another thing to be aware of is being able to read your opponents body language. If you are a defensive lineman then you must be able to read your opponents hand placements and see if they are tired or what they plan on doing before they do it. If an offensive lineman has his hand in the dirt and is leaning forward, they most likely are coming across to run block straight ahead and that’s when you use their momentum against them and shed them.
There are so many ways to become a great football player. Look for ways to do things that others regularly wouldn’t do.