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Wall Ball: Australia’s newest sporting obsession?


Most Australians will have fond recollections of primary school handball games. Strategic bounces, angled returns and bloodied knees have been experienced by innumerable young Australians, doing more to hone our gross motor skills than in-class attempts ever could.

Handball devotees will be pleased to learn that that the pursuit – or at least an offshoot of it – is making serious waves in the sporting and media worlds.

Wall ball combines the ferocity of playground handball with the strength and power of adulthood. It basically involves taking turns  with a partner/rival to hit a ball back and forth against a wall, with the first participant to let the ball bounce more than once losing out. There are no umpires, so it’s important for players to keep a keen eye on the lines of the court.

The exact origins of wall ball are the subject of some contention. According to Wikipedia. the game has been around for some decades, with its origins in New York. However, as The Australian attests, the group behind this weekend’s WBI Golden Hand tournament claim to have invented the sport in Redfern, Sydney. The two versions seem more-or-less identical, but perhaps there’s some nuance that we’ve overlooked.

Australia’s strain of wall ball – headed up by the self-proclaimed Wall Ball International TM group – usually takes place in a laneway. Competitions seem to attract hipster intellectual types, as well as high-profile players like media personality Ben Fordham.

wall-ball-playersHaving said this, the competitions draw viewers and players from far and wide, with the inaugural Wall Ball Championships of Australasia expected to attract hundreds of observers. So far, more than one hundred players have registered for the event. About one fifth competitors will be traveling from interstate.

As the Wall Ball International TM YouTube channel indicates, things can get surprisingly intense – and sweaty. The sport is yet to truly take off in the mainstream, but most Australians should be able to pick up the sport with great ease, if they played handball on asphalt back in the day. In addition to this intrinsic knowledge, the publicity being generated around the Golden Hand tournament is sure to bring world domination a few bounces closer.

Registration for the tournament is still open, with observers also welcome to attend.

3 Unconventional Exercise Regimens


We tend to look at exercise as a chore. Something to be put off, delayed, and ultimately sacrificed in favour of a night in front of the TV. However, not all physical exertion is lacking in pleasure. By looking at exercise from a new perspective, individuals can come to appreciate different approaches, and find one or more that works well for them.

8-minute exercises

Generally, we think of a workout as taking up a good hour or so of precious time. That’s part of what makes it so difficult to commit to an exercise routine – the multiple, conflicting demands on our time that can result in exercise floundering at the bottom of a priorities list.

For those who struggle to assign big blocks of time to individual tasks, eight-minute exercise routines could serve as a more feasible alternative. They’re readily available (and free!) online, and can be approached in different ways depending on your fitness level.

From arms, to abs, to buns, to legs, there’s sure to be a cheesy instructional video on YouTube that caters to your needs. Be warned, though: striped, full-body leotards, the word “gang”, and irritating musical motifs are prominent.


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Dance classes are hardly a new phenomenon. They’re seen as a great option for those seeking toning, and can also help to develop a sense of grace and poise in students.

What we can often forget is that most of us dance for fun, too. Going out on a Friday night would likely be a physically beneficial activity, were it not for the copious amounts of alcohol that tends to be consumed along the way. So slip on your stilettos and take to the clubs, but eschew the alcohol to enjoy both the emotional and physical benefits of a good night out.

Rope Climbing

rope climbing sky

Can you imagine heaving your entire body weight up a hanging, vertical rope that is at least 4 times your body length, with only your arms? Well countless Olympic athletes and rope climbing competitors have more than simply imagined this. They have trained and competed in this arduous activity and climbed up an 8m rope in just a few seconds. Rope climbing was an official Olympic Sport between 1896 and 1932 and it has received a resurgence in popularity in recent years, particularly in Europe.

In 1896, competitors first had to climb ropes 25ft (7.62m) high and 38mm wide, and were able to kick their legs in rhythm in order to increase their speed. However, in the successive games in Europe, the rope was 8m tall and contestants were measured on both their time and style – thus having to hold their legs straight out in an L position. At the top of the climb stood a circular tambourine with lampblack (soot) on its surface. When the rope climber hit this, the several timers below would stop their watches and an accurate time was calculated.

After 1932, when rope climbing was disbanded as an Olympic event, the sport dropped in popularity and scope. In 1993, however, the sport was revived in the Czech republic with the onset of many local and national competitions. Today rope climbing is also highly popular in France and is a feature of the World Police and Fire Games. Rope climbing has also consistently remained a common strength exercise for gymnasts and circus artists to build their upper body strength.

The absolutely breathtaking (probably more for these athletes than us in reality) results of the rope climbing world records demonstrates the brute strength and intense training required for this amazing and incomprehensible sport. Aleš Novák from Czech Republic is the incredible athlete who holds the world record for rope climbing up three various distances. Novák managed to ascend the huge vertical distance of 20m in just 25.85 seconds and in 2010 he proved he could climb up 14m in a mere 14.03 seconds. His fast twitch muscles are demonstrated by his 4.87 second climb up a rope of 8m. Today, rope climbing includes an electronic timing device so you know these phenomenal times are as accurate as they are unbelievable.

Rope climbing has been somewhat resurrected of late, meaning that there are many opportunities for anyone aspiring to do a bit of climbing, from between complete amateurs looking to tone their arms to hardcore climbers wanting to take on Aleš Novák. Rope climbing is a common feature of the highly popular craze, CrossFit, meaning that finding a place to have your go of heaving your body up a hanging rope should probably be easier than the act of actually climbing. So have a look around to see if there are any rope climbing classes or competitions near you.