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Product Review: Hyperice Hypervolt – Handheld Personal Massager

The Hypervolt is a cordless state-of-the-art vibration massage device that helps relax sore and stiff muscles to improve mobility.

  • Helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness
  • Improves range of motion
  • Promotes circulation
  • Accelerates warmup and recovery
  • Lightweight, easy-to-use for self-myofascial release

Technology Specifications and Features:

  • Powerful high-torque motor featuring Quiet Glide™ technology 
  • 3 speed settings deliver up to 3200 percussions per minute
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (Up to 3 hours of use per charge)
  • 4 interchangeable head attachments
  • Lightweight (2.5 lbs), ergonomic design
The Hyperice Hypervolt is a life changing device for anyone over 35! Sports injuries accumulate over the years and being active isn’t that easy anymore! It takes you longer and longer to recover the older you get! In your 40’s you don’t recover as quickly as you did in your 20’s. Well this device is the game changer!!the best massage tool ever made! It’s extremely durable and has 4 different heads! The 2 best advanced heads are the bullet and the tuning fork! The bullet is deep tissue massage and the tuning fork is great for the Achilles, calf and hamstrings!
If you are 35 and above this is a must purchase! If you have sports injuries this is a nice to have! If you are in competition sports this is also a must have!!

It will truly change your life! I was coming back from an injury and I would workout and my body wouldn’t be ready for the next session, I would just be too sore and my muscles and tendons were just too tight!

Using this device daily helped overcome that pain and stiffness! Now when I use it, I sometimes barely feel it. When it does hurt, you know that area is tight and needs to be worked on!

Again this device is a life changer and worth every penny!!!

Attractions: Bushkill Falls, Bushkill PA

Bushkill Falls
The “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

Centuries of Natural History
High in the uplands of the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, streams of crystal pure water bubble up through rifts in primeval rock. These are the headwaters of Bushkill Creek, a great marsh alive with the call of wild birds.

As the waters begin their descent toward the Delaware River far below, they move ever faster toward Bushkill Falls, rushing over Pennell Falls, then between rocky walls through the Upper Canyon and Laurel Glen.

Suddenly the stream drops over the edge of a 100-foot cliff, the majestic Main Falls. From the deep pool at the bottom, banked by ferns, mosses, and wild flowers, the creek now drops another seventy feet through a long and spectacular gorge strewn with gigantic boulders. Trails and bridges lace the area, affording splendid views.

Nature hikers are enthusiastic about the walk to the Bridal Veil Falls. Here you will follow a nice trail by the Pond Run stream. The stream soon flows into the Little Bushkill where the mountain path leads deep into the forest. Spring-fed waters tumble down the mountainside in a series of three lovely falls, so misty in their appearance they are named for brides of love.

Charles E. Peters first opened Bushkill Falls to the public in 1904, with a single path and a swinging bridge over the head of the main falls. Bushkill Falls is still owned by the Peters family.

Admission Rates
Adults: $12.50 / day
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $11.50 / day
Children (Ages 4 through 10): $7 / day
Children (Ages 3 and younger): Free
Group Rates available – Contact Us for details.

Other Rates
Official Trail Guide w/ Map Adventure: $3.00
Additional Punch Cards for Map Adventure Program: $.50
Mining for Gemstones: Large Bag – $9.00, Small bag – $7.00
Miniature Golf: $5.00 includes souvenir golf ball
Paddleboat Rentals: $4.00 per person
Putt & Paddle Combo: $8.00
Fishing Permit: $5.00
Fishing Rentals: $20.00

Bushkill Falls provides families, friends, couples, and nature enthusiasts with an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Bring some comfortable shoes for a walk over natural pathways. It’s only a short distance to view the Main Falls from the primary observation deck. Three additional hiking trails provide numerous viewing angles of all eight waterfalls. Our trails are designed to appeal to varying ages and physical conditioning. We’ll gladly advise as to the appropriateness of our trails depending upon your individual abilities or concerns.

Our trails vary in length and difficulty:

Green Trail – View the Main Falls from the green trail, which takes about 15 minutes to walk. No climbing is involved, however, there are steps.
Yellow Trail – View the Main Falls, as well as Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen and Upper Canyon, which takes 45 minutes to walk.
Blue Trail – View Pennell Falls from the blue trail, which takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to walk.
Red Trail – View Bridal Veil Falls from the Red trail. This trail is for the avid hiker in that it spans almost 2 miles, includes all eight falls, and takes over 2 hours to hike.

As you hike the trails, or walk the grounds of Bushkill Falls, you’ll have a first-hand opportunity to see the wonders of nature close at hand. Whether you’re busy at a game of miniature golf on our 18-hole course, cooling off on a paddle boat ride, or feeding the wild ducks and geese, be sure to bring your camera to capture some memorable moments against the picturesque backdrop of Bushkill Falls.

Bird Watching on the Trails

The Pennsylvania Poconos are home to a wide variety of local and migratory bird species including song birds, ducks and geese, wild turkey, and birds of prey such as owls, hawks, and eagles. Other area wildlife include black bear, white-tail deer, bobcat, red and grey fox, coyote, raccoon, skunk, opossum, rabbit, squirrel, woodchuck, and chipmunks.

Pennsylania Wildlife Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, located at the entrance of Bushkill Falls, features fascinating displays about the area’s indigenous wildlife. From the mighty black bear to the timid chipmunk, the exhibit is an outstanding place to learn more about these creatures that are so integral a part of the Bushkill Falls natural environment.

Map Adventure Program

To enhance your hiking experience, you may want to take part in our Map Adventure program. An official trail map has been developed just for this adventure. The map, which is especially detailed and accurate, includes 20 “control points” that can be found on the trails. When five, ten, or twenty locations have been found and verified with a unique punch of your card by a park official, you will become eligible for a monthly prize drawing.

The Map Adventure map includes a handy tree guide, along with facts and trivia about Bushkill Falls. It is available for only $3.00 and includes 1 punch card, additional punch cards are $.50 a piece.





That’s the front buildings with mining adventure, entrance, restaurant, gift shop, picnic area, bathrooms and fudge shop.

Check out some of the views complete with pictures of my sister, nephew, niece, girlfriend and Nala lol

Great for family trips or a romantic hike. However it’s highly populated and for those of you that enjoy hiking and looking for the next trail marker; you won’t have that here as the trail is much more commercial with bridges and walkways.













Notice the picture of my nephew above: he was afraid of a black moth lol wussy :p












































Here is the restaurant combo menu:

For some reason my nephew wanted a pic of the sweet baby rays bbq sauce pump lol so here it is:

As you can see it is really pretty and a great day of fun for the family.

Down the street from Bushkill Falls is an indoor/outdoor flea market we stopped afterward for a couple of cool deals!

Feel free to check that out too!

Attractions: Hiking the Ringwood Manor Trails, Ringwood NJ






I didn’t have time to take pictures on the actual trail, it is harder than the boardwalk and much Easier then the ridge in Vernon.

Not bad for a hike that isn’t all the way in the middle of nowhere.

Another hint: the Ringwood Manor is also a giant destination every year for wedding photos, so if you are in the area and would love beautiful photos head over to the manor.

Try it you might like it!

The other day we took a different trail up a giant hill!


If you look carefully at the picture we started alongside the river at the 2nd cable upright. Our total run that day, after the hill and trails in the woods was: 6.6 miles!

Today we went crazy up that hill pictured above then down the back

And along the powerlines into New York to sterling forest lake pictured below:


We ran around the lake to another lake where I found a tree apparently eaten by a beaver:

I usually wear cheap cotton, champion socks this time I tried an expensive pair or Thorlo socks priced about $15 a pair and this was the result:


Expensive vs cheap – Wool vs Cotton doesn’t always make a difference! I want to try Under Armour Socks! Next!

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Events: The Tough Mudder

Guest Writer: Ravi Mehta coming soon!

Louis J. Bianco section below:

Probably the toughest event on the planet

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses, half a million inspiring participants, and more than $2 million dollars raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

Of course ours:
Pennsylvania #2
May 12th 2012
Pocono Manor
Happened to break the rules and be 13miles!!

I have been training for 2 months:
Did 3 mile hike on Sussex boardwalk
Did 6 mile hike on Sussex boardwalk/Appalachian trail
Did 8 mile hike on Sussex boardwalk/Appalachian trail
Did 3 mile hike in Ringwood
Did 6.6 mile run in Ringwood
Did 2 mile run in Air Force
Did 3.5 mile run in Ringwood
Did 10 mile run/walk in Ringwood
Did 3.5 mile run in Ringwood
Did 1 mile walk in Air Force

Off days I was doing precor elliptical for 30-45 min plus my daily weight training

I registered for the May 12th event in PA. One day before my birthday.

I have my outfit for the event:
Under Armour compression shirt and pants, covered by Under Armour loose gear shirt and shorts and my military camelback. On my feet I will be wearing Vibram Five Fingers to hopefully eliminate blisters, running though all that water.

Last week I did the stairmaster for:
10min with 35 min on precor
15min with 15 min on precor
20min with 25 min on precor
20min with 10 min on precor
And last 20 below:
Just finished my last workout before the mudder, did 20min on stairmaster then 10 on the precor elliptical now I’m going to rest and rehydrate for the event.

On the day of the event I will be mixing my water in my camelback with spring water, a little mineral water and a bottle of blk (reviewed here)

I also brought a much needed cliff bar (oatmeal raisin) and 3 ibuprofen!!

The race supplied a couple bananas at different water stations, free electrolyte gummy’s (at one station) and of course plenty of water. The even had music at the water stations!

The course was well made, but could have used a port-a-john between the arctic enema and the death march. I had to use my sock in the woods! TMI; I know; lol but you had to know!

I felt good except my feet! I’m in serious pain! I made a critical error and wore my Vibram five fingers. Although, they were great in the mud and on hills, I couldn’t climb walls and on the rocks they were hell! Catching a sharp rock in the arch was excruciating. It was also treacherous having to watch every step on the trails.

My Kyber Mountain boots would have been ideal, but I didn’t want to ruin them. I was also worried about blisters and got a giant one on my left heel and on the ball of my foot just below my middle toe.

I also have pain on the side of my right foot in the arch area.

The obstacles –

The Berlin Walls:
Back to back walls, proved impossible due to a poor choice of footwear! Made evident from the start!

Kiss of Mud:
Crawling under the barbed wire in the mud was terrible, because I barely cleared and got snagged a few times with my camelback. My number was torn off here.

Arctic Enema:
the dumpster of ice water in which you must go under was tough but it was fun and for the next mile after it, I felt like a million bucks, but it made me want to defecate really bad!! Must have been the fiber lol

High Stepping:
A series of half walls (about 6) were tiring and not too easy after having my energy zapped and having the urge to go to the bathroom after the Arctic Enema.

The Death March:
The hill was easy! Because of our training at Ringwood Manor, I was pleasantly surprised!

Log Jamming:
A series of over and under logs, after going under the first one I noticed an abundance of black spiders (I squished one on the way under) I decided to go over every log some piled 3 high and only go under the ones with barbed wire on top (about 3 of them) having to dodge and squish spiders on the way under.

The Fire Walker:
Was no big deal in the beginning I felt the fire on my face but the fire was so far away from you it wasn’t a factor at the end of it I got a mouthful of smoke that wasn’t cool!

Spiders Web:
A giant cargo net hung between 2 trees. Halfway up I was horizontal, I remover thinking to myself, I don’t way to fall from here it will hurt too much, so digging deep I reached for the top and pulled myself over, the way down was much easier.

Walk the Plank:
The climb up was like a slanted berlin wall; which I probably where I injured the side of my right foot having to use it on the way up! After the second step the third was too large to humanly do by yourself, so I had to have assistance and get a hand from someone on top!

A 15 foot plunge into the pond. I don’t like heights, so I wasn’t thrilled, but barely moving my lead filled legs, I jumped in the cold water!

Berlin Walls 2:
Another impossible mission! Poor footwear!

Devil’s Beard:
Everyone was saying the giant cargo net was hard to get under, but I don’t think it was that bad.

The the giant half pipe was crazy! I got to the top on all 3 attempts, but couldn’t make it over due to two things
1: I picked the wrong footwear and had no traction.
2: The guys on top weren’t military and didn’t know how to pull someone over the wall, they were yanking on my bad shoulder instead of reaching for my belt area. So instead of risking reinjury I told them to let me go.

Electric Eel:
The electric eel was the worst! A water pit where u crawl under simulated barbed wire, and it has hanging wires, being so large I got zapped with every wire! Getting hit in the shoulder blade, but the worst was getting hit in the butt! My entire glute muscle violently contracted.

Funky monkey:
The monkey bars were hard with my shoulders. The water was cold lol

Boa Constrictor:
2 tight tubes that spilled out into the water, again the water was cold! I had a girl carry my camelback through so I wouldn’t get stuck like Winnie the pooh lol

The Mud Mile:


Giant mud and water filled holes that you have to climb in and out and into the next one.

Hanging Tough:
The rings were slippery I was one ring away from the end and stuck I couldn’t reach the last ring my shoulder was hurting so I went to two hands on one ring and yet again the water was cold lol

The Twinkle Toes:
The balance beam was cool except the middle of the beam was so shaky for a guy my size once again the water was cold lol

Electroshock Therapy:
Hanging wires while you run through calf high water and jump over hay bales. I was using my hat to swat wires and missed on thy hit me on the forehead between the eyes and made my teeth chatter together!

All pain aside I did enjoy it. However, I will not compete again >;;;; 250lbs!

At the end of day 1 after:
My blisters feel a little better, but my calves, quads, glutes and low back are tightening up, and my right wrist hurts.

Beginning of day 2 after:
Only the outer edge of my right foot in the arch region still hurts.

Day 3 I should make my return to the gym to resume weight training, I will give my feet a 4th day to heal before resuming the stairmaster.

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Attractions: Sussex County, NJ Appalachian Trail

Past the boardwalk is a mountain, well kind of a ridge top, but it looks like a mountain, and there is a great overlook!

It is one mile up and one mile back down! There is a place called God’s stairs or the stairway to heaven on the way to the top. It’s pretty rough. Today my nephew and I did both the hill and the boardwalk! I love blisters lol
Check out some cool pics:










Local Indian Boy:


This is a great workout and you can enjoy nature! On our trip we saw 3 black bears (not on the hill) 2 on outskirts of town and one in the marsh of the boardwalk.

We also saw a small rat snake. And a bunch of red back blackbirds:

I didn’t take that picture, the ones I took you can’t really see the color on their back.

So if you want a great workout and don’t want to be cooped up in the gym head on out and be close to nature! Go hiking!

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Attractions: Sussex County Boardwalk – Vernon NJ


Check out this awesome boardwalk threw the marshland:

There are a couple bridges including a big one seen here:



The view is spectacular:



There’s even a bike path at the end not sure how to get there:












There isn’t a parking lot as far as I know, cars line the shoulder of the road on a beautiful day.

Take advantage of this beautiful spring weather and get in shape while enjoying nature. You can even bring your dogs for a walk, but don’t forget your pooper scooper!!


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