Fitness Facts: 8 Perilous Pitfalls to Avoid at the Gym


Joining a gym can be a scary experience. You never know exactly what you’re getting into until after you join. Unfortunately, many gyms try to obscure broken equipment, shady liability waivers, and other inherently dangerous things about their gym until after you’ve paid your dues. To add insult to injury, it’s often easier to walk on water than to cancel your membership. Here’s how to avoid some of the more obvious perils lurking at your average gym.

Check For Broken Equipment

Broken equipment is very common in many gyms across America. In the 1970s new machines were being invented which were supposed to make it easier for average folks to work out. However, as gyms bought into these machines, they realized there was a lot of money which had to be tied up into maintenance. Some gyms chose to forego the maintenance and instead let gym-goers figure it out on their own.

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Cadillac

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Cadillac has had a long, turbulent history in the United States. When it was up, it was the go-to luxury car in the U.S.; when it was down, it was little more than an afterthought in the American conscience. Despite its ups and downs, Cadillac is still here and is surging, once again, into the national conscience. Below is a brief history of the rise, fall, and subsequent rise of the Cadillac brand.

The Glory Years

From the 1930s through the early 1970s Cadillac was a symbol of the American dream. During its hey-day, owning a Cadillac meant those three-martini lunches had paid off, and that you were well on your way to having the keys to the executive washroom. It meant that you had game and that you were a force to be reckoned with. You were Frank Sinatra and Super Fly and Don Draper rolled into one.

Elvis Presley was a huge fan of Cadillac, even going so far as to make a special trip to Houston, Texas to buy a 1956 El Dorado.

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Picture of the Day: Alisha Lucik next to a waterfall

Alicia Lucik shows off her assets in a thong bikini as she poses next to a waterfall in a beautiful pool.

Alicia Lucik next to a waterfall


24 Blog 9.9: Catch Me Now I’m Falling

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This is not hyperbole, though it might be forgetfulness: this might be Jack Bauer’s finest hour.

He saved Big Dick Heller by using a trick from the playbook of the 1994 movie “Speed,” which is to hack the camera feed and create a continuous loop that the terrorist won’t notice (until they do). Then he landed a helicopter on Mommie Dearest’s building, because stealth (which is to say, everyone in the building should have heard this coming). Then he rappelled down the building and worked his way into their fortress through the window.

That setup makes me want to write one of those click whore-type tag lines now. You know, the one that doesn’t tell you what happens next, but makes sure you know that you absolutely need to click on this link right now, dude! (You see these on Facebook 100 times a day.) I’m new at this, so here goes:

“This soldier is one step away from death. What happens next is amazing.”

How did I do? Don’t answer that, it’s a trick question: those tag lines all suck.

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Feeling Lucky at the Falls? Check Out Niagara’s Best Casinos

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Next to visiting the falls and experiencing the myriad activities that the Niagara area has to offer, for many people the most exciting experience of all is a visit to the casinos. For many visitors from the United States, where gambling is restricted, a visit to a casino in Niagara can be one of the main highlights of a vacation.

In addition to hundreds of gaming tables throughout several properties, many of the casinos offer exquisite fine dining options, comedy clubs, live music shows, and so much more. Patrons may also indulge in spa experiences and luxury shopping in the casino complex. With so much fun to be had, it’s no wonder that Niagara’s casinos are consistently described as the highlight of many visitors’ experiences.

It is sometimes difficult to decide which casino to visit, especially if time is a factor. Here we will break down some of the highlights of each property, so guests can choose the option that best suits them, then visit this website to choose the perfect package.

Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino

Does a casino the size of three football fields sound appealing? If so, the Fallsview Casino is right up your alley. This impressively sized casino has everything for a gambler, whether a beginner or a seasoned tournament veteran. Over one hundred tables offer games such as baccarat, roulette, craps and poker. Three thousand slot machines are on hand, as are numerous video poker machines.

The Fallsview Casino offers a dedicated poker room, as well. The buy-in at the tables range from a few dollars to high stakes, high action games. Fallsview Casino also hosts tournaments which attract the best poker players from around the world. Dedicated players can participate in the VIP tournaments, and experience the best casino service that Niagara has to offer.

The Fallsview Casino is part of the larger, luxurious Fallsview Casino Resort. This property boasts views of Niagara Falls, and each of the 374 rooms are comfortable and classy. Dining options are top notch, and the casino hosts several international restaurants featuring Chinese, Italian and Japanese cuisines, as well as a steakhouse serving prime beef, and several different casual dining options. A spa, fitness center, and many other amenities are available for hotel guests. Hotel staff is on hand to assist guests with the planning of other activities, as well.

Casino Niagara

The other of Niagara’s most popular casinos, Casino Niagara is located near the Sheraton on the Falls and the Skyline Inn. Spread over 95,000 square feet, Casino Niagara offers two levels of slot machines and multiple gaming tables offering craps, roulette, poker, blackjack, and more.
Casino Niagara offers a sports section where patrons can wager on their favorite sporting events, including football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and more. The various sports sections offer comfortable seating and over 20 HD televisions, which brings “watching the game” to a whole new level.

This property boasts a wildly popular comedy club, several venues for live music and dining options offering everything from sumptuous steaks to a lavish buffet and a casual coffeehouse. Several nightclub and bar options are on hand to help guests create a perfect evening.

Additionally, Casino Niagara hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts by international musicians and bands, live theater productions, guest speakers, and many more. Consult their continuously updated events calendar for more information.

Despite the allure of Niagara’s casinos, it’s important not to forget all of the other things that make Niagara Falls such an amazing destination. Days spent touring the falls on the Maid of the Mist are never wasted, and other activities such as hiking, cycling, golf, or winery tours are available as well. The casinos are conveniently located near many family friendly activities, such as the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and the Clifton Hill entertainment area.

After a wonderful day spent outdoors in beautiful Niagara, return indoors to one of the area’s top notch casinos for an evening of glitz, glamour and excitement the way that only Niagara can do it. You many never look at casinos in the rest of the world the same way again.

About the Author: Dan Woodburn is a travel expert and journalist.


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