Outdoors

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With lots of options, adventurers should go with Fuji Jari Gravel Bike

If you're looking to buy a new bike, you can quickly become overwhelmed with choices. Forget all the manufacturers – just consider the types of bikes you need to consider: road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, touring bikes, fat-tire bikes, cyclo-cross bikes, beach cruisers and commuters all offer something unique. So do we really need another category to muddy the water? The Fuji Jari Gravel Bike is based on a more traditional road bike, but it's designed to also be ridden off-asphalt on gravel, crushed limestone, and compressed dirt paths, in addition to the roads.

Outdoors

It's OK to be empowered by powerlifting

At her other gym, longtime runner Louise Vogel didn't feel anything like a power lifter. She would venture into the weightlifting area, hoodie pulled over her head, the cover of darkness hiding her small frame, and grab a barbell, the only woman among 50 guys.

Outdoors

How to stay in shape when you're traveling

Whether you're on the road for work or vacationing with friends and family, keeping up with fitness goals can prove rather difficult when you're traveling. But that doesn't mean you should let all your hard work go to waste just because you are on the go. To help you maintain your fitness regimen while entertaining a busy schedule and living out of a hotel room, we asked Edwin Santiago, body architect at Anatomy at 1220 in Miami, for some quick and effective workout tips for traveling.

Outdoors

Debug Ground Cover helps eliminate insects from camping

The term "debug" is best known for what's done to software before introducing it to the public. But for those who like to spend time in the outdoors, the term is wishful thinking: How much nicer would it be to spend time outside without pesky insects? The clothing manufacturer Toad&Co. had those same yearnings, and it has created a blanket that will help keep those biting nuisances away when you're enjoying the outdoors. The Debug Ground Cover features Insect Shield, an effective and odorless insect repellent that's built into the fabric. It's safe for humans and pets – and even insects (it doesn't kill them, just repels them).

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Sammy Caiola: Heed warnings when exercising at altitude

The thin dirt road to Round Top Peak lurched up toward the distant ridge line, teasing me with the promise of alpine lake views as I climbed the mountain's face one heavy step at a time. I was physically fit – or so I thought – and I had lugged my 40-pound backpack up and down plenty of mountains. So why did I feel so utterly exhausted?

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Quilter takes up kickboxing, and is thriving

Twice a year, Jeannie Neldner and her friends head up to Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Menasha for their quilting retreat. It's a relaxing escape for the 51-year-old nurse to join friends and get away from work and all the other demands of life.

Outdoors

Why Shavasana is the hardest yoga pose

Yoga classes end in Shavasana, or corpse pose, which is just lying on your back, completely still. Some say it's the most difficult pose precisely because you're not supposed to move at all. It's all about the gap between what you did during the session and what you do afterwards, a moment of reflection and appreciation. After you put your body into all these difficult positions, you're able to find those 5 minutes of comfort in corpse pose. Once again, the lesson applies: The past leads to your reaction and your ability to embrace the present. And what we do in the present has the power to change the future.

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: Easy ways to get a resistance workout

The warm winds of late spring, and the irresistible smell of fresh green-growing things that calls to the senses beckons us outdoors. The only problem is doing the resistance training that is so important to building muscles and power is an inside job. Riding your bike up heartbreaking hills won't build the bulky quads that will grow from doing squats.

Videos

Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater

Video submitted by Jacquelyn Johnson shows the fire from a deadly crash when a tanker truck caught fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater.
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Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater 0:18

Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater

Driver killed when tanker truck crashes and catches fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater 2:06

Driver killed when tanker truck crashes and catches fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater

Employee describes chaos after explosion in Atwater 1:21

Employee describes chaos after explosion in Atwater

Driver killed in truck explosion in Atwater 1:00

Driver killed in truck explosion in Atwater