Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Three Drills to Help Beginning Volleyball Players Improve Their Skills

A Canadian resident, Iftach Jacob served as sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Israel. Iftach Jacob stays active with multiple hobbies, including playing volleyball.

Learning how to play volleyball takes time and practice. Here are a few drills that allow beginners to hone their skills:

* Pepper drill. One of the most common volleyball drills, this helps players perfect their ball control in addition to serve-and-receive techniques. In this drill, two players stand about six feet apart from each other. One player tosses the volleyball to the other, and this player passes the ball back using a volleyball technique. Both players continue the rally using volleyball-specific techniques.

* Dead fish drill. Two groups of players stand at opposite service lines. The first player serves the ball, and if the serve is successful, that player goes to the back of the line. If the server misses, he or she must go to the other side of the court and lie down in the field of play. The only way the player can go back is if a server hits the player with the ball.

* Shuffle drill. One player tosses the ball high into the air, at least 10 feet away from the other player, who must pass it back. The passer is supposed to shuffle step without crossing his or her feet.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Common Myths About CrossFit

Former sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces, Iftach Jacob enjoys hobbies that include following sports such as soccer and the NBA. Beyond that, Iftach Jacob enjoys participating in physical activities such as Crossfit.

Most people have at least heard of CrossFit. Yet despite its widespread recognition, there are still many myths about the exercise style, including:

- It’s dangerous: There is a risk of injury with CrossFit, as with any workout. But the belief that CrossFit itself is dangerous is incorrect. What’s dangerous is not performing moves properly and either ignoring coaches or having bad coaches.

- It’s for fit people: While it’s true that many athletic people are drawn to CrossFit because of its ability to challenge practitioners, the exercise is not only for people who are already fit. CrossFit welcomes people of all fitness levels.

- It’s all you need: CrossFit is a great workout, but it’s rarely the only form of training needed. Rather than relying on CrossFit on its own, people must create unique training programs to attain their end goal.

- It’s not good for seniors: Older adults hoping to improve their mobility and range of motion can enjoy CrossFit just as much as younger adults. In fact, the workout has specific competitions and groups for people in varying age ranges.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Foo Fighters - Transforming Tragedy into Success

As a sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces, Iftach Jacob oversaw over 20 soldiers. A fan of several bands and musical artists, Iftach Jacob counts the Foo Fighters among his favorite groups.

The former drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl created the Foo Fighters in the mid-1990s after the death of Kurt Cobain and the subsequent dissolution of Nirvana, the band for which he was the frontman. Leading up to this event, Grohl had been developing a collection of songs for which he handled most of the instruments and all of the vocals and that he released on the Foo Fighters’ debut album in 1995.

After the album’s release, Dave Grohl went on tour. To help him, he recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, each former members of Sunny Day Real Estate. He also invited Pat Smear, the guitarist who was on Nirvana’s final tour, to join the new band.

Unfortunately, this line-up didn’t last; in 1996, Goldsmith left the Foo Fighters while the band was recording The Colour and the Shape album, and while Grohl replaced him quickly with Taylor Hawkins, Smear left shortly after the album’s release. Although Franz Stahl replaced Smear, he left the band in 1999 after the release of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. Since Stahl’s replacement by Chris Shiflett, the band’s line-up has remained the same.

Once the line-up stabilized, the Foo Fighters began growing in popularity. The band’s sound reflects the heavy, loud-quiet-loud template that was popularized by Nirvana and the Pixies and turns out to be just the right mix of creative and commercial to appeal to today’s audiences.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Eminem-Produced Film Received Well at Toronto Film Festival

A former sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces, Iftach Jacob now resides in Canada where he supports a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada. Beyond his professional and charitable endeavors, Iftach Jacob enjoys listening to music and counts rapper Eminem as one of his favorite artists.

Best known for his ability behind the microphone, Eminem earned critical acclaim for his lead role in the film 8 Mile, which is loosely based on his upbringing. The film was released in 2002 and, although the rapper hasn't taken on any major film roles since, he recently produced the film Bodied, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to positive reviews. 

Directed by Joseph Kahn, the film, like 8 Mile, focuses on the battle-rap scene, but uses it as a vehicle for addressing present-day racial tensions in the United States. It stars Disney Channel alumnus Calum Worthy as Adam, a talented white male with an affinity for battle rap, and includes appearances by Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, and Charlamagne Tha God. There is no official release date for the film yet, but it has been confirmed that both Eminem and Dr. Dre will be featured on the soundtrack.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Foo Fighters Releasing Ninth Studio Album in September

Iftach Jacob is a former sergeant of operations for the Israel Defense Forces who now resides in Toronto, Ontario, where he supports a variety of nonprofit organizations. In his free time, Iftach Jacob enjoys listening to Foo Fighters, which he counts as one of his favorite bands. 

Led by frontman Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters are a 10-time Grammy Award-winning rock band that has been creating original music for over 20 years. Founded in Seattle, Washington, the band has put together eight full-length studio albums and recently announced a September 15 release date for their ninth album, Concrete and Gold. The album is currently available for digital, vinyl, and CD pre-order, while related merchandise bundles including a Russian nesting doll set are also available through the band's website. 

The album was recorded at Hollywood's EastWest Studios, and might have a somewhat different feel than other Foo Fighters albums. The band worked with producer Greg Kurstin, who has predominantly worked with pop stars such as Adele, Pink, and Sia during his career. In addition to the album, the Foo Fighters will also be embarking on a nationwide tour beginning October 14 in Richmond, Virginia and concluding December 12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.