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An indoor rower such as the Concept2 Model D Rower is an excellent way to get a low-impact, full body workout. Concept2 rowers are very popular in CrossFit WODs.
Exercise Equipment

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower – Buyer’s Guide

Indoor Rowing is excellent exercise – full body but low-impact. And it can be used for steady state cardio or interval training such as HIIT. To row indoors you will need an indoor rower. And the Concept2 Model D Rower is the best indoor rower for CrossFit style workouts, as well as rowing workouts. Concept2 is the gold standard for indoor rowing machines. They have over 40 years experience designing and building exercise equipment that can be used by the novice, a world-class athlete, or anybody in between. Therefore we think this is the best indoor rower – the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower. It’s our recommended model for use at your home or in the garage. It’s compact (requires [Read more …]

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Breakfast idea that is Paleo diet friendly
Diet & Nutrition

The Paleo Diet – Is It Right for You?

What is the Paleo Diet? Today we’re going to talk about the Paleo diet – a nutritional strategy (and lifestyle) that claims to leverage our body’s evolutionary eating adaptations for maximum health. The Paleo diet requires eating the foods our ancient ancestors ate and to avoid modern foods (and quantities) that aren’t compatible with our bodies. The core premise of the Paleo diet is that modern foods and diets have strayed too far from what our bodies and digestive systems have adapted to via tens of thousands of years of evolution. Further, its proponents believe modern foods and the associated mismatch with our real dietary needs is the biggest driving factor behind the modern “diseases of civilization”: Type 2 Diabetes [Read more …]

An air bike (also called an assault bike) workout in a CrossFit box.
Exercise

28 Awesome Assault Bike Workouts

The assault bike (also commonly called an air bike, or fan bike) is an awesome, calorie-burning workout. Why? Because it’s a total body effort – you push, pull, and pedal against resistance that gets more intense the more you go. The faster and harder you go, the more resistance there is. The assault bike has earned it’s nickname: Satan’s Tricycle The assault bike can be used for steady state cardio or super-efficient interval style workouts. In this article, we’ll bring you a round up of 28 of the best air bike workout ideas. These all work great with the Assault Fitness AirBike, AirBike Elite, Rogue Echo Bike, Schwinn AirDyne Pro, and more. Assault Bike Workouts We’re going to describe some [Read more …]

An omelette can be part of the ketogenic diet - it's low carb, high fat and protein content fits within the guidelines for ketosis
Diet & Nutrition

What is the Keto Diet?

What is the Ketogenic diet? It’s a high-fat, low-carb diet that sends your body into a state of ketosis, during which it primarily uses dietary fat and body fat for energy instead of glucose from carbs. Ketone bodies, which are the by-product of the metabolism of fat, rise to elevated levels in the blood. Ketosis is generally recognized to occur when ketone levels rise to 0.5 mmol/L or more. This can happen about 2 days after starting severe carb restrictions – which means eating less than 20-35 grams of carbs per day. However, it can take 4-6 weeks before the body is fully adapted to ketosis. Keto, as the ketogenic diet is known, is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that forces [Read more …]

Prilepin's Chart (or table) shows the optimal intensity (% of 1RM) and volume (total numer of reps) for Olympic weightlifting training as observed by AS Prilepin - who was a junior and national weightlifting coach for the Soviet Union.
Exercise

Prilepin’s Chart Explained

Prilepin’s Chart is a table of optimal Olympic weight lifting rep ranges to be used for training. It was created by A.S. Prilepin, a Soviet era sports scientist. The chart was created by reviewing the training journals of thousands of weightlifting athletes. It is meant to portray the optimal number of reps per set, and total rep count (volume) for power training required for the Olympic lifts (the Snatch, and Clean and Jerk). The chart, also called Prilepin’s Table, is as follows: The first column shows the training intensity – the percentage of 1RM (1 Repetition Maximum) being used. The second column lists the number of reps per set observed during training. The third column (this is the important one) [Read more …]

Rogue Echo Colored Bumper Plate for an Olympic Weightlifting Barbell
Exercise Equipment

Garage Gym – The Olympic Weight Plates

In this article, we’ll continue the discussion about starting your own garage gym. If you’ve been following along, you’ve picked out a power rack that will let you safely pre-position and lift heavily loaded barbells for the essential, basic, strength training movements, and you’ve zeroed in on an Olympic weightlifting barbell that will meet the needs of your preferred training style, such as CrossFit, that requires a mix of the classic strength exercises as well as Olympic lifts. But a barbell with no Olympic weight plates isn’t a challenge for very long. In this article, we’ll discuss the Olympic style weight plates you need. The Olympic barbell uses weight plates with a 2.0-inch diameter hole in the center. Beyond that [Read more …]

GORUCK GR1 21L ruck sack - in new Coyote Brown color - looks great and is backed by a lifetime guarantee
Rucking

Backpacks for Rucking

Let’s talk about the best backpacks (rucksacks) for rucking. We’ll highlight the best products that look good, are functional, and tough as nails. We’ll also highlight some great rucking accessories that help you get the most out of your gear. When choosing the best backpack for rucking – you need to consider a few things: Function Form Durability Price By the way, that super-sweet looking rucksack pictured above is the GORUCK GR1 in Coyote Brown – a top notch ruck and a great looking piece of gear. Remember, the first rule of GORUCK is: Always look cool. Read on to find out why we think the GR1 is the best choice for rucking – and for every day use. What [Read more …]