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What is the Murph Challenge?

What is the Murph Challenge? On Memorial Day 2021 thousands of people around the globe – including Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and more will be taking on the Murph Challenge. What is it? The Murph Challenge is a workout (in CrossFit terms a “Hero WOD”) honoring LT. Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2005. The workout includes a one-mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another one-mile run. Murph perfomed this workout regularly, which he nicknamed “body armor” – because he did the grueling workout wearing his plate carrier fully loaded with ISAPI plates. It was his way to ensure he was ready for the grueling [Read more …]

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Rogue 50 Cal Challenge on Echo Bike 2
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How to Make the Echo Bike More Comfortable

Let’s review Echo Bike Add-ons – and find some way to make the Rogue Echo Bike more comfortable. The Rogue Echo Bike is a tough workout – it is an air bike, after all. Expect lung-searing intensity and burning quads like no other piece of equipment can deliver. But at the same time, let’s see where we can make things a little more pleasant. The Rogue Echo Bike mixes heavy-duty steel, accurate engineering, and comfortable customization to produce a durable, sturdier fan bike. It is created from the get-go with character and performance in mind with huge frames, high weight capacities, and belt drives. The handles on the bike weigh a big amount and are tougher to move than other [Read more …]

The best women's olympic barbell will have a 25 mm shaft diameter - so it's easy to grip for those with smaller hands. It will weight 15 kilograms or 33 pounds. It can be used for Olympic Weightlifting or strength building power lifts.
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Best Women’s Olympic Barbell

Let’s look at some options for the best women’s Olympic barbell for CrossFit. First of all – do women need a special barbell for weightlifting? Short answer – they don’t. But, women’s barbells have a shaft diameter of only 25 mm. Compare this to the 28 or 29 mm diameter of a men’s bar. It is 10% less diameter. And that means it’s easier to grip for those with smaller hands. Here’s the barbells we are going to review today. Read on to find out about the important qualities of the best women’s barbell. Rogue Bella Bar 2.0 15kg women’s bushing bar – A multipurpose bar, made in the USA with 190K tensile strength steel. Outstanding Rogue Fitness quality. (Rogue [Read more …]

An athlete using the Victory Multi-Grip functional trainer
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Functional Trainer Cable Machine Reviews

Let’s talk about functional trainers, also called cable machines. What’s a functional trainer? Here’s an example – the Victory FT-5000 Multi-Grip Functional Trainer from Rep Fitness. This is our top pick for an affordable functional trainer for your home gym or garage gym. A Functional Trainer is a cable machine that uses two independent weight stacks, pulleys, and cables (with handles) to provide unique workout benefits. Here’s the functional trainer cable machines we will review. FT 5000 Victory Multi-Grip Functional Trainer This functional trainer from Rep Fitness has everything we’d look for – two 220 lb weight stacks, height adjustable handles, pull-up handles, and plenty of attachment options. All that – and a great price. (Rep Fitness) Made from 11 [Read more …]

Nike Romaleos 4 versus Reebok Legacy Lifter versus Adidas Adipower 2
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Best Weightlifting Shoes for 2021

Why look at the best weightlifting shoes for 2021? Lifting heavy weights requires the proper footwear. Many people lift using normal sneakers or running shoes – and that is a big mistake. They should be using proper weightlifting shoes, like the Nike Romaleos 4 shown here instead. We’ll review who makes the best weightlifting shoes for 2021, and tell you why they are the best. Best Shoes For Squats? Weightlifting shoes are the best shoes for squats. The raised heel (which is very firm) minimizes the ankle range of motion needed. The solid heel ensures you are stable with hundreds of pounds on your back or in your hands. These are the best shoes for Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, and the [Read more …]

The RML-390C is the colored version of Rogue RML-390BT Power Rack. Like the standard model, this unit is manufactured in Columbus, Ohio, and updates a classic Westside power cage design with 3x3" 11 Gauge Steel in your choice of 10 custom Rogue semi gloss powdercoats. With an interior depth of 24" or 30", the RML-390C is an all-in-one power rack that can improve the efficiency of a small garage gym or major weight training center. With 0.625" hardware and Westside hole spacing, it also provides an appealing middle ground between the Rogue Monster and Rogue Infinity Series power racks. Easy to set-up and install out the box, this rack comes standard with a pair of Monster Lite J-cups, a pin/pipe safety set, four band pegs, and a 43" Fat/Skinny Pull-Up Bar.
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The Best Power Rack for Your Garage Gym

The foundation of the best garage gym or home gym is the power rack or squat rack. Why? Because it’s the best option for versatile and safe training with heavy weights. Shown here is the RML-390BT Rogue Monster Lite Power Rack (Rogue Fitness: ). It is an exceptionally well built product, and has all the essential features we look for in the best power rack for a garage gym. Got a garage? Then you’ve got space for a garage gym. The benefits of the garage gym are many: no crowds, no commute, no waiting for equipment. But, the downside is you’ve got to have the right equipment. You need versatile gear that will last for a lifetime. What is the [Read more …]

Rogue GH-1 GHD - Glute Ham Developer bench from Rogue Fitness
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Glute Ham Developer – Guide to the Best GHD For Your Home Gym

Let’s talk about the Glute Ham Developer or GHD, also known as the Glute Ham Bench. What is a GHD? It’s a piece of strength and conditioning equipment that lets you perform very potent posterior chain and core exercises including the Glute Ham Raise (GHR), the abdominal destroying GHD Situp, and even a poor man’s version of the reverse hyperextension. The model shown here is the Rogue Abram 2.0 GHD (Rogue: ) – and it’s excellent example of the features of a great GHD. Looking for Black Friday 2019 deals on Glute Ham Devices? Check back here for our recommended Black Friday deals on GHDs. Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy fitness equipment. A GHD [Read more …]