Holiday Gift Guide for CrossFit - Great gift ideas for those that are crazy about CrossFit.
Lifestyle

CrossFit Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Those That Are Crazy About CrossFit Need good holiday gift ideas for an avid CrossFitter in your life? Here’s some great gift ideas for 2017. In this guide we’re going to focus on items that are inexpensive, small (easy to ship), useful, and will be appreciated by those that are crazy about CrossFit. Great Birthday Gift Ideas None of these gift ideas are specific to the holidays. Your CrossFit lover will appreciate any of these gifts for any occasion – birthdays included. Want to impress them with a thoughtful, useful gift? Read on… What makes these the best CrossFit gift ideas? They’ll all be useful, functional items. Something that they will find real value in. And [Read more …]

Tea - Tea is a healthy drink, low in calories and loaded with nutrients
Diet & Nutrition

Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

What are the health benefits of drinking tea? What’s herbal tea? Herbal tea is made with infusions of fruits or herbs, and typically does not include the tea plant. We’re not going to discuss herbal tea in this article, instead we’ll focus on the traditional kind. The exclusion of the tea plant leaves in the process for making herbal tea makes it a fundamentally different beverage. Tea is an aromatic beverage made by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Tea originated in Southwest China as a medicinal drink – but it rapidly spread around the globe (the British empire played a big part and this). Tea is now second only to water as [Read more …]

A photo showing Concept2 indoor rowers in use at a CrossFit box - indoor rowing is an excellent exercise.
Exercise

Indoor Rowing – an Excellent Full-Body, Low-Impact Exercise

Why Indoor Rowing is an Excellent Full-Body, Low-Impact Exercise – The Benefits An indoor rower is an exercise machine that simulates rowing a watercraft. Indoor rowing is an all-around excellent exercise. First of all, it’s a highly effective full-body exercise, but it’s also a low-impact workout. But it’s not easy – remember the last time you had to row a boat? Why? Here’s the reasons: Full-body exercise – Indoor rowing requires effort from both your upper and lower body. With a lot of major muscle groups in use this is a tough workout. But you can pace yourself, such that this exercise will work for anyone – from novice to athlete. Calorie burning efficiency – because it involves your whole [Read more …]

Rogue Olympic Barbells with Cerakote - durable ceramic thin film coating
Equipment

Guide to the Rogue Cerakote Colors Olympic Barbells

Bearing bar vs Bushing Bar Need help understanding the lingo for Olympic barbells? Check out our barbell guide. Did you know that Rogue Olympic barbells are available with Cerakote – a thin-film ceramic coating that offers amazing durability, protection, and a choice of colors? Cerakote is also popular in the gun industry – because of the range of colors that can be used, but also because of the amazing durability of this thin-film coating. Click to See The Rogue Color Barbell Options and Prices on the Rogue Website Why Cerakote? Cerakote has a number of advantages over traditional coatings. Cerakote is resistant to wear, abrasion, corrosion, and chemicals. It was originally developed in the 1980s for use on firearms – [Read more …]

Rogue Echo Colored Bumper Plate for an Olympic Weightlifting Barbell
Equipment

Starting Your Own Garage Gym – the Olympic Weight Plates

Starting Your Own 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. Garage or Home Gym – The [Read more …]

High Blood Pressure, or Hypertension, is a long term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated.
Aging & Health

High Blood Pressure – What You Need to Know

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension – What You Need to Know High Blood Pressure, or Hypertension, is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Blood pressure is described by two different measurements – the systolic and diastolic pressures – which are the maximum and minimum pressures. Systolic is how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats. Diastolic indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats. The units of measurement are typically millimeters of mercury, abbreviated as mmHg or mm Hg. High Blood Pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” – because there can initially [Read more …]