A Rogue Olympic weightlifting barbell - loaded with Rogue training bumper plates
Exercise Equipment

Guide to Olympic Barbells

Before investing in quality and expensive barbells, understanding your barbell is the first step to consider. This way, you will be acquainted with the parts of the Olympic barbell, their purpose, and the kinds of features you should be getting for your best lifting experience. Let’s take a tour through the different parts of the barbell, and make sure we understand all the features and options for each. First stop – the shaft. We’re talking about Olympic barbells here – the big-boy barbells that have a 2″ diameter sleeve to accommodate Olympic sized plates. We’re not discussing the standard barbell – which is common in your local sporting goods store. That bar has only a 1″ sleeve diameter and doesn’t [Read more …]

Fringe Sport 15 kg Womens Wonder Bar Olympic Barbell with an athlete 2
Exercise Equipment

Oly Bars for Women

Get a CrossFit style workout in your garage with a Women’s Oly bar. Here’s the Passion Pink and Purple Wonder Bars from Fringesport. These are just one example of a Women’s Barbell for Olympic Lifting. How is this different than a men’s bar? The 25mm diameter is MUCH easier to grip with smaller hands. Because of the smaller size, these bars are lighter – weighing in at about 15 Kg (vs 20 Kg for a men’s.) Women’s barbells are made for those with smaller hands and those who need a lighter bar to start their lifting journey. Using a more appropriate bar for your convenience will enhance your workouts and keep you safer. So this means you can also use [Read more …]

Fringe Sport Black Training Competition Plates - Kilos with a model
Exercise Equipment

Olympic Weightlifting Equipment from Fringe Sport

Fringe Sport has everything you need for Olympic Weightlifting. Weightlifting is one of the best exercises and one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body. You can use various kinds of equipment when you are in weight training, and all these can benefit your overall health. There are free weights and machines, but both can improve your body in a significant way. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Olympic Weightlifting Equipment from Fringe Sport – Overview There are different kinds of weightlifting equipment, and to name a few, there are kettlebells, dumbbells, body bars, resistance bands, sandbags, slam balls, and barbells. Using barbells can employ various muscle groups, and you’ll be [Read more …]

Force USA Powerlifting Barbell end view
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Olympic Barbells from Force USA

Let’s review Olympic barbells from Force USA. The barbell is one of the most functional and essential items of equipment you will see in a home gym or commercial gym. Olympic barbells are intended for the two dangerous Olympic lifts – the snatch and clean and jerk. Olympic bars are usually smaller in diameter and more adaptable than power bars, and they stock more springy power used on the lifter’s behalf when performing heavy cleans. Here are some of the styles we are going to look at: Olympic Barbells from Force USA – Overview One of the biggest features of Olympic bars is their bearings. A reliable sleeve rotation from your bearings/bushings with a reasonable amount of bar whip for [Read more …]

Nike Romaleos 4 Olympic Weightlifting Shoe - Hands On Review
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Romaleos 4 Olympic Weightlifting Shoe Review

The long awaited Nike Romaleos 4 is now available – and this is our hands-on review. This is Nike’s only Olympic weightlifting shoe – and it is an excellent choice for heavy weightlifting. What’s new and different from last year’s model (the 3 XD)? How does this compare to other premium weightlifting shoes like the Adipower 2 and Legacy Lifter? That’s what we’ll cover in this in depth review. Get them from Rogue Fitness or Road Runner Sports (we are an affiliate): Let’s take an up-close look. Nike Romaleos 4 Shoe Review – Hands On First Look on YouTube Don’t want to read? Watch instead – here’s a first look from our YouTube channel: All right, let’s take a look. [Read more …]

Manufactured to the same high standard as our Rogue Competition Plates, these KG bumpers feature an all-black, gloss-matte-gloss finish and a unique, color-coded rubber stripe that wraps around the full perimeter of each plate. That stripe, along with raised, color-coded lettering on the face of the plate, allows for quick visual weight identification from any direction or distance.
Exercise Equipment

Garage Gym – The Olympic Weight Plates

Let’s look at Olympic weight plates – cast iron plates and bumper plates. The most important item in your garage gym is an Olympic barbell that will meet the needs of your preferred training style. But a barbell with no Olympic weight plates isn’t a challenge for very long. In this article, we’ll review the Olympic weight plates you need: Looking for Black Friday deals on Olympic bumper plates? Check back here for all the great gym equipment deals like Hundo Pricing, and more. Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy bumper plates. The Olympic barbell uses weight plates with a 2.0-inch diameter hole in the center. Beyond that you can choose metal plates (iron or [Read more …]

A Rogue Olympic weightlifting barbell - loaded with Rogue training bumper plates
Exercise Equipment

Starting Your Own Garage Gym – The Olympic Barbell

We’re going to talk about what is probably the most essential piece of gear for a great garage gym – the Olympic weightlifting barbell. We’ll provide examples of Rogue barbells – because we think Rogue Fitness makes the best barbells for your home or garage gym (or your CrossFit box!) Here’s the barbells we’ll be reviewing. Be sure to read through to understand the specific strengths of each model. Rogue Olympic WL Bar 20kg men’s bearing bar – Made in the USA with 215K tensile strength steel. Needle bearings for ultimate spin – also great “whip” – so it is the best barbell for Olympic lifts. (Rogue Fitness) Rogue Ohio Bar – Stainless Steel The awesome Rogue Ohio Bar in [Read more …]

Reebok Lifter PR III quarter right pair
Cross Training Shoes

Reebok Lifter PR III Weightlifting Shoe

Let’s take a look at the Reebok Lifter PR III Weightlifting Shoe. Just as cross-training calls for crosstraining shoes, weightlifting also needs weightlifting shoes. They provide a reliable surface to help you balance and support heavy weights. The right weightlifting shoes will help improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. If you’re doing heavy, compound lifts routinely, getting a pair of good Olympic weightlifting shoes is recommended. Here’s the new shoe – and some alternate options for you to consider: Reebok Lifter PR III Weightlifting Shoe – Overview Every part of Reebok’s Lifter PR was designed with personal records in mind, hence the name. The series is known for its U-FORM + Thermo TPU midfoot wrap that produces [Read more …]

TYR-1 Lifter left side
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Lifting Shoes from TYR

Lift heavy with the right footwear – that means oly lifters or cross trainers. Here’s the new Lifting Shoes from TYR. You can get these from Rogue Fitness TYR has been a top name in specialized athletic apparel for almost 40 years. It is named after TYR, the Norse god of courage and sacrifice, denoting that the brand is built on commitment and discipline. TYR has now produced a line of superior weightlifting and cross-training shoes quickly adopted by many of the leading strength athletes in the country. Get these training shoes for CrossFit: TYR-1 Lifter The L-1 Lifter highlights a patent-pending anatomical toe box and a wide flat sole for excellent stability even to the most strenuous regimens. The [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 8 Shoe Review 67
Cross Training Shoes

New Shoes for CrossFit from Rogue

Here’s the latest New Shoes for CrossFit from Rogue. Rogue has all the latest styles – the Nike Metcon 8, the Reebok Nano X2, the NOBULL Trainer+ – and more! If you think wearing proper shoes for training is not essential, think again. Some injuries and inefficiency in training result from wearing the wrong shoes. But if you want the maximum intensity and optimum result without getting injured, wearing proper shoes is a must. Check out the selection of shoes for CrossFit from Rogue: New Shoes for CrossFit from Rogue – Overview Shoes truly matter to help you perform your best, especially in rigorous and demanding workouts like CrossFit. Some typical CrossFit movements include squats, box jumps, sprints, lifting, deadlines, [Read more …]