Box jumps required for CrossFit Open Workout 20.4
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CrossFit Open 2021

The details of the CrossFit Open 2021 have been announced! Workouts will begin on March 11th, 2021. CrossFit has become a popular sport across the United States and there are a lot of questions around the details of it. That said, CrossFit is not just seen as a sport, but as a lifestyle. This lifestyle is focused on effective exercise, balanced nutrition, and achieving goals that you make for yourself. Every workout is different and varies on the athlete’s experience and strength level. The ultimate goal is to support long term health and wellness by creating a support group of like-minded people. All exercises can be modified to fit every athlete’s needs. Here we will break down the basics of [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 6 AMP - How is it different than the regular edition? Let's compare and contrast.
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Metcon 6 Differences

The Nike Metcon 6 is my favorite CrossFit shoe for the year 2021 – and now that it has been out for quite a while, there are lots of different versions and editions. That’s the difference between the Nike Metcon 6 and the Nike Metcon 6 AMP (or the FlyEase, or the Premium?) That’s what we’ll cover in this article – we will compare and contrast all the differences between the different versions of the Nike Metcon 6. What’s the real difference between the new and the regular edition Metcon 6? Nike came up with a real winner when they designed the Nike Metcon 6. Now in it’s sixth version – this all-purpose cross-training shoe will bring out the best [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X DIfferences between versions
Cross Training Shoes

Reebok Nano X Differences

Let’s look at all the different versions of the Reebok Nano X CrossFit Shoe from Reebok. This shoe has been out for a couple of months, and there are some different versions. Here’s an example, this is the Reebok Nano X Unknown. It’s a light-weight, mid-cut version of the Nano X. What’s the key differences between each version? That’s what we’re going to look at in-depth. Here’s all the different versions of the Reebok Nano X that we are going to compare and contrast in this article: Let’s compare and contrast – and find out all about the different versions of the Reebok Nano X. Reebok Nano X – Regular Edition Here’s the basic version of the Reebok Nano X. [Read more …]

GORUCK MACV-1 Boot Versus Altama OTB Maritime Boot Review
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GORUCK MACV-1 Boot Versus Altama OTB Maritime Assault Boot Review

Need boots that are made to get wet – and let you keep going afterward? Let’s put these two top contenders to the test – the GORUCK MACV-1 and the Altama OTB Maritime Assault Boot (Buy on Amazon). Here’s some of the products we used during this test: Let’s compare and contrast. This is GORUCK MACV-1 versus Altama OTB. First, let’s take an in-depth look at each. GORUCK MACV-1 Jungle Ruck Boot Overview We’ll start with the GORUCK MACV-1. I’ve had these for quite some time now, and these aren’t just one of my favorite pairs of boots – they are one of my favorite pair of shoes – period. There’s two heights of boot – 6″ and 8″. I [Read more …]

Rogue 50 Cal Challenge on Echo Bike 2
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Rogue 50 Cal Challenge

Think you can burn some calories fast on the Rogue Echo Bike? Rogue has just announced the 50 cal challenge. This first event of the inaugural Rogue Challenge will take place from Friday December 11th through Monday December 14th, 2020. What’s the challenge? Be the fastest to burn 50 calories on the Rogue Echo Bike. Who can enter? Anyone with access to a Rogue Echo Bike can give it a shot. (NOTE: It’s gotta be an Echo bike – no subs allowed!) Simply register at RogueFitness.com/challenges A $10 entry fee gets you into the competition – but $25 gets you entry as well as an official Rogue Challenge t-shirt. You’ll have to submit your time and a full video via [Read more …]

Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor
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Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Recently I wanted to get into some heart rate training techniques and do some other work evaluating calorie burn. This is my review of the Polar H10 Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor. Why a chest strap heart rate monitor (HRM)? These types of heart rate monitor are known to be the most accurate. Because it’s a chest strap, it isn’t impacted by movement (like a heart rate monitor you wear on your wrist or arm). Secondly, it operates by detecting the electrical signals of your heart – and this is a more consistent and accurate method than that used by wrist mounted heart rate monitors (which use optical sensors.) Here’s some of the gear I used during this review. Polar [Read more …]

How many calories does rucking burn?
Rucking

How Many Calories Does Rucking Burn?

How many calories does rucking burn? That’s a great question – you certainly know you are working harder when you walk for long distances with a heavily loaded backpack (rucksack) on your back. But, can we put some hard numbers to this? Yes, we can. Here’s results from testing I’m doing – measuring calorie burn (via heart rate monitoring) at a variety of distances, loads, and paces. Without further ado, here’s the results (Preliminary, more data will be added over the next 2-3 months): Ruck Weight Pace (mph) Calories burned/minute Calories burned/hour Calories burned/mile 0 (no ruck) 3.6 6.7 401 109 30 lb ruck plate + Rucker 3.0 3.0 6.2 373 123 30 lb ruck plate + Rucker 3.0 3.7 [Read more …]

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review
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Xebex Rower Review

Let’s review the features of the Xebex Rower line – including their latest model the Xebex Rower 3.0. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Xebex Rower – Overview These indoor rowing machines provide resistance from a flywheel. It uses air resistance – and this means the resistance can vary from minimal to a lot. Overall, rowing is excellent exercise. It uses all your major muscle groups – it’s a full body workout. It is also zero impact. There’s no repeated jarring shocks to your joints. Why pound the pavement relentlessly when you can glide instead? Xebex Rower 3.0 First of all, this is a rower that uses air resistance. There’s an ergometer. And when you [Read more …]

Best Air Bike Training Program
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Air Bike Training Programs

Got air bike? Stop flailing around with random workouts and pick an air bike training program. We’ll provide a round-up and overview of several of the best air bike training programs. Have one to contribute? Give us a shout in the comments. Here’s some your options: Air Bike Training Programs – Overview Looking for more variety in your workout? Check out our 28 awesome assault bike workouts. Otherwise, maybe you need a more structured training program. After all, incremental progression is the foundation of physical training. Check out these programs below. Year of the Engine – The Gains Lab I’ve been running “Year of the Engine” for 3 months now. And I like the results I’m getting. After many months [Read more …]

Pedal Straps for Rogue Echo Bike - Pedal 11
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Fyxation Pedal Straps for Rogue Echo Bike Review

Let’s review Fyxation Pedal Straps on the Rogue Echo Bike. Why pedal straps? You know you can PUSH on the pedals already – but pedal straps (like clips) let you PULL on the pedals too. Overall this can make for more efficient pedaling on the Rogue Echo Bike. And, let’s face it – if you are using the Echo bike as it’s intended you probably need all the help you can get. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Fyxation Pedal Straps on Rogue Echo Bike – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel: Here’s how to install: And here they are in [Read more …]