CrossFit Open Workout 20.2
Exercise

CrossFit Open Workout 20.2

The second workout of the CrossFit Open 2020 has been announced. This is the second of 5 weekly workouts for the CrossFit Open 2020. The CrossFit Open Workout 20.2 details are below. CrossFit Open Workout 20.2 : Rx Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of: 4 dumbbell thrusters 6 toes-to-bars 24 double-unders Use 35 lb dumbbells for women, and 50 lb dumbbells for men. This is scored by total number of reps. Here’s some elite scores from the announcement video feed: Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault — 928 reps (27 + 10) Carolyne Prevost — 830 reps (24 + 14) Matt McLeod — 899 reps (26 + 15) Khan Porter — 857 reps (25 + 7) Remember, scores must be [Read more …]

Heavy bench press on a flat bench with Olympic barbell.
Exercise

Better Ways to Bench Press

The flat bench press is an awesome exercise – it’s the proper way to build massive upper body strength in the triceps, pecs, and front deltoids. But performing the movement in the wrong way is hard on your shoulder joints – and possibly your elbows and wrists too. Add in the crazy amounts of weight you can bench – and you have a recipe for disaster. The solution is not to stop benching; rather to start benching smart. We’re going to review equipment and gear that offers you better ways to bench. Let’s take a closer look. Bench Press – Proper Form First of all, the form you use for benching has a lot to do with your ability to [Read more …]

CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 is now announced
Exercise

CrossFit Open Workout 20.1

The first workout of the CrossFit Open 2020 has been announced. This is the first of 5 weekly workouts for the CrossFit Open 2020. The CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 details are below. Rich Froning finished in 9:59, Scott Panchik in 9:21! CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 : Rx 10 Rounds for Time of: 8 reps of “Ground to Overhead” and 10 “Bar Facing Burpees” 95 lbs for men 65 lbs for women Time cap: 15 minutes. Remember, scores must be submitted by 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific on Monday October 14th. Please reference the official CrossFit Open Rules as needed. This type of workout is known as a couplet WOD – because it involves two movements. Official movement standards: See more details at [Read more …]

Rogue Wrist Bands are a cheap and effective way to help keep your hands and grip dry.
Exercise Equipment

11 CrossFit Gift Ideas for 2020

We’re back with the best CrossFit gift ideas for 2020. We’ll be reviewing items that are both affordable and easy to ship – but things that would be immensely useful to your beloved CrossFit trainee, athlete, coach, or gym junkie. Here’s the gift ideas we’ll be reviewing: Let’s take a closer look. Why Rogue Fitness? We’re going to recommend a lot of Rogue Fitness products in this guide. Why? Because Rogue is the coolest name in CrossFit – they supply the equipment used in the CrossFit Games and their stylish, high performance gear is revered for both its form and function. And a lot of it is made in the USA. Rogue brand equipment will be recognized immediately by anyone [Read more …]

CrossFit Open 2020
Exercise

CrossFit Open 2020 (Open Workout 20.1 coming soon!)

Don’t miss the CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 Announcement Live on October 10th, 7pm CST courtesy of Rogue Fitness. What is the first workout for the 2020 Crossfit Open? We should find out in just a few short hours – see it live on Rogue’s Iron Game tonight at 7pm CST. 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 [Read more …]

The Nike Metcon SF (also called Nike Metcon X SFB by some.)
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Metcon SF Shoe Review

Out of the blue Nike dropped a new Metcon shoe on us – the Nike Metcon SF. This is the first ever all-terrain Nike Metcon shoe. (Some vendors are calling this the Nike Metcon X SFB – but Nike lists it as the Nike Metcon SF – so there might have been a late breaking name change. As you may know, the Metcon line has primarily been best for indoor usage (with the exception of the Nike Metcon Sport.) The other metcon shoes don’t have a really deep, aggressive tread. But no so with the new Nike Metcon X SFB. This is the metcon shoe meant for mud runs, obstacle races, and getting in the mud or the water will [Read more …]

A man performs a lat pulldown exercise on a machine
Exercise Equipment

Best Lat Pulldown Machine for your Garage Gym

One of my favorite exercises to do at the gym is the lat pulldown. It’s a great exercise for the back, shoulders, and arms. It’s also a great way to get a lot of volume work on the back muscles – without the drawbacks of pull-ups or chin-ups. The problem with pull-ups or chin-ups is that your grip can be a limiting factor – and it’s very hard to work the pull-up with anything less than full body weight. The biggest impediment to performing the lat pulldown in your home or garage gym is that it requires a pretty expensive machine – and it usually takes a lot of space. We’re going to review the best lat pulldown machines and [Read more …]

Young woman using a 45 degree leg press machine
Exercise Equipment

Top 5 Reasons to use the Leg Press Machine

The leg press machine catches a lot of flak. It’s considered an inferior exercise when compared to the squat and deadlift. But there’s a reason these machines are popular and you’ll find one in just about every gym. You might as well understand what it’s good for – and use it to your benefit. We’re going to discuss the top 5 reasons to use the leg press machine. We’ll highlight some of the things you can do with this model of leg press machine. Reason #1: Rehabilitation The legs constitute the largest muscles in the body. The quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes are a significant portion of your total muscular mass. How do you provide a strength building workout if you’ve [Read more …]

Rogue MG-3 Knurled Multi-Grip/Swiss/Football Bar
Exercise Equipment

Multi-Grip Swiss Bars for Bench Press

In this review we’re going to look at the multi-grip swiss bar – also commonly called the football bar or the swiss bar. But, no matter what you call them – they all have the same benefits. The swiss bar gives you a variety of grip angles. This can have huge benefits for those with shoulder, elbow, or wrist issues. Pain when you bench press heavy? You should try the Swiss bar. These are great for all kinds of pressing and rowing movements. Bench press, incline press, rows, overhead press, curls, triceps extension – you can do all these with the versatile football bar. These are also great for targeting your triceps. Let’s get started. We’re going to show you [Read more …]

Young woman working out with an air bike.
Aging & Health

Study: Aerobic Fitness Shows Reduced Cardiometabolic Risk vs Strength Training

A new study published in the JAMA Open seems to show that those who possess greater aerobic fitness have less cardiometabolic risk as opposed to those who prioritize strength training.[1] The researchers involved in this study wanted to evaluate whether the metabolites associated with cardiometabolic risk were equally associated with both aerobic fitness and maximal muscular strength. The study involved many participants who were part of a military training exercise. The participants were split up into multiple groups – those with maximal aerobic fitness, those with minimal aerobic fitness, those with maximal strength (as demonstrated on the leg extension), and those with minimal strength. The researchers used metabolomics to study the metabolites present in the trainees blood stream. Metabolomics is [Read more …]