Exercising early in the morning appears to lead to more weight loss as compared to exercising late in the day.
Aging & Health

Is the Morning the Best Time to Exercise for Weight Loss?

A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity seems to show that those who exercise in the morning lose more weight than those who exercise after 3pm.[1] The researchers involved in this study wanted to evaluate the impact of exercise timing on weight loss, as well as energy balance. The study involved many participants who completed a 10-month supervised exercise program. The participants were split up into multiple groups – with some working out early, and others later in the day. At the end, those who exercised before noon had lost significantly more weight, as compared to those that exercised later in the day. The researchers official conclusion was: “This study, combined with the results of previous studies, [Read more …]

Does weight training have healthy effects on the human brain - as it seems to do for lab mice?
Aging & Health

Weight Training – Good for the Brain Too?

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology seems to show that weight training has beneficial effects on the brain (in lab mice.)[1] Resistance exercise training (also called strength training, or weight training) is believed to have beneficial effects on the cognitive impairment that can precede neuroinflammatory disease. But, what has not been discovered is why weight training helps. This study attempted to do just that. Lab rats with an artificially induced form of cognition impairment were monitored after having performed resistance training exercise. How do you make a rat do weight training? The researchers had the rats perform ladder climbs (for treats) with additional weight resistance. The rats gained muscle mass and strength – but that was [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 - let's compare and see which shoe is the best for your WOD.
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9

The Nike Metcon 5 is here! And now we can compare it head to head with the other great CrossFit training shoe for 2019 – the Reebok Nano 9. Let’s take a look at these shoes and compare them. We’ll help you decide which is best for you. Here’s where you can get different styles of the shoes we’ll review here: With that out of the way, let’s dive in and compare and contrast these two types of shoes. Nike Metcon 5 vs Reebok Nano 9 Let’s start with the uppers. That’s the part that covers your foot. Reebok has used Flexweave again (as in the Nano 8). That’s a good thing because it is makes for a breathable and [Read more …]

Cross Training Shoes

Nike Metcon 5 Review

At long last, the Nike Metcon 5 training shoe has arrived. Let’s find out what is new and improved. The Mat Fraser special edition (aka the “matcon”) sold out quickly at all retailers. But, now there are many other styles available – here is the Men’s Black/Gunsmoke color combination. Here’s a peek at some of the styles available now. Other styles are coming soon – so check back often. What’s New in The Nike Metcon 5 Let’s look at what is new in the Nike Metcon 5. We’re looking at the special edition Mat Fraser shoe here. Let’s start with the upper – the top part of the shoe that covers your foot. Like the previous shoe, the upper is [Read more …]

The Reebok Nano 9 is here - Reebok's newest version of the CrossFit training shoe.
Cross Training Shoes

Reebok Nano 9

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 9 is the newest version of the Nano CrossFit training shoe from Reebok. It is designed for all the demands of the WOD – heavy weight lifting, short runs, jumps, rope climbs, or just about anything else. Has Reebok improved on the really good Nano 8? That’s what we’ll review about here. Best of all there are several great looking color options available now from Rogue Fitness and Road Runner Sports. A lot of the great features of the previous shoe, the Nano 8, are carried over to the new model. But there’s a multitude of improvements too – especially in comfort and versatility. This shoe continues the extensive use of Reebok’s Flexweave – a material [Read more …]

The Rogue Boneyard Bar Review - Boneyard bars get a special custom endcap. All are made in the USA, by Rogue Fitness.
Exercise Equipment

Rogue Boneyard Bar Review

Women’s barbells on sale Rogue always has TONS of options for Women’s bars in the boneyard – 25mm, 15kg bars that are all high quality. These smaller, thinner diameter bars would also be great for teens – the 25mm diameter is easier to grip, and can still fit plenty of weights. We’re going to talk about one of the best kept secrets in quality gym equipment: the Rogue Fitness Boneyard Bars. Let me tell you how I got a great Rogue Fitness bearing bar for weightlifting – at a $270 discount. First of all, what is a boneyard bar? Boneyard bars are seconds quality Olympic barbells manufactured by Rogue Fitness that have simple cosmetic issues. Consequently, these bars are brand [Read more …]

Best Sweat Resistant Wireless Earbuds - we review 5 of the best models
Exercise Equipment

Best Sweat Resistant Wireless Earbuds

Like to workout with music? Then you need wireless earbuds. But not just any old pair of wireless earbuds, you want the best sweat resistant wireless earbuds We’ll review those here. We recommend exercising with music – it makes you work harder, and it is more fun. And more fun means you are likely to stick with it. Here’s the earbuds we are going to review in this article. Be sure to read the whole article to understand the pros and cons of each. Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 Earbuds Plantronics is a name brand that is well known in the headphone and earbud market space. They have been making these sort of devices for years – and it shows. The [Read more …]

The Under Armour TriBase Reign Training Shoe is meant to be used for functional training and workouts like CrossFit
Cross Training Shoes

Under Armour TriBase Reign Training Shoe

Let’s look at Under Armour’s new cross training shoe – the TriBase Reign cross training shoe. This is a stable but versatile training shoe that will work great for the CrossFit WOD. Under Armour is entering a crowded space – how does the TriBase Reign fare against the Nike Metcon 4 shoe line or the Reebok Nano line? We’ll discuss that as well. Here’s the shoes we are going to review. UA TriBase Reign – What Makes it a great Training Shoe First, let’s take a tour of what makes the TriBase Reign special. How is this different than your average running shoe? Shoes for CrossFit training must be much more versatile than running shoes. We need stability for lifting [Read more …]

Nike Metcon Sport - great new CrossFit shoe for 2019
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Metcon Sport

Nike has unveiled the latest Nike Metcon cross training shoe. New for 2019, the Nike Metcon Sport ($99.99 at Rogue Fitness) takes the Metcon shoe line in a radical new direction. The Nike Metcon Sport gives you the stability to lift heavy weights but offers more agility than any previous Nike Metcon shoe. Read on to find out more about this exciting new CrossFit training shoe from Nike. Best of all there are several great looking color options available now from Rogue Fitness and Roadrunner Sports. Nike Metcon Sport – Red/Black at Road Runner Sports Nike Metcon Sport – Black/White at Road Runner Sports Nike Metcon Sport – Black/Black at Road Runner Sports Nike Metcon Sport – Grey/Blue at Road [Read more …]

2019 Rogue Invitational - includes an open online qualifier so that everyone can try and compete.
Exercise

2019 Rogue Invitational

Rogue Fitness is a huge support of CrossFit – their equipment is used every year at the CrossFit Games. And now, Rogue Fitness is running their own officially sanctioned event – the 2019 Rogue Invitational. The 2019 Rogue Invitational will be held on MAY 18 – 19, 2019 – in Columbus, Ohio. Individual and team competitors will be competing for $400,000 in prize money. The winners (male, female, and team) will earn a spot at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, WI. And what’s even better – EVERYONE can potentially qualify to compete… 2019 Rogue Invitational Tickets Want to watch in person? Tickets are on sale now: Buy 2019 Rogue Invitational Tickets. There are three tiers of tickets – [Read more …]