Men with more muscle mass as they enter middle age tend to fare better against heart disease.
Aging & Health

Research Study: Higher Muscle Mass Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk

Do you have cardiovascular disease as part of your family history? Do you want to prevent heart disease, which is known as one of the most common mortality factors? A new research study[1] shows that the more muscle mass a person has upon entering middle age, the lower their risk of cardiovascular disease as they grow older. What was the Goal of the Research Study? An international group of researchers published their paper in the January issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health with the goal of assessing the relationship between skeletal muscle mass and cardiovascular disease incidence over a 10-year span of time. The study was conducted on adults who were 45 years and older and were [Read more …]

Owner of CrossFit KOA and owner Josh Mandel
Exercise

Box of the Month – CrossFit KOA

For 2020, we’ve started a new article series – the Box of the Month highlight. We’ll take a look at some of the best CrossFit and functional fitness gyms around the country – and tell you why they are a step above the rest. For February’s box highlight we’d like to tell you about CrossFit KOA located in Mountainside, NJ. Before we tell you more about this great place to train – let’s talk about the secret ingredient of CrossFit: community. Unlike the globogym, your CrossFit box is a family – where your peers support, praise, and cheer you on. We talked to CrossFit KOA owner Josh Mandel on this topic, and here’s what he had to say: “It all [Read more …]

Many fitness trackers incorporate a heart rate monitor - this is a great way to utilize heart rate training
Aging & Health

Research Study: Add Up To 10 Years of Lifespan with Healthy Habits

You may wonder if those lifestyle choices you make today will really make any difference on how you age or how long you will live. Can you truly decrease your risk of chronic diseases or is it already pre-determined? The results of a new research study[1] published in the BMJ may help you make up your mind. What did the research study attempt to prove? The objective of the research study was to determine the relationship between certain low-risk lifestyle factors and life expectancy with and without certain chronic diseases. The study set out to prove that by adopting particular healthy habits, you could not only add years to your life, but you could live those additional years free of [Read more …]

If you are wanting to lose weight, maintain your weight or simply want to improve your overall health, you might want to try intermittent fasting. This approach to eating uses an intermittent schedule so that you might enjoy several research-backed health benefits. There are several different types of IF, allowing you to choose the method that fits you and your lifestyle the best.
Aging & Health

Research Study: Intermittent Fasting and Aging

The new year is settling in, which means most people are heading to pack the gym as they take on their New Year’s resolution of getting fit and practicing regular exercise. With all the new fads and methods popping up year after year about how to get trim and toned, it can be hard to determine what is best for you and your lifestyle, let alone which of these fads and methods actually work. One of the most popular methods out there today is intermittent fasting, and today we’re going to dive into the actual research study[1] conducted on this method to test its effectiveness, practicality, and overall results. What Did the Research Study Attempt to Prove? Intermittent fasting is [Read more …]

Exercise

Gear Up For Rogue’s 2020 Invitational Online Qualifier – The “Q”

The Online Qualifier (aka “the Q”) for Rogue’s 2020 Invitational CrossFit sanctioned comp is here! They are calling it “the Q” for short – because that’s quick and easy to say – and it sounds cool. How do you get in on this fun and maybe score an invite to the competition? Perform the workouts and submit your scores online. Need gear? We’re going to look at each workout and make some recommendations: 2020 Rogue Invitational Online Qualifier Workout #1 Workout #1 is : AMRAP 10min (As Many Rounds As Possible) 1000m Row 75 Thrusters (75/55lb) What do you need? Concept 2 Rowing Machine Barbell Collars Plates to load to the appropriate weight for your division A Concept2 Rower is [Read more …]

Nike React Metcon AMP Training Shoe - Black/Fire Pink/Green Strike/Blue Fury (with Glow-In-The-Dark Sole)
Cross Training Shoes

Nike React Metcon AMP – Women’s Glow-In-The-Dark Training Shoe

New for 2020 is the Nike React Metcon – this great new cross training shoe combines the best features of the Nike Metcon 5 with Nike’s React foam cushioning system. And now they’ve launched some AMP colorways of the shoe for men and women. What’s AMP? It’s a style upgrade, mostly. The AMP shoes have all the same great high-performance features of the regular shoe – but give you a bit more style and flair. And this variation even glows in the dark (but not very much – as you’ll see.) Let’s take a look at what makes these shoes great for CrossFit WODs and functional fitness style training. Here’s the styles that are available now. Let’s take a closer [Read more …]

Clear Lake Crossfit of Webster, Texas
Exercise

Box of the Month Highlight – Clear Lake CrossFit of Webster, Texas

For 2020, we’re starting a new series – the Box of the Month Highlight. We’ll take a look at some of the best functional fitness gyms around the country – and tell you why they excel. For this month’s box highlight we’d like to tell you about Clear Lake CrossFit. Founded in 2009, they are located in Webster, Texas (in the Clear Lake area south of Houston.) Are you too intimidated to give CrossFit a try? If so, a gym like Clear Lake CrossFit may be just what you need. First of all, they offer all the group classes and equipment you would expect at a CrossFit box – this includes a daily WOD and more. But the difference at [Read more …]

Best CrossFit Hand Grips - we look at the options.
Exercise Equipment

Buyer’s Guide to CrossFit Hand Grips

Your Complete Guide to Buying CrossFit Hand Grips CrossFit training is a rigorous and challenging workout. But, it can be hard on your hands – callouses and even “ripped” palms can be a side effect of too many pull-ups and bar exercises. In addition, many of the CrossFit exercises benefit from a safe and secure grip. Normal workout gloves can help, but they do not offer the level of control that you gain from CrossFit hand grips. Here will discuss why you need hand grips, what type of exercises they’re used for, and some features to help you get the right pair of grips for your needs. We’ll finish by comparing these nine CrossFit hand grips with some advantages and [Read more …]

Side view of the Inov-8 F-Lite G 300 Training Shoe
Cross Training Shoes

INOV-8 F-LITE G 300 Training Shoe Review

Let’s look at INOV-8’s latest addition to their F-LITE line of cross training shoe – the INOV-8 F-LITE G 300 cross training shoe. The G 300 is available now, and our review pair is on order. While we wait for our hands-on test to being, we’ll review the features of the shoe here. Inov-8 is entering a crowded space – how does the F-LITE line fare against the Nike Metcon 5 shoe line or the Reebok Nano 9 – that’s what we’ll figure out shortly Stay tuned – we’ll have a full review in January 2020 when we receive our evaluation pair. Here’s the shoes we are going to review. Let’s take a closer look. INOV-8 F-LITE G 300 – [Read more …]

A CrossFit coach oversees a group of trainees performing the box jump.
Exercise

New Year’s Resolutions – Do They Really Work?

Do you ever wonder if you should invest time in planning a New Year’s Resolution this year? Heading into 2020 should give us the perfect snapshot of what next year will look like, but it’s natural for us to wonder if this mental exercise is really worth the effort. What the Research Says We found mixed results for studies showing the certain percentage of people who actually followed through on their resolutions. One report found less than 20 percent of people kept to a resolution after 30 days[1]. The percent of resolution keepers decreased to 8 percent for those who stuck to it a year later. The Background on Creating Good Resolutions With that unimpressive research as food for thought, [Read more …]