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 …]

Rogue Echo Bike - poolside
Exercise Equipment

Rogue Echo Bike Review

In this article we’re going to present our hands-on review of the Rogue Echo Bike. We believe the Rogue Echo bike is the best air bike option for anyone in the market for a new air bike in 2019. Why? That’s what we’ll talk about here. Here’s a preview of the gear we’re going to be covering in this review. Let’s take a closer look. Why a Fan Bike? First of all – let’s get this out of the way. A fan bike (or air bike, or “assault bike”) is a wicked metcon workout. This is NOT like riding a spin bike like the Peloton or Keiser – this is a whole different beast. “Brutal” is often used to describe [Read more …]

The Minimus Prevail is a light-weight cross training shoe from New Balance. New for 2019.
Cross Training Shoes

New Balance Minimus Prevail Training Shoe Review

New for 2019, New Balance has released their take on the CrossFit training shoe – the Minimus Prevail. New Balance is entering a crowded market – after all the most popular training shoes in 2019 are the Reebok Nano 9 and Nike Metcon 5 – which everyone has heard of. What does this new shoe from New Balance bring to the game? That’s what we’ll talk about here. Here’s a quick glance at some of the shoes we’ll be reviewing in this article: New Balance Minimus Prevail Hands On Review on YouTube Get a closer look at the Minimus Prevail here: Let’s talk more about these shoes. What Makes the Minimus Prevail a “Training Shoe” If you’ve read any of [Read more …]

The Nike Romaleos 3 XD weightlifting shoe is Nike's only lifter for 2019
Cross Training Shoes

Nike Romaleos 3 XD Shoe Review

Nike has only one weightlifting shoe available in 2019: the Nike Romaleos 3 XD. But, it’s a very good weightlifting shoe. Lets review what makes this shoe special. Nike Romaleos 4 Release Date? I have no information regarding a Nike Romaleos 4 release date. Based on styles available, and overall inventory – my guess is it is not anytime soon. The Romaleos 3 were first launched in January of 2017. These shoes are not revised on a yearly basis – like the Metcon shoes are. Here is a peek at some of the styles available now. Other styles are available occasionally – so check back often. All right, let’s take a closer look. Nike Romaleos 3 XD Hands On Review [Read more …]

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 – Hands On Review on YouTube Want an up close look at these two shoes? Check out our hands on review from YouTube: Let’s go into the details of these two great cross training [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. Nike Metcon 5 – Hands On Review from our YouTube Channel Want to see the Metcon 5 close up? Check out our review from our channel: Let’s talk about what’s new in this shoe. What’s New in The Nike Metcon 5 Let’s look at what is new in the Nike Metcon [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

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 new, made in the USA, function just fine, but are available at a sizable discount. Before you search on craigslist, reddit, or fb marketplace for months at a time for the right thing – why not get a great bar brand new right from the source? Sure, a used barbell for [Read more …]