A weightlifting belt being worn for a set of heavy barbell squats.
Exercise Equipment

Buyer’s Guide To Weightlifting Belts

Over the past few years, weightlifting belts have become increasingly popular among many strength trainees, in CrossFit and otherwise. However, you might wonder what these are and whether they can be beneficial for your workout. There are a few things that you might want to know about them before you decide to buy one. We’re going to provide an overview of the pros and cons of wearing a weight belt while you workout. We’re also going to highlight these weight belt products, so you can understand the different styles and features. What Is A Weightlifting Belt? A weightlifting belt is an aid for weight lifters when they’re lifting weights, as the name would suggest. There are a few notable reasons [Read more …]

The technique of breaking up exercise into short "snacks" instead of long workouts is known as Exercise snacks. It has been shown to lead to measurable increases in cardio fitness - even when done infrequently.
Aging & Health

Research Study: Can Marathon Running Improve Knee Health in Adults?

Is long distance running good for your knees, or bad for your knees? A recent research study[1] posted in the BMJ Open found some surprising results. The general thoughts on running and knee health, especially for older adults tends to go back and forth with some studies saying that repetitive movements are too jarring and cause too much impact to knees, ankles and other joints while other studies have concluded that the damage is minimal and that running can be safe if done correctly. In this long term, cohort study researchers attempted to prove that longer term running (i.e. marathon running) did not cause excessive damage to the knees and that it could, in fact, improve knee health. What is [Read more …]

side view of Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 - new cross trainer from UA for 2020 - great for CrossFit!
Cross Training Shoes

Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 Review

Let’s look at Under Armour’s newest cross training shoe – the Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 cross training shoe. This is the 2nd version of Under Armour’s versatile training shoe that will work great for the CrossFit WOD. The original TriBase Reign is a great shoe – so we’re looking forward to seeing how UA has improved upon it with this new version. The Under Armour TriBase Reign 2 is now available and our hands-on review is underway. Under Armour is entering a crowded space – how does the TriBase Reign fare against the Nike Metcon 5 shoe line or the Reebok Nano line? Read on for our thoughts on how this new shoe stacks up against the Nike Metcon [Read more …]

Theragun G3PRO is a percussive therapy device to help with workout recovery
Exercise Equipment

Buyer’s Guide to Percussion Massage Devices for Athletes

Over the past few years, percussive therapy and self-myofascial release have become increasingly popular in the CrossFit world. Despite this, there are quite a significant number of people who might not know what these are. Alongside this, they might not know what kind of benefits that these might offer. If you’ve ever had bad muscle pains and overall aches after a workout, then percussive therapy could be helpful for you. To figure out if it’s something that you might want or need, however, it’s first worth knowing about what they are and how they can be used. The potential benefits that they could provide should be more than enough for many people to be interested in a percussive therapy device. [Read more …]

Exercise seems to help depression
Aging & Health

Can Exercise and Physical Activity Help Prevent Depression?

Approaching the conundrum of whether depression leads to inactivity or if inactivity causes depression, the facts speak for themselves: Exercise is beneficial to both psychological and physical health[1]. The effects of being physically active both prevent and improve a number of health conditions including lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, reducing anxiety and improving mood. The Research Backs This Up The statistics show us that one in ten adults in the U.S. is dealing with the effects of depression and likely to be on antidepressant medications[2]. While more research is necessary to identify all the contributing factors that either cause or alleviate the effects of depression, studies have shown that [Read more …]

Closeup of sleeve and knurl on boneyard bar
Exercise Equipment

Where to Buy Used Rogue Gym Equipment

Where can you find used Rogue Fitness gym equipment? Rogue Fitness makes some of the industry’s best gym equipment. Their innovative designs and high-quality manufacturing give you equipment that will last for decades. And a lot of it is made right here in the USA. But, that also means it carries a premium price. And it doesn’t go on sale very often. Black Friday/Cyber Monday is their only big sale of the year. So, the best way to get Rogue gear at a discount is to look for used Rogue equipment. But where can you do that? We have a few options for you, that we’ll discuss in depth here. Used Rogue Equipment on Facebook There are several groups on [Read more …]

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

CrossFit Membership Prices

Looking into membership prices for a CrossFit box? How much is CrossFit a month? You might be in for some sticker shock – it’s quite a bit more expensive than a traditional gym. CrossFit rates are pretty high. But, there are reasons for that – which we’ll explain. We’re also going to give you some current price points – so you can do a bit of comparison shopping. Lastly, we’re going to give you a few tips and tricks on how to get the best CrossFit experience for cheaper. Average CrossFit Gym Membership Prices We surveyed dozens of CrossFit boxes throughout the United States, and here’s what we found. CrossFit – Average Unlimited Membership Every box has an unlimited membership [Read more …]

Rep Fitness PR-4100 Folding Rack
Exercise Equipment

Best Folding Power Rack

In this article we’re going to review the best folding power rack. Why a folding power rack? This innovative gym equipment let’s you use your garage like a gym – or a garage – with ease. There are some interesting options that let you make the most of your floorspace – and still keep the car inside the garage. Here’s an example. Shown above is the PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack from Rep Fitness. It is an exceptionally well built product, and has all the essential features we look for in the best folding power rack for a garage gym. We’re going to look at these folding power racks from Rep Fitness, Rogue, and Force USA: Let’s talk about folding power [Read more …]

The Force USA MyRack folding power rack has a plethora of available attachments.
Exercise Equipment

MyRack Folding Power Rack from Force USA

We’re going to take a close look at an innovative new product from Force USA: the MyRack Folding Power Rack. Need a folding power rack? It’s a great idea. A folding power rack will let you lift heavy with stability – and more importantly, safety. With a folding power rack you’ll get space back in the garage – to use it for the things you normally use a garage for. Haven’t heard of Force USA? You will soon – they are an up and coming force in the gym equipment industry – providing innovate equipment at bargain prices. Let’s take a closer look. How a Folding Power Rack Works First of all, you might be wondering – how does this [Read more …]

Picture of Sardinia, Italy - one of the studied "Blue zones"
Diet & Nutrition

What is a Blue Zone Diet?

A Danish Twins study on longevity recently completed revealed that genetics only plays a ten percent role in the length and quality of your life–the other 90 percent has to do with diet and lifestyle choices. With findings like this, it is evident that if you find the right diet for your body, you can significantly improve both your health and your longevity. We are constantly bombarded with the latest crazes, fads, and diets that promise to banish bloat and melt belly fat forever, yet many of us are still overweight, tired, and sick; with all of the supposed knowledge and expertise that we have at our fingertips, why are we not seeing results as promised? It seems that simple [Read more …]