Body-weight exercises include lunges, and more
Aging & Health

Research Study: 11 Minutes of Bodyweight Exercise Can Improve Cardio Fitness

A new research study[1] shows that as little as eleven minutes of burpees, jump squats, and other exercises can improve aerobic fitness, according to one of the first randomized, controlled trials to test the effects of brief body-weight workouts. What was the Goal of the Research Study? Few experiments studied the effects of short body-weight workouts on endurance and strength, and those few had shortcomings. They concentrated on people who were already fit, and none met the scientific gold standard of being randomized and being an inactive control group. Therefore, researchers’ confidence in short body-weight training benefits may have been expected, but there was no proof. What were the Research Methods of the Study? Researchers from the McMaster University community [Read more …]

Rogue 50 Cal Challenge on Echo Bike 2
Exercise Equipment

How to Make the Echo Bike More Comfortable

Let’s review Echo Bike Add-ons – and find some way to make the Rogue Echo Bike more comfortable. The Rogue Echo Bike is a tough workout – it is an air bike, after all. Expect lung-searing intensity and burning quads like no other piece of equipment can deliver. But at the same time, let’s see where we can make things a little more pleasant. The Rogue Echo Bike mixes heavy-duty steel, accurate engineering, and comfortable customization to produce a durable, sturdier fan bike. It is created from the get-go with character and performance in mind with huge frames, high weight capacities, and belt drives. The handles on the bike weigh a big amount and are tougher to move than other [Read more …]

woman preparing to exercise
Aging & Health

Cardio Fitness – The More, The Better

A new research study[1] shows that higher physical activity is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Being physically active is beneficial for you, especially in preventing diseases like heart attacks and strokes. According to the new study headed by the University of Oxford, indulging yourself in regular physical exercise or getting more activity may even be more profitable for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. But, it also showed that the people with the highest level of activity reaped the greatest benefits. More is better. What was the Goal of the Research Study? The study’s goal was to prove that higher levels of physical activity can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. There was skepticism about the previous methods [Read more …]

Concept2 BikeErg quarter view full
Exercise Equipment

Concept 2 BikeErg Review

Let’s review the BikeErg from Concept2. Concept2 is best identified for its air resistance indoor rowing machines, which are acknowledged as the standard training and testing machines for competition rowers and can be seen in most gyms. Since 1981, Concept2’s indoor rowers have steadily been the top-rated rowing machines in the world because of their matchless function, sturdiness, and Concept2’s post-sales support. After several years, Concept2 launched a completely new machine – the BikeErg, an indoor cycling bike that highlights flywheel and Performance Monitor identical to the Concept2 Indoor Rowers and SkiErgs. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Let’s look at the details next. BikeErg – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when [Read more …]

Force USA MyBench right view-crop
Exercise Equipment

Weight Benches from Force USA

Let’s review weight benches from Force USA. There are plenty of exercises that you can do with a weight bench, making them so versatile. The weight bench can efficiently grow muscle, help you tone up, and enhance strength when used correctly. It can assist you in getting a more reliable strength training workout in the comfort of your home. Here are some of the equipment we are going to look at: Weight benches from Force USA – Overview Force USA offers different kinds of benches that can be used easily. They have flat benches and adjustable ones to easily glide them to an incline or decline position to aim particular muscles flat bench cannot completely reach. They also offer benches [Read more …]

Rep Fitness Trap Bar full view lift-crop
Exercise Equipment

Best Trap Bar

Let’s review the best trap bars. The trap bar also called a hex bar, is a great way to deadlift without overly stressing your lower back. If you are in the military, you might even recognize this device from the ACFT (Army Combat Fitness Test). What’s great about the trap bar? It lets nearly any body type go heavy on the deadlift. We’re going to review several high-quality trap bars here. Here’s the trap bars we are going to look at: Let’s dive deep on trap bars. Trap Bar – Overview A trap bar is a hexagonal shaped barbell with two large handles welded in the center so you can hop in the middle and take it up by the [Read more …]

Rogue Beastie Xtra Firm Massage Ball back thigh
Exercise Equipment

Mobility Accessories from Rogue

Let’s look at some Mobility Accessories. Improving physical wellness, toning the body, and improving flexibility don’t necessarily mean going out to the gym or buying expensive workout equipment. You can simply grab small mobility accessories that are inexpensive but are undeniably effective not only in enhancing your body but also in rebuilding strength, mobility, and rehabilitation in less than the scheduled time. Here are some of the styles we are going to look at: Mobility Accessories – Overview Aside from helping you with mobility issues, Rogue Mobility Accessories has many other uses, including rehabilitation, general conditioning, flexibility exercises, plyometrics, pull-up assistance, banded squats, speed and agility training, banded bench presses, jumping, aerobics, and stretching. They also deliver consistent, deep tissue [Read more …]

Concept2 BikeErg side view with user
Exercise Equipment

Concept2 BikeErg Versus Rogue Echo Bike

Let’s compare and contrast the BikeErg from Concept2 and the Rogue Echo Bike. Technically, they are both “bikes,” but what really are the differences between Concept2’s BikeErg and Rogue’s Echo Bike? This Echo Bike vs BikeErg. Here are some of the equipment we are going to look at: BikeErg or Echo Bike – Overview BikeErg and Echo Bike both give very distinct energy to the body, and with different energy comes a different transformation and different training outcomes for each. A well-rounder will get leg fatigue on the BikeErg and be out of breath on the Echo Bike. The Echo Bike utilizes both the upper and lower body, while the BikeErg is generally lower body. The Echo Bike ends in [Read more …]

Rogue Adjustable Monolift Monster with lifter
Exercise Equipment

Rogue Monolifts

Let’s review the monolifts available from Rogue. Squatting really heavy? You need a monolift. Why a monolift? This device holds the heavily loaded barbell in an elevated position. When you lift the bar up, the holders retract. This means you don’t have to walk the weight out of the rack – or mess up your squat stance. This makes the lift safer, and you save energy for more productive training. The traditional downsides of a monolift are as follows: they are big, they are single-purpose (really only for squatting) and they cost a lot of money. It’s not super-practical to have a monolift in your home gym or garage gym – so why not turn your power rack into a [Read more …]

Rep Fitness PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack low back squat-crop
Exercise Equipment

Rep Fitness PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack Product Highlight

Let’s review the new PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack from Rep Fitness. Folding squat racks are great – you can lift heavy and still keep the car in the garage! Want to get strong? You have to lift heavy – and that means heavy barbells. But getting a heavy barbell up onto your shoulders requires a rack to be done right. (Sure, you can clean the weight up – but that’s going to seriously limit how much you can lift.) So don’t let a lack of floorspace be an excuse – get a folding rack like the PR-4100. Here are some of the options we are going to look at: Let’s take a look. PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack – Overview Squat [Read more …]