You need a good workout bench or weight bench for exercises like the bench press - one of the best upper body strength building exercises.
Exercise Equipment

Weight Bench Buyer’s Guide

Let’s talk about weight benches, also sometimes called workout benches. Having a stable, comfortable weight bench is an essential for a variety of exercises including the mighty bench press. And while it’s true that the bench press has fallen out of favor in recent years because it’s not a “functional exercise”, it’s still a huge mass and strength builder without equal. Take that, CrossFit. (Actually, recently the bench press made a rare appearance in a CrossFit WOD – so maybe they’ve come to their senses.) Let’s look at what makes the best weight bench – whether for your home gym, garage gym, or commercial facility. In doing so, we’ll present some of the best workout benches (both flat benches, incline [Read more …]

Rogue Fitness Echo Bike - The best assault bike for CrossFit and metcon workouts. "Overbuilt" is a good adjective to describe this contraption.
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Rogue Echo Bike Assembly

Rogue Fitness Sales Alert! Black Friday is over, but Rogue Fitness still has the Rogue Echo Bike and the Assault Bike for only $699 – and FREE shipping. Quantities may be limited – act fast! Let’s take a look at the simple assembly steps for the best air bike available right now: the Rogue Echo Bike from Rogue Fitness. Rogue Fitness entered the fan bike market recently with this model – and what they’ve built is one solid, smooth belt driven fan bike. How hard is to assemble this thing? It’s a piece of cake – there are actually only a handful of bolts, washers, and screws. The instructions are excellent – easy to follow, and complete. You can assemble [Read more …]

An indoor rower such as the Concept2 Model D Rower is an excellent way to get a low-impact, full body workout. Concept2 rowers are very popular in CrossFit WODs.
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Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower – Buyer’s Guide

Indoor Rowing is excellent exercise – full body but low-impact. And it can be used for steady state cardio or interval training such as HIIT. To row indoors you will need an indoor rower. And the Concept2 Model D Rower is the best indoor rower for CrossFit style workouts, as well as rowing workouts. Looking for Concept2 Black Friday indoor rower deals? Check back here for our recommended best deals on indoor rowers for Black Friday. This is the best time of the year to buy fitness equipment Concept2 is the gold standard for indoor rowing machines. They have over 40 years experience designing and building exercise equipment that can be used by the novice, a world-class athlete, or anybody [Read more …]

Rogue Fitness offers the ZEUS Custom Build-A-Bar option - choose custom colors, text, and even images for your Rogue Ohio Bar or Bella Bar 2.0
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Rogue ZEUS Build-A-Bar – Custom Barbell Design

Rogue Fitness makes the best Olympic barbells for CrossFit and powerlifting training. And now, you can choose a variety of custom colors and design options on these barbells thanks to their new ZEUS | Custom Build-A-Bar ordering page. How do you get the Ohio Bar or Bella Bar 2.0 of your dreams? Click to See ZEUS Build-A-Bar Options on the Rogue Website How does this work? First of all, they start with two of the most versatile and popular bars – the Rogue Ohio Bar and the Bella Bar 2.0. Need the ideal Olympic Barbell? Read our Olympic Barbell guide to find out which barbell is right for you. The Ohio Bar is a rugged bushing bar that is equally [Read more …]

Rogue Fitness SR-343 Mach Speed Rope - Rogue's most advanced jump rope
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Speed Ropes

Let’s talk about speed ropes – a variation on the jump rope or skipping rope that spins much faster than a regular rope. Why a speed rope? The increased speed helps improve coordination and timing. The super fast spin makes some moves easier – such as the double under or triple under. But you’ll be turning the rope (it’s a cable really) more , and jumping more – so a speed rope can also be a great improvement on the endurance building aspects of jumping rope. In a nutshell it makes jumping rope that much more of an intense (and therefore effective) workout. We’ll look at some options from Rogue Fitness – they have the widest range of speed rope [Read more …]

The Rep Multi-Grip Functional Trainer is an excellent cable machine with dual 220 lb weight stacks. This versatile machine can be used for a full body workout.
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Functional Trainer (Cable Machine) Reviews

Let’s talk about functional trainers, also called cable machines. What’s a functional trainer? It’s a cable machine that uses two independent weight stacks, pulleys, and cables (with handles) to provide unique workout benefits. And how is this different than a cable crossover machine? The pulleys and cable handles are height adjustable – and this lets you work from any angle. The weight stack is normally selectorized, such that you can choose the desired weight quickly and easily by inserting a pin underneath the weight load. You pull on the handles to raise and lower the weight – you can use one arm (or leg) or two. The cables and pulley provide a smooth, controlled and constant tension. Is the cable [Read more …]

The best women's olympic barbell will have a 25 mm shaft diameter - so it's easy to grip for those with smaller hands. It will weight 15 kilograms or 33 pounds. It can be used for Olympic Weightlifting or strength building power lifts.
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Best Women’s Olympic Barbell

Let’s look at some options for the best women’s Olympic barbell for CrossFit. First of all – do women need a special barbell for weightlifting? Short answer – they don’t. But, women’s barbells have a shaft diameter of only 25 mm. Compare this to the 28 or 29 mm diameter of a men’s bar. It is 10% less diameter. Looking for Black Friday sales on Women’s Olympic Barbells? Check back here for all the best deals on women’s olympic barbells. Black Friday is the best time to buy fitness equipment. And that means it’s easier to grip for those with smaller hands. The better grip will be an important factor on the Olympic lifts such as the snatch, and clean [Read more …]

Hoisting a kettlebell overhead - great single limb workout that builds strength, power, balance, and stability
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Buyer’s Guide to Kettlebells

Let’s talk about kettlebells – the versatile hand held weight that resembles a cannon ball with a handle. We’re going to explain why you should add kettlebell lifts to your workout, and what the best kettlebells look like. Black Friday Kettlebell Sales Looking for black friday (and cyber monday) kettlebell sales? Check back here – we’ll have all the details as soon as we know what gym equipment deals will be offered. In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the best kettlebells around – those from: Kettlebell Kings, Rogue Fitness, and Fringe Sport. And whether you need a single kettlebell or a kettlebell set, we’ll tell you what you need to know. To understand what makes the best [Read more …]

weighted vest for a workout
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Weight Vests vs Plate Carriers

Weight vest or plate carrier? What’s the difference in terms of using these workout implements for health and fitness? What is the best workout vest for CrossFit? At first glance, they seem similar – they both provide a way to add additional resistance to a variety of exercises. But there are important differences. Let’s compare plate carriers to weighted vests, and determine which is best for your workout. What is a Plate Carrier? First of all, what is a plate carrier? A plate carrier, or ballistic plate carrier, is a piece of tactical gear that when combined with ballistic plates is in effect a “bulletproof” vest or body armor. The ballistic plates used with it are rigid plates that can [Read more …]

The Assault AirRunner Treadmill is an excellent version of the motorless treadmill. It can burn up to 30% more calories compared to a traditional motorized treadmill.
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Assault Fitness AirRunner Treadmill Review

The Assault Fitness AirRunner treadmill is a motorless treadmill that burns calories and enforces efficient running form. This manual treadmill is built by an innovator in fitness products – the same company who created the Assault Fitness AirBike – which is very popular in CrossFit. Looking for Black Friday sales on curved treadmills? Check back here the week of Black Friday for our recommended choices and deals. Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy fitness equipment. AirRunner vs Motorized Treadmills Why use a manual or motorless treadmill? The treadmills you have used in your local gym are usually motorized. You set a speed, and the device forces you to keep it. Quite frankly, that electric motor [Read more …]