Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor
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Polar H10 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Recently I wanted to get into some heart rate training techniques and do some other work evaluating calorie burn. This is my review of the Polar H10 Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor. Why a chest strap heart rate monitor (HRM)? These types of heart rate monitor are known to be the most accurate. Because it’s a chest strap, it isn’t impacted by movement (like a heart rate monitor you wear on your wrist or arm). Secondly, it operates by detecting the electrical signals of your heart – and this is a more consistent and accurate method than that used by wrist mounted heart rate monitors (which use optical sensors.) Here’s some of the gear I used during this review. Polar [Read more …]

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review
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Xebex Rower Review

Let’s review the features of the Xebex Rower line – including their latest model the Xebex Rower 3.0. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Xebex Rower – Overview These indoor rowing machines provide resistance from a flywheel. It uses air resistance – and this means the resistance can vary from minimal to a lot. Overall, rowing is excellent exercise. It uses all your major muscle groups – it’s a full body workout. It is also zero impact. There’s no repeated jarring shocks to your joints. Why pound the pavement relentlessly when you can glide instead? Xebex Rower 3.0 First of all, this is a rower that uses air resistance. There’s an ergometer. And when you [Read more …]

Pedal Straps for Rogue Echo Bike - Pedal 11
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Fyxation Pedal Straps for Rogue Echo Bike Review

Let’s review Fyxation Pedal Straps on the Rogue Echo Bike. Why pedal straps? You know you can PUSH on the pedals already – but pedal straps (like clips) let you PULL on the pedals too. Overall this can make for more efficient pedaling on the Rogue Echo Bike. And, let’s face it – if you are using the Echo bike as it’s intended you probably need all the help you can get. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Fyxation Pedal Straps on Rogue Echo Bike – Video Review on our YouTube Channel Why read when you can watch? Check out this video from our YouTube channel: Coming soon! Fyxation Pedal Straps on Rogue Echo Bike [Read more …]

Xebex Air Bike
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Xebex Air Bike Buyer’s Guide

Let’s take a look at the line of Xebex Air Bikes. These affordable alternatives will give you the air bike or assault bike workout experience for a little bit less. But, there are several models. What are the key differences? That’s what we’re going to review in this article. Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at: Xebex Air Bikes – Overview All these affordable air bike models share common features. They all have a big fan – that is driven by the pedals and handles. The beauty of the fan bike or air bike is that the faster you go – the more work it becomes. With an air bike, you pedal, push, and pull your [Read more …]

Air Bikes are in Short Supply Fitness Pandemic Lockdown Where to Buy
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Black Friday 2020 – Where To Buy Fitness Equipment During The Pandemic Lockdown

Where can you buy home gym equipment during the pandemic lock down? We’ve got the most comprehensive list of in-stock equipment pages from all the best vendors. What about Black Friday 2020? Don’t expect any massive sales – everyone is out of equipment due to the unprecedented demand. Here’s our recommendations for where you should be able to buy in stock fitness equipment for your home gym or garage gym (in no particular order) Who has fitness equipment in stock? It varies day by day – so bookmark these links and check every day. Read on to find out how each of these vendors is trying to make things better for you. Where To Buy Fitness Equipment During The Pandemic [Read more …]

VersaClimber H HP Review - climbing for cardio home equipment
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VersaClimber Review

In this article we’re going to review the VersaClimber – the original cardio climber equipment for your home or garage gym. The VersaClimber acts like two cardio machines in one: a lower body stepper and upper body climber. Think of it as a whole body treadmill. As such, it provides a full-body workout – with no loading on the spine, and with no impact. These machines are space efficient – and all of them fit under an 8′ ceiling, with minimal floor space footprint. There are a number of models of VersaClimber you can buy. Here’s the key differences: VersaClimber – Overview Let’s focus on the main attributes of this fitness machine. First of all, the more muscle mass you [Read more …]

The Rogue Echo Bike has ten fan blades - and they aren't small.
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Top 5 Ways Rogue Could Make the Echo Bike Even Better

The Rogue Echo Bike is the best air bike you can buy in 2020. Well, if you can find it in stock here in the year 2020 – they tend to sell out in 2 hours or less whenever Rogue gets some inventory in. We reviewed this bike originally way back in 2019. We liked nearly everything about it right from the get go – but after well over a year of extended use, I’ve come up with some improvements. (At least in my own mind.) Let’s review how Rogue Fitness can make the already excellent Echo Bike even more excellent. In case you haven’t seen it – here it is: This article is full of opinions, my opinions – [Read more …]

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Air Bike - Side View
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Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro

Air bikes (sometimes called “assault bikes”) have become a hot item – a must have for your home or garage gym. Let’s compare two of the front runners of the pack – this is Rogue Echo Bike versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro (also sold as the AD7). Currently, both of these models are hard to find – but if you can find them in stock, which should you choose? That’s what we’ll review here. Here’s the two air bikes we’re going to compare: Rogue Echo Bike Versus Schwinn Airdyne Pro – Overview Let’s start by discussing some of the similarities. Both of these are premium air bikes. What do we consider essential for a premium air bike? They both have excellent [Read more …]

FB-5000 Wide Pad Bench - from Rep Fitness - View 2
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Rep Fitness FB-5000 Wide Pad Bench Product Highlight

Black Friday: Any Rep Fitness order placed in November gives you a chance to win one of 204 awesome prizes, up to a $1,000 REP gift card! Looking for a wide bench for your home or garage gym? You might want to take a look at the FB-5000 Wide Pad Competition Bench from Rep Fitness. This beefy, robust bench is a remarkable piece of equipment for the price you pay. In this article, we’re going to highlight the features of this competition class gym bench: FB-5000 Wide Pad Bench – YouTube Video Overview Rather watch than read? Check out this video on YouTube. Let’s take a look, courtesy of Rep Fitness: FB-5000 Wide Pad Bench – Why a Wide Pad? [Read more …]

The Concept2 BikeErg is an interesting middle ground between a road bike and a fan bike. With a clutch for freewheeling, changeable seat and pedals, and a special damper to simulate gear changes, it's meant to be close to a road bike experience.
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Rogue Echo Bike Versus Concept 2 BikeErg

If you are looking into air bikes (“assault bikes”) you’ve probably also run across the Concept 2 BikeErg. The BikeErg is a different beast than an air bike like the Rogue Echo Bike. But, there are a lot of similarities too. How do you decide which is the right metcon training tool for your home or garage gym? That’s what we’ll review in this article – this is Rogue Echo Bike versus Concept 2 BikeErg. Here’s the gear we are going to be comparing: Echo Bike Versus BikeErg – Key Differences Right up front, let’s cover the key differences between these two bikes. Understand that the Rogue Echo Bike is an air bike (also somtimes called a “fan bike” or [Read more …]