Force USA Compact Leg Press
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Force USA Black Friday Sale – Gym Equipment

Force USA has a black friday sale for 2019 going on now (and through Cyber Monday). Force USA is a manufacturer of innovative gym equipment – for your home gym, garage gym, or commercial gym. They design their equipment in the USA – and it is packed with features. It is manufactured overseas – and that lets them offer great “bang for the buck.” Here’s an example: Shown above is the G12 functional trainer/smith machine/power rack combo. It is literally EVERYTHING you need for your home or garage gym – in one incredible unit. What’s even better – they are currently offering 0% financing as part of their black friday 2019 promotion. Combine that with discount coupon code FAM5 for [Read more …]

Echo Buds vs AirPods Pro
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Echo Buds vs AirPods Pro

Music makes your workout better – it helps you get in the zone, can help you work harder, and can make the unpleasant more bearable. But earbuds that constantly drop out of your ears, or offer poor sound, don’t make for a good workout. That’s why I was excited to hear about the . These new high-end earbuds from Apple offer excellent music quality in a form that fits much more securely than the original AirPods (which are known for dropping out of people’s ears at the wrong time. But, then I heard about the – and this new product from Amazon offers all the same major features as the AirPods Pro, but at a significantly cheaper price point. Let’s [Read more …]

Rogue Wrist Bands are a cheap and effective way to help keep your hands and grip dry.
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12 CrossFit Gift Ideas for 2020

We’re back with the best CrossFit gift ideas for 2020. We’ll be reviewing items that are both affordable and easy to ship – but things that would be immensely useful to your beloved CrossFit trainee, athlete, coach, or gym junkie. Here’s the gift ideas we’ll be reviewing: Let’s take a closer look. Why Rogue Fitness? We’re going to recommend a lot of Rogue Fitness products in this guide. Why? Because Rogue is the coolest name in CrossFit – they supply the equipment used in the CrossFit Games and their stylish, high performance gear is revered for both its form and function. And a lot of it is made in the USA. Rogue brand equipment will be recognized immediately by anyone [Read more …]

A man performs a lat pulldown exercise on a machine
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Best Lat Pulldown Machine for your Garage Gym

One of my favorite exercises to do at the gym is the lat pulldown. It’s a great exercise for the back, shoulders, and arms. It’s also a great way to get a lot of volume work on the back muscles – without the drawbacks of pull-ups or chin-ups. The problem with pull-ups or chin-ups is that your grip can be a limiting factor – and it’s very hard to work the pull-up with anything less than full body weight. The biggest impediment to performing the lat pulldown in your home or garage gym is that it requires a pretty expensive machine – and it usually takes a lot of space. We’re going to review the best lat pulldown machines and [Read more …]

Young woman using a 45 degree leg press machine
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Top 5 Reasons to use the Leg Press Machine

The leg press machine catches a lot of flak. It’s considered an inferior exercise when compared to the squat and deadlift. But there’s a reason these machines are popular and you’ll find one in just about every gym. You might as well understand what it’s good for – and use it to your benefit. We’re going to discuss the top 5 reasons to use the leg press machine. We’ll highlight some of the things you can do with this model of leg press machine. Reason #1: Rehabilitation The legs constitute the largest muscles in the body. The quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes are a significant portion of your total muscular mass. How do you provide a strength building workout if you’ve [Read more …]

Rogue MG-3 Knurled Multi-Grip/Swiss/Football Bar
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Multi-Grip Swiss Bars for Bench Press

In this review we’re going to look at the multi-grip swiss bar – also commonly called the football bar or the swiss bar. But, no matter what you call them – they all have the same benefits. The swiss bar gives you a variety of grip angles. This can have huge benefits for those with shoulder, elbow, or wrist issues. Pain when you bench press heavy? You should try the Swiss bar. These are great for all kinds of pressing and rowing movements. Bench press, incline press, rows, overhead press, curls, triceps extension – you can do all these with the versatile football bar. These are also great for targeting your triceps. Let’s get started. We’re going to show you [Read more …]

Rogue Echo Bike - poolside
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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 Rogue Boneyard Bar Review - Boneyard bars get a special custom endcap. All are made in the USA, by Rogue Fitness.
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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 …]

Best Sweat Resistant Wireless Earbuds - we review 5 of the best models
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Best Sweat Resistant Wireless Earbuds for CrossFit

Like to workout with music? Then you need wireless earbuds. But not just any old pair of wireless earbuds, you want the best sweat resistant wireless earbuds, especially for CrossFit. We’ll review those here. We recommend exercising with music – it makes you work harder, and it is more fun. And more fun means you are likely to stick with it. Here’s the earbuds we are going to review in this article. Be sure to read the whole article to understand the pros and cons of each. Apple AirPods Pro I was really excited when I heard about the launch of the Apple AirPods Pro. The original AirPods are a great product – easy to use, great battery life, and [Read more …]

The American Barbell Power Bar has a shaft made from precision grade alloy steel
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Best Powerlifting Barbell

Rogue Fitness now has the Kabuki Strength Duffalo Bar available. This specially curved bar reduces stress on the shoulders, biceps, and back, while enabling scapular retraction and superior joint centration. Let’s look at who makes the best powerlifting barbell. What’s a powerlifting barbell (Also called a power bar or power barbell)? It’s a tough, stiff Olympic sized barbell used for lifting big weight – think heavy squats, heavy deadlifts, and big bench presses. Shown here is the Rogue Ohio Power Bar – it is our top pick for best power bar. These bars are big so they can hold a lot of weight, but they also have some very important differences as compared to the type of Olympic barbell you [Read more …]