Rogue Color Kg Training 2.0 Plates - high quality bumper plates for training in the garage or home gym
Equipment

Why Do Olympic Weight Plates Have Colors?

The Olympic plates used in competition weightlifting are colorful – and this is no accident. This isn’t just so they look nice – these colors serve a useful purpose. The colors allow someone to quickly and easily visually identify the amount of weight loaded on the bar. Who sets the standards for these colors? The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) sets the specifications and rules for the equipment used in all Olympic weightlifting competition. And this is where we get the weight plate color coding required by the IWF: In addition to the colors required, the IWF specifies the competition Olympic plates 10 kilograms and heavier must be 450 mm (18 inches) in diameter. Do you need the proper color coding [Read more …]

Adidas Adipower Weightlifting Shoe - a classic example of a raised-heel solid sole shoe specifically for the Olympic weightlifting movements.
Equipment

Weightlifting Shoes and Cross Training Shoes

Weightlifting Shoes – Why You Need Them to Lift Heavy Lifting heavy requires the right footwear. Many people lift using normal sneakers or running shoes – and that’s a big mistake. Running shoes have way too much padding and cushion. While this makes them great for the constant impact of running, it doesn’t make them very good for hoisting hundreds of pounds above your head or on your back. But while functional fitness training like CrossFit does have a lot of weightlifting, it’s not exclusively about lifting weights. The WOD incorporates a lot more variety of training: sprints, rope climbs, box jumps, burpees, rope skipping, and so much more. We’re also going to look at options that are more versatile [Read more …]

Rogue Olympic Barbells with Cerakote - durable ceramic thin film coating
Equipment

Guide to the Rogue Cerakote Colors Olympic Barbells

Before you buy Need help understanding the lingo for Olympic barbells? Check out our barbell guide. Make sure you get the right barbell for the training you intend to do. Did you know that Rogue Olympic barbells are available with Cerakote – a thin-film ceramic coating that offers amazing durability, protection, and a choice of colors and patterns? Cerakote is also popular in the gun industry – because of the range of custom colors that can be used, but also because of the amazing durability of this thin-film coating. Click to See The Rogue Color Barbell Options and Prices on the Rogue Website Why Cerakote? Cerakote has a number of advantages over traditional coatings. Cerakote is resistant to wear, abrasion, [Read more …]

A Rogue Olympic weightlifting barbell - loaded with Rogue training bumper plates
Equipment

Starting Your Own Garage Gym – The Olympic Barbell

In this article, we’ll continue the discussion about starting your own garage gym. We’re going to talk about what is probably the most essential piece of gear – the Olympic weightlifting barbell. Why You Need a Garage Gym But first, a quick word about the garage gym. What are the benefits? Why turn your garage into a gym? Well, why throw away money on monthly gym membership fees, for a place you may be too busy to go to? Investing in good equipment for your home gym is something that pays dividends for years to come. Work out when you want, and how you want. That’s the beauty of the garage gym. You can also use it to supplement regularly [Read more …]

Olympic Weightlifting - the Snatch and Clean and Jerk
Exercise

Prilepin’s Chart

Prilepin’s Chart is a table of optimal Olympic weight lifting rep ranges to be used for training. It was created by A.S. Prilepin, a Soviet era sports scientist. The chart was created by reviewing the training journals of thousands of weightlifting athletes. It is meant to portray the optimal number of reps per set, and total rep count for power training required for the Olympic lifts (the Snatch, and Clean and Jerk). The chart, as defined by Prilepin, is as follows: NOTE: We find the original labeling of the columns a bit more difficult to grasp than is necessary, and therefore have relabeled them for clarity. Before you attempt to apply these values to your training, you need to understand [Read more …]