Welcome to my 2016 Christmas gift ideas list. Every year I try to come up with a handful of products that may help you find the perfect gift for the gym rat in your life. Even if you don’t think that any of the suggestions I make are perfect for your friend or loved one, hopefully something will at least spark an idea, and perhaps point you in the right direction.
You have a lot of options when shopping for new kettlebells. You can run down to Wal-Mart or Dick’s Sporting Goods and buy some inexpensive, plastic-coated kettlebells that’ll hold you over for a little while; you can order some half-decent scrap iron kettlebells from an online fitness outlet or CrossFit shop; or you can spend a little bit more and buy some real kettlebells – and by real I mean kettlebells that are made of high quality materials, accurate to claimed weight, ergonomic & well-balanced, and durable enough to never crack, dent, or fall apart.
This is an in-depth review of the Vulcan Absolute Power Bar, one of two powerlifting bars offered by Vulcan Strength.
The Absolute is a relatively new addition to the bar market. It’s a dashing, high strength, IPF-spec’d bar that has all of the standard features that you’d expect from a premium powerlifting bar – strong, 29 mm shaft; black oxide finish over a moderately-aggressive knurl; grooved bare steel sleeves; and a 4″ passive center knurl – while also bearing a couple of unique features as well.
I received an email from Rogue Fitness a couple days ago announcing that three Rogue powerlifting products are now approved and certified by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF); making them legal equipment for sanctioned powerlifting meets. The three products are the 20 kg Rogue Ohio Power Bar, the new Calibrated Kilogram Steel Discs, and the Kilogram Competition Collars.
This is a simple and brief DIY guide on how to convert your anchored power rack into a lat tower using the Spud Inc Econo Pulley and some basic rack components. This conversion is simple to set up, allows you access to heavy lat pulls, pulldowns, cable rows, and face-pulls (to name a few), and is much cheaper than owning an actual cable machine. It requires no floor space commitment when not in use, and many of you will be able to set this up without spending a penny.
With the increasing popularity of Vulcan Strength’s bars and the seemingly endless expansion of their barbell collection, it seemed about time for a comprehensive buyer’s guide. Questions, comments, and your own feedback is welcome in the comments section following the article, as your opinions are just as important as mine – if not more so.
I recently purchased a pair of Rogue’s new Olympic Competition Collars and have been using them for about a month now. I thought I’d spend a few minutes going over some of the finer points of these collars while also giving you my opinion of them – you know, just in case you have these on your radar.
I hate to ruin the surprise right out of the gate, but the Vulcan Alpha Bumper Plates are probably the most unique, versatile, and reasonably priced bumper plates currently on the market, and I’m extremely excited about finally getting to review them.
Of course, I realize that there are more exiting things to actually read about than bumper plates, but I truly believe that you’ll be glad to have discovered and read this review if and when you find yourself in the market for new plates – they’re about as close to the perfect bumper as it gets.